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Airdates: November 7, 2016 note , October 10, 2016 note 

When a virus that turns people into cakes spreads through Headquarters, Olympia and Otis try to contain the outbreak.


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  • Answer Cut: Olympia and Otis come to the conclusion that the Cake-itis virus is going after those with a size 5 shoe. Otis then asks who else wears size 5 shoes. Whip Pan transition to Orchid who is in a flustered panic.
  • Big "NO!": Otis shouts this upon seeing his "deceased" partner.
  • Black Comedy Cannibalism: Owen, who is still in a cake form, is found to be eating himself at the end of the episode, remarking on how he tastes good.
    • Otis and Olympia remind the uninfected agents (sans Ms. O, Dr. O and Owen) not to eat any cakes, because they're people. Luckily, almost no one does.
  • Blame Game: When Olympia, Otis and Dr. O announce to the rest of the agents that the Cake-itis virus is loose, Dr. O tacks on that Olympia and Otis purposefully infected everyone with it, using Ms. O as an example. The two agents immediately protest.
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  • Buffy Speak: Ocean refers to the Cake-itis virus as a "cakey thingy" at one point.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: The agents-turned-cakes keep the same colors as their respective departments (as well as accessories they have, like badge phones) — Ms. O's cake is purple (Management), Dr. O's cake is teal-and-blue (Medical), Oona's cake is green-and-white (Science), and so on.
    • All of the infected agents — up to and including the Main 4 (barring Otis) — have brown eyes, which is the reasoning behind the virus infecting them. The only ones who don't are Orchid (green) and Otis (blue).
  • Continuity Nod: Olympia and Ms. O repeat the same "that's funny, I thought you said X" bit that Oscar and Otto did in "There Might Be Dragons".
    • Ms. O being right-handed is something that has been seen in previous episodes. Similarly, her being able to lift up cars was something that was previously established in "Olive and Otto in Shmumberland".
    • Owen is seen as having the highest score in Robo-Blast-Bots.
  • Death Amnesia: Averted in the cases of Olympia and Ms. O, both of whom remember exactly what it was like being a cake and are fully aware of their forms.
  • Desperate Object Catch: Olympia does a Diving Save in order to catch the helmet. Unfortunately, she gets turned into a cake just before she can catch it. However, the helmet manages to sap up a majority of the virus and turns her back to normal.
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  • Determinator: Olympia ends up averting this trope at the climax of the episode, when she is unable to figure out what the infected agents have in common.
  • Disney Death: Olympia gets turned into a cake and is presumed dead, just before the virus becomes contained in the helmet she is wearing, turning her back to normal and reviving her.
  • Doesn't Know Their Own Birthday: Dr. O doesn't have a birthday. Presumably, it's a disorder of hers.
  • Earthy Barefoot Character: Played with; Ocean does wear shoes, but he doesn't wear socks, which is symbolic with his duty as a creature caretaker.
  • Eye Contact as Proof: When Olympia tells Otis that she doesn't believe the two of them can capture the Cake-itis virus, Otis sternly tells her to look him in the eye. Once they make eye contact, he tells her that they can capture the virus. This is what gives Olympia the idea to check eye color for similarities among the infected agents.
  • Face Palm: Olympia gives quite the exasperated one during Dr. O's explanation of how the Cake-itis virus works.
    Olympia: We weren't there!
  • False Reassurance: When Otis explains how the Cake-itis virus will be caught, Orchid remarks that it seems like it will hurt. Oona assures her that it won't hurt, as instead, it will feel like a tickle. Orchid bites back by asking Oona if she's ever had Cake-itis before, only for the Lab Director to nervously respond, "No?"
    • A Running Gag for Olympia is for her to assure everyone, even those turned into cakes, that everything will be okay. Of course, with a potentially "lethal" virus on the loose, anyone knows that the opposite is true.
