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Russell, to Penny Ling: "You don't know what it's been like since he got here! He's never satisfied with his own meals, I can't even touch the TV remote, and he follows me everywhere I go!"

Story by Julie McNally Cahill & Tim Cahill and Eric Rogers
Teleplay by Eric Rogers
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As Vinnie and Sunil engage in a staring contest with Minka as the judge, Blythe comes into the Littlest Pet Shop day camp and asks the pets if any of them are interested in a visit to the Sunset Siesta Retirement Village as therapy animals. Upon hearing that their purpose is to bring joy to the people there, Zoe is the first to volunteer. When Blythe asks the other pets, however, Vinnie and Sunil are too caught up in their staring contest (of which Vinnie admits they don't know what the prize would be) to accompany Blythe, Minka tells Blythe she has to focus as the judge and Pepper declines because her owner's parents frequently visit him, giving Pepper her fair share of elderly-related incidents. Penny Ling accepts the offer because she enjoys the attention, and finally, Russell agrees to come along so he can hang out with his father Jerry, as Jerry's owner is one of the residents there. When Blythe asks why Russell only visits Jerry very rarely, he says that Jerry is "a lot of a lot."

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At Sunset Siesta Retirement Village, Blythe introduces the senior citizens to Russell, Penny, and Zoe, specifying that they won't talk back if spoken to. One of the residents puts Zoe on his head, thinking it's his hair piece. After much resistance, though, Blythe convinces him to let go of Zoe, and Blythe releases Zoe to go somewhere else. As Penny is getting petted and rubbed to much comfort, Blythe asks Russell if he'd like to be somewhere. As Russell responds, he's interrupted by a cranky-sounding voice demanding to be let through. Russell recognizes this voice as his father, but upon greeting him, Russell's father complains that Russell doesn't seem to visit much anymore and about Russell's hairdo. Russell's father then notices Blythe and, assuming she is Russell's new owner, reprimands Russell for driving the former one crazy. Russell can only mention that Blythe is a friend, not an owner, before his father then complains that Russell can't be friends with other hedgehogs and always has to be different. Blythe tries to introduce herself, but Russell's father, who says to call him Jerry, speaks sarcastically about her to Russell about her trying to initiate conversation with him. Russell points out that Blythe can actually understand animals and that she was trying to be nice. Seeing the situation unfold, Blythe tells Russell that he really is "a lot of a lot." This only incites more anger from Jerry, interpreting the phrase as modern slang. Blythe, having become nervous, walks away, leaving Russell to Jerry.

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With the two alone, Jerry tells Russell that he's in a predicament: Jerry's owner is moving to another retirement home but is not allowed to take Jerry with him. He learned this overhearing a conversation from his owner, who is also quite distraught. When Russell asks if another owner at the retirement home could adopt him, Jerry says that no one else is willing to do that and that he is no longer fit to live in the wild. After some pity-mongering, Jerry convinces Russell to move in with him, and with that, Jerry produces suitcases and gets ready to move out, albeit with Russell doing all the packing up.

In another room, Lorraine is walking on a treadmill when Blythe comes into the room and says hello, with Lorraine deciding on calling Blythe as "B." As Blythe replaces the wilted flowers at her windowsill with fresh ones, Lorraine remarks that this is the sort of thing her granddaughters often do when coming in to visit and shows a photograph of them to Blythe. Though Blythe would like to meet them, the photo perplexes her as it is very blurry. As Blythe talks about how she and Lorraine's granddaughters never seem to visit at the same time, she sees Russell carrying a big stack of suitcases and boxes following behind Jerry, with him dropping one and quickly putting it back on top of the stack. Blythe excuses herself from Lorraine's room to go find out what's going on with Russell, with Russell explaining that Jerry's owner Larry has to move to a new retirement home where pets are not allowed, and Jerry has no choice but to move in with Russell. Blythe interprets it as an act of kindness, but Russell isn't too enthused. Before he can say much, however, Jerry yells at Russell to be quiet and get back to work, reminding Russell that everything must be fully packed by 4 PM, as he has dinner during then and if his dinner is delayed, he will have urinary problems. As the hedgehogs leave, Blythe finds Zoe back on the head of the man from before, unable to leave and desperately whispering to Blythe for help.

At Mrs. Owen's house, Russell finishes unpacking for Jerry, but when Jerry comes back from the bathroom, he is unhappy with his bed's placement next to the heater and the perceived dirtiness of the pillowcase. Because of that, he forcibly lies down on Russell's bed, forcing Russell to sleep in Jerry's for the night.

