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"Linc or Swim" is the fifteenth episode of The Loud House.


After Lincoln and his sisters get banned from every pool center near their home for various issues, he purchases a kiddie pool for himself without his sisters' knowledge. Unfortunately, his sisters take over the pool.


The story starts on a hot summer day at the community pool where Lincoln comes out of the bathroom in his orange swim trunks and says to the viewers that on a hot summer day, there's nothing like swimming in the pool. He attempts a cannonball, but a lifeguard stops him and kicks Lincoln and all ten of his sisters out of the pool. Lynn complains that they were just having fun, but the lifeguard states that chicken fighting in the pool during senior citizen swim is not fun. The family then goes to the community pool in Huntington Oaks, where Lincoln comes outs and attempts another cannonball, only for the lifeguard to kick them all out once more. Lana is called out for drinking the pool water, which she says tastes like chicken noodle soup. The lifeguard concedes to this, but scolds her for throwing carrots and celery into the pool. Then, at a third pool in Hazeltucky, an irritated Lincoln comes out of a changing booth and attempts another cannonball, only for everyone to be kicked out yet again. Lori complains that they were only having fun, only for the lifeguard to complain about Lily having had a fecal incident in the pool, which has now been emptied for cleaning.

The Loud siblings are walking home, and Lori says to everyone that they can find a pool to cool off in, until Lisa informs them that they have been banned from every pool within a 60 mile radius. This angers her siblings, and causes an argument as Lincoln laments that there's no more pool-time for the Louds. Upon saying that he has an idea and leaves while his sisters continue to argue. At a sports store, Lincoln sees a box for a deluxe pool and imagines himself swimming in it, only for his sisters to have taken over and preventing him from getting in. Cursing his inability to enjoy the pool in his own fantasies, he sees another box saying "Paradise For One", and imagines himself having the pool all to himself. He leaves with his new pool, only to realize he forgot to pay when the alarm goes off. Back at the Loud House, the Loud sisters all cool themselves with various things from the fridge. Lincoln hides, but Leni spots him, and asks if he wants to "chill" with them. He opts not to and sneaks out the back door with his new pool set, and Lisa passes off his odd behavior as heat stroke. Lincoln opens the box and looks at the manual, only to see it's too large, and tosses it away. Lincoln tries setting up the kiddie pool, but folds it into a tent, a boat, and a unicorn.

Lincoln finally uses the instructions and uses a pump but some air deflates, he tries blowing it, but hyperventilates, knocking him out. Sometime later, he wakes up, with half his face sunburned; he uses another pump and successfully inflates the pool. A bee appears and chases Lincoln, and it punctures a hole in the pool. Lincoln tapes the hole and fills the pool with water, but tries to move it out of the shade and fills it again when he spills it all.

Finally done and healed from his sunburn, he comes back outside to do a cannonball, but stops when he sees Lori and Leni relaxing in it on floaties, much to his surprise. Lori commends him for buying their own pool that nobody can kick them out of, and Leni says there is room for one more if he wants in. Lincoln begins to explain that the pool was meant only for one when Lynn pounces him and calls for another chicken fight. Before long, all of the sisters are outside enjoying the pool while Lincoln struggles for a chance to finally get in as well.

While chasing Lily around the pool as she had again ditched her diaper, Lincoln sees that Lisa is about to dip one of her experiments in the water. She explains that she's testing the water with a serum for eliminating urine. Lincoln doesn't believe anyone here would actually pee in the water, but Lisa pours it in and all the water turns purple, dissolves, and then evaporates. Everyone, save for Lincoln and Lisa, blushes with embarrassment, indicating that they all peed in the water. Lincoln rinses out the pool, refills the water and the ten sisters resume the fun. Lana is seen chopping carrots, Leni and Luan are playing "Marco Polo" while Leni gets confused with the rules, much to Luan's annoyance. Lincoln tries getting in, but he see Lily without her diaper and he quickly puts it back on her.

Before getting in, he is shocked to see Lucy in it, Lucy states she's not swimming, she's trying to see if she's a witch by floating. Confused, Lincoln says she is indeed floating, which Lucy thinks is "wicked". Again, Lily is seen without her diaper and he gives chase. Lynn and Lana duel each other with pool noodles, while Lola whines that they are splashing her. Lincoln scolds the two of them for horseplaying, until Luan suggests elephant play instead when she blasts him with water out a pool noodle which amuses the sisters.

Bobby then arrives on the scene, and tells Lincoln that Lori hires him as lifeguard. He whistles to tell everyone to get out of the pool because of senior swim, much to the outrage of all the siblings as there's no elderly people present. Lori clarifies that it's meant for her, as she's a high school senior, and says now it's truly paradise for one. Incensed, Lincoln blows Bobby's whistle and angrily tells his sisters that this was his pool that he bought, and that he hasn't even been able to enjoy it himself yet. Lynn says that they were all just having fun, but Lincoln kicks them all out, much to their anger as they reluctantly do as he says.

S1E08A Lincoln smiles at this

The girls accepting Lincoln into their pool.

