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"This is horrible, Vinnie! We broke Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt!"

Story by Julie McNally Cahill, Tim Cahill, and Tom Minton
Teleplay by Tom Minton
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The Littlest Pet Shop is seeing unprecedentedly good business, with Mrs. Twombly and a customer similarly amazed at all the people in the store. The customer, with a pet for the day camp, then wonders if the Largest Ever Pet Shop is just as busy—unfortunately for the Biskit family, this seems not to be the case. Watching the largely empty store from below, Fisher Biskit stares at the plummeting sales numbers for the Largest Ever Pet Shop compared with the skyrocketing sales numbers for the Littlest Pet Shop. His daughters then come in asking to use Monban, their robot assistant, to shred a recent issue of Trés Blasé magazine. Fisher, noticing Blythe on the cover, examines it and wonders if the increased publicity has diverted customers away from his store to the Littlest Pet Shop. Before he can look into the magazine further, though, Brittany snatches the magazine away from Fisher, and Whittany shreds it.

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Back at the day camp room at the Littlest Pet Shop, Russell expresses his exhaustion having to deal with a hyperactive sloth. When Zoe questions why Russell stresses himself over it all, he says that he wants to ensure every guest gets a good experience, then looks over at Sunil and Vinnie playing with a ball. Sunil and Vinnie, having overheard the conversation, take offense, and Vinnie declares he can make a better host than Russell. At that moment, Blythe comes in with the pet—Otto von Fuzzlebutt. Dashing about the room giggling, he turns to the new co-hosts about where to get some water and snacks. Blythe then leaves the room to tend to the customers. Sunil and Vinnie initially denying that they know where to go to feed Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, Russell coerces them into serving him. Vinnie gives him water and fruits on a serving tray, and Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt promptly makes a mess of the surrounding area eating. Sunil and Vinnie realize they have to clean up after Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt and look on in apprehension at his energetic scampering about.

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After some time, Sunil asks Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt what he'd like to do. Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt stutters for some time, then suddenly falls asleep. Not wanting to look bad as hosts, and with Penny Ling approaching, Vinnie grabs some of Minka's brushes and paints and crudely draws eyes over Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's eyelids. Penny arrives and tells Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt that she likes his thoughtful stare, to which Sunil moves the back of Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's head to mimic nodding. To avoid further conversation, Sunil tells Penny that they'll be going for an exercise ride, and he and Vinnie drag Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt to a large hamster wheel. Sunil and Vinnie each tie one of their legs to one of Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's to make him look like he's running as they accompany him in the wheel. In the middle of the regimen, Minka requests to paint a portrait of Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt. Sunil and Vinnie get off the wheel with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt and pose him on a beanbag.

After Minka is done painting, Sunil and Vinnie take Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt to the fire hydrant alcove in the corner. Tired out as they are, Sunil suggests to Vinnie to keep him hidden there for the rest of the day. Their comfort doesn't last, however, when Russell and Blythe invite Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt out for a walk in the park.

At the Largest Ever Pet Shop, Fisher, stumped as to how he can turn his business around, turns to Monban's help. After informing Monban of the necessary information, Monban calculates for several seconds and determins that what the Largest Ever Pet Shop lacks that the Littlest pet Shop has is "love." Not sure of what this answer means, Fisher asks Whittany and Brittany to go undercover into the Littlest Pet Shop and look for anything appealing they find.

At the park, Blythe attempts some small talk with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt. Vinnie and Sunil, with their legs still tied to Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's, answer in his stead. Blythe then unhooks all of their leashes to allow the pets to play around free. Naturally, as the guest pet, all of the rigorous activities center around Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, and Sunil and Vinnie struggle to move Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's limbs to simulate him being awake without making it look obvious. The two pull through, despite many setbacks, and the group return to the Littlest Pet Shop along with Blythe.

The Biskit Twins, in disguise, reach the Littlest Pet Shop, this time blending in by entering within a crowd of people. While Blythe was away in the park, Mrs. Twombly finds herself overwhelmed with customers, and Blythe immediately goes over to help.

