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Oscar Strikes Back
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Season 2, Episode 6
Production Information
Air DateJuly 5, 2016
Written byTim McKeon
Directed byJ.J. Johnson
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Oscar Strikes Back is the 6th episode of Season 2 of Odd Squad.


In this two-part episode, Oscar attends a gathering of Odd Squad scientists called Lab Con at Odd Squad Academy.

Olympia's Random Slide

This is...the other shoe that dropped.

Learning Goal

  • Numbers, Counting, & Operations: Understanding place value and adding numbers to get to certain sums


Part One

The episode opens with an aerial view of six buildings, each shaped like the logo of one of Odd Squad's departments. The bottom building, shaped like the Lab logo, has a small crowd outside it. We cut to the front of said building, where Odd Squad scientists are gathered in a small courtyard and more arrive.

Inside, we see at least four check-in stations; the only one with a line behind it is "O-R", manned by Odelia. Oscar and Ms. O step to the front of the line, and Odelia greets the former, remarking that he has "finally made it to Lab Con". Oscar reveals that Oona is taking care of the lab while he's away, but expresses worry as she has never been left on her own before. Oscar and Odelia laugh about the idea that she might make the lab explode, then Oscar decides to leave. Ms. O holds him back and reminds him that he always complains about missing, as she puts it, "this weird, sweaty scientist party". She says that Oona will be fine in the lab.  

Just then, Oona runs up with her trademark "Howdy-doo!" Ms. O asks why she's not in the lab, and Oona replies that, since she wasn't supposed to call her mentor, she decided to "swing on by" (the final phrase remarked through song). Oscar raises his voice and asks if she left the lab unattended, but Oona answers, "No! What am I, crazy?" in a similar fashion to Oscar in "Oscar and the Oscarbots". She made a wax figure of herself. 

Back at the lab, the wax figure is greeted by Orchid, who wants "Gadget Lady", who is actually the wax-figured Oona, to fix a gadget of hers. When the wax figured Oona doesn't respond, Orchid assumes that the scientist heard she is awesome at staring contests and wants to challenge her to a staring contest. She tells the wax-figured Oona to say nothing if that's true. Orchid rolls up her sleeves and gets her stare on. 

At Lab Con, Oona inquires as to which writing tool agents should use when signing a gadget out. Oscar once again tries to leave, but Ms. O again holds him back and tells him to have fun at the Con. She then grabs Oona and escorts her out. Oona starts singing that "everything's gonna be fine!" but Ms. O politely asks her to stop. 

Odelia gives Oscar a bag of stuff, including a special pin for that year. Oscar takes the pin out, admires it, and tucks it inside his lab coat pocket. Odelia then pulls out a box and reveals that all gadgets must be checked. Oscar happily complies. Odelia replaces the box and tells Oscar, "Enjoy the Con!" Oscar walks off, checking out the other stuff in the bag. 

Oscar greets and is greeted by many of his fellow scientists, including an enthusiastic Odie. Odie and another scientist start telling some kids in lab coats and Odd Squad t-shirts (presumably scientists-in-training) that Oscar created the Lab department and the concept of combining gadgets. One of the scientists-in-training asks about combining gadgets. The pros are surprised she doesn't know, and demonstrate with some Eyebrow-inators (which have the number five on the bottom). Connecting two Eyebrow-inators creates gadget ten, the Hatinator, and another one makes it gadget fifteen, the Fancy-hat-inator. 

A P.A. announcement alerts all the scientists to take their seats in the auditorium. Odie remarks that Obbs must be about to give the welcome speech. Oscar groans when he hears Obbs' name, and when asked what's wrong, reveals that he thinks the president of the Odd Squad science department should at least wear a bow tie like all the other scientists, and that he is a bit showy. 

In the auditorium, the P.A. announces Obbs's arrival; the president himself appears out of a beam of green light, wearing a green satin shirt under his lab coat. He is greeted with applause from the scientists, but Odie and Oscar seem more reluctant than most. Odie admits to Oscar that yes, Obbs is a bit showy. Obbs mentions the pins, and Oscar takes his out of his pocket, only to have it drop to the floor. Oscar then gets down on his knees to search for it. 

In Obbs's welcome speech, he claims that agents get all the glory without the scientists getting anything. When he discussed this matter with other scientists, they asserted that they enjoy assisting agents and that everyone is on the same team. Obbs plans to end it with a mind-control gadget, which he uses to control the other scientists via their pins. Now, he claims, they will rise up and take control of every Odd Squad. The scientists, now mind-controlled, repeat what Obbs said.

