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Fool's Paradise: The Loud family believes that they are safe from pranks on April Fool's Day, because prankster Luan is away at camp.

Job Insecurity: The kids discover Dad isn't at his IT job anymore and is now a dishwasher. Convinced it's their fault, the kids vow to get Dad another IT job.


"Fool's Paradise"

  • Call-Back: Lola post-skunking looks similar to Lola post-getting sick.
  • Chirping Crickets: The motel room is filled with this sound, and it keeps Lincoln awake. He eventually discovers the sound came from a fake cricket.
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  • Every Man Has His Price: Mr. Loud is talked into helping Luan with this year's April Fools' prank with the promise of a prank-free decade.
  • Evil Laugh: Luan lets out one as she spies on the siblings in the motel, and again at the end when she is given the idea of a new prank for next year.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Doesn't it seem rather convenient that Vanzilla broke down directly in front of the motel?
    • Mr. Loud is the only one who doesn't scream in fear from Luan's phone call threatening more pranks at the motel.
    • The motel manager has a pretty young-sounding voice, cluing us in that he's really Luan in disguise.
  • For Want of a Nail: Luan's scheme would've gone off without a hitch had Mr. Loud not consulted the list on his arm while Lincoln was next to him.
  • Got Me Doing It: When Dad teams up with Lincoln to get back at Luan, he briefly lapses into his early habit of making up rather long operation names.
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  • Human Notepad: Mr. Loud kept track of the prank-laden rooms on his arm.
  • Humiliation Conga: Mr. Loud and Lincoln manages to outsmart Luan and turn her own pranks against her. As such, she gets stuck to the motel sign, takes a pie to the face, gets flung into a bin of dirty laundry, gets launched into gelatin, has a skunk spray onto her, and gets trapped inside a inflatable hazmat suit.
  • I Regret Nothing: Although Luan becomes a victim of her own pranks, she doesn't experiences any regrets nor was she deterred from plotting even more pranks for next year.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Each of the family members upon getting pranked encourages the others to go on without them.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Mr. Loud has the same problem as Lincoln when it comes to naming his operations.
  • Meaningful Background Event: As Mr. Loud takes a knee with Lynn and Lincoln, a fishing line comes down to replace Lily with a monkey.
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  • The Mole: It turns out Mr. Loud helped Luan with her April Fools' plan in exchange for a prank-free decade.
  • Murphy's Bed: Luan's prank on Lisa involved a motel bed folding into the wall with her on it.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr. Loud has this reaction when Lincoln calls him out for assisting Luan in her plan and selling out his family just to avoid getting pranked. He has this reaction again when he realizes that his revenge prank on Luan just made her more determined to prank the family even harder next year.
  • Oh, Crap!: The entire family when they realize that the entire plot was all an epic prank masterminded by Luan.
  • "Open!" Says Me: Lana breaks open the door of room 1A rather than use the key, in case the door is boobytrapped. Unfortunately for her, the door wasn't...it was the room itself via a pit in the floor that she goes flying down due to her momentum.
  • Plot Allergy: Lana gets pranked by falling onto a floor of rhubarb pies, which she is allergic to.
  • Plot-Driven Breakdown: Vanzilla breaks down while the family is driving home from dropping Luan off at her camp and Lana doesn't have her tools on her, prompting them to stay at a motel. But then it turns out it didn't really break down, as the whole thing was part of Luan's master plan (both the breakdown and the missing tools).
  • Prayer Pose: Lana does it when she says a quick prayer for her animals back home before going to sleep. On a side note, this is first time religion has ever been openly shown in the show.
  • Sarcastic Clapping: Due to being in an inflatable suit, Luan vocalizes it as "Clap, clap, clap."
  • Sequel Episode: To "April Fools Rules".
  • Sequel Hook: Luan threatens to stop going easy on her family next April Fools' Day, even directly singling out Mr. Loud as a target.
  • Shout-Out: Several elements of Luan's plan resemble those from the Saw films.
  • Smelly Skunk: Luan's prank on Lola involves trapping her with a skunk that sprays on her. This happens to Luan herself near the end.
  • Staggered Zoom: The camera cuts into Luan's mouth as she laughs evilly while watching her plan in action.
  • Sudden Downer Ending: The family succeeds at pranking Luan, only for her to reveal she has the idea of a new prank for next year and laughs evilly.
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: After getting hit by almost all of Luan's pranks in "April Fools Rules", this episode has Lincoln being the only one of the Loud siblings who remains unpranked (mainly because he discovered that Mr. Loud was working with Luan and got him to turn on her).
  • Underside Ride: Luan rides under Vanzilla as to follow the Louds to the motel to extract her plan.
  • Was It Really Worth It?: Lincoln asks his father if getting spared by Luan worth letting his family suffer through her pranks. He tearfully admits it wasn't.

