Lincoln overhears his parents having a conversation, and mistakenly believes that they're planning to get rid of him and his sisters.
One typical Saturday morning at the Loud House, in which Lincoln maneuvers and dodges his sisters' destructive antics on his way to the bathroom, he hears his parents having an argument through the air vent. His mother is demanding that her husband get rid of "all eleven" by tomorrow for garbage day. Lincoln believes that she's talking about him and his sisters, and runs out of the bathroom to tell them. What he doesn't know is that Mom is really telling Dad to get rid of his collection of novelty neckties, even though he loves ties.
The girls refuse to believe him, believing it to be paranoia, only to become convinced when Lincoln brings Lori into the bathroom, and has her listen to the argument out of context. Believing their wild and crazy natures are to blame, they decide to work together to give up their vices, and clean up the house. Afterward, they hear their parents again through the vent, and it appears that Mom has decides that she won't get rid of them all...instead, she will only let Dad keep one. As they decide which ones to get rid of, they single the kids out one by one until it apparently leaves Lincoln as the one they'll keep.
Lincoln is ecstatic that he'll finally get to be an only child, much to his sisters' offense and anger. As they leave to pack up their things, Lincoln hears Dad saying that he can't pick a favorite, because it's hard, and Mom begs him to get rid of one. Dad says he'll get rid of "the one with the white hair" (in reality, it's a "white hare" tie from Easter). Believing that he's getting kicked out, Lincoln sadly goes to pack up his belongings and prepares to run away from home, but he gives his sisters all of his most prized possessions.
Feeling sorry for their only brother, the girls decide to confront their parents about the issue. When they go into their parents' room, the kids finally find out that they were really talking about ties. They confess to their parents them about their assumptions, and they reassure their children that they wouldn't think of getting rid of them. As they leave the room, Lincoln sees Dad wearing the Easter tie and thinks that he should get rid of it. The next Saturday, Lincoln and his sisters resume their usual antics, having learned never to eavesdrop again. However, when Lincoln hears his father complaining about his wife having "a bun in the oven", he assumes the worst, and runs out to tell his sisters (not knowing that Dad meant it literally, as he can only eat gluten-free foods).
This episode shows how Leni is truly accepting of Lincoln's white hair.
When Rita says they have 10 children instead of 11, and Lynn Sr. reminds her, she said nervously, "Yep, right". This would suggest that not all eleven Loud children are the biological kids of her and her husband--meaning that at least one of their kids was adopted.
However, it's also possible that she might have been counting the twins birth as one instead of two by mistake.
At the end of the episode, it's revealed that Lynn Sr. can only eat gluten-free foods.
Luan spends much of the episode dressed like a mime, and doesn't speak a word after she puts away Mr. Coconuts, but she speaks at the end of the episode (also having gotten Mr. Coconuts back, and she's back in her regular clothes).
Clyde appears in Lincoln's "only child" fantasy.
This episode rarely broadcasts in the Philippines.
Mr. and Mrs. Loud's descriptions of the former's ties which relates to something about each of their children:
Lincoln - The one with the white hair (hare)
Lori - The first one
Leni - The dumb one
Luna - The musical one
Luan - The funny one
Lynn - The one with the hockey sticks
Lucy - The dark one
Lana - The filthy one
Lola - The pink one
Lisa - The gifted one
Lily - The littlest one
Lisa's only individual line in the whole episode is "I believe it leaves you with Lincoln. But what do I know? I'm just the gifted one."
However, she does say "We are!" with the rest of her sisters and can be heard gasping in some scenes.
Lori finds out Leni is wearing one of her shirts, and angrily demands her to take it off. Leni responds she can't, as there are boys present. The only "boy" present is Mr. Coconuts, who raises its eyebrows causing Luan to cover its eyes.
Lynn Sr. talks about getting rid of "the one with the white hair" which he doesn't even know if it's his. He's actually talking about a tie, but Lincoln thinks he's talking about him.
At the end, Lynn Sr. exclaims "What do you mean we've got a bun in the oven?", causing Lincoln to shout "You guys!" in shock. The reason for this is because the phrase, "bun in the oven" is an euphemism for pregnancy. But, Lynn Sr. says "You know I'm gluten free!", meaning he was talking about an actual bun in the oven.
Ties That Bind - The title is based on the 2015 show of the same name.
The Lion King - The scene of Lincoln walking down the hallway with a large, transparent image of him superimposed over the shot parodies the 1994 film.
The Powerpuff Girls - The premise of this episode is similar to the episode "Little Miss Interprets", where Bubbles mistakenly assumes that the Professor is planning on getting rid of the girls.
Chris Savino was also a staff member (and showrunner for seasons 5 and 6) on the aforementioned show, writing, storyboarding, and directing a couple of episodes.
Thomas & Friends - This episode is also similar to the episode "The Truth About Toby" because in that episode, it features every single engine being worried that Toby is being scrapped. But in this episode, it is different, this episode is about the Loud kids being rumored that their parents are going to send one of them away. Another episode of the show's nineteenth season was one episode called "Goodbye Fat Controller" (Goodbye Sir Topham Hatt in America) where Percy overhears some workmen saying that the Fat Controller/Sir Topham Hatt is going to leave Sodor for retirement, which makes the Steam Team engines decide go on strike. This episode is also similar to many episodes where the engines of Sodor have feared that they would be scrapped.
Lisa says that the only one left was Lincoln to stay in the house after Mr. and Mrs. Loud explained who to keep and who to toss. However, they also left out Lori, as they didn't say anything about a tie that is equal to her, yet Lisa did say "I believe that leaves us with Lincoln, but what do I know? I'm just the gifted one".
However, Rita said earlier that she didn't like the "first one", when Lori was listening in on their conversation, when she didn't believe Lincoln at first. When she heard it, she was scared and crushed.
The kids could hear Rita and Lynn Sr. speaking normally, but their parents couldn't hear them.
Possible: In "Picture Perfect", the family portrait's picture frame was gold, but in this episode, the picture frame is brown. It's possible that they bought a new frame as a replacement.
In the scene where Lincoln and his sisters find out that Rita and Lynn Sr. were talking about their ties, Rita's lipstick isn't shown.
When Lincoln was in the kitchen the clock said it was 5:00 PM, but later when the kids went to the parents' room, the clock says 12:15 PM.
In this episode, Rita and Lynn Sr. state that they will never kick out any of the children. However, they kick out Lincoln when they believe he is bad luck in "No Such Luck".
Also, in this episode, Lincoln's sisters state that they will never get rid of him, as mentioned by Lana that "he's their only brother". However, they get rid of Lincoln, by slamming their doors, when they find out he embarrassed them in "Making the Case".
In one scene, Luan was as tall as Lynn.
Lincoln's suit is brown instead of blue, like in previous episodes.
In one scene, when the siblings were in the parents room, Luan's braces are missing, and Lola has front teeth.
Before Lynn Sr. turns around putting on his Easter tie, his patches are on his arms, but after he puts it on, they're both missing.
On the title card for the episode, Lisa has eyebrows which were she normally can't have.
The siblings listening to their parents' conversation through the air vents.
The parents talking about ties, while the siblings think that they are talking about them.