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"Heavy Meddle" is the third episode of The Loud House.

Plot

When Lincoln is being bullied at school, he tries to avoid his meddling sisters, who will only make things worse.

Synopsis

All day at school, Lincoln is trying to go about with his business, but someone keeps picking on him by pulling a bunch of pranks, such as pantsing him, tying his shoelaces together, putting whoopee cushions on his favorite lunch seat and even stuffing his locker full of garbage, and every time this happens, the other kids laugh, take pictures or record it at his expense. When Lincoln's had enough of it, he decides that he is going to have to resolve this one way or another and demands that this instigator meet him in front of his house at 3:30. Clyde is worried about what might happen if they're going to fight, but Lincoln assures him that they will just have a civilized talk about it. Clyde suggests that Lincoln talk to his sisters about it, but Lincoln refuses to resort to that as they will only meddle in his affair. His sisters have had a history of meddling in his life, such as one time when they were checking on him for what seemed like a medical emergency. Lori took his temperature, Lisa took his x-rays, Luna and Luan bandaged him up real tight, and Leni dropped scalding hot soup on him. And it was all from a simple paper cut he got on his finger. He wants to keep this bully issue a secret from them. They also notice a piece of watermelon lime-flavored ABC gum in Lincoln's hair and a sticky note that says "Lame-O" on it. If his sisters see it, they'll butt in for sure. To get it out, Lincoln decides to use some smooth peanut butter.

When he goes in the house, he delivers a weather report about his life to the viewers that everything is clear for now. As he makes his way to the kitchen, he sees Lily playing and tells her to keep quiet. Then he comes by and hears Lori talking to one of her friends on her phone about a fashion fiasco her friend went through on a date. He makes his way over to the fridge, but Luna comes in and he hides the gum in one of the crisper drawers. Luna thinks he's finding a new way to "chill out" and requests a pudding cup. Lincoln hands it to her and at the moment she leaves finds the peanut butter jar only to find that it's empty and rants why people put empty stuff back in the fridge. He then hypocritically puts it back the fridge. He needs to find a new way to get the gum out, and Lori, while still talking to her friend, says "cut it out," Lincoln gets the idea to simply cut the gum out of his hair with a pair of scissors. He then comes across Luan who walk down the stairs and delivers a joke that he doesn't get, and she admits she has the punchline, but still needs to set it up. When she leaves, he finds a pair of scissors and sneaks off to his room only to be told to take out the trash by his parents. He requests that he be given a few minutes before he does it, but they demand that he does it right away therefore he has no choice and takes out the trash. But then Leni comes by looking for for her desk lamp, thinking she accidentally tossed it in the trash. Lincoln tells her that it is in her room, as she surprisingly bought this, and she notices Lincoln wearing the garbage can lid on his head. He passes it off as a new hat trend. She buys it and decides to give it a try. He makes his way back to the door to his room, only for Lisa to find out about the gum and easily deduce that Lincoln's being picked on. Lincoln begs her not to tell the others and she seemingly promises, claiming she "has no room in her brain for such tomfoolery".

However, the instant Lincoln snips the gum off his hair, the others find out about this, making Lincoln believe Lisa broke her promise, but she says she never made one because she had no room in her brain for his secret and leaked the information out to Lynn, who then told everyone else. They notice the gum in his hand and he tries to pass it off as his own, but he can't stand the taste of his own hair, and spits it out. Lincoln begs them not to get involved as they'll only make the situation worse, but Lori corrects him saying they'll make it better, and they suggest different ways for Lincoln to get back at the jerk for such an act. Lola advises Lincoln to tell his school principal about it, but Lori thinks that's too good for him, and suggests texting an embarrassing photo of him to his posse. Luan considers telling insult comedy to him, Lynn suggests beating him up, and Luna considers slamming cymbals together in his ears. Lynn goes off and brings back a random boy who she believes is the bully, and the sisters order him to stop bullying Lincoln because that's what they do, but Lincoln explains that this boy isn't the bully and figures that the boy's probably going to hate him for what his sisters falsely accused him of. After kicking the boy out but before Lynn can grab someone else, Lincoln reveals that the person bullying him isn't a boy, much to his sisters' (especially Lynn's) surprise. After Leni asks if it's a dog, Lincoln explains that the person bullying him is actually a girl.

S1E02A ecstatic sisters

Lincoln's sisters are delighted to hear that his bully is a girl, much to Lincoln's horror.

Upon hearing this, the sisters are shocked but suddenly get so excited that they go crazy and embrace Lincoln in a big group hug. Even the usually calm and not-so-easily-excited Lisa squeals about this, as she joins in as well. They assume that Lincoln has a girlfriend now and are so proud of their brother, but Lincoln has no idea what they're talking about. They explain to him that if a girl is picking on him, that means she likes him, and they squeal in glee once more as Lincoln is completely shocked and dumbfounded of what his ten sisters have gotten him into. Lincoln finds that reason to be stupid, but the sisters insist that it's true. Even when he explains something horrid she did to him, they see that as her charming him. Lori thinks that, instead of giving her a piece of his mind, Lincoln should give her a piece of his heart. Lincoln is instantly horrified to hear that from his eldest sibling. Leni even goes so far as to saying Lincoln should kiss her, as Lily makes kissing faces. The sisters get so giddy, cheerful, and happy for their brother that they go even crazier than before and Lincoln makes a weather update that they're about to butt in on his life with the sisterly storm: the "Sisternado." This sister twister has the sisters all beckoning Lincoln to go out and kiss this so-called bully. Lincoln hides in the bathroom and tells Clyde about the situation at hand and Clyde actually believes this, who points out, "[Your sisters] may be right. They are girls, after all. They probably know more about this kind of stuff than either of us do". Lincoln is still in denial about it, but suddenly considers that maybe it could be true. Maybe they're right about it. So, he decides to face them and tells them to get him ready for the moment of love.

