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Recap / Littlest Pet Shop 2012 S 3 E 18 Why Cant We Be Friends

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"There's an actual spider living in the day camp with all of his hairy eight legs and his shower cap and his body wash, peach-scented, and the other pets have made him a place to live in! What am I going to do!?"

Story by Julie McNally Cahill & Tim Cahill and Roger Eschbacher
Teleplay by Roger Eschbacher
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Vinnie spots a fly buzzing around the day camp and attempts to grab it with his tongue, but in the process, bumps into all of the other pets, disturbing their daily routines. They soon reach their limits and call out Vinnie on his antics, though Vinnie still struggles to control his impulses and must be called out a second time. Depressed, Vinnie climbs up a wall and sulks, lamenting that no one understands him. Suddenly, Vinnie hears a voice from a shadow expressing agreement, a spider who introduces himself as Weber and has been trying to catch that same fly for two days. They quickly find the fly's evasiveness a common ground and become emotionally attached to each other, telling each other stories about their failures in catching flies.

When Vinnie tells Weber about winding up at a landfill, however, Weber imagines it must be full of flies and asks why he didn't stay there. Vinnie points out that the day camp is where his friends are, describing Sunil as his best friend but warns Weber not to make himself known, as Sunil is arachnophobic.

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Meanwhile, Blythe travels down the road to donate boxes of old clothes, with Sue helping out in exchange for frozen yogurt. She heads to her favorite shop and meets Kora Dixon, a new worker who sometimes uses the clothes for inspiration for her own wardrobe. When Kora sees how small some of the clothes in the boxes are, Blythe fills her in of her "Blythe Style" line of pet clothes. Before long, Blythe and Kora soon lose themselves in the conversation about her pet fashions, leaving Sue feeling left out and unable to contribute to the conversation. Annoyed, Sue leaves the shop and bumps into Youngmee on her way out. Sue asks if Youngmee would like some frozen yogurt, and the two leave the area.

Back at the day camp, Everyone except Sunil are huddled together to discuss something. Sunil comes over and grows suspicious, but when he fails to get answers out of anyone, he goes straight to Vinnie, who is hiding Weber in his left cheek. Vinnie, unable to talk, also tries to avoid Sunil and his interrogation, and narrowly convinces Sunil to leave. With Sunil away, Vinnie spits Weber out immediately, and the two of them agree that it was a bad idea. They get back to what they were doing before: listening to Weber's anecdote about a crow attempting to eat him. From a distance, where Sunil is hiding behind a table leg, however, it looks like more of that huddling. Sunil initially wonders what sort of secret would necessitate even Vinnie to not spill the beans and concludes it must be a surprise party.

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Blythe and Kora are still chatting at the shop, with Blythe sharing photos of the pets in outfits. Marveled, Kora asks if Blythe can design clothes for people as well. Initially hesitant, the two scour around the store for items, and Blythe leaves with a huge pile to carry back. As she leaves, Sue and Youngmee find Blythe on the sidewalk, and Blythe excitedly tells them that Kora has suggested making clothes for people. Sue, however, reminds Blythe that they've suggested it before. When Sue asks if Blythe would like to go play tennis, Blythe says she has too many ideas and rushes home, with Kora following behind with a wagonload of her own things. Sue and Youngmee, watching it happen, wonder if they've been demoted as BFFs.

Sunil walks into the day camp to see a wall of pet food bags have been built in a corner. Looking to see what's up, Sunil walks over and hears Pepper talking about supplies and Russell talking about putting everything together. Still convinced they're holding a party for Sunil, he leaps away in joy when in truth they're simply building a spider habitat for Weber.

At school, Blythe spends her time between classes sending and receiving texts and notifications from Kora. Sue and Youngmee attempt to strike up conversation and discuss their plans at the mall, but Blythe ignores them and continues to exchange messages with Kora. Sue and Youngmee discuss how Blythe has been dismissing them as of later, and when Blythe shows the two of them Kora's latest text, Sue and Youngmee walk away in disgust.

