After the opening credits for Grim & Evil and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, a small segment featuring Mandy on a pitch black background and says a random quote, either sardonic, menacing or downright weird in nature, generally related to one of the episode's segments. Every once in a while, another character besides Mandy would appear, and sometimes they would straight-up replace Mandy. Every so often, when the episode features no opening theme, Mandy's gag also is absent.
In the Season 1 (DVD), these segments are called "Mandyisms" in the special features.
List of Mandy's Couch Gags
Note: When Grim & Evil got split up and the "Billy and Mandy" segments were rerun as B&M season 1, some of the quotes were rearranged, such as the one for the pilot using a gag from season 2 (which is notable by Mandy using her design from that season), and since the compiled B&M segments only rendered 8 episodes, only a total of 8 gags were used on season 1 reruns, with some of the original ones from G&E being lost for years until the entire show made it into digital services. The following order is how the quotes were arranged in the classic Grim & Evil format, in chronological order and with Mandy using her design from that show.
Season 1A (Grim & Evil Era)
|#||Episode||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|1||Meet the Reaper/Evil Con Carne (episode)/Skeletons in the Water Closet||"Shut up, prepare for the show."|
|2||Opposite Day/Emotional Skarr/Look Alive!||"It is useless to resist."||By Darth Vader from Star Wars.|
|3||Mortal Dilemma/Evil Goes Wild/Get Out of My Head!||"What are you looking at?" (Mandy slowly fades away, with only her eyes remaining visible)|
|4||The Smell of Vengeance Part 1/ Fiend is Like Friend Without the "R"/The Smell of Vengeance Part 2||"It's cruel and unusual."||Amendment 8, Cruel and Unusual Punishment.|
|5||Devolver: Part 1/Recipe for Disaster/Devolver: Part 2||"Shouldn't you be playing outside or something?"|
|6||Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Part 1/A Dumb Wish/Tiptoe Through the Tulips: Part 2||"Happiness is a waxen two-headed baby."||"Happiness is a warm puppy." quote by Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts.|
|7||Grim vs. Mom/Bring Me the Face of Hector Con Carne/Tastes Like Chicken||"We all go a little mad sometimes."||Quote from the movie Psycho.|
|8||Grim or Gregory?/Search and Estroy/Something Stupid This Way Comes||"We're back! With a vengeance!"||It is possible that this quote is a reference to the hiatus that Grim and Evil went through during the middle of season 1.|
|9||A Grim Surprise/Everyone Loves Uncle Bob/Beasts and Barbarians||"Submit or be destroyed."|
|10||Hoss Delgado: Spectral Exterminator/Evil On Trial/To Eris Human||"I want all of your garmonbozia!"||It is a word originating from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which means "Pain and Sorrow".|
|11||Billy's Growth Spurt/The Time Hole Incident/Billy & The Bully||"Sometimes you drink the milk, sometimes the milk drinks you."|
|12||Big Trouble in Billy's Basement/Christmas Con Carne/Tickle Me Mandy||"Avert your eyes."||When you watch this gag from a widescreen television, you can see that Mandy's lip syncing was not animated, due to the television screen format at the time the episode aired cut off her face from the bottom of her eyes. Possibly an animation oversight.|
|13||Little Rock of Horrors/The Pie Who Loved Me/Dream a Little Dream||"Dance! Dance like you've never danced before!"||Possibly a reference to Footloose and the fact that the three segments are music-related.|
Season 1B (also Grim & Evil)
Note: Despite this season is the one where "Grim & Evil" was split in two series, this one was originally made and formatted as a season 2 for G&E. This season also had the same issues regarding Mandy's couch gag, with some of them being mixed in the B&M reruns, and some of them ended up missing in the process, not ressurging until the season was re-aired as G&E season 2 years later on demand. As with season 1, this will also follow the same format, but the episode order will be different: instead of the chronological order of B&M season 1B, it will instead be listed as the original order of G&E season 2, in order to fit all of the gags from that season.
|#||Episode||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|1||It's Hokey Mon!/Boscov's Day Out/Tween Wolf||"Do what thou wilt, shall be the whole of the law."
