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The most innuendo-filled episode this show has ever produced.
It Takes Goo to Make a Feud Go Right
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Airdates: October 5, 2018 note , April 1, 2018 note 

Olympia and Otis are tasked with calling a truce between feuding guests.


Tropes:

  • Aesop Enforcer: King Berry helpfully explains to Otis what a sphere and a cube are.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Queen Goo, King Berry, and Baroness Goo all have orange, blue and purple skin colors, respectively.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The Main 3 work in a place that is filled with oddities, where a few agents have very questionable food choices, but all of them — including Ms. O — draw the line at the Goo people's own weird food preferations.
  • Arch-Enemy: All three Goo people are this to each other.
  • Ascended Extra: Downplayed. Omir, a background agent seen in many past episodes, gets a prominent role as Otis's stand-in. However, he doesn't speak, and doesn't last even a minute onscreen.
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  • Brick Joke: Olympia is excited to settle the feud between the Goo people because it means she, Otis and Ms. O will get spots in the Odd Squad History Book. (Twice.) At the end of the episode, all three agents do indeed manage to get into the book, but Olympia is the only one happy about it.
  • The Bus Came Back: Gooey Randall, who hasn't been seen since "By the Book" back in Season 1, returns in this episode.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: The band that Ms. O hires to make her meetings more enjoyable turns out to be exactly what is needed to settle the feud amongst the goo people.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Olympia asks Ms. O what brings people together. Ms. O responds in dead earnest with "Rope."
  • Continuity Nod: "Where There's a Wolf, There's a Way" had Otis arriving to Coach O's office (as a stand-in for Ms. O) without his partner. This episode has Olympia coming to Ms. O's office without her partner, using a background agent as a stand-in. Both episodes also featured the missing agents on their lunch breaks.
    • While it's been established in past episodes that the season takes place in the Toronto Odd Squad Headquarters, this episode pushes that further by having King Berry enter the Toledo Odd Squad HQ ("Toledo" sounds similar to "Toronto").
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    • "Odd Squadder" is once again used as a nickname for an Odd Squad agent. This time around, Queen Goo refers to Olympia as one.
  • Cool Crown: King Berry wears one.
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Ms. O's rock band plays the outro to the scene with Ms. O and Olympia, and as a result, the latter dances her way out of the former's office.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Ms. O has Queen Goo and King Berry keep their eyes closed so they won't see each other. Too bad that she didn't factor in their hearing of each other as well.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Olympia's answer of "sitting around the table sharing a meal you both like" when she asks what brings people together is very reminiscent of a romantic date. It doesn't help that it's one of her most favorite things, which would imply that she's been on a date or two before with someone.
  • Extreme Omnivore: All three Goo leaders like to eat things that aren't edible in real life, like tennis balls and traffic cones, and even Investigation agents' jackets. Olympia even hangs a lampshade on how Queen Goo in particular can eat rays from a sunset.
    Queen Goo: Oh I'm not very picky, I only eat foods that are colored orange.
    Olympia: Orange? Like...carrots and oranges?
    Queen Goo: Oh I suppose so, but...my most favorite orange-colored foods are delicious traffic cones, life vests, and rays from a sunset.
    Olympia: How do you eat a sunset?
    [Olympia develops a look of utmost confusion]
    • She later lampshades the Goo leaders' tastes in food.
    Olympia: Can we take a second to agree these two Goos have the weirdest food choices?
    Otis: Agreed.
  • Fatal Flaw: Ms. O can't schedule meetings properly to save her life, which kickstarts the plot of the episode. Not only that, but it's happened quite a few times before, especially between King Berry and Queen Goo.
  • Hell Is That Noise: Music in general is this for all three Goo leaders.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When asked what she likes to eat, Queen Goo says that she's not picky...and then immediately says that she only likes to eat orange things.
    • King Berry later says that he's "easy-peasy" before stating that he only eats spherical things.
