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"April Fools Rules" is the thirty-fifth episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Every April Fool's Day, Luan pranks the entire household, but this year, Lincoln has a plan to not get pranked.

Synopsis

Lincoln is explaining to the viewers that tomorrow is April 1st, which is April Fools Day. Luan becomes a sadistic pranking monster on this day every year, so Lincoln, the rest of his sisters and their parents are all scared of this day. He shows some footage of the past April Fools Days, showing that Luan is unstoppable (like making the living room furniture upside down, placing chickens in the living room, covering the entire house with present wrapping paper, putting all of her siblings in a giant gelatin, and shaving all of the Loud pets' fur off). Lincoln plans to stay in his room for the entire day, while his sisters are preparing to defend themselves. Lisa builds a bomb shelter to take cover in and the others add body protection, mostly consisting of plastic bubble wrap.

After boarding up his entire door, Lincoln calls up Clyde if he wants to come over. However, Clyde refuses to come over, knowing about Luan's pranking spree. Just then, Lincoln gets a text from Ronnie Anne telling him that she's coming over to give him a present. Lincoln is scared because he'll have to exit the confines of his room and if Ronnie Anne gets pranked, she'll pulverize him. Clyde suggests to Lincoln that he go face-to-face with Luan and call off April Fools. He does so, but Luan refuses to back down. When Lincoln heads back to his room, he comes up with a plan to prevent Luan from pranking all of them. He tells his sisters that if they work together, they can take Luan down. That night, in Luna and Luan's room, Luna gives a bird-like call signal to her siblings. Everybody then enters the room and tie down Luan, trapping her in a cage and keeping her fingers together with Chinese finger traps. The siblings mock Luan's situation while she looks on in anger.

The next day, the siblings are shocked that Luan broke out of her cage and that she could be anywhere in the house. Almost immediately, the pranks are being set off so they all take cover. As all the siblings take shelter in Lincoln's room (with the exception of Lisa, who takes cover in her bomb shelter), Lincoln remembers that Ronnie Anne is coming by later. Not wanting his girlfriend to get pranked, Lincoln decides that the best thing to do is to set off the pranks in the house to save Ronnie Annie from them. The sisters wish Lincoln good luck, with Lucy saying she will prepare for his impending funeral.

Lincoln runs downstairs and heads to the kitchen where the entire floor is covered in grease. After taking one step, he loses his footing, gets socked in the face by a boxing glove on a spring and gets attacked by vicious raccoons, all while Luan looks on with pride. Mr. and Mrs. Loud, who are also terrified by Luan's pranking spree, beg for Lisa to let them into her bomb shelter, which she does. As the sisters hide in Lincoln's room, Lori suggests that they ration the food supply, but Lana has eaten it all, much to everyone else's exasperation. Leni nominates herself to get more food from the kitchen, but thanks to a bunch of misleading signs placed by Luan she wanders out of the house and into the city.

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Ronnie Anne gives Luan her just desserts.

Lincoln then takes on the bathroom where he is covered in flour, sprayed by the sink and attacked by another vicious raccoon. Next, he tackles the living room which results in him getting flung into the ceiling and getting stuck in flypaper. The last thing Lincoln has to do is set off all the pranks in the bedrooms (with Clyde taking on Lori and Leni's room). When Clyde collapses on the sidewalk, Ronnie Anne arrives and is shocked to see Lincoln in critical condition. Luan declares victory, but Lincoln claims that he did it to save his girlfriend from humiliation. Luan then reveals that she called Ronnie Anne to come over, thus giving a reason why Lincoln had to leave his room, and that she is the final part of her plan. As Ronnie Anne pulls out a pie, Lincoln embraces for impact, but she instead pelts Luan with the pie. It turns out that Ronnie Anne appreciates Lincoln sacrificing himself to Luan's pranks for her and pelted Luan instead of him as a sign of gratitude. The two then depart so Ronnie Anne could put Lincoln's eyebrows back on while Luan looks on with pride, saying that Ronnie Anne is a keeper.

As Lisa, the other sisters and their parents exit their shelters, they are relieved that they didn't get pranked. However, they realize that Leni's missing and Lisa deduces that the signs that mislead Leni earlier are the cause of this. Mr. Loud prompts everybody to get in the car, but when they start it the airbag explodes, splattering blue paint all over the interior of the car. As the family yells out Luan's name in fury, the latter is depressed that April Fools is over and that she's feeling blue now (alluding to the blue paint joke she just pulled off).

Cast

Lily has no lines in this episode.