(Disappears in a burst of flames)
|This quote is directly from Aleister Crowley's The Book Of The Law.|
|2||Grim in Love/Trouble with Skarrina/Love is Evol Spelled Backwards||(Imitating a cupid, complete with wings and a bow and arrow)"Can you feel the love?"||From Elthon John's song, Can You Feel The Love Tonight?, made popular by the 1994 film The Lion King.|
|3||Mandy the Merciless/Go Spork!/The Really Odd Couple||"Evolution doesn't take prisioners."||This gag, alongside the previous one, are the only gags that still comes before the same episode in both the G&E season 3 format and the B&M season 2 format (in both cases, the first segment)|
|4||Brown Evil/League of Destruction/Brown Evil Part 2||"Someone needs a spanking."
(Pulls out a spiked paddle.)
|5||Go-Kart 3000/Day of the Dreadbot/Smarten Up!||(Billy appears instead of Mandy)"Huh? Where am I? Who are you people?" (Refering to the audience)||This is the first gag that features Billy, but it's the only one which he talks. This is also the only one where Mandy doesn't appear at all.|
|6||Educating Grim/Gutless/Toadblatt's School of Sorcery||None|
|7||Creating Chaos/Max Courage/The Grim Show||"Turn it up so you can hear the screaming!"
(The sound of a woman screaming is heard as Mandy leaves)
|8||Who Killed Who?/Son of Nergal||"If you are what you eat, I could be YOU by morning."
(Pulling out a fork and a knife)
|9||Crushed/Son of Evil/Night of the Living Grim||"Whatever you do, don't look behind you."||Similar to the "Avert your eyes" gag from season 1, Mandy's mouth wasn't animated, and it becomes notable on widescreen televisions.|
|10||Terror of the Black Knight/Right to Bear Arms/Battle of the Bands||"We accept you. We accept you. One of us."||A reference to the 1932 movie Freaks.|
|11||The Crawling Niceness/Cod vs. Hector/Chicken Ball Z||"I hate. Therefore I am."||A parody of a philosophical proposition by René Descartes: "I Think. Therefore I am.". Could also be a reference to a song by Cyclone Temple.|
|12||Grim For a Day/Sister Grim/The Halls of Time||(Only Mandy's eyes are visible in the darkness)
"This is the end. Smash your television."
|A nod to this episode being the season finale (discounting Jacked-Up Halloween).|
|1||Spider's Little Daddy/Tricycle of Terror||"It's cruel and unusual."||This is one of the few recycled quotes from the gag.|
|2||Dumb Luck||"It is not enough to succed.(speaks in a demonic voice).Others must fail!" (fades into the background)||Gore Vidal quote. It is also Mandy's victory quote in The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy (video game).|
|3||Lil' Porkchop||"Is it weird in here? (Mandy's head gets replaced by the one of a monster) Or is it just you?"|
|4||House of Pain||(Appears holding a whip) "Punishment is its own reward."(Whips at the camera)|
|5||Nursery Crimes||"How about a little fire, Scarecrow?" (Mandy's hair turns into a burst of flames)||From The Wizard of Oz.|
|6||Nigel Planter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets||(Holds up a wand and starts twirling it) "Imperial!"
(Fires the wand at the camera and disappears)
|A possible reference to the "Expecto Patronum" spell from the Harry Potter franchise, which causes the victim to disappear.|
|7||Bully Boogie||(Holding up a landline telephone) "The call is coming from inside the house."||Originated from the horror movie When a Stranger Calls.|
|8||Which Came First?||(Spins in midair, monkey sounds can be heard on the background) "We all go a little mad sometimes" (Disappears from a flash)||The second recycled quote.|
|1||Super Zero/Sickly Sweet||(Makes an alien screeching sound while pointing at the camera)||A reference to the ending of the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.|
|2||Bearded Billy||(Mandy appears lying down with her arms crossed, then she opens her eyes and gets up in the same position)"Dying is easy. Comedy is hard."
(A drumroll plays as a pie is thrown on Mandy's face)
|Edmund Kean quote|
|3||Test of Time||"Give me a cheeseburguer with no onions, a small order of fries, and a soda!"|
|4||Attack of the Clowns||"No matter how bad it seems, it could get worse."
