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"Driving Miss Hazy" is the fifth episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Tired of doing Lori favors to get her to drive him around, Lincoln tries to help Leni pass her driver's test, which will not be an easy task.

Synopsis

Since Lori's the only one of the Loud children to have a driver's license, she's the only one (aside from their parents) who can drive her siblings to wherever they want to go, provided they do her chores and other favors for her in return. Lincoln's tired of doing Lori favors just to get her to give him a ride, and is surprised that Leni has to do it as well, especially considering that she's legally old enough to drive. Leni explains to her brother that she doesn't have an official driver's license yet, and that she's failed the road test twelve times before, and nobody's willing to teach her. Seeing an opportunity, Lincoln decides to help Leni get ready for her next road test, figuring that if Leni had her license, she wouldn't force him and the rest of their sisters do favors for her in exchange for rides like Lori does.

Lincoln tries to train Leni with a video game that utilizes a wireless wheel controller. Leni keeps losing at first, but Lincoln gives her motivation by saying that they're going to the mall. This helps Leni win the game, and she feels confident to take her test again, but she is brought home by the police for driving recklessly like in the game.

On Lincoln's next attempt, the rest of the sisters (minus Lori) join in to help Leni get ready for her road test--as it turns out, the other sisters are just as tired of doing stuff for Lori in exchange for rides as Lincoln is. Lincoln and the sisters fashion a makeshift car to help Leni learn good driving habits, but Leni doesn't understand the technical names for things like the wheel and turn signal (calling them the "spinny thingy" and "blinky blink" respectively). Lincoln realizes that he has to talk down to her level to get her to understand. By using simple terms and fashion lingo, Leni is able to drive the fake car, and then the lawnmower, flawlessly, and again feels ready to ace her next road test. But Lori, not wanting her siblings to weasel out of doing stuff for her, wants to make sure that Leni fails her test. Later that night, Lori slips on a pair of headphones onto Leni's ears and plays a tape that teaches bad driving habits.

The next day, after Leni leaves to take her test, Lincoln refuses to do Lori's laundry for a ride since Leni will give him (and the rest of their sisters) rides without forcing them to do favors for her, but Lori reiterates by saying that Leni won't pass because she assured it, accidentally revealing her treachery. When a suspicious Lincoln threatens to shrink her favorite Bobby-sweater, Lori confesses to her sabotage--in the end, she admits that she's worried that if Leni gets her driver's license, Lincoln and the rest of their sisters won't need her for anything anymore. Lincoln calls Lori out on her selfishness, pointing out that because of what she did, Leni could get herself and others seriously hurt (or even worse). Realizing the severity of what she did, Lori (now greatly worried about Leni's safety) drives herself and Lincoln to the local DMV to stop/help Leni.

S1E03A Carpool Lane

Driving isn't as easy as it seems, especially when you're Leni.

After arriving there, Leni comes out of the building-- as it turns out, Leni's perfectly fine, but she did fail her driver's test again, this time due to the bad instructions from Lori. After some insistence from Lincoln, Lori confesses to Leni about what she did, and to make it up to her, she agrees to help Leni train for her next test, which proves to be far easier said than done, as she crashes the van into a swimming pool.

Cast

Trivia

Timeline
  • The Loud family's address is revealed to be 1216 Franklin Avenue, Royal Woods, Michigan.
    • Royal Woods is a take on Royal Oak, Michigan, the birthplace of show creator Chris Savino.
  • In this episode, Leni had no problem with training to drive by playing a video game, but in "Changing the Baby", she claims to dislike video games.
  • This is the first episode to have one of Lincoln's sisters be depicted on the title card.
    • This is also the first episode to play the standard title card music.
  • This is the first episode where Clyde doesn't appear (aside from the pilot).
  • This is the first episode where Lori acts in an antagonistic way throughout it.
  • This is the only episode where Grey Griffin voices Mrs. Jelinsky. Susanne Blakeslee takes over her role in later episodes.
  • This is the first time Lincoln says a pun.
  • Irony:
    • The more Lincoln tried to teach Leni by the book, the less effective it was.
    • In the end, Lori tried to teach Leni how to drive, despite she was a threat to her.
  • Moral: One way of learning isn't better than another. After all, everyone is unique.

References

  • Driving Miss Hazy - The episode's title is a parody of the play and 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy. The title card even parodies its movie poster.
  • Wacky Races and The Perils of Penelope Pitstop - Leni's driving outfit is based on that of Penelope Pitstop.
  • Three Wolf Moon - Bobby's sweater is a take-off of the infamous t-shirt.
  • Doug - This episode's plot is similar to the episode Doug's Behind the Wheel, in which Doug tries to help his older sister Judy pass her driving test (mostly out of selfish reasons, like promising Patti that Judy will drive them somewhere).
  • Comune di Leni - Leni's line, "There's a country named after me?" is a reference to this Italian place.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants - This episode's plot is similar to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode "Tutor Sauce".

Errors

S1E03A Lori pretending to sleep

Leni's eyelashes are missing.

  • Leni's eyelashes are missing when she was saying good night to Lori.
    • Also, when Lori says "Click", her earrings are missing, but when she puts on the headphones on Leni while she's asleep, Lori's earrings returned.
  • When Lynn says "Ah, you're teaching Leni to drive?", the closed-captions says "Ah, you're teaching Lenny to drive?".
  • Plot Hole: In "Sound of Silence", Lola had her princess car, which was revealed to work on real gasoline, as shown in "Intern for the Worse", so it's unknown why Lola would have to ask Lori to drive her.

Running Gags

  • Leni constantly failing her driver's test.
  • Lori making her siblings do favors and chores for her in order to get a ride.
  • Lincoln and his sisters, except Lori, teaching Leni how to drive.