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Airdates: July 8, 2016 note , July 26, 2016 note 

Olympia and Otis celebrate an important milestone in their partnership.


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  • invoked Adorkable: Olympia is this trope by default, but she takes it up a notch when she finds Otis's presents and realizes that he remembers their anniversaries. She gets excited enough to begin rapidly panting in anticipation for the third present.
  • An Ice Person: The aptly-named Queen of the Ice Trolls, who is not only mistrusting of the human race (one could say she has an icy personality), but can fire snowballs at her enemies.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Ms. O suggests that Otis get an original Odd Squad agent's badge for his partner, he begins to act as though he's about to give a Rousing Speech (which he isn't fond of doing) just before he says that this time is no exception.
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  • The Bus Came Back: O'Donahue, who hasn't been seen since Season 1's "The One That Got Away", returns in this episode, and is revealed to have been attempting to make peace with an ice troll clan's queen.
  • The Cameo: Ohlm makes a brief cameo while Otis is chasing after Mr. Lightning.
  • Chain-Link Fence: Mr. Lightning runs into one during the chase, but instead of climbing over it, he turns around and tells Otis that he's not going down without a fight.
  • Chase Scene: Mr. Lightning, believing that Otis wants to capture him, takes off when the agent tells him to stop. He heads off after him, and a full-on chase ensues.
  • Code Name: Oona mentions that she and Otis can be like an undercover team with code names in order to distract Olympia. Said code names are Carol (for Oona), and Karol (for Otis). Of course, since this is the Rule of Funny in effect, it doesn't stick.
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  • Cold Open: While a majority of episodes have one, this episode is one of the few to not feature one in some form.
  • Collector of the Strange: Olympia is an avid collector of villain autographs, which she's been working on for a year.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Oona and Otis look through Olympia's collection of villain autographs (with one missing), Oona asks Otis knowingly if looking through the autographs gives him a present idea. Otis responds in dead earnest with, "Are we back on socks?"
  • Continuity Nod: A Running Gag throughout the episode involves Otis explaining that he hasn't read his Agents' Training Manual. Looks like Otto's not alone in that regard.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ms. O and Oona aren't normally snarky, but Otis showing them his second gift idea for Olympia manages to bring out some snark within them.
    Ms. O and Oona: [deadpan] A rock?
  • Deliberately Monochrome: The gags of Oona and Ms. O gazing at Otis, and vice versa, are done in mostly black-and-white.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Olympia may be a Workaholic with a high amount of energy, but battling three time vortexes at once crosses over her limits.
  • Fictional Holiday: This episode introduces three new holidays that are all celebrated with another person by way of exchanging presents with each other.
    • The Halfiversary, which is similar to an anniversary, but when 6 months has gone by instead of a full calendar year.
    • The 31st-aversary, which is celebrated in conjunction with a halfiversary if it falls under a calendar month with 31 days (as opposed to 30 or 28).
    • The Friday Fele-bration, which is celebrated in conjunction with a 31st-iversary and halfiversary if they both fall on a Friday.
  • Foreshadowing: While chasing after Mr. Lightning, Otis comes along a trio of ducks, and promptly freaks out.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: When Otis asks Oona why she didn't explain about the 31st-aversary earlier, she responds by saying that she did. Whip Pan transition to the two of them looking at each other...with sensual music playing in the background. The same gag occurs again later on only this time with Ms. O in place of Oona.
  • Gift-Giving Gaffe: The gifts that Otis initially wants to give Olympia include a pair of socks, a rock, and a white T-shirt with "Number 1" written on it (so that she'll know she's his number-one partner). By the time he suggests the third present to Ms. O and Oona, neither one of them want to stick around for the awkward moment that will ensue, and quickly take their leaves. However, over the course of the episode, both girls help Otis get meaningful gifts for his partner for the holidays: an autograph from Mr. Lightning, a vintage agent badge, and his unopened Training Manual (the latter of which was given to her on accident when attempting to explain the situation). By the end of the episode, it's revealed that Olympia gave Otis the same gifts he was originally going to give her.
