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Invest in a pair of hearing aids, Olive. You're gonna need 'em.
Odd Outbreak
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Airdates: January 12, 2015 note , February 23, 2015 note , April 12, 2015 note 

Dr. O takes the lead on the case of a strange medical crisis that causes agents to make funny noises.


Tropes:

  • Big "NO!": Done collectively by Dr. O, Odell and the Main 4 bar Otto when he eats another Noisemaker chocolate.
  • Brief Accent Imitation: Oscar speaks the Noisemaker's name using a French accent.
  • Continuity Nod: The gadget Ms. O is returning is the Body-Put-Back-inator.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Olive takes the Noisemaker away by seizing his arm and pushing him forward.
  • Failure Montage: Dr. O and Odell both engage in a game of Charades in order to figure out what the patients were doing when they were making odd noises. While some of the agents' actions are hard to guess, the doctors' answers are ridiculously off the mark.
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  • Expospeak Gag: Occurs when Dr. O and Odell are trying to track the source of the outbreak.
    Odell: Just one problem. How can they answer with tape on their mouths?
    Dr. O: I got it! "One Word, Two Syllables". It's a game you play where you act out things with your hands but can't speak.
    Odell: Charades!
    Dr. O: Yeah, that's a way better idea than what I was thinking.
  • Failed a Spot Check: The cause of the outbreak is traced to Oscar's chocolates, which are a product of the Noisemaker — a villain who wants odd noises in the world. Oscar fell for it because he thought "Noisemaker Chocolates" were French. It's lampshaded by Olive.
    Olive: Oscar. The Noisemaker is a villain who wants to fill the world with odd noises! Seriously, this didn't make you even a tiny bit suspicious?
    Oscar: Well, when you hold it underneath the light like that, I can see where I might have made a mistake.
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  • Here We Go Again!: Not even a minute passes between the time Otto is cured and the time he eats another Noisemaker chocolate. However, this time he produces the harp noise commonly heard with Flashback Effects, and the end of the episode has the Main 4 plus Dr. O and Odell relaxing and reading through some comic books and magazines.
  • Homemade Inventions: Otto's "gadget" is comprised of a toothbrush, a spatula and a flashlight held together by duct tape. Both Olive and Oscar easily see through it.
    Otto: If you can believe it, Oscar doesn't think this is a gadget!
    Dr. O: It isn't!
  • Hot Pursuit: Played for Laughs when Ms. O, making a police siren noise as a result of the outbreak, takes off after Dr. O, Odell and Olive as they head to the Odd Squad Doctors' office. When they get there, Ms. O claps a hand over her mouth as a result of Olive's protest.
  • Idiot Ball: Why, oh why didn't Dr. O and Odell just ask the agents with the odd disease to close their mouths so the odd sounds wouldn't come out?
  • I'm a Doctor, Not a Placeholder: While it deviates from Dr. O's original catchphrase (where she speaks the trope near-verbatim), a brief exchange with her and Olive goes like this.
    Dr. O: WHO HERE ATE A CHOCOLATE TODAY?!
    [every agent raises their hands while making odd noises]
    Olive: THAT MUST BE WHAT'S CAUSING IT! DOCTOR, YOU'RE A GENIUS!
    Dr. O: No, I'm a doctor!
  • Court Jester: The Noisemaker dresses like this, with various instruments and bells attached to his costume.
  • Implausible Deniability: The agent who's just come down the tubes asks O'Callaghan if he's wearing a wig. O'Callaghan is offended and quickly says "no"...just before adjusting his wig.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Dr. O and Odell believe that the third tube is the cause of the outbreak, and when an agent comes down one and emerges saying "wheee", they are quick to rub it in O'Callaghan's face...until the agent reveals that he's not a victim of the outbreak at all, and was only saying "wheee" because he likes riding in the tubes. O'Callaghan is quick to throw his own "I'm right" reaction back at the doctors.
  • Irony: Otto asks the Cold Open client where the meteorologist came from, while looking behind the client. It's actually the same way agents are able to get gadgets: via the use of Hammerspace.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This episode primarily focuses on Dr. O and Odell, another Odd Squad Doctor.
  • Neat Freak: O'Callaghan washes the tubes 11 times a day.
  • No, You: Dr. O demands that O'Callaghan shut down the tubes immediately, as it's a medical emergency. O'Callaghan's response? "You're a medical emergency!"
  • Obsessed with Food: Otto returns to this in full form. The episode has him on a quest to get a chocolate from Oscar, but to do that, he needs to return a gadget — since he doesn't have one on him, he is forced to make a fake gadget, and when that doesn't work out, he resorts to borrowing others' gadgets. Sure enough, he ends up becoming a victim of the outbreak. Twice.
  • Oh My Gods!: "What in the name of the medical community is happening?!"
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: Dr. O suggests that she and Odell ask the patients questions relating to what caused the outbreak, but when Odell comes up with questions like "where were you when you started making odd noises", she answers anyway.
  • Sensory Abuse: Hearing every agent afflicted with the outbreak, in a room where they're packed like sardines, is awful. It reaches the Hell Is That Noise point for Olive.
  • Skewed Priorities: Otto stops Dr. O and Odell in their tracks while they're dealing with a medical crisis...to ask for a gadget so he can get a chocolate.
  • Unexplained Accent: The Noisemaker speaks with a German accent despite the show taking place in Canada.
  • Weather Dissonance: The meteorologist in the Cold Open has a habit of failing to predict the weather correctly.
  • With Catlike Tread: The Noisemaker somehow got into Headquarters despite the massive amount of noise he causes. It's lampshaded by Oscar:
    Oscar: How did nobody hear him come in here?

