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Recap / Littlest Pet Shop 2012 S 3 E 21 A Night At The Pawza

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Story by Julie McNally Cahill & Tim Cahill and Evan Gore & Heather Lombard
Teleplay by Evan Gore & Heather Lombard
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In the day camp, all of the pets are huddled in one place, excited over what they're looking at with Penny Ling proud to have one as Blythe enters through the dumbwaiter, wondering what the hubbub is about. At first, Blythe can't spot anything, but she then notices a little ant crawling on the ground. Vinnie congratulates Blythe for getting it right immediately, and Penny then introduces Blythe to this ant, whom she has named Coconut. Blythe shows concern that if Penny has found an ant, then that means there are large numbers of them somewhere nearby. Her suspicions are confirmed when Sunil freaks out, pointing at the trails of ants all over the day camp, covering every surface previously offscreen. Blythe is momentarily stunned seeing the quantities of ants and calls Mrs. Twombly for help.

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In response, Mrs. Twombly contacts Aunt Annie, a pest control service specializing in corraling and removing ants, but it will require three days to remove them all, during which time the Littlest Pet Shop is blocked off with police tape barring entry. Mrs. Twombly asks Blythe to bring the pets into the Littlest Pet Shuttle as Mrs. Twombly contacts each owner to inform them of the situation. Penny asks Blythe if Coconut will be all right, and Blythe assures Penny that Aunt Annie makes sure every ant is safe as she ships them away where they won't cause trouble. Penny is delighted to hear such a service exists, but Sunil remains less than calm about the affair.

In the Littlest Pet Shuttle, Mrs. Twombly admits that she has no choice but to bring the pets to Largest Ever Pet Shop, but Blythe will have none of it. After a bit of thinking, Mrs. Twombly remembers an old comrade of hers named Sophie, who runs the Pawza Hotel. Blythe finds its website and is impressed by its services, including a spa, luxury suites, crystal chandeliers, and tennis courts, with Zoe liking how this sounds. When they actually reach the Pawza, however, it is incredibly dilapidated and appearing nothing like its website. Blythe, Mrs. Twombly, and the pets disembark from the van and step inside, but it's dark and looks abandoned, with cobwebs everywhere and the windows shut with wooden boards. As a bit of searching around, Mrs. Twombly hears a voice coming from a back room. They go there and find Sophie and Madison laying wallpaper. Sophie and Mrs. Twombly briefly reminisce, and when Sophie introduces Madison, she, Blythe, and Mrs. Twombly share greetings with Blythe asking what Madison is doing at the Pawza. Madison responds that she's trying to make the Pawza look like how she made it on the website, which turns out to be harder than she expected. Sophie chimes in, saying that the website looks so appealing that people have been repeatedly asking for reservations she can't fulfill. Mrs. Twombly offers to help, but she and Blythe soon realize they're not up to the task in construction and renovation. However, Blythe decides to give her father Roger a try and calls him asking if he's free for three days.

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A bit later, Blythe roams the first floor sweeping up dust, but there's so much of it that she requests a dustpan from Madison. When Blythe says that she might as well get a "dust wagon," Pepper cracks up, and Pepper alone, but she then tells Blythe that they don't have time to lose.

Meanwhile, the Biskit Family travels down the street in a cycle rickshaw pedaled by François as Whittany elbow-bumps Brittany to point at something on the side of the road. Brittany looks over and is similarly astonished to see the Littlest Pet Shuttle parked next to the Pawza, and the twins order François to stop, leaping off as soon as possible. Their father Fisher, however, then demands François to keep going, as his doctor has told him to go riding a bicycle for an hour each day. Before François can continue, Fisher observes the girls staring at the Littlest Pet Shuttle and whining, and Fisher realizes Mrs. Twombly is there. Fisher asks François for his phone, and François dials and holds it to Fisher's ear with Blythe picking up the phone. Blythe stumbles the whole way through, calling it the Littlest Pet Shop Hotel, forgetting what the hotels' name is supposed to be, as Whittany and Brittany peer in at Blythe through a hole in the wall. After enough fumbling, Blythe decides to just introduce herself instead, and Fisher hangs up without saying anything. Fisher has become shocked that the Littlest Pet Shop now has a hotel as the twins return to the rickshaw and admonish Fisher for not interrogating Blythe further. Agreeing that what's going on with Blythe is bad news, the twins hop onboard the rickshaw with Fisher commanding François to go to the bistro for a tactics-discussing lunch.