  • I'm Standing Right Here: Ms. O begins a long-winded Rousing Speech about how Precinct 13579 helped the four Goo people find something they have in common. Said commonality is their dislike of music, which the house band the Director hired take offense to.
  • Large Ham: Gooey Randall arrives in Ms. O's office, hams it up, and gets a nonplussed reaction from all three Goo people, who have no clue who he is.
  • Little "No": Otis gives one of these when King Berry asks for the second time if he and Otis are in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Mirthless Laughter: Baroness Goo accuses Ms. O of scheduling the three Goo people at the same time. The Director responds by laughing out "No, Baroness Goo!" in a nervous manner before diverting the subject to what the Baroness wants for dessert.
  • Motor Mouth: Olympia really gets going when talking about getting into the Odd Squad History Book. Not even Ms. O can stop her!
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Queen Goo looks quite similar to Queen Elizabeth II, right down to the royal wave and the British accent.
  • Non-Answer: Olympia does this with Queen Goo when asking what she wants for dessert.
    Queen Goo: I don't understand why you've brought me here again!
    Olympia: Because I need to know what you like to eat for dessert.
    Queen Goo: Why couldn't you have just asked me that in Ms. O's office?
    Olympia: [continuously hesitant] That's a great question!
    Queen Goo: And?
    Olympia: And I will see your great question and raise you one!
  • No Sense of Direction: King Berry asks Otis twice if they're in Toledo (situated in Ohio). Since "Toledo" sounds similar to "Toronto", it's further confirmation that the show takes place in Toronto.
  • Not So Different: Ms. O attempts to convince the three Goo people that they have things in common, as all of them believe that they're Not So Similar with each other. Gooey Randall is a double-subversion — none of the Goo people recognize him until he reminds them, then they go and engage in combat.
  • Pop-Culture Pun Episode Title: The episode's title is a reference to the song "It Takes Two" by Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock.
  • Power Glows: The Goo people all illuminate their theme colors (orange for Queen Goo, blue for King Berry, purple for Baroness Goo, and pink for Gooey Randall) before attacking.
  • Rhymes on a Dime: Ms. O does this, and lampshades it before she says "now is not the time!"
  • Rock Trio: Ms. O hires a band to play music in order to make her office more inviting, since it's a 30-day free trial. However, the trio itself has a bit of a variant: one of the band members plays a keyboard, not bass.
  • Skewed Priorities: Olympia is tasked with settling a longtime feud between Goo leaders. She's more obsessed with getting into the Odd Squad History Book, which is something that carries over into the end of the episode as she's covered in goo.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Ms. O is shown applying sequins to a piece of denim clothing as Olympia walks into her office.
  • This Cannot Be!: Both Queen Goo and King Berry have this reaction when Olympia reveals that she and Otis made a dish they both like.
  • Tranquil Fury: Not only does Ms. O take issue with Omir taking the place of Otis, she also isn't happy when Olympia asks excitedly if the band she hired needs a lead singer.
  • Two-Timer Date: Due to Ms. O's horrible schedule planning, she manages to invite three leaders of three different goo-related cities on the same day who don't like each other. She employs Olympia and Otis to find something that all three leaders have in common so they can become allies instead of enemies, and to keep them away from each other. It's stated that this is far from the first time she's had a schedule slip-up like this.
    Ms. O: I really need to get better at scheduling my meetings.
  • Women Are Wiser: King Berry seems to have his IQ points reduced compared to the other two female Goo leaders.
  • World Building: This episode introduces two new lands, and three new Goo leaders: the Land of Goo ruled by Queen Goo, Gooland ruled by King Berry, and Baroness Goo (who isn't in charge of a specific land).
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Ms. O starts giving one regarding the making of the dessert. She doesn't get very far before all three Goo people open their eyes and give yet another "You!" Exclamation.
  • "You!" Exclamation: The three Goo people do this a lot with each other.
  • Your Princess Is in Another Castle!: Every time the Main 3 think they have things settled with the Goo people, another problem arises in the form of more Goo people arriving.

