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Recap / The Loud House S 1 E 23 One Of The Boys A Tattlers Tale

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One of the Boys: When Lincoln wonders what his life would be like if he had ten brothers instead of ten sisters, Lisa offers him a peek at this alternate reality.

A Tattler's Tale: Lincoln and his sisters (minus Lola) have a "secrets club" where they confess to stuff that they're hiding from others (especially their parents) outside of each other. They refuse to let Lola into their club because of her reputation as a tattletale, but she finds out about their secrets anyway and blackmails them into doing her bidding.


"One of the Boys"

  • An Aesop:
    • Be Careful What You Wish For — At first, Lincoln has a heck of a great time with his "brothers", but later finds out they lack the inherent sensitivity of his sisters, mocking his "boo-boos" and making fun of his relationship with Ronnie Anne. Plus, Lincoln has no room of his own in this new reality, instead having to share one with Lars and Boy!Lynn, meaning that he has to put up with vampire bats and Lynn bullying him.
    • You should accept your siblings for who they are, even if you're like Lincoln (and presumably Linka) and you have to deal with being the only son (or daughter) in your family.
    • A(n) (over)protective family is better than an uncaring family.
  • All Just a Dream: In the end, it turns out that the events of the episode were just some really weird nightmare that Lincoln was having.
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  • All There in the Script: Lane (Luan's male counterpart) and Leif (Lana's male counterpart) are only named in the script. That said, Lane is name-dropped in the Latin American dub, and it is Luke (Luna's male counterpart) whose name isn't dropped.
  • Alternate Self: There are two different realities shown:
    • The first dimension Lincoln goes to shows him with ten brothers instead of ten sisters, making Lincoln the middle child of eleven sons.
    • In the second dimension that Lincoln goes to, the sexes of himself and all ten sisters are the opposite...which means that Linka (Lincoln's female counterpart) is the middle child and only daughter of the eleven Loud-kids.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Lana and Lola's male counterparts, Leif and Lexx, during the second half of the episode. They steal Lincoln's clean shirts for themselves because they don't have any clean shirts of their own. The latter really seems to have taken the cake, as he's the one who kickstarts the Keep Away game towards the end.
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  • Big Brother Bully: Not exactly the case with the Loud brothers, but they do become bigger jerks in ways the sisters wouldn't do to Lincoln during the second half of the episode.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Much like Lincoln's sisters in his original dimension, the brothers prove to be this in the dimension where it's one girl and ten boys—seriously, other than the fact that sexes of Lincoln and his sisters are the exact opposite, the dimension with Linka Loud and her brothers is more or less exactly the same as Lincoln's original dimension. It's to the point where, if the brothers happen to hear their sister screaming in the middle of the night, all ten of them run to her room to see if she's okay—they even offer to stay with her until she falls asleep.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lynn Sr. in the dimension when Lincoln has ten brothers instead of ten sisters, where the boys dogpile on him every chance they get.
  • Casting Gag: The four eldest Loud brothers are voiced by the same men who voice the 2012-TMNT, who are also owned by Nickelodeon.
  • Crossdressing Voices:
    • Though the male counterparts of the four oldest Loud-sisters are voiced by men, the other six are voiced by the same actresses who voice the other six sisters.
    • Linka, just like Lincoln, is voiced by Collin Dean.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Lincoln wakes up thinking he made it back to his universe in time, only to find out he's now in a dimension where he's a girl with ten brothers. Then he wakes up.
  • Fartillery: The brothers unleash a Dutch oven-styled dogpile on Lincoln in a crude game of "Say Uncle".
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: A photo of a female version of Clyde can be seen in Linka's room.
  • Gender Bender: The sisters all become boys, while Lincoln himself becomes a girl later on...somehow.
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: Linka's bedroom has lots of stuffed animals, as opposed to the action figures Lincoln keeps in his room.
