Babysitting Episode

Essentially, this is an episode where a character is forced to babysit a small child or a baby, usually a One-Shot Character. The character that is doing the babysitting may either wind up being a Babysitter from Hell or a Badly Battered Babysitter. Sometimes, the child being babysat may be a Bratty Half-Pint or an Enfant Terrible (Eggs are their own trope).

Also, characters having to babysit something else is also pretty common such as a pet or older person (who is always senile). Even objects may apply in some cases (say a sensitive experiment). Anything that requires a lot of attention could fill this role.

Compare Parents for a Day, which appears to be about people being forced into taking care of a baby because of circumstances.

Examples:

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    Anime And Manga 
  • Episode 2 of the Little Lulu anime focused on Lulu playing babysitter for Tubby while his parents are out for the day, much to Tubby's chagrin. To add insult to injury in Tubby's case, the situation is subsequently discovered by Iggy who finds it funny that Tubby is being babysat by Lulu, which angers Tubby so very much.
  • Detective Conan episode 566 is basically Conan's misadventures while taking care of a 2 year old whose mother is a client of Kogoro. Silly since Conan is believed to be a six year old.
  • Meia's Birthday Episode doubles as this in Vandread: Meia is stuck babysitting Ezra's baby daughter as part of a ploy to prevent Meia from escaping her own birthday party again.
  • One chapter in the Japan-exclusive Neptunia manga has Neptune taking care of Nepgear, Uni, Rom and Ram after they were deaged into babies.
  • In the original Sailor Moon series, an episode of the Makaiju arc focuses on Mamoru taking care of a baby whose mother was injured in a Droid attack and whose dad is abroads. Usagi and Ami see this and Usagi signs up to help Mamoru, hoping to get closer to him. Hilarity Ensues until the Droid attacks again, which prompts Mercury's Mid-Season Upgrade.
  • The first episode of Devil May Cry: The Animated Series has Dante being saddled with the task of watching over a little girl who is the sole heir of a large fortune, with other people seeking to use demons to kill her.

    Comic Books 
  • Little Lulu:
    • The idea for Episode 2 of the Little Lulu anime came from the original Little Lulu comics, where Lulu would occasionally come over to babysit Tubby.
    • Numerous comics also had Lulu being forced to look after Alvin. Some of those also made it into the animated versions.
  • "Superman's Babysitter," a short comic story from Elseworlds 80 Page Giant which caused the whole run to be pulped because it shows baby Clark Kent in a microwave. (He's fine.) Later reprinted with no outrage.
  • One arc of the X-23 solo series focused on Laura taking care of Franklin and Valeria Richards for an evening. Given that the younger of the two inherited her father's brains and retained a three-year old's capacity for mischief....

