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Recap / The Loud House S 2 E 8 No Such Luck Frog Wild

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No Such Luck: Lincoln finds himself with unexpected free time after his family worries that he is bad luck, but soon it goes too far, and he is banned from all the family's activities.

Frog Wild: Lincoln and Clyde's class is going to be dissecting frogs. When Lana hears about it, she convinces Lincoln that it is wrong, and the two embark on a frog rescue mission.

"No Such Luck"

  • Aborted Arc: The earliest drafts of the episode originally featured Lucy attempting to assist with undoing Lincoln's supposed bad luck before giving up when he proved too "unlucky." This never made it into the final draft. However, years after the fact, series creator Chris Savino claimed this did actually occur behind the scenes, except instead of considering Lincoln a lost cause, Lucy had actually been instrumental in resolving the A-plot of the episode.
  • Abusive Parents: The Loud parents certainly had no problem with Lincoln sleeping outside when they start to believe in Lynn's bad luck belief.
  • An Aesop:
    • A single lie will grow to be worse.
    • Luck and bad luck do not exist.
      • Unfortunately Jossed by later episodes of the series proving bad luck and misfortune are actually tangible forces in the show's world, though the canonical existence of bad luck does not justify the family's actions towards Lincoln.
    • Never disown someone for being different or disabled.
    • Don't go out believing everything you see or hear.
    • Respect each other's time and space. No one is there for you 100% of the time.
    • Dialogue is always the best tool to solve problems.
  • Boredom Montage: Lincoln's second free day is even more boring than the last, now that he realizes he misses his family.
  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Some of the sisters list things that could go wrong if the family decided to bring Lincoln along for movie night.
    Lola: "The movie could sell out!"
    Luna: "I could get stuck behind some lady with a beehive!"
    Lisa: "Someone could get scalded with molten butter!"
  • Break the Cutie: Poor Lincoln.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The episode ends with Lincoln’s family finally accepting him back into their family, but only if he kept the squirrel suit on.
  • Cassandra Truth: Lincoln's attempt to tell his family the truth concerning his bad luck fib ends up as this.
  • Downer Ending: Lincoln's family no longer considers Lincoln to be bad luck but they still force Lincoln in the squirrel suit in the end of the episode and to add insult to injury, they sold Lincoln's possessions in an off-hand remark. This would be considered a Bittersweet Ending, if not for the fact the Louds did not learn their lesson.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Lincoln decides to pretend to be The Jinx so that he can have some free time to himself and even ends up breaking one of Lori’s golf clubs in the process. Just how exactly does his family respond to this? Kicking him out of the house and forcing him to sleep outside.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Lincoln's response when even Charles doesn't want him around.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: Lincoln decides to attend Lynn's softball game disguised as her team's mascot when he laments that a squirrel stored its nuts in his pants.
  • Foreshadowing: Lincoln is seen at one point in the morning, eating a cereal in the dining room that's named "Oh Nuts!", with a squirrel on the front box. In the morning after getting kicked out, Lincoln is sleeping with a sleeping squirrel on his head with nuts in his mouth.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Lincoln spreads a rumor that he's bad luck so he can have more free time on his hands. But then he decides it's not worth being alienated by his family and getting kicked out of the house.
  • Good Luck Charm: Lynn has a series of good luck rituals she likes to perform prior to important moments in a game.
  • Goofy Suit: To prove to his family that he's not bad luck, Lincoln sneaks into Lynn's game dressed as her team's mascot. His plan works, and his family now considers him good luck but only with the suit on.
  • Ignored Epiphany: Lincoln's family no longer sees him as The Jinx...but only if he wore the squirrel suit on.
  • Jerkass Ball: The entire Loud family when they start to follow with Lynn believing Lincoln is bad luck.
  • The Jinx: Lynn believes Lincoln to be one after she loses a game with him there, an assumption Lincoln uses to trick his sisters into banning him from their activities, helped further by deliberately acting clumsy at several points to break things of theirs (like one of Lori's golf clubs).
  • Karma Houdini: While the Louds did apologize to Lincoln, the apology fell rather flat when they still force Lincoln to wear the squirrel suit, which means Lincoln's family did not learn their lesson.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For lying to his family and even breaking Lori’s golf club in the process, Lincoln ends up getting kicked out of the house, having his possessions sold, and forced into the squirrel suit. Though this may have went too far.
  • Never My Fault: Lynn is quick to blame Lincoln for her loss in her softball game and calls him bad luck, even though SHE was the one who threatened him with a baseball bat to compel him to come.
  • Pet the Dog: As the family leaves for the movies, Leni, being Leni, gently promises to tell Lincoln how the movie will end. Later, while he's left outside, the family gives him a bowl of cereal, though not much else. At the end of the game, when Lincoln shows himself, Lynn genuinely apologizes, seeming happy that her brother isn't bad luck and the family crowds around and hugs Lincoln while saying "Sorry" and bring him to the beach after all. Although it's rather flat when Lincoln is forced to keep the squirrel costume on.
  • Retcon: In 2023, Chris Savino broke his self-imposed silence to comment on the episode to respond to a fantheory, saying that Lucy had never actually believed in Lincoln being bad luck and strongly hinted that the goth was instrumental in a forever-unseen B-plot that resolved the events of the episode. Allegedly, series executive director Kyle Marshall separately agreed with this conclusion. However, it remains to be formally acknowledged by the official series itself.
  • Series Continuity Error: In "Ties That Bind", Mr. and Mrs. Loud said that they would never kick any of their children out of the house, but in this episode, they did just that because of them believing that he's bad luck.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Part of Lincoln's free day pays homage to Risky Business.
    • When Lincoln attends Lynn's game disguised as her team's mascot, Lynn gets hit with a softball and her clothes fly off, much like Charlie Brown.
  • Sore Loser: Lynn, who doesn't hesitate to blame her lost game on Lincoln being bad luck. And when he stops playing along and confesses his trick, she's too stubborn to admit she was wrong. She does apologise to him at the end, but it's rather hollow when he's forced to keep the suit.
  • Sure, Let's Go with That: This is Lincoln's reaction when Lynn accuses him of being bad luck.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: When Lincoln's at home, the music sounds suspiciously like Green Day's "Holiday".
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: The older siblings and the parents immediately assume the worst after Lincoln's clearly deliberate fib and clumsiness. Lisa especially, since she's not supposed to believe in luck or jinxes. Plus they don't listen when Lincoln confesses the truth and when he proves them wrong with the squirrel costume, they assume it's good luck and make him keep it on. That and for some reason, they also fail to realise that locking a child outside of his own home is against the law.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Lincoln's sisters and parents did force him to eat and sleep out of his own home, forbid him to partake family activities, and forcing him in the squirrel suit to the end of the episode. Although it's more due to Selective Obliviousness and blind paranoia as opposed to genuine dislike.

