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Recap / The Loud House S 1 E 18 April Fools Rules Cereal Offender

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April Fools Rules: Luan unleashes an arsenal of pranks on April Fools' Day, and Lincoln tries to avoid wherever she might have in store.

Cereal Offender: The kids agree to to the grocery shopping for Mom, and Lincoln is determined to buy a new cereal.


"April Fools Rules"

  • Abusive Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Loud are all for locking Luan in a crate for the entire day, though given how extreme her pranking is, it's not unjustified.
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  • Adults Are Useless: Mr. and Mrs. Loud have every right to stop and harshly punish Luan for terrorizing the house, yet they never do.
  • Berserk Board Barricade: Lincoln, and then his sisters, board his room with mahogany wood to protect them from Luan's pranks.
  • Brick Joke: Luan mentions to Lincoln that all of the Loud property is her pranking territory; come the end of the episode, the Loud parents and sisters, excluding Leni, find out the hard way that includes "Vanzilla."
  • Bring My Brown Pants: Lola soils herself after being intimidated by Luan.
  • Chair Reveal: Luan does this as a James Bond parody, complete with Cliff sitting in her lap.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This is Luan's first big role.
  • Deadly Prank: While not actually fatal, some of Luan's pranks come off as excessively cruel and harmful. Such as shaving the pets, almost drowning her family in a giant jello mold, having Clyde be swarmed by crows, and setting wild racoons on her brother.
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  • Death Glare: Luan gives one to her siblings after they lock her in a crate.
  • Diabolus ex Machina: How exactly Luan escaped her crate isn't revealed.
  • Don't Explain the Joke: Once Luan is locked in a crate, Lynn, Lori, and Lana tell crate related puns. When it's Leni turn:
    Leni: "You're in a crate!"
    (no one laughs)
    Leni: "Get it?"
    Lincoln: "Maybe we should just go to bed."
  • Eureka Moment: Lincoln decides to put Luan in a crate when Clyde mentions that he had to put his cat in one.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: One of Luan's past pranks involves Lincoln opening the fridge so that a glove springs out and sends him flying into a stove filled with rabid raccoons.
  • Full-Name Ultimatum: Mrs. Loud yells out Lisa's full name "Lisa Marie Loud" when she they beg her to let them into her bunker.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Luan may have been devious in calling Ronnie Anne over to lure out Lincoln into tripping all of the house pranks and capping it off with a pie to Lincoln's face from Ronnie Anne herself, but she didn't anticipate Ronnie Anne being touched enough by Lincoln's valor to turn the pie back on Luan. Turned out to be a Secret Test of Character/Shipper on Deck moment when Luan smiles and says, "That girl's a keeper".
  • Irony:
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    • The "kitchen this way" sign prank, the most obvious among Luan's arsenal and the only one Lincoln deliberately avoids, ultimately ends up being the least harmful, merely leading Leni, the only one dim enough to fall for said prank, into the city and away from "Prank-pocalypse."
    • Luan uses a Batman Gambit to lure out Lincoln, when the more harmful of her pranks resemble that of Batman's deadliest, funniest foe.
  • Karma Houdini: Mr. and Mrs. Loud never punish Luan for her pranks, no matter how far she goes. The most punishment she receives that's visible is getting locked in a crate, which she escapes from, and getting a pie thrown in her face, which she didn't seem to mind at all.
  • Mass "Oh, Crap!": When the sisters and Lincoln find out that Luan has eventually broken out of her crate.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ronnie Anne's reaction when she sees an unconscious Clyde outside of the Loud's house.
  • Pie in the Face: Luan calls over Ronnie Anne to throw a pie in Lincoln's face as the capper to him willingly getting pranked. Instead, Ronnie Anne throws it in Luan's face, since she's impressed that Lincoln was willing to go through all that for her.
  • Pushover Parents: The Loud parents are just as terrified of Luan's pranks as their children and they never punish her for them, no matter how far she goes.
  • Say My Name: After almost everybody in the Loud family falls victim to one of Luan's pranks, they respond by angrily shouting Luan's name.
  • Schmuck Bait: One of Luan's pranks is setting up a "kitchen this way" sign pointing toward the door. Lincoln isn't fooled by it when attempting to de-prank the house, but Leni obeys it, and follows similar signs which lead her far away.
  • Serious Business: The fact that the entire family is looking to take shelter or hunker down during the "Prank-pocalypse" should tell you how bad Luan's pranks can get.
  • So Proud of You: Luan is quite clearly proud of her brother for taking almost all of her pranks for Ronnie Anne's sake.
  • Stating the Simple Solution:
    • Lincoln gathers the sisters in the basement to discuss how to avert the "Prank-pocalypse." Does he suggest pranking Luan before she can prank them? Or setting up a number of complicated, Lincoln-esque countermeasures? Nope, he suggests simply jumping the prankstress before April Fools' Day and keeping her bound and tied in a crate until the end of the day. Too bad it doesn't hold Luan for long.
    • Clyde suggests that Lincoln should just tell Ronnie Anne not to come by the house on April Fools' Day. Lincoln immediately dismisses this, fearful that Ronnie Anne might "pulverize" him if he did that.
  • Taking the Bullet: Lincoln takes almost all the pranks in the house to keep Ronnie Anne from suffering the same fate. Which is very noble, except that's exactly what Luan anticipated by calling Ronnie Anne to come over in the first place.
  • Tar and Feathers: Lincoln gets covered in honey and feathers.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Leni gets away relatively pranked-free, as she is merely led away into the city by fake signs, compared to Lincoln taking almost all of Luan's pranks in the house and the rest of the Loud family getting paintbombed inside "Vanzilla." Likewise, thanks to Ronnie Anne, Lincoln also avoids the paint bomb van prank and gets to have a milkshake.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Luan in terms of her April Fools' pranks like slingshotting dirty diapers at her parents.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: While more a throwaway line and overshadowed by Luan's "Prank-pocalypse", it's still rather unsettling that Lola, a six-year old, watched a mob movie.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: After Leni is led toward the city by fake signs she isn't seen for the rest of the episode.
  • Worth It:
    • Clyde's reaction after he volunteers to get hit by the pranks in Lori's room.
    • Luan is clearly about to get into massive trouble for the paintbomb in the van prank, but doesn't seem to bothered by it.

