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Recap / The Loud House S 3 E 12 Gown And Out Breaking Dad

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Gown and Out: When Lola advances to a regional pageant, she worries she could lose for the first time.

Breaking Dad: Dad has Mr. Grouse watch Lily while he goes to a concert, but things quickly start to go wrong.

"Gown and Out"

  • Always Someone Better: While Lola has a reputation for being a fierce/undefeated pageant powerhouse in Royal Woods, she's never competed in anything other than small/local pageants in her hometown. When she gets the chance to compete in the Little Miss Southeastern Michigan pageant, which is a regional pageant, Lola quickly discovers that the girls she's going to be competing against are, overall, much more talented/experienced than she is when it comes to these types of pageants (and pageants in general).
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  • An Aesop: Don't feel overwhelmed by the competition. Just Be Yourself, do the best that you can, and keep your chin up even when you don't win.
  • Bittersweet Ending: While Lola doesn't win or even place in the Little Miss Southeastern Michigan pageant, she's ultimately glad that she went through with competing. Additionally, Lola wins the respect of her opponents as well, with Jackie noting that she and the other girls will have to watch out for her next year.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Lola has great trouble to even so much as telling Lincoln that she's worried she might lose. She almost vomits when doing so.
  • Cape Snag: When Lola has to perform her ribbon dance at a rehearsal for Little Miss Southeastern Michigan, her ribbon snags onto a nail sticking out of the floor. She gets catapulted off the stage as a result.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Lincoln references the events of "Toads and Tiaras" when Lynn questions his enthusiasm for Lola's pageant.
    • Lincoln reminds Lola, "Eyes forward, chin up, tushy clenched," the same advice he took from Lola in a flashback from "Roughin' it Up".
  • Cool Crown: The title card shows Lola wearing a tiara decorated with ornaments shaped like Lincoln's head.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lola (and Lori to a lesser extent).
  • Every Man Has His Price: Lori's not interested in chaperoning Lola during the Little Miss Southeastern Michigan pageant, but instantly agrees when her parents offer her a weekend at the spa in return.
  • Gilligan Cut: When Lori has dropped off Lola’s luggage at her room and intends to go to the spa, only to find out it’s full.
  • Oblivious Guilt Slinging: While pretending to be sick, Lori dotes on Lola and buys her expensive gifts, believing that she is disappointed about not being able to compete in the pageant, making Lola feel more and more guilty until she finally admits the truth.
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  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: When Lola first meets some of her competitors for the Little Miss Southeastern Michigan pageant, she gives off a nervous laugh when she realizes that they're much tougher than any other opponent she's gone up against in a beauty pageant.
  • Playing Sick: Lola does this by covering herself in spots, using makeup, so she'll have an excuse not to compete in the pageant.
  • Porky Pig Pronunciation: This line from Lola near the end:
    "Even though I lo...lo...didn't win, I'm glad I entered."
  • Reality Ensues: Lola's never competed in anything other than small local pageants in her hometown until being offered the chance to compete in Little Miss Southeastern Michigan, which is a regional pageant. However, as she finds out the hard way, competition in general only gets harder when you move up the ladder, meaning that victory isn't always guaranteed (no matter how hard you try).
  • Running Gag: Lola having trouble saying the word "lose."

"Breaking Dad"

  • Babysitting Episode: In the first half of this episode, Mr. Loud hires Mr. Grouse to babysit Lily while he goes to the cowbell music festival.
  • Balloonacy: In an attempt to win Lily back, Mr. Loud buys her so many balloons they lift her up in the air. Fortunately, they are inside the mall, so she can’t get too far up.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Seeing someone make a pratfall is the only thing that can counter Lily's midday cranky time.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Mr. Loud.
  • Fun with Flushing: It is revealed that the reason the daycare center closed and is unable to watch Lily is because one of the toddlers flushed a diaper down the toilet.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Mr. Loud has this reaction when Lily keeps referring to Mr. Grouse as her dad.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Mr. Loud turns down his second day of going to the cowbell music festival so he can spend that day with Lily.
  • Pungeon Master: Mr. Loud makes several bell-related puns throughout the episode.
  • Running Gag: Mr. Grouse calling Mr. Loud because he can't handle Lily.
  • Shout Out: This episode's title is a reference to Breaking Bad.
  • Toilet Humor: The third time Mr. Grouse calls him, Mr. Loud is just about to use one of the portable toilets. Then he forgets to hang up before doing his business, much to Mr. Grouse’s dismay.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Mr. Grouse's love for Mr. Loud's lasagna is best exemplified in this episode; he has Mr. Loud make seven of them in exchange for babysitting Lily, and the following day, when Mr. Loud invites him into his house to talk about Lily calling him "Dada", Mr. Grouse asks him if he's making lasagna. At one point, Mr. Loud even calls Mr. Grouse a lasagna addict.
  • Troubled Fetal Position: Mrs. Loud finds her husband curled up on the couch, crying, because Lily now sees Mr. Grouse as her father.


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