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"That does it! A curse upon the Littlest Pet Shop!"

Written by Evan Gore & Heather Lombard
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In the day camp, Penny Ling announces to Russell that she is no longer on speaking terms with Pepper. Being the mediator of the bunch, Russell turns to Pepper, who says that she finds amusement in the way Penny walks. Pepper then points out that everyone has a personal quirk she finds funny, then proceeds to disrupt Minka and Zoe as a demonstration. When Russell tries to direct her hurtfulness back at Pepper, however, Pepper points out that Russell has the most quirks she finds funny.

At the front room, someone has dropped off Dolores, a slow loris, and Mrs. Twombly feeds her snacks. Blythe and Mrs. Twombly fawn over her adorability, but Dolores just stares angrily back as she eats, eventually snarling back at Blythe and Mrs. Twombly, frightening them. Nevertheless, Mrs. Twombly calms down right afterwards, and Blythe decides to figure out what's making Dolores cranky. Blythe picks Dolores up, and on her way to the day camp, Dolores tells Blythe that she hates being stared at. When Blythe starts chuckling at Dolores's high pitched and squeaky voice, Dolores grows angrier, demanding not to be laughed at. Taking that to heart, Blythe introduces Dolores to the other pets and trusts them not to laugh at her—upon which all of the other pets turn to Pepper. Not long after Pepper comes down from the armchair that she starts snickering at Dolores's name. Blythe reminds Pepper not to laugh at Dolores—while Pepper complies, she is barely able to avoid bursting into more laughter.

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Later, all of the regulars stand there watching Dolores eat. Pepper comes up from behind Dolores to greet her, but when Pepper hears Dolores's voice, she starts to crack up. Russell and Penny take Pepper away before she can cause any trouble while Sunil distracts Dolores with more pet chow. Somewhere else in the room, Russell and Penny call Pepper out for not following Blythe's instructions and exascerbating Dolores's bad mood. Pepper reacts unapologetically to the whole affair, so Russell warns Pepper that he will keep a watchful eye on her. Meanwhile, Sunil tells Dolores that he will try to make sure her experience is as good as possible and to give her the space she needs. When Dolores voices her approval, all of the pets, save Russell, start snickering. Dolores gives increasingly threatening warnings, though the pets continue to laugh. Knowing that she wouldn't get through to the pets, she recounts her days of terrorizing the other animals in the Jungle of Tamango with her curses. Suddenly, Zoe desperately has to go outside. Blythe enters the day camp to tell the pets that Mrs. Twombly will be away for some time and that Blythe must run the store. Zoe tells Blythe she really needs a walk, and Blythe complies, leaving the store unattended.

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With no humans at the store, Pepper decides to try to get Dolores to laugh. She fails to get even a chuckle and instead gets Dolores soaking wet. Russell, watching from afar, can't help but laugh long and hard, and while Sunil and Vinnie cover his mouth to try to stop him, Dolores has already heard the laughing and inflicts a curse upon the Littlest Pet Shop that shrinks the building down to the size of a dollhouse. The pets step outside, in shock at their smaller size. Minka asks Dolores if this was her doing, and Dolores proudly proclaims responsibility, deeming it punishment for laughing at her. Minka points out that Dolores shrunk herself too, but as soon as it dawns upon her, bugs start closing in on the pets, and they run back in as an ant chases them, save for Dolores, who hdies behind a rock.

The ant is soon scared off by Alice, who mistakens the shrunken building for a dollhouse. She picks it up and takes it home, accompanied by her apathetic mother as Dolores, who did not run back inside in time, can only watch. Along the way back, Minka and Vinnie accuse Russell of having put them into this mess, but Russell retorts that he didn't do the shrinking. This does not make the pets any less angry, so Russell takes it upon himself to try to find a solution once Alice puts the building down.

Blythe returns from Zoe's walk, but she sees the building is missing. Zoe, suspicious, starts sniffing along the floor and spots a tiny Dolores. Blythe picks her up and asks Dolores what happened, and Dolores gladly confesses to putting a curse on the Littlest Pet Shop and that Russell was the one who laughed. Blythe asks about the nature of the curse, so Dolores tells her that the building will return to full size in one hour and that a little girl she cannot identify took the building away. Zoe takes up the task of locating the pets, and having found a lock on their scents, especially Pepper's, she dashes over to a building down the street.

By then, Alice has returned to her room and sets the building down on a table. She marvels at her "dollhouse's" realism but regrets that the front door is too small to easily reach the pets. With Alice continuing to jostle the building around, the pets grow desperate to undo the curse. Russell figures to find Dolores, but she is nowhere in sight. With the situation hopeless, Penny bursts into tears.