Meanwhile, the pets walk back into the day camp. Sunil and Vinnie, dead-tired, untie their legs from Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt and put him on a rubber ducky rolling toy. As they complain about their feet, the toy rolls away with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt on it. They give chase, but a customer in the main room picks him up by mistake and puts him in a backpack and heads onto a bus. Vinnie and Sunil eventually get on board the bus as it stops to pick up a passenger, then scurry to the back of the bus and retrieve Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt from the customer's bag. The three of them are then booted off the bus.

Failing to find a good reason why the customers are at Littlest Pet Shop, the twins grow bored. Brittany, feeling thirsty, goes over to the water cooler and finds it pleasant to drink. Whittany tries it too and also likes it. They see people gather around the water cooler and Blythe giving water to a cat, and they conclude people go to the Littlest Pet Shop because it has very nice water.

Vinnie tries hiding Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt in the tubes lining the day camp. Zoe, Minka, and Penny spot them and enter the tubes too, mistaking the situation for continued playtime with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt. His size gets him caught around a corner, however, so Penny helps push Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt around it, causing Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, Sunil, and Vinnie to tumble out of the tubes and land out in the open. After a moment of relaxation for Vinnie and Sunil, Blythe soon notifies Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt that his owner is returning in five minutes.

Back at the Largest Ever Pet Shop, the twins report to Fisher that they didn't understand what "love" had to do with the Littlest Pet Shop's success but that they had good water and that everyone seemed to like it. Using this information, Fisher constructs a water slide that travels in and out of the Largest Ever Pet Shop and, after the last piece has been installed, declares it open. A man walks by asking for reconstituted catfish treats and is put on the water slide instead. Noticing that the Largest Ever Pet Shop Water Park Extravaganza lacks oomph, Fisher turns up the water, causing the entire building to explode and flood the area.

Vinnie and Sunil try desperately to wake Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt up, to no avail. Vinnie tries a splash of water, which Sunil stands in the way of and calms Sunil down instead. Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt then wakes up on his own, having calmed down too and tells Sunil and Vinnie about his small power-naps. Russell asks Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt if he had a good time, and Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt answers in the affirmative and walks back in the pet carrier, confessing that he's ot sure what he did during the day. Blythe returns Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt back to his owner, and Russell admits that Vinnie and Sunil did a good job of being co-hosts in Russell's place. The two of them refuse Russell's compliments, however, and Blythe notices something weird when Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt blinks. As the owner steps outside, he sees water rushing by, carring the Biskit family with them into the distance and the Largest Ever Pet Shop customer washed back on dry land, directly in front of the Littlest Pet Shop, and decides to shop there instead.

