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Tina and Bob participate in a father-daughter cardboard boat race with Tina's Thundergirls troop, but Tina's tensions with her dad and the machinations of Troop 257 threaten to put a damper on the event. Meanwhile, Linda's empty-nest sydrome rears its ugly head when she drags Gene and Louise to the fire station's open-house.


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  • Blackmail: Troop 257 were blackmailing Karen into going along with their scheme because they knew about how she kept a lost dog instead of returning it.
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  • Cassandra Truth: When a fire alert leads to the open-house at the fire station being cut short, Louise doesn't seem to realize the captain (who was starting to get tired of Linda and sympathized with the kids getting dragged along by her) is serious when he says they've got to go deal with a real fire.
  • Enemy Mine: The Troop 257 leader helps Tina and Bob stop Troop 257's scheme because she wants them to stop being so overzealous with cookie sales.
  • Engineered Heroics: Troop 257 decided to cheat in the boat race by putting a motor on one of their boats and purposely have Karen catch them so she could be promoted to Regional Leader. In exchange, Karen will give them all the best cookie routes.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: The girls of Troop 257 stage a distraction by having one of the girls climb up a tree and pretend to be stuck. While everyone else is distracted trying to get her down, Patty swaps her boat with an identical one with a motor. Later, the fathers of Troop 257 climb the same tree to distract the others while Tina swaps boats so Patty is rowing the motorless boat in the race.
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  • Running Gag: Tina licking something and declaring it not poisonous to get out of an awkward situation.
  • Second Place Is for Winners: Tina wins second place in the boat race. Not only did the cardboard boat she and Bob made together actually hold together this time, but she also got to stop Troop 257 and Karen's scheme for the latter to become Regional Leader in the process, so she's fine with the victory.
  • Serious Business: Troop 257's schemes are all motivated by their desire to acquire the best routes for selling cookies, and the extreme intensity with which they approach this goal to the exclusion of all else is noted by several. Including their troop leader, who personally would rather they focused a bit more on arts and crafts.
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  • Too Much Information: Karen is known as "Oversharin' Karen" for her bad habit of running her mouth off.
  • Who's Watching the Store?: At the end, Bob and Tina return from the Thundergirls boat race to find Linda and the kids coming back from the fire fighters open house, which means no one had been running the restaurant all day!
    Bob: Great. I guess we don't need money today.
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