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Episode Information

"Scales of Justice" is the twenty-sixth episode of the third season, and the one-hundred-twenty-seventh episode of The Loud House.

Plot

Lana springs into action when she learns her favorite fish are in jeopardy of losing their home to construction.

Synopsis

Lana is hanging out with her favorite fish at Tall Timbers Park, the Fishmans, who also have happened to lay hundreds of eggs. As she plays with them, a bulldozer suddenly arrives. When Lana asks the bulldozer driver what the big deal is, he states that the park had been sold and is going to be the location of a new mustard warehouse. Realizing the danger the Fishmans are in, Lana has Hops secretly dismantle the bulldozer, prompting the driver to leave so he can get the tools to fix it.

Heading home, Lana learns from Rita and Lynn Sr. that in order for her to save the Fishmans from getting killed, she has to get people to sign a petition. However, when she needs to collect 10,000 signatures, and the petition doesn't actually stop the construction of the warehouse (but instead delays the construction), Lana decides to go an easier route by disguising herself as a lake monster (after Leni mistook Lana for a monster due to being covered completely in mud). Recruiting the animals, Lana, Hops, and the animals successfully scare off the construction worker from the day before to stop him from doing any damage by posing as a menacing monster, but not before the taking a screenshot of the "monster" he's seeing. With the construction worker gone, Lana believes she has successfully saved the Fishmans.

Sometime later, Lana arrives back home, and learns from the news that because of the construction worker's sighting of a "monster", the construction of the mustard warehouse will be relocated, much to Lana's joy. Unfortunately, when Lana heads back to the lake the next day, she's shocked to discover dozens of people surrounding the lake, waiting for the monster to reappear. Clearly annoyed at this turn of events, Lana and the animals bring out their monster disguise, and scare a bunch of people at a different park. Although the plan succeeds in getting rid of everyone at Tall Timbers Park, karma rears its ugly head when it is revealed that park Lana just scared a bunch of people at was going to be the new location of the mustard warehouse, but because of the "monster's" new sighting, construction at Tall Timbers has resumed. Realizing that she can't do the same stunt again, Lana eventually goes the hard route by trying to collect 10,000 signatures. Despite her efforts, Lana barely manages to make 10,000 signatures, and admits defeat. Suddenly, Lisa discovers one of Lana's photos of her with the Fishmans, and realizes that the Fishmans are an endangered species of sturgeon, and are therefore protected by law.

With the lake now protected from any construction, Lana is happy to know that the Fishmans can raise their babies without any harm whatsoever.

Cast

Lincoln, Lori, Luan, Lynn, Lucy, Lola, Lily, Dana, and Renee have no lines in this episode.

Trivia

  • The premise of this episode is extremely similar to "Frog Wild", as both episodes involve Lana trying to save a specific animal from certain doom.
  • The title of this episode is subtle reference to fish having scales.
  • Lincoln appears on the title card as the mudball on the left scale. What supports this is his hairline being visible, and the lily pad's flower resembling his cowlick.
  • This episode reveals that Leni and Lana weren't aware that 10,000 was a real number.
  • This episode reveals that the News Reporter's name is Katherine Mulligan.
    • This is also her first appearance in Season 3.
  • According to Mr. Grouse, mustard makes him gassy.
  • Lana's monster disguise looks like Muscle Fish.
  • Leni got crashed in the face a total of nine times in this episode.
  • In the original storyboards, the robot in Lisa room was going to be a robot version of her.
  • On TV airings, this episode comes after its sister episode, "Crimes of Fashion".
  • Irony:
    • Katherine Mulligan states her name over and over, yet none of the family members remember her name.
    • Lana could've avoided going through the trouble of protecting the Fishmans if she knew they were an endangered species.

References

  • Scales of Justice - The title of this episode relates to fairness in the judicial process. They indicate that each side of a case will be considered in a court case. It also means of the astrological sign, Libra.
  • Peanuts - Whenever someone rambles about something towards Lana, their talking transforms into a playing trumpet, similar to how the adults talk in this comic series.
    • It is later revealed to be Luna playing a trumpet, of which is similar to The Simpsons episode, Treehouse of Horrors XIX (whose third segment parodies Peanuts), during which Marge plays the trombone to produce the same sound effect.
  • Astro Boy - Lisa's robot looks like the manga character, Astro Boy.
  • Nirvana (band) - One of the TV cameraman is Shown wearing a Yellow smiley face shirt, Quite similar to the Logo of the Band.

Running Gags

  • People asking if the Fishmans have called a lawyer, prompting Lana to annoyingly remark that they're fish.
  • Lana being mistaken for a monster whenever she's covered in mud.
  • Lana trying to defend the Fishmans.
  • Leni running into walls/trees whenever she panics.
  • Katherine Mulligan stating her name over and over.
  • The sound of someone talking turning into a playing trumpet (which later turns out to be Luna).


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