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Clearly, Owen hasn't gotten over his jealousy of "the fancy-pants agents".
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The O Team

Airdates: June 27, 2016 note , June 30, 2016 note 

Security agents Owen and Ohio secretly provide backup on a case so they can have a pizza party.


Tropes:

  • Actually a Good Idea: Inverted. All of Owen's ideas are absolutely terrible, and yet they still somehow end up working. He even acknowledges they're bad!
  • Artistic License – Physics: Zig-zagged; Owen and Ohio manage to fit themselves in Baby Genius's carriage despite being too big for it, but it ends up collapsing under their weight.
  • Bad "Bad Acting": It's incredible how Olympia and Otis don't sniff Owen out when he attempts to convince them to go after Symmetric Al, considering his poor acting skills.
  • Bad Liar: When Owen and Ohio are exposed by Otis and Olympia, Owen attempts to pass off his and Ohio's appearances as being ice cream vendors. Neither Investigation agent buys it.
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  • Bedsheet Ghost: Owen's idea of how to tell Otis and Olympia that they're going after the wrong villain is to disguise himself as one of these and attempt to direct their attention towards the plant in order to realize that it's not symmetrical and the case isn't solved.
  • Blank Book: Mr. Fonts, the client in the Cold Open, has a problem of words flying out of his books whenever they're opened, leaving them blank. Olympia tells him that he can seize this opportunity to write the novel he's dreamed of writing.
  • The Bus Came Back: Symmetric Al, who hasn't had a major role since "My Better Half", makes an appearance as the culprit behind halves of things gone missing.
  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Ohio offers to give Rivka all the pizza she wants in exchange for info about where Symmetric Al is. When she asks if he and Owen can fold it in half to make calzones, Owen says "no" while Ohio says "yes". After she narrows her eyes at them, Owen changes his answer to "yes".
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  • Character Tics: Owen apparently raises his eyebrows when confused, and scrunches his chin when upset.
  • Continuity Nod: The ice cream truck makes a reappearance once again, with Orson as the driver. From the same episode, Owen and Ohio dress up as ice cream vendors, albeit they don't pose as Orson this time.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Otis doesn't like pizza. He does, however, like the boxes they come in and the little tables they come with.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The episode's title can be a reference to either the TV series The A-Team (or its film adaptation), or the Ed Sheeran song "The A-Team".
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Owen and Ohio are able to overhear Ms. O's and the agents' conversation, despite them standing quite a ways away from the glass double-doors that lead into the Director's office.
  • Fascinating Eyebrow: Despite Owen having Oddly Visible Eyebrows (part of them are seen on the sides of his face; the rest is hidden by his hair), Ohio comments on how Owen's eyebrows raised in confusion when noticing how the villain didn't take the plant from the bakery.
    Ohio: Judging by your eyebrows, I can see you're just as confused as I am.
    Owen: What do you mean, my eyebrows?
    Ohio: When you're confused, they go up.
    Owen: Like in a bad way?
    Ohio: Nonono, in a good way.
    Owen: Cool. I was afraid I'd have to shave them off.
    [Ohio's smile slowly turns into a frown]
  • The Film of the Book: Mr. Fonts declares that he's going to make his new novel a movie, only for Dustin to say one word in response: "Sellout."
  • Flat Joy: Dustin goes from cheering on Mr. Fonts quietly to cheering for him louder at his insistence.
  • Goo Goo Getup: Played with. Owen and Ohio don't dress up like babies, but they do play the role of Baby Genius, staying inside of the carriage and handing info to Olympia and Otis when needed.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to being a librarian, Mr. Fonts is apparently an aspiring author, as Olympia tells him that with his issue of blank books, he can write a novel.
  • I Can't Hear You: When Olympia and Otis walk into Ms. O's office, she begins to shout at them that they solved their 49th case, causing them to wince. This is due to the fact that she's wearing earplugs, and can't hear them.
    Otis: Then why are you yelling?
    Ms. O: [yelling] Sorry, am I yelling?
  • Irony:
    Ohio: [continued whispering] Ow! Watch your elbow!
    Owen: [continued whispering] I'm trying to write down Al's address! So maybe you could give me a little room to work with here?
    Ohio: Stop being a baby!
    Owen: We're in a baby carriage!
  • It's All About Me: Owen and Ohio are only helping Olympia and Otis out so that they (Owen and Ohio) can get a pizza party.
  • Kids Driving Cars: Orson once again drives the ice cream surveillance truck, something that the baker questions before Owen throws the sheet he was using for his Bedsheet Ghost disguise and rushing off.
    • If Ohio's comment during his and Owen's argument is any indication, he apparently has his driver's license (which makes one wonder why Orson handled driving duties).
  • Lower-Deck Episode: This episode focuses primarily on Owen and his co-worker Ohio as they attempt to help Olympia and Otis solve their 50th case and earn the reward of a pizza party as a result.
  • invoked Milestone Celebration: An in-universe example — the episode revolves around Olympia and Otis attempting to solve their 50th case.
  • Minor Insult Meltdown: Ohio comments on Owen scrunching up his chin in upset, and when Owen asks if he's scrunching it in a bad way, Ohio tells him that he's seen nicer things. This sends Owen off the rails — he and Ohio begin arguing, which causes Orson to cry and exposes them to Otis and Olympia (who manage to spot the clearly-visible ice cream van).
  • Mistaken Identity: The woman who lives in the pink house on Eighth Street initially views Olympia and Otis as scouts who are selling cookies.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Invoked by Owen, who believes that Ohio is a rookie and refers to him as "the new guy". However, Ohio is a veteran Security agent who started one day after Owen.
  • Nested Stories: The end of the episode has this as a gag. It starts with Olympia, Otis, Owen and Ohio celebrating the 50th case solved for the former two Investigation agents. The camera then slowly zooms out to reveal that Oscar and Oona are watching them, with the former stating that he and his assistant helped all four agents out and no one knew they were there, then making a "ghost hand" gesture and a whoosh noise. It repeats from there, as the camera then zooms out to show Dr. O and another nurse who helped Oscar and Oona, then Ms. O and one of her assistants who helped out Dr. O and the other nurse. Once Ms. O does the "ghost hand" gesture, however, the camera cuts to an overhead shot as she takes notice of it it. She begins to wave at the camera and asks if anyone's there. The camera then zooms out to show that it's Orson who (apparently) helped Ms. O and her assistant, and there's a Smash to Black.
  • Off-Model: When Ms. O asks Olympia and Otis if she's yelling, she's not wearing earplugs, unlike in the next camera cut to her, where she is shown taking them out of her ears.
  • Running Gag: Owen's "ghost hand".
  • Series Continuity Error: The episode "Jinx" had previously established that Symmetric Al lives at Villain Estates. This episode reveals that he instead lives in a pink house on Third Street. May be justified by the fact that he may have moved between the events of that episode and this one, although it's not explained.
  • Written-In Absence: Baby Genius is absent from the episode due to being away on a playdate.

