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Recap / The Loud House S 2 E 12 Potty Mouth L Is For Love

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Potty Mouth: The kids hear Lily curse, and are afraid that they are a bad influence on her. Therefore, they want to change their behavior for the future.

L is for Love: A love letter addressed to "L" Loud appears in the house, and the family must find out who the letter is addressed to.


"Potty Mouth"

  • Accidental Misnaming: Mr. Loud mistakenly calls Dr. Shuttleworth "Scuttlebutt."
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Something would distract Lily when the other Louds try to get her not to swear.
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  • Baby See, Baby Do: Subverted; when Lily's older siblings believe Lily to be saying the "D" word after hearing them say it, they try to get her to copy better behavior. Near the end of the episode, it is revealed that Lily just wanted a donut.
  • Bald Women: Lisa's revealed to be bald and wearing a wig in this episode as the result of a "nuclear experiment gone wrong."
  • Chekhov's Gag: Lisa being bald comes in handy when Lincoln and the rest of his sisters disguise her as Lily and swap her with the real Lily so that Dr. Shuttleworth won't suspect Lily's newfound profanity.
  • Continuity Nod:
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  • Dramatic Drop: Not by any of the siblings, but a picture frame would drop as they hear Lily curse or sound like cursing.
  • Extra Digits: Lisa has an extra toe one of her feet thanks to the nuclear experiment that made her bald.
  • Foreshadowing: Very easy to miss, but the first time Lily supposedly said the D word, it was after Lynn changed the channel to a cooking show, Operation Dessert Storm, where one of the objects featured on the screen is a donut.
  • Gasp!: Several times, Lily's "swearing" is reacted to by a sudden gasp and Dramatic Drop above.
  • Goo Goo Getup: As part of their plan to prevent Dr. Shuttleworth from hearing Lily saying the "D" word, Lincoln and his sisters disguise Lisa as Lily and swap them out. Unfortunately, this doesn't go as planned, as Lisa ends up displaying her Child Prodigy talents, and when Luna tells her to act like a one-year-old, Lisa decides to poop her diaper.
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  • Hidden Depths: Lisa, of all people, is revealed to like rapping and dancing.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Whenever someone is about to say the "D" word, their face turns partially red and a steaming sound is heard.
  • It's a Long Story: Lisa's explanation for why has to wear dentures.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: Whenever one of the Louds is close to saying the "D" word, they either start singing "Jingle Bells" or swap the word entirely to say a compound sentence.
  • Literal-Minded: When told to act like a 1-year-old, Lisa decides to poop her diaper.
  • Little Brother Is Watching: After hearing Lily says what sounded like the "D" word, Lincoln and the rest of his sisters get worried about being a bad influence on her (especially with how impressionable babies can be).
  • Lost Food Grievance: When Charles steals Lily's donut in the last few seconds in the episode, her High-Pressure Emotion shows before she swears.
  • Music/Age Dissonance: It is revealed in this episode that Lisa likes rapping and dancing to songs not suitable for 4-year-old children, and because she and her infant sister, Lily, share a room, Lisa worries she might have been a bad influence on Lily. She attempts to be a good influence on Lily by rapping a Blarney the Dinosaur song.
  • Nose Nuggets: Lily sneezes into Lincoln's shirt, causing it to get drenched with snot.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: It turned out Lily was trying to say "donut", meaning her siblings' effort to keep her from swearing were unnecessary...until Charles steals her donut, leading her to swear for real.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: The Louds' flashbacks to them saying the "D" word have the swear censored by a noise. Subverted at the end, when Lily's swear is covered with an actual bleep.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: Played for laughs: As the episode is closing out, it seems all is well when Lily finally has a donut until Charles steals it. Lily becomes so angry that she blurts out an actual bad word, causing the family to gasp in horror.
  • Very Special Episode: About swearing and profanity.

