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Recap / The Loud House S 3 E 4 Selfie Improvement No Place Like Homeschool

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Selfie Improvement: When Carol Pingrey's photograph gets more "likes" on social media than Lori's, she tries to one-up her.

No Place Like Homeschool: Thinking it looks like fun, the other kids try to get in on Lola's home-schooling.

"Selfie Improvement"

  • Ascended Extra: Until this episode, Carol Pingrey's appearances amounted to a brief cameo in "Picture Perfect" and a few passing mentions.
  • Bee Afraid: When Lori tries to take a selfie of her sitting on a tire swing, the tire turns out to be filled with bees.
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  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Lori does this when she wonders if tractor selfies are a thing.
  • Bunny Ears Picture Prank: Lincoln does this to Lori in the episode’s title card.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lori suffers this role during her selfie montage.
  • Continuity Nod: Among the people who liked Lori's tractor selfie, there are Chaz and Aunt Ruth.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lori and, to a lesser extent, Carol.
  • Dung Fu: When Lori is too busy with her selfie to change Lily’s diaper, Lily angrily throws the full diaper at her. In the next scene, Lori mentions that she took a 40 minute scalding hot shower afterwards.
  • Gag Haircut: Lincoln accidentally cuts of a large part of Lori’s hair with his toy helicopter. It only lasts for one scene though since Lori uses a comb over to restore it.
  • Garden-Hose Squirt Surprise: Happens to Lori when she wants to use the garden hose to fake rain for a selfie.
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  • Here We Go Again!: The episode ends with Lori and Carol now working together to try and beat two other girls at getting more likes for their selfies.
  • Literal-Minded:
    • When Lori tells Bobby she wants to make the perfect leaf jumping selfie, Bobby remarks that leaves can’t jump.
    • When Lori remarks that “cute lovable animals are [my] middle name”, Leni remarks that she thought Marie was Lori’s middle name. Lori's response is simply to pet her sister's head.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Lori, when she realizes she completely forgot about Bobby getting his wisdom teeth removed (something he was very nervous about and needed her support for) and dragged him into her selfie-obsession.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: You know how important beating Carol at making selfies is to Lori when she ignores Bobby's phone calls.
  • The Rival: Carol to Lori, at least as far as Lori is concerned. Flashbacks show their rivalry goes back to kindergarten, with Carol always beating Lori at everything. Downplayed near the end of the episode when Carol confesses she thought Lori was better than her.
  • Running Gag:
    • Leni tells Lori about the other selfies.
    • Lori’s selfies getting ruined by her siblings antics or just plain bad luck.
  • Series Continuity Error: Lori reveals her middle name is "Marie" (the same as Lisa's), but "Driving Miss Hazy" revealed her middle name begins with L.
  • Serious Business: For Lori, having more likes than Carol for her selfies is really important. This is later deconstructed when she realizes that her obsession with beating Carol has caused her to neglect what's really important (Bobby). Then the episode ends with Lori and Carol now working together to try and beat two other girls at getting more likes for their selfies:
    Lori: "I swear on my senior parking's pass, my next selfie will get more likes than Carol Pingrey!"
  • Sitcom Archnemesis: This episode confirms that Lori sees Carol as one and that their rivalry goes back to kindergarten, with Carol always beating Lori at everything. Their "rivalry" stops at the end of the episode.
  • Tempting Fate: Lori does this when she says that she took her tractor selfie without getting hurt. She then falls into a grave.
  • Toilet Humor: Lori’s attempt to make a perfect selfie in the bathroom is ruined when Lana suddenly pops up out of the toilet’s water tank.
  • Your Makeup Is Running: Happens to Lori twice, first when Lana splashes her with water from the toilet, and later when Lynn’s softball lands in her drink.

"No Place Like Homeschool"

  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Excluding Lola (and Lily, who's still just a baby), this is the reason why the Loud kids can’t focus on their schoolwork.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The Loud kids hear an ice cream truck and rush outside, only to find out it’s just Mr. Grouse playing his CD of classic ice cream truck jingles. They fall for it again later in the episode. Finally, at the end of the episode, they run out of the house when they think that they're about to miss the bus. It turns out that Mr. Grouse was playing his CD of classic school bus sounds.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Lincoln wears his grown-up suit again, and again as part of trying to convince his parents to give him something.
    • Mrs. Loud mentions that she’s working on her book, something that was first brought up in “A Novel Idea”.
    • Lisa's bunker from "April Fools Rules" makes another appearance—she makes it clear to her siblings that her letting them use it is just in the case of an emergency, and that she's going to be changing the password for it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Lisa’s bunker has an airhorn for scaring off post-apocalyptic mutants and/or Mr. Grouse.
  • Education Mama: A downplayed example—while Mr. and Mrs. Loud aren't that strict when it comes to their kids overall education, they have set some pretty strict rules when it comes to homeschooling their kids, such as making it a rule that even if they fail so much as one test, they have to go back to attending a regular school.
  • Extreme Close-Up: Of Lola’s mouth when she tells her siblings, in a dramatic slow motion voice, that it’s back to regular school for them if they fail their test.
  • Got Volunteered: Lincoln when the siblings need someone to ask Lola how she manages to study for homeschool, which means having to interrupt her beauty sleep. Ironically, Lincoln himself was the one who proposed the idea of asking for her help.
  • Heel Realization: The siblings realize it’s their fault Lola didn’t finish her test, and thus has to go back to regular school, pageant season or not, because they had been slacking off all week and needed her help to study. Hence, they decide to tell the truth and all go back to regular school themselves.
  • Hidden Depths: For a six-year-old, Lola proves to be capable of working independently with minimal supervision when it comes to her homeschooling.
  • Homeschooled Kids: Downplayed—Lola's revealed to be partially homeschooled, hence why previous episodes showed her attending a regular elementary school like Lincoln, Lucy, Lana and Lisa. And Lola's only homeschooled during the main competition season for beauty pageants, so she can have more time during the day to prepare for them. Noting how the rest of them (minus Lily, who's just a baby) all have busy schedules and still have to attend regular school, decide to try and get in on Lola's homeschooling, and succeed in doing so. However, Lincoln and the rest of the sisters realize that homeschooling isn't what they imagined it to be.
  • Oh, Crap!: This is the siblings' reaction when Lola informs them they will have a test at 8am-sharp the next morning, and every Friday afterwards—Lisa has another case of this when she learns that, as a Kindergartener, she'll be graded on her arts-and-crafts projects instead of her scientific knowledge.
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: The Loud kids spend most of the episode in their pajamas.
  • Potty Dance: Lincoln can be seen doing one at the start of the episode, when waiting in line for the bathroom.
  • Reality Ensues: As the Loud kids (minus Lola and Lily) find out, while homeschooled kids might have more free time on their hands, they still have to do actual schoolwork. Also, as Lola points out to Lincoln and the rest of their sisters (minus Lily), to make sure that homeschooled kids are actually doing their schoolwork, they'll have tests at least once a week to do so.
  • Ridiculous Procrastinator: Lola's sisters (minus Lily) and Lincoln all goof off instead of studying for their tests, despite multiple warnings not to do so from Lola, resulting in Lola having to help them at the last minute.

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