"Job Insecurity"

  • Blatant Lies: Lisa denies having put tracking chips in her sibling. However, it's clear that she did just that.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    • When Lincoln informs his sisters about an advertisement for a computer expert needed for an internet startup, Leni wonders why since somebody already started the internet.
    • When Lincoln suggests they should go to the job interview in their dad’s place, Lisa interprets this as that Lincoln wants to clone him.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The bald cap used for the Mr. Loud disguise was previously used in "Suite and Sour".
    • The Loud siblings causing mayhem at their father's workplace was previously seen in "A Novel Idea" when the sisters did this during Take Your Daughter to Work Day.
    • Mr. Loud's boss in his new job is one of the members of the former Royal Woods Mini Van Society.
  • Food as Bribe: Mr. Grouse agrees to help the Louds in return for two trays of Mr. Loud's lasagna.
  • Funny Background Event: While the kids are brainstorming new jobs for Lynn Sr., Luna can be seen banging her head against the wall. After the third idea, she is shown to be dizzy.
  • Hypocrite: When Leni leaves her sandwich in Vanzilla to take her dad's computer to him, the other siblings immediately try to grab it. Lori stops them and calls them out for this. She's later seen eating it herself.
  • Literal-Minded: Before learning to use a computer, Mr. Grouse takes computer lingo literally:
    Lisa: Now you need to empty the trash on your computer.
    Mr. Grouse: Eh, whatever you say.
    (Mr. Grouse dumps a pile of garbage onto the laptop)
    Lisa: Yeah, I walked right into that one.
  • Matryoshka Object: Lincoln and Mr. Loud are seen as matryoshkas in the title card.
  • Noodle Incident: The Loud siblings apparently ruined Mr. Loud's colonoscopy once.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: A minor one, but Mr. Loud has a new job as the co-chef at the Aloha Comrade restaurant.
  • Oh, Crap!: The siblings are horrified to find out their Dad hasn't worked in three weeks; when they see he's a dishwasher at the Aloha Comrade restaurant, they are devastated and set out to find him a better-paying job....only to find out that it was simply him working his way up to the role of head chef, a job he wants.
  • Oh, No... Not Again!: When the kids find out that efforts to get their father a new job were all for nothing, Lisa laments "It's the colonoscopy all over again."
  • Supreme Chef: Mr. Loud wins over the entire dining room with his cooking, and with the help of his children he not only is hosting a full house, but is quickly promoted to co-chef.
  • Sound-Effect Bleep: Lola gets her father fired by yelling to his boss over the phone; the last part of her rant is drowned out by Leni's hairdryer.
  • Theme Tune Cameo: While washing dishes, Mr. Loud hums the show's theme song.
  • Thoroughly Mistaken Identity: When Leni finds another man at her dad’s former desk, she thinks that he had plastic surgery.
  • Tracking Device: Lisa put tracking chips inside every member of her family and Mr. Grouse.
  • Training Montage: The Loud kids train Mr. Grouse to use a computer.

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