At the bistro, Fisher meets with a man named Mr. Dale, covertly conversing, pretending to read off the menus and facing away from each other. He requests Mr. Dale to stop the Littlest Pet Shop Hotel from opening before his creation, the Largest Ever Pet Hotel, revealing a miniature model popping up from his briefcase. He then starts boasting about its size and accommodations with separate services for different kinds of animals. After the full description, Mr. Dale accepts the request and leaves the bistro. Once Mr. Dale leaves, Whittany starts whining about how she and Brittany want a pet hotel too. To that end, Fisher will give them ownership, but not before a lecture about his business techniques. Initially hesitant, they become interested in the power and influence Fisher receives and take to learning his vocabulary.

Back at the Pawza, Russell, Penny, and Vinnie start helping out, though Sunil is simply watching and Zoe and Pepper sit back and relax. Zoe detects a strange smell, however, and Mr. Dale walks into the room posing as a government agent requesting an inspection the following day. Blythe attempts to contact Sophie, but Mr. Dale does not let her, and warns Blythe that if the following day's inspection doesn't meet his standards, he will shut the place down. All the while, Zoe is sniffing at Mr. Dale's shoes, claiming that something smells familar with Mr. Dale. Mr. Dale then cheerfully says goodbye to Blythe and stomps out. Blythe, not sure what to do, calls for Mrs. Twombly, Sophie, and Madison, running over to them and letting them know about what Mr. Dale just told her. Sophie says that it's unusual but doesn't know what it means. Zoe and Pepper follow Blythe and starts yapping, but Blythe ignores Zoe for the moment. Roger then enters the room, having fixed a toilet on the third floor, and Blythe tells Roger all about Mr. Dale. Roger has no clue either, but Blythe wants to continue speaking with him, so she asks Madison to take Zoe and Pepper out for a walk.

Zoe decides to use this time outside to continue tracking Mr. Dale's scent, dragging Pepper and Madison along. By the time Zoe reaches the bistro where Fisher and Mr. Dale chatted, Madison has twigs in her hair and a bush attached to her feet. They see Mr. Dale and Fisher sitting next to each other outside and sneak under Mr. Dale's table, concealed by its tablecloth. They overhear the conversation, first about the Biskit Twins' ideas about how the hotel should be made, then Fisher asking why he didn't shut the place down immediately. Mr. Dale says it's to avoid looking suspicious but that it will happen the next day. Fisher, Mr. Dale, Whittany, and Brittany all start laughing evilly, with Zoe and Pepper looking unnerved under the table.

Back at the hotel, Blythe explains to Roger that the best way to clean the mess of cables Roger's pulled out is to look for someone small enough to fit in the opening in the wall. With Vinnie ready at Blythe's feet, she gives Vinnie the cable ends asks him to take the cables back in the wall. He tied the cable ends to himself, climbs up the wall, and starts efficiently pulling the cables back inside. Roger is incredibly impressed and says that it's almost as if he knew what Blythe was saying, but Blythe brushes it off saying that Vinnie is very smart, which delights Vinnie. Zoe, Pepper, and Madison burst back into the hotel with an exhausted Madison taking a sit on a chair next to her, so Blythe excuses herself from Roger to listen to what Zoe has to say. Zoe warns Blythe that Mr. Dale is not a real building inspector, with Pepper adding that he works for Fisher and that they want to close it down because the Biskit Twins want to open their own hotel. Horrified, Blythe races back in to relay the information to the others. Sophie asks how Blythe found out about all this, but Blythe, unable to come up with a better excuse, says she just knows. The adults remain unconvinced, as Mr. Dale was carrying a badge, with Mrs. Twombly saying that it doesn't make sense for adults to go pretending. Blythe points to previous instances of just that, though Mrs. Twombly still doesn't trust Blythe on it. Sophie decides that they should have the place fixed up as much as possible by tomorrow anyway in case Mr. Dale is for real, and Blythe comes up with a plan involving showing Mr. Dale around.

