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City Slickers: When Lori and Lincoln visit the city, Lori struggles to be a city girl, while Lincoln finds out that Ronnie is trying to hide her hometown from her new friends.

Fool Me Twice: In order to avoid Luan's relentless April Fools' Day pranking, the Loud family hire stunt doubles.

"City Slickers"

  • Absentee Actor: Like in the other Casagrande episode, Lori is the only Loud sister to appear.
  • An Aesop: Don't try to hide where you came from.
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  • Amazon Chaser: Lincoln has come to appreciate Ronnie Anne's rough way of showing affection.
  • Bat Signal: The title card shows Lincoln's head in one of these above the big city.
  • The Bus Came Back: Ronnie Anne’s extended family.
  • The City vs. the Country:
    • Ronnie Anne's a type A—in the beginning, she tries her best to fit in with her new friends by pretending to be a city girl and hiding the fact that she originally came from a small town.
    • Lori imagines herself as a type B2—she feels that she's a city girl at heart, but quickly turns out to be a type A when she realizes that city life isn't what she imagined it to be.
  • Gamer Chick: Ronnie Anne's mother and aunt Freida after they persuade her to show Lincoln around the city.
  • High-Pressure Emotion: Lincoln is so furious with Ronnie Anne for trying to force him to go along with her "I'm from uptown" ruse that he storms off for his complimentary photo then goes to pack. When the photo is finally revealed, it shows that Lincoln is fire engine red and his turkey tail cowlick has burst to vent steam.
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  • Homage: Lori's Imagine Spot is one to That Girl and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, as both shows are about an independent, charismatic and idealistic young woman on her own in the big city. The flowers and throwing the hat into the air is a visual reference to the latter show's opening credits.
  • Imagine Spot:
    • Lori imagines what living in the city will be like, and pictures it way more cheerful than it actually is (with, among other things, multiple people giving her a rose).
    • Lincoln has one of him and Ronnie Anne hanging out. It involves her bullying him, like pulling his pants down in public.
  • Inelegant Blubbering:
    • Frida when she gushes over how close Ronnie Anne is with her new friends.
    • Lori, after her day exploring the city was the opposite of how she imagined it. Bobby lets her cry it out a bit before consoling her.
  • Jerkass Realization: Ronnie Anne realizes pretty near instantly after having snapped "I never asked you to come" gets Lincoln to flash her a very hurt look before he covers it with anger and stalks off to go back to the bodega to pack up and go home. Ronnie Anne shows up while Lincoln's packing up his things and apologizes for what she said and how she acted—she explains that she really does want him around, but admits that she was worried that her new friends wouldn't accept her if they knew she was originally from a small town like Royal Woods rather than a big city.
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  • Lame Excuse: The Casagrandes try to eavesdrop on Ronnie Anne and Lincoln to find out what they’re so upset about. When Ronnie Anne opens her door, all of them fall into their room. So they quickly claim they were just doing their weekly door inspection.
  • Milholland Relationship Moment: When Ronnie Anne finally confesses to her new friends that she's originally from Royal Woods, a small town, rather than a big city, she assumes that they're going to mad at her for lying to them on where she came from. However, it turns out that they don't care that Ronnie Anne's originally from a small town rather than a big city. In fact, Sameer admits that he's originally from Kansas.
  • "Oh, Crap!" Smile: Ronnie Anne when Lincoln invites her friends to hang out with them.
  • Pants-Pulling Prank: In his Imagine Spot, Lincoln imagines Ronnie Anne pulling his pants down while he’s visible on a big screen. Later, she does it for real when taking a souvenir photo on top of an observatory.
  • Running Gag:
    • Bobby has a habit of getting himself trapped inside the store’s dairy case. It’s happened multiple times already according to Hector. He'd just freed himself when Lori shows up, and he gets trapped again when he tries to get her a soda.
    • Carl still tries to impress Lori, who sees his attempts as being cute, much to his dismay.
  • Shipper on Deck: Both Ronnie Ann's mom and aunt ship her with Lincoln, and are seen trying push her to spent time with him alone.
  • Squee!: In the beginning of the episode, Lori gives two loud, high-pitched squeals when she and Lincoln arrive at the city, because she's so excited at the thought of becoming a city girl. Lincoln, however, tells her to give him a warning first because she's hurting his ears.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Sandwich: Ronnie Anne's grandmother dotes on Lincoln because she cooked enough for breakfast and lunch and he says he could eat both. He gets a second with his stacked plate before CJ wants to play pirates. He grants Lincoln a chance to eat, but before Lincoln can take a bite, Ronnie Anne bumps him hard enough to knock the food into Lalo's mouth.

"Fool Me Twice"