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

  • Accidental Misnaming: Vinnie struggles to remember Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's name until Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt falls asleep.
  • Animal Stereotypes: Inverted with the sloth, who apparently was so energetic that he drove Russell to exhaustion.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, when not eating or sleeping, cannot keep focus on anything for more than two seconds and gets anxious extremely easily.
  • Bear Hug: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt does one to Vinnie and Sunil as his very first thing upon emerging from the pet carrier.
  • Big Fun: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, when he's awake.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: Fisher utters "What the huh?," Blythe's catchphrase.
  • Captain Obvious: The Biskit Twins' report gushes about how good the water is at the Littlest Pet Shop and how much everyone seems to like it. When Fisher asks Monban to crunch the results, he states that everything good they say about the Littlest Pet Shop is water-related.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt can lift the armchair like it was nothing. Penny demonstrates unusual raw strength too, to a lesser extent.
  • Chirping Crickets: A tumbleweed rolls across the interior of the Largest Ever Pet Shop in the Cold Open. Another rolls by as Fisher declares the water ride open.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Whittany and Brittany see Blythe giving water to a thirsty cat out of kindness they come to the conclusion that the secret to Littlest Pet Shop's success is the water.
  • Continuity Nod
  • Cryptically Unhelpful Answer: "Love."
  • Dissimile: Fisher tells his daughters that infiltrating the Littlest Pet Shop will be like a masquerade party. Without masks. And a party.
  • Do-Anything Robot: Monban has a paper-shredding mode (that dumps the paper onto the floor instead of into a receptacle) and a business-analyzing mode.
  • Dude, She's Like, in a Coma!: Penny Ling constantly flirts with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt not realising he's asleep.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: When Monban calculates that the secret to Littlest Pet Shop's success is 'love' the Biskits are utterly confused by this concept.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Blythe sports a pair of them in this episode.
  • Heavy Sleeper: No amount of jostling, noise, or even impacts that should have injured or killed him will wake Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt. He can only be woken up on his own.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Hearts fly up in Act 1 after Penny falls for Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt. Toys come falling down at the end of the exercise scene.
    • There are two more in Act 1 with a dull brown paint as Minka creates Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's portrait.
    • A series of them show up in "Hangin' by a Thread": a flying frisbee, a soccer ball rolling by, a swarm of checker pieces, and a school of fish.
    • The water rushing out from the Largest Ever Pet Shop Water Park Extravanganza becomes one in Act 3.
  • I Shall Rebuild: Spoken by Fisher as he's getting washed away down the street.
  • Jabba Table Manners: Vinnie and Sunil have their paws full dealing with the mess Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt creates when he eats. When Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt finishes, he wipes his armpits with the serving cloth and emits a loud burp in Vinnie's face.
  • Lets See You Do Better: Russell, annoyed at the laid-back attitude of Vinnie and Sunil, tasks them with hosting for the next guest.
  • Low-Speed Chase: The bus drives slowly enough for Sunil and Vinnie to catch up to on foot.
  • The Mad Hatter: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt, at least until he falls asleep.
  • Of Corpse He's Alive: Vinnie and Sunil spend most of the episode doing this act with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.
  • One-Word Title
  • Overly Long Name: The L.E.P.S.W.P.E. (The Largest Ever Pet Shop Water Park Extravaganza)
  • Painful Rhyme:
    Searchin' for the answers to all life's mysteries
    I thought we were just trying not to get caught with Mr. Von Fuzzy B.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: Averted this time with the Biskit Twins, who have had a bad track record with disguises. This is possibly because Fisher helped. It's an easier disguise than normal too, only having to look like normal people.
  • Recurring Extra: The taxi driver is, for whatever reason, on the bus that Vinnie and Sunil chase down.
  • Rollerblade Good: Blythe travels around the Littlest Pet Shop in this way.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Russell throws snide comments at Vinnie and Sunil for the first few moments of them having to deal with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt to provoke them.
  • Shaped Like Itself: Whittany describes the water as "wet."
  • Shout-Out: This episode may have been named after the Woody Allen film of the same name.
    • The sloth guest may have been based on the Pokémon Vigoroth, which is based on a sloth but is high-energy, high-maintenance.
  • Sleepyhead: Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt is of the first type, who will spontaneously fall asleep with no concern as to where. As he's combined with Heavy Sleeper (see above), it makes him just as much of a pain to deal with when asleep as when he's awake.
  • Talkative Loon: Comes with the territory with Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.
  • Tempting Fate: Vinnie says, "How hard can it be?" regarding hosting duties. The pet they have to host is the thoroughly unpleasant Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt.
  • Truth in Television: Raccoons have narrow throats, so they need to have a source of water nearby wherever they eat, hence his insistence on having water with solid food.
  • Understatement: Brittany describes Fisher frantically trying to not die as his mood getting ruined.
  • What He Said: Spoken word-for-word by Vinnie in Act 1.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Love"?: Oddly, Monban, a robot, is the only one in the Largest Ever Pet Shop shown to understand the concept. This creates questions on how Fisher can have daughters. Then again, Fisher and the Biskit Twins may just be confused at the answer because it doesn't fall into any sort of business logic they know of.
  • Whole Plot Reference: Weekend at Bernie's.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Vinnie happened to use water-soluble paint for Mr. Von Fuzzlebutt's fake eyes—and got caught in the rain. It gets fixed easily though.
  • Your Television Hates You: When Fisher turns on his TV the first thing that comes on is the Littlest Pet Shop commercial. Fisher lampshades the implausibility of the commercial being the first thing he sees. This is the commercial Jasper created in "Commercial Success."

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