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    Live-Action TV 
  • Selfie has one for the fourth episode, "Nugget of Wisdom", as Eliza is encouraged by Henry to do something nice, which becomes babysitting receptionist Charmonique's son Kevin. The babysitting doesn't go horribly (although Eliza has to get help from Henry), and Eliza ends up learning a little from Kevin, and Henry gets an idea that helps his PR pitch.
  • Sesame Street has several.
    • In one episode, Oscar babysits Natasha but finds it annoying how she keeps kissing him.
    • In another episode, Gabi, Carlo and Elmo babysit Natasha and practice on a baby doll named Shirley.
    • In one episode, Gina babysits Snuffy and Alice, the latter of whom is going through "the Snuffle Two's" which is basically a moody phase.
    • In one episode, Zoe and Gina babysit Natasha, who is angry because she wants something called a "hoongie".
  • The Golden Girls had three:
    • "Transplant" (season 1): Rose, Dorothy and Sophia take care of baby Danny for their neighbor Ted, who was involved in a waterskiing accident. After his wife Lucy drove him to the hospital, the couple decide to leave Danny in the care of the three ladies while Blanche visits with her sister Virginia.
    • "And Then There Was One" (season 2): Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy run a temporary day care for the children of individuals participating in a walkathon for charity; Sophia herself participated in the walkathon. By the end of the day, all of the children have been picked up except for baby Emily, who the girls begin to fear has been abandoned. Emily's father eventually shows up and explains that he couldn't come earlier because his wife had gone into labor, and Emily is now the big sister of triplets. He says that when he phoned to explain, whoever answered the phone had muttered something about a sports award and hung up on him. Sophia says she thought he was calling from Sports Illustrated about her walkathon performance.
    • "Not Another Monday" (season 5): The baby in question is that of a couple from Rose's church, and the girls are sitting overnight. The baby develops a fever while they're caring for him, and their pediatrician neighbor Dr. Harry Weston (from Empty Nest) comes to examine him, with Blanche naturally taking advantage of the chance to flirt. Later they memorably sing "Mr. Sandman" in three-part harmony to get him to sleep.
  • One episode of Clarissa Explains It All had Clarissa baby sitting "Little Elsie", an absolute monster of a child, who makes it a point to make Clarissa's life a living hell. Clarissa manages to beat Elsie by goading her into bragging about everything Elsie has gotten away with and recording it.
  • Glee: In the episode ''Hairography'', Quinn takes up Kendra's offer of babysitting in order to test Puck's potential as a father. In true Glee fashion, they put the kids to sleep using a song.
  • In one episode of The Lone Gunmen, the title characters and Yves Adele Harlow look after a baby fathered by a thinly veiled Bill Clinton.
  • Drake & Josh Josh is asked to babysit the baby of one of Drake's band members. Things go well until one of Megan's practical jokes first makes the baby wake up and cry, then go completely missing.
  • An episode of Dinosaurs called "When Food Goes Bad" featured Charlene babysitting, only for the Baby to get kidnapped by the food in the refrigerator. It had a bit of a Labyrinth vibe, which makes sense when you realize they were done by the same studio.
  • In an episode of Bewitched, Aunt Clara starts babysitting for kids in Samantha's neighborhood. During her evenings with this kids she would casually tell them that she was a witch. Naturally, they would want proof, so she does a few spells for them. The kids ended up loving her, resulting in more parents asking her to babysit as well, but they begin to grow concerned as the kids would tell them that she says she a witch, and have her go through a competency hearing.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Not quite babysitting, per se, but two different arcs of Garfield strips had Garfield and Odie being pet-sat while Jon was out on a date with Liz. The first time, they were pet-sat by the horribly nearsighted Lillian, and the second time had them under the care of the muscle-bound Greta.
  • Periodically, Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes would be babysat by Rosalyn, whom Calvin fears very greatly.

    Video Games 
  • One of the levels in Heavy Rain has Shelby taking care of a baby whose mom has just attempted suicide.

    Visual Novels 
  • The March chapter of Harvest December has the protagonist and one of his girlfriends babysitting a neighbor's child for a week.

    Web Original 
  • Super Mario Logan:
    • In the episode, "Black Yoshi's Job", Bowser and Chef Pee Pee have to go to the hospital after the former thinks he has chicken pox (thanks to Charleyyy) and the latter accidentally chops his own hand off after hearing a yell from the former, and they need someone to watch Bowser Junior. Since Black Yoshi needs the money to buy the Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare game, Mario volunteers him to babysit Junior. Junior soon finds out he's no match for Black Yoshi, as Black Yoshi shoots his toys whenever he acts like a Bratty Half-Pint, and even shoots Toad when they play doctor together.
    • Black Yoshi gets another babysitting job from Mario in "Jeffy's Mistake!", when Mario asks him to babysit Jeffy while he takes Rosalina out on a date. To keep Jeffy entertained, Black Yoshi lets him play a game of Grand Theft Auto, which results in Jeffy destroying his Xbox One. Needless to say, Black Yoshi does not take this well.
    • Shrek gets a babysitting job from Mario in "Shrek the Babysitter!", wherein he has to babysit both Bowser Junior and Jeffy when Bowser and Chef Pee Pee go to a gay strip club, and Mario has to take Black Yoshi to his probation meeting. As a prank, Junior and Jeffy lock Shrek in the bathroom. They later eat his cheesecake, which turns out to be a big mistake when Shrek breaks out.
    • Chef Pee Pee gets a babysitting job from Mario in "Chef Pee Pee The Babysitter!", when he asks him to babysit Jeffy while he goes to a meeting at Nintendo Headquarters, promising to pay him $500 when he gets back. Chef Pee Pee has to juggle both looking after a disruptive Jeffy and cooking everything Bowser wants to eat, especially since Bowser promised to pay him $500 if he succeeded.
  • In issue 13 of Teen Girl Squad, So-And-So is hired to babysit Tompkins and his baby brother Timkins, and her friends show up to "help". Given that this is Teen Girl Squad, it leads to ridiculous, cartoonish injury and death for nearly everyone involved (like a giant baby with the Arrow'd Guy's face squashing Tompkins, the Ugly One's favorite rapper getting his bodyguard to drop her off a hotel balcony onto a "bayonet tailgate party", and So-And-So jumping into the garbage disposal to avoid the police). Also, Tompkin's mother is a robot prospector.