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Show Me the Money

Airdates: June 27, 2016 note , June 30, 2016 note 

When an unlucky coin is accidentally released into the public, Olympia and Otis must retrieve it before the world ends.


Tropes:

  • All Animals Are Dogs: Molly acts very much like a bloodhound, and is able to track the scent of one of her troop's leaders simply by sniffing said leader's vest. At the end of the episode, she helps guide Olympia and Otis back to headquarters by sniffing where it is. (Keep in mind: Headquarters is underground.)
  • All There in the Script: The name of the first Junior Girl Troopers troop leader Olympia and Otis come across isn't said in the episode, but the credits list it as "Jean".
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: A variant — it's not the Cold Open client that's grown to ginormous proportions, it's her briefcase.
  • Bad Luck Charm: The collection of coins that Oona and Oscar have in the lab are these, as they cause a string of bad luck to happen to those in possession of them.
  • Battlecry: Olympia lets one loose before charging into battle with the falcons.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Averted. Delivery Debbie and the two Junior Girl Troopers troop leaders are disheveled and covered in dirt stains, while Olympia is sopping wet from the rain after the battle. It's a similar story for Otis as well, as he is also shown sopping wet from the rain after he retrieves the unlucky nickel.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Oona may be a Gadgeteer Genius who is dorky, but do not make her pissed. She hears you stole an unlucky coin and released it into the world, and she wastes no time in chewing you out.
  • Both Sides Have a Point: Oona rightfully scolds Olympia and Otis for taking an unlucky coin and releasing it into the world. Otis counters by saying that it's Oona's fault as well, for not having the collection of coins protected in some manner to prevent theft, like in a cage with lasers (which is exactly what Oona has on her person).
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Olympia asks Debbie if she and her partner can put the jazz fusion song that the pizza shop owner wanted them to perform into the Montage of them searching for the coin.
  • Chekhov's Gag: The "it's not even falcon season" gag ends up becoming an essential part of the climactic battle, as falcons are shown hovering over Olympia.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Otis's hatred of gum ends up being exploited in order to stop a string of bad luck from destroying the world, as he must rescue the unlucky nickel from a vending machine by buying a pack of it.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Olympia and Otis reach the vending machine, Otis attempts to try and open it. Then this exchange ensues:
    Otis: [shouting throughout] It won't open!
    Olympia: [shouting throughout] Buy a snack!
    Otis: Good idea! Something healthy to give us energy!
    Olympia: No, I mean something that will give you the nickel as change!
  • Crazy-Prepared: Debbie keeps a list of people she gave change to in her pocket. She also carries around trinkets in her bag, such as a pair of googly-eye glasses that doubles as a calculator, a pencil, and a pack of gum.
  • Cute and Psycho: Oona goes a little off the deep end when she finds out that Otis and Olympia stole one of the lab's coins, right down to having a short Laughing Mad bit.
  • Does Not Like Spam: Otis doesn't like gum, and hates chewing it because it's not food. He even despises when other people chew it. By the end of the episode, he grows to like it.
  • Dream Within a Dream: The Cold Open ends up becoming this when it's revealed that the client is dreaming. When she takes flight into the sky, Otis remarks why he's still in the dream, then Olympia informs him that it's his dream, and he takes flight as well. Olympia then does the same thing and asks out loud why she's still in the dream, then realizes that ultimately, the Cold Open is her own dream, and takes flight in a similar manner as the other two.
  • Ethereal Choir: One is heard when Otis tosses the unlucky nickel to Olympia.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Blink and you'll miss it — a red "warning" slide is seen when Olympia is fighting the falcons, which implies that one of the cameras was damaged from filming the scene (fitting, since, considering the setting, it had to take place during a torrential thunderstorm).
  • Gut Feeling: When Olympia and Otis see the ominous-looking vending machine with its Personal Raincloud, this brief exchange ensues.
    Olympia: Uh, I have a feeling the coin is inside.
    Otis: Is it because of the lightning and the scary noises?
