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Recap / Littlest Pet Shop 2012 S 2 E 11 Blythes Big Idea

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"It's a super-cool convention and the kind of thing I really want to do but I have to set up my own business in order to get in and I'm thinking of buying a sales kiosk for my pet clothes that's gonna cost money. But don't worry about it because I got everything figured out and I promise my grades will stay good!"

Story by Julie McNally Cahill, Tim Cahill, and Roger Eschbacher
Teleplay by Roger Eschbacher
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As Blythe and the pets clean her scooter, Jasper, Youngmee, and Sue drop by to ask Blythe if she'd like to hang out at the mall. Blythe instead notices an advertisement on the back of Youngmee's magazine for the Pet Fashion Expo and jumps in joy that it's coming to Downtown City. Youngmee points out that the expo is only open to designers with their own shops, so Blythe starts pondering about how she could do that. She reassures the pets that she won't leave them behind, as she will need their help.

After some discussion with the pets in the day camp room, Blythe decides on a kiosk, which she can keep at the corner of the Littlest Pet Shop as a separate business. Roger leaps into the room with his own ideas, however: At a corporate meeting regarding plummeting ticket sales at the airline company he works for, he suggests a plane dedicated to transporting pets, which they accept, assigning Roger to the Pet Jet. The pets are delighted to hear such a concept and immediately head into a musical fantasy sequence. As the song ends, they go into a follow-up Imagine Spot regarding a blinking red light that pilots Russell and Penny assume is a malfunction on the plane—after Penny makes an emergency landing, it turns out to just be a microwave oven finished heating Russell's popcorn.

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Back at the Baxter apartment, Blythe and Roger enjoy some milk and cookies as Blythe asks Roger for help setting up a store so she can visit the Pet Fashion Expo. Before Roger can utter much, Blythe thanks him and heads out with Youngmee and Zoe to look for thrift shops with used kiosks to buy. They instead buy several bags of clothes (including some for Zoe) but cannot find a kiosk. Zoe, however, sniffs out the One Last Chance Thrift Shop, where a used kiosk is available for $250. Not possessing that much money, she exits with her head hung low when the store owner offers to give her the kiosk in exchange for Blythe's scooter. Blythe accepts, and the two of them start a long trek back to the Littlest Pet Shop pushing the kiosk all the way.

As they push the kiosk through Downtown City, one of the wheels snaps off as they make their way in front of the Largest Ever Pet Shop. Blythe calls Mrs. Twombly for help but finds Brittany and Whittany Biskit staring her down. Blythe explains to them what she'll do with the kiosk, which the twins accept as a challenge. Before the twins can taunt them any further, though, Mrs. Twombly arrives with the Littlest Pet Shuttle, effortlessly reattaches the wheel, hitches the kiosk to the back of the shuttle, and takes Blythe, Youngmee, and Zoe back.

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Blythe moves the kiosk to the alley behind the building, where she and the pets refurbish it. Once it's finished, Roger stops by to take a look and asks if Blythe wants to see the Pet Jet. Blythe dodges the issue of where her scooter had gone and asks Roger to take her to the airport instead, which Roger accepts due to the distance. Once there, Blythe and the pets are overjoyed to see the plane.

While inside, Roger gives Blythe a gift: A trailer hitch to attach the kiosk to the scooter. When Blythe finally admits that she had to trade away the scooter, Roger says he already knew and that he went to the shop to buy the scooter back. Impressed that Blythe was mature enough to make that kind of decision, he shows Blythe's scooter waiting for her down on the runway, where she and the pets, overflowing with happiness, ride off.

This episode contains examples of (YMMV entries go here):

