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Recap / Littlest Pet Shop 2012 S 3 E 17 Room Enough

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"It's time for me to do away with the frilly and bring on the sleek! LPS will just have to wait a while today. I've got work to do here!"

Written by Tom Minton
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As Blythe finishes cleaning up her bedroom, her father Roger comes in to bring Blythe her magazine, which contains an article about trendy bedrooms Blythe had long waited for. Not too sure why Blythe is so excited, Roger leaves Blythe to her devices as Blythe finds a photograph of a room she particularly likes, only for Blythe to become disappointed with her actual bedroom. With newfound drive, she sets out to do some renovation. Grabbing a power drill, Blythe removes the screws from her bedframe's curlicues, having noticed there are none in the photograph. Finding her notepad on her bed, Blythe then starts jotting down ideas on how to make the most fashionable bedroom imaginable.

At the Littlest Pet Shop, Mrs. Twombly brings in a new pet: A male kitten named Meow-Meow. When Mrs. Twombly leaves, Sunil comes up to Meow-Meow and tells him he can tell the others what he'd like to do. Meow-Meow asks why, which confuses Russell, telling Meow-Meow that no one's responded like that before. Meow-Meow continues to ask why to every statement Russell says, causing Russell to grow more frustrated with each inquiry.

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A pile of crumpled up papers of rejected design sketches now sits in Blythe's room next to her as she complains that she cannot think of anything chic enough to work. As she gets up to head to the dumbwaiter, she puts her magazine on a bedstand, knocking down a pair of sunglasses. observing them, she pops out the lenses and gets inspiration, cutting out glasses designs for her bedspread and installing woven elastic strips into her chair for bounciness.

Downstairs, Zoe is trying on an outfit and says to Meow-Meow that it looks dated. Meow-Meow asks why, so Zoe explains that it was more appealing the previous year. Meow-Meow asks why again, but Zoe cannot find an answer and transfers Meow-Meow over to Pepper. Pepper asks if Meow-Meow wants to hear a joke, but Meow-Meow asks why. Pepper explains that it's what she does, and Meow-Meow asks why again. Pepper ignores the question and starts telling jokes, but Meow-Meow doesn't laugh, simply staring at Pepper. After two attempts, Pepper gives up, and Vinnie moonwalks in and asks if Meow-Meow would like to see him dance. Meow-Meow asks why, which instantly causes Vinnie to fumble his thoughts and undergo a mental breakdown. As he lies on the floor trembling, he mumbles that he needs Blythe's help. Russell overhears this and figures that Blythe can come down to resolve the problems Meow-Meow has caused. However, upon asking around, he and the other regulars realize that none of them have seen Blythe at all that day, with Minka noticing the dumbwaiter has been jammed, stuck at Blythe's room. As they discuss about how they need Blythe's help, Meow-Meow asks why. Penny walks over and says that Blythe is the only human who can talk to animals, but when Meow-Meow asks why again, Penny is at a loss for an answer. The pets have a discussion among themselves, and none of them can find a satisfactory answer.

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In Blythe's room, Blythe finishes putting together a new ceiling lamp. As she's about to head down the dumbwaiter, she stares at her white dresser, then figures to paint it black.

With the dumbwaiter stuck, the pets have no choice but to discuss among each other about how Blythe can speak to animals. Minka proposes that Blythe was raised by apes and learned fashion sense from taking up cave painting, then was put into a zoo where Roger visited and adopted her. Sunil suggests that Blythe is a master magician who's very keen at reading people and animals but that her true secret must be guarded due to the nature of her job. Vinnie scoffs at Sunil and claims that Blythe must have super hearing that allows her to hear signals from translator aliens and interpret their language as human language and fashion designs. The absolutely bizarre nature of Vinnie's story, however, causes the entire room to go quiet.

After Blythe finishes painting her dresser black, bursts of inspiration start flooding into her head, and she spends the next while busily redecorating and repainting her room. After painting the walls in grayscale, she starts consulting her magazine for more ideas, with the end result being a rather close approximation of the bedroom in her magazine, accounting for the room's geography.

The pets downstairs start to bicker about the validity of their explanations, but Penny notices something amiss: They cannot hear Meow-Meow at all. After some searching around the day camp, they find Meow-Meow clinging to the dumbwaiter rope, having attempted to reach Blythe to find an explanation but getting stuck just below the dumbwaiter itself. With none of the pets able to devise a rescue plan, they call out to Blythe, but she doesn't respond as she's listening to loud music in her earbuds renovating her room. Minka tries to rescue Meow-Meow, but Meow-Meow unknowingly stalls Minka asking "Why?" long enough for Minka's claustrophobia to consume her and cause her to scramble back down the shaft in terror.

