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Mid-Day in the Garden of Good and Odd

Airdates: June 23, 2016 note , June 28, 2016 note 

When things in town get covered in jam, Olympia and Otis turn to a reluctant villain to help.


Tropes:

  • Anti-Hero: Todd has essentially become this. He is still very unhinged and is initially reluctant to help Odd Squad, wanting nothing more but to tend to his garden, but when someone attacks him or his garden, he has no problem with teaming up with the organization to get revenge. He also keeps a lot of his old traits from when he was a villain, such as the Skunk Stripe in his hair, Evil Laugh, and being Ax-Crazy at times.
  • Arc Words: "Once a villain, always a villain", Olympia's main philosophy towards villains that carries into the finale.
  • Ax-Crazy: However redeemed Todd may be, he still has moments of psychosis that manifests in numerous different ways, particularly when he's trying to keep himself sane, and not return to being a villain. It's a rather large step from his villain days, where he wasn't as psychotic, but had his moments from time to time.
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  • "Begone" Bribe: Todd attempts to give Otis a tomato in exchange for Odd Todd leaving him alone. As it turns out, the tomato is a Chekhov's Gift that helps Otis calm down Todd when he begins to go completely off the rails.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Olympia may be an overenthusiastic Genki Girl who is immensely loyal to Odd Squad and cares for those she loves, but she definitely isn't afraid to show her mean side, as evidenced when she wastes no time in confronting Todd when he takes her Toast-inator gadget, angrily telling him to put it down.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Olympia, Otis and Todd manage to catch up to Jamie just before she attacks. While the villainess attacks anyway, Olympia manages to intercept it by using the Toast-inator, firing a piece of toast so the jam will hit it instead of the house.
  • Call-Back: Olympia recalls how Todd turned evil and tried to destroy Odd Squad. Todd also remarks that he recognizes Otis from somewhere at the end of the episode, which is a nod to when he called on Otis the dog in order to stop the Shapeshifter, shortly after he became an agent.
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  • Chekhov's Gift: The tomato that Todd gives Otis as a "Begone" Bribe ends up being the defining factor in driving away the villainous urges that the ex-villain has.
  • The Corruption: While Todd has turned over a new leaf, it's made evident that there is some evil still inside him, and it manages to corrupt him near the end of the episode. While Olympia wants no part in helping him, Otis does (after all, he can empathize with him -- he was a former villain himself), and gives a You Are Better Than You Think You Are speech to Todd that manages to free him from his corruption for good. The ex-villain is left exhausted from the ordeal, however, and nearly faints as he falls into Otis's arms, using him for physical support.
  • Cute Kitten: Ms. O has a group of Genius Kitten agents that serve as her professional code breakers. However, none of them can crack Jamie Jam's codes.
  • Derailed Train of Thought: Olympia becomes derailed from answering her phone by coming up with a Catchphrase for answering it, which includes "Ready to talk, O!", which she shoots down because it sounds like "taco", and then she remarks how she likes tacos.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Todd's mannerisms throughout the episode — bouts of hostility and agitation, body twitches, and disorientation (he takes a bit slower to solve problems than usual) — are strongly reminiscent of someone suffering from schizophrenia. Considering he's an Expy of The Joker, it's not too surprising.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Ms. O tells Olympia and Otis that Todd turned over a new leaf...then she says that it was a joke that makes sense since Todd is a gardener.
  • Evil Laugh: While he's not evil anymore and is more of an Anti-Hero than anything else, Todd gets a few of these in throughout the episode.
  • Fainting: Downplayed; Todd nearly does an Exhaustion Faint when Otis takes a bite of the tomato the ex-villain had given him earlier, but he is still fully conscious, albeit in a weakened state.
  • Fatal Flaw: Olympia is extremely judgmental towards villains, and believes that all of them are incapable of pulling Heel-Face Turns. She initially views Todd as being very mistrusting, not being on the side of good (she's not wrong, but she's not right either — he falls under an Anti-Hero), and when he picks up her Toast-inator, she angrily tells him to put it down. This carries over into the finale, where it is a deciding factor in how she views Otis after he reveals that he is an ex-villain.