Hiding behind the fire hydrant, Sunil overhears Russell telling the other pets to take a break as they're close to finishing. He sneaks in through a hole in the side and stares at the structure the other pets have built. Hearing running water and singing coming from one particular spot, he opens the curtain to see Weber showering. Weber and Sunil exchange screams until the other pets scramble into the room, and they see Sunil running out of the barricade and into the dumbwaiter, terrified.

Blythe, working on some human clothes, decides to call up Youngmee and Sue. Blythe wonders why they're keeping their voices low, and Sue reminds Blythe that they're at the library, which Blythe suddenly remembers she'd meet the two of them at. Nevertheless, Blythe still wants to show Youngmee and Sue her design, but Sue suggests Blythe call "her" with Youngmee chiming in that they know Blythe knows her number, the two of them hanging up.

Blythe, still in her room, hears Sunil's screaming coming up the dumbwaiter, and after a few seconds, sees Sunil pop out of the compartment and cling to Blythe's face in terror over Weber. Sunil rambling a mile a minute about what Sunil has seen thus far, Blythe attempts to take in everything Sunil has spoken. When finished, Blythe advises Sunil to give Weber another chance, as the other pets seem to have taken a liking to him. Seeing Sunil still scared, Blythe accompanies Sunil back down the dumbwaiter and asks the other pets to show Weber's new home. Blythe is impressed, but Sunil still cannot trust Weber. Blythe coaxes Weber out from behind the flower pot and starts conversing with him, but Weber immediately sees Sunil hiding above Blythe's head and asks if he's going to start screaming. Sunil then asks if Weber will do the same, and Weber explains that he was simply startled when Sunil opened the shower curtain and apologizes to Sunil. Sunil climbs down from Blythe and says that he himself should be apologizing for opening the shower curtain at all, mentioning the peach-scented soap. Weber corrects Sunil in that it was actually apricot-scented and the two manage to make conversation about what they're afraid of.

With that problem solved, Blythe laments that she's still stuck about what to do with herself and her friends. The pets are eager to speak their minds, but Weber, based on what he just experienced, suggests for Blythe to try to get her new and old friends to know each other better, which lifts Blythe's spirits, happily running out of the room.

Sunil, still convinced the other pets are giving him a surprise, demands to know what it is. When the other pets respond with confusion, he asks Vinnie, who tells him that his surprise was a lesson in how not to be scared of spiders. Sunil stares at Weber for a moment, then stares forward and leaves.

Blythe stands in front of the frozen yogurt shop and meets up with Youngmee and Sue. After a few awkward moments, Blythe says sorry for having neglected the two of them and how bad she felt for ignoring them repeatedly. In the middle of her apology, Kora emerges from the thrift shop next door and tells Youngmee and Sue that Blythe actually speaks highly of them all the time to Kora and admires how they're all so close with a tinge of jealousy, astonishing Sue and Youngmee. As a token of appreciation, Blythe takes out of the bag she's been carrying an animal-themed hat for everybody present, which everybody loves.

At the Littlest Pet Shop, the pets and Weber are having a nap. Suddenly, Vinnie wakes up and announces loudly, waking up Weber as well, that he now understands the pun in Weber's name.