  • Hidden Depths: In addition to being an Odd Squad fanatic, Olympia, much like her predecessor Olive, is an Odd Squad historian, and loves Odd Squad history.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Oona assures Otis that Olympia won't care that he didn't get her a present for their halfiversary. A second later, she realizes that it'll break her heart, with Otis saying in unison that he has to get his partner something.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Due to him not having read his Agents' Training Manual, Otis is unaware of the three partner-oriented holidays Odd Squad celebrates.
  • Mistaken for Betrayal: When the Queen of the Ice Trolls spots Otis finding O'Donahue, she initially suspects O'Donahue as having betrayed her (as he was initially supposed to come alone, as was agreed upon).
  • Moment Killer: Ohlm interrupts what was otherwise a invoked heartwarming moment between Otis and Olympia, by helping the former put on his shirt.
  • Noodle Incident: Otis (the one that doesn't read instruction manuals) has tried to set up both a photocopier and a blender before, with disastrous results — moreso in the case of the blender, who chases after agents and threatens to chop them to bits.
  • Parrot Expo-WHAT?: When Oona asks Otis if he's excited for his halfiversary, he answers back with a "half-a-what?"
  • Poor Communication Kills: Otis, don't say the trademark "stop right there" phrase if you're asking a villain to stop so you can get an autograph. Chances are, the villain will have the "flight" part of their "fight-or-flight" response triggered and take off running.
    • When Olympia discovers the gifts, Otis attempts to tell her that he completely forgot about their anniversaries and tries to explain the situation, but he's frequently interrupted by her opening her gifts and reacting accordingly.
  • Read the Freaking Manual: Otis hasn't read his Odd Squad Agents' Training Manual, to the point where it's still in its shrink wrap. He ends up giving it to Olympia as a gift after pulling it out by sheer accident, to which she responds by believing it's a gift to her.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Just before attacking, the Queen of the Ice Trolls' eyes turn blue.
  • Ship Tease: The gags of Oona, Ms. O and Otis gazing at each other definitely qualifies. Bonus points for the romantic-sounding music that plays, which wouldn't be too out of place for a date night at home.
  • Smart People Play Chess: Parodied. While Ms. O knows how to play chess, Oona does not. She manages to move all the way across the board by jumping over three of Ms. O's pawns and declares for her to "king her", only for the exasperated Director to tell her that isn't how the game works.
  • Stealth Hi/Bye: Yes, this is a common ability of Ms. O's, but this time around, she flairs it with the blow of a party horn to signify her arrival (similar to Oona, although she doesn't qualify for the trope due to the sound of her running up to Otis being heard just before her arrival).
    • Olympia does this at one point just after Otis leaves to get the second gift, appearing right behind Ms. O and Oona. The feat actually manages to surprise not only Oona, but Ms. O herself.
  • Super-Strong Child: Played with. Oona manages to rip the sleeve clear off of Olympia's jacket with the ease of ripping a piece of paper, but it could be argued that the Investigation agent's suit is simply flimsily made (and Oona hasn't shown too many impressive feats of strength).
  • Tears of Joy: Surprisingly, it's Otis, of all people, who sheds these when he receives his gifts from Olympia.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: Averted. "Feminine" wouldn't necessarily be the first word to describe Olympia (though she is female, she doesn't appear to have any feminine hobbies or interests), but unlike her predecessor, Olive, she doesn't appear to have any skills in sewing, as she attaches her torn sleeves to the rest of her jacket with safety pins rather than stitching it back together.
  • Villains Out Shopping: Mr. Lightning is shown exiting the barber shop after getting a haircut.
  • Walking Backwards: A client whom Otis takes to Headquarters has this issue. He has an illness known as "the Backwards".
  • We Need a Distraction: While Otis goes to get gifts for Olympia, Oona and Ms. O take the helm in distracting her by faking oddness with their hands, having them become evil enough to rip the sleeves off of Olympia's jacket. Both of them also open up three time vortexes for her to close.