"Frog Wild"

  • Absurdly Powerful School Jurisdiction: Principal Huggins apparently has the power to do searches at students' homes.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: How Lana and Lincoln get into the locked classroom to free the frogs.
  • All Animals Are Dogs: Lana's presentation about Hops concludes with Lana going to sleep and Hops lying by her side and curling into a ball.
  • Artistic License – Education: Animals that are about to be dissected are usually already dead, instead of being alive.
  • Ascended Extra: This is Principal Huggins' first physical appearance.
  • Bait-and-Switch: Double Subverted: When Mrs. Johnson reenters the classroom and notices the frogs are missing, she sees the window is left open, and runs off to get Principal Huggins. Lincoln and Lana proceed to pop out from hiding behind Mrs. Johnson's desk, with the "open window" distraction having been successful. Then they exit through the window.
  • Bat Scare: When Principal Huggins opens the door to Lucy and Lynn's room, despite Lincoln warnings, a large swarm of bats flies out, scaring him.
  • Ceiling Cling: Lana uses spit to hide one of the frogs on the ceiling of the kitchen.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Lana's stereoscope with Hops' presentation is brought back in the end to show Principal Huggins and change his mind.
  • Conversation Cut:
    Lincoln: Dissecting frogs? That sounds—
    Lana: —horrible! You can't do that!
  • Cover Innocent Eyes and Ears: While the kids see Lana's new frog sanctuary, one of them asks what two certain frogs are doing. A horrified Mrs. Johnson immediately covers the tank with a map.
  • "Eureka!" Moment: As Lincoln wishes that Principal Huggins saw frogs the same way he does, he hatches an idea to change his mind with Lana's sad film.
  • Free the Frogs: Lana's plan.
  • Here We Go Again!: After the frog debacle is solved, Lincoln and Lana see a poster for roast duck enchiladas at Jean-Juan's, inspiring them to free the ducks.
  • No Warrant? No Problem!: Being neither a police officer nor having a search warrant, Huggins' searching of his students' homes is a blatant violation of the Fourth Amendment.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently, Lana has rescued animals before. Also, Principal Huggins has evidently dealt with students trying to free frogs before since he immediately guesses what happened.
  • NOT!: Principal Huggins, twice:
    In the classroom: "I guess we can just let it slide. NOT!"
    When inspecting the Loud house: "I don't see any frogs here, I guess I'll just be on my way. NOT!"
  • Out of Focus: Lincoln and Lana are the only members of the Loud family to appear in this episode. This is especially noticeable in the second half, where apparently nobody else is at home.
  • Pun: Mrs. Johnson tries twice to amuse her class with frog-related puns. Nobody laughs, much to her chagrin.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: "This is the saddest thing I've ever seen in my life!"
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Animals that are raised in captivity cannot be expected to survive in the wild once they are released, as Lincoln and Lana find out when the frogs don't try to escape from predatory animals.
    • Even if it's for the animals' sake, stealing animals from a school or restaurant is illegal and will get investigated.
    • After all is said and done and the frogs have been saved, Lincoln still receives detention for his actions, because even if he had good intentions, he still stole from the school.
  • Worth It: Lincoln is okay with getting detention for stealing the frogs since they are safe now.
  • X-Ray Sparks: Principal Huggins when he gets a taste of Lori and Leni's room security system.