(A split second frame showing Mandy as a green monster flashes with a growling sound effect)
|5||Whatever Happened To Billy Whatsisname?||(Mandy appears in a field of static)"When you change the channel, we start talking about you behind your back."||Some have theorized that this is a nod to producers monitoring the ratings of who watches the shows.|
|6||Chocolate Sailor||"You can change the outcome of this cartoon, with the power of your mind"||Possibly a reference to the Law of Attraction.|
|7||That's My Mummy||"Curiouser and curiouser."|
|8||The Secret Snake Club (episode)||"Turn out the lights."
(The lights are turned off and only Mandy's eyes are visible. A third one opens on her forehead)
|A "third Eye opening" hints at studies of meditation or the occult.|
|9||He's Not Dead, He's My Mascot||"Pull my finger"
(A fart sound effect plays as the gag ends)
|Very old joke.|
|10||The Bad News Ghouls||(Billy appears and waves at the camera. It is shown that he is inside Mandy's computer)
"Control, Alt, Delete."
(The computer shuts off as Billy keeps waving)
|CTRL+ALT+Delete is a keyboard command to reboot a computer.|
|11||Happy Huggy Stuffy Bears||(Mandy appears in a field of fog)
"As you value your life or your reason, keep away from the moore"
(A wolf's howl is heard as she leaves)
|A quote from book The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle featuring his character Sherlock Holmes.|
|12||Wild Parts||"Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
"OH! I do! I do!"
(Mandy stares at Grim while both of them leave)
|The Shadow radio line...famous line also in The Shadow drama novel/comic series.|
|13||Wishbones||"Evil. Pure and simple from the 8th dimension."
(pulls off mask to reveal a monster face)
|Buckaroo Banzai cult-film quote.|
|1||Dream Mutt||(Mandy is dressed as a judge and climbs a podium)"This statement is false."
|The liar paradox.|
|2||Jeffy's Web||"I've missed you."
(Pulls out a laser gun)
"But my aim is improving!"
(Shoots at the camera)
|Gravity Falls would use a similar joke in the episode "The Legend of the Gobblewonker".|
|3||Duck!||(Mandy is dressed as a witch and is stirring a potion on a caldron)"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes."||William Shakespeare quote.|
|4||Zip Your Fly!||(Mandy appears wearing a suit, on a greyscale filter)"Truth is always strange. Stranger than fiction."
||George Gordon aka "Lord Byron" quote. Mandy's getup might be a reference to The Twilight Zone.|
|5||Runaway Pants||"Smile. Tomorrow will be worse."||Murphy's Law philosophy.|
|6||The Firebird Sweet||Give me a cheeseburger with no onions, a small order of fries and a soda.||The third recycled quote.|
|7||Billy Idiot||(Billy walks to the middle of the screen and starts waving then zoom out to show him in a comptuer screen we see Mandy on the computer)
"Ctrl, Alt, Delete" (As she deletes the video of Billy waving)
|The fourth recycled quote.|
|8||My Fair Mandy||'It's you and me against the world."
(Puts on army helmet)
"We attack at dawn."
|9||One Crazy Summoner||"Today's password is..(nonsense drivel)"||The current password is unknown. It is theorized that the last word can be deciphered by back-masking.|
|10||Mommy Fiercest||(Mandy's head opens up to reveal a control panel with a smaller Mandy inside)"Echuta!"||A very offensive greeting in the Star Wars franchise.|
|11||Reap Walking||"What? You again? Hey, it's your life!"|
|12||Ecto Cooler||"Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure."||Quote by Lord Byron.|
|13||Prank Call of Cthulu||(Reversed)
Cartoons will rot your Brain."
|14||Billy & Mandy Save Christmas||"Bah, Humbug!" (Gets crushed by a foot)||Quote from the Charles Dickens novel A Christmas Carol. Foot is from Monty Python.|
|#||Episode||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|1||Billy Ocean/Hill Billy||(Dressed as a pirate)'"Violets are blue.
Roses are red.
We're coming aboard.
Prepare to eat lead.