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: As a background agent and a background Scientist become turned into cakes, Olympia and Otis become completely panicked.
    Olympia: What do we do, what do we do?!
    Orchid: I thought you two had this under control!!
    Otis: Orchid, you need to remain calm, like Ocean.
    Orchid: Sure he's calm, he's a cake!
    [camera moves to show Ocean as a cake; Olympia and Otis scream]
  • Hazmat Suit: Olympia and Otis both wear one while trying to contain the virus.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Olympia, being one of the few agents remaining with brown eyes, willingly gets herself infected with the Cake-itis virus in order to catch and contain it. It ends up resulting in her death. However, the virus becomes caught and she is resurrected a few seconds later.
  • I Can't Believe I'm Saying This: Olympia can't believe she's going to say this, but she and Otis...are gonna need more cake if they want to stop the virus.
  • I Can't Hear You: When Ms. O turns into a cake, Olympia shouts in what is presumed to be her ear that everything will be fine. Then this ensues:
    Otis: She's a cake. She can't hear you!
    Olympia: How do you know? [pointing to the top layer of the cake] Maybe those little circle parts are her ears. [to Ms. O] Sorry I just called your ears "little circle parts"!
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Ms. O tells Olympia and Otis that she barely remembers being a cake, before contradicting herself by saying that's a lie.
  • Keeping Secrets Sucks: Invoked by Dr. O, whose response to Olympia and Otis letting a cake virus loose is to close the doors and not tell anyone. It's then revealed that she was talking about her lack of a birthday, not the epidemic.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Orchid tricks Owen into handing over his comic books and his bicycle by asking him if she can have them, and telling him to say nothing if the answer is yes. Since Owen is a cake, however, he can't speak.
  • Motor Mouth: Olympia delves into this when describing how she felt as a cake, saying that her ears were the filling, her nose was the "spongy middle part" and her feet were the icing.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Olympia takes the vial with the cake virus from Ms. O and ends up dropping it on the floor. When she and Otis go to retrieve it, their helmets bump into each other, causing them to fall. However, upon picking it up, the vial immediately breaks, letting the virus loose and infecting Ms. O, who has turned into a cake.
  • Parrot Exposition: Olympia, Otis and Ms. O all engage in this when the latter shows the partner pair a vial.
    Otis: What's in it?
    Ms. O: It's a cake virus.
    Olympia: Haha, I almost thought you said "cake virus". [she and Otis smile]
    Ms. O: I did.
    [Olympia and Otis frown]
  • The Plague: The Cake-itis virus is something that can turn people into cakes, and is slow-moving. All agents who share one thing in common (in this case, brown eyes) fall prey to it.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The episode title is a reference to the TV series Extreme Makeover, which was later spun off into Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
  • Pungeon Master: Oona becomes this when describing how Olympia and Otis plan to catch the Cake-itis virus. She ends up handing the helmet with the vial to Otis and asking him and Olympia to speak on her behalf.
  • Repeat to Confirm: Otis asks Dr. O to explain how the virus works, then Dr. O responds by saying that she'll explain how the virus works. When Otis tells her that he just said that, she retorts by saying that it sounds better coming from her because she's a doctor.
  • Running Gag: The season-long gag of toast is brought up again, as the Cold Open client has an issue with his toast coming out with various designs, such as a barn and a car. As it turns out, it's toast that can predict the future with "stunning accuracy".
  • Something-itis: Cake-itis is the name of the virus stored inside of the vial.
  • Thieving Pet: The Cold Open client's dog steals a piece of toast that he is about to eat. Unfortunately, said piece of toast is the number the client needs to guess to win a "Jar of Jellybeans" Contest and win a car.
  • Thousand-Yard Stare: Played for laughs when Olympia develops one just shortly after being revived, before snapping out of it and describing how she felt as a cake.