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Bird people! In the desert!
The Perfect Lunch

Airdates: January 12, 2015 note , February 23, 2015 note , April 12, 2015 note 

With Obfusco's help, Olive, Otto, and Oscar help Ms. O host a lunch for some very important but easily offended guests, the Featherites.


Tropes:

  • Bad "Bad Acting": Otto's stalling techniques involve explaining the more obvious functions of the tube lobby. The Featherites see right through it, but Otto manages to redeem himself by offering them some gum.
  • Berate and Switch: The lead Featherite does this upon seeing the setup of the table.
    Featherite: This table is absolutely...
    [Olive, Otto and Oscar cringe in fear]
    Featherite: ...wonderful.
  • Bird People: The Featherites are explicitly referred to as these, having bird-like mannerisms and appearances.
  • The Bus Came Back: Obfusco returns with a major speaking role after being absent for eight (single) episodes.
  • Call-Back: Just like in his debut episode, Obfusco works with Olive and Otto (who clearly aren't thrilled at the prospect) and gives them confusing instructions — only this time, Oscar is brought into the mix.
  • Clucking Funny: Ms. O demonstrates her Featherite language abilities by bawking and flapping her hands like a chicken.
  • Continuity Nod: Oscar hasn't just lived through a timetastrophe; he's also implied to have lived through the oddness the Featherites have caused in the past. And he has a hard time dealing with the trauma that comes from it.
  • Cross-Referenced Titles: With "The Perfect Score".
  • Dinner with the Boss: Zig-zagged. The Featherites are a race of bird people who are coming over to HQ to have dinner with Ms. O. Since the Featherites are very picky and are known to cause destruction when things aren't perfect, Ms. O enlists the help of Obfusco, the head of the Squad's party planning committee, who helps the rest of the Main 4 with setting things up. However, the Featherites arrive earlier than expected, which ups the stakes.
  • Double Meaning: Ms. O praises the Main 4 and Obfusco for their work, and invites them to help out with the mole people dinner the following week. Mole people can refer to either Mole Men (as in the trope), or to homeless people who live in various spots under large cities. Knowing this show, however, it's most likely the former.
  • Fictional Greetings and Farewells: Ms. O and the Featherites greet each other by making various bird noises. The rest of the Main 4 can't understand them, but Obfusco can.
  • Flashback Cut: There are two that show what happened at the last lunch when things weren't perfect. The second one is defied by Olive.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: Implied, as we don't see the other four mouths on the Featherites' wings; it cuts to the backs of the group, then to Otto's shocked face.
  • Gratuitous Italian: Obfusco's sock can sing fake Italian opera.
  • Hope Spot: Poor Olive, Otto and Oscar — they've had to put up with Obfusco in setting up a lunch with guests who have Super OCD, and now they have to put up with his sister next week to help out with a dinner for Mole Men. They just can't catch a break.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Obfusco remarks that he can't understand a word his sister says...when many agents have the same reaction upon meeting him.
  • Idiot Ball: Olive and Oscar divide it amongst themselves when they decide to ruin four perfectly fine glass cups by dropping them on the floor in order to make 20 new cups. Keep in mind, these Featherites want things to be perfect, and seeing broken glass on the ground doesn't leave a good impression. May be justified, as they're in a panic, since the Featherites have already arrived.
