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"EVERYBODY CONGA!!"
A Case of the Sing-Alongs
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Airdates: December 3rd, 2014 note , February 14, 2015 note 

When Mayor Macklemore catches the Sing-Alongs, Olive and Otto must discover the cause before the Mayor sings his way out of his job.


Tropes:

  • Artsy Beret: The mime in the Cold Open has stolen a bunch of them.
  • Baby's First Words: Larry and Phyllis bring their baby, Laralisa, to the spelling bee in order to help her say some first words. Unfortunately, the Mayor's Sing-Alongs kicks in right before he gives a word to the current onstage contestant to spell, causing him to scat, and Phyllis to cover Laralisa's eyes.
  • Barbershop Quartets Are Funny: The 30s act as a full-fledged barbershop quartet, and are dressed for the occasion.
  • Bee Afraid: The beekeeper lets bees loose in headquarters at the end of the episode, causing the agents to flee.
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  • Behind the Black: The Mayor manages to hide under the judges' table and avoid detection from Olive and Otto, up until he reveals himself and startles them.
  • Bubble Boy: The reporter from the Yellow Gazette is forced to be isolated in a bubble during the Mayor's press conference due to her dressing in yellow, which is presumed to be the cause behind the Mayor's Sing-Alongs, much to her annoyance. The Mayor gives special apologies to her, as does Otto (albeit nonverbally in the latter's case).
  • The Cameo: Oscar makes a nonspeaking appearance during the musical number.
  • Camera Fiend: Otto becomes one, taking pictures of the Mayor whenever he begins to sing and dance.
  • Cathartic Exhalation: Olive lets out a relieved sigh upon the Mayor not breaking out into song and dance when announcing the winner of the Chili Cook-off.
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  • Cooking Duel: One of the things the Mayor has to judge is the Bi-Annual Chili Cook-off; however, we don't see any actual cooking.
  • Continuity Nod: Mayor Mackelmore, who was previously seen in "Party of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1", makes a return appearance in this episode.
    • Larry and Phyllis, who debuted in "Bad Luck Bears" (and the former of whom professed his love to the latter), also make a return appearance, and now have a child named Laralisa, which confirms that they are a couple. Olive and Otto even have a conversation that's similar to the conversation they had about there not being much of a turnout from that episode.
    • Ms. O wears the same sparkly outfit she wore when counting down to the new year in "Party of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1", only this time, she couples it with a pair of Cool Shades and wears a different necklace.
  • Die, Chair, Die!: During the musical number, Ms. O stands up, announces a "big finish", and promptly kicks her seating away before continuing.
  • Electric Joybuzzer: The Talk-inator is designed to look like one of these.
  • Everyone Hates Mimes: The Cold Open is comprised of Olive and Otto attempting to get a thieving mime to talk.
  • Everything's Better with Sparkles: During the musical number "Stop the Music", Ms. O is decked out in a suit studded with purple sparkles — the same suit from "Party of 5, 4, 3, 2, 1", as a matter of fact. In addition, Olive and Otto wear sparkly ties during their performance.
  • Hidden Depths: Like Olive, Ms. O is apparently a seamstress, as she's shown threading a needle through a piece of purple string at one point.
    • She can also play piano quite well.
  • High-Class Gloves: Olive and Otto wear these when performing "Stop the Music".
  • Humiliation Conga: Parodied when Olive and Otto are roped into a literal conga line with the Mayor at the forefront.
  • I've Heard of That — What Is It?: Olive gets an idea to look through Otto's photos to find a pattern. The Mayor agrees, before asking what a pattern is.
  • Leitmotif: Every time the Mayor is about to break into song, the sound of a ticking clock accompanied by a shimmering noise plays. Like with the freestyle-rapping mime, it's Foreshadowing, only this time it's for the solution to the problem.
  • Let's Duet: Olive and Otto do this during their lines.