  • All There in the Script: The chef in the Pet Jet is named Henri, who is named only in the credits and has exactly one line.
  • Art Shift: The exterior backgrounds (and some of the interior ones) in the fantasy sequence are done in a retro-futuristic style.
  • Badass Driver / Never Mess with Granny: Mrs. Twombly is shown performing precise advanced drifting techniques to pick up Blythe, Youngmee, Zoe, and the kiosk from the front of the Largest Ever Pet Shop. She then taunts the Biskit Twins before zooming off.
    Mrs. Twombly: See you in the funny papers, girls!
  • Brick Joke: After imagining flying a plane with ominous blinking red lights for so long, Russell and Penny are relieved to not see any blinking red lights in the Pet Jet's cockpit. Blythe's scooter, on the other hand...
  • Call-Back: Minka asks Blythe if opening a shop means she'll leave the pets for an extended time again, referring to "Summertime Blues." Pepper has to clarify for those who haven't seen the episode.
    • Russell makes mention of being on an airplane before—while he has never been shown on Roger's plane in the series, he most likely refers to his experiences in "Terriers & Tiaras," where he accompanied Blythe to the shooting location.
    • This episode marks the return of the Littlest Pet Shuttle.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Blythe is unable to tell Roger that she traded her scooter for the kiosk, afraid that Roger will be mad at her. Roger knew all along.
  • Captain Obvious: Blythe tells the pets that her shop cannot cost much, leading Sunil to conclude out loud that she doesn't have a lot of money.
  • Chekhov's Gun: This entire episode seems to be a lead-up to "The Expo Factor."
    • Blythe's scooter is featured in the Cold Open. Blythe finally parts ways with it in this episode to open the kiosk, though not for long.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: A Recurring Extra seen in many crowd shots in this series thus far turns out to be the owner of the One Last Chance Thrift Shop.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Minka puts her talents at color juxtaposition to work when it comes time to paint the kiosk.
  • Conspicuous CG: The refurbished kiosk.
  • Continuity Cavalcade: Many previously-seen pets can be seen on the imaginary Pet Jet:
  • Continuity Nod: Sunil performs genuine magic, only for him to get a tiny detail wrong that renders it useless.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Mrs. Twombly apparently drives like Roger when it's urgent. That being said, she has far more control over her vehicle than Roger. (See Badass Driver above.)
  • From Bad to Worse: Blythe trades away her scooter in exchange for a kiosk. All goes well, albeit exhausting, until one of the kiosks's wheels snaps off in front of the Largest Ever Pet Shop. Luckily, Mrs. Twombly shows up to rescue Blythe, Youngmee, and Zoe before the situation can escalate further.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: A one-sided and subverted example. Blythe sells her scooter to buy the kiosk and Roger buys her a trailer hitch for her scooter, but it turns out he knew the whole time and bought her the scooter back.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Blythe and Youngmee need to realize they're no longer standing on solid ground for them and the kiosk to start rolling down the hill.
  • Jive Turkey: Jasper, a guy, greets Blythe with "Hey, girl." Blythe lampshades it.
  • Layman's Terms: Russell explains what "without a hitch" means to Penny.
  • Manchild: Roger celebrates with milk and cookies, apparently—this trait was previously seen in "Helicopter Dad," where it was shown that Roger continues to ride a kiddie bicycle with a kiddie helmet up to the present day.
  • Motor Mouth: Blythe hastily tries to explain her situation with the Pet Fashion Expo to Roger, which only confounds him further. (See the quote at the top.)
  • Mundane Utility: Russell uses his Spin Dash to cut lumber.
  • Myth Arc: This episode consists of establishing plot elements that will be used in later episodes, such as the Pet Jet and the Pet Fashion Expo. Concepts from this episode are revisited as early as "To Paris With Zoe."
  • No Seatbelts: In "Pet-Friendly Skies," while everyone else is securely fastened, the bluebird is small enough to leap freely in and out of his seat.
  • Not-So-Innocent Whistle: Sunil walks away from the hose's valve whistling when he cranks it up too high and causes Russell to lose control of the hose.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: A signature characteristic of the Biskit Twins.
  • Outside Ride: In "Pet-Friendly Skies," Russell gets caught hanging from the outside of the plane. He seems to have made his way back in though.
  • Reset Button: Roger buys back Blythe's scooter, otherwise a source of necessary continuity, albeit a minor one.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: The Pet Jet.
  • Shout-Out: In the "Pet Friendly Skies" song, Sunil asks for snakes on the plane, referencing to the name of a certain film.
    • Roger's utterance to "swing-a-ding-ding" on by is likely a reference to the song "What Does the Fox Say?"
  • Smelly Skunk: Pepper, as usual—this time, it's a source of relief as it's just her and not a mechanical failure.
  • Squee!: Twice—when Blythe and Youngmee find the used kiosk, and Blythe does it alone when she finds out Roger bought the scooter back.
  • Stealth Pun: Sunil conjures up a tiny scale model of the Littlest Pet Shop—in other words, the littlest pet shop.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial / Mirthless Laughter: Blythe giggles and tells Roger the kiosk didn't cost a fortune.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Roger claims to be paying attention to the corporate meeting he was at when he was really browsing through photos he took on his phone. That being said, it is possible he was paying attention and that he's good enough to do that and browse photos at the same time.
  • You Can Panic Now: Uttered by Vinnie to Sunil, who immediately both start panicking. They remain jittery even after bucking their seat belts.

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