Zoe follows the scent trail to the front of the building, and when Blythe opens the door to let Zoe in, Zoe continues to track down the scent to a door on the third floor. Turning down an offer by Dolores to put a shrinking curse on the door, Blythe knocks and gets Alice's mother. Although Blythe initially pretends to fundraise for her school, Zoe wastes no time scurrying into the residence and to Alice's room's door. Blythe finds Alice and tries to persuade Alice to give the building back, but Alice puts up a lot of resistance. Meanwhile, the pets recognize Blythe's voice and Zoe's barking.

As Blythe attempts to negotiate with Alice, a breeze drifts through Alice's open window, which Dolores warns is a signal that the curse will wear off soon. Without any time to lose, Blythe picks up the building and tries to walk out, but Alice intercepts and takes the building, running outside with Blythe and Zoe giving chase. Alice trips on a sidewalk crack, flinging the tiny building up into the air, but Zoe dashes ahead and catches it on her belly. Alice retaliates by throwing a stick for Zoe, nabbing the building as Zoe lets go. Blythe gets Zoe to re-focus on Alice and the building, and they find her around a corner, where Alice tells Blythe that she does not want to let the building go because she lost her Princess Precious (whom she calls Vinnie after having captured him previously) and doesn't want to lose something else she found. Blythe reassures Alice that she knows who this Princess Precious is and that she'll allow Alice to come over and play with him any time she'd like. Initially hesitant about how Blythe could know who Princess Precious is, both notice the storm intensifying, now bearing dark clouds and lightning, and Alice agrees and runs home before the weather gets worse. With Blythe to herself, she takes the building and places it in its proper location, seeing Mrs. Twombly returning, albeit struggling to walk in the strong winds. Blythe lifts Dolores out of her shirt pocket, and Dolores runs inside as quickly as she can. With everyone excited to see Dolores, the building returns to its normal size and fills up the space it once occupied.

Mrs. Twombly walks up to Blythe just as the building is fully restored, having not noticed a thing besides the windiness. As Mrs. Twombly steps in, she sees the store has become a mess and that the cash register is still tiny. Blythe, attempting to find an excuse, gets a pumpkin for a head. Mrs. Twombly's head is in turn replaced with a fish and Zoe's with a gigantic eyeball.

At that moment, Russell takes Vinnie out of his trance and back to reality. Russell asks if Vinnie thought about what would happen if Dolores put a curse on everyone, ansd Dolores, having overheard it, admits that she's never successfully inflicted a curse before. Regardless, Russell apologizes to Dolores but gets repeatedly interrupted by Pepper laughing. This time, Pepper tells Dolores not to get too upset over it because it's what makes her special, which Dolores accepts. Blythe then walks into the day camp and introduces the pets to a girl who's been wanting to visit for a long while: Alice, from across the street. Vinnie immediately recognizes her and curls up on the floor in terror.

