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The Hand That Rocks the Mabel
Season 1, Episode 4
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Production information
Production code 618G-105[1]
Story by
Written by Zach Paez
Alex Hirsch
Storyboards by Matt Braly
Luke Brookshier
Alonso Ramirez Ramos
Directed by John Aoshima
Broadcast information
Original air date July 6, 2012
Ratings 3.0[2]
International dates

July 13, 2012 (Canada)
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September 20, 2012 (UK)
October 14, 2012 (Latin America)
November 24, 2012 (Poland)
November 4, 2012 (Asia)
September 26, 2012 (France)
November 24, 2012 (CEE)
January 10, 2013 (Germany)
June 28, 2013 (Spain and Portugal)
November 17, 2013 (Turkey)
January 16, 2014 (Italy)

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"The Hand That Rocks the Mabel" is the fourth episode in Season 1 of Gravity Falls. It premiered on July 6, 2012.

Overview

Dipper and Mabel discover their seemingly cherubic new neighbor, Gideon, happens to be the town’s adored psychic. But when Dipper convinces Mabel to go on a date with Gideon to question his authenticity, she soon learns that his cuteness can fade all too quickly.[3]

Synopsis

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Soos, Dipper and Mabel see Gideon's commercial.
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Dipper, Mabel, and Soos are watching Tiger Fist on TV where they see a commercial for Lil' Gideon's Tent of Telepathy. They want to test his authenticity as a psychic, so they decide to go to one of his shows. Grunkle Stan forbids them from going due to Gideon causing him trouble, but they find a loophole, literally. At the show, Gideon sings a song about his abilities and everyone is impressed with Gideon except for Dipper. When the show is over, Dipper says that Gideon is a bigger fraud than Stan. Mabel disagrees and says that his dance moves are adorable and compliments his hair. Unknown to them, Gideon was eavesdropping on their conversation.

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Mabel comes back from Gideon's dressing room with a new look.
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The next day, Gideon shows up at The Mystery Shack and asks Mabel if she would like to go to his dressing room so they could do makeovers. Mabel happily accepts. She returns to the Mystery Shack with a new look. Dipper doesn't trust Gideon, but Mabel says to give him a chance since Dipper never wants to do girly stuff with her and he and Soos get to do boy stuff all the time. Dipper and Soos then go to watch hot dogs explode in the microwave, proving Mabel's point. Gideon then takes Mabel to sit atop his family's factory. There, Gideon says he's never felt so close to someone and asks Mabel to go on a date with him. Mabel hopes he means a play date or a shopping date. Gideon swears it will only be one date. Mabel reluctantly accepts and Gideon gives her a hug and sniffs her hair.

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Gideon uses a Macaw to ask Mabel on another date.
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The next day Gideon shows up to the Mystery Shack on a horse, ready to take Mabel on their date. He takes her to a fancy restaurant where people have a hard time saying no to him. Mabel is very impressed with the restaurant. She says she's never seen so many forks or water with bubbles in it. Gideon believes the date was a complete success and promises that tomorrow date with top it. Mabel reminds Gideon that he promised only one date. Gideon then uses a South American Rainbow Macaw to ask Mabel to accompany him to the ballroom dance. Mabel really doesn't want to go along with it but with all the local attention the couple has been getting she decides to go out with him again in an attempt to hopefully be just friends. This idea is short-lived though as Stan, of whom was completely against the relationship from the start, gets sweet talked into supporting the young couple by Gideon's dad so that both businesses can merge in an attempt to make serious profit.

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Mabel thanks Dipper for offering to help her.
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Mabel is upset and confused, and goes into "Sweatertown" and pulls her sweater up over her head, so, to help with the split, Dipper volunteers to bail Mabel out of having to break up with Gideon and decides to do it for her. After Dipper tells Gideon Mabel doesn't want to go out with him anymore, Gideon returns home and uses the Mystic amulet to throw a huge tantrum, when his father comes and tells him to tidy his room, he shouts "I can buy and sell you, old man!". Gideon then convinces Toby Determined to get Dipper to go to the factory in exchange for Shandra Jimenez's phone number. Gideon warns Dipper to stay away from the secrets of Gravity Falls, and uses his amulet to attack Dipper.

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Mabel with the amulet.
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Back at the Shack, Mabel and Wendy have a one sided conversation, and Mabel decides to break up with Gideon herself. Meanwhile, Gideon controls/uses telekinesis on Dipper with his amulet and sends a pair of lamb shears at him. Mabel arrives and takes Gideon's amulet from him and throws it to Dipper. Gideon tackles Dipper out the window, and the two fall. Luckily, Mabel uses the amulet to save them. She tells Gideon she'll never date him, and destroys the amulet. Gideon backs into the forest, warning them, "This isn't the last you'll see of little ol' me."

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The second book.
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Gideon forces his father to call off the deal with Stan to the latter's dismay. So, Stan steals the clown painting and runs off. Stan returns home to see an exhausted Mabel and Dipper slumped on the couch. But they lighten the mood by joking about Gideon getting revenge on them. Gideon is then seen in his room, playing with hand made dolls of Mabel, Dipper, and Stan. He pretends as if the Dipper is asking him "what are you going to do without your precious amulet," repeating words the real Dipper said earlier in their confrontation, and Gideon replies, "Oh, you'll see boy. You'll see." He then closes Journal #2, revealing that he has it.

In the credits scene, Mabel "bezazzles" Soos. She turns out the lights, Dipper shines a flash light on him, and music plays as Soos spins in place, thereby becoming a disco ball. An annoyed Stan says, "You're all fired."

Credits

Production notes

See also: List of allusions and List of goofs.

Series continuity

Songs featured

Trivia

  • Viewership: This episode was watched by 2.954 million viewers on its premiere night.[4]
  • This episode title is based on the idiom "the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world."
  • The disclaimer at the end of Gideon's commercial reads:

"Void where prohibited, no C.O.D.'s accepted, the letter "p" in the word psychic is silent and used for entertainment purposes only. If unsatisfied, please return unused portion for a full refund. Side effects may include but are not limited to: prosperity, wads of cash, fun at parties, tight pants, 6.2% APR, no money down! Psychic readings may cause a warming sensation in the abdomen. If pain persists, consult your physicist immediately. Carla, I've always loved you but I've never had the guts to say it."
-Tent of Telepathy commercial

  • Gideon's Dipper has a dark green shirt instead of an orange shirt. Mabel wears a heart sweater that Mabel never actually appears on her, though it bears a strong resemblance to her main sweater in The Legend of the Gobblewonker.
  • While Dipper and Mabel are playing the video game, the background music is an 8-bit version of the background music played while the gnome monster was chasing them in the first episode.
  • The list of guys that Wendy broke up with is inspired by boys that Alex Hirsch's sister Ariel had crushes on. The names were mixed up, with the only first and last names being used. [5]
  • The credits music is the same as the background music in Tourist Trapped during the sequence that Dipper is looking for proof that Norman is a zombie.
  • This episode has Mabel wearing two sweaters seen in other episodes; the rainbow and llama hair sweaters.

Cryptogram

  • During the end credits of this episode, there was a cryptogram that read "FDUOD, ZKB ZROW BRY FDOO PH?" Once decoded, it reads, "CARLA, WHY WONT YOU CALL ME?" 'Carla' was mentioned in the end of Tent of Telepathy commercial.

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