  • Heads or Tails?: Otis does this when collecting a quarter from one of Debbie's customers to examine it. The result is tails, but it's not the unlucky nickel.
  • Hidden Depths: Olympia can play keyboard, apparently — and she does so incredibly well. On the flip side of the coin, Otis is able to play a mean saxophone.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Otis throws the unlucky nickel to Olympia from a considerable distance away, and she manages to catch it in the cube that Oona gave them earlier to store the nickel in.
  • Insists on Paying: The pizza and gum that Olympia and Otis order comes up to $10.05. Otis gives her a $10 bill but states he doesn't have a nickel. When Debbie tells him not to worry about it, he insists on paying the full amount regardless.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Olympia and Otis split up to search around town for the unlucky nickel.
  • Living Lie Detector: Troop Leader Jean is able to tell Otis is lying about the coin escaping the lab just by looking at him and Olympia for a few seconds. It's due to the fact that she got a "Reading Between the Lines" badge.
  • Luckily, My Shield Will Protect Me: Keeping a shield in the Hammerspace back at all times is apparently a common ability for agents to have. In this case, Olympia produces one (which is identical in design to Olive's shield, as well as that of her partner's from last season) to protect herself from the falcons.
  • Montage: One occurs as Olympia and Otis search for the unlucky nickel, backed by a jazz fusion song performed by the partner pair themselves.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Otis taking an unlucky nickel from the lab in order to pay Debbie full price for the food (at his insistence) causes her, as well as other citizens of the town, to suffer from various strings of bad luck.
  • Oh My Gods!: Troop Leader Jean gives out an "oh my kerchief!" at one point.
  • Personal Raincloud: The vending machine has a donut-shaped storm cloud hovering over it. It shoots lightning and comes with harsh winds, as well as rain that surrounds quite the large area.
  • Plunder: Otis ends up stealing from Oscar and Oona's money collection in order to pay Debbie. Naturally, this has disastrous consequences, not only for Debbie, but for the world.
  • Pre-Asskicking One-Liner: Olympia gives a badass one just before she and Otis head towards the vending machine and the storm surrounding it.
    Olympia: I refuse to be beaten!! I eat bad luck for breakfast!
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: "It's not. About. The money."
  • Reveal Shot: After the Montage, Olympia and Otis are walking towards a troop of Junior Girl Troopers when they stop and react in shock. The camera quickly zooms out to show numerous Junior Girl Troopers cleaning up what looks to be a wrecked fundraising site, with some of the Troopers having broken legs and crutches. One of the troop leaders, Jean, is tending to another Trooper with her arm in a sling.
  • Running Gag: Numerous people who were in possession of the coin mention a falcon attacking them in some manner, followed by a sentence relating to, "It's not falcon season!"
  • Scout-Out: This episode introduces the Junior Girl Troopers, the show's equivalent to Girl Scouts. (They were briefly mentioned before, in "First Day".)
  • Shout-Out: The episode's title is a reference to a memorable quote from the film Jerry Maguire.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Once Oona tells Olympia and Otis that something disastrous could happen if the nickel remained in the town, such as a meteor colliding with the Earth and sending everyone flying into outer space, the two Investigation agents are quick to take their leave.
  • Speak of the Devil: After Otis gives a nickel to Debbie as payment, Olympia asks if they should have asked before borrowing money. Otis remarks that "it's Oscar and Oona, they won't care if we take a nickel." Sure enough, cue Oona running up to them in a flustered panic confirming if they took a nickel.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Molly does this at the end of the episode.
  • Superstition Episode: The episode revolves around Olympia and Otis accidentally unleashing an unlucky coin into the town, and they are forced to find it before it's too late. People who come into contact with/have possession of the coin have instant and harmful bad luck.
  • They Have the Scent!: Olympia and Otis find Troop Leader Becky with the help of Molly, who has the ability to track scents.
  • You Remind Me of X: After Otis explains why he doesn't like gum, Olympia gives this hilarious gem of a line.
    Olympia: Sometimes you remind me of an old upset man.

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