Oscar finds his pin and rises, curious as to what is going on. Obbs notices that Oscar is not mind-controlled, offering to fix his "broken" pin. Oscar assured him it's okay, but Obbs insists. Oscar tells Obbs he'll fix it himself in the bathroom; a suspicious Obbs believes he's going to make a break for it. Oscar denies this, then hurriedly exits the auditorium. Obbs orders the mind-controlled scientists after him. They robotically march out of the auditorium.

Oscar runs into Ms. O just outside the auditorium. His boss believes he is trying to sneak out, and thinks it is just another excuse to leave when he explains the situation. Just then, the mind-controlled scientists appear and then Obbs also orders them to get Ms. O, who suddenly believes Oscar. While Oscar runs off again, Ms. O tips over a display full of ping-pong balls, and the scientists start to trip and slip. Obbs orders the scientists to get Ms. O as well as Oscar, and when they repeat the command in a slow, robotic voice, he dubs it "super creepy" and makes an alteration on his mind-control gadget. The scientists repeat the command again, in an even creepier cheery voice and march off once more. 

Ms. O and Oscar find a duct grate, which Ms. O removes. The two crawl into the duct and replace the grate just as the scientists appear. Ms. O tries to call for backup from the Squad, but Obbs yells that there's no escape and he jammed the signal. Calls cannot be made outside the building! Obbs shouts that he has a world to take over, and when Odie starts to correct him, he outlines his plan: first take over Odd Squad, then the world, then any possible other worlds with life (he has a hunch about Neptune). He then orders the scientists to get the two while he plans in his office. 

Oscar thinks that getting Obbs's mind-control remote will solve the problem. Ms. O asks how, as she can't use her fists, nor Oscar his gadgets. She is interrupted by her badge-phone ringing. Oscar recalls that they can't get calls from outside the building, but Obbs didn't say anything about inside the building. Ms. O answers her phone; it's Oona, she's in the garage and asking about parking tickets. Ms. O hands the phone to Oscar, who tells Oona they need her help, and it'll take twenty minutes to explain. 

Twenty minutes later, the explanation is through. Oona expresses surprise that Oscar called how long it was going to take, as well as the evil takeover bit. Oscar tells Oona to find gadgets in the ice-cream truck she rode in on that can help them. Oona asks when, Ms. O suggests now. Oona dashes into the ice-cream truck. Ms. O and Oscar start crawling through the ducts. 

Oona finds some gadgets, but has no idea what any of them do. Oscar replies that it's easy to tell the gadgets apart. Oona decides to blast them all, despite Oscar's objections, and fires the Tiny-note-inator, the Feather-inator, and the Flower-inator (which has a flower on it). The ice-cream truck appears with flashes of light and odd sounds coming from its windows. A surprised Oscar hears this over the phone. He tries to get Oona's attention, but Oona is too busy firing the Sweater-inator. She does pick up, and Oscar reminds Oona about the numbers on the bottom.  

Ms. O points out that the scientists have found them. They try to escape, but are surrounded on all sides. Ms. O asks if Oscar is afraid of heights, he says no, and Ms. O breaks the floor of the duct, sending them into a hallway on a lower floor of the building. They are greeted by a group of mind-controlled scientists, led by Odelia. Ms. O asks how many people are at this conference, but Oscar doesn't answer. Instead, he tries to get Odelia to recognize him, thinking she's still in there. Odelia seems to break through her controlled mind, but then reveals that she's still messing with Oscar. Ms. O quips that they still have a sense of humor, and runs off with Oscar. The scientists march after them. 

Oscar calls Oona again, requesting a gadget that can slow down the scientists so they can get to Obbs's office and his remote. Oona replies that she doesn't have anything useful, and Oscar reminds her that she can combine gadgets. When she argues that she has no idea what to make, Oscar suggests she use the computer in the truck to find something they can use. While Oscar and Ms. O retreat to floor two, Oona hurriedly types on the computer to find a gadget. She likes the look of number 85, and drops to the gadgets once more. 

Oona decides to eliminate gadgets with bigger numbers, like 200. When there's still too many, she decides to break it down into tens and ones, combining gadgets 80 and 5. It's the first gadget she's ever made, and wants to journal about this moment, but puts it off for a later moment. 

On the second floor, Ms. O gets a call from Oona with news about the gadget. Scientists are approaching fast. Ms. O tells her to bring it to them, but Oscar refuses to risk losing the one scientist not under Obbs's control. As Ms. O asks what to do, Part One comes to a close.  

