Coincidence!!!??? I THINK--so.......Yeah, definitely a coincidence. But it did throw me off when I rewatched that episode today, since I'd forgotten that was there. XD
Sort of. I had planned back then to make Eleanor a character as soon as I was comfortable animating her/him, so that is indeed an Eleanor plushie. It's not actually Eleanor her/himself, though.
I see Eleanor as Topher's author surrogate.
That's weird to me.
Not sure how to take that... but for the record, while I have several, Eleanor's not one of them.