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Posted on: February 23, 2015

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Royal MEETING 47

In this week’s meeting of the Royal Order of the Holy Mackerel we breakdown and investigate the epic tenth episode of the second season, Northwest Mansion Mystery!


Challenge 37

This week’s meeting focuses on the information packed tenth episode of the second season of Gravity Falls, Northwest Mansion Mystery!

Northwest Mansion Mystery features the story of the Northwest’s annual fancy party, and an ancient curse laid upon the family 150 years ago. It turns out that the ghost is real and it’s angry, so Pacifica turns to Dipper to deal with the problem. As payment, he secures tickets for Mabel, Candy, and Grenda, and the five of them return to the Northwest Mansion.

Dipper attempts to deal with the low level spirit with some anointed water, but it turns out that it is a very powerful ghost, and his water is useless. So the ghost gives chase while the guests arrive, and Dipper discovers that silver mirrors will trap painting ghosts, and deftly catches the lumberjack ghost in a handheld silver mirror.

The ghost however tells Dipper his story, that he and the other townsfolk were tricked into building the mansion on the condition that they are permitted to attend the annual fancy party. After the Northwest Mansion is built, they break their promise, and the lumberjack ghost was killed in a landslide.

Dipper is angry that he was lied to, and even calls Pacifica Northwest out for being twofaced, but he still goes through with the exorcism. The lumberjack ghost tricks Dipper however and frees himself and escapes to the Northwest Mansion to wreak havoc. He turns everyone to wood – even Dipper, and Pacifica breaks the curse by overcoming her parents conditioning and opening the gates to the common townsfolk.

At the party McGucket pulls Dipper aside and tells him that the apocalypse is coming, and Dipper brushes him off. He wants a night to relax. The problem is that a night is all they have left! At that same time Agents Powers and Trigger sneak into a broom closet because it turns out that they know the machine under the Mystery Shack is active, and start mobilizing their troops into action!

Northwest Mansion Mystery focuses has three distinct themes: Redemption, Respect, and Responsibility. These are showcased through Pacifica’s redemption of the Northwest family line, and Dipper’s newfound respect and responsibility in town – two things he’s desperately wanted since we first met him!

We also meet the reclusive mayor of Gravity Falls for the first time: Mayor Befuddlefumpter. He’s not long for this world, like Dipper and Mabel’s Guide to Mystery and Non-Stop Fun tells us. That book also portends that Grenda will marry rich, which is good news for her and her new crush, Marius von Fundhauser.

The end of the world is closer than the end of the summer, and it’s clear that Bill Cipher will have a role to play in these upcoming events. I don’t believe that Grunkle Stan and Bill Cipher are working together, but I don’t discount a last second deal with Bill to reach Stan’s mysterious goals. I also believe that Bill Cipher’s wheel is a representation of the pieces he needs to enact his master plan – opening a doorway to his nightmare realm, so he can fully enter our plane of reality and take over the world. I don’t think Bill Cipher is attached to the apocalypse, and that we won’t see him make any big power plays until Gideon Gleeful is out of prison.

But these are just my theories! Leave YOUR theories and suggestions in the comments below!

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