  • Fauxshadow: Played with. At the end of the episode, Todd sniffs Otis and remarks that he knows him from somewhere. While this was initially written to be Foreshadowing, it doesn't go anywhere — Todd does play a part in the finale helping Otis and Oprah reform (as he believes they're villains), but doesn't play any part in the trial where Otis reveals his villainous past. However, Todd did have a co-worker named Otis who was a dog, as shown in "Training Day", meaning that him recognizing Otis may be nothing more than a Continuity Nod. Similarly, it may also serve as a Call-Forward to the events of World Turned Odd, where he became the head of Precinct 13579 in an Alternate Timeline (in the past) and had Otis and Olympia work under him. invoked Word of God hasn't confirmed anything regarding this.
  • Foreshadowing: In contrast to his partner, who believes that villains will always be villains, Otis believes that villains can change and pull a Heel–Face Turn, and believes that Todd can do the same. He attempts to convince Todd to go back to gardening instead of causing oddness, and manages to succeed. The Season 2 finale would later reveal that he's living proof of it being possible.
  • The Gardener: Todd is one, working with Barbara and a few other gardeners to tend to fruits and vegetables.
  • Guile Hero: To get Todd to help them, Otis uses his wits and decides to mess with his garden in the hopes that the ex-villain would get upset enough to help them. Once Olympia realizes what her partner is doing, she joins in as well, and attempts to yank a carrot out of the ground. Eventually, Todd breaks, and resolves to help them, but only if they promise to leave him alone afterwards.
  • Heel–Face Return: In "O is Not For Over", Todd made his escape when the mass amount of creatures and oddities released was too overwhelming for him, and he showed no sign of wanting to redeem. In this episode, he is shown having been redeemed and is now working as a gardener; however, he is very hesitant to help Odd Squad out and only complies when Olympia and Otis begin messing with his gardens.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: Jamie Jam is shown working in the same garden as Todd at the end of the episode. However, later episodes would show her returning to villainy.
  • Insistent Terminology: When Olympia apprehends Jamie Jam and tells her that she won't be jellying anything up anymore, Jamie corrects her by telling her it's jam, not jelly, and explains the differences between the two.
  • It's All About Me: Todd and Olympia help Otis figure out that Jamie Jam's next target is 6 Oak Street. However, Todd attempts to take credit for it.
    Todd: [counting his watermelons] 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6! 6 Oak Street! I'm a genius!
    Otis: [quietly] Pretty sure that one was me.
  • It's Personal: Todd is reluctant to help Odd Squad catch Jamie Jam...up until she targets his garden and covers his produce in jam. After that, he has no problem helping them take her down.
    Odd Todd: Well I'm all in. This just got personal.
  • Large Ham: Even after being reformed, Todd still hams it up as a gardener.
  • Laughing at Your Own Jokes: Jamie Jam makes numerous jam puns, and manages to crack herself up with them.
    Jamie Jam: [attempting to get her Tricked-Out Gloves to work] This always jams. [cue Evil Laugh]
  • Leave Me Alone!: Todd shouts this verbatim at one point when Olympia and Otis first meet him in person. Naturally, they don't comply, and end up messing up his garden in order to have him help them.
  • Leitmotif: The smartwatch scenes have one beginning with this episode, that sounds similar to a horror sting.
  • Long-Runner Tech Marches On: Lampshaded by Odd Todd, who begins to angrily ask why Odd Squad didn't have smartwatches when he was an agent before biting his tongue back.
  • Meaningful Echo: When Olympia recalls how Todd became evil and destroyed Odd Squad, Otis tells her that "people can change", which prompts an eyeroll from her. Later on in the episode, when Olympia confronts a volatile Todd after he gets ahold of her Toast-inator gadget, Otis repeats the line again as he attempts to calm the ex-villain down.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Played for laughs with the Cold Open client, whose reflection in a nearby mirror doesn't match up with the client herself (the reflection is shown reading on a couch, whereas the real deal is getting ready to go to work). Eventually, Olympia relies on her own reflection (which is really her talking to herself) to get the client's reflection moving. Once she and Otis leave, another mirror shows the client's reflection being rebellious, with another reflection commenting "Yikes!" in an Inception-style manner.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: This is a trait that Todd still keeps after being reformed, as he gets up in Otis's face and sniffs him at the end of the episode.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?: Olympia attempts to read the second message Jamie Jam had sent earlier ("Y x W") with a "Yuh-zuh-wha?"