"Cereal Offender"

  • Big Ball of Violence: The siblings get into a brawl when Lincoln's sisters discover that he intended to buy a treat for himself.
  • Big "NO!": Bobby does it when Lincoln knocks down his stack of cans.
  • Chekhov's Gag: Lincoln manages to subdue the batty kid with a lobster Leni set afloat.
  • Cucumber Facial: Mrs. Loud in her Imagine Spot.
  • Cutting Corners: To save enough money to buy his Zombie Bran, Lincoln takes discounted items like a dented soup can and old lettuce.
  • Ear Ache: The bratty kid's mother drags him out this way after they're kicked out of the store.
  • Food Fight: The kids do this with the Zombie Bran at the end.
  • Grocery Store Episode: Lincoln and his sisters go to the grocery store in this episode.
  • Handbag of Hurt: Lily does this to Lincoln when he tells her to stay home with dad.
  • Human Popsicle: Lisa mentions she is researching the possibilities to freeze herself since the future needs her brain, and uses the supermarket freezer to do so.
  • Identical Stranger: Downplayed, but the bratty kid that keeps antagonizing Lincoln wears almost the exact same clothes as Lincoln, and although his hair is not white, he wears a white knit cap over it.
  • Jerkass Realization: After seeing how much trouble they got Lincoln into with Mom, the girls realize what jackasses they've been and decide to buy Lincoln his cereal with their own money as an apology.
  • Karma Houdini: Aside from being kicked out of the store and not getting the treats they want, the girls don’t receive much punishment for their chaos caused in the store. They don’t even get scolded like Lincoln does.
  • Parental Bonus: "Yippie-ki-yay, market shoppers!"
  • Pun: The second Zombie Bran commercial advertises the new “Raisin the Dead” flavor.
  • Sausage String Silliness: When Lincoln chases after the bratty kid who took his box of Zombie Bran, the kid tries to slow him down by spilling coffee beans on the floor. To get across them, Lincoln takes some linked sausages from the nearby deli and uses them like a rope to swing over the coffee beans.
  • Scary Black Man: The store manager.
  • The Un Reveal: Mom's face is shown in an Imagine Spot of herself at the spa, though her eyes are covered by cucumbers.
  • Wingding Eyes: Lincoln after watching the Zombie Bran commercial:
    Lincoln: Must...have...Zombie Bran!

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