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"Wax Museum" is the second segment of the twenty-fifth episode of Amphibia, serving as a tribute to Gravity Falls. It aired on August 8, 2020.

Synopsis

The family visits a mysterious roadside oddities museum where every treasure comes with a price.

Plot

Anne and the Plantars arrive in Stony Gulch, but are disappointed that they cannot buy anything and can only do window shopping. When Anne lowers her hood, the townsfolk are shocked by her appearance. She shows that she is friendly by doing simple parlor tricks and other casual human quirks that nevertheless, impresses them into giving her money. After a long day and collecting a literal bucked of coins, Anne suggests that they visit the Curiosity Hut. The Plantars concede with Hop Pop telling Anne that she needs to keep her hood up to avoid detection. Upon entering, they are greeted by the mysterious Curator, later named Mr. Ponds, who shows off his wax figures of strange creatures, one of which freaks out Polly when she sees its eyes moving. The Plantars decide to leave already while Anne stalls.

Just before leaving, Anne sees a Skipman: a CD player from the human world and asks to have it. Mr. Ponds announces that it is a million coppers. Anne, revealing her human appearance, offers to be an exhibit for one day in exchange for the Skipman which Mr. Ponds ominously agrees to. The Plantars are in shock over Anne's decision and ban her from going. However, she sneaks off into the night to the Curiosity Hut and Mr. Ponds places her on a stage and brings down a giant glass tube on her. He reveals that everything in his museum is real and that he uses wax to freeze his discoveries in place and plans to do so to her as well, much to her horror. He does reveal that he got the Skipman from Newtopia.

The Plantars awaken to find Anne gone and rush to the museum. While Hop Pop and Sprig fight off Mr. Ponds, Polly confronts the wax statues and unfreezes them with a torch. The monsters proceed to attack Mr. Ponds and drag him away into the backroom where he is presumably killed (though he comically identifies a red looking liquid as just melted wax). The Plantars take Anne's frozen body back to the fwagon and melt the wax. Anne apologizes for being reckless with Hop Pop telling her that she needs to be careful. Sprig reveals that he secured the Skipman and shows off that it can be a laser pointer, which she accidentally blasts into Hop Pop's eye.

Cast

Trivia

  • Much of Amphibia's crew previously worked on Gravity Falls, hence the desire to do a tribute episode with the participation of show creator Alex Hirsch.
  • The fact that the Curator runs a wax museum is likely a homage to the Gravity Falls episode "Headhunters", which features Stan setting up a wax museum in The Mystery Shack.
    • Among the other references, the fact that the town is surrounded by pine trees, is a reference to the setting of the original series as well as the Fromes (frog-gnomes) one of which utters Shmebulock.
    • In one shot, there is a picture of a yellow triangle with lines coming out of it that vaguely resembles Bill Cipher.
  • Alex Hirsch is not credited for his roles as Frog Soos and Shmebulock.
  • Hop Pop once again displays the ability to sleep with his eyes open. This trait has not been seen since "Best Fronds".
  • The Skipman CD player is a reference to the Walkman cassette player.
  • Mr. Ponds is much more conniving and villainous than Grunkle Stan.
  • Frog Soos mentions the idea of alternate dimensions, which of course is a reference to how he and Mr. Ponds are different characters in Gravity Falls.
  • Frog Soos licking himself is a reference to getting hallucinatory highs from licking actual frogs. The most well known amphibian that does this is the Cane Toad which has a toxin called bufotenine. When attacked by a predator, this can act as a deterrent. However, humans use the chemical to get artificial highs.

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Media
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Characters
Anne BoonchuySprig PlantarPolly PlantarHop Pop PlantarBessieOne-Eyed WallyLeopold LoggleIvy SundewFelicia SundewSylvia SundewMaddie FlourSadie CroakerStumpyAlbus DuckweedApothecary GaryMayor ToadstoolToadieSasha WaybrightMarcyZappapedeCaptain GrimePercyGeneral Yunnan
Episodes
Season One: "Anne or Beast?/Best Fronds" • "Cane Crazy/Flood, Sweat & Tears" • "Hop Luck/Stakeout" • "The Domino Effect/Taking Charge" • "Anne Theft Auto/Breakout Star" • "Sprig Vs. Hop Pop/Girl Time" • "Dating Season/Anne Vs. Wild" • "Contagi-Anne/Family Shrub" • "Lily Pad Thai/Plantar's Last Stand" • "Toad Tax/Prison Break" • "Grubhog Day/Hop Pop and Lock" • "Civil Wart/Hop-Popular" • "Croak and Punishment/Trip to the Archives" • "Snow Day/Cracking Mrs. Croaker" • "A Night at the Inn/Wally and Anne" • "Family Fishing Trip/Bizarre Bazaar" • "Cursed!/Fiddle Me This" • "The Big Bugball Game/Combat Camp" • "Children of the Spore/Anne of the Year" • "Reunion"

Season Two: "Handy Anne/Fort in the Road" • "The Ballad of Hopediah Plantar/Anne Hunter" • "Truck Stop Polly/A Caravan Named Desire" • "Quarreler's Pass/Toadcatcher" • "Swamp and Sensibility/Wax Museum" • "Marcy at the Gates" • "Scavenger Hunt/The Plantars Check In" • "Lost in Newtopia/Sprig Gets Schooled" • "Little Frogtown/Hopping Mall" • "The Sleepover To End All Sleepovers/A Day At The Aquarium" • "Night Drivers/Return To Wartwood" • "Enter Marcy/Scaver Hunt"

Locations
AmphibiaWartwood SwampToad Tower
See also
Welcome to AmphibiaCalamity BoxSuspicious Island
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