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Otto can't bite back his "I hate it when milk goes bad" pun in the Cold Open.
  • Minimalist Cast: The episode is solely comprised of the Main 4, Obfusco, and the Featherites, with no background agents to be seen.
  • Nice Hat: Ms. O is first shown with a bird's nest on her head, with little eggs inside. When Otto asks her why she's wearing it, she explains that according to the Featherites, wearing a bird's nest is a symbol of hope and freedom.
    • Obfusco is shown with a sombrero at one point, along with his usual cowboy hat.
  • No Name Given: None of the Featherites are named, only being referred to as "Featherites #1-4" in the credits.
  • Oh, Crap!: Olive and Otto both give one when Obfusco is introduced as the head of the Squad's party-planning committee.
    • Olive, Otto and Oscar give a collective one when Obfusco tells him that they'll have to deal with his sister for the mole people dinner.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Ms. O's overall outfit is a sort of cross between a dress and a cape, with quite a few decorations — a flower brooch, sequins, a feather boa, a tail, and a Giant Waist Ribbon, all in her signature purple color. She is also wearing a bird's nest decoration on her head, which is a respected symbol in the Featherites' culture.
  • Race Against the Clock: The Main 4 and Obfusco only have an hour to get things ready for the Featherites. They don't finish in time, leading Otto to stall while the others (minus Obfusco, who is helping Ms. O get ready) finish setting up.
  • Skyward Scream: Subverted. When Oscar sees that Obfusco didn't list how many brown worms are supposed to be on each plate, he cries out "We're done for! It's over!" However, the camera isn't filming above him.
  • Shout-Out: The still image of meteors falling to Earth looks like a shot clear out of Armageddon.
  • The Slacker: Otto is one to an extent, wanting to put a random amount of chairs and worms out for the Featherites instead of being specific, which is what he's supposed to do.
  • Smelly Feet Gag: Obfusco takes the first set of instructions out of his shoe, which elicit reactions of disgust from both Otto and Oscar. May also double as a Stereotype Flip, since boys are known to like disgusting things (and Otto shows in a later episode that he isn't afraid to get dirty).
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Like Ms. O and Dr. O, Obfusco demonstrates this skill numerous times.
  • Super OCD: The Featherites, whoo boy, the Featherites. If even one thing goes wrong at the lunches they attend (too many chairs, etc.), they get upset enough to cause meteor showers.
  • Sweet Tooth: The Featherites enjoy eating gum.
  • Too Many Mouths: A Featherite has five mouths in total: one on their face, and four on their wings. This realization manages to throw a wrench into Olive and Oscar's setup as they create 20 cups instead of having one cup for each Featherite.
  • We Need a Distraction: Ms. O sends Otto to distract the Featherites while Olive and Oscar finish setting up, but he's terrible at it, and nearly blows his cover.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: This is the rest of the Main 4's reaction when Ms. O announces that the Featherites are here.
    Ms. O: I have a bird nest on my head. Do I look like I'm kidding?
  • You Say Tomato: It's Played for Laughs when Obfusco hands out the second set of instructions.
    Obfusco: You say Obfusco...I say...sombrero!
    Olive: Whaaat?
    Oscar: No idea.
    Otto: I- I'm lost.
  • You Won't Like How I Taste: Leonard, the milk in the Cold Open, refuses to let the baker use him in her recipes, even after she asks politely.

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