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The Egg with Unpredictable Results.
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Airdates: July 8, 2016 note , July 26, 2016 note 

Ms. O, Olympia, Otis, and Ocean try to determine what kind of creature will hatch from an egg.


Tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: While it's well-established that Ms. O is a G-rated version of this, this episode has an argument ensue between her and Ocean that makes her seem entitled and selfish, putting the safety of her "alcohol" above her own agents.
    Ocean: Ms. O, I have a responsibility to protect that creature!
    Ms. O: And I have a responsibility to protect my JUICE BOXES!!
    Olympia and Otis: [in complete dismay] Huh?
    Ms. O: Also people that work here!
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Olympia, an upbeat Genki Girl, goes from terrified to angry within seconds when Ocean begins to leave them with the egg so he can get a cage for it.
    Ms. O: I'm small. [leans towards Otis threateningly] Do I look harmless to you?
  • Black-and-White Morality: Ms. O has this opinion when it comes to the egg. It's either good or bad, with no in-between. Even when the chances are 50/50, she still votes to dispose of it.
  • Bottle Episode: The episode takes place solely in the Creature Room.
  • Compressed Vice: During their first argument, Olympia points out that Otis can't make up his mind on things, while he points out that she always has to have the last word. However, neither agent has shown these flaws in past episodes (albeit they are fitting for their personalities).
  • Conflict Ball: When Ocean leaves to get a ruler to measure the egg's height, Olympia and Otis begin arguing over what to do with the egg, with Otis wanting to get rid of it while Olympia wants to keep it. She points out that Otis can't make up his mind on things and calls him a "flip-flopper"; in return, Otis points out that Olympia always has to have the last word on things. Ms. O, who is standing in the middle, ends up breaking up the argument, but as soon as they all kneel down for a closer look at the egg, Otis and Olympia apologize to each other...and then argue about who's lucky to have who as a partner. Before Ms. O can scold them properly, however, Ocean returns with the ruler.
  • Continuity Nod: Ocean found the creature egg in Sector 21.
  • Death Glare: Both Ms. O and Otis deliver an absolutely scathing one towards Ocean when the creature sneezes on them. (Olympia doesn't qualify for the trope, as her face expression is more disgust than angry.)
  • Don't Celebrate Just Yet: Otis and Olympia celebrate narrowing down the egg search to ten eggs with a unisonant "We did it, sort of!"
  • Dragged by the Collar: When Ocean leaves Olympia and Otis to get a cage for the egg at the latter's suggestion, the former yanks the Creature Room Director back by his shoulder hard enough to spin him around.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: Ms. O and Ocean create a song using cups, their own hands, and some background music.
  • Go Look at the Distraction: Ocean suggests that he get a ruler to measure the height of the egg, and tells the group that he has one that doubles as a living creature. Ms. O gives him a stern warning growl, which causes him to add on that he has a regular ruler. Ms. O tells him that either one would be fine, and he leaves...only for it to be revealed that she was tricking him to leave so she and the others could dispose of the egg.
  • Have We Met?: While Olympia and Otis are retrieving a thermometer to check the egg's temperature, Ms. O and Ocean have an awkward moment where the former asks the latter if they've ever talked before. (They have, in fact, talked, but not one-on-one.) To bond with each other, the two bang some cups together.
  • Hope Spot: When Olympia asks Ocean to confirm that the egg is hatching in 10 minutes, he tells them no, puts his ear to the egg...and says it's now 9 minutes.
  • Ignored Expert: This exchange between Otis and Ocean ensues when the former suggests the latter take the egg outside to let it hatch.
    Ocean: My job is to protect all creatures, and hatching it in here is its best chance at survival.
    Otis: But bad for our survival if it's a bad thing!
    Ocean: It's way worse than bad, dude. It'll be horrible!
  • Insane Troll Logic: Otis believes the being inside the egg is good, because the egg itself is small, and small things are harmless. Unfortunately, he forgot about the Tiny Tyrannical Girl standing next to him that gives him a piece of her mind.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: When Otis and Olympia are having their first argument and pointing out each other's flaws, Otis points out Olympia's, and this ensues.
    Otis: At least I don't always have to have the last word.
    Olympia: I don't do that!
    Otis: You just did.
    [short beat as Olympia looks from Ms. O to Otis]
    Olympia: No I didn't!
    Otis: You're doin' it again.
  • Kraken and Leviathan: The creature inside the egg is ruled to be either be a kraken or a Wiggleworm. However, no one except for Ocean knows what a kraken is, and when he goes to look it up, the picture he and the others are shown is horrifying enough that it isn't even shown onscreen, and elicits terrified screams from Olympia, Otis and Ms. O.
  • Light Is Not Good: Subverted. The light coming from inside the egg is thought to be bad, but the being inside the egg turns out to be a Wiggleworm, a creature made out of pure light that is ultimately harmless (well, aside from sneezing snot at humans).
  • Magical Database: Ocean has an egg database that has information on thousands of eggs, which he uses to narrow down which egg he retrieved from Sector 21 so he can find out what's inside.
  • Mediation Backfire: Averted. Ms. O manages to stop the argument, but Olympia and Otis know better than to turn on her and instead apologize.
  • Mighty Roar: Ms. O gives one from quite the distance away as she goes to confront Ocean (it's loud enough that Olympia and Otis can hear it close by).
  • Minimalist Cast: Only the Main 4 sans Oona, as well as Ocean, have speaking roles.
  • Never Say "Die": True to this show, the trope is played straight, as there are only allusions to death.
  • Nose Nuggets: The Wiggleworm, which has an allergy to humans, ends up sneezing on everyone except Ocean. Ms. O and Otis in particular waste no time in giving Death Glares strong enough to kill.
  • Orbital Shot: One is seen as the egg begins to hatch.
  • Outhumbling Each Other: Olympia and Otis both do this during their second argument as one partner mentions that they're lucky to have the other as a partner, which leads them to argue about who's the luckiest.
  • Race Against the Clock: Olympia, Otis, Ms. O and Ocean have to figure out what is hatching from the egg in 10 minutes.
  • Reality Has No Soundtrack: This episode has barely any background music, up until the end.
  • Reactive Continuous Scream: There are quite a few throughout the episode as the egg continues to crack.
  • Saying Too Much: Otis's reaction to informing Ms. O about the situation by telling her that it's something harmless like a cuddly monster and asking if it exists is a low-toned "I'm talking too much..."
  • Sesquipedalian Loquaciousness: Played with. Olympia uses the word "attribute" and passes it off as something she does when she's nervous, but mileage may vary on whether "attribute" is a fancy word or not.
  • Shout-Out: The scene of Ms. O, Olympia, Otis and Ocean gathered in a circle, with the camera panning to each of them as they say various unrelated things, is a parody of the "circle" from That '70s Show.
  • Standing Between the Enemies: Ms. O does this twice in order to stop Olympia and Otis from arguing.

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