The children grow tired of their family van falling apart, so they decide to try to trick Dad into buying a cool, new van.
Vanzilla has broken down, and the kids are forced to push it, while Rita sits in the driver seat. As they push the van home (except for Lola), Rita points out that while everyone agrees that they should get a new van, their father doesn't like the idea, since the van was originally his father's, and his grandfather's van, and plans to keep it in the family by passing it down to Lincoln. When they finally get home, Rita tells them that she needs them to push the van again, and the kids decide to try to convince their dad to get a new van.
The next day, the kids try to persuade Lynn Sr. by doing favors for him that have the van involved, such as making a pancake-shaped like a van, complimenting him with van-related puns, and solving homework problems that involve car travel. The next day, Lynn Sr. awakens to the smell of a spray. Liking the smell, Lisa approaches him and tells him it's her latest experiment: a spray that replicates the smell of a brand new car. Now fully convinced, Lynn Sr. declares that the Louds are going to get a new van, much to their joy
Sometime later, Lynn Sr. arrives back home with a sleek brand new van, which he nicknames "Veronica". Amazed at the new van, the kids and Rita attempt to enter, but Lynn Sr., not wanting to get the brand new van dirty, makes his family go through inspection (which ends up taking all day). With everybody in, Lynn Sr. is prepared to take the van for a spin. However, he only proceeds to back up a few feet, and drive back forward, remarking that he doesn't want the mileage to skyrocket before kicking everyone out. When Lori and Rita ask if they ever get to drive the van, Lynn Sr. tells them they can't, since he's the only one allowed to drive the van.
The next day, Lori and Leni arrive at a new/used car lot, and a worker named Steve greets them and shows them a convertible that Lori and Leni are interested in. Lori points out that they need to take the car out for a test drive. This involves buying lunch at the Burpin' Burger, and going shopping at the mall, all while Lori and Leni manipulate Steve into letting them do this.
Back at the Loud House, it becomes apparent that Lynn Sr. has become incredibly attached to the new van, as he and the vehicle wear matching beads and hangs out at the Royal Woods Mini Van Society, where its members are minivan owners who also refuse to let their families in their vans. The rest of the family is upset at how their father is too attached to the van and theorize that getting Vanzilla back will fix everything. They try to convince Lynn Sr. into getting Vanzilla back by giving him a pizza slice shaped like Vanzilla, Rita carpooling with one of her co-workers to make him jealous, and Lana stealing Veronica's tires. However, all three tactics fail and Lynn Sr. shames his family for wanting him and Veronica split up just so they can have Vanzilla back.
At the Mini Van Society, as Lynn Sr. tells his fellow members how his family tried to split up him with the van, they witness a van owner buying lunch for his large family. The members realize that they miss their old vans since their families made some memorable moments in them. When the members go get their old vans back, Lynn Sr. realizes what he has become. He arrives back to the house to apologize to his family and asks them if they want to get Vanzilla back, which the Louds happily agree to. They arrive at the car lot to return the van, but they can't get Vanzilla back due to it being shipped to the junkyard. At that moment, Lori, Leni, and Steve, arriving back after a fun day, decide to use their car to go to the junkyard.
At the junkyard, the Louds frantically search for Vanzilla. After some searching, Lincoln manages to find it. However, a worker is prepared to crush the van in the car compactor. Lana quickly takes her slingshot, and flings one of the beads from Lynn Sr.'s beaded vest, and manages to stop the crusher before the press touches down on the van. Lynn Sr. asks the worker to buy back Vanzilla.
In the end, the rest of the Louds are happy that Lynn Sr. sacrificed Veronica to get Vanzilla back, even if they're forced back into pushing it to make it move again.
Plot is similar to "Out on a Limo". In both episodes a Loud (Lincoln/Lynn Sr.) gets rudely selfish and neglects family, because of a luxuirous car and (limo/van) influence from wrong crowd (Tetherby/Royal Woods Van society), only to gets called out by family, rejected by the wrong crowd and regret this.
Although this episode premiered in 2017, it was made in 2016 according to the credits.
The title card of Lincoln putting his face on the car window is the same position he was in the limo's window in "Out on a Limo".
Archie Comics - The new van is named after Veronica Lodge. The car plays the role of an alternative love interest for Lynn Sr. who is already married to Rita.
Peanuts - The title of Lana and Lola's song, "Happiness is a New Van", is a possible nod to "Happiness is...", a phrase often used in Peanuts that also served as the basis for the closing number of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil - Lynn Sr.'s love of his new van and giving it a name is a homage to Harold Buttowski and his car Monique, which was a show where Chris Savino was a director and producer. Coincidentally:
Both characters are voiced by Brian Stepanek.
Both have vehicles with female names.
Both don't want anyone else to drive them but themselves.
Rita is seen exiting the van with the kids, but she was in the shotgun seat, not the passenger section.
When the man tells his kids to stay away from Lynn Sr., Lynn Sr. can be seen standing in front of the side view mirror. However, in the next shot, he is standing behind it, looking into the mirror.
When Lola was telling Lincoln that she and Lana have been practicing their van song for four hours, the eyelashes on her left eye are missing and Lisa is nowhere to be seen.
When Lori and Leni start their test drive, Lori shifts the gear shift up instead of down. That would have put the car in park rather than drive.
When Lori and Leni get their food at the Burpin' Burger, they can be seen pulling their drinks out of the bag, even though restaurants never put drinks in bags.
Lynn Sr. told his kids to take their shoes off and wear booties before entering the van. But in the next scene, Leni and Lana enter with their shoes on.
Due to a faulty translation, in the Polish dub, Kotaro says his dog puked in his van instead of giving birth to a puppy.
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