  • Reformed, but Not Tamed: Throughout the episode, Todd is shown attempting to keep a level head around Olympia and Otis and initially refuses to help them crack the code (not wanting to delve back into villainy) before eventually complying once they begin messing with his garden. It eventually hits its peak near the end of the episode when he gets ahold of the Toast-inator gadget used to stop Jamie Jam, and begins to turn back to evil. Luckily, Otis manages to stop him, using the tomato Todd had gifted him earlier.
  • Remember the New Guy?: Jamie Jam, a villainess who uses jam to attack people and buildings, is a recognized villain who has recently appeared back in town.
  • Running Gag: This episode kicks off the season-long gag of toast being mentioned in various episodes at various points. Unlike with the "If Sheila could see me now" gag from Season 1, however, this doesn't get Running Gagged.
  • Serious Business: Todd takes gardening very seriously, and the moment Otis leans down to touch his peppers, he freaks out. When the vegetables end up covered in jam, Todd refuses to let Barbara, another gardener, buy some mixed greens at the store to make lunch — he claims that as gardeners, they are supposed to grow and use their own produce.
    • If her conversation with Otis is any indication, Olympia takes answering the phone for the first time quite seriously, as she frets over how to answer it when she picks it up. Eventually, Ms. O (the original caller) resorts to calling Otis's phone instead, where he immediately picks up and gives a simple "Hello?" (much to Olympia's chagrin, who gives him a small taste of What Were You Thinking?).
  • Shout-Out: The episode's title is a reference to the film Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, as well as the book it's based on.
  • Skunk Stripe: Todd still has one through his hair even after becoming a gardener.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: The Couch Gag in the opening theme is a music sheet; the piece illustrated happens to be the show's theme song. Fittingly, it happens to be Olympia's favorite song.
  • The Smart Guy: Todd has gone from an Evil Genius to this, as he manages to crack the two codes Olympia and Otis show him within seconds. However, his solution ends up being incorrect.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Jam, for Jamie Jam, natch.
  • Tricked-Out Gloves: Jamie Jam wears some that enable her to cover anything she chooses in whatever flavor of jam she wishes. They are activated the same way one would open a jar of jam.
  • Wastebasket Ball: Ms. O does a variant of this with an empty juicebox, a small handmade purple catapult, and a basketball hoop hanging over the wastebasket. She manages to get it in on the first try.
  • Wham Episode: This episode reveals the fate of Todd, following up on the events of "O is Not For Over", which showed him pulling a Villain: Exit, Stage Left when Otto managed to overwhelm him with the mass amount of oddities released from the doors in Headquarters.
    • In addition to Todd's return, there is also some heavy Foreshadowing regarding Otis's past, as well as Olympia's Arc Words ("Once a villain, always a villain"), which tie into the finale.
  • Wrong Assumption: When Ms. O calls Olympia and Otis and tells them that Jamie Jam struck again, Olympia immediately jumps the gun and assumes that Todd is working with Jamie. Ms. O is quick to prove her wrong as she tells them that Jamie's target happened to be Todd's garden.
  • You Are Better Than You Think You Are: Otis attempts to stop Odd Todd from going back to the side of evil after the ex-villain picks up Olympia's Toast-inator gadget. It ends up working, even when Todd was inches away from performing a Face–Heel Turn.
    Otis: [slowly approaching Todd] Todd. Listen to me. Look at me. [waves his hand] 'Kay, buddy? Listen. [as Todd begins twitching] If you go back to causing oddness, who will pick the strawberries when they're ripe? Who will keep the weeds out of your garden, or turn the soil so your rhubarb has a fighting chance?
    Todd: I'm Odd Todd!! IT'S WHO I AM!!! [performs Evil Laugh]
    Otis: Are you? Or are you Gardener Todd?
    [Otis pulls out the tomato Todd gave him earlier, and shows it to him]
    Otis: You bet I did. Because this? This is the finest vegetable I've ever seen! [takes a bite of the tomato]
    Todd: [heavy breathing] A tomato...is a...fruit.
    [he falls into Otis's arms]
    Otis: I got you, buddy. I got you.