To that end, Blythe tries a plan involving a fake hotel for Mr. Dale to see. She whispers the plan to the pets, and the eight of them wait for Mr. Dale to return the next day. When Blythe sees him walking up, she tells the pets to take their places, and Blythe goes over to the receptionist's desk. Speaking with Mr. Dale, she emphasizes that he is a building inspector and asks if he really wants to inspect the building, which he affirms. Blythe begins with the "rooftop tennis court," and she opens a door in a colorfully painted hallway leading to a flight of stairs. When he climbs up, Sunil opens the door and pours out a bucket of tennis balls, causing him to stumble and fall back down. Blythe warns Mr. Dale to be more careful as Russell, Penny, and Sunil in tennis outfits emerge down and leave. Blythe gives him a chance to confess who he really is, but Mr. Dale angrily insists he is the building inspector. With that in mind, Blythe continues the tour, escorting him to the "swimming pool." As Mr. Dale enters the dark room, Minka and Vinnie place water balloons on a loose floorboard. Mr. Dale steps on the other end, and the water balloons splash onto Mr. Dale's face, which he really dislikes. Blythe then asks him to state who he really is, and he still says he's Mr. Dale, a building inspector. Blythe then leads him to the "indoor skating rink," and this time, Mr. Dale cautiously enters in, but not before peering inside. Unable to see anything due to the mist, Mr. Dale gets battered by ice shavings Zoe and Pepper throw at him. Having reached his limits, Mr. Dale announces that he's shutting the place down immediately, but Blythe yells at him to just admit he's not a real building inspector; Mr. Dale responds by admitting only himself out the door. The door he stands next to is not a way out, however, but a supplies closet, and a lot of janitorial supplies fall on him, plus a bowling ball. Blythe tells him that it's not a way out, and Pepper comes over and wakes him up with her stink. At this point, he starts crying and admits everything: That he's not a real building inspector and that he was paid by Fisher Biskit to get rid of the place to eliminate competition. Blythe shares this recording with the others, who are now convinced that Mr. Dale is nobody to worry about. Sophie asks how Blythe knew, and while trying to find an explanation, Mrs. Twombly figures Blythe just knew.

Eventually, they finish renovating the Pawza Hotel, turning it into what was described on the website. For their grand opening, Roger takes a photograph of Sophie cutting the ribbon, and the crew go in, as well as the spectators at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, presumably, and admire the hotel. Sophie thanks Madison for her help in providing an idea of what the Pawza Hotel would look like. With everyone happily laughing inside, the Biskit Twins sit in the rickshaw just outside. Whittany angrily wonders out loud why she thought Blythe got her own hotel, but Brittany asks why Blythe is working there. Whittany figures she's just being nice to people, and Brittany brings up the idea that she's not getting money for it, which causes both of them to cringe. Whittany orders the driver to keep going, who turns out to be Mr. Dale, as they ride away down the street.

