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"A Tale of Two Tables" is the eighth episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Lincoln wants to prove to his parents that he's mature, when he tries to leave the "kiddie table", but finds out that the "grownup table" isn't all it's cracked up to be.

Synopsis

One evening, Lincoln is annoyed by the messy and annoying antics of his younger sisters at the "kiddie table", and he envies his older sisters, who get to eat with Mom and Dad at the "grownup table". Some time later, he gets Clyde to come over to help him prove that he is mature. After following Clyde's lessons on talking 'adult", learning the individual table utensils and looking sharp, Lincoln manages to get his parents' approval to get a seat at the grownup table.

However, the experience of being mature proves to be not as exciting as Lincoln had hoped; there's no singing or joke-telling, the family engages in boring small talk, and liver is served rather than chicken nuggets. That night, Lincoln has a nightmare in which he is bound to the grownup table. Upon waking up, Lincoln realizes that it's his fault for wanting to be so mature and devises a plan to get back to the kiddie table.

S1E04B Lincoln and all his sisters at the kiddie table

All 11 siblings at the kiddie table.

The next evening, he arrives at the grownup table and makes a fool of himself by imitating his younger sisters' unsavory and crazy table manners. When his parents have enough of his behavior and ask him if he wants to go back to the kiddie table, Lincoln happily obliges and joins an in-progress food fight to celebrate Lincoln's return. As he happily engages in the mess, Lynn asks if she can join them. Lincoln agrees and Lynn says she never thought it would be possible to leave the grown up table. The other older sisters join their younger siblings as well, and the 11 children start a big food fight, as the episode ends.

Cast

Trivia

Timeline
  • This episode, along with "The Sweet Spot", was released on Nick.com and other digital platforms on April 1, 2016, ahead of its television premiere.
    • During that time, the video file had the episodes switched, and this would play before "The Sweet Spot".
  • When Lincoln turns on C-SPAM, the stock ticker on the bottom of the TV screen reads "Morgan Ltd.", a reference to prop designer Jared Morgan.
  • The musical sting when Lincoln looks at Bun-Bun on his bed is Vibe Link (b), a recurring cue on another Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants.
  • Like in "The Sweet Spot", Lori never says the word "literally" in this episode.
  • Bobby's dad, Mr. Santiago, is mentioned in this episode, and according to Lori and Lynn Sr., Mr. Santiago had recently gotten a hernia-operation done.
  • In the Latin American dub, all references to the republicans were removed.
  • Innuendo: Clyde says "Don't worry beautiful, I'll share my buns with you" to the cardboard cutout of Lori.
  • Moral: Don't be in such a rush to grow up, enjoy your childhood while you still can.
  • Irony:
    • Lincoln could simply ask to let him return to the kiddie table instead of making an embarrassing show.
    • The parents require sophisticated behavior at the grown up table but they themselves aren't above childish behavior.

References

  • A Tale of Two Tables - The title is a parody of Charles Dickens' novel A Tale of Two Cities.
  • C-SPAN - The channel Lincoln turns on is C-SPAM, a parody of the politics channel.
  • Rocky - While preparing Lincoln for the grown-up table, Clyde appears dressed as Mickey.
  • Freaks - The "One of us!" chant from Lincoln's nightmare comes from the film's infamous scene.
  • Shave and a Haircut - When Lincoln is hit with sausages for the third time at the start, the twins smack him to the beat of "Shave and a haircut, two bits".

Errors

S1E04B Turkey heads
  • While Lincoln's parents faces are turkeys, Lynn Sr.'s pants on the left are not in the right position.
S1E04B Linc before the Grownup Table
  • When Lincoln arrived before he goes to the Grownup Table, Lynn Sr.'s checked collar is white instead of light green.
  • When Lincoln's older sisters asks him to join in the kiddie table, Luan's left arm is missing.
  • The buttons on Lana's suspenders are white instead of light blue for the entire episode.
  • When Lana says "What", her mouth isn't moving.
  • When Lynn said "Say it, don't spray it!", her eyelashes are missing.
  • When Clyde holds up two fingers after saying "Now comes phase two", his hand has 5 fingers instead of four.
  • When Luna said "You can never go back", Leni and Lynn's eyebrows were missing.
    S1E04B You can never go back

Running Gags

  • Someone saying "peace" and someone else jokingly asks if they said "peas", and playfully flings peas at them.
  • Lincoln doing things to show his family that he's a grown-up.
  • Lincoln's younger sisters throwing food at him.
  • Clyde teaching Lincoln how to be a grown-up.