"Runaway McBride" (originally titled "Fathers of the McBride") is the forty-fourth episode (forty-fifth in production order) of the fifth season, and the two-hundred-forty-third episode of The Loud House.
At the McBride house, Howard and Harold are doing their weekly waltz dance. They tell Clyde to come on over and join them, but Clyde says that he's going to a football game with his friends. The moment he leaves, Howard and Harold lament that ever since Clyde started middle school, he has started to hang out with his friends more than with his own fathers. Suddenly, Harold comes up with the idea that if they want Clyde to spend more time with them, they need to convince his friends to hang out at their own home.
The next day, Clyde's friends arrive and ask if he's ready for their day of hanging out. Before they leave, Howard and Harold, wearing Roman togas, ask if they want to stay and recreate famous Rennaissance paintings, but Clyde says that they already made plans to go to a zombie-themed cafe. Realizing they're out of touch with what Clyde likes, Howard suggests that they do some research on the places Clyde likes so they can get a better understanding of his interests.
Throughout the day, Howard and Harold begin to make trips to the places Clyde often visits, such as Gus' Games and Grub and Flip's Food & Fuel, where they learn what kind of things interest Clyde or what his favorite foods are. At night, just before Clyde and his friends head off for the mall, Howard and Harold guide Clyde and his friends to the backyard and present to them all of Clyde's favorite things like food from Gus', some arcade games and Flip's Flippee machines. Impressed by this display, the gang decides to skip out on the mall and stay at the McBride house, much to Howard and Harold's glee. Several hours later, Clyde's friends prepare to leave, and Howard and Harold suggest that they do this again tomorrow night. However, Clyde reveals that they already made plans to go to the movies tomorrow and are going roller-skating the night after. Not wanting to lose Clyde again, Howard and Harold become determined to make sure they hang out at their house.
Soon afterwards, Howard and Harold attempt to do whatever they can to make sure Clyde and his friends spend their time at the McBride house. First, they set up a giant inflatable screen so they can watch a horror movie (where Howard and Harold faint from how violent the film is). Second, they convert their living room into a skating rink, although it results in some vases being destroyed. Third, they completely flood their backyard with water in place of going to the water park, and the pressure causes the glass doors to break and flood the house. Later, as Howard and Harold patch up the broken glass doors, they hear Clyde talking with his friends on the phone, where he reveals that they're going to a building demolition tomorrow. Completely desperate to keep Clyde close, Howard and Harold declare that they have to destroy their house.
The next day, Flip arrives with a wrecking ball, ready to destroy the McBride house. However, Clyde, mortified that his fathers are considering going through with this, shuts off the wrecking ball and asks his fathers what they're up to, given their string of recent actions. Realizing the foolish mistake they almost committed, Howard and Harold admit to Clyde that they were worried about him becoming more distant with them, as he's spending more time with his friends than with them. Realizing the pain they're going through, Clyde tells his fathers that they're the best thing to him and will always join them in their activities. After they hug it out, Harold throws an offhand comment by saying that Dr. Lopez will be proud that they "broke down some walls" and Flip mistakes this as his command. Despite the McBrides' protests, he swings the wrecking ball right into the house, destroying a large chunk of wall. Harold attempts to lighten the mood by saying that they wanted more natural light, but Howard ends up fainting.
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