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Original release date: July 9, 2021

Written by: Meredith Dawson
Directed by: Mario D'anna

♫ Go! (Go!)
Go! (Go!)
Uh-oh, we're down to the wire
Go! (Go!)
Go! (Go!)
Uh-oh, we're down to the wire ♫
"Down to the Wire"
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Molly needs a new bra and Owen is the only one available to do it and he's having trouble finding the perfect one for her. Helen finds Bitsy's key to her secret filing cabinet that could reveal if she's in Bitsy's will but she loses it in the park while walking Shampagne so she recruits Cole, Enrique, and Elwood to help her find it before Bitsy notice it's missing. Paige and Marvin are worried when they see Bitsy arriving at their newspaper to meet with their boss and they believe Bitsy is here to try to buy the newspaper as revenge for the snakehead story.

    Songs 
  • "I Have a Bra-blem" - Molly
    Written by: Tank and the Bangas
    Performed by: Emmy Raver-Lampman
  • "Little Key" - Birdie
    Written by: Frank Ciampi, Nora Smith, & Meredith Dawson
    Performed by: Josh Gad
  • "Keep It Low Key" - Helen, Cole, Enrique, & Elwood
    Written by: Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel
    Performed by: Daveed Diggs, Tituss Burgess, Stephanie Beatriz, & Rory O'Malley
    Additional Vocals: Janelle James
  • "Down to the Wire" - Paige, Marvin, Bitsy, Roberta, Barbara, Owen, & Molly
    Written by: Kate Anderson & Elyssa Samsel
    Performed by: Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Stanley Tucci, Tony Shalhoub, Brian Huskey, Patti LuPone, & Aisha Jackson
  • "Bra-blem Solved" - Molly & Owen
    Written by: Tank and the Bangas
    Performed by: Leslie Odom Jr. & Emmy Raver-Lampman
    Additional Vocals: Stephanie Beatriz, Gary Anthony Williams, Angelica Cox, & Emily Goldstein

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  • Absurdly High-Stakes Game: Roberta challenges Bitsy to a redo of the 440 yard dash they were in as high school freshman. If she wins, Bitsy will have to return the eighth-place ribbon she should've rightfully won. If she loses, she'll seriously consider selling her newspaper to Bitsy.
    Marvin: Oh my God, we're about to lose our jobs over a footrace.
  • Blatant Lies: When Bitsy meets Paige again, Paige asks Bitsy if she remembers her since she's the author of the snakehead exposé that made her look bad. Bitsy, who came to Paige's newspaper to buy it out of revenge, claims she definitely doesn't remember her and if she did she won't admit it.
  • Call-Back: Bitsy did not forget the story Paige wrote about her back in "A Fish Called Snakehead", where she made Bitsy look like a fool for hiring Dick Flake and she was serious when she said she would buy Paige's newspaper.
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  • The Cameo: During Owen and Molly's trip back home on the subway, Griffin, the busker who temporary took over Birdie's narrating job in "Rival Busker", can be seen in the background.
  • Cultural Translation: During "Keep It Low Key", there are moments where Cole and Enrique sing in Spanish, but the Japanese dub doesn't bother singing those moments in Spanish and just translates the parts to Japanese.
  • Defeating the Cheating Opponent: Roberta, knowing that Bitsy cheated when they were children, faces her in a rematch and wins, despite Bitsy trying the same trick again.
  • Evil Is Petty: Bitsy wants to buy Paige's newspaper out of revenge for making her look like a fool and then fire the people responsible.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: During "Keep It Low Key", Cole and Enrique sings some parts of the song in Spanish.
  • It Only Works Once: When Bitsy and Roberta first raced in the '60s, Bitsy cheated her way to 8th place by tripping her. When Bitsy and Roberta have their rematch through the newspaper office in the present, Bitsy tries to trip her again, but Roberta's prepared for it and moves out of the way, winning the race.
  • Jacob Marley Warning: After they can't find Bitsy's key in time, Helen, realizing her obsession over getting into Bitsy's will is what got her into this mess in the first place, tells Cole to not obsess over one thing to the point it takes over his life, because once it does he'll feel like there's nothing else in it. After Cole finds the key and returns it, he takes Helen's advice to heart and tells her he'll skip their next walk with Shampagne so he can play pirates with Enrique, since his obsession with Shampagne had led him to cancel their plans in the first place.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Helen when she finds out she lost the key somewhere in the park, and even quotes the trope when she realizes she has to find it before Bitsy gets back.
    • Paige and Marvin are also hit with this when they see Bitsy arrive at their work place with the owner Roberta.
    • Trying search for the key in the park, Elwood helps by using a metal detector that he knows Owen would not approve the use of. When they run into Fran, they freak out and run away before she questions Elwood on why he's using the metal detector.
  • Out-of-Character Alert: After Helen finds Bitsy's key to her filing cabinet and hides it in her pocket before Bitsy notices it, she nervously addresses Bitsy as "ma'am"- something Bitsy knows Helen never does.
  • The Reveal: Bitsy hides all of her secrets (which also include her will, estate papers, and two diamond slinkies) in a filing cabinet stored behind a false wall in her office.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: As Paige and Marvin learn, trying to eavesdrop through walls using glass cups doesn't work like it does in the movies.
  • Smart Ball: Cole finds Bitsy's missing key after a final sweep of the park- but he knows Bitsy will fire Helen if she finds out she lost it. So how does he give the key back to Bitsy without confirming her suspicions of Helen? By taking his bag of Shampagne's poop, mushing the key into it, and telling Bitsy that he noticed it in Shampange's bag after picking up after him, so he must've eaten it. Bitsy buys his story, thereby casting suspicion off of Helen and saving her job.
  • Triumphant Reprise: After Owen and Molly successfully got the bras they needed and head home on the subway, they both sing a reprise of "I Have a Bra-blem" but it's titled "Bra-blem Solved".
  • You Were Trying Too Hard: After spending the whole day searching for Bitsy's key and failed to find it in time, Helen has to return without it and face Bitsy's wrath. After Cole decides to do a sweep to find the key again, he finds it at the spot where Elwood first used the metal detector on a bench.
    Birdie: Sometimes when you're searching for something too hard, you don't realize it's been right in front of your face the whole time.

♫ Keep it, keep it low key
Keep it low key
Track it back, back track, keep it low key
Ask the kid what you did
Where the dog peed
Just keep it, keep it low key
Keep it low key ♫
Helen, "Keep It Low Key (End Credits)

 
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After Owen and Molly successfully got the bras they needed and head home, they both sing a reprise of "I Have a Bra-blem" but it's titled "Bra-blem Solved".

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