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Recap / The Loud House S 3 E 9 The Mad Scientist Missed Connection

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The Mad Scientist: Lisa gets invited to work at a prestigious science institute, seeing it as an opportunity to get away from her crazy and crowded family life.

Missed Connection: Lori and Bobby worry that dating long-distance is causing them to lose their connection.


"The Mad Scientist"

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Lisa does it at the end of the episode.
  • Catapult Nightmare: Lisa wakes up like this when she has a nightmare while sleeping at the institute.
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  • Chekhov's Gun: The episode opens with Lisa explaining her theory about time travel to three other scientists. In the climax, she uses this to solve her problem.
  • Continuity Nod: Lisa’s chemistry setup seen in the title card is the same one she used in "Making the Grade" for making the strep throat cure.
  • Covered in Gunge: When Lisa tries to make herself a PB&J sandwich the way Lincoln does, she and everything around her winds up covered in peanut butter and jelly:
    Lisa: How does he do it?
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lisa.
  • E = MC Hammer: Lisa’s equation for time travel. Plus, the machine she eventually builds to achieve said time travel runs on magnets, plutonium, and banana peels.
  • Eureka Moment: After Leni bemoans that Lisa couldn't just go back in time and simply choose not go to the institute, Lisa writes it off as being impossible, before saying she needs to give her presentation on her time travel studies. Thankfully, no sooner does she say this out loud does she realize her solution.
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  • Foreshadowing: When faced with the prospect of making a PB&J sandwich by herself, Lisa shrugs off any potential difficulty since she recently cracked time travel.
  • Gasshole: Lynn, who farts when walking past Lisa's room. The very first lyrics of Lisa's song about living in the institute is how the only gasses she smells now are of the "noble kind".
  • Gross-Up Close-Up: The moldy cupcake Lincoln and Lana found behind the radiator, which has a used bandage in it, among other things. Lana eats it.
  • Mental Time Travel: In a nutshell, this is basically how Lisa's time machine works.
  • Motivation on a Stick: While Lisa is video calling her parents to explain to them how she wants to stay at the Institute permanently, Luan can be seen doing this to Leni with a dollar bill.
  • Post Wake Up Realization: Lisa wakes up while sleeping at an institute, having had a nightmare. She goes to tell her parents about the nightmare, but then realizes she's not at home.
  • Reality Ensues: And this is the first episode to really bring this up:
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    • As Mrs. Loud notes when she, Mr. Loud and the rest of the kids are video-chatting with Lisa, though Lisa's always been very smart and mature for her age, she's still just a little kid who's never really been away from home before.
    • After Lisa decides to stay at the institute permanently, she finds herself really missing her family and ends up having a lot of trouble doing certain tasks without her family around to help her (or just do it for her), like putting on her pajamas or even just making herself a sandwich.
  • Running Gag: Lisa using scientific terms to explain her emotions and feelings, such as defining having "butterflies in her stomach" or having "a lump in her throat."
  • Security Blanket: When staying at the institute proves to be a lot harder than she expected, Lisa ends up using a model skeleton to give her comfort during the night.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: After her first night of staying at the institute, Lisa calls her family and apologizes for what she said the day before, claiming that they mean a lot to her and that she really misses them—Mr. Loud suggests that Lisa should just come home. However, Lisa notes that she can't just leave, as that would ruin not only her scientific reputation, but also any potential future career prospects. After ending the call, Lisa ends up using her time machine to go back to when she was first offered to come to the institute and simply turn it down.
  • Shout-Out: Lisa's time machine acts more or less like the one from Quantum Leap: she effectively leaps into her past self.
  • Squick: Lana eating the spoiled cupcake, even after the Gross-Up Close-Up of how disgusting it is and after Lisa told her and Lincoln what the consequences of eating it could be.
  • The Story That Never Was: Lisa’s time travel at the end effectively undoes everything that has happened in this episode and ensures it won’t happen again, with only her remembering the original timeline.
  • Technicolor Science: The research lab is full of it.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • When Mr. Loud asks Lisa what’s wrong with working from home, her point is immediately proven by the other siblings acting loud and rowdy.
    • Lisa expects that making herself a PB&J-sandwich can’t be too hard. She fails miserably.

"Missed Connection"

  • Absentee Actor: Lori and the twins are the only Loud kids to appear in this episodenote .
  • By the Lights of Their Eyes: While at a restaurant called "The Dark Side of the Spoon," it's so dark inside that all that can be seen are Lori and Bobby's eyes.
  • A Day in the Limelight: For Lori and Bobby.
  • Locked in a Room: Near the end of the episode, Bobby gets locked in the bathroom of Flip's Food & Fuel.
  • Missed Him by That Much: When Lori and Bobby drive to each other's houses to see each other, they pass right by each other in their vehicles.
  • Reality Ensues: Lori and Bobby experience some of the harsh realities of having a Long-Distance Relationship, namely in that they're hard to maintain.
  • Running Gag: Carl trying to prove that he's mature enough to date Lori, only for one of his parents to do something that reminds him he's still only six years old.
  • Shout-Out: The restaurant that Lori and Bobby visit is called Dark Side of the Spoon.
  • Slippery Skid: At the start of the episode, the freezer of the bodega has another meltdown, spilling molten ice cream all over the floor. Hector is seen sliding across the floor as a result.
  • Vomit Discretion Shot: Lalo the dog ends up performing one as a result of Bobby having him lick the remaining spilled ice cream on the floor.

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