"L is for Love"

  • Bait-and-Switch: Double-layered: at first, it seems like Luna is the one who's been receiving love letters. It's actually Mrs. Loud recreating something she did for Mr. Loud 20 years ago. And the audience was led to believe that Luna's crush, Sam, was a guy.
  • Bi the Way: This episode shows that Luna has a crush on a girl named Sam, which along with her feelings for Hugh in "Study Muffin" confirms the long-held belief she's bisexual.
  • Cargo Ship: invoked Lily's crush is her big teddy bear. This is justified since she is still a baby.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Leni sees the mailman deliver another love letter to the house, she immediately concludes that he is the secret admirer.
  • Continuity Nod: Mrs. Loud tells the kids the story about how she first met Mr. Loud when she was a crossing guard, something that was previously mentioned in "Cover Girls". She also mentions that Mr. Loud studied in England for a semester. And we already knew that Mr. Loud was a fan of music, especially rock.
  • Continuity Snarl: This episode establishes different love interests for Lincoln and Lucy.note  Granted, there's nothing to say they can't have more than one crush.note 
  • Credits Gag: For an odd reason, the names of Mom and Dad's younger selves are listed beside their usual listings in the closing credits.
  • Distaff Counterpart: All of the Loud sisters (sans Lori, since she was already revealed to be dating Bobby, and Luna, since her crush is female) are revealed to have an opposite-sex love interest who have similar personalities to them.
  • Foreshadowing: There are some unnoticeable hints that Luna's crush is actually female:
    • "Sam" is technically a unisex name.
    • Luna never uses the term "he" to refer to Sam whenever mentioned.
    • The first time Luna is seen with the rocker trio, she has her eyes fully open and her mouth showing her teeth; the male member's facial expression doesn't match hers, but the blond female's does. Also some other visual clues are that Sam is always in the middle of the screen while her friends are off to the side, and Sam also wears much brighter colors then her bandmates meaning your eyes are naturally drawn to her.
    • When Luna is watching the rocker trio pass her on the bus, her eyes appear to follow the blonde female in the middle.
    • Luna's guitar pick (her "token") is purple with a pink heart, something usually associated with females.
    • When learning the truth behind the love letters, Leni asks in confusion "Sam likes Dad?". Of course, this is Leni we're talking about.
  • Gayngst: Played with. While Luna is by far the most nervous around her crush, and feels like it's impossible for them to like her, it's not really clear if Luna is feeling this way because her crush is a girl or if she just has low self-esteem when it comes to love in general.
  • Hold Up Your Score: Lola remembers her crush Winston holding up a "10" card during one of her pageants. She later tries to impress him by holding up a "10" after he falls on his face while doing down a slide.
  • Improbable Age: Winston, a boy around Lola’s age, is a member of the jury during one of her pageants.
  • Love Letter Lunacy: The plot centers on finding who is the "L. Loud" a admirer is sending letters to. It turns out that Mrs. Loud wrote it for her husband, a throwback to when she first did it to get his attention 20 years ago.
  • Luminescent Blush:
    • Lola when her crush, Winston, gave her a 10.
    • Lincoln when Paige flirts with him at the arcade.
    • Benny when Luan made him sit down on a Whoopee Cushion.
  • No Bisexuals: Subverted. This episode confirms Luna is bi.
  • One Steve Limit: The fact that all the Loud siblings could be "L. Loud" is what sets off the competition. And of course, Mr. Loud is Lynn Sr.
  • Pie in the Face: Luan's token of affection to her crush Benny.
  • Red Herring: Among the trio of guitarists, only one of them was a guy.
  • The Reveal: Luna is revealed to be bisexual.
  • Running Gag:
    • One of the siblings interrupts Lisa when she attempts to talk during a meeting.
    • Lana keeps gasping and swallowing her gum.
  • Ship Sinking: Played straight and subverted at the same time. Luan/Maggie is sunk when it's revealed that Luan's crush is male, while Lincoln/Ronnie Anne and Lucy/Rocky are ambiguous.
  • Spit Shake: Lynn and Francisco do one.
  • Squick: invoked
    • Lisa gives her crush a still beating pig's heart as a token of her affection.
    • Lynn flings her jock strap into Francisco's face.
  • Waxing Lyrical: "Dream on Lunes, you're the owner of a lonely heart.
  • Wham Line: "See ya later, Sam!"
  • Wham Shot: The episode ends with Luna slipping her love letter into Sam's locker, and hides around the corner to observe. The trio of guitarists seen throughout the episode walk past...and the blonde girl of the group stops to open the locker. Her locker.
  • Whoopee Cushion: Luan uses one on Benny.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Lincoln is shown to have a crush on a girl named Paige despite the fact he's (secretly) dating Ronnie Anne, though granted, there's nothing to say he can't have more than one crush.

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