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Totally Odd Squad
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Season 1, Episode 10b
Production Information
Air DateDecember 8, 2014
Written byRon Holsey
Directed byCraig David Wallace
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Totally Odd Squad is the B plot of the 10th episode of Odd Squad.

Synopsis

In a flashback episode, Ms. O tells the story of how she defeated a villain called the Patternista back when she was an agent.

Learning Goal

Algebraic Thinking: recognizing and extending number, sound,and color patterns

Plot (contains episode spoilers)

Ms. O joins Agent Olive, Otto, and Oscar in a rock-paper-scissors battle over the last jelly bean in the break room. When she beats the trio they ask her how she did it so easily. Ms. O explains that she memorized the agents' throwing patterns and that she learned all about patterns before she became Ms. O. At that time, she was known as Agent Oprah. A flashback to 1983 begins and she tells the story of the case that taught her about patterns.

The flashback opens on 1983's Odd Squad headquarters, which looks mostly the same aside from the technology. Ms. O introduces her partner (Agent O'Donahue) who is a cooly dressed boy with a flowery Hawaiian shirt on under his suit instead of the standard white shirt and red tie. The two interview a man who can't take off his multi-layered sweater. Oprah suggests using the "Sweater Take-Offinator" gadget, and is about to fire it when O'Donahue remarks that the guy's sweater "is pretty choice". The comment causes the man to reconsider, and he decides to leave the sweater on. He thanks the pair and leaves.

Ms. O calls Oprah and O'Donahue into her office and directs O'Donahue to tuck in his shirt before pointing out that what he's wearing is not the uniform. He laughs it off and asks if she likes it when he brings her flowers. Ms. O rolls her eyes in response, and O'Donahue suggests that she considers getting a pet fish to calm her down. Ms. O replies that she doesn't have time for fish due to how much oddness she has to deal with. With that, she pulls the agents over to an overhead projector and briefs them on the case she has for them.

The projector shows that someone has stolen the medium sized ball of gum from the town museum, but Ms. O states that the squad received a clue in the form of a VHS tape. She hands the tape to the agents, and upon watching it they learn that the criminal is a girl called "The Patternista". The Patternista informs them that they'll be able to locate the ball of gum if they can figure out the next sound to come out of her mouth. She proceed to make a series of odd noises that repeat for a minute. Stumped, the two agents decide to go to the math room. With the origami fortune teller's help they decipher the pattern and conclude that they need to go to a train yard.

Upon arriving at the train yard, the agents find the medium sized ball of gum and high-five in celebration. Oprah notices a tape stuck to the side of the ball, and pulls it off, wondering what's on it. O'Donahue brings out a VCRinator and they pop the video in. From the screen The Patternista laughs and states that the entire plot to steal the giant ball of gum was simply a distraction so she could kidnap Ms. O while the agents weren't looking. Ms. O tells the agents that she isn't hurt, and instructs them to feed her fish while she's away, while paying extra close attention to how many times they feed the green fish. Having learned that Ms. O has been taken captive, O'Donahue grows disheartened and -believing that it's the end of Odd Squad- woefully bids Oprah farewell.

Oprah returns to the math room by herself and works to interpret Ms. O's video message, noting that the fish must be a clue to find her. She figures out that the green fish specifically must be code for "Green Street" and counts them to determine what the address is. As she exits the math room she thanks the origami fortune teller, and learns that her name is "Carol".

Once Oprah arrives at the warehouse, she busts in and demands that The Patternista tell her where Ms. O is. The Patternista says that Ms. O is "right here" and pulls off her disguise to reveal that she and Ms. O are one and the same. Oprah is confused and questions what's going on and Ms. O tells her that the whole case was a test to see if she was worthy enough to be her replacement once she retires. Honored that she passed, Oprah accepts the position of Ms. O and O'Donahue pops out from behind a pillar to congratulate her.

As the flashback ends, Oprah (now Ms. O) says that she learned two things that day- how patterns work, and that the last jelly bean always tastes the best. With that, she pops the jelly bean in her mouth, and smugly walks away, leaving Olive, Otto, and Oscar bummed.

At the very end of the episode Agent Oprah teases that "Agent Oprah and O'Donahue will be back. Ooooohhh yeah!"

Trivia

  • The Hawaiian shirt that O'Donahue wears under his suit is most likely a nod to the show Magnum, P.I., whose main character was famous for wearing flowery Hawaiian shirts.
  • A recurring background song in the episode is a take on "Axel F", which is the instrumental theme to the 1984 film Beverly Hills Cop.
  • At one point in the episode O'Donahue walks away and punches a fist up in the air, then holds it. This motion is an ode to the closing scene in The Breakfast Club. The tune that plays in that moment is a take on the Simple Minds song "Don't You (Forget About Me)" which plays over the scene in the movie. This homage is repeated again later as Ms. O exits the warehouse scene.
  • The ending scene of the episode that shows Oprah and O'Donahue drawn running is a parody of the 1985 music video for A-Ha's song "Take On Me".
  • The Patternista is a parody of the popular fictional artificial intelligence Max Headroom.

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