The following morning, Russell gets up out of bed and heads to the kitchen, where he sees Jerry eating out of Russell's food bowl. When Russell voices his complaint, Jerry says his breakfast is mushy and holds up an unappetizing and hairy glop with fish bones and octopus tentacles in it. Repulsed and ready to vomit, Russell heads elsewhere. At the end of the day, Russell sees Jerry asleep in front of the TV. He sneaks over with a large bowl of popcorn and attempts to watch The Duchess of Lancashire Lane, but changing the channel immediately wakes Jerry up, who demands to change the channel back. Russell complies and frustratedly stomps away, only to have Jerry fall asleep again, to Russell's annoyance. Later on, Jerry looks over Russell's shoulder as he's reading a book, and without saying a word, Russell gives the book to Jerry, who tries to read it and promptly falls asleep. Russell attempts to get away from Jerry by hiding in a closet, but he finds Jerry there too.

Blythe arrives at the retirement home early to visit Lorraine and also in order to meet Lorraine's granddaughters. As Blythe combs Lorraine's hair so she can look her best, Lorraine tells Blythe that this is exactly what her granddaughters would do if they expected a guest coming and states that they will be BFFLs, or "Best Friends for Life." Blythe urges Lorraine to go for a walk as Blythe tidies up her room, and as Lorraine leaves, Blythe excitedly anticipates meeting Lorraine's granddaughters.

Russell has since brought Jerry to the Littlest Pet Shop's day camp. Following closely behind, Jerry expresses his disappointment over the day camp's lack of bingo and wonders what they're supposed to do to pass the time. Russell suggests to hang out with his friends while muttering to himself that it's a chance for Jerry to leave him alone. Russell first introduces Jerry to Zoe. Recognizing her on the trip back from the retirement community, Jerry immediately starts trying to woo Zoe. Seeing Zoe react uncomfortably, Russell pulls Jerry away and leads him to Vinnie. Jerry mistakes Vinnie for a komodo dragon who might eat him, but Vinnie corrects him telling him he's a gecko. Jerry then mocks Russell for being overweight and that he's a more suitable meal, asking when the last time was that Russell saw a dumbbell while slapping his belly. Vinnie takes a liking to Jerry's wit, and Jerry by extension. Unable to stop laughing, Vinnie, now calling Russell "Rusty," asks Russell why he didn't tell Vinnie about Jerry's sense of humor and walks away. Vinnie's laughing brings Pepper over, who requests to Jerry to teach her how to be wittier. Jerry simply states that he just says whatever he feels is funny, such as Russell's nose making whistling noises when he snores and compares it to a basketball referee. This creates raucous laughter from the other six pets in the day camp, which angers Russell so much that he snaps, letting out all of his grievances about Jerry back in his face, namely that Jerry refuses to allow Russell any time to himself. The other pets stare at Russell, frozen in shock. Jerry is the first to break the silence, talking about him packing up and living as a hobo, with a worried Russell requesting not to be so dramatic.

In Lorraine's room, as Blythe finishes puts everything back in place she hears Lorraine coming down the hallway talking about how "B" has been so helpful. Blythe heads out to the hallway and sees Whittany and Brittany Biskit accompanying Lorraine, saying that Lorraine has been talking so nice about this "B" and how they'd love to meet her. Blythe then retreats up against a wall, in panic now that she knows Lorraine's granddaughters are her enemies in school, the Biskit Twins. Blythe tries to hide under the comforter, then the lampshade, then the armchair, and, after some looking around, tucks herself in the closet. Lorraine enters the room, with the Biskit Twins following. Whittany tells Lorraine how impressed she is with "B"'s sense of style, while Brittany says she's certain they can be good friends with "B." Blythe, still in the closet, fills up with dread.

At the day camp, Russell rants to the other pets about how Jerry has taken over his life and follows him everywhere, but that it doesn't mean he wants Jerry to leave, just that Jerry is hard to live with and that they have no common ground. Sunil, listening to Russell, understands his plight and advises Russell that Jerry may just be ornery because he suddenly had to move to a new place and that he is likely to adjust better over time, with Zoe chiming in that Jerry likely knows a few wise things he will teach Russell if given a chance. With that in mind, Russell decides to head out and search for his father.