(Fires cannon at audience)
|Originated from the game Monkey Island, in a book called "Famous Pirate Quotations"|
|2||Keeper of the Reaper||(As a Train Driver)"Push the button,
Pull the chain,
Here comes the Chocolate Choo-Choo train."
|From Vaughn Monroe's children song Chocolate Choo Choo.|
|3||The Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name/Major Cheese||(in Grim's swapped voice)"Things are not always as they seem."||A very common phrase, originated from Phaedrus by Plato.|
|4||Modern Primitives/Giant Billy And Mandy All-Out Attack||(Wearing her clown costume from Attack of the Clowns)"Are we having fun yet?"
(A pie gets thrown in her face)
|Common sarcastic quote, made famous by comic strip character Zippy the Pinhead.|
|5||The Wrongest Yard/Druid Where's My Car?||(Sighs)"Meh, I'm outta here!"|
|6||Herbicidal Maniac/Chaos Theory||(Mandy is viewed from inside a hole, holding a shovel)"You're down to earth, but not down quite far enough."
(Starts burying the viewer)
|7||A Grim Day/Pandora's Lunch Box||(View from inside a box)"Caution. Contents may have shifted during shipping."
(Closes the box)
|A common airport quote regarding luggage.|
|8||Billy & Mandy vs. the Martians||"If stupidity got us into this mess, why can't it get us out?"||Quote by Will Rogers.|
|9||Dumb-Dumbs & Dragons/Fear and Loathing in Endsville||"Ordinary morality is for ordinary people."||Aleister Crowley quote.|
|10||Dad Day Afternoon/Scary Poppins||"The less we know, the better we feel."||Excerpt from David Bowie'sMiracle Goodnight song.|
|11||Hurter Monkey/Goodbling and the Hip-Hop-Opotamus||"I've only got ONE nerve left, and you're getting on it."||A pun on "getting on someone's nerves".|
|12||Spidermandy/Be A-Fred, Be Very A-Fred||"If at first you don't succeed, you're not me."||“If at first, you don’t succeed, try, try, and try again” quote by Thomas Palmer. Could also be a satire on the Madonna song "Over and Over".|
|13||The Crass Unicorn/Billy & Mandy Begins||"Raggle Fraggle."||Running gag quote on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy|
|#||Episode||Quote Transcription||Quote Info|
|1||Everything Breaks/The Show that Dare Not Speak Its Name||(face up close to the screen) "You have disappointed me for the last time!"||Possibly a reference to one of Darth Vader's most famous quote: "You have failed me for the last time."|
|2||The Secret Snake Club vs P.E./King Tooten Pooten||(looks about then to the viewer) "Quick! Jump into the TV while they're not looking!"|
|3||Billy Gets an "A"/Yeti or Not, Here I Come||(Wearing a polar bear costume)"Don't think about polar bears."||The ironic process theory.|
|4||Nergal's Pizza/Hey, Water You Doing?||(View from inside Billy's mouth)"This will only hurt for 22 minutes."
(Pulls out a drill and turns it on)
|A joke on how a regular episode of Billy and Mandy lasts (minus commercials).|
|5||Company Halt/Anger Mismanagement||"Revenge is a dish best served with corn."
(Pulls out a food tray with a paddle and a piece of corn)
|The phrase "Revenge is a dish best served cold."|
|6||Waking Nightmare/Beware of the Undertoad||(Dances)|
|7||The Greatest Love Story Ever Told Ever/Detention X||"What is the speed of darkness?"
(Pulls on a lamp and turn the lights off)
|Possibly the reverse of "The Speed of Light".|
|8||Dracula Must Die!/Short Tall Tales||(Driving a car)"Don't make me turn this cartoon around!"||Common family road trip quote "Don't make me turn this car around".|
|9||Nigel Planter and the Order of the Peanuts/The Incredible Shrinking Mandy||"Come at me, my creatures of the night!"
(A group of bunnies appear. Mandy facepalms in embarrassment)
|10||El Dia De Los Muertos Estupidos/Heartburn||(A sombrero full of nachos fall on Mandy's head. She tries one of them.)
"No me gusta."
|A reference to the meme "Me Gusta". This is Spanish for "I don't like it".|
Cartoon Network Podcast
|Date published||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|N/A||You're watching the Cartoon Network Podcast, be afraid, be very afraid."||This couch gag uses the same footage from the "Turn out the lights." gag but with new lines.|
Maxwell Atoms' "Black Mandy" posts.
