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Episode Information

"Breaking Dad" is the twenty-third episode of the third season, and the one-hundred-twenty-fourth episode of The Loud House.


Dad has Mr. Grouse watch Lily while he goes to a concert, but things quickly start to go wrong.


Lynn Sr. is getting himself ready for Cowbella, a music festival dedicated entirely to cowbell music. Rita informs him that he needs to drop Lily off at the daycare center first before he and Kotaro can head off. However, while waiting for Kotaro, Lynn Sr. is suddenly informed that the daycare center is closed due to one of the babies clogging the toilet with a whole diaper, leaving the place flooded. When Rita is unable to babysit, and not wanting to skip out on Cowbella, Lynn Sr. realizes that he could get Mr. Grouse to babysit for him. Initially, Mr. Grouse denies, saying that he has no experience in babysitting. But when Lynn Sr. promises he'll make five trays of lasagna for him, Mr. Grouse promptly accepts. At that moment, Kotaro arrives in his van, and he and Lynn Sr. depart for Cowbella.

As Lynn Sr. and Kotaro have a fun time at Cowbella, Lynn Sr. frequently gets calls from Mr. Grouse whenever Lily starts misbehaving. Each time this happens, Lynn Sr. gives him the right advice on how to calm Lily down. After a successful day at Cowbella, Lynn Sr. and Kotaro arrive back home, and Lynn Sr. is happy to see that Lily and Mr. Grouse have gotten along pretty well. After making seven trays of lasagna (Mr. Grouse demanded one extra tray if he had to do something he didn't like), Mr. Grouse leaves, but Lily frantically looks for him while calling him "da-da". At that moment, Rita arrives home, and Lynn Sr. confesses that he had Mr. Grouse watch Lily while he and Kotaro went to Cowbella, and as a result, Lily doesn't remember who he is. However, Lily immediately recognizes who Rita is, making Lynn Sr. break down.

The next day, Lynn Sr. announces to his wife that he will be skipping on Cowbella, so he could spend the day with Lily, in hopes that Lily would recognize him. Throughout the whole day, Lynn Sr. tries to appeal to Lily in any way he can, ranging from reading a story, making her food, go to the mall to get presents, and swing on the swing. However, no matter how hard he tries, Lily keeps referring to Mr. Grouse as her "da-da". Despairing that he just lost Lily, Lynn Sr. decides to call up Mr. Grouse if he wants to come over for dinner, and he accepts (as long as its lasagna).

Lynn Sr. is joyful to the fact that Lily still loves him.

Sometime later, Mr. Grouse arrives, and gives back the sweater he "borrowed" the other day. Suddenly, Lily begins calling Lynn Sr. "da-da", making Lynn Sr. and Rita realize that the actual reason why Lily kept thinking Mr. Grouse was her father was because Mr. Grouse was wearing Lynn Sr.'s favorite sea-foam green sweater. While Lynn Sr. is happy to know that Lily never stopped loving him, Mr. Grouse, who didn't even hear what Lynn Sr. was talking about, promptly begins eating the lasagna that was meant for dinner tonight.


Lincoln, Lori, Leni, Luna, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lana, Lola, and Lisa have no lines in this episode.


 ) Associated production music
 ) Original music
 ) The Loud House/The Casagrandes music

  Summer Swing - Marc Durst [Montage of Dad trying to win Lily back.]

Physical distribution

This episode is available on the "Road Tripped", "The Complete Third Season", and "Saison 3 intégrale" DVDs.


  • The premise of this episode is extremely similar to "Two Boys and a Baby", as both episodes involve someone taking care of Lily with comical results.
  • This episode reveals that Lily could have prosopagnosia, since she thought Mr. Grouse was Lynn Sr., while wearing his sweater.
  • This episode takes place after "Potty Mouth", because Lily was accepted into the daycare center Rita and Lynn Sr. were trying to get her into.
  • Although all of Lily's siblings are present in this episode, they only appear in the form of a fight cloud, with brief glances of their arms or legs qualifying as their appearance.
  • Innuendo:
    • When Lynn Sr. said "speaking of relief" he was referring to using the restroom. Also, when Mr. Grouse told him to hang up the phone it implied that he was using the restroom over the phone.
    • When Kotaro asked if he should get the van so they can head back, Lynn Sr. replied "Bell, no", which is a pun of "hell, no".


  • Breaking Dad - The title of this episode is a parody of the critically acclaimed crime-drama series Breaking Bad.
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Lynn Sr. mentions that he doesn't want to miss the Red Hot Bell Peppers, referencing this alternative rock band.
  • Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival - Cowbella is a play on the name Coachella, an annual music festival which takes place in California every April.
    • It may also be a parody of the phrase "Ciao Bella", which is Italian for "Hello/Goodbye Beautiful".


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