Part Two

On the second floor, Ms. O gets a call from Oona with news about the gadget. Scientists are approaching fast. Ms. O tells her to bring it to them, but Oscar refuses to risk losing the one scientist not under Obbs's control. Ms. O asks what to do, Oscar tells Oona to send the gadget up the elevator so that he gets there. Oscar has 17 lab coats to prevent him from getting chilly. Oscar gets the Silly Stringinator and fires it on the mind-controlled scientists. Oscar and Ms. O head to Obbs's office to get the remote and deactivate the mind-controlled scientists.

Obbs finds two of the mind-controlled scientists messy and asks how Oscar and Ms. O got the gadget. Odie tells him that the gadget came from the elevator and thinks that the elevator is working with them. Obbs tells him that elevators don't have brains and berates them for not being smart despite being mind-controlled. Obbs then orders Odelia and her group to find Oscar and Ms. O by checking every floor, the roof, and the garage for them and he also orders the two messy scientists to clean themselves up. The messy scientists take a tissue to clean themselves up. Obbs tells them that they need more than one and they tell them to take the whole box. The scientists literally take the whole box, which is not what Obbs had in mind.

Oona finds some helpful gadgets, like a Tinynoteinator. She uses that to disguise herself. In the meantime, Odelia opens the ice cream truck, only to find it full of only tiny notes all over the inside of the truck. Odelia orders the scientists to search the rest of the garage.

Ms. O and Oscar find Obbs's office, which is on the 5th floor. The scientists also find Ms. O and Oscar. Oscar tries to fire the silly string but realizes he is out of string. He and Ms. O enter Obbs's office who gives them pins. Oona calls Oscar and Ms. O and tells them that she's in the elevator and had to leave the garage. Obbs informs Oona that Oscar and Ms. O are with him. Oona then realizes she is talking to Obbs. Oona tells him he took Oscar's phone. Obbs asks Oona if she is in the elevator he thinks she is in. The elevator which Obbs thinks Oona is in has a screen showing the weather and advertisements for weather getaways. It also has a camera that faces one way and Obbs tells Oona that he can't see her and asks her if she is nodding. Oona replies yes. Obbs tells her that it's okay and tells her to come up into his office so that she doesn't have to think about what happened ever again. Oona says she will be there shortly. Oscar and Ms. O are now mind-controlled and they high-five each other. Obbs finds Oona in his office and finds out it took her long enough to arrive and thanks her for giving up. Oona says she is not giving up, only Obbs is. Obbs asks why he would give up. He controls all of them. Oona says she also controls them and orders Oscar and Ms. O to get him and they do that. Obbs asks Oona how she made the gadget. Oona explains that every gadget has a number and she saw the number on the bottom of the remote when he held it up. The number was 234. She broke the number 234 into groups of 100s, 10s, and 1s. Two groups of 100, three rows of 10s, and four units of 1s. 200 + 30 + 4 = 234. She then declares that she is going to rule the world and proceeds to smash the remote. The mind-controlled scientists wonder what happened. Oscar declares Oona happened. Oona tells Oscar to stop.

Owen informs Obbs that he is officially fired from being the president of Odd Squad due to misconduct. Obbs tells Owen and Ohio that he will rise up again as a villain. Owen says it's up to him and they should be busy. Ohio says there are better options for him. Oscar regrets not going to Lab Con because he would have known about Obbs's actions. Odelia says that it's not his fault. Ms. O says that the scientists need a new, famous, and trustworthy president. Oscar tells Ms. O that she can't leave the Squad. Ms. O says that she is talking about him. Oscar is hesitant because they need someone they look up to. Odie points out that there is a statue of him they look up to. Oscar asks Ms. O who will look after his lab while he's gone. Ms. O tells Oscar that Oona can look after the lab because she has proved herself to be smart, fearless, and prepared for any challenge. Oona points out that she is cool. Ms. O officially addresses Oscar as President Oscar and gives him permission to call her Oprah. Oscar starts calling her Oprah but explains it's going to take a while. He loves the position, but he says he is still hesitant to take it because he doesn't want to not see her every day. Ms. O agrees with Oscar but she tells him that they need him at the President's building and she tells Oscar that they will visit each other every day and they'll always hang out. She tells him to go and be the leader she knows he is. Ms. O changes her mind and decides to hang out now and asks Oscar if he would like that. Oscar says he would like that.

Meanwhile, back at the lab, Orchid is still doing a staring contest against the wax-figured Oona, which she has been doing for several hours. Orchid suddenly gives up and admits that the wax-figured Oona is better than her at staring contests. However, Orchid quickly reconsiders the thought and restarts the staring contest.


  • The title is likely based on the movie Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
  • Olympia and Otis do not appear in this episode.
  • Oona makes her first gadget.
  • This is Oscar's final episode appearance.
  • This episode reveals that Oscar wears 17 lab coats because he gets chilly easily.