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As idiotic as adults are in this world, these four maybe aren't so idiotic...
Friends of Odd Squad

Airdates: October 5, 2018 note , April 1, 2018 note 

Ms. O leaves headquarters in the hands of an unlikely crew.


Tropes:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Logan hisses like a cat upon seeing the evil photocopiers enter the bullpen.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Briefly discussed by Hopkins regarding the evil photocopier king's gender. He eventually decides to settle on "it".
  • Apologetic Attacker: Mr. Fonts apologizes to his books before he throws them at the evil photocopiers.
  • Babysitting Episode: The episode revolves around Ms. O tasking Mr. Fonts, Party Pam, Logan the Ogre and Hopkins with keeping an eye on Headquarters while she and the rest of Precinct 13579's agents attend a company picnic. While things do manage to go disastrously wrong thanks to the adults not being all too intelligent, they manage to keep Headquarters intact by the time Ms. O returns, with her praising them for keeping the place (mostly) clean.
  • Battlecry: Party Pam, Logan, and Mr. Fonts all give one when rushing into battle with the evil photocopiers. Party Pam in particular gives one that sounds, fittingly enough, like a balloon deflating.
  • The Bus Came Back: Logan the Ogre, who hasn't been seen since Season 1's "Trials and Tubulations", returns in this episode.
  • Call-Back: Just like in "Sir", someone manages to get lost in Precinct 13579's Headquarters.
    • The episode borrows a few elements from "Robert Plant" as well — someone needs to get somewhere important in Headquarters to solve an issue, and uses a map and landmarks to help them figure out where they need to go. There's also a looming threat at the climax of the episode, with evil photocopiers instead of a rapidly-growing plant.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The emergency vacuum that is passed by numerous characters turns out to be the way the group cleans up the mess the evil machines made.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Hopkins' proficiency in working in an office and knowing all of its appliances allows him to identify the evil photocopier king and take action to defeat it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Ms. O explains that she and the rest of Precinct 13579 are going on a company picnic, and she needs people she can trust to run Headquarters while she's gone. Logan thinks that she wants them to go out and find people she can trust, when in fact he, as well as Party Pam, Hopkins and Mr. Fonts, are those people.
  • Continuity Nod: Ms. O keeps a tablet of her own in her Hammerspace spine, which looks a lot like Owen's, as seen in "O is Not For Over".
  • Extreme Omnivore: At one point, Logan eats a dead plant that sits on Otis's desk.
  • Evil Counterpart: Odd Squad has two rooms with photocopiers: the Office Supply Room, and the Evil Office Supply Room. Guess where Hopkins goes for his photocopying.
  • Hammerspace: Apparently, this ability isn't limited to just Odd Squad employees — adults like Mr. Fonts can do it as well, as he pulls Ms. O's tablet from his back. Hopkins lampshades it.
    Hopkins: Wh- how'd you do that?
    Mr. Fonts: I don't know.
  • Hell Is That Noise: The ringing sound that Mr. Fonts and Party Pam go to investigate can count as this, considering it's very high-pitched (and can get annoying fast). It doesn't help that those who watch the episode with headphones on can hear it in the left audio channel only.
  • Homicide Machines: The Evil Office Supply Room has photocopiers who seek to do one thing: kill human beings. They are ruled by one king who is taller than any of the four adults and can fire beams from its eyes that destroy anything it touches.
  • Idiot Ball: Ms. O grips the ball hard. She not only leaves Headquarters in the hands of four adults who are all incompetent, she leaves it in the hands of an ex-villainess of all people. However, the impact of the idiocy is lessened slightly by her giving instructions to the four adults to sit down, do nothing, and touch nothing (albeit they still disobey the instructions anyway). note 
    • Out of the four adults, Logan the Ogre is the one who is most in possession of the ball, as he is the most idiotic of the group. While Mr. Fonts and Party Pam were gone, he went over to the lab, found a container full of green liquid, and somehow thought it was a good idea to stick his fingers in it.
  • Improvised Armour: Subverted. Party Pam gives things like a helmet and a shield to Logan and Mr. Fonts for them to use to defend themselves, which are all made out of balloons. However, right after giving them those things, she immediately takes them back, saying that she wants to keep them to place in an art show.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Mr. Fonts and Party Pam eventually manage to find their way back to the bullpen, and upon doing so, Mr. Fonts suggests that he and Pam sit down so they don't run into any more trouble. A second later, and Logan is revealed to be standing in the lab, worriedly saying that he's run into more trouble.
