All throughout the series of Gravity Falls, we have known Fiddleford McGucket as a crazy old man. After watching the episode, “Society of the Blind Eye”, I’m not quite sure. I could be wrong, but it’s something I am thinking about, so I’m going to talk about this anyway.
The episode starts with Lazy Susan closing her Diner and saying goodbye to everything as she leaves. She suddenly see some gnomes stacked upon each other, trying to steal a pie from her window sill. She freaks out and tries to call the police, but she is kidnapped by a group of strange people in red hoodies. As they take her way, one of them says, “it is unseen.”
The scene cuts to Dipper trying to figure out who the author of the journals is and Mabel being disappointed after getting a letter from her crush, Mermando, saying he had to get married to the queen of the manatees to prevent a sea civil war. By looking through the glass the letter was sent, Mabel sees a tab on Dipper’s laptop that Soos found on one of their previous adventures that he believed belonged to the author. The tab said “McGucket Labs”. She showed it to Dipper and he believed it was proof that Old Man McGucket was the author of the journals.
Dipper and Mabel take Soos and Wendy to confront McGucket about the journals. He doesn’t recall anything. At first, Dipper thinks McGucket is only pretending not to know about the journals. But McGucket continues to deny he knows anything about them. Dipper flips some pages of the journal to try to refresh his memory. He continues to deny he ever wrote the journals and doesn’t recall anything until he sees a page that talks about the Society of the Blind Eye.
He freaks out and claimed they did something to his mind to make him the way he is today. He doesn’t remember exactly what they did, but he knows they did something. Dipper declares to get to the bottom of who did whatever they did to McGucket. They all decide to go to an old museum, which McGucket claimed was the earliest thing he could remember. He said he couldn’t remember anything before 1982.
While inside the museum, after looking for a bit, Soos sees someone in the distance. The group chases the person into a room, but the person appears to have vanished. They are confused about it because there are no other exits in the room. They looked around to see where the person could have gone.
Behind McGucket was a switch that opened the wall to a secret passageway. They go inside and see inside the room, where the weird guys who had kidnapped Lazy Susan in the beginning of episode had taken her. They asked her what she saw. She tells them about the gnomes. They pulled out a weird gadget and wiped her memory of what she saw.
Dipper believed that if they found out where the men were keeping Lazy Susan’s memory, they can probably find McGucket’s memories, too, and finally solve the mystery of the journals. The group splits up. Dipper, Soos, and McGucket go to look for wherever these people store the memories while Mabel and Wendy are to look out and make sure the people don’t come back. While deciding where they’re even going to begin to look, Soos’ hat accidentally gets sucked up into a tube they saw take Lazy Susan’s memory and followed it to the room with all the memories.
In the room with Wendy and Mabel, Mabel expresses to Wendy how bad she feels about none of her romances during the summer working out. Wendy tries to encourage Mabel to forget about guys. But that just gives Mabel the idea to erase her memory of all of her failed romances with the weird memory wiping device The Society of the Blind Eye used on Lazy Susan. Wendy tries to warn her not to use it because they don’t know exactly what it does and she could accidentally erase something she doesn’t want to until Mabel convinces her she could erase that terrible song Soos was listening to all day out of her head.
Back to Dipper, Soos, and McGucket, they find McGucket’s memories and take it but it sets off an alarm. The alarm stops Mabel and Wendy right before they used the memory wiping device on themselves. The people from The Society of the Blind Eye chase them. They try to hide, but are caught. They catch Wendy and Mabel as well and bring them all together.
They take the McGucket memory tube back and reveal themselves. Dipper and gang see that they are all people that they know from their area. The leader of the society, revealing himself as Blind Ivan, told them that the founder of the society, whom he didn’t remember, created it because Gravity Falls is full of strange occurrences that scared people because they didn’t know how to stop it. The founder invented a device that could erase people’s memories and help them forget about the strange things they saw that was scaring them.
He even revealed that they even caught Mabel trying to erase her own memory. But Dipper responded, saying that erasing people’s memories is ruining people’s lives and used McGucket as an example that he lives in a hut and is crazy because of what they did and asked if he felt bad about it. Blind Ivan said, “a little”, and he wiped his own memory and said “not anymore”. After telling them the backstory behind the Society of the Blind Eye, Blind Ivan threatens to and almost erases their memories, too, until McGucket saved them and handed them a bunch of weapons he found and told them to fight.
They race and fight over McGucket’s memories until they get cornered by all the Society members. Blind Ivan tries to erase their memories again until McGucket jumps in front of them and takes the shot for them. Blind Ivan keeps trying to shoot McGucket with the memory gun and wonders why it isn’t working on him. McGucket tells him because his mind is already destroyed from years of memory wiping and no one can wipe what’s already gone. He walks up to Blind Ivan and headbutts him, knocking him out cold.
They strapped him and the rest of the members of the Society of the Blind Eye up and wipe their memories of the whole Society’s organization and send them on their way. Apparently, Blind Ivan didn’t have an identity outside of the Society of the Blind Eye like everyone else because he began asking who and where he was, so Mabel had to make one up for him.
Dipper asks McGucket if he wants to see his memories. At first, McGucket is hesitant because he is afraid he might not like what he sees. Mabel convinces him that he came all the way to gain his memories back, so he might as well see it. I honestly believe they were just curious about what his memories were, like all of us watching! McGucket listens to Mabel and hooks his memory tube up to a screen and watches what was on it.
They find out that he used to be a brilliant scientist who used to work with the author of the journals. The memory tube didn’t reveal who the author was. He wanted to forget about something that he saw through working with the author on a project. He decided to quit working with the author after seeing that and invented a gadget that could erase memories. He also created the Society of the Blind Eye to erase other people’s memories who saw things that scared and traumatized them. He continues wiping his memories with the gadget until he became what he is today.
The group feels bad after seeing his memories. McGucket assures them that he doesn’t feel bad after seeing the memories because he now knows who he is and thanks them for helping him find his memories. Dipper asks him if he remembered who the author of the journals were, but he said it would take some time for him to remember.
Dipper probably was disappointed that he didn’t solve the mystery of who wrote the journal that day, but I believe he was happy that he helped McGucket gain his memories back. I believe everyone else were happy about McGucket getting his memories back, too.
But here’s why I think McGucket isn’t really an old man. On his memories, the last day that he knew that was recorded was 618. There’s 365 days in a year. The 618th day was the day when he became who he is now. This means that it took less than two years for him to become what he is now. I believe that he just drove himself crazy from erasing his memory so much. He’s not an old man. That is actually really sad if this is true, but it is just a theory of mine that I was thinking of.
What’s also sad is, knowing his past after looking at the memory tube, so many people in the show treated him like garbage and like he was stupid. Even at the beginning of this episode, Lazy Susan was poking him with a broomstick when he was under one of her tables in her diner like he was some kind of animal. When in actuality, he was one of the smartest people in the whole city of Gravity Falls. Even after wiping his memory so much, he still invented amazing things throughout the show that only a genius could invent.
McGucket was not stupid or crazy. He was just a very traumatized man that needed help. That might ruin Gravity Falls a little bit for some of you and I’m sorry, but that’s really the truth about McGucket if you really pay attention to what’s going on in the show.