"11 Louds a Leapin'" is the fifty-third episode, and the Season 2 premiere of The Loud House, as well as the series' first Christmas episode and full-length episode.
The Louds are getting ready for Christmas, when the unthinkable happens to Lincoln: his sled goes in their neighbor's yard. As Lincoln and Clyde attempt to pull off a sled rescue mission, they end up finding out secrets about Mr. Grouse.
It's Christmas Eve in Royal Woods, and Lincoln is about to head outside to ride his sled. As he gets ready, he encounters his parents and sisters, each of them doing an activity before the holiday arrives:
Luna's trying to come up with a new Christmas-song, but is having trouble coming up with the lyrics.
Luan's trying to come up with twelve Christmas-themed puns for her "12 Puns of Christmas."
Leni's trying to make a new Christmas outfit, but keeps taking her mom's Christmas decorations (albeit unintentionally).
Bobby's having trouble coming up with a good Christmas present to give to Lori, who, in turn, is trying her best to resist opening up Christmas presents early (she and the rest of the family not wanting a repeat of what happened at Christmas the previous year). Lori later gets a huge present that says to open it immediately--but believing it to be some sort of test, Lori decides not to open it until Christmas morning.
Lynn Sr. is making the figgy pudding and needs someone to taste test it.
Lynn and Lucy are searching every corner of the house, trying to find any hidden Christmas presents from their parents.
Lola's trying to act super nice so she can appear on Santa's nice list, but Lisa points out that with the amount of time she has left until Christmas morning, she's far less likely to succeed.
Lana's set up a bunch of traps around their house and home--after Lincoln accidentally falls prey to one of the traps, Lana explains to him that she wants to catch one of Santa's reindeer and keep it as a pet.
In the backyard, Lincoln is about to ride his sled down the slide. He dashes down the slide, but within seconds, the sled hits a rock and suffers a terrible fate: it lands in Mr. Grouse's yard. Lincoln is unhappy with this, saying that anything that lands in Mr. Grouse's yard never comes back. Lincoln calls Clyde over and tells him about the sled incident, and the two immediately devise a plan to get it back. As Clyde sings Christmas carols to Mr. Grouse, Lincoln sneaks into Mr. Grouse's yard to grab the sled, but in the process, makes a loud noise that catches Mr. Grouse's attention. He walks into his backyard, and immediately takes the sled into his house.
Now that the sled is in Mr. Grouse's house, getting it back is now a harder task. Luckily for them, Mr. Grouse is leaving his house, and Lincoln could use that opportunity to get it back. As Clyde keeps an eye out for Mr. Grouse, he ends up falling for one of Lana's traps, which flings him far away.
As Lincoln searches the house, he discovers that Mr. Grouse used to have a sled like him when he was Lincoln's age. At that moment, he manages to find his sleigh, but immediately after, Mr. Grouse arrives back home and begins to unlock his door, much to Lincoln's shock.
As Mr. Grouse enters his house, Lincoln is forced into hiding. After he successfully evades his grouchy neighbor several times, Lincoln is caught by him when he tries to escape through the back door. Lincoln, scared that Mr. Grouse caught him, accidentally tosses his sled into the air in shock, causing it to break when it hits the floor. Because Lincoln left a mess while trying to hide from him, Mr. Grouse orders him to clean up the mess. Mr. Grouse calls Lincoln's parents, but is forced to leave a message. When Mr. Grouse's phone rings later, he at first thinks that Lincoln's parents got his message from earlier, but the person calling turns out to be a relative of his (apparently a niece of his). During Mr. Grouse's phone conversation with his relative, Lincoln finds a picture of Mr. Grouse with his family, and it turns out that Mr. Grouse comes from a large family like Lincoln does. However, from what can be gathered from Mr. Grouse's conversation with his niece, Mr. Grouse is apparently unable to see his family as often as he would like, and it's been years since the last time he visited them during the Christmas season. When Mr. Grouse discovers that Lincoln found the photo of him and his family, Lincoln tries asking Mr. Grouse why he doesn't visit his family, especially during the Christmas holidays. Mr. Grouse, obviously not wanting to talk to Lincoln about his family issues, escorts him out of his house.
When Lincoln arrives back home, the rest of the family is going on about their business. When Lincoln catches the attention of his sisters and explains how he just came from Mr. Grouse's house, this gets the girls to start complaining about their next-door neighbor's grumpy demeanor. While Lincoln does agree with what his sisters are saying, he reveals to them what happened at Mr. Grouse's house. After hearing about Mr. Grouse's family situation, Lincoln and his sisters now have a much better understanding of why their neighbor is the way he is and feel really bad for him. They realize that because they cared about what they wanted to accomplish during Christmas, they never thought about what Mr. Grouse really wanted. This revelation causes Luna to realize why she had trouble coming up with lyrics: it didn't have the spirit of Christmas. Now that they all know this, they know how to lift Mr. Grouse's spirit.
At night, as Mr. Grouse snoozes away, until he hears caroling outside. He walks over to the door, and sees the Loud and McBride families singing the Christmas song that Luna wrote. When they finish the song, Lincoln presents Mr. Grouse with a present: a (one-way) bus ticket to see his family. Mr. Grouse is touched by the two family's gratitude, that he invites them into his house to celebrate Christmas with him. As the two families decorate the house, Mr. Grouse decides to give back their confiscated items as a form of apology. Lori tells Clyde that he's standing under a mistletoe, and gives him a kiss, causing Clyde to blush.