Vinnie and Sunil give a try next. The two of them puff out their chests, run out the Littlest Pet Shop's front door, and leap up to open the door to the apartment, then scurry up the staircase to get to Blythe's room. Meanwhile, Roger enters Blythe's room and is mightily impressed with how it looks, but can't help but cry looking at it. As he sulks back out, Blythe asks why he's feeling sad, and Roger tells her that he'll miss the way Blythe's room used to look because she made it hers and hers alone. As Roger leaves, Blythe looks at her room, then in a mirror, and realizes her father is right and that she turned her room into something a magazine had suggested instead.

Vinnie and Sunil make it up the stairs to the third floor, but they have used up all of their energy and are exhausted. They stand in front of the door to Blythe's apartment and take a break, but Roger walks out from there, spots them both, and carries them back to the day camp. The two walk back with the last of their energy, dejected.

As this happens, Blythe takes the earbuds out of her head and hears meowing but cannot determine where it's coming from. After a bunch of searching around, she goes to the dumbwaiter and wonders out loud if there's someone there. Russell, Penny, Zoe, and Pepper, still at the bottom, call out to Blythe that Meow-Meow has been stuck in the shaft and needs Blythe's help. Blythe takes a book to hold the dumbwaiter slightly above, then grabs the rope and starts slowly pulling up in order to get Meow-Meow through the gap. Blythe apologizes for not having been there earlier because she was busy redecorating. As Meow-Meow repeatedly asks why to Blythe, it gets her thinking about the reasons behind her sudden compulsion to change how her bedroom looks and that she'll do so when she's older.

Blythe reaches the bottom, and the pets all start asking her why she can talk to animals. After a moment of thought, Blythe tells them that she herself doesn't really know. At that point, Mrs. Twombly steps in to tell Blythe that Meow-Meow's owner is back, and Meow-Meow excitedly leaps out of the pack and to Mrs. Twombly, where she carries Meow-Meow away.

Blythe brings the pets up the dumbwaiter to show them what her new bedroom looks like, and Minka is the first to point out that it looks exactly like the old one and that it really defines her as a person. Blythe finds the magazine, open to that page with the photo on her desk. She takes a look and tosses it in the wastebasket with her rejected designs, then grabs her teddy bear and joins the pets. Roger, hearing the commotion, quietly opens the door to see Blythe's bedroom exactly as it used to be, with Blythe surrounded by pets and joy.