Back in Lorraine's room, Blythe, still hiding in the closet, frantically tries to find a way out of her situation without getting in trouble. She sees Whittany discussing with Brittany about heading to the commons room to find a board game in anticipation to play with "B." The twins leave, and Lorraine falls asleep. Sensing that it's her chance, Blythe makes a break out of Lorraine's room, but the twins double back into Lorraine's room, about to ask what sort of board game Lorraine would like to play, when they bump into Blythe. Whittany angrily demands to know what Blythe is doing in Lorraine's room. Her loudness wakes Lorraine up, who looks over and delightedly says that "B" is here. To the twins' horror, they learn that "B" has been Blythe all along.

In Mrs. Owens's room, Jerry stands in a corner with his belongings in a pile along with his boxes and suitcases. Russell comes over and says that he would prefer Jerry to stay, saying that it can be rough adjusting to a new place and that, with that in mind, anything Jerry does will be okay with Russell from now on. Hearing that, Jerry tells Russell that he only knows of life at the retirement home and that he owes Russell an apology as well. Jerry admits that he never intended to be overbearing or to embarrass Russell in front of his friends. Russell assures Jerry that this is just a normal part of life.

With the Biskit Twins aghast at the identity of "B," Blythe pretends to meet them for the first time and introduces herself, but the twins do not play along. Blythe then hints in her act that their sweet and kind behavior feels "too good to be true." The twins look over to Lorraine, who nervously smiles back. Lorraine then hands Blythe a gift, telling Blythe that it's from her granddaughters, which turns out to be a sweater with a picture of a cat on it. Despite protest from Whittany and Brittany, Blythe puts the sweater on and tells the twins how much she likes it. Seeing the girls so happy, Lorraine tells them that they can be BFFLs. With Blythe rubbing in what Lorraine says, Brittany gets sick enough of Blythe to escort Blythe out of the room with Whittany's help.

When the twins bring Blythe out into the hallway, they and Blythe tell each other that they couldn't believe the other party's identity, with Whittany proclaiming that it took everything she had to avoid screaming. Brittany tells Blythe of her disbelief that Lorraine wants her and Whittany to be friends, and the three of them say "As if!" in unison and laugh. The Biskit Twins and Blythe agree to never be friends, to come visit Lorraine at different times, and never mention of the other's actions in the retirement home or of the cat sweater. The two walk off in opposite directions as they exit the building.

Larry makes his way to the Littlest Pet Shop and enters, requesting to pick up Jerry. When Blythe asks about Jerry not being allowed where he's headed, he says that he misheard: He was told not that he couldn't have Jerry, but that he couldn't have Jeggings and reveals he had been wearing Jeggings pants underneath his robe. Jerry overhears the conversation, along with the other pets, and asks Russell if it's okay for him to return to Larry. Russell says that it's okay because Larry is his owner and that it's how it should be. Jerry, proud of his son, gives Russell a hug, then rolls over to Larry, promising to visit often, albeit with Russell quietly hoping for it to not be too often. Larry, overjoyed to see Jerry again, picks him up and carries him out of the Littlest Pet Shop, mentioning that the Littlest Pet Shop feels like "a lot of a lot."