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A Job Well Undone

Airdates: November 7, 2016 note , October 10, 2016 note 

Olympia and Otis compete with Orson to win Agents of the Month.


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  • An Aesop: It's okay to ask for help when something is your own responsibility. Don't assume that just because you made a mistake, that you're the only one allowed to fix it.
  • Award Show: Hilariously parodied at the end of the episode, with Olympia accepting the Agent of the Month award and giving a speech she had prepared for when she won it. Otis ends up having to drag her away right before she gets really into the speech and thanks all the restaurants that have helped her become the person she is today.
  • Audience? What Audience?: Otis looks at the camera while Olympia thanks the audience for making winning the award possible, and promptly asks who his partner is speaking to.
  • Blatant Lies: Upon returning back from Hopkins's office, Otis assures Olympia that everything is fine. However, he sounds out-of-breath, and when Olympia asks him why, he responds by saying he's stretching his lungs.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Olympia addresses the audience while accepting her and Otis's Agent of the Month award.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: Olympia and Otis manage to win Agents of the Month, beating Orson's multiple win streak (despite him being a baby, no less). While they end up in danger of losing it due to Otis's carelessness, the pair end up winning it overall.
  • Character Development: In "First Day", Olympia expressed her concerns to Otis about asking for help, saying that Odd Squad agents didn't need any help and believing that they can solve cases on their own, with Otis assuring her otherwise. This episode reverses the roles, with Otis being the one that refuses to accept help from others while Olympia repeatedly offers to help him (only to get shot down).
  • Continuity Nod: This episode has Olympia and Otis compete to win Agents of the Month (which Orson has won previously).
  • Crazy-Prepared: Olympia has speeches prepared for every single award that she's eventually going to win. note 
  • Deadpan Snarker: While Otis doesn't usually snark, this episode has him snarking to the receptionist who tells him to draw a gadget he used on the case (whose paperwork has an error) in order for his paperwork to be accepted.
    Otis: Is...this really necessary?
    Opa: [knowingly] Mmm...!
    Otis: Never mind, I'm guessing it is!
  • Dragged by the Collar: Otis drags Olympia away by the elbow before she can get into her acceptance speech for the award at the end of the episode.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Otis has to endure being a guest at a birthday party (just to get a signature!), dealing with Opa (who is Orson in disguise), and attempting to fix error after error on his paperwork, but in the end, he and Olympia win the award for Agent of the Month.
  • Flat Joy: Otis is forced to endure a birthday party with Hopkins and his co-workers, and he doesn't like it whatsoever.
  • Foreshadowing: Opa is shown doing various baby-related activities such as eating cereal, teething, and wearing a bib. This foreshadows The Reveal that she is Orson in disguise.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Opa has these, but doesn't have two — she has six, all secured by red hair ties.
  • Hidden Depths: Otis apparently has a talent for face-painting, if the cat he drew on Hopkins' face is any indication.
  • Humanshifting: Orson appears to have this ability, as he is able to shapeshift into Opa as well as Ms. O (both girls are really Orson in disguise, as two different entities), who are not only of the opposite gender, but are far older than him.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Otis claims that he has the situation of not filing his paperwork under control...just before he opens the drawer and finds that his files aren't there. Olympia helps him out.
    Olympia: Paperwork's in the file room, basement level. [Otis runs off] Yeah.
  • Leaning on the Fourth Wall: When Ms. O confronts Olympia and Otis and scolds them instead of Orson, Olympia finds that she's a phony and exposes another Orson, asking how there are two Orsons and realizing that having two of him is how he wins Agent of the Month every year. This alludes to the fact that Orson is played by two baby actors, as opposed to just one.
  • Midas Touch: A variant; the Cold Open client has the issue of everything that she touches turning yellow.
  • Mistaken for an Imposter: When the real Ms. O comes into the File Room after the two Orsons are exposed, Olympia believes that she is another copy of Orson and uses the Un-Mask-inator gadget on her. However, it's revealed that the "imposter" is indeed the real Ms. O — much to her chagrin.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: A man named Simpson is giving a presentation about wheels on desks. When he gets unmotivated by Otis being present, his co-workers — including Hopkins — cheers him on, which inspires him to finish it.
  • Must Make Amends: Otis refuses to let Olympia help him with finishing his paperwork and getting it in, claiming that it's his responsibility and he can take care of it on his own. Unfortunately, this ends up having disastrous consequences that nearly cost the partner pair their Agent of the Month award.
  • Noodle Incident: Ms. O's precinct has apparently lost many baby agents throughout its years of existence, and judging from her tone, it apparently happens a lot.
    Ms. O: Guess [Orson's] taking a nap. [beat] Or we misplaced another baby. I really hope we didn't misplace another baby.
  • Not So Stoic: In contrast to Olympia's Big "YES!", Otis states that he feels "happy in his heart" when Ms. O tells the pair that they've won Agents of the Month.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: Orson invokes this by taking on the role of a receptionist named Opa, who prohibits Otis from turning his paperwork in due to various errors that are on it (and asking him to fill out various forms for the errors). It's only when the Investigation agent contacts Olympia and she expresses confusion at who Opa is that he realizes what's happening.
  • Oh, Crap!: Otis gets one after Olympia questions who Opa is.
  • Rump Roast: The saying "liar liar, pants on fire" has more literal connotations in the world of the show, as evidenced by the Mayor's pants having caught on fire because he was lying.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Otis and Ms. O both book it when Olympia launches into her Award Show parody.
  • Slow Clap: The second Orson disguised as Ms. O, and later the real Ms. O herself, both do this.
  • Sore Loser: Orson. Whoo boy, Orson. He attempts to pull ahead in the competition for Agent of the Month by disguising himself as a receptionist named Opa and ruling Otis's paperwork as faulty so he can win the award instead of his much older co-worker. Otis falls for the ruse, but soon realizes that Opa is not who she says she is when Olympia doesn't recognize her, and the partner pair expose her.
  • Sssssnake Talk: Opa recites her Catchphrase in this manner: "Guessssss!"
  • Temporarily a Villain: Orson, who works for Odd Squad and is generally a good agent, becomes outright antagonistic towards Otis in order to stop him from getting the Agent of the Month award.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: For the Cold Open client, it's bananas. She eats around 50-60 a day.
  • Visual Pun: Ms. O remarks that Orson is being a baby over his loss. However, since he's a baby, she tacks on that it's because he's a baby.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: Ms. O thanks Olympia and Otis in advance for noticing her new scarf. When Otis remarks that they didn't say anything about it, she remarks that she's proven her point. Per Rule of Funny, it's for nothing more than a gag.
  • Wham Line: "Who is Opa?"
  • World Building: The episode introduces the Forest of Doom, which is ruled by a king with an affinity for eggs.

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