  • In Spite of a Nail:
    • In all the dimensions shown, Lynn remains pretty much the same—in the dimension where Lincoln has ten brothers, he's basically just harsher version of the original female-Lynn and the male version of Lynn in the world with Linka Loud is more or less exactly the same Jerk with a Heart of Gold as the female-Lynn.
    • In the dimension where the Loud siblings' genders are reversed, the brothers are just as caring and protective of their only sister as the sisters are with their only brother. During the episode, both groups even check up on Linka/Lincoln when they hear them scream in the middle of the night to make sure they're okay and comfort them from the nightmare that they had.
  • Keep Away: Referred to by name when Lincoln's "brothers" take his dimension-hopping watch.
  • Luminescent Blush: Lincoln gets one when the Loud boys tease him about Ronnie Anne.
  • Match Cut: When Lincoln screams after becoming a girl upon arriving in the wrong dimension, the camera zooms in on him, and the view dissolves to a similar shot of him in bed, as he wakes up realizing it was all a dream.
  • Morality Chain: The Loud brothers are nothing but jerks to Lincoln in the first dimension, but in the dimension where Lincoln is a girl named Linka, the brothers are just as caring and protective of “her” as the real-life Loud sisters are with their brother.
  • Not Hyperbole: After Lincoln smashes her watch, assuming it was the watch from his dream, Lori tells him that he's going to pay. As in, with money.
  • One of the Boys: Right there in the title. Girl!Lynn's status as this is lampshaded in how identical Boy!Lynn is to her, only missing the eyelashes and ponytail. Leon, Lily's male-counterpart, also looks pretty much identical to Lily, but without the eyelashes.
  • Palette Swap: The gender-bent Mom and Dad are basically just themselves with their outfit colors swapped.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: Lincoln gets pantsed by both the male and female versions of Lynn.
  • Pet the Dog: The Loud brothers can be bigger jerks towards Lincoln than his sisters, but in the reality where Lincoln's a girl named "Linka", they are shown to be very protective and considerate towards her.
  • Portal Door: What the watch Lisa gives Lincoln can create.
  • Race Against the Clock: Lincoln has to return to his original universe within 24 hours of activating the time watch, or he'll be stuck in the alternate universe forever.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Mr. Loud in the other dimension wears a pink sweater, due to being essentially a Gender Flip version of Mrs. Loud.
  • Rule 63: Lincoln's ten sisters are shown as ten brothers named Loki (Lori), Loni (Leni), Luke (Luna), Lane (Luan), Lynn (now a boy), Lars (Lucy), Leif (Lana), Lexx (Lola), Levi (Lisa) and Leon (Lily) in two different dimensions—the first dimension is where Lincoln's the middle child of eleven sons while the second dimension is where Lincoln's a girl named "Linka" with ten brothers.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Lincoln, when he concludes that having ten brothers isn't as great as he thought it would be:
    Lincoln: Remember what I said about staying here forever? Yeah, that's not happening.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Linka, who lives in a house with ten boys as an inversion to Lincoln's life with ten girls.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Despite the Loud brothers in the first dimension being all boys, they all behave just as Girl!Lynn in how they treat Lincoln daily. It's even lampshaded by Lincoln:
    Lincoln: I'm so glad my sisters are nothing like my brothers, (Lynn comes back and pull down his pants) except for Lynn.
  • Swirlie: Lincoln receives one from Luke.
  • Toilet Paper Trail: After receiving a swirlie from Luke, Lincoln walks down the hallway with an entire roll of toilet paper stuck to his foot. It even provides the page image for this trope.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After spending a good day with his brothers, Lincoln decides that he wants to stay with them. However, this is also the point where they all start bullying and belittling him, convincing him otherwise.
  • Vocal Evolution: Since Lincoln is now voiced by Collin Dean instead of Grant Palmer, his voice is back to the original high pitch it had been at the start of the series, albeit a little whinier.
  • Wham Line: When Lincoln goes to another dimension and sees that he still has ten brothers, he initially freaks out, but is then confused as to why they're treating him nicely instead of bullying him until Loni says this:
    Loni: Aww. Want us to stay here until you fall asleep, Linka?