  • Accidental Public Confession: Lisa accidentally lets slip that she installed cameras in everyone’s rooms a year ago, and hastily corrects herself that she meant yesterday.
  • April Fools' Plot: This is the third episode set on April Fools' Day.
  • Broken Win/Loss Streak: The Lynn Jr.'s double kills the real one's 300-game win streak of tetherball.
  • Conspicuous Trenchcoat: The episode opens with Lincoln leaving the bus wearing one of these, complete with a fedora and fake moustache.
  • Continuity Nod: For an episode of The Loud House, this one is Continuity Porn incarnate:
  • Crazy-Prepared: This is an annual thing for Luan, one she's been established to prepare for months in advance, even admitting that she had other pranks in mind for this year. She still was able to take the entire family swapping out stunt doubles in stride and save her original plan for next year.
  • Cute Kitten: Lisa's double screws up a conference by presenting a kitty as her latest "presentation" (and it says "meow"). This struck the real Lisa with so much grief that she faints without uttering a word.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Strangely enough, Luan does this. Though she managed to rework her prank idea by getting the stunt doubles to humiliate her family, she didn't think about how they'd react to the humiliation. She knew that she would be able to laugh at them, but didn't consider that this prank would make everyone that her family knows laugh at them. It leads to a genuine My God, What Have I Done? moment when she discovers that her family has apparently decided to move away from Royal Woods to escape the embarrassment.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: What Luan does on April Fools Day is wrong, no doubt about it, but the family's payback in which they decided to prank Luan by threatening to move away Royal Woods. The very concept of this is in fact enough to put Luan on the verge of tears.
  • The Dog Bites Back: After three grueling and humiliating April Fools' Days, the family finally decides to play an emotional prank on Luan by feigning to move out of Royal Woods due to Luan's latest prank, pointing how she essentially ruined their lives and made them laughingstocks of the entire city. They eventually reveal that the move was a prank, but that they had put all of her stuff into at least some of the boxes in the van, leading to Luan chasing after it to get her stuff back.
  • Eureka Moment: When the Louds accidentally walk onto a film set and see a stunt man who looks just like Mr. Loud, this gives them the idea to hire stunt doubles for this year's April Fools'.
  • Fainting: All Louds one by one faint as they see what Luan made their doubles do.
  • Foreshadowing: Lana suggests digging a set of tunnels under the house to escape Luan’s pranking. She later uses one to get the Louds out of the garage.
  • Friend to Bugs: Lana faints when her double defies this trope by getting grossed out by a worm, something the real Lana would never do.
    Lana: I wouldn't run from it, I'd eat it!
  • Funny Afro: Leni's double dons one of these, causing Leni to faint.
  • Garbage Hideout: Lincoln briefly hides in a dumpster while trying to meet with his family (minus Luan) in secret.
  • Gasshole: Lori's double flubs her dinner date with Bobby by constantly farting on purpose, causing the real Lori (the last one to be humiliated) to toss the monitor in a rage before fainting.
  • Identical Stranger: Zigzagged when it comes to the Louds' stunt doubles. Some of them resemble their counterparts so much they could be identical twins, while with others (in particular Lincoln’s double, who is an old man) the resemblance is less clear.
    • Mr. Loud's double is more muscular and has a full head of hair. It helps (or in this case, doesn't help) that he's literally a Stunt Double for action movies.
    • Mrs. Loud's double has a Beauty Mark.
    • Lisa and Lola's doubles have Youthful Freckles.
    • Most of the doubles' noses are shaped differently.
  • Infant Immortality: Lily is the only one in the family to not be directly pranked or humilated by Luan, despite the Louds having prepared a double to cover her and also despite Luan using everyone else's doubles against their counterparts.
  • Jerkass Realization: Luan realizes how diabolical her behavior over the years has been when her family announces that they're moving away to escape their ruined reputations, only for this to be a prank.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: The entire family decide to sell the house and pack their bags to move to Florida, in the aftermath of Luan's pranks, only for it to just be a prank of their own. Granted, this could be considered a little extreme, but Luan finally got her dish of karma.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Luan finally gets this for her pranks. The rest of the family first fool her into thinking they're moving because of her prank, making her regret it. After they reveal themselves, they admit that the only boxes in the moving truck were the ones they packed up with all of Luan's stuff, ultimately forcing Luan to run after the truck to get her stuff back.
  • Miniature Senior Citizens: Lincoln's stunt double is an old man who is barely taller than Lincoln himself.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: This is the first time Luan shows remorse over a prank, even though it took her family pretending to move to do so.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As Lisa points out, hiring the stunt doubles only gave Luan the perfect weapon.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: The Louds are all still their designated ages, despite this being the third April Fools Day episode.
  • Polka Dork: Luna's double humiliates real Luna by playing polka music. Luna even lampshades it:
    Luna: Bogus! That's not even good polka!
  • Precocious Crush: Lincoln's double humiliates Lincoln by pretending to be him while he declares his love to Mrs. Johnson. Parodied since, unlike the real Lincoln, he is actually way older than Mrs. Johnson.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Given how much experience she has had in pranking, Luan might not be easily fooled by clones that have so much as a single deviation from the original.
    • There aren't many 11-year olds out there with white hair and stunt experience, so the doubles had to improvise an old man in Lincoln's role.
  • Sore Loser: Lynn Jr. faints after her double blows the tetherball match and breaks her 300-win streak.
  • Spy Speak: Disguised Mr. Loud to disguised Lincoln:
    Mr. Loud: [slowly and with an affected deep voice]: What kind of lamb did Mary have?
    Lincoln: [also with an affected voice]: A little one. With the fleece as white as snow.
  • Tempting Fate: When nothing bad happens to their doubles, the Louds conclude that perhaps Luan's real prank was to only let her family think she was going to prank them so they’d panic. Just when Mr. Loud says it's all over, Luan pops up on the TV and reveals her new plan to use the doubles to humiliate her family.
  • Totem Pole Trench: Leni and Lily form one of these as part of their disguise at the start of the episode.
  • The Un Reveal:
    • It isn't revealed how Luan found out about the stunt doubles and how she was able to convince them to turn on their employers.
    • Lucy's double reveals her Hidden Eyes to the real one's friends, much to her discomfort, but her eyes aren't shown onscreen.
    Real Lucy: Gasp. Those were never meant to be seen. *faints*

Alternative Title(s): The Loud House S 3 E 4 City Slickers Fool Me Twice


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