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

  • Bait-and-Switch: The episode starts with the pets looking down at something tiny and congratulating Penny Ling on the new arrival, making look like she gave birth.
  • Berserk Button: According to this episode, one thing that really sets Fisher off is seeing someone else beat him to an idea.
    • Mr. Dale absolutely hates getting water in his eyes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Madison is otherwise a total ditz but is highly skilled at web design and graphic design.
  • Call-Back: In the Littlest Pet Shuttle, Blythe fears Mrs. Twombly will drop the pets off at Largest Ever Pet Shop. The Largest Ever Pet Shop was shown to have a day camp in "Gailbreak!," "What, Meme Worry?," and "Hamster Hoods."
  • Character Development: Happened offscreen with Madison. While this is not her first return to the show, this is the first time we see, beyond a reasonable doubt, that she's gotten over her hypochondria.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Vinnie is able to hold up the much larger Sunil when he discovers the other ants in the room.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: The Biskit Twins brainstorming how their hotels would be like amounts to allowing only cute animals in and the building being made of waterfalls.
  • Cobweb of Disuse: Found all over the Pawza as they walk in.
  • Compressed Vice: Blythe says that she's no good at renovation and restoration, though she completely redid her room in "Room Enough."
  • Conspicuous CG: Downtown City is cel-shaded CG in frontal shots as Mrs. Twombly drives the Littlest Pet Shuttle down the road.
  • Continuity Nod: Sunil is shown behaving rather nervously in the huddle at the beginning of the episode whereas everyone else is happy, then freaking out when he discovers ants all over the day camp. Sunil has made mention of his fear of animals with six or more legs in two episodes and displayed directly in three more.
    • The ant is drawn in a more realistic style than the other animals; this was previously done in "The Very Littlest Pet Shop." It is still more stylized than in that episode though.
    • The day camp previously had a Hymenoptera infestation in "Inside Job," though it was bees rather than ants. It was also safely removed without harm to the insects.
    • Ants were previously contained within ant farms in "Super Sunil."
    • The Biskit Twins were previously seen with a rickshaw in "Grounded," though it was a different model, and the twins were the ones pulling.
    • The bistro Fisher, François, Brittany, and Whittany go to is the same establishment Pepper's owner takes his date to in "Pet Sounds."
    • During "Biskit Family Business," Fisher shows an image of himself riding on François's back much like how François II was going to let Blythe ride on his back in "Winter Wonder Wha...?"
    • Fisher's lecture during "Biskit Family Business" briefly shows the Biskit "B," as seen in "The Treasure of Henrietta Twombly" and "Littlest Bigfoot."
    • The big fuchsia banner during "Biskit Family Business" resembles the flag the Biskit Twins created for the class election in "Inside Job," along with the globe they puncture with the flagpole.
    • Like in "Missing Blythe," Madison wears a gas mask, though only when taking Pepper for a walk, and it's a more normal one than the helmet seen before.
    • Zoe's and Pepper's outfits when Blythe claims they're playing ice hockey is their winter getup from "Winter Wonder Wha...?"
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Blythe's fake hotel plan amounts to this, aimed squarely at Mr. Dale.
  • Cryptic Conversation: Fisher does not discuss what Mr. Dale's talents are at first.
  • Curtains Match the Window: In a strange way for Pepper—her winter clothes are a purple and green, with the purple matching her eyes and the green matching her stench. It is more green than purple though, and hence the color-matching would not have been as obvious in "Winter Wonder Wha...?," where she previously wore those clothes.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Mr. Dale poses as an agent from the Downtown City Inspector's Office of Inspection.
  • Dog Walks You: Zoe has no intention of going along Madison's planned route, instead seeking more information on Mr. Dale. This causes Madison to get dragged along, then flying. She loses her grip on the leashes for Zoe and Pepper completely and just runs along behind them.
  • Emotionless Girl: Madison, played for laughs in this episode in that it's only how she speaks.
  • Engineered Public Confession: Blythe tries this with Mr. Dale, but he is incredibly resistant to it. She then just directly coerces him and points her phone with her camera running at him.
  • Everything Is Online: Either this, Blythe's computer runs on a high-end satellite-based Internet service, or the Littlest Pet Shuttle has a very nice mobile hotspot, as she's able to easily and quickly access the Internet from inside the Littlest Pet Shuttle while it's traveling.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Biskit Twins are baffled and revulsed at Blythe's habit of helping out those around her for no monetary gain.
  • Evil Laugh: Fisher and Mr. Dale laugh evilly at the bistro. The Biskit Twins, watching them laugh evilly, join in too. It looks ridiculous.
  • Exact Words: Fisher's doctor told him he needs to have an hour-long bicycle ride each day. Fisher follows those orders by having François pedal a cycle rickshaw with Fisher sitting in the back conducting business on his laptop.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Fisher instantly chooses the bad angel during "Biskit Family Business," flicking the good angel away.
  • Hammerspace: Fisher is able to keep a miniature of the Largest Ever Pet Hotel in his briefcase whose volume is easily a dozen times or more greater than that of the briefcase.
  • Handshake Substitute: Zoe and Pepper do a fistbump as Blythe and the others are cleaning the hotel.
  • Hidden Depths: Madison created the Pawza Hotel website. Madison was depicted in this series prior as a scatterbrained normal girl who's simply willing to take any job someone approaches her with. Madison herself is surprised that people call her competent at web design.
