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"Sugarcookies!"

"I want to be a lifeguard because... [imagines herself rolling around with boys on the sand]"
—Tina
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Tina proves a hindrance when she joins a junior lifeguard program. Back at the restaurant, business booms when Linda gives out the wi-fi password.


  • Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: At the end, Bosco takes the Belchers' wi-fi router as evidence, even though the hacker never touched the router itself. He promises to return it as soon as he can, which he then admits that they should get a new router.
  • Becoming the Mask: Tina lies about wanting to be a junior lifeguard so that can attempt to flirt with shirtless boys, causing the other kids to despise her as this is something they genuinely want. When she decides to quit, looking at photos of the past squads and how important their role is makes her want to take the program seriously.
  • Captain Obvious: When Linda finds out about a hacker and asks who it is, Bosco points out that if he knew then he wouldn't be undercover.
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  • Eating the Eye Candy: The only reason Tina joins the junior lifeguard program is to ogle at shirtless boys.
  • Hopeless with Tech: The Belcher's wifi password is "KidsTrappedSendHelp", which the kids themselves named. Bob doesn't know how to change it and has to tell the college students asking for the password he doesn't know how to change it and that the kids aren't trapped. Also, the kids made sure the password is "dadsbald".

  • The Infiltration: Detective Bosco comes to the restaurant to investigate a hacker using the Belcher's wifi, passing himself off as just another customer. He has trouble keeping his cover, as he forgets to hide his badge and the shirt he wears says "Police" on the back, but the customers are too busy with their devices to notice.
  • It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Teddy has been pronouncing wifi as "wee-fee". When told he's wrong, he insists on still calling it that in his head.
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  • It's All About Me: Linda gave out the password hoping to meet creative people, but got annoyed to find people checking e-mails and online shopping. When she tries to unplug the router and Bob argues that the wifi has been good for business, Linda doesn't agree as she doesn't want to "live in a world where people don't smile and look at her when she says hilarious stuff".

  • Jerkass Hasa Point*: Parker was rude to Tina and keep saying that she should of quit the lifeguard group. However, he was right in the Beginning because Tina didn’t take the job seriously.

  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The coach for the Junior Guards admits that he goofed by scheduling the Fun Run on the same day as the sandcastle contest, and agrees to let the kids back into the program and graduate if they agree to keep it a secret.
  • The Load: Tina tries treating the junior lifeguard program like an episode of Baywatch, which on top of her being a weak swimmer quickly earns her the others kids' ire.
  • Petthe Dog: When Parker tells Tina he still thinks she should of quit, Willow and the other kids on the group defend Tina saying how she’s really trying this time and haven’t gotten them in trouble for days.
  • Reality Ensues: Linda gives out the password, hoping to come across a would-be author writing their novel like in the movies. Instead, it's mostly people checking their e-mails or doing online shopping, though there is a hacker... who is still just doing online shopping.
    • Tina realize that being a lifeguard isn’t just about being with shirtless hot boys. It’s about helping and saving people life and being a lifeguard isn’t like the ones in movies and TV and her trying to copy what she saw in the TV and movies just made her group dislike her.
  • Ship Sinking: In-Universe, Tina thinks the only other girl in the group and a boy she's close with like each other, she's then told they're brother and sister. Tina realizes that's why they said "Bye Mom" to the same woman.
  • Stylistic Suck: It turns out Louise finds Linda's voice to be shrill.
  • Tampering with Food and Drink: When she fails to get the attention of a customer wearing headphones, Linda lies that she poisoned his fries to get a reaction.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Tina treats the junior lifeguard program as if she were on a television drama starring teens, annoying the kids who actually take the program seriously, and leading to Bob pointing out she's supposed to be learning about how to be a lifeguard.
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