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"You don't think I can stop working? Um, let's go out for lunch, right now. You, me, and zero work."

Failure to Lunch

Airdates: June 23, 2016 note , June 28, 2016 note 

When Olympia and Otis go to lunch, they struggle to relax and ignore the oddness.


Tropes:

  • Acting Unnatural: Olympia does this so often that Otis not sniffing her out and/or her not cracking and telling the truth is a feat of its own. At the climax, Otis does this as well, but ends up admitting the truth straight out.
  • All There in the Script: Chef Sylvia, who prepares Olympia's and Otis' food, isn't named in the episode, but she is listed in the credits.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: By the end of the episode, Otis is left incredibly disheveled, with his face and button-down shirt littered with dirt. However, Olympia doesn't have so much as a scratch on her.
  • Big "WHAT?!": Olympia's reaction when Otis reveals that he's been working all throughout lunchtime.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Olympia and Otis never get to have a relaxing lunch, and instead, Olympia resolves to asking if she and Otis should try to relax some other day, to which he agrees. The two end up having to fight a ravaging spaghetti monster.
  • Blatant Lies: Olympia consistently lies about having a nice calm lunch with no oddness — not just to Otis, but to the Confalone brothers, who believe they're here for just that: lunch. It's heavily implied that Otis can see right through Olympia's lies, but the end of the episode reveals that he isn't aware of what she's actually doing, and is actually covering up his own odd problem that he's dealing with.
  • Bottle Episode: The episode primarily takes place in the Confalones' restaurant, with a brief scene in the bullpen as well as the Cold Open.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Confalone brothers, who were last seen in "The Confalones", return in this episode with a major role.
  • Busman's Holiday: Olympia and Otis are both solving odd problems during what is supposed to be a relaxing lunch.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": When investigating the upside-down kitchen, Olympia tells the Confalone brothers that she has a request. Sabatino says yes, and Gino says no, causing the former to correct the latter with a forceful "yes".
  • Call-Back: Olympia and Otis have lunch at the Confalones' restaurant.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Subverted for both Otis and Olympia — the former ends up cracking at the climax of the episode and tells the latter the truth about how he's been fighting off a laser chicken every time she got up from the table, while the latter's secret is exposed when the oddness she had been attempting to solve grows too big.
  • The Coats Are Off: Otis has his coat off for the second half of the episode, while fighting off a laser chicken.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Olympia's toenails are painted in the same colors as the six main departments' colors, barring Medical.
  • Consummate Liar: Subverted. In stark contrast to Olympia, Otis is good at hiding the truth, and doesn't play straight any of the tropes Olympia does when lying (Suspiciously Specific Denial, Implausible Deniability, etc.). However, he still shows some physical signs that are easy tells, such as sweating despite the room being cold and dirt covering his face and shirt, and by the climax of the episode, he shifts into being a Bad Liar and eventually admits the truth.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: If Olympia had tagged along with the Confalone brothers and helped them pick out and use the Un-Upside-Down-inator effectively instead of entrusting them solely with the task, her odd problem would have been resolved and she would have little reason to worry. Similarly, if Otis had called for backup to help fight the laser chicken, both agents could enjoy a nice, relaxing lunch.
  • Cute, but Cacophonic: Olympia's screams, whether scared or excited, are incredibly loud, and manage to startle Otis more than once.
  • Dramatic Drop: Olympia's lie about why she needs a bandage for her bitten tongue manages to make Otis drop his fork in sheer disbelief.
  • False Reassurance: Part of Olympia's Blatant Lies include her describing what she's going to do in order to avoid work, and assuring Otis (and the Confalone brothers) that her mind is as far away from work as it can get. Of course, this all falls apart when she goes to wash her hands in the restroom, only to be distracted by the brothers instead.
