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"It's Cinderella time."

"Helen's gonna fall for you, for who you are inside, and not for how you smell."
—Linda
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During a search for a Japanese antique, Linda tries fixing up Teddy with Helen, Louise and Tina try setting him up with a kindly Irish widow, and the boys try their hand at sink repair.


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  • Brick Joke: Gene says he and Bob work for Fleetwood Mac Plumbing near the start of their search for the netsuke. Over the end credits, Gene and Bob sing Fleetwood Mac’s “You Make Loving Fun” (with “loving” changed to “plumbing”).
  • Do-It-Yourself Plumbing Project: Bob is mistaken for a plumber by a blind man who asks him to fix his sink faucet. After much work, he manages to get it running again, only for the faucet to fly off from the water pressure.
  • Elevator Failure: Teddy tries to get the netsuke on top of the out-of-order elevator, but the car drops and Teddy ends up hanging for dear life on the counterweight.
  • Foreshadowing:
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    • Teddy mentions the loose floorboard and the broken elevator early on when they enter the apartment building. Both play a crucial role in the climax.
    • Bob notes a strange pipe in the hallway which doesn't seem to be attached to anything. This later provides a clue to the hiding place of the netsuke.
  • Kick the Dog: Helen lets Teddy nearly fall to his doom in favor of getting the valuable antique netsuke. Linda is instantly convinced that Helen may or may not be a murderer, but she's definitely a selfish bitch who doesn't deserve Teddy.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Helen seems ready to win the day after nearly letting Teddy fall to his doom. Then she drops her prize a few feet down the stairs (and gets attacked by a cat in the process), rendering it worthless.
  • Malaproper: Linda can't get the hang of pronouncing "netsuke", calling it things like "Netscape", "Netflixie", "Napster", or "Nescafé".
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  • Plumber's Crack: Gene jokes about it as he and Bob get to work fixing the blind man's sink.
  • Shipper on Deck: Linda wants Teddy to hook up with Helen, seeing her as the rich princess from a fairy tale. Tina, on the other hand, believes shy, awkward Kathleen to be a better match for Teddy, and deliberately sabotages the hunt in order to have Teddy stay longer with Kathleen.
  • Shout-Out: Louise calls Tina to investigate a pipe by saying that "the pipes are calling them", a reference to the song "Danny Boy". Louise and Kathleen actually explain this to Tina, because she doesn't understand the reference to the song.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Helen lost all of the charm she had in her last appearance. Considering the implication that she's a Black Widow, there's every chance that this episode is just her real personality on display.
  • Treasure Hunt Episode: The Belchers help Teddy look for a netsuke (a small ornamental carving worn with traditional Japanese clothing) in the shape of two snails intertwined that used to belong to Helen's husband, which is believed to be hidden in an apartment building he used to own.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: Tina, being Tina, can't tell if Kathleen has a speech impediment or an accent. It's the latter.
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