  • The Leader: Mr. Fonts is the most rational of the group, constantly being a Rules Lawyer as he tries to keep Party Pam, Hopkins and Logan (especially Logan) under control. He is of the Levelheaded type.
  • Let's Get Dangerous!: For being an adult who isn't all too smart, Hopkins looks incredibly badass when going to stop the evil photocopier king. While Mr. Fonts, Party Pam and Logan the Ogre are generally fearful of the evil photocopiers, Hopkins could care less.
  • Letting the Air Out of the Band: When Hopkins manages to disable the evil photocopier king, it falls over. However, it's not going down without a fight, and continues saying "duplicate" in a slowed-down, distorted, deeper tone of voice for a few more moments before it shuts down, followed by the rest of the evil machines.
  • Literal-Minded: When Pam comments that the map on Ms. O's tablet is a bird's-eye view of Headquarters, Hopkins says that he has human eyes, while Logan says that he's always wanted a pair of human eyes.
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This episode takes a unique twist from the usual lower-deck episodes it has — instead of focusing on a side character who is an Odd Squad agent, the episode focuses on four adults who are all clients of Odd Squad (or have had the organization help them in some way).
  • Moment Killer: Mr. Fonts, Party Pam and Hopkins watch Ms. O go through the tubes via her personal tube entrance, and are in awe at how cool it is. Logan then pipes up and asks them if they want to see him lay an egg.
  • Nervous Wreck: Mr. Fonts is the most levelheaded of the group, but he's also very anxious when it comes to oddities. He hears a weird noise, and immediately decides to call Ms. O.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: The issues of Logan, Party Pam and Mr. Fonts are all resolved...but Hopkins is largely out of the picture, and it's revealed that while he was able to finish his presentation, he used the Evil Office Supply Room rather than the normal one.
  • No Sense of Direction: Due to not being overtly familiar with Odd Squad HQ, Party Pam and Mr. Fonts get lost when trying to get back to the bullpen.
    • The trope is averted for Directions Pam, Party Pam's sister who, true to her name, is incredible at directions.
  • Our Ogres Are Different: It's revealed that Logan the Ogre can shed his skin, and also has the ability to lay eggs. He also likes to eat dead plants.
    Logan: [when caught eating a dead plant] What? I'm an ogre. This is what ogres do.
  • Overcrank: Used while Hopkins is on his way to defeat the evil photocopier king, which also includes his Inner Monologue as he points out various landmarks in Headquarters.
  • The Pig-Pen: Played for laughs with Party Pam, who likes to pick up old clothes off of the ground and wear them.
  • Pokémon Speak: The only thing the evil photocopiers can say is "duplicate".
  • Reveal Shot: Ms. O tells the group that she's impressed at how clean the bullpen is, except for one particular spot. Whip Pan over to the right to reveal a rather large mess that consists of a broken chair, a trash bag sitting on top of a trash can, and many, many broken evil machines (with smoke coming off of them!).
  • Rules Lawyer: Mr. Fonts is very uptight when it comes to Ms. O's instructions.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: When the evil photocopier king destroys the emergency phone Ms. O gave Mr. Fonts, he and the other three adults immediately retreat.
  • Shout-Out: While it's barely heard, one of the evil printers Hopkins passes sounds like the iconic AOL dial-up sound.
  • invoked Squick: Party Pam has this reaction to Hopkins explaining how he's working on a presentation for "Shmumbers Moisturizing Carpets". Mr. Fonts, on the other hand, comments on how Shmumbers makes nice moisturizing carpets.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Party Pam is the only female among the group.
  • Tempting Fate: Party Pam believes that she and the other adults can handle one photocopier. Immediately after she says that, more evil photocopiers flank them on all sides.
    Hopkins: Oh, I was just about to tell you there was more than one. Which is...I think pretty unnecessary at this point.
  • [Verb] This!: As a Pre-Mortem One-Liner, Hopkins says "Copy this." Bonus points for it being in Slow Motion.
  • Wants a Prize for Basic Decency: For solving an issue without bothering Ms. O, Party Pam wants the Director to re-think the "kids can only be employed by Odd Squad" rule. Of course, Status Quo Is God.
  • World Building: This episode introduces a few different landmarks for Precinct 13579's Headquarters, such as a Ferris wheel, an emergency vacuum, and a tiny grandfather clock.
    • The Glove Room's interior is shown — it's revealed to be a vending machine with gloves in it instead of food or drinks.
    • The Trophy Room is addressed by name for the first time in-series. note 
  • Written-In Absence: The Main 4 don't appear in this episode, with the exception of Ms. O, who only makes brief appearances at the beginning and end of the episode. This is due to the fact that Precinct 13579's agents are away on a company picnic.

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