"A Tattler's Tale"

  • Big Blackout: Luna's secret is that she caused a town-wide blackout due to overloading her amplifier.
  • Blackmail: Lola blackmails her siblings into being her slaves by revealing their secrets, like having Lincoln be her butler, making Lisa do her homework for her, and having Luan as her personal court jester.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Besides Lincoln, Lola speaks to the audience at the end.
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: Lincoln and Lindsey Sweetwater while they talk in the closet.
  • Cactus Cushion: Lola puts a cactus outside her window which Lincoln ends up landing on, as a punishment for reading her diary.
  • Captivity Harmonica: After getting grounded, Lola plays one whilst wearing a "Rosie the Riveter"-type outfit.
  • Childish Pillow Fight: Lana and Lynn are seen having one at the beginning of the episode.
  • Continuity Nod: A Loud sibling takes the blame for something they didn't do once again.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Lola hides a warning note to any potential snooper under her mattress, warning them to get out. She hides another one taped to the bottom of her trash bin. Finally, she hides a third one attached to the cactus standing under her bedroom window, which Lincoln lands on after fleeing through the window.
  • A Day in the Limelight: This is Lola's first focus episode.
  • Diary: When trying to dig up some dirt on Lola, Lincoln finds her diary and thinks he has found what he needs. However, it turns out to be a Red Herring as Lola is smart enough not to put her secrets in a diary that anyone can easily access.
  • Eureka Moment: Lincoln goes to a beauty pageant in order to get some dirt on Lola when Mr. Grouse sarcastically asks him if he's going to one after seeing him wear one of Lola's pageant-tiaras (but then genuinely wishes him good luck when he thinks that Lincoln actually is entering a beauty pageant).
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Lindsey Sweetwater. Judging by her win in the Little Miss Cutie Pie Pageant back in "Making the Case", as well has her descriptions to Lincoln, it's possible she was the girl all the way to the right.
  • Hidden Wire: Lola hid hides a microphone in her tiara, which she left in the room where her siblings are holding their secret meeting, allowing her to discover their secrets.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: After Lola goes to their parents to take the blame for all the stuff her siblings did, she confesses to Lincoln and the rest of their sisters that all she really wanted was to be to part of their group and spend time with them. When Lincoln (speaking for himself and the rest of their sisters) questions why Lola blackmailed them in the first place if all she wanted to do was spend time with them, Lola admits that she initially figured blackmailing was the only way to make it happen.
  • Loophole Abuse: After being let into the secret club at the end, Lola proceeds to tell the secrets she learned to her stuffed animals. After all, they won't be talking.
  • Noodle Incident:
    • It isn't revealed what secrets Leni, Luan, Lynn, Lisa and Lily has for Lola to blackmail them with in the first place.
    • Whatever Lola did to the other pageant girls to make them so terrified of her.
    • Whatever dirt Lincoln manages to get from Lindsay to use against Lola.
  • Reveal Shot: While Lincoln is in Lola's room and he hears her coming, he rushes to find a hiding place only for Lola to appear and shout out, "BUSTED!"...then the camera zooms out to show she's actually scolding her teddy bear.
  • Ripped from the Headlines: One of the Freeze-Frame Bonus when Lola asked Luna to give her the middle seat is Mr. Loud's paper with the article "Savino Trial Takes A Turn".
  • Secret Keeper: The whole point of the secret club is that the siblings share things they hide from their parents with each other to get it off their chests, with everyone keeping the secrets they hear the others tell safe.
  • Take Our Word for It: Whatever Lola's secret is, it's apparently so horrible that she'd rather take the blame for all the stuff her siblings did and risk getting grounded than having their parents (or anyone else) finding out about it.
  • Taking the Heat: To keep Lincoln and the rest of the sisters from revealing her secret, and in order for her to earn the trust of her siblings, Lola goes to their parents and takes the blame for all the stuff that they were hiding from them.
  • Unconventional Wedding Dress: Lucy plays at getting married to her vampire bust Edwin and dyes the dress black because she's a Goth.
  • The Unreveal: It's never revealed what Lola's big secret—all we can gather is that it must be really bad.
  • Watch the Paint Job: Lori’s secret she hides from Dad is that she accidentally scratched Vanzilla with her jewel-embedded purse.
  • You Are Grounded: When Lola takes the blame for the stuff her siblings did, she gets grounded for a month.

Alternative Title(s): The Loud House S 1 E 24 A Tattlers Tale Snow Bored


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