In the first few months of 2018, Maxwell Atoms created a "Black Mandy" hashtag on his social media (such Tumblr and Instagram), which consisted of weekly posts of drawings featuring Mandy doing a random action while her dialogue is transcripted above her head, presumably a spiritual sucessor to her Couch Gag from the original show. There's a total of 8 of them as of right now.
|Date published||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|January 18th, 2018||(Wearing a winter gear, pointing a laser to something off-shot)
"I don't hate your guts. They're the only thing keeping me warm."
|This is reference to a scene in "Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back", in which Han Solo places Luke Skywalker inside the open body of a dead Tauntaun for warmth against the extreme cold. Mandy is depicted in the same jacket Han wears.|
|Januray 25th, 2018||(Dark energy emerges from Mandy's eyes)
"Nothing matters now but my own nihilism."
|Nihilsim is a philosophical viewpoint that suggests denial or lack of belief towards meaningful aspects of life. Therefore, when Mandy says "nothing matters now", she was making a nihilism pun.|
|February 1st, 2018||(Mandy looks at her wristwatch as mushroom cloud is happening in the background.)
"Sorry. My doomsday clock is two minutes fast."
|A Doomsday Clock is a term created by The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, which represents the likelihood of a man-made catastrophe.|
|February 8th, 2018||(Sitting on Billy's back like he's a stool.)
"Everyone's entitled by their own opinion."
|This is the only post where Billy appears.|
|February 14th, 2018||(Mandy has a mouth full of worms, and holds a few more on both her hands)
"I want to say 'I love you', but the worms get in the way."
|A mondergreen on the lyrics :I want to say "I love you" but the words get in the way, which originated from a song by singer Gloria Stefan.|
|February 22nd, 2018||(An apocalypse happens in the background, and Mandy is being surrounded by tentacles)
"In a few years we'll all look back on this and say 'those were simpler times.'"
|March 1st, 2018||(Holding a chainsaw, Mandy is wearing someone else's skin on her face)
"Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer the analog face-swap."
|Mandy reffers to the Face Swap app, which allows people to switch their faces on pictures.|
|March 8th, 2018||(Holidng a giant pin, whereas a giant boot emerges from the sky to crush Mandy)
"Schadenfreude is a consolation prize."
|Schadenfreude is a feeling of pleasure towards someone's msifortune and/or suffering.|
Movies and Specials
|Episode||Mandy's Quote||Quote Info|
|Billy and Mandy Save Christmas||
(Mandy appears dressed in a Santa suit)
(She gets stomped on by a giant foot)
|Ebenezel Scrooge's catchphrase in "A Christmas Carol". The foot that crushes Mandy is similar to the one featured in the title card of Crushed.|
|Billy & Mandy's Big Boogey Adventure||(Mandy wakes up and realizes she's trapped in the setting of the couch gag, bounded by an invisible wall, which is the viewer's television screen.) "Let... me... OUT OF HERE!!!!!" (Fades into the background)||This gag is not featured on the opening of the movie itself, but is actually referenced during the scene when Mandy goes through a sequence of multiple nightmares after being kidnapped by Boogey Man.|
|Billy & Mandy: Wrath of the Spider Queen||"I don't believe in happy endings."
(This second gag appears when the second part of the special is played on demand.)
"Exit, stage left!"(Leaves the scene at the left tap-dancing. A car crashing sound can be heard.)
|This special is the only one which has two gags: one for the first part, and another for the second part (exclusive for streaming services)|
Episodes without the couch gag
- Billy & Mandy's Jacked-Up Halloween
- Billy and Mandy Moon the Moon
- The Grim Adventures of the KND
- Underfist: Halloween Bash
- In a Cartoon Network Power Play game called "Freaky Freezeday", there's a parody of the couch gag with Billy stating that he's not wearing any underwear.
- Accourding to Maxwell Atoms on Tumblr, he stated that Cartoon Network usually takes two segments of their shows and "remixed" them in order to make "new" half hours. As a result, Mandy's couch gag slowly became less related to any to any particular segment (or segments) in later seasons.