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Recap / The Loud House S 2 E 21 No Laughing Matter No Spoilers

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No Laughing Matter: When Luan realizes how her siblings complain about her jokes, she gives up her passion. But the others feel bad about it, so they have to show Luan that she is funny.

No Spoilers: Knowing Leni’s history of spoiling surprises, the kids decide not to tell her about Mom’s upcoming party. But keeping Leni away is no easy task.

"No Laughing Matter"

  • Accidental Public Confession: Lola accidentally admits to all her siblings that she read Luan’s diary, and hastily tries to cover it up:
    Lincoln: No, she’s not doing the Chortle Portal.
    Lola: That was a big deal for her! She wrote about in her diary.
    (everyone silently glares at her)
    Lola: Probably!
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  • Banana Peel: Lola tries to get Luan to slip on one, but the now-humorless girl walks around it instead.
  • Break the Comedian: Luan, who's The Prankster and a wannabe-comedian, tries to give up comedy after being offended to the point of tears by her siblings calling her annoying. She usually has a thicker skin than that, as evidenced by "Head Poet's Anxiety", but this time perhaps it was the straw that broke the camel's back.
  • Cannot Tell a Joke: Lincoln unintentionally invokes this when performing at The Chortle Portal, constantly messing up the punchlines of jokes from Luan's own joke book which causes Luan to come onto the stage and correct him.
  • Continuity Nod: This isn't the first time Luan gave up comedy, though it's the first time she's done so in reality.
  • Electric Joybuzzer: Used by Luan on Lincoln.
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  • Exact Eavesdropping: Luan overhears her siblings right when they begin to scathingly criticize her antics.
  • Extendo Boxing Glove: Used by Luan on Lincoln after he says yes to wanting some "punch".
  • Facepalm: The siblings put their hands over their face when Leni continues to Spit Take and fake laugh even after their plan fails.
  • Flushing Toilet, Screaming Shower: Luan flushes the toilet while Luna is in the shower. When Luan decides to give up comedy, Leni flushes it for her.
  • The Illegible: According to Lincoln, Luan has terrible handwriting.
  • I Meant to Do That: This is Lincoln's reaction when Luan believes that he was pretending to mess up at The Chortle Portal.
  • It's All Junk: Luan fills a garbage bag with all her comedy props and notebooks, including Mr. Coconuts.
  • "Knock Knock" Joke: Luan makes one on Lucy using her Edwin bust.
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  • Lame Pun Reaction: Luan's constant barrage of lame jokes have caused her brother and sisters to get sick of her humour.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lincoln and his sisters have this reaction when they find out that Luan's decision to give up comedy was their fault.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: The kids are quick to notice when Luan doesn't greet them with a pun or joke.
  • Pie in the Face: A Running Gag in this episode, as this is played straight, averted, and everything in between:
    • First, Lisa suffers this after Luan tricks her into saying the word "pi".
    • Later, Lisa assumes that it's going to happen again when Luan overhears her using the phrase "piece of cake", and quickly puts on a gas mask.
    • Then, when the siblings realize Luan stopped her pranks, they use this opportunity to finally have some pie without getting it thrown into their faces.
    • Then, Lincoln, in his attempt to help Luan, makes six cream pies for her and tries to get her to throw them in his face. She doesn't.
    • And finally, Lincoln does this to himself during his stand up comedy at the Chortle Portal while using the wrong punchline to a joke, to which Luan storms onto the stage, corrects his error, and throws a cake in his face.
  • Shout-Out: The climax is essentially the same as in the episode "But Seriously, Folks".
  • Spit Take: Luan's siblings try to get her to feel good about herself by spitting out their drinks (and in Luna's case, her toothpaste) and laughing at everything she says. All this does is get on her nerves, since they keep spitting in her face.
  • Series Continuity Error: An All There in the Manual case; Luan is said to consider knock-knock jokes to be the lowest form of humor, yet she tells one to Lucy in this episode.
  • Trying Not to Cry: As Luan confesses to giving up comedy, her voice sounds like she's holding back tears.
  • Unspoken Plan Guarantee: Averted; we don't get to hear Lincoln's first plan to get Luan to like comedy again until the siblings put it in motion, but it fails to work.
  • Whoopee Cushion: Luan tricks Lynn into sitting on one.

"No Spoilers"

  • Birthday Episode: The Loud kids celebrate their mother's birthday in this episode.
  • Birthday Party Goes Wrong: Defied. The kids (except Leni — because they think she'll spoil the surprise — and Lily) are making a surprise birthday party for their mother Rita. However, things don't work out: Lana uses toilet paper, gum, and brown balloons (which Lynn thinks look like poop) as decorations, Lynn's subs she provides are covered in Blazing Inferno Hellfire Sauce, Lola's cake is too sweet, Luan's jokes are all about Rita being old, Luna can't think of a song Rita would like, and Lisa has invited three men Rita doesn't like. However, this all happens before Rita gets home and when they realise things are going south, they get Leni over, who throws a successful party for Rita.
  • Cannot Keep a Secret: Leni, who has a habit of ruining surprise parties for the family, including sending out an invitation to the one the surprise party is for.
  • Continuity Nod: Among the guests in the failed surprise party, there is Dr. Feinstein, Mrs. Loud's boss. When she organizes the party herself, Leni invites Aunt Ruth and Pop Pop, among others.
  • Facepalm: Everybody facepalms at the end of the episode when Leni reveals that she plans on inviting her dad to his surprise party.
  • Fire-Breathing Diner: Lynn taste tests a highly-spicy sub sandwhich she made, which makes her face turn red and steam come out of her ears. The same thing happens to flip when he eats said sandwich.
  • Gift-Giving Gaffe: Invoked by the siblings as they attempt a surprise party for their mother. Lola makes a cake that's too sweet for anyone but herself. Lynn makes a sub that's too spicy for anyone but herself. Lana uses poop brown balloons to decorate. Lucy uses black crepe paper. Lisa uses a logic method to invite only people her mom interacts with. Luan picks jokes that will remind her mom she's getting old, and Luna wants to jam rather than play something they won't all have to shout over. Leni, however, gets everything right: Mom's favorite colors, favorite food, favorite dessert, family and friends.
  • Historical Longevity Joke: When Lincoln and his sisters try to throw their mother a surprise party without Leni's involvement, Luan makes jokes about how old their mom's getting, such as her social security number being One, and all the guests from her first birthday being extinct. Lori is not amused.
  • Irony: Leni has a habit of ruining surprise parties, yet she's the only one who knows how to plan for them.
  • Parachute Petticoat: A variation; Leni claims she has parachute pants for when Lincoln wants to jump down the stairs again.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: When Leni hears Luna tripping over Luan's chattery teeth prop and dropping her cymbals, Lincoln hastily claims that he "didn’t hear Luna drop her cymbals". He immediately realizes his error but is too late to correct himself before Leni walks away to take a look.
  • Way Past the Expiration Date: The milk that Flip brings as a "gift" for being invited to the party, and that he himself ends up drinking after eating one of Lynn's spicy subs.


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