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Episode Information

"ARGGH! You For Real?" is the thirty-first episode of the second season and the eighty-third episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Lincoln and Clyde find out that ARGGH! is coming to town, and decide to go to the taping.

Synopsis

Lincoln and Clyde are watching ARGGH!, where Hunter Spector is investigating an abandoned hair salon in Erie, Pennsylvania. The minute he steps in, he finds the chairs spinning around. He pulls out his containment device and seals the ghost away. He then makes an announcement saying that their next stop will be in Royal Woods. Upon hearing this, the boys decide that they have to go and see it.

One week later, Lincoln and Clyde head off to the location of the ARGGH! episode: a cemetery house haunted by the spirit of a deceased groundskeeper. However, when they arrive, they find that a lot of people have arrived to watch the show. Unable to see anything in the back of the crowd, they climb a tree to get a better view only to fall due to Clyde's acrophobia. The stage manager notices them, and mistakes them for crew members who are lying on the job due to the outfits they're wearing. They make the most of this mistake, and enter the house to see the action while the manager tells them not to miss their cue. Inside, the episode begins filming and the crew does what they can to give a realistic vibe of a haunting which the boys think are distractions. The manager tells them to fire gelatin, and they hit Hunter with it. Hunter pulls out his device and "captures" the spirit of Groundskeeper Jim. The boys discover the shocking truth that the show is fake. On their way home, they contemplate on what they had witnessed; Lincoln thinks about all the time he wasted watching the show and Clyde is just speechless.

The next day, Lincoln is deleting all of his recordings of the show after finding out the truth (which pleases Lola for her show about plastic surgeries gone wrong). He gets a call from Clyde's dad, Harold, and is told to come over because Dr. Lopez is on vacation and doesn't want to be disturbed. Lincoln goes over and is told that Clyde has been acting unlike himself. He's throwing out everything that he once believed in and now thinks is a total lie because of what he saw on the ARGGH! set, including his Operation: Dessert Storm commemorative plates and their anti-alien abduction helmets, no longer believing any myth. Lincoln decides that he has to talk to Hunter.

Just before the crew can leave, Lincoln confronts Hunter about what happened to Clyde, and Hunter feels ashamed because Clyde has written him fan letters every week, even noticing a detail no other fan did, and he crushed the boy's dreams. He explains to Lincoln that his show has to fake their ghost hunts if they can't find a real ghost to hunt in order to meet their schedule. Hunter doesn't know how to undo what he did, but Lincoln gets an idea. Over at Clyde's house, he's lounging in a pool while eating a snack, not believing the myth that if you go swimming after eating, you'll get a cramp. His behavior is enough to make Howard call Dr. Lopez while Harold tells him not to. Lincoln calls Clyde and tells him to turn the walkie to channel 4. Hunter calls the crew for help, but no one is responding. Clyde doesn't believe this but decides to come along for Lincoln's sake.

Back at the cemetery house, Hunter and Lincoln act out a haunting in the house which Clyde doesn't believe in until an empty can of cherry soda flies at him, because Groundskeeper Jim loved cherry soda. He starts to believe again and, with the help of the two ARGGH! cadets, Hunter captures the ghost. Clyde's beliefs are restored and he goes home to write Hunter another letter. Lincoln admits that lying to Clyde was a little drastic, but he was willing to do it to fix his best friend's issues. As Hunter and Lincoln talk about the things that they had staged, they realize that neither of them set up the empty flying soda can. The device opens up and a belch comes out to the astonishment of Lincoln and Hunter, which means that there really was a ghost.

S2E17A Linc and Clyde eating popcorn again

Clincoln McCloud are back to watching ARGGH! again.

Back at Clyde's house, he and Lincoln are watching another episode of ARGGH!, and Clyde's dads offer them snacks, but they're gonna go swimming after the show, so they don't want to take the risk of getting a cramp. Howard and Harold are elated that their son is back.

Cast

Trivia

  • This episode revealed that ARGGH! is fake.
  • This is the fourth episode to include just two Loud siblings (in this case, Lincoln and Lola).
  • This is the second episode of Season 2 where Hunter Spector appears. The first is "Kick the Bucket List".
  • This is the first time that ARGGH! plays a big part/role in an episode.
    • It is also revealed that ARGGH! has five seasons.
Lincoln on banjo

The drawing referred by Lincoln.

  • In this episode, Lincoln said he could have learned to play the banjo instead of watching five seasons of ARGGH!. It could be a possible reference to this drawing by Chris Savino.
  • This is the third piece of released Loud House media to have an exclamation point in the title, the first being the Nick.com title for the pilot, "Bathroom Break!", and the second being the short "Deuces Wild!". This is also the first episode to have a question mark in the title.
    • In addition, this is the first episode to have both a question mark, and an exclamation point in the title.
  • Becky, Teen Girl, and the African American teen from "Party Down" make cameos.
  • Harold states that Dr. Lopez is on vacation, and says she and her husband really need it, implying that she is having marital issues.
  • This episode marks the first time Howard is referred to by his full first name, as opposed to just "Howie".
S2E17A Pennsylvania to Michigan

The location finally revealed.

  • A map, that shows where Hunter Spector will be going next, reveals that Royal Woods is located south of Saginaw Bay in Michigan.
  • This is the fifth time that only one sister appeared in an episode.
    • This is also the fourth time that one of the twins appears.
  • This is the first time Carlos PenaVega voices a minor character, but doesn't voice Bobby.
  • This episode reveals that Lola likes to watch TV programs about plastic surgeries gone wrong.
  • This episode reveals that Clyde was born a month premature.
  • This is the second episode to show Clyde's fear of heights. This was first shown in the Season 1 episode "Dance, Dance Resolution".
  • Episode 17 of Season 2 is the third time, where a voice actor who isn't part of the show's main cast is in both stories of said episode.
    • Carlos PenaVega is in both this, and Part B of this episode, "Garage Banned".
    • Interestingly enough, Episode 17 of both seasons had this happen.
    • This is the first time that someone other than John DiMaggio has done this.
  • Irony: At the end, Clyde was convinced that ghosts were real because of fake effects, but Lincoln and Hunter Spector were convinced that ghosts were real because of a real ghost.
  • Moral: Don't believe everything you see on TV.

References

  • ARGGH! You For Real? - The title is a reference to the phrase "Are you for real?".
  • Ghostbusters (song) - At the cemetery, where the ARGGH! fans have all gathered, a sign that reads "I AM UNAFRAID OF ALL GHOSTS" is seen being held by one of the spectators. This is a nod to one of the lyrics of the Ghostbusters theme song, that being, "I ain't afraid of no ghost."
    • In addition, the ghost trap that Hunter Spector uses is also like the ghost trap used in the franchise.
  • Star Wars - One of Clyde's toys is similar to an AT-AT from the franchise.
  • Hey Arnold - This episode has a very similar plot to the Hey Arnold episode "Eugene Goes Bad". They both deal with a main character finding out that his favorite TV character is a fake which has a negative impact on the character himself.

Running Gags

  • The ghost trap being used.
  • Clyde's dads wanting to call Dr. Lopez.
  • Lincoln and Clyde participating with Hunter Spector and ARRGH! in ghost events.
  • Clyde being in a bad mood, and no longer believing in things that are said to be real, like aliens.