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

  • All There in the Script: The thrift shop Kora works at is called The Thrifty Armoire, but that is never mentioned in the episode.
  • Beat: A large group of them happen in the conversation between Blythe and her old friends in Act 3 until Blythe apologizes.
  • Behind a Stick: Sunil hides entirely behind Blythe and her twig-like figure in Act 3.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Sue says "anyway" in Act 2 like Buttercream.
  • Call-Back: Vinnie tells Weber about his experiences seen in "What Did You Say?"
    • It's shown in "Russell Up Some Fun" that Sue really looks up to Blythe as a role model. Hence, it would make sense for Sue to be particularly sensitive to being ignored by Blythe.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Perhaps in a more literal sense: Vinnie must remain silent near Sunil in Act 1, as otherwise he'll see Weber, who was hiding in Vinnie's mouth.
  • Captain Obvious: Weber tells Vinnie that Sunil has nothing to worry about "unless he's a fly." Vinnie assures Weber that Sunil is, in fact, a mongoose.
  • Carnivore Confusion: There is a realistically designed non-anthropomorphic fly during the Cold Open, similar to in "The Very Littlest Pet Shop" but in contrast to the fly in What Did You Say? drawn more like the talking animals and possessing greater intelligence. The more significant example in this episode, however, is Weber, who is drawn in the typical Littlest Pet Shop style, who is also after the realistic non-anthropomorphic fly.
  • Comical Overreacting: At the beginning of Act 3, Sunil panics to Blythe more about the fact that Weber is showering than that he is a spider.
  • Completely Missing the Point: Even in light of the latter parts of Act 2 and much of Act 3, Sunil still won't let go of the thought that the other pets are holding a surprise party.
  • Continuity Nod: The green dress for Penny Ling Blythe brings over to the thrift shop is the one Penny wore in "Blythe's Big Adventure, Part 2."
    • The pictures of Penny Blythe shows to Kora in Act 2 has her wearing the outfit from "The Expo Factor, Part 2."
    • Sue asking Blythe if she wants to play tennis is likely based on how Sue learned she's a pretty competent athlete in "Russell Up Some Fun."
    • Blythe had previously lost Youngmee's trust in "The Secret Recipe."
    • A barricade was placed around the day camp room using supplies from within the shop in "The Hedgehog in the Plastic Bubble."
  • Delayed Reaction: Vinnie finally gets the pun in Weber's name in the very last shot of the episode.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Used as a running gag.
  • Dramatic Irony: The viewer is clued in on what Sunil suspects is a surprise party.
  • Face Your Fears: Sunil has to overcome his arachnophobia, as a spider has taken up residence in the day camp, though he is remarkably stubborn about it.
  • Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress: Vinnie stays up in the air after getting called out a second time in the cold open.
  • Hidden Depths: Vinnie is shown to be good at improvising acceptable answers for unexpected questions.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: A white sheet falls in Act 2. Grumpy Cat slides across the screen later in the act.
  • Iris Out: With a focus on Weber. The iris pauses for him to roll his eyes.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Blythe tells Sue that her boxes of clothes to donate is from a couple of seasons ago. Considering she's been in Downtown City for less than a year, she is most likely referring to seasons of this show, and the Blythe Style outfits she takes out individually from the boxes are from Season 1.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Blythe realizes, towards the end of Act 2, that she has paid way too much attention on Kora.
  • Overly Long Gag: Sunil continues screaming for about a minute after seeing Weber.
  • Pinball Gag: After Vinnie's fly-chasing has disrupted everyone else, Vinnie continues to bounce around the room hitting everyone again.
  • Punny Name: The spider's name is Weber. Blythe and Sunil explain this to Vinnie in Act 3, but Vinnie still doesn't get it. See Delayed Reaction above.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Weber introduces himself as a house spider.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Of the verbose, punctuationless quality this time around.
    Sunil: Forgive me if I scoff at your attempt to deny my own narrowing eyes have provided me—upon approaching you all, I distinctly saw your fevered whispering morph into the quietness you are now exhibiting.
    Penny: Uh, I lost you at "Forgive me."
  • Shout-Out: This episode shares its title with a song by War.
    • The second LOLcat shown onscreen in Act 2 is of Grumpy Cat, albeit with inverted shades of color.
  • Shower of Awkward: Sunil catches Weber showering. Both are horrified.
  • Shown Their Work: In addition to Weber's species, Weber has eight eyes, though only two of them are large enough to be expressive. He also exhibits behavior consistent with American house spiders, such as lack of hostility and the abdomen shape of the males (as opposed to the bulbous abdomen females have).
  • Spiders Are Scary: Only Sunil seems to behave in this way. Everyone else shows no fear or apprehension whatsoever to Weber. Sunil even says this phrase, word for word. Averted with Weber, however, as he is friendly and only attacks flies. Though played straight when he first appeared in shadow.
  • Thinking Out Loud: Sunil monologues his entire thought sequence at the end of Act 1. He continues to deliver awkward-sounding soliloquys into Act 3.
  • Third Wheel: Sue feels this way when Blythe and Kora become such fast friends. Youngmee soon joins Sue as Blythe's fourth wheel.
  • Wheel o' Feet: On Sunil as he's scrambling about after seeing Weber in the shower.

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