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

  • Acronym and Abbreviation Overload: Lorraine tries her hand at it briefly in Act 2.
  • Affectionate Nickname: "B," which is what Lorraine decides to call Blythe. Contrast with Malicious Nicknaming below.
    • Whittany and Brittany refer to Lorraine as "Gran-Gran."
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Russell's Dad, Jerry, waste no time teasing Russell when he meets his friends.
  • Behind a Stick: Though Lorraine isn't rail-thin, the Biskit Twins are still able to both hide completely behind her without even trying.
  • Big "NO!": When Lorraine suggests Blythe try on the sweater from the Biskit Twins and Blythe accepts.
  • Bleak Abyss Retirement Home: Sunset Siesta Retirement Village. It seems to be pretty cheery and upbeat when Blythe is around though.
  • Blind Without 'Em: When Pepper's owner's mother washes her face, she mistakes Pepper for a wash towel.
    • An old man mistakes Zoe for his toupee.
  • Bookends: Near the beginning and at the end, one of the characters uses the phrase "a lot of a lot." Notably, the first time Jerry hears this phrase, it makes him mad, whereas the phrase comforts him at the end.
  • Brick Joke: Lorraine makes a single mention of calling Blythe as "B." This would come back much later as a means for Lorraine to unintentionally hide Blythe's identity from the Biskit Twins.
  • Buffy Speak: Whittany gets an "idea thingy" in Act 3.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Russell, reaching his limits, explodes at Jerry about all things Jerry has done to annoy Russell.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Jerry attempts to hit on Zoe in Act 2. Russell drags him offscreen shortly afterwards.
  • Cassandra Truth: Penny does not believe Jerry is as bad as Russell says he is, even after meeting Jerry.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: As a one-time gag, Russell is shown balancing a stack of boxes and suitcases at least double his mass and all of the containers full to bursting.
  • Commander Contrarian: Jerry initially thinks Russell makes friends with humans to be a contrarian.
  • Completely Missing the Point: During Russell's angry rant towards Jerry in Act 2, where he says "uncle" to mean he gives up, Vinnie thinks he's referring to Jerry as his uncle. This is also all he seems to take from Russell's screaming.
  • Continuity Nod: Jerry and Russell have a discussion about Russell's owner, who was first seen in "Pet Sounds." This episode establishes her name as Mrs. Owens.
    • The TV show Russell watches features a fancy mansion, strongly hinting that it's The Duchess of Lancashire Lane.
    • Russell's patience was previously pushed to his limits in "In the Loop."
    • The Littlest Pet Shop had to deal with a guest who was making life bad for at least one regular through his selfishness: Shivers.
    • Blythe previously accidentally trapped herself in a small, enclosed space in "DUMB DUMBWAITER."
    • Whittany had shown her sensitive side to Blythe in "Door-Jammed." Like in that episode, she and Blythe agree to keep it a secret.
  • Deranged Animation: On Russell when he emphases to Penny that Jerry DOES follow him everywhere.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Vinnie admits the staring contest was simply thought up as such, with no consideration to what the winner gets.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Blythe comes out of the closet in regards to finding out the Biskit Twins have behavioral traits in common with her.
  • Do Not Call Me "Paul": Russell doesn't like being called Rusty.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Whittany explains a pun she made to Brittany.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Inverted. Jerry likes people to pity him. It's his technique to gain support without having to do anything. It is questionable how sincere he is over it, however.
  • Dramatic Irony: Lorraine looks forward to her granddaughters and Blythe meeting up. Later in the episode, Lorraine's granddaughters are revealed to be the Biskit Twins.
  • Exhausted Eye Bags: On Russell in Act 2 before he catches Jerry eating his breakfast.
  • Face Palm: Russell does one in a closet out of frustration over Jerry. Jerry sees Russell and interprets his actions as "another migraine."
  • Foreshadowing: Besides the blurry photograph depicting Lorraine's granddaughters as twins, one with white hair and the other with black, Lorraine also has a lock of hair coming down her forehead that's the same shape as the Biskit Twins' Peek-a-Bangs.
  • Granny Classic: Lorraine.
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The first shot with Jerry shows the senior citizens' legs, all of whom are covered in thick veins. Jerry calls it a "thick forest of veiny trees."
    • Jerry's mushy breakfast gets one in Act 2. It has a fish head, an octopus tentacle, and a bunch of flies surrounding it.
  • Grumpy Old Man: Jerry.
  • Hidden Depths: Whittany and Brittany are characterized in the series primarily as displaying Lack of Empathy and egotism. In this episode, they genuinely care for Lorraine's well-being and happiness.
  • Hobos: Jerry says that this is one of the better options for him without an owner. He does not find the lifestyle appealing, though he desires to play the harmonica.
  • How About a Smile?: Lorraine nervously smiles when she witnesses "B" and her granddaughters having an awkward conversation. She seems completely oblivious that they are enemies, however.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Jerry loudly complains about Russell everywhere he goes and to everyone Jerry meets. Since Jerry likes to tag closely beside Russell, Russell can hear all of it. This comes to a head at the end of Act 2, when Russell has had enough.
  • Innocently Insensitive: Jerry is constantly unintentionally insulting Russell. He never means any malice; he just doesn't think about how Russell feels.