  • From Bad to Worse: Every time the Confalone brothers attempt to fix the problem in their restaurant's kitchen, they cause another disaster — from an upside-down kitchen, to meatballs flying everywhere, to spaghetti that flails about.
  • Hammerspace: Yes, it's a commonly-known fact that Odd Squad employees have this ability. This episode takes it a step further, however, by showing Olympia taking out and handing a large gadget to Sabatino that looks to go nearly up to her waist. It's later lampshaded by Gino, who asks how Olympia can fit all of the gadgets in her jacket.
  • I Know You Know I Know: Otis and Olympia have a moment of this before going to lunch.
    Olympia: Fine. You don't think I can stop working? Um, let's go out for lunch, right now. You, me, and zero work.
    Otis: Olympia, you don't have to do this.
    Olympia: [adjusting her glasses] I think you're afraid to do this.
    Otis: Me? Afraid to stop working?
    Olympia: Or maybe you're afraid I'm right.
    Otis: Or maybe you're afraid that I'm afraid that you're afraid I'm right.
    [beat as Olympia looks confused]
    Olympia: Are we still going for lunch?
    Otis: Yeah, I think so.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Subverted. Olympia hands all of the gadgets she has on her to Sabatino, who takes them to the coat closet for her. Immediately after he leaves, Olympia gets up to go wash her hands, only for Otis to point out that she's going the wrong way to the restroom...unless she's going to check up on her gadgets. She begins Acting Unnatural and asks him why she would do that. Transition to her leaving the restroom.
    • Played straight when, directly after that, she begins to motivate herself and tells herself to empty her thoughts and not think about work, right before Gino comes out to her and tells her that there's a problem.
    • When Gino and Sabatino silently call Olympia over, she devises an excuse to get away from the table by offering to get more breadsticks. Otis remarks that there's still one in the basket, which she eats. A waiter then comes and places another basket of breadsticks down on the table, at which point Olympia doesn't even try to come up with another excuse, nervously chuckling and sitting right back down at the table.
  • Implausible Deniability: When Olympia comes out with two bowls of soup for her and Otis, she asks him why he's standing. His response is to ask her why she's their waiter, to which she quickly replies that she isn't, she's just a helpful customer.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: When Otis (who had confessed about him fighting a laser chicken during lunch) asks what Olympia wanted to confess to him about, she decides to keep lying and tells him, "Nothing! Nothing at all." Just then, a spaghetti monster begins invading the restaurant.
    Olympia: Okay, I may have been working just a tiny bit. I can't help it. I love my job.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Olympia and Otis have no clue who the Confalone brothers are. For Olympia, it's quite confusing, especially since she claims to have studied every single Odd Squad case, which would include "The Confalones".
    • Both Otis and Olympia do this to themselves. Otis is unaware that there have been odd problems occurring in the kitchen that Olympia is trying to fix, while Olympia is unaware that there's an angry laser chicken outside that Otis is attempting to beat. Eventually, the odd problem Olympia had been trying to fix grows large enough to invade the entirety of the restaurant, and she and Otis battle it together.
  • Married to the Job: Deconstructed. The entire plot of the episode revolves around Olympia attempting to prove to her partner that she can eat lunch and relax, and not be obsessed with work. When the pair go to the Confalones' restaurant for lunch, however, Olympia ends up tangled in the middle of an odd problem the two brothers are having, and she is forced to move back and forth between solving that and other odd problems that snowball (since the Confalone brothers use two gadgets with the same attributes at the same time instead of just one), and having a meal with Otis, with her attempting to lie to him about what she's doing every time she has to leave.
  • Medium Awareness: Olympia sings along to the fast-paced background music as she works at Headquarters (albeit she is a bit off-sync).
  • Meta Guy: When Olympia is explaining the difference between the length and height of gadgets (after the Confalone brothers use the Un-Meatball-inator and another gadget on meatballs flying everywhere), Gino remarks that "normally I'd be really upset, but I feel like I'm learning a really important lesson about measurement!" This can mirror the reactions of the audience, whether it's kids or adults.