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

  • Ambidextrous Sprite: Averted. Zoe's Peek-a-Bangs cover her other eye in her reflection.
  • Armor-Piercing Question: Meow-Meow's "Why?" responses inadvertently lead Penny to realize she has never questioned why Blythe can speak to animals.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: When they realize Meow-Meow is in danger. Minka grabs the fourth wall and shifts the screen so we can see what the pets are seeing.
  • Brought to You by the Letter "S": Vinnie depicts Blythe with a "B" on her shirt.
  • Call-Back: Minka's fear of the dumbwaiter shaft kicks in again, ruining what would've otherwise been an easy rescue.
  • Cat Up a Rope: Much of the latter half of the episode is about rescuing Meow-Meow, who's climbed up the rope to Blythe's dumbwaiter.
  • Claustrophobia: Minka starts getting nervous after she realizes she's surrounded by four close walls. She first encountered this problem in "DUMB DUMBWAITER" and gets addressed again in "The Expo Factor, Part 2" and "The Very Littlest Pet Shop."
  • Constantly Curious: Meow-Meow is always asking why. It is not clear if he actually wants to know or is just asking for no reason.
  • Continuity Nod: The plushes Blythe puts on her bed in the Cold Open are the same plushes during Blythe's childhood magic show in "So You Skink You Can Dance." Teddy is on the bed in the flashback, full of holes and with the stuffing spilling out, but is in sound shape in the present, suggesting Teddy has been repaired or replaced in the meantime.
    • Also from "So You Skink You Can Dance," on Minka's age chart for Blythe, the left two images of Blythe are from Roger's home videos from that episode. The rightmost image is from the end of the title sequence and also commonly used on the merchandise's packaging.
    • The back cover of the magazine has an advertisement for The Soul Patches.
    • Blythe previously had a mound of rejected sketches in "Alligators and Handbags," albeit for a backpack rather than a bedroom.
    • The second outfit Zoe tries on in Act 1 is the same dress she wore in the first Imagine Spot in "Books & Covers." The third outfit Zoe tries on in Act 1 is the one she wore to the fashion show in "Blythe's Big Adventure, Part 2."
    • When Zoe passes Meow-Meow off to Pepper, she is wearing the clown costume she wore in "Stand-Up Stinker."
    • The pets discuss how Blythe's large head can get itself stuck in holes. This previously happened in "Blythe's Pet Project" and in "The Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble." Sunil gets his head stuck too in the latter episode.
    • The mother gorilla in Minka's explanation on why Blythe can talk to animals is Sunshine Sweetness.
    • The butterfly Baby Blythe is distracted by is the butterfly serving as Blythe's inspiration in "Plane It on Rio."
  • Cool Chair: Blythe spruces up her computer chair in her room.
  • Cute Kitten: Meow-Meow.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Meow-Meow has eyelashes. Mrs. Twombly has to word sentences about Meow-Meow with male pronouns when introducing him to the other pets.
  • Dutch Angle: Many of them as Blythe's renovation goes into high gear. Seems to have a combined effect of increased stylishness and the feeling that something is off.
  • '80s Hair: Minka's explanation depicts Roger with a huge mullet.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Blythe styles her hair in this way in this episode.
  • Heroic BSoD: Meow-Meow's repeated "Why?" reactions to Vinnie overwhelms his mind to brief catatonia.
  • Hypocrite: Near the end of the episode, Meow-Meow gets annoyed when the other pets start asking questions.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: The scene during "Different Kind of Girl" is packed with paint-related ones.
  • Imagine Spot: Takes up the bulk of the beginning of Act 2, when Minka, Sunil, and Vinnie take shots at how Blythe can speak to animals.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Minka's explanation. Vinnie's too, arguably even more so.
  • Jive Turkey: Lampshaded. Roger yells out "You've got mail!" in reference to America Online's famous voice clip expecting Blythe to laugh, but Blythe is just confused.
  • Manly Tears: Roger sheds them when he sees the efforts Blythe had gone through to change up her room's appearance.
  • No Sense of Humor: Meow-Meow does not react to any of Pepper's jokes, though this is more because of an age difference than Meow-Meow actually lacking a sense of humor.
  • Raised by Wolves: Minka believes Blythe was raised by a series of clans of primates.
  • Reset Button: Due to the pacing of the episode, not only is Blythe able to restore her room to look precisely like how it did in previous episodes, she can also do so ridiculously quickly compared to changing it to its chic state.
  • Robe and Wizard Hat: Blythe wears these in Sunil's explanation.
  • "Shaggy Frog" Story: A bizarre case: Vinnie talks like as if he's going to begin a speech, but he only wanted to say he isn't very smart.
    Vinnie: Hey! I might not be the smartest guy... (beat) That's all I wanted to say.
  • Shout-Out: Meow-Meow's inquisitive behavior and feminine appearance, as well as being a kitten, is likely based off of Nermal from Garfield. His insistent "Why?" statements closely mimic those of Mindy from Animaniacs.
    • Minka talking about Blythe swinging from vines before she could walk is a reference to a line from the Alvin and the Chipmunks song "Witch Doctor."
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: The lyrics to "A Different Kind of Girl" is about taking a unique identity and is put to a scene where Blythe simply makes her room more like the one in the magazine.
  • Stage Magician: Sunil thinks Blythe is a master illusionist.
  • Stealth Insult: Zoe condescendingly refers to Pepper when speaking with Meow-Meow.
    Zoe: Meow-Meow, stay here with Pepper. She'll know how to connect with you on your level.
  • Stylistic Self-Parody: Blythe's large head gets referenced in Act 2, particularly how it can cause Blythe to get herself stuck in some places. See Continutiy Nod above.
  • Stylistic Suck: Vinnie's hypothesis is done with sloppy drawings and even sloppier animation.
  • Super Senses: Vinnie believes Blythe has extra-sensitive hearing.
  • Tempting Fate: Mrs. Twombly says that Meow-Meow will "be no trouble at all."
  • Terse Talker: Meow-Meow only says “Why?”...at least until near the end, though.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Blythe seems to like saying every change she makes to her room, at least until the musical sequence.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: After the initial conversation between Russell and Meow-Meow, Pepper starts dreading the rest of the day.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Vinnie becomes like this after Meow-Meow repeatedly asks him "Why?"
    • Minka goes into this later on after trying to rescue Meow-Meow.
  • Visual Pun: Vinnie considers describing why Blythe can talk to animals as a "piece of cake." When he says so, there is a slice of cake onscreen.

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