|Season 3, Episode 3a|
|Air Date||February 18, 2020|
|Written by||Johanna Stein|
|Directed by||Stefan Scaini|
|"Odd Beginnings: Part 2"||"Slides and Ladders"|
- Following directions
The episode opens with the OSMU agents celebrating their first case solved. They receive a call from the Big O telling them to go to Tokyo, Japan. Once there, they find that the odd problem is a plant.
Orla goes to train for any potential combat, while Omar, Oswald, and Opal set up the dimensional portal. The trio try to figure out how to make a rectangle with some squares. Once they figure it out, Omar goes to tie the rope around a pole. Orla comes back and turns on the portal haphazardly, sucking in Opal and Oswald.
Once Omar comes back, he realizes that Opal and Oswald are gone, and asks Orla where they are. Directly after, they get a call from the two agents, telling Omar that the plant grew to drastic proportions, and that they need to get them out of there. Omar and Orla go to the Portal Master Store. In the box they buy, they find that instead of squares, there are triangles. Omar explains that you can make squares out of triangles, and you can make a rectangle out of squares.
Orla turns on the portal again, sucking in Omar. Omar calls her from the 17th dimension, and finds that there are giant butterflies. He remarks that they’re nice, and Oswald says he has a lot to learn as the butterflies shoot lasers out of their eyes.
Orla returns to the Portal Master store, and finds that in the box are little triangles and Octagons. She imagines another Orla and talks it out with her.
Back in the 17th dimension, the butterflies, some opera sharks, and the plant from earlier are attacking Omar, Oswald, and Opal. Orla comes down the portal and saves the other three. Orla promises she will always think before she does anything, but Opal cuts her off by pointing out that the plant followed them. Orla asks for permission to react without thinking, and the trio screams “YES!”. The episode ends with Orla jumping at the plant.
Opal's Random Slide
This is us wearing mustaches.
- Starting with this episode onwards, Agent Oona (from the previous season) returns from Season 2 for the "Gadget Guide" sequences, as a special guest.
- This episode takes place in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan.
- Portalandia is a reference from a show.
- Starting with this episode, Agent Opal does the voiceover for the opening theme.