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Episode Information

"Read Aloud" is the forty-third episode of the second season and the ninety-fifth episode of The Loud House.

Plot

When the family engages in a reading challenge at the library, Lola refuses to participate.

Synopsis

In the living room, Lincoln informs his family that the local library is holding a reading challenge, and whoever can read the most books will win an entire night at Spunk E. Pigeon's Pizza Palooza Paradise. Immediately, the family is excited, and prepare to head off to the library to get their books. After checking out a horde of books, the family arrives back home to get ready, but Lola is the only member who hasn't checked out a book, saying that reading is "boring." Realizing that Lola's failure to participate will cost them their chances of winning the challenge, the family suggests on trying to persuade Lola into reading a book.

Sometime later, as Lola get herself ready for a tea party, her family tries to convince her about all the interesting facts they can learn from books, but Lola simply rejects all of their offers. Unhappy with their failures, Lincoln realizes that they can try to persuade her with a book that features a topic she's interested in. Lincoln tries to persuade Lola with books about princesses, mysteries, and tea party etiquette, but she just rejects the offers once again. While heading to the bathroom, Lincoln blocks the entrance, and tries to win Lola over with a book about princesses. Lola rejects once again, but Lincoln, putting his foot down, refuses to let Lola in until she decides to read the book. Lola eventually decides to read the princess book, just so Lincoln can stop pestering her.

Later, the family arrives to the library, and tell the librarian about the amount of books they read. Impressed at how many books they've read, the librarian makes them take a quiz to make sure they actually did read the books. The librarian takes a book, asks a question pertaining to a specific plot point, and the family answers the questions. The family manages to complete the quiz with flying colors, but when Lola is asked a question related to the book she was assigned to read, she gives off an incorrect answer, resulting in the entire family getting disqualified. Unhappy with their loss, Lincoln reminds them that the contest deadline is at 5:00, and it's only 3:00. He says that he'll use the next two hours to teach Lola how to read so they can get a second chance at the quiz. Accepting the offer, the family drives off, while Lincoln and Lola stay behind.

Lincoln tries to help Lola, but Lola, not wanting to continue reading, tries to evade Lincoln, eventually getting into a scuffle. During their fighting, Lola reveals that she finds it hard to read--when questioned by her brother, Lola explains that though she can read a little, she has trouble with learning how to read more and that was why she didn't want to participate in the reading contest. Feeling sympathetic for Lola, Lincoln decides to help Lola learn how to read, to which she's grateful for. In the study room, Lincoln teaches Lola how to properly pronounce specific words. Two and a half hours later, Lola successfully reads the entire the book, but the moment she and Lincoln exit, the family angrily confronts them, saying they missed the deadline. Lincoln lies by saying that he fell asleep while teaching Lola, but Lola decides to step in, admitting to the rest of the family that she had trouble with reading before but with Lincoln's help, she realizes that reading's not as hard as she thought it was and now she has a newfound interest. Now knowing the whole story, the family forgives Lola and apologizes as well for forcing her to read in the first place and for not helping her learn either.

S2E23A Lola baking pizzas

Lola can finally read books.

The next day, as the family watches TV, Leni notice that their house smells like pizza. Following the scent, the family discovers that Lola is making pizza with dozens of miniature ovens, because she has learned how to make pizza from a cookbook, and is doing this as a way to make up for making them lose the reading contest. Happy with Lola's act of kindness, the family eats the pizza, which they note taste very good. As they eat, the family discovers that Lisa's being chased by the librarian, because she owes the library $50,000 for overdue books.

Cast

Dana and Teen Girl have no lines in this episode.