  • Musical Episode: Features Mayor Mackelmore being afflicted with The Sing-Alongs, which causes him to break into musical numbers at seemingly random times. Otto gets in on it at one point, and the episode closes with the Main 4 (bar Oscar), the Mayor, and the rest of his high school glee club singing a full-fledged musical number.
  • The Music Meister: The Sing-Alongs itself counts as this, although the issue was chalked up to the Mayor's high school glee club, The 30s.
  • Ode to Food: After announcing the winner of the Bi-Annual Chili Cook-Off, the Mayor's Sing-Alongs kick in and cause him to sing about chili...while spreading the contents of the winning dish on his body. A group of people, as well as the contenders themselves, are shown expressing their disapproval.
  • The Pig-Pen: The Mayor, who has chili still smeared on his suit and face upon returning to headquarters, and doesn't see anything wrong with it. He even manages to eat it at one point.
    Ms. O: Not only do we still have a singing and dancing mayor, my office smells like a bowl of chili! [holds her nose]
    Mayor: Well, if it's any consolation, it was the award-winning chili. [sniffs chili-covered arm] Mmm.
  • Piss Take Rap: Once the berets are found, the mime begins to do a freestyle rap about his childhood. However, it's about as poor as you would expect from a mime, and Olive and Otto are quick to exchange nonverbal "Screw This, I'm Outta Here!" reactions, gathering up the berets and slowly backing away.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: The 30s are reunited for one last song to cure their Sing-Alongs.
  • Reluctant Gift: Is combined with Bait-and-Switch. Otto asks Ms. O politely if he can borrow her remote in order to operate the screen that sits behind her. She is seemingly fine with it and hands it over, but doesn't loosen her grip on it until after she gives Otto a threatening growl, managing to make him stumble backward.
  • Scat Singing: Otto partakes in a bit of this before heading off with Olive and the Mayor, the former of whom stops him in his tracks.
    • The Mayor also partakes in this during the spelling bee just before he gives the current contestant a word to spell. The contestant actually tries to spell it.
  • Shout-Out: The dance the Mayor does at the press conference is reminiscent of the "YMCA" dance, a song by the 70s group Village People.
  • Spelling Bee: The Mayor judges one as part of his duties. It doesn't go over well, however.
  • Stage Whisper: Played for Laughs when the pattern of the Mayor's Sing-Alongs is figured out.
    Ms. O: The 30s pattern from the Mayor's glee club is repeating itself! [leans closer to Olive and Otto and whispers] I think he misses that.
    Mayor: [leans in and whispers] I do.
  • Stop and Go: In-universe. After Ms. O's second line during "Stop the Music", she stops playing the piano and the song grinds to a halt as she cries out for a "big finish". She kicks her chair away before beginning to play again.
  • Sudden Musical Ending: The episode ends on "Stop the Music", a musical number sung by the 30s as well as the Main 4 (sans Oscar, who makes a nonspeaking cameo).
  • This Is No Time for Knitting: Olive reminds a music-loving Otto that there's a time and a place for singing songs, and in front of a mayor suffering from a musical reaction isn't it. As it turns out, he's right — the cure for the Sing-Alongs is to have The 30s sing together one final time, with Olive assuring Otto that yes, it's the right place and time for a musical number.
  • Title Drop:
    Olive: I've seen this before. Mayor, I'm afraid you have a case of The Sing-Alongs.
    [cue dramatic gasps]
  • Twisted Echo Cut: Olive and Otto are shown at the beginning of the episode seemingly attempting to get a criminal to talk...before the camera cuts to exactly whom they're trying to extract information out of: a mime.
  • Ultimate Authority Mayor: Mayor Mackelmore ends up becoming a client of Odd Squad's after he gets afflicted with the Sing-Alongs, and in order to remedy it, Olive and Otto follow him around. It's revealed that while his actions are mayoral, the content isn't; for example, he holds a meeting to discuss how roads are nice and people want more of them, and his press conference is mostly comprised of him explaining that he got the Sing-Alongs, and thanking Odd Squad for their service.
  • We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Olive and Otto attempt to get, of all things, a mime to talk in the Cold Open.