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

  • All Just a Dream: More like a hallucination from Vinnie, but its purpose is the same. It explains why no one else seems to notice the building shrinking (including the people who live in the building), as well as Blythe being familiar with Alice when there is no reason she should have been.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Russell tries it on Pepper by asking if she has any quirks other people find funny—it backfires when Pepper unleashes a flurry of such quirks about Russell that elicits raucous laughter from everyone but him.
  • Berserk Button: Dolores really doesn't like to be called cute, or to be laughed at. Unfortunately, guess who's interested on comedy.
  • Black Magic: Dolores claims to be a practitioner of such. That being said, she is willing to use black magic for helpful reasons to those she's warmed up to.
  • Call-Back: Pepper seems to have briefly relapsed into the insensitive behavior she had in "Penny for Your Laughs."
    • Pepper brings up Russell's fear of marshmallows he mentioned in "Shanghai Hi-Jinks" and shown in "Littlest Bigfoot."
    • The miniaturized building resembles the scale model Sunil magically conjured in "Blythe's Big Idea."
    • Zoe reacts to thrown sticks similarly to how she reacted to the postman's chew toy in "Secret Cupet". Blythe is similarly disappointed.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Zoe's susceptibility to thrown sticks is brought up as a throwaway joke by Pepper in the Cold Open and used by Alice in a desperate attempt to get the shrunken building back in Act 3.
  • Claustrophobia: Minka's acts up again when the idea sinks in that she's in a miniature building. This is the third time she's had a nervous breakdown from confined spaces, the first being in "DUMB DUMBWAITER" and the second in "The Expo Factor - Part 2." She snaps out of it rather quickly though.
  • Continuity Nod: The second shot of the episode shows Russell chewing on the same type of toy found in The Largest Ever Pet Shop in episodes like "Gailbreak!"
    • The tapirs return from "The Big, Feathered Parade." See Misplaced Wildlife below.
    • Pepper attempts to get Dolores to laugh, just as she tried with "Old Bananas."
    • Pepper refers to Dolores as crabby. Pepper was portrayed as the Crab Queen in "So Interesting."
    • Alice and her mother show up again, from "What Did You Say?" As she previously unintentionally abused and traumatized Vinnie, Vinnie immediately recognizes her and starts freaking out.
    • Inverted as a continuity error: Blythe tells Dolores that Russell hates being called a porcupine. He was shown not minding in "Blythe's Big Adventure - Part 1." This may be because this is based on what Vinnie knows about Russell, however.
      • Russell did take offense when Whiskers called him one though.
  • Contrived Coincidence: After Vinnie just had a daydream involving Alice, Alice happened to show up for real at the end.
  • Death Glare: Dolores is shown shooting one at Blythe and Mrs. Twombly. Neither seem to care.
  • Dramatic Thunder: One of the final signs of the curse wearing off.
  • Eye Am Watching You: Russell does this to Pepper when his patience with her wears thin.
  • Garden-Hose Squirt Surprise: Pepper does a self-inflicted version of this with her prank squirting flower.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Exhibited by Dolores as the curse unfolds.
  • I Meant to Do That: After Dolores realizes she shrunk herself as part of her curse.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Dolores isn't a bad person, just angsty because no-one takes her seriously and are constantly laughing at her.
  • Jump Scare: When Dolores suddenly snarls in an extreme close-up shot as she's eating.
  • Karma Houdini: Pepper acts insensitively any time the building is not shrunk and gets away with no punishment whatsoever.
  • Kids Are Cruel: Alice is completely self-absorbed in her thinking patterns, showing no concern for anyone else whatsoever.
  • Killer Rabbit: Dolores pretends to be this trope for her own sake. Until the end of the episode, tricking others into being scared of her, is the only way she is able to get any respect from anyone.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The latter half of this episode becomes one, through Alice's perspective.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The tapirs and macaws shown in Dolores's flashback are native to the Amazon Jungle, but Dolores, a slow loris, is native to Southeast Asia. A giraffe is shown later, native to Africa.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The bugs descending upon the Littlest Pet Shop pets shortly after getting shrunk are drawn and behave more realistically.
    • The eyeball that replaces Zoe's head is animated in 3-D, compared to the 2-D animation the rest of the episode has.
  • Not Me This Time: Everyone suspects Pepper would cause Dolores to throw a fit, but it's Russell who's responsible this time.
  • Ocular Gushers: Penny, when the pets fail to find Dolores.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Alice's mother is completely unconcerned about anything Alice is doing and barely even cares that Blythe has barged into her residence. She takes everything in stride.
  • Puppy-Dog Eyes: Zoe attempts it on Alice to help Blythe get the building back. Alice simply laughs.
  • Potty Dance: Zoe briefly does this in the beginning of the episode.
  • Rack Focus: Used extensively when Blythe holds the tiny Dolores in her hand.
  • Schmuck Bait: Upon learning Dolores knows vengeful voodoo curses, Pepper wants to provoke Dolores to see them for herself.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Dolores is a slow loris, most likely a Sunda slow loris.
  • Sequel Episode: To "What Did You Say?"
  • Shock and Awe: The building gets zapped by a bolt of lightning to shrink it.
  • Shout-Out: Pepper hops gleefully to Dolores towards the end of Act 1 like Pepe LePew, only much faster.
  • A Storm Is Coming: A windy thunderstorm signals the curse about to happen. Another windy thunderstorm signals the curse is coming to an end.
  • Take That!: Alice's monologue about the shrunken building, mistaking it for a dollhouse, sounds a lot like the narration for a toy commercial. This is likely a jab at actual Littlest Pet Shop toy commercials.
    Alice: My new dollhouse is so cool! When I look through the windows, it's so realistic! And the front door really opens and closes! I love my new dollhouse!
  • Tornado Move: Dolores's curse, at least how Vinnie imagines it, begins with the building being surrounded by a tornado.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: When Vinnie finds out, for real, that Alice is back.
  • Vaudeville Hook: Russell and Penny remove Pepper from the vicinity when they detect Pepper is about to laugh at Dolores.
  • Victoria's Secret Compartment: Where Blythe keeps Dolores, or at least the closest the program can get to such a thing.
  • You Are Not Alone: When Vinnie starts getting paralyzed by fear upon seeing Alice again, Sunil reminds Vinnie that all of his companions are with him this time.
  • Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Averted—despite Alice calling Vinnie "Princess Precious," she knows Vinnie is male. She just doesn't care. If this is true, it would be the second time in the series a male animal is named "Princess" with the human knowing the creature was male.
  • You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry: One of Dolores's last warnings to the other pets before shrinking the building.

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