    Western Animation 
  • The Mr. Bogus episode "Babysitting Bogus" dealt with Bogus finding himself playing babysitter for an incredibly unruly baby while the real babysitter is waylaid by her talking on the phone.
  • Angelina Ballerina had an episode where an old lady babysits Polly and Angelina, the latter of whom doesn't like her because she makes cabbage jelly sandwiches.
  • Arthur:
    • This was the plot point of the episode "Arthur Babysits", where he has to babysit the dreaded Tibble Twins. This episode is also notorious for marking the first appearance of Mrs. Tibble and the Tibble Twins.
    • A later episode "Crushed" focused on Arthur bonding with his babysitter Sally, due to the fact that they both love playing a video game called "Dark Bunny 6: Curse Of The Moomy"
    • "That's My Grandma" had Grandma Thora babysit the neighbourhood kids.
  • In the Tom and Jerry MGM shorts "Busy Buddies" and "Tot Watchers", Tom and Jerry have to continually chase down and rescue the baby from trouble because the actual babysitter spends her time gossiping on the telephone.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog cartoons:
    • In the Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Baby-Sitter Jitters", Sonic and Tails wind up babysitting a trio of baby beavers — Tails made the offer to the parents because Sonic "loves babes".
    • In the Sonic Boom epsiode, "Three Men and My Baby!", Sonic, Tails, and Knuckles accidentally injure Lady Walrus, and volunteer to babysit her infant son, Chumley, until she's healed.
  • "Jack-Jack Attack" is a short on The Incredibles DVD showing what was happening with Jack-Jack and his babysitter while the rest of the family was having the adventure shown in the film.
  • A very Lower-Deck Episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold shows 'Mazing Man catsitting, which he also did in his eponymous comic book.
  • In The Loud House episode "Two Boys and a Baby", in an attempt to get out of having to see Aunt Ruth, Lincoln volunteers to babysit his baby sister, Lily, so his Dad can see Aunt Ruth instead. Clyde comes over to help Lincoln babysit Lily, and has a lot of knowledge on babies thanks to the numerous parenting magazines he read. The usual hijinks ensue, such as feeding Lily, changing her diaper, and accidentally bringing home a baby boy after they take her to the park to play.
  • Used several times in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • The episode "Baby Cakes" features Pinkie Pie eagerly wanting to babysit her boss' twin babies without understanding the differences between playing with babies and taking care of them. It goes about as well as you'd expect.
    • In "Stare Master", Fluttershy offers to watch the Cutie Mark Crusaders, greatly underestimating how energetic they can be. She eventually does earn their respect and obedience by saving them from a monster in the Everfree Forest.
    • In "Just for Sidekicks", Spike pet-sits for all the mane six. He's mainly interested in the gems he received as payment, and he spends the bare minimum of time actually watching the pets. This comes back to bite him when one of the pets, Angel Bunny, resents being ignored and runs away; Spike is run through the wringer trying to get Angel back.
    • In "A Flurry of Emotions", Twilight has to babysit her niece Flurry Heart when Shining Armor and Princess Cadance go to an art exhibition.
  • An episode of My Little Pony 'n Friends, The Ice Cream Wars, has the First Tooth ponies begrudgingly babysitting the two sets of Newborn Twins. They even sing about it!
