Gravity Falls’ 10 Most Shocking Moments (So Far)

The Disney scheduling gods have smiled down upon us and granted us a new episode of Gravity Falls tonight (and we should savor it because not only is this the first part of the season one finale, it also appears to be the last episode we’re getting until August). To celebrate this happy occasion, and in light of the last new episode’s (“The Land Before Swine”) multitude of OMG moments, I decided it was time for us to take a look back at the series’ most shocking moments so far. You wouldn’t think that a show aimed at the tween set would offer so many twisted, shocking or delightfully bizarre moments– particularly one that airs on the Disney Channel– but the town of Gravity Falls appears to be firmly situated on the TV map somewhere between Twin Peaks and Eerie, Indiana.

So let’s get to it, these are the 10 Gravity Falls moments that have elicited both shock and awe from me in the series’ young life, so far:

10. Grunkle Stan’s Hidden Room, “Tourist Trapped”

Admit it; when Grunkle Stan disappeared into a hidden room behind the snack machine in the series’ pilot, you spazzed out a little. It’s okay, I did too. Back in the day when I was a wee one myself (which you can tell was approximately three centuries ago), there was nothing I loved more than a show with a mythology. Being raised on The X-Files and So Weird will do that to a kid, so it warmed my heart to see a show aimed at the younger generation offering up intricate mysteries and serialized storytelling amidst the expected monster of the week fun. Granted, we still have no idea why Grunkle Stan has a secret room, but it was still the first moment that made me realize I had stumbled across a special show.

9. Lil’ Gideon Has His Own Book, “The Hand That Rocks the Mabel”

Styled as a miniature southern evangelist complete with tent revivals, Lil’ Gideon was already a strange character, but the creepy little dude only got stranger when it was revealed he was in possession of the second journal full of Gravity Falls’ secrets. It was a huge step for the series, and it marked the introduction of the Pines’ first major human big bad– albeit one that came in a tiny package.

8. Paper Jam Dipper, “Double Dipper”

Dipper’s grand plan to use a magical copying machine to make clones of himself so that he could both be in two places at once and have help devising a foolproof way to win Wendy’s heart at the Mystery Shack party went horribly awry when Paper Jam Dipper emerged from the machine. In a moment that was both hilarious and horrifying, we watched as the hopelessly misshapen version of Dipper crawled into Dipper #2’s arms and preceded to babble incoherently. Later his death by water was poignantly (and again hilariously) subtitled: “Maybe it’s better this way for Paper Jam Dipper.”

7. Possessed Mabel, “The Inconveniencing”

“The Inconveniencing” remains the gold standard of Gravity Falls‘ episodes. It was funny, it contained a nicely conveyed message about growing up and it was legitimately scary from start to finish. It’s hard to imagine anything will ever be quite as unsettling as possessed Mabel though. What started as an innocent sugar rush soon led to our beloved Mabel floating in the air and welcoming Dipper and their teenage companions to their graves. Just thinking about that moment still gives me the shivers.

6. A Woman Falls in Love With Waddles, “Carpet Diem”

Remember when all of those people went nuts over the Geico Pig/Lady Date commercial? I guess they missed the body-swapping episode of Gravity Falls where a tourist falls in love with Soos when he swaps bodies with Mabel’s pet pig Waddles. In true Gravity Falls fashion, the absurdity manages to turn into sadness by the end when the woman completely loses interest in Soos the minute he switches back into his own body. Poor, poor Soos.

5. Blendin Blandin, “The Time Traveler’s Pig”

The proper introduction of Blendin Blandin, a time-traveling mole person who periodically appeared in the background of previous episodes, is the best examples of Gravity Falls rewarding close viewing. When he suddenly took the spotlight and started helping Dipper and Mabel hop through time, we realized he had in fact been cleaning up the messes they made in the past in the previous episodes. Trippy, time travel goodness at its best.

4. Grunkle Stan Punches a Pterodactyl, “Land Before Swine”

Crazy Old Man McGucket almost stole this spot for eating his way out of a baby Pterodactyl with music spoons–and honestly, it should probably be a tie–but seeing the usually selfish Grunkle Stan go all action hero on a Pterodactyl just edged McGucket out. He punched a dinosaur with a pig strapped to his chest while screaming, “From heck’s heart, I stab at thee!”

It doesn’t get much more shocking or cooler than that.

3. Forgotten Pool Boy, “The Deep End”

In the saddest throwaway gag of all time, the Mabel-centric episode “The Deep End,” ends with a young boy forgotten in pool jail as we watch seasons pass as he looks out longingly through the bars. It was almost as depressing as Seymour waiting for Fry on Futurama, and it was mighty dark for Disney.

2. Soos eats his way out of a candy monster, “Summerween”

“I ate a man alive tonight,” sounds like a line more fitting for Hannibal than Gravity Falls, but that’s exactly what Soos says at the end of “Summerween.” And the really disturbing part? It’s true. After being swallowed by the Halloween monster made of loser candy, Soos survives by eating the grotesque thing from the inside out.

1. Grunkle Stan’s Moment of Truth, “Bottomless Pit!”

“Sometimes, I think is this all there is? Is life just some kind of horrific joke without a punch line? That we’re all just biding our time until the sweet, sweet, release of death?” Grunkle Stan tells a traumatized Mabel and Dipper while under the influence of truth-telling teeth. Meanwhile, children everywhere experience their first existential crisis.


I’ve shared my top 10, but I’d love to hear yours while we wait for the first half of the season one finale to air tonight (July 12th). Share your most shocking Gravity Falls‘ moments below!

Gravity Falls airs Fridays at 9PM ET/PT on the Disney Channel.

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