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Ms. O Uh-Oh

Airdates: December 3rd, 2014 note , February 14, 2015 note 

When Oscar accidentally drops his Day-inator, another Ms. O comes from the past. Olive, Otto, and Oscar must send her back to the day she came from or there will be a timetastrophe.


Tropes:

  • Alternate Self: Ms. O has one that came from the past (specifically, December 17). As a result, she's driven out of her office due to the looming threat of a timetastrophe if the two Ms. O's happen to see each other.
  • Attack Reflector: Upon realizing that running away and hiding from her attackers won't work, Past!Ms. O uses a tray to reflect Oscar's attacks back at him. Unfortunately, they also nearly hit Olive and Otto, who are flanking him on both sides, and end up destroying part of her office.
  • Clock Roaches: The Time Sheep are the guardians of the timescape, and come at the end of a timetastrophe. Two appear at the end of the episode.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Ah, Otto...
    Olive: But how did dropping your Day-inator gadget make another Ms. O?
    Oscar: It's not really another Ms. O. She's the real Ms. O, just from a different day in the past.
    Otto: She's a caveman?
    [Olive shoots him a What the Hell, Hero?-worthy look]
  • Counting to Three: Past!Ms. O tells Otto to get out of her office while counting down from ten. Otto gets the gist and makes a mad dash for the double-doors when she reaches nine.
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Olive snarks quite often, Oscar also delivers some snark of his own after Otto's plan goes awry.
    Otto: I figured it out. Ms. O is not from January 1st.
    Oscar: [deadpan] That was your brilliant plan?
    Otto: Yeah!
    Olive: Otto, there are 365 days in a year. You only eliminated one day. That means there are 364 days she could still be from.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: It's heavily implied that Oscar has lived through a timetastrophe, and as a result, he has some severe trauma from it, symptoms of which he shows over the course of the episode.
  • Dragged by the Collar: Both Oscar and Ms. O drag Olive and Otto backwards by their jackets to prevent them from asking Past!Ms. O what day she came from.
  • Energy Weapon: The Day-inator fires laser beams.
  • Flashback Cut: One is used to show how Past!Ms. O got sent into the present time.
  • Harmless Electrocution: Subverted. Despite yanking the power cord of the toaster out of the outlet in the Cold Open, Olive doesn't get electrocuted, and thus, suffers no ill effects.
  • Idiot Ball: Otto takes ahold of it twice: once when asking Oscar about Past!Ms. O (as demonstrated in Comically Missing the Point), and when getting the idea to pester Ms. O 365 times to find out what day she's from.
  • I Surrender, Suckers: Realizing that Oscar's attacks have no effect and are destroying the office, Olive decides to stop the battle by Standing Between the Enemies and having Oscar and Past!Ms. O put down their weapons. The latter is initially hesitant as the former hands over the Day-inator to Olive to put down, before she puts down her tray. However, just as the Director is asking for an explanation, Olive kicks the Day-inator's button with her foot, performing a One-Hit KO on her and sending her back to December 17, the day she came from.
    Olive: Gotcha.
  • Making the Choice for You: Played for Laughs when Olive begins telling Oscar and Otto to spy on Past!Ms. O. Neither one of them want to, and then this exchange happens:
    Oscar: Why don't you go?
    Oscar: That doesn't even make any sense.
  • Mouse World: It's revealed that there are many of these in headquarters, complete with Lilliputians, that are stored in a corridor between the lab and one of the hallways. Olive also hangs out with them from time to time.
  • Never the Selves Shall Meet: It's established that two of the same people from different time periods can't meet, or else a timetastrophe will occur, where time folds in on itself.
  • Non Sequitur: Oscar's lines about what happens during a timetastrophe come out as these, to the confusion of Olive and Otto.
    Oscar: But that's still so many days! I don't wanna meet a 1920's businessman!
  • No-Sell: Attempts to use the Day-inator on Past!Ms. O prove futile, as the attacks are blocked by her Christmas tree, then a tray which the Director wields.
  • Oh, Crap!: Oscar gives one upon accidentally sending another Ms. O from the past to the present.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Olive does this in order to stop the battle, stating that "we're all reasonable children here!"
  • Take Cover!: Olive commands this verbatim when Past!Ms. O is deflecting their attacks back at them.
  • There Can Be Only One: Olive, Otto and Oscar use process of elimination on calendar months to find out what day Past!Ms. O came from. For every month eliminated, a calendar page is removed.
  • Wild Take: Past!Ms. O's reaction to Otto startling her with a loud "Happy New Year!" is to not only throw the tongs she was using, but to throw the glass she was holding as well. It also serves as an Off-Model shot, since she wasn't holding the glass in the previous shot.

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