Episode Information

"Silence of the Luans" is the fifteenth episode (sixteenth in production order) of the fifth season, and the two-hundred-fourteenth of The Loud House.


With Luan locked in a cell in the basement, who is responsible for the April Fool's Day pranks this year?


Lincoln is hard at work patrolling the door the basement. He explains to the viewers that today is April 1st, also known as April Fools Day; the day Luan becomes a crazed maniac by relentlessly pranking her family. Wanting to ensure that she does not pull any pranks whatsoever, the family have gone the extra mile by securing Luan in a locked cellar in the basement a week beforehand. Going into the basement, Luan tells Lincoln that she has retired from April Fools pranks, saying she has grown up now. However, Lincoln refuses to listen, and after a petrified Lynn Sr. comes down with her lunch, Lincoln prepares to head back up. Suddenly, a salami on a string comes down and swings right into Lincoln's face. Lincoln accuses Luan of setting that up, but Luan tells him she did not do that because she is locked up. Suddenly, the house vibrates, and when Lincoln goes to check it out, he sees his family being mercilessly pranked by booby traps set all over the house. The family attempts to seek refuge in Lisa's underground bunker and the garage, but they too have been laced with pranks.

The family goes to confront Luan to tell her to stop with her pranks, but Luan tells them she is innocent, saying she retired from April Fools pranks. However, the family thinks she is lying and prepare to leave, but Lincoln realizes that the pranks that hit them are much different from Luan's usual ones, like how some of the materials that were used were only done during a specific time of their lives. Despite this detail, the family refuses to listen, and leave when Lincoln suggests letting Luan help them catch the real prankster. When Luan says she knows how a prankster would think, Lincoln decides to let her out under certain conditions.

After carrying Luan, wearing Lynn's hockey mask and tied to a dolly with Lynn's sweatbands, upstairs, they enter the bathroom, and discover that no one has entered yet. After agreeing to let Luan loose, Luan observes that the toilet was set to explode the next time it flushed, and that there is a tripwire connected to a tarp full of eggs. She also realizes that whoever set them haven't left any clues of their presence. Meanwhile, the rest of family is on a drive to get away from the madness, and decide to get something to eat at Burpin' Burger.

Arriving downstairs, Luan tells Lincoln to look at the couch. He sees Charles sipping a box of juice, and thinks it normal. Approaching the dog, Luan tells him to come down, when he suddenly responds with "No!" and can seemingly stand on two legs. When Lincoln points out that he has never seen Charles do that, Luan says it is not Charles, and after tackling him, she pulls off the mask to reveal that the prankster is Lily. Luan is admittedly surprised by this revelation, but she demands her to stop with her prank. Lily refuses, and turns on the TV with her bone (which is revealed to be a remote), revealing the family driving in Vanzilla. At that moment, the family arrives to Burpin' Burger, and just before they can place their order, Rita gets a text from Luan saying that Lily is the prankster. As first, the family does not believe her, and while Lynn Sr. pinches on "Lily's" cheek, he inadvertently pulls off a mask to reveal Charles, much to the horror of the family. With the secret revealed, Lily activates her grand prank: she has the locks on Vanzilla lock the family in, and the car begins to drive around the Burpin' Burger building on an endless loop. Luan begs Lily to stop, but Lily lets out a fart cloud to escape.

Running upstairs, Lincoln and Luan discover that Lily fled to the attic. Upon entering the attic, they discover a console with numerous monitors showing the family screaming for their lives. At that moment, Lily arrives on her toy trike with a loaded diaper, ready to attack them. As Lincoln fights with Lily, Luan attempts to shut down the console and stop Vanzilla. After falling through the floorboards by a trap Lily set up, Luan uses a juice box to squirt juice onto the console, which successfully shuts it down and makes Vanzilla stop moving. Lily is initially disappointed her prank was foiled, but cheers up when Rita and Lynn Sr. vomit from all the motion.

Later that day, as the family sits in the living room, tuckered out from everything they went through, Lincoln, Luan and Lily approach them. Rita declares Lily to be grounded until age 16 (boosted to 21 after they get onion water dumped on them). However, Luan admits the onion water prank was hers, saying that because of Lily's actions, she feels reinvigorated and decides to come out of retirement. When Lily fist pumps with a "Yes!", Luan realizes that Lily deliberately pranked her family to get her out of retirement. Touched by this, Luan hugs her baby sister in gratitude, and Lynn Sr. realizes in horror that now, the family has somehow raised two pranksters.


Lori has no lines in this episode.


  • This was the last episode on which Jared Morgan worked before his departure from Nickelodeon. According to Jared, he did two weeks worth of work on this episode at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • This is the first April Fool's Day episode to not have the word "fool" in the title.
    • It is also the first April Fools episode to not be written by both Sammie Crowley and Whitney Wetta, as Sammie left Nickelodeon in 2019 to work at Disney, as well as the first April Fools episode to not be boarded by Miguel Puga, as he now works on The Casagrandes.
  • This episode takes place after "Fool Me Twice", as Luan tells her family that she has retired from April Fools pranks, having taken her promise of never pranking her family again from the aforementioned episode to heart.
    • Due to Lily's deliberate pranking however, that promise may officially be broken.
  • Lincoln brings up the events of "April Fools Rules" by stating that locking Luan up a day before proved unsuccessful, so they opted to lock her up a week before.
  • Lynn Sr. has been traumatized by Luan's April Fools antics so much, he sometimes cannot speak properly, resorting to him babbling his dialogue (which Rita can translate).
  • There are some subtle hints that foreshadow Lily and Charles having switched places:
    • When the family leaves in Vanzilla, "Lily" is the only one who does not show any sort of movement.
    • When Lincoln and Luan see "Charles" in the living room, he's sitting and standing like a normal person, and at one point, says "No!"
  • Due to her absence at college, Lori ends up being the only member of the core Loud family to not get pranked.
    • Despite this, she does appear in a flashback at the beginning of the episode.
  • Innuendo: When Lincoln suggests letting Luan out of her cell to help find the real prankster, Rita coldly states that she and the others will "leave his room untouched as a memorial," implying he would not survive if he fell victim to one of Luan's pranks.


  • Silence of the Luans - The title and premise of this episode references the 1991 psychological horror film The Silence of the Lambs. At one point, Luan wears a face mask and a straightjacket while being carried by a dolly, resembling the iconic attire of Hannibal Lecter.
  • Saving Private Ryan - The way Lincoln sees his family getting pranked in slow-motion while dazed is similar to the opening of this 1998 war film.
  • Kalamazoo River - One of Luan's previous pranks involves sending the Loud House down this Michigan river, which gained in notoriety in 2010 when it became the site of a disastrous oil spill.
  • Titanic - In the scene where the Loud House floats down the river, we see Rita and Lynn Sr. in their bed as their bedroom floods.


Luan's missing ponytail, with a brown spot.

  • When Lily makes an angry face, her eyelashes are missing at points.
  • When Luan falls down from the attic, her ponytail disappears, leaving a brown spot.
  • In Vanzilla, Luna is sitting between Leni and Lucy. But when the family is seen through the monitors in the attic, Leni and Lucy are next to each other.
  • The Great Mustarding is said to have been three years ago. However, in the flashback, the characters look the same age as in the present.
  • Possible: Lily attacks Luan and Lincoln with a diaper, even though she is potty-trained now. Though, she could have deliberately soiled it with the intention of using it as a weapon.
    • The diaper could also be one of Lisa's old fecal samples from "Room and Hoard".
  • Plot hole: In flashbacks of past April Fools Days all Louds aren't any younger.



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