Trivia

  • Lincoln appears on the title card as the fairy on the book cover.
  • The title sounds similar to its sister episode, "Not a Loud".
  • This episode's title card has a similar color scheme to "A Tattler's Tale".
  • It is revealed that Lola pays Lana crickets to repair her Princess Car.
  • According to Lincoln, the twins are 1st-graders at Royal Woods Elementary School.
  • It's possible that Lola has some form of dyslexia, since she appears to be the only person in her family who seems to have trouble with reading (and, by extension, writing), which is why she didn't want to participate in the contest (which, oddly enough, nobody knew about before).
  • This is the thirty-first episode where Lincoln does not speak to the viewers.
  • This episode reveals that Lisa has been fined from the library of $50,000 for overdue books.
  • It is revealed that Lola owns eighteen miniature ovens.
  • The song the animatronics at Spunk E. Pigeon's Pizza Palooza Palace were singing is the same song sung by Boyz Will Be Boyz from "For Bros About to Rock", what Lori and Luna were singing together during "Party Down", and what Lori, Leni, and Steve were singing in "Vantastic Voyage".
  • In one of the photo flashbacks displaying Lola's love for pizza, Lynn Sr. and Rita's faces were obscured, just as they were in the first season.
  • When Lincoln was willing to take the blame for Lola, it would be the second time Lincoln takes the blame for one of his sisters, first being Lucy when she clogged the toilet in "Sleuth or Consequences".
    • But unlike Lucy, Lola actually admits the truth.
  • In the Latin American version of the segment, when Lola says "208 degrees Fahrenheit", it's replaced by "96 degrees Celsius". This is the second time the temperature degrees are modified for the dub. The first time was in "Undie Pressure".
  • This is the nineteenth episode where Lincoln is not the main focus (instead, Lola is).
    • This is the second time Lola is the official main focus. The first was "Patching Things Up" (with her twin).
    • As of this episode, Lola is the fifth character, besides Lincoln, to be the official main focus.
  • Irony: When the Loud family was first shown in the library, Lisa appeared as herself instead of in disguise, yet the librarian did not acknowledge this fact, even though she knows who Lisa is and of her overdue fines.
  • Timeline:
  • Moral:
    • Reading is very important; it helps you gain a better understanding of your surroundings, and expands your mind.
    • Don't hide from your family that you don't know how to do something.

References

  • ChalkZone - Spunk E. Pigeon resembles Penny Sanchez.
  • Peanuts - The Van Pelt family was seen as a participant in the Reading Contest Finals. This a reference to Peanuts, specifically the van Pelt family, which consists of Lucy, Linus, and Rerun.
  • Accelerated Reader - The concept of the librarian quizzing the Loud family is similar to this online program used in K-12 schools to monitor the practice of reading.
  • Chuck E. Cheese’s - Spunk E. Pigeon's Pizza Palooza Paradise could possibly be a parody of this famous pizza place.
  • RedLetterMedia - A book titled “R.L. Media” is seen on one of the library’s bookshelves, a clear nod to the independent video and film production company.
  • Back to the Future Part II - Lynn checks out King's Sports Almanac 1950-2000 from the library, which is a reference to Grays Sports Almanac 1950-2000, the book that Marty McFly buys in the year 2015.
    • This is also the second time the book was in a Loud House episode. The first was in "Brawl in the Family".
  • Muhammad Ali - Lynn mentions the late great boxer.
  • Easy Bake - Lola's toy ovens are similar to that of this brand of toy.
  • The Adventures of Tintin - The male character on the cover of The Bossy Twins resembles the lead character in this comic series.
  • Albert Einstein/Genius - When asked about the famous physicist, Lisa mentions both his wives by name.
  • Um Jammer Lammy - Spunk E. playing the guitar is a possible reference to the game's main character, Lammy.
  • PJ Masks - Lincoln's line "it's time to be a team player" is similar to the quote "it's time to be a hero" from said show.

Errors

S2E23A Lola eating pizza on the table

That tongue is pretty tan-talizing to see!

  • In the first photographed memory of Lola's love for pizza being shown, her tongue is colored the same as her skin.
  • Possible:
    • In each of the photographed memories of Lola's love for pizza, Lola's eyelashes are disconnected. It may be possible that this was done to represent the rougher drawing style.
    • It's unlikely that Lisa could have owed $50,000 in late fees to the library.  Fines are generally not uncapped, but reach a maximum value related to the replacement cost of the book. At the NYPL for example, borrowing fees are suspended once a cardholder owes $15. Perhaps Lisa caused an explosion in the library that did $50,000 worth of damage.

Running Gags

  • The family getting overly excited about the reading contest.
  • Lola refusing to take part in the contest to hide the fact that she can't read.
  • The family trying to persuade Lola into reading.
  • Lisa keeping her identity anonymous at the library to avoid paying a massive debt.
  • Lola saying the Bossy Twins have bad hair.


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