T.V. Series Review: Rugrats Season 1

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Rugrats Season 1 Summary

Season 1, Episode 1: Tommy’s First Birthday

Stu and Didi strive to make Tommy’s first birthday a memorable one. They do, but under the wrong circumstances. Meanwhile, Tommy wants to eat dog food so he can be just like Spike, eventually selling the other Rugrats on the idea.

Season 1, Episode 2: Barbecque Story/ Waiter, There’s a Baby in My Soup

Barbceque Story: Tommy has received his most favorite toy in the whole wide world – a ball. Angelica, who is always looking to spoil the babies’ fun, takes the ball and tosses it into the next yard, resulting in the babies risking life and limb to look for it.

Waiter, There’s a Baby in My Soup: Stu and Didi end up taking Tommy to an important dinner at Chez Ennui with Mr. Mucklehoney (president of Mucklehoney Industries, a toy company), since Tiffany the babysitter (via telephone) and Grandpa have other plans (the babysitter’s OTHER goldfish died and Grandpa was going bowling with a friend of his, Louise). Tommy, however, has plans of his own.

Season 1, Episode 3: At the Movies/ Slumber Party

At the Movies: Tommy wants to see Reptar, but his parents take him and the other Rugrats, to the Westside Octoplex to see The Land Without Smiles, starring the Dummi Bears, instead. The Rugrats leave the Dummi Bears to go look for Reptar (showing at the same theater), leaving a path of destruction behind them.

Slumber Party: Angelica stays over with Tommy, but her desire for an open window leaves Tommy feeling ill and hallucinating, which eventually leads to his vomiting on her.

Season 1, Episode 4: Baby Commercial/ Little Dude

Baby Commercial: Phil and Lil make a brief appearance in a diaper commercial, and they tell Tommy about it, as well as the mayhem they cause in the process.

Little Dude: Didi takes Tommy to her workplace, a local high school, for use as a visual aid in Home Economics. Three of her students ask to watch Tommy while Didi’s on her lunch break, but when they accidentally lose him, he starts wandering around the campus, causing trouble as he does.

Season 1, Episode 5: Beauty Contest/ Baseball

Beauty Contest: Having the desire for the Kingfisher 9000 (a top-of-the-line sports boat), Stu and Grandpa enter Tommy into a beauty contest by placing him in girl’s clothes and a wig, naming him “Tonya”. Their main competitor is Angelica, who complicates the competition.

Baseball: Using tickets Grandpa won in a radio contest, Stu and Grandpa take Tommy to the Grizzlies’ baseball game, where they play the Boston Bombers. Tommy, however, is more interested in catching his balloon than the ball game. As the episode progresses, Tommy’s balloon hunt eventually helps make a spectacular catch for Grizzlies player Bucky Majors.

Season 1, Episode 6: Ruthless Tommy/ Moose Country

Ruthless Tommy: Being mistaken for the son of millionaire Ronald Thump, Tommy is kidnapped by some thugs, Bob and Mike. The thieves soon find that kidnapping Tommy is more trouble than they thought it would be.

Moose Country: After hearing Grandpa’s mythical story about a moose, the babies go look for one in the backyard.

Season 1, Episode 7: Grandpa’s Teeth/ Momma Trauma

Grandpa’s Teeth: At a picnic, Grandpa is warned to keep his dentures in his mouth. However, he removes them regardless, and Spike steals his teeth while he is busy with the food. Tommy and Chuckie try to get the teeth back because the war veterans are having a concert at the picnic, and Grandpa needs his teeth in order to play the trumpet properly.

Momma Trauma: When Tommy draws on the walls, Didi insists on taking him to a therapist. While there, he sneaks away and goes for an adventure around the office building, while Stu ends up being psychoanalyzed.