  • Hit Flash: When Mr. Dale falls to the floor after stepping on a tennis ball. Good thing he was wearing a helmet.
  • Idiosyncratic Wipes: Done to a fade this time—the very end of the Cold Open has a swarm of ants crawling downwards across the screen to black, upon which the intro sequence begins.
    • In Act 2, Mr. Dale walks in front of the camera.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Pepper is the only one who likes Blythe's "dust wagon" joke, which says something about her passion for comedy. However, even she considers Blythe's punning unnecessary.
  • Innocuously Important Episode: "A Night at the Pawza" would set into motion the events of the two-parter "It's the Pet Fest!"
  • Job-Stealing Robot: According to "Biskit Family Business," Monban replaced the previous janitor for sleeping on the job. The Biskit Twins intend to do the same with the entire board of directors, replacing them with more Monbans.
  • Just for Pun: In addition to Blythe's pun above, Fisher talks about the Largest Ever Pet Hotel having a "game room for game animals."
  • The Klutz: Madison is first seen in this episode getting wallpaper on her head.
  • Large Ham: Fisher's supposedly secret conversation with Mr. Dale has him unveiling a shiny building model and boasting, at the top of his lungs, about how great it'll be, not to mention the loud evil laughing on their second meeting at the bistro.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Watching the trailer for the Season 3 finale of Littlest Pet Shop (2012) will show that the Pawza Hotel has been restored to how it looks on the website.
  • Newhart Phonecall: We only see Blythe's side of the phone call with Fisher, though it doesn't matter as she's the only side that speaks.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: The ant is drawn in a rather non-LPS style.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Blythe and the others don't return to the Littlest Pet Shop by the end of the episode. The next episode, however, is set almost entirely over there, so they eventually did go back.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: The adults don't believe Blythe's claim that Mr. Dale is fake, as Blythe cannot show any proof.
  • Patter Song: "Biskit Family Business," particularly when sung by Fisher.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Blythe, forgetting she's in the Pawza and not the Littlest Pet Shop, causes the Fishers to believe the Littlest Pet Shop has expanded to include a hotel.
  • Pre Ass Kicking One Liner: Fisher's line about getting lunch is delivered like one.
    Fisher: Come, girls. Time for lunch.
  • Recurring Extra: Genghis can be seen on the Pawza website in the spa.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: When Blythe asks Mrs. Twombly not to tell her that they'll take the pets to Largest Ever Pet Shop, Mrs. Twombly decides to stay quiet, as that was where she was going to take them. She does so out of built for Blythe, however.
  • Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony: When the Pawza Hotel officially opens.
  • Riding into the Sunset: The final shot is framed in this way, though it's a cycle rickshaw down an empty city street, and it's in the middle of the day.
  • Rule of Three: The wallpaper keeps falling on Madison's head three times as she tries to attach it to the wall.
    • Blythe brings Mr. Dale to three facilities, though there was an unscheduled fourth room visit to the supplies closet.
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Fisher Biskit's lectures on how his company works in "Biskit Family Business" is full of pretty long words.
  • Shout-Out: The title of this episode is likely a pun on A Night at the Opera.
    • The Largest Ever Pet Hotel would have a poker room for dogs, based on C.M. Coolidge's "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings.
    • The lyrics for "Biskit Family Business" play out something like a musical sequence in a Dr. Seuss animated special.
  • Silent Whisper: Blythe explaining the fake hotel plan to the pets.
  • Slippery Skid: The tennis balls.
  • Smelly Skunk: Madison fears taking Pepper for a walk in case she starts spraying. Pepper, however, does unleash a stench for Mr. Dale.
  • Technologically Blind Elders: Mrs. Twombly calls a website an "Interwebs screen thingy." She is able to use online auction websites in "Door-Jammed" though.
  • Third Eye: Fisher standing in front of the projection screen during "Biskit Family Business" when the Illuminati pyramid is displaying gives off this effect. He is also talking about clairvoyance when it happens.
  • Trampoline Tummy: Russell, Penny, and Sunil bounce off of Mr. Dale's belly as they come down the stairs from their rooftop tennis court.
  • Trap Door: There is a button-activated one right under the janitor's chair in the Largest Ever Pet Shop as well as in the board room under all of the board members' seats.
  • Very False Advertising: The website for Pawza initially shows it to be a top-class luxurious establishment, when in fact the place hasn't even officially opened and is still a condemned building when Mrs. Twombly and Blythe arrive. This seems to be an innocent mistake though, with Madison jumping the gun with the site.
  • Villain Song: "Biskit Family Business."
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Blythe and the others don't return to the Littlest Pet Shop at the end. Presumably, Aunt Annie has finished removing the ants from the place.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Sunil is, for an unexplained reason, in women's tennis clothes coming down from the rooftop.
  • Wink "Ding!": When Zoe and Pepper wink at the end.
  • You Have Failed Me: Mr. Dale finds himself as the Biskit Twins' rickshaw operator after he spilled the beans to Blythe.
  • You Meddling Kids: Mr. Dale's confession ends with him saying, "And I would've gotten away with it too if it hadn't been for you [Blythe] and these meddling pets."

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