  • Mistaken for Servant: Olympia invokes this, as she brings her and Otis' food out to the table in place of Sabatino and Gino, who are busy fixing the numerous odd problems in their kitchen.
  • Motor Mouth: Olympia falls into this trope often, but this episode turns it into a flaw for her as she racks up lie after lie, causing Otis to grow suspicious.
    Olympia: I bit my tongue. Owww, better go get a bandage.
    Otis: For your tongue?
    Olympia: Yeah, gotta put pressure on it or it'll blow up like a football and people will be like "Hey, did you just catch a football with your mouth?" and be like "Hooray, touchdown!" but not really, 'cause...your tongue hurts.
    [she leaves as Otis drops his fork in disbelief]
  • Offscreen Teleportation: Gino comes up to Olympia as she's leaving the restroom and tells her that there's an odd problem in the restaurant's kitchen. Sabatino then comes up and begins arguing with Gino, telling him not to bother her since she came there to have lunch, not work. While they're arguing with each other, Olympia glances at them nervously, then 5 seconds later as their argument reaches the boiling point, she moves offscreen. Cut to her opening the curtain of the kitchen.
  • Only One Finds It Fun: Olympia attempts to invoke this as part of her Blatant Lies, remarking how she's excited to not be working and how eating soup is fun. Otis, on the other hand, is simply left confused.
  • Our Centaurs Are Different: The Cold Open client is a centaur, with a horse for the lower half. Being one is apparently an odd problem that can be easily fixed with the use of the Animal-Person-inator gadget; however, the centaur has an option of turning either all-human, or all-animal (in this case, the client can turn back to a human, or a horse).
  • Rambunctious Italian: The Confalone brothers, naturally.
  • Reveal Shot: The Cold Open client tells Olympia and Otis that she would tell them what the problem is, but it's pretty obvious. The camera then cuts out to show that she is a centaur.
  • The Scapegoat: Olympia has Gino and Sabatino solve the issue of their kitchen being upside down by telling them to get the Un-Upside-Down-inator from the coat closet and use it. She does this so that it will look like the odd problem is solved without her actually "working" (Air Quotes intended) due to the fact that she didn't touch a gadget. Of course, this has disastrous consequences, and the problem continues to grow worse. In addition, she also asks the brothers to describe the feelings they have as they zap the kitchen with the gadget, wanting them to leave no details out (put simply, experiencing the feeling of solving an odd problem without actually solving the problem yourself).
  • Shout-Out: The odd problem that Olympia and Otis fight at the end of the episode is pretty much a Flying Spaghetti Monster, but without the Flight and without any meatballs.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Just like in "The Confalones", Gino and Sabatino get into constant fights with each other, which serves as a Running Gag throughout this episode.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Olympia returns to the table with two bowls of soup for her and Otis, she claims that "everything is normal, nothing is weird".
  • Take a Third Option: The Confalone brothers find two gadgets that are exactly 10 inches, the length of the Un-Upside-Down-inator. Instead of using one or the other (or even asking Olympia herself which one it is), they end up using both, which creates even more disaster in their restaurant's kitchen in the form of meatballs flying everywhere. When they attempt to find the Un-Meatball-inator and find not only that gadget, but another gadget that measures 5 inches vertically, they also end up using them both, which creates an even bigger disaster.
  • Tongue Trauma: Invoked by Olympia, who devises an excuse to get a bandage for her tongue because she bit it.
  • Unwanted Assistance: Both Otis and Olympia refuse to call on other agents to fix their respective odd problems, the former because he found laser chickens (as well as the thought of battling one) to be cool, and the latter because she doesn't want the former to find out that she's been working during lunch.
  • Workaholic: Like Married to the Job, this trope is deconstructed for both Olympia and Otis.
  • "YEAH!" Shot: It's not towards the camera, but Olympia and Otis do one as they rush into battle at the end of the episode.

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