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Episode Information

"Pipe Dreams" is the eleventh episode of the third season, and the one-hundred-twelfth episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Mom and Dad decide to build a secret bathroom after they become sick of waiting in the long bathroom line.

Synopsis

Early in the morning, Rita and Lynn Sr. hurry to the bathroom for urgent reasons. However, the line for the bathroom is incredibly long, and they must wait, no matter how long it takes. Tired of the long waiting time (and refusing to use a bucket Lana uses named Old Sloshie as an alternative), Lynn Sr. recommends that he and Rita have a bathroom all to themselves. Rita initially denies, saying that the kids have a habit of taking things that they buy just for themselves, but she agrees when she and Lynn Sr. agree to keep their own bathroom a complete secret, and by building it in their closet. However, just when Rita reconsiders going along with the plan, since it means they would have to lie to their children, she and Lynn Sr. discover that the bathroom has become a messy wreck due to the kids' use, which promptly leads to them agreeing to build their own bathroom.

Later, as the siblings go on with their day, Rita and Lynn Sr., donning construction equipment and some tools, attempt to prep up their bathroom without making their kids suspicious. They get their work done through various means, whether it'd be making loud noises to block out the noise of their construction, keeping their kids out of their room, and hiring some extra workers. After a lot of hard work, Rita and Lynn Sr. finally complete their secret bathroom, and love how they now have something all to themselves.

The next day, the siblings are in a hurry to get to school, but Lana is running behind. Lana is trying to find her lucky chicken bone, but is forced into leaving by Lori when they're about to be late for school. Upon leaving, Charles runs into the parents' secret bathroom, and coughs up Lana's lucky chicken bone. Sometime later, Rita and Lynn Sr. discover the bone, and fear that their kids know about their secret bathroom, prompting Lynn Sr. to add on locks to the door. Just as Lynn Sr. applies the locks, Cliff runs in, and unravels the toilet roll. Assuming Lynn broke in, Lynn Sr. adds on even more locks. However, Hops, who is chasing after a fly, climbs through the air vents, and splashes water all over the toilet seat. Thinking Lincoln broke in, Lynn Sr. applies even more security features to the bathroom, ranging from surveillance cameras, motion sensors, a laser grid, and a security panel inside, which will lock them in if they ever get caught.

S3E06B Bathroom is no longer usable

The secret bathroom is not so secret anymore, now that it's destroyed.

Later, as Rita and Lynn Sr. do their business in their secret bathroom, Lynn Sr. attempts to exit, but finds out the door is locked. He tries to put in the passcode, but it's incorrect. After several unsuccessful attempts, they end up getting locked in the bathroom. Realizing their dilemma, Rita turns off the shower, but ends up breaking the handle off, causing water to start flooding the bathroom. Rita tries to pry the door open with a toothbrush Dr. Feinstein gave her, but it snaps in an instant. Attempting to escape through the vents, they realize too late that they wired the vents. Realizing that they're out of options, Rita and Lynn Sr. call for their kids to help them, and succeed in breaking them out when Lynn rams a coat rack into the door. Suspicious as to why their closet was full of water, Rita and Lynn Sr. admit that they were tired of having to wait so long to use the bathroom, and wanted their own bathroom all to themselves. With the truth revealed, they agree to let their kids use it, but because of the destruction, the secret bathroom is completely destroyed, and they couldn't afford to fix it, since they used the money to put in the security features. Despite this, the kids still allow their parents to use the upstairs bathroom, even if it means going back to just one bathroom.

The next day, Rita and Lynn Sr. attempt to race to the bathroom, but there's another long line. Not wanting to wait any longer, Lynn Sr. asks Lana for Old Sloshie.

Cast

Lily, Sammie, Whitney, Kevin, Mike, and Karla have no lines in this episode.

Trivia

  • This episode reveals that whenever Rita and Lynn Sr. buy something just for themselves, the kids have a habit of taking it over. This is explained when they once bought an adjustable bed and immediately afterwards, the kids played on it, inevitably damaging it within mere seconds.
  • Like it was revealed in "The Price of Admission", Lola goes to sleep with her parents when she has a nightmare.
  • When talking on her phone, Lori mentions two people named Miguel and Todd. This is most likely a reference to storyboard artist Miguel Puga, and character designer Todd Oman.
  • Each of the crewmen helping Rita and Lynn Sr. prep up their bathroom are all writers of the show (Sammie Crowley, Whitney Wetta, Kevin Sullivan, Michael Rubiner, and Karla Sakas Shropshire). They were even referenced by first name.
  • According to Lana, she uses a bucket named Old Sloshie as an alternative for a bathroom.
  • This episode reveals that Lana has a lucky chicken bone.
    • This is also the second of her lucky charms, the first being a booger from "Snow Bored".
  • According to Lynn Sr., Lincoln always forgets to put the toilet seat up.
  • This episode reveals that Lynn is always aggressive with toilet paper rolls.
  • Lisa mentions her tinnitus from "The Sweet Spot".
  • This is the last episode dubbed by Elrom Perfect Voices and have Mika Gan Mor and Eilla Feldman as the voices of Luan and Lola in the Hebrew dub. Beginning in the next episode, the show is now dubbed by Dubi Dub Studios and Luan and Lola are voiced by Einat Azulay and Maya Mitalponkt.
  • Innuendo: After Rita and Lynn Sr. install a security measure that locks in whoever breaks into their secret bathroom, Rita says that they'll "catch them with their pants down."
  • Irony: While it appeared that Leni was embarrassed at the fact that the mirror was open the whole time she thought it was "broken", she was actually referring to a chin hair on her face that was embarrassing. It's also worth nothing Lori's reaction, since it appeared that she was sympathetic about Leni doing something foolish, but was proven wrong when Leni was referring to something else.

References

  • Pipe Dreams - The title of this episode is a term that means "an unattainable or fanciful hope or scheme."
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider - The book Lynn Sr. was reading in his and Rita's faux book club was this popular nursery rhyme.
  • The Shawshank Redemption - The way Lynn Sr. moves parts of the wall through his pants and shakes it out in the yard is the same way Andy Dufresne does in the movie.
  • Teen Titans - A medley of the beginning of the theme song can be heard.

Errors

  • When Lori approaches Leni when the latter thinks the mirror is broken, the rest of the family appears to be missing.
  • When Lynn Sr. was drinking out of the flower pot, his sideburns next to his nose are missing.
S3E06B Parents needing the Loud kids help

Robe recalled.

  • When Rita and Lynn Sr. call for help when trapped in their secret bathroom, the Closed Captions misspelled Lori's name as "Laurie".
    • In that same scene, for one frame, one of the rolled up sleeves on Rita's robe is disconnected.
  • In one scene, one of Rita's shoes is discolored brown.
  • When Lynn Sr. opens the closet, his head was rotated, except for the top thinning hair.
    • Also, his patches on his sleeves are missing, but they're back again when he screams.
  • When the kids are called in, as they move, the bathroom door mysteriously opens.
  • Lily can be seen waiting in line for the bathroom, despite the fact that she still wears diapers.

Running Gags

  • Rita and Lynn Sr. working on their secret bathroom without making their kids suspicious.
  • The family pets doing something in the secret bathroom, making Rita and Lynn Sr. believe that their kids know about their secret bathroom, which leads to the latter adding more and more security features to keep them out.

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