Lincoln is ready to go out there and meet the girl who has been a pain in his neck only to want his attention, and the sisters are so happy for their brother. And Leni is even wearing a trash can lid on her head, thus taking Lincoln's fashion advice from earlier, and say they should wear it to his future wedding because they're all the rage right now. Lincoln steps outside and gives the girl a kiss, but she responds by giving him a black eye. Thus, it seems that the sisters were very wrong. They try to apologize to Lincoln, but it's no use because he is so livid, apoplectic, and enraged at them that he refuses to forgive them, and he orders them to stop meddling in his life as he shuts the door in rage.

In his room, with his dog Charles (who is sleeping) next to him, and now very upset with what his sisters put him through, Lincoln has come to the conclusion that he was right about that girl, and she just wanted to torment him. Just then, the girl tosses a rock through his open window and leaves a note apologizing for the black eye, leaving him her phone number, and a steak to clear up his injured eye. She also reveals her name to be Ronnie Anne. Lincoln realizes that he was wrong about Ronnie Anne and his sisters were right about their assumption, but he begs the viewers not to tell them that.

Cast

Lucy has no lines in this episode, but was heard squealing with her sisters.

Trivia

  • Rita and Lynn Sr.'s voices are heard telling Lincoln to take out the trash, making this episode their first appearance (albeit off-camera).
  • This is the first time Lucy appears without any lines of dialogue.
    • It is also the first time one of Lincoln's younger sisters makes a non-speaking appearance (aside from Lisa in the pilot).
  • During Lincoln's bad day at school, the kids who point and laugh at his expense all have five fingers, while all the other characters only have four. Four fingered hands are easier to draw on characters, so it is unknown if the five fingers on the other kids were intentional, or an animation error.
  • When the girls convince Lincoln that Ronnie Anne was only picking on him because she likes him and cheer him on to kiss her, they're all standing in the same group formation from "Project Loud House", when they tell Lincoln how they can save his project in time for the presentation. Lori, Luna, Lily, Lisa, and Lynn are on one side, and Leni, Luan, Lola, Lana, and Lucy are on the other.
  • This is the first episode to show someplace other than the Loud House (in this case, Royal Woods Elementary School).
  • In this episode, it's revealed that all ten of Lincoln's sisters (older and younger) tend to be overprotective of him, especially when it comes to someone bullying him.
  • In one scene, Luan was walking like Leni.
  • The word "Ha!" appears on the title card 48 times.
  • The flashback to the sisters taking care of Lincoln over his paper cut was used in an early promo for the show.
  • Irony:
    • When Lincoln retrieves the scissors, he could've stayed downstairs to cut the gum.
    • When Lori was talking on the phone, she mentions cargo shorts are the worst thing she ever heard. That's ironic because she wears cargo shorts.
  • Moral:
    • When someone you know is being bullied, try helping them.
    • If someone doesn't want you getting involved in something, it's probably best to take their word for it (at least at first).

References

  • Heavy Meddle - The title is a play on "heavy metal," a music genre.
  • Patch Adams - In the flashback, Luan is dressed as the late Robin Williams' character.
  • The Legend of Zelda - Lori telling Lincoln to give Ronnie a piece of his heart sounds similar to the "Piece of Heart" items from the Nintendo game series.
  • Kamen Rider - The kick Lynn did on Lincoln is similar the "Rider Kick" done on the show.

Errors

  • When Leni is wearing the trash lid on her head, claiming that they should wear them at Lincoln's wedding, her sunglasses are missing, but in the next shot when she and the other sisters are looking out the window, her sunglasses are back.
  • As Lincoln interacted with Lily, Bun-Bun is in the background along with her other toys. Later on, Bun-Bun is in Lincoln's room.
  • When Lincoln and Clyde were walking home from school, Clyde had a chipped tooth.
S1E02A Lincoln, where's my desk lamp?

The stitches on the baseball pass the edge of the ball.

S1E02A everyone except Lucy cringing

Lucy is somehow grinning at Lincoln's pain

  • When Lincoln meets up with Luan before going upstairs to cut the gum out of his hair, her braces keep flashing between being their regular color, and the color of her teeth.
  • When Leni encounters Lincoln while he's taking out the garbage, there is a baseball on the ground, and the red stitch line goes outside of the ball itself.
  • When the sisters first come into Lincoln's room after hearing about the bully, Luna is holding Lily, but later when they hear the news of the bully being a girl, Leni is holding Lily, and when the sisters all get Lincoln ready to meet the girl, Luna is holding Lily again.
  • Possible: When the girls cringe at Lincoln being punched for his kiss, Lucy can be seen smiling at Lincoln's expense.
  • While the sisters were excited about finding out that the bully is a girl, Lana's eyebrows were shown on her cap, which are normally hidden under her cap.

Running Gags

  • Lincoln showing a screen designed like a weather forecast system (from News channels) in order to illustrate the chances and severity of his sisters' meddling levels.
  • Lincoln getting picked on by Ronnie Anne, and his classmates laughing at, and taking embarrassing snapshots of him.
  • The sisters meddling Lincoln, which annoys and frightens him.
  • Lincoln saying that his sisters will only make things worse.

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