Tina must come out of retirement from her Thunder Girls troupe to uncover a mole stealing cookie leads, in a clever homage to John le Carré’s 1974 espionage novel “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.”
Louise gets in on the action in the only way she knows how: stirring the pot and watching the mayhem ensue. The end of the episode brings up the notion that Louise did it all to spend time with her big sister, and I love seeing another glimmer of sweetness beneath Louise’s mischievous façade. Still, the end was the first time that ulterior motive was even hinted at. Unlike past episodes focusing on Louise’s family relationships – I’m thinking two of my all-time favorites “Spaghetti Western and Meatballs” and “Mother Daughter Laser Razor” here – her desire to spend time with Tina was shoehorned in. It didn’t detract from the episode, and not everything has to be explicitly spelled out, but it seems odd to introduce the concept at the end of the installment.
Linda’s brunette-to-blonde subplot definitely takes the easy way out. Instead of giving her something to do with blonde hair, the writers make her distracted and ditzy and resolve that almost instantly. The episode didn’t really have room for a full additional plot thread, but I thought that Linda’s dye job would eventually work its way into the mole hunt. While amusing, this was the only really underwhelming element of this episode. That said, her attempt to seduce Bob as a blonde was hilarious.
Nitpicking aside, I did love this episode. Overall, the writers really fulfilled the potential of this story very well. Tina is always the underdog, so it was fun to see her outsmart the mole by being her uncool uptight self. Bringing the high stakes of international espionage down to the
Girl Scout Thunder Girls level made the intensity of the troupes all the sillier.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to read “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” and try to avoid imagining George Smiley with Dan Mintz’s voice.
Burger of the Day Gags: The “Cajun Gracefully Burger” and the “Blondes Have More Fun-gus Burger (Comes with Mushrooms)”
Tina: But how can there be a mole in Troupe 119? We pinky-swore we’d be friends forever. Except for that one girl who didn’t have a pinky and moved away. She had a lot going on. Ginny: I had to eat Troupe 257′s cookies from my own break room.
Tina: Well, you didn’t have to-
Ginny: I had to, Tina, I had to!.
Louise: Wait wait wait, your troupe has a mole? A Thunder-mole?
Tina: What? Where did you get that idea?
Louise: Is she giving away your cookie secrets or something?
Gene: That’s my stage name: Cookie Secrets.
(The kids are speculating on the identity of the mole using Equestranauts dolls with suspects faces on them. Gene adds a sixth pony with a piece of paper that says “Gene”)
Gene: Look at this suspicious character.
Gene: Just let me into your world!