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Recap / The Loud House S 3 E 25 Stage Plight Antiqued Off

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Stage Plight: Hoping to get closer to her crush, Benny, Luan tries out for the school play.

Antiqued Off: When Clyde and Zach begin bonding over a mutual interest in antiques, Lincoln quickly finds himself feeling like a third wheel.

"Stage Plight"

  • Aborted Declaration of Love: In the play rehearsal, Luan persistently concocts excuses to get off the stage so she doesn't have to suffer the embarrassment of kissing Benny.
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  • Absentee Actor: Luan is the only Loud in this episode with a prominent role; the rest of them appear in the audience at the end, but none of them have any lines except for Lola at the very end.
  • Actually A Good Idea: Luan suggests to Mrs. Bernardo that they modernize the play, and have Juliet send Romeo a text message instead of kissing him. Mrs. Bernardo considers the idea pure genius.
  • Almost Kiss: Plenty of times during the rehearsal, Luan can't help but reject Benny's kiss out of nervousness.
  • Ambiguous Situation: While it's made obvious by the end that Benny reciprocates Luan's feelings, it's never established whether they are an Official Couple.
  • Anachronism Stew: Played for Laughs. Cell phones end up getting used in the play, even though Romeo and Juliet takes place during a time where there were no cell phones. This is later subverted as no cells were present in the play.
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  • An Aesop: Everyone gets nervous sometimes.
  • Ascended Extra: Benny plays a much more major role compared to just appearing as a cameo and screaming in "L is for Love".
  • The Big Damn Kiss: Luan and Benny share one at the end.
  • Banana Peel: Luan does this on purpose as one of her excuses to get out of kissing Benny.
  • Birds of a Feather: It was previously established that Luan and Benny both like comedy in "L is for Love". This episode not only has them continue to participate in their school's theater, but also reveals that both of them own puppets which eventually develop a bond of their own.
  • Blush Stickers: These appear on Luan and Benny during their final scene.
  • The Bus Came Back: Benny returned to play a major role in this episode.
  • Calling Your Bathroom Breaks: Luan claims to have to pee as one of her many excuses to avoid the kiss scene.
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  • Chain of Deals: Luan ends up forming one with a bunch of kids so she can become a Montague.
  • Companion Cube: Benny owns a puppet of his own named Mrs. Apple Blossom, who merely resembles a Distaff Counterpart of Mr. Coconuts.
  • Continuity Nod: The entire episode revolves around Luan's infatuation with her crush Benny, which was previously mentioned but not given enough depth in "L is for Love".
  • Crush Blush: Luan and Benny blush at each other as they convey mutual affection.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Luan and Benny.
  • First Kiss: Luan receives her first kiss near the end of this episode with Benny, who had also never been kissed up until now.
  • Large Ham: Mrs. Bernardo, the play director, whose speech is overly dramatic.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Mr. Coconuts speaks without Luan's control at the end, prompting a creeped-out reaction from Lola.
  • Oblivious to Love: Benny quits the play on account of Luan's constant refusal to kiss him as part of an act. He thinks it's because she doesn't like him, unaware that she likes him but was incredibly nervous to proceed with such a controversial change.
  • Performance Anxiety: It's not so much that she's anxious about performing in front of a crowd, but it rather has to do with being around her crush and having to kiss him in the play.
  • Pun: It's a luan centered episode. What did you expect?
    Luan: Gotta get my braces checked, otherwise, this would be Romeo and Drooliet.
  • Puppy Love: Luan and Benny are technically still kids and act very flirtatious and romantic towards each other near the end.
  • Reality Ensues: Towards the end of the episode, Luan reveals that the reason she kept avoiding having to kiss Benny in the play was out of nervousness as she's never kissed anyone before, which is a real issue for kids at Luan and Benny's ages as they become more interested in dating and need to know the ropes and their limits.
  • Running Gag:
    • Mrs. Bernardo being overly dramatic.
    • Luan trying to come up with excuses not to kiss Benny.
    • Mr. Coconuts telling Luan to kiss Benny so they can get it over with him.
    • Spencer trying to read the lines on his body.
  • Ship Tease:
    • The episode pulls the audience's strings many times in regards to the timing of when and if Luan will kiss Benny in the play.
    • Mr. Coconuts and Mrs. Apple Blossom seem to have developed a romance of their own by the end.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Shrinking Violet: Luan gets constant chills up her spine around Benny and can't help but exhibit social awkwardness around his presence.
  • Whole Plot Reference: The entire episode is a nod to Romeo and Juliet.

"Antiqued Off"

  • An Aesop: Always make sure to include your friends.
  • Fun for Some: In-Universe. Clyde and Zach enjoy antiquing, while Lincoln finds it boring. Lincoln loves magic shows, but his friends dislike them, especially Clyde.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: While at Clyde's house, Lincoln grabs what he thinks is a root beer and drinks it, but then Clyde informs him it's actually an antique onion elixer (from 1812). Cue Spit Take.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: Lincolns friends all use these excuses so they don't have to go to the magic show with him. Rusty's excuse actually involves ironing; his jeans.
  • Literal-Minded: Zach thought that the flea market sold fleas.
  • Stage Magician: The Amazing Brailster.
  • What Have We Ear?: Referenced when Liam mentions that he dislikes how magicians always manage to pull a coin out his ear.