Trivia

  • This is the first episode in which the McBrides' pet cat, Cleopawtra, makes an appearance.
  • This is the first time in which all ten supporting characters are featured. The Loud parents, Ronnie Anne and the Loud pets appear, while the McBride parents and Bobby are mentioned.
  • The scene where Luan was dragging a sausage against the poles on the handrail of the stairs is similar to how a police officer would drag its truncheon against the prison bars in a jailhouse.
  • The raccoons popping out of the stove are like the raccoons from "Chore and Peace".
  • This was produced before "One of the Boys", therefore Lincoln is still voiced by Grant Palmer.
  • This episode shows the front views of the siblings' parents. In this case, their eyes are seen, but their faces are covered.
    • Also, this is the first time where Rita showed her earrings.
  • Like in "Changing the Baby", the name of this episode was said within the episode.
  • This episode reveals that Lisa's middle name is Marie, making her full name "Lisa Marie Loud".
    • However, this could be false. According to the "Ask Lincoln" segment in Instagram, their dad calls everyone Marie as a second name when they are in trouble.
  • This is the first episode set on a holiday (April 1st, also known as April Fool's Day). The second was in "11 Louds a Leapin'" (Christmas), the third was "Fool's Paradise" (also April Fool's Day), and the fourth is the upcoming episode, "Tricked!" (Halloween).
  • Luan speaks to the audience at the end of this episode, making her the third character aside from Lincoln, as well as the second sister, to do so. The first being Lisa in "Undie Pressure" and the second being Lynn Sr. in "It's a Loud, Loud, Loud, Loud, House".
  • This episode takes place on March 31-April 1, however it aired in September, over five months after April Fools Day actually took place and less than seven months away from the next April Fools Day happening.
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The entire storyboard depicting this prank.

  • There was an extra prank that was removed from the finalized episode due to running time. This prank involved Luan setting up cups filled with water all over Lincoln's floor. Lincoln had to drink all of them in order to get out of his room. But when he opened the door, he found more cups in the hallway. He had to drink those as well, and when he got to the end of the hallway to use the bathroom, the doorknob came off, much to his despair. He then collapsed, unable to go to the bathroom, with Luan taunting him.
April Fools Rules original colors

The title card's original colors.

  • The episode's title card was originally going to be green and yellow.
  • Ronnie Anne is the only character in this episode who didn't suffer a bad prank or get harmed in some form.
  • This episode reveals that April Fools Day turns Luan into a cruel, ruthless, sadistic, and unforgiving monster.
  • This is the 2nd time Lincoln and his other siblings capture one of their sisters due to their assumed antics. The first was in "No Guts, No Glori", when they capture Lori thinking she is going to make their Friday night boring.
  • Luan had an embarrassing video of Lincoln just like it was revealed in "Making the Case".
  • April 1st is shown to be on a Sunday, meaning the show might take place in 2012 or 2018.
  • The APM Track "Sneeky" is played when Leni follows the fake kitchen signs, thus making it the third time APM music from SpongeBob SquarePants is used, the first being "Vibe Link (b)" heard in several episodes and "Caped Crusader" played in "Sleuth or Consequences".
  • During production, the gelatin that Luan traps her siblings in was orange, but in the final version, it is red.
  • On a past April Fools Day, Luan apparently shaved off Lori's eyebrows. On the eve of the current April Fools Day, Lori's talking on the phone with her boyfriend, Bobby, and tells him that they should cancel all their plans during April, because Lori claims that if Luan were to shave off Lori's eyebrows again, it would take at least a month for them to grow back.
  • Lincoln depranking the bedrooms were cut along with Clyde depranking Lori and Leni's bedroom, while Lincoln depranking the kitchen, bathroom and living room were in this episode.
  • In the UK, the scene where the Loud pets got shaved is cut, possibly due to nudity.
  • Plothole:
    • It's never explained how Luan freed herself from the cage.
    • What happened to Leni after being misled by the signs remains a mystery.
  • Irony: Leni fell for Luan's prank, but she didn't get hurt.
  • Moral:
    • Pranks are meant to be harmless fun, not to hurt people.
    • Pranks are only funny if everybody is laughing.
    • Don't meddle with someone's pranks.
    • Don't mess around with people's relationships.

References

Errors

  • Part of Lincoln's eyes are not drawn when he was talking to Clyde by the walkie-talkie about his "planned funeral".
  • In Lincoln's footage of Luan's previous April Fools Days, the siblings don't change in appearance at all. Also, at some point, Lisa should be an infant, and Lily shouldn't even be born yet.
  • Lincoln's calendar only has 28 days, when it supposed to have 31. Either he incorrectly was on February, or this was a number error.
  • When Lincoln is about to show Luan's April Fools Highlight Reel, his comic books are on his bed. When Lincoln finishes the highlight reel, the text of his comic books are missing.
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Leni, you're laughing the wrong way.

  • When the siblings are laughing at their jokes, Leni's closing eyes are down instead of up.
  • In the Latin American dub of the episode, when Lisa says "I have my suspicions.", she says it with Luan's voice.
  • When Lincoln enters his room for the first time, there is a control game between his computer and the toy robot, but before entering, there wasn't anything between those objects.
  • In the Brazilian dub, when Lincoln talks to Clyde, he says "Ela vai cair nas pegadinhas da Luan e terminar comigo". "Terminar" is commonly used as the equivalent for "Break up", implying that they're dating.
  • When Luan was laughing at Lincoln getting attacked by the raccoons, her eyelashes were missing.

Running Gags

  • Lincoln's bedroom getting boarded up.
  • The siblings making up puns.
  • Lincoln setting off Luan's pranks.
  • Everyone fearing Luan's presence.


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