Lincoln tries to enjoy the pool alone, but he quickly gets bored and lonely and imagines the antics of his ten sisters. He tries to do a cannonball but finds that his pool is not designed for them, much to his disappointment. He begins to regret his outburst until he hears a commotion out front, and sees that the ten sisters and Bobby are having fun playing in the new deluxe pool that they bought for themselves. Lincoln asks how they got it, and Lori begins to explain that they paid for it together when Luan chimes in to say they "pooled" their money for it, earning her another round of groans and a whack on the head from Lynn's pool noodle. The sisters invite him in, much to Lincoln's surprise as he had kicked them out of his. They say that what he did was selfish, but that they are more than happy to let him use theirs as it's more fun when all eleven of them are together. Touched by this, Lincoln happily obliges and comes in to do a cannonball. Ironically, Lincoln doesn't see a label warning against cannonballs INSIDE the pool, thus destroying it and causing a tidal wave.

Luna laments that there's now no pool for the whole summer, and Lori ask how they going to cool off. Lincoln invites them all to come back into his pool. Back at the backyard, The Loud siblings and Bobby are all in the kiddie pool; cramped, yet cool downed and happy. Lincoln says to the viewers it turns out that a pool; and basically everything awesome in life, is more fun when everyone gets to be a part of it. Bobby quickly blows his whistle and informs The Loud Family that Lily has had yet another fecal incident in the pool, causing the siblings to panic and jump out, with Lily giggling to herself as the episode ends.



  • Lana has two different swimsuits in this episode, when they got kicked out the second time, she has a sky blue one piece with a bunny on it, but for the rest of the episode, she wears another one piece which looks like blue overalls.  
  • Leni and Lana are the only ones not going barefoot in this episode. Lana wears orange swim fins throughout the story, even while walking home. Leni keeps her sandals on throughout the episode, even while in the pool.
  • Lori, Leni and Luna are the only sisters with bare stomach in this episode.
  • This is the first time all the sisters don't wear their regular clothes, they wear swimsuits throughout the whole story.
    • Lincoln is the only one seen in his normal outfit in this episode.
  • This episode might take place before "Making the Case", because in that episode, the Louds possess the pool purchased by Lincoln.
  • So far Linc or Swim hasn't been shown in Arabic countries.
    • It is possible because many of the characters are in their bikinis and swimsuits (which are inappropriate in Arabian cultures) so Nickelodeon Arabia cancelled the episode.
  • In the scene where the sisters have a big pool in their front yard, you can see Lynn hanging upside down from a tree branch. This is the first time her forehead is shown since her bangs are no longer concealing her forehead.
  • Moral: Behave yourself in public places. / Having fun with your family and friends is more satisfying than having fun alone.


S1E08A I just replaced this hip

The cameos of elderly folks from past Nicktoons.

  • Linc or Swim - The episode's title is a parody of the phrase "sink or swim".
  • Nicktoons - The seniors at the community pool are based on elderly people from past Nicktoons.
  • Shortnin' Bread - Both Lincoln and Lana sing versions of the kids' song. Lincoln sings it as he tries to leave the store with the pool, and Lana sings it as she adds vegetables to Lincoln's pool.
  • Looney Tunes - Lisa's line "[Lincoln is] clearing suffering the first symptoms of heat stroke. Now, pass the frozen succotash," contains a possible nod to Sylvester the cat's catchphrase, "Sufferin' succotash!"
  • Alice Cooper - Luna's line "Looks like pool's out for Summer!" is a reference to the song "School's Out".
  • Peter, Paul and Mary - The rule about no cannonballs is a reference to the lyric "how many times must the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned" from the song Blowin' In The Wind.


  • On every community pool, the siblings needed to get dressed, but after the third time, they all were walking in their swimsuits on the street, and nobody was carrying their regular outfits.
    • Lincoln separates from his sisters to go to the shop, but he was in his regular outfit, despite the fact that he wasn't carrying it.
  • After Lori and Leni find out about Lincoln's pool and ask him to join, the straps on Leni's swimsuit are missing.
  • The last time Lincoln yells "Cannonball!", his mouth doesn't sync up with his dialogue.
  • When the kids are groaning at Luan's joke about the deluxe pool, some of the kids' poses snap to their reactions without any motion or animation doing so. Also, some of their mouths don't move when they groan in return.
  • Bobby accuses Lincoln of stealing his whistle when he had it on his neck when Lori was taking photos of him and when Lincoln first blew the whistle to get everyone's attention.

Running Gags

  • Lincoln trying to cannonball into the pool only for something to prevent him from doing so, whether it be getting kicked out of the pool or warning labels stating not to perform them.
  • Every time the Loud kids get kicked out of a community pool...
    • A lifeguard yells "Loud family, out!"...
    • of the sisters proclaiming "But we were just having fun."...
    • ...the lifeguard rebuffs "(action sister did) are not fun."...
    • ...the outcome of the sister's action being revealed.
  • Someone saying "Loud Family, out!".

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