The next day, on Christmas morning, the Loud family is surrounded by their recently opened gifts. Just before Mrs. Loud can take down all the Christmas decorations and start decorating for Valentine's Day, Lori finally opens the huge present that she had gotten the day before, and the present turns out to be Bobby himself. Since he couldn't think of a good present, he gave himself as a present (and immediately asks for food and water after having been in the box for so long). Lisa managed to get proof that Santa does exists, and left a present under the couch. Lynn and Lucy pull the gift out, and it's revealed to be for Lincoln. Lincoln opens it, and realizes it's a sled. However, he notices that it's similar to the one Mr. Grouse apparently owned as a kid. Curious, Lincoln exits the house, and sees Mr. Grouse packing his stuff into a taxi, before he departs to finally see his family. Lincoln thanks Mr. Grouse for the gift, but Mr. Grouse reassures that he should thank Santa. As Lincoln prepares to ride his new sled, he suffers the same accident, but this time, the sled crashes through one of Mr. Grouse's windows. As Mr. Grouse yells out Lincoln's name in anger, Lincoln quickly leaves the scene.
Luan manages to say one more Christmas related pun, and in celebration, says Merry Christmas to the viewers, when suddenly, she gets caught in one of Lana's traps, where Lana mistakenly believes that she finally caught an actual reindeer (due to the antler headband that Luan was wearing).
Prior to this episode's original airing, Nickelodeon posted a sing-along video titled "YESvember" on their website and YouTube, which included several brief clips from this episode. Most notably, when the video was originally posted, one of the clips used was of the Louds and McBrides decorating Mr. Grouse's living room, thus accidentally spoiling the reveal of Lynn Sr. and Rita's faces. The video was subsequently reposted with that particular clip replaced by one from The Thundermans episode "Winter Thunderland".
This is the second winter-themed story, after "Snow Bored".
However, unlike "Snow Bored", this episode is explicitly a holiday special.
This is the second episode set on a holiday (Christmas), after "April Fools Rules" (April Fool's Day).
This is Mr. Grouse's first starring role in the series. He previously had quite a bit of screen time in "The Price of Admission", but didn't really play a big part in it.
This is the first episode produced for the season, but is the third aired.
Lynn Sr's eyes are seen for the 5th time.
Howard's hair is light brown instead of red throughout the entire episode.
This is the series' very first holiday special.
This episode aired about a month before the date the episode takes place on.
This episode has the most writers, and is the first to be storyboarded by two people.
This is the first time that an episode aired in prime-time: 7:00 pm EST.
This episode reveals that Mr. Grouse also has a large family, but isn't able to see them.
It's revealed that Luan tries to come up with 12 puns every Christmas.
Luan's 12 puns of Christmas are the following:
1."I'll say! Those lyrics make no frankincense!
2."I've only got to come up with eleven myrrh!"
3."What's that, Mom? I can holly hear you!"
4."Lily, are you stocking me?"
5."Look at Dad getting figgy with it!"
6."Sorry, Dad. Yule have to ask someone else."
7. "Oh, I just sleigh myself!
8."Hold it! You are mistletoe-tally busted!
9."Well, there's no time like the present!"
10."Just ribbon ya!"
11."You two definitely have the Christmas spirit!"
12."Well, I guess that just wraps things up!"
It is also revealed that Luna always tries to write a song to sing every Christmas.
Apparently, Lola deludes herself by assuming that people see her as a sweet little girl, when in reality, she's seen as a selfish, egotistical brat. Such hypocrisy is called The Morality of Mrs. Dulska.
This episode was produced as two separate parts.
This is the first episode to have an alteration to the title sequence, and also the first episode to use an alternate credits sequence.
During the title card, and in parts of the episode, a special instrumental holiday version of the show's theme can be heard.
This is the first time that Mr. Grouse calls Lincoln by his name.
This marks the first time all the Louds sing a song together.
This is the second time Lisa cried, despite being "impervious to human emotions", the first time was in "The Green House".
This is also the second time Lisa stating being that, the first was in "Heavy Meddle".
Lisa is the only Loud who doesn't have a Christmas stocking.
This is most likely due to the fact that she didn't believe in Santa Claus.
The color of the Christmas stockings of each Loud sibling (except Lisa), all match the colors they appear in the The Loud House Theme Song, and the parents' stockings match their clothes.
Ronnie Anne is the only supporting character who did not make an appearance.
Howard and Harold were featured when singing the song, but they did not play any role in the episode until then.
This is the second time Luan breaks the fourth wall, the first time being in "April Fools Rules".
The gifts each of the Loud siblings received on Christmas day:
Lincoln - A game system, and a replacement sled
Lori - Bobby (just Bobby)
Leni - Shoes
Luna - A banjo
Luan - A magic kit
Lynn - Sporting shoes
Lucy - A bust of Edwin
Lana - A dungeon play set
Lola - A castle play set
Lisa - A meteorite, book, and photo of Santa
Lily - A teddy bear
Other gifts were unclear to see, unknown who they were for, or not shown on screen.
This episode was skipped in the Russian dub for unknown reasons.
Innuendo: During the third song Luna was singing, she was about to say "p***ed".
Moral: Everyone has a little Christmas spirit in them. / Christmas can be celebrated anywhere with those you care about and who care about you.
11 Louds a Leapin' - The title of this episode is a parody of the lyric "ten lords a-leaping" (which can change) from the song "The Twelve Days of Christmas", and the fact that there are 11 children in the Loud family.
Also, Luan's "12 Puns of Christmas" is also a parody of the Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas"
Grumpy Cat and Hang in there, Baby - Bobby is seen holding a calendar with the words "Unamused Feline" in it. This might be a reference to the Grumpy Cat meme. He also is seen holding one resembling the "Hang In There" cat meme.