  • Jewish Complaining: Jerry tends to complain in this way. Most of his complaints are centered around Russell, and he never stops finding something new about Russell to complain about.
  • Jive Turkey: Lorraine hopes to be current by calling Blythe as "B."
  • Jock Dad, Nerd Son: Jerry has a bulky build, a crew cut, a gruff voice, and a do-what-I-want attitude. Russell, on the other hand, is Russell. What truly bugs Russell is that he feels he and Jerry have no interests in common.
  • Let Us Never Speak of This Again: The Biskit Twins and Blythe agree to never make mention of the other party's taking care of Lorraine.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Jerry insists on calling Russell as "Rusty" when everyone else calls him Russell.
  • Magical Asian: Sunil's response to Russell's rant in Act 3 makes him appear as one, between his Indian accent, his meditative-looking stance, and light from the window shining in from behind him.
  • Meddling Parents: Jerry follows Russell everywhere he goes while criticising everything he does.
  • Mirthless Laughter: From Blythe when she's forced to confront the Biskit Twins in Act 3.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Jerry, particularly his voice and means of talking, sounds a lot like Lewis Black.
  • Not Good with People: Jerry falls squarely within Type 2 (Grumpy). He gets the respect of the other six day camp regulars in Act 2 though.
  • Not So Different: As it seems, Blythe and the Biskit Twins both have the exact same soft spots for Lorraine. Without realizing it, they also agree on a number of different things before parting ways, albeit much of that is agreeing to disagree.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Jerry utilizes this to be even more annoying to Russell.
    • Russell then does this back to Jerry when he rants back at him about his annoying habits and inability to leave him alone.
  • Oh, Crap!: Two happen to Blythe consecutively, the first being when she learns Lorraine's granddaughters are the Biskit Twins and again when she hears them complimenting "B."
  • Old Master: Upon hearing Jerry's wit, Pepper considers Jerry as one.
  • Parental Obliviousness: Until Act 3, Jerry spends all of his time putting Russell down without really knowing it.
  • Poor Communication Kills: The nicknames Lorraine is fond of giving, as well as never bringing up her granddaughters' names, creates a misunderstanding between Blythe and the Biskit Twins.
    • Larry was allowed to bring Jerry to his new place all along. He just misheard someone.
  • P.O.V. Shot: When Blythe is hiding in the closet from the Biskit Twins.
  • Pun: In addition to Whittany's "B-FF" pun, Jerry, a hedgehog, admits he can have a prickly disposition in Act 3.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Russell reaches his limits with Jerry by the end of Act 2.
  • Rambling Old Man Monologue: Jerry likes to go on and on. He seemingly likes to hear himself speak.
  • Running Gag: At different points in the episode, both Russell and Blythe hide in a closet to try to avoid someone they dread having to interact with. They both utterly fail in ways they least expect.
  • Sarcasm Mode: Jerry frequently goes into this, such as him thinking Blythe is crazy.
    Jerry: You picked a real winner this time, Rusty. She's trying to talk to me!
  • Screw Politeness, I'm a Senior!: Jerry shamelessly rants about everything and everyone around him and forces Russell to do everything Jerry personally doesn't want to do.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: Jerry falls asleep watching TV, wakes up to scold Russell for changing the channel, then falls asleep again when Russell leaves. He also dozes off while trying to read a book.
    • After the Biskit Twins go find a board game and leave Lorraine's room, Lorraine instantly falls asleep.
  • Separated at Birth: Lorraine jokingly asks if Blythe and her granddaughters weren't separated at birth due to how they care for Lorraine in such similar ways.
  • Serious Business: Vinnie and Sunil take their staring contest with utmost seriousness. Nothing is allowed to get in their way. Minka treats being their judge with the same level of seriousness.
  • Shout-Out: Jerry's TV show looks to be a prairie dog version of Meerkat Manor.
    • Like with Russell, Jerry is able to perform a Spin Dash. Because his quills have grayed though, he is completely gray when curled as a ball.
  • Staring Contest: The episode begins with Vinnie and Sunil locked in one. It is the reason they don't go to the retirement home.
  • Status Quo Is God: Jerry moves back out from Russell's place and reunites with his owner at the end of the episode.
  • Stunned Silence: The other pets, including Jerry, after Russell vents to Jerry's face. Justified, as they had just met Jerry and were unaware of his negative traits.
  • Super OCD: Not to the extent of Russell, but Jerry is incredibly picky about when things happen and about cleanliness of his belongings.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Blythe introduces the pets, she tells her listeners that they can talk to the pets if they'd like, but shouldn't expect for them to talk back.
  • Taking Advantage of Generosity: Jerry will beg for favors from Russell, then escalate them in difficulty, complexity, and speed as time goes on.
  • Tan Lines: Jerry seems to have a sunglasses tan.
  • The Thing That Would Not Leave: Jerry. Then again, Russell has no choice, and he doesn't actually want Jerry to leave, just to be less annoying.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Much of Russell's apprehension in this episode stems from him just wanting Jerry to be proud of him for anything.
  • Wheel o' Feet: Zoe in Act 1, after Blythe persuades the old man to let her go.
  • Wholesome Crossdresser: Larry, to a small extent. He likes to wear Jeggings, which are meant for women.

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