Season 1, Episode 8: Real or Robots?/ Special Delivery

Real or Robots?: After seeing a Frankenstein-type horror flick, Tommy and Chuckie want to see whether Stu is a human or a robot. Stu, however, has a recurring sleepwalking dream, in which he is the host of a cooking show. Tommy and Chuckie accidentally wakes him up after using a wrench on his belly button and Didi calls him out for not going to see a psychiatrist in dealing with his sleepwalking issues.

Special Delivery: Stu orders a doll from his competitor Eggbert Toys, called “Tina Trousers”, and Didi tells Tommy the doll is his baby sister arriving in the mail. Believing this, Tommy sneaks out with the mailman to the post office, causing trouble as he does.

Season 1, Episode 9: Candy Bar Creep Show/ Monster in the Garage

Candy Bar Creep Show: The Pickles set up a haunted house for the neighborhood children on Halloween. As treats, they pass out “Reptar Bars”, which contain “chocolate, and nuts, and caramel, and green stuff”. The Rugrats go to the haunted house to search for them, eventually scaring Angelica and Grandpa as well.

Monster in the Garage: A mouse is loose in the Pickles’ garage and house, knocking things off of the shelves, and Stu places the blame on Spike. The Rugrats set out to prove Spike’s innocence; after hearing Boris’ story about a hero fighting off the “dibbick” monster with his “klobbermeister”, the Rugrats go into the garage in search of this “monster”.

Season 1, Episode 10: Weaning Tommy/ Incident in Aisle Seven

Weaning Tommy: On advice from Dr. Homer, Tommy’s dentist, Stu, and Didi take his bottles away from him and try to coax him into drinking from a sippy cup. He isn’t happy about it and wants his bottle. Even Grandpa agrees and this leads to an argument between them when he attempts to keep Tommy on the bottle. Stu and Didi later agree to return him to the bottle after Grandpa convinces them to see how unhappy he really is with the sippy cup.

Incident in Aisle Seven: Grandpa takes Tommy to the supermarket where Tommy makes a huge mess while looking for the new Reptar cereal.

Season 1, Episode 11:Touchdown Tommy/ The Trial

Touchdown Tommy: While Didi and Betty go shopping, Stu and the guys babysit the Rugrats while watching the “Ultra Bowl XXXVII” on TV. Later, Grandpa gives Tommy a bottle of chocolate milk; Angelica, who normally thinks that she is too old for baby bottles, fights Tommy over it, which sends the Rugrats into their own “football” game over the bottle.

The Trial:Someone broke “Mr. Fluffles,” Tommy’s clown lamp, and Angelica wants to find out who, so the Rugrats hold a mock trial. The trial ends up revealing that Angelica was the one who broke the lamp, and she ends up in the high chair as a punishment.

Season 1, Episode 12: Fluffy vs. Spike/ Reptar’s Revenge

Fluffy vs. Spike: Angelica brings Fluffy, her pet cat, to Tommy’s house. Fluffy ends up making a mess of things, but Angelica blames Fluffy’s crimes on Spike, so the Rugrats attempt to prove him innocent.

Reptar’s Revenge: The Rugrats go looking for Reptar at the Sleazola Bros. fair. This Reptar, however, is a cereal addict named Leo.

Season 1, Episode 13: Graham Canyon/ Stu-Makers Elvers

Graham Canyon: The Pickles experience car trouble en route to the Grand Canyon/Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Eddie and Ace, a couple of crooked auto mechanics working at “Twin Cactus Auto Repair”, try to make a simple, cheap thing more expensive, but Angelica and Tommy inadvertently stop them from further damage while playing in a “canyon” of tires.

Stu-Makers Elvers: Stu has received an order from Mucklehoney Industries for 15,000 “Patty Pants” dolls. However, he is having trouble with the machine, but Tommy and Chuckie accidentally fix it while fetching the “Zippo-Glider”, which Chuckie has accidentally tossed into the basement.

Rugrats Season 1 Review

Rating: 5 out of 5.

A fun Saturday Morning Cartoon following toddlers.

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