  • The plot point of the Adventures from the Book of Virtues episode "Selflessness", in which Annie was forced to babysit her toddler cousins, skipping a trip of hers.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In what was originally the very first episode, but was delayed to the first season finale, Homer and Marge go out for the evening while the kids are sat by what turns out to be "the Babysitting Bandit," who gets a babysitting job and then ties up the kids and steals everything from the house.
    • In another episode, 8-year-old Lisa offers her services as a babysitter, but the only ones who will take her up on it are Homer & Marge, who have her watch Bart and Maggie. Bart does a lot of stupid things mostly for the sake of being contrarian, which eventually lands him in the hospital (she even has to drive him there in a wheelbarrow because he prank-called them earlier), but she still gets work afterward.
    • While healing from a work injury, Homer starts a Daddy Day Care–type in-home babysitting service.
  • Donald Duck has to take care of a bratty baby turtle named Shelby in a series of House of Mouse shorts.
  • In Regular Show, "Dead At Eight", Mordecai and Rigby have to babysit Death's son, Thomas, in order to save Muscle Man's soul.
  • The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "Babysitter Blues" had Christopher Robin, Pooh, Piglet, and Tigger being babysat by an unnamed babysitter who also appeared as The Faceless like Christopher Robin's mother. Later in the episode, Christopher Robin has to babysit Roo while Kanga goes out into the Hundred Acre Wood.
  • Timon & Pumbaa has two:
    • "To Kilimanjaro Bird", where after Timon steals an Baby Earl's bowl of grubs, he and Pumbaa are forced to babysit the eaglet while Mother Eagle flies to the lowlands to gather more food. During the babysitting, Earl tries to learn to fly by jumping out of the nest, but Timon and Pumbaa try to stop him so that he won't get a scratch, which would result in Timon getting crushed by the mother bird.
    • "Sitting Pretty Awful", where Timon and Pumbaa are hired to babysit baby triplets.
  • The Doug episode "Doug Loses Dale" is about Doug babysitting Skeeter's younger brother, Dale.
  • 101 Dalmatians: The Series had two instances, which were paired up together. "Rolly's Egg-Celent Adventure" had Rolly taking care of Cornelia's eggs, which hatched at the beginning of the episode when he sat on them. "Wild Chick Chase" was about Spot having to babysit Peeps, a chick who kept getting into danger.
  • In the Pac-Man short "Hocus-Pocus Pac-Man", Ms. Pac-Man asks her husband to watch Pac-Baby while she goes shopping. Pac-Man tries to amuse Pac-Baby with some magic tricks, but one of them goes wrong and Pac-Baby seemingly vanishes.
  • The Little Rascals animated short "Tiny Terror" has Butch leave his baby brother with the Rascals so he can go fishing. Among other things, the baby climbs a tree and bombards Alfalfa and Spanky with apples.
  • An American Tail: "Babysitting Blues" from Fievel's American Tails.
  • The Flintstones: In the Gruesomes' debut episode, Fred and Barney agree to babysit Goblin, whose antics and pets make it near life-threatening.
  • CatDog: In one episode, they have to babysit Cliff's niece. She eventually gets lost and when Lube comes to pick up the baby, they pass off Winslow as the baby and go look for her. They manage to get her back before Cliff finds out.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • In the short "Li'l Sneezer" from the episode "Test Stress", Furrball disguises himself as a babysitter as part of his plan to catch Li'l Sneezer and get his picture in the Hall of Cartoon Pussycats. Sneezer's powerful sneezes end up foiling his every attempt to catch him.
    • The short "Drooley Davey" from the episode "The Wide World of Elmyra" involves Elmyra Duff (who is clearly too young and stupid to be a proper babysitter) looking after the titular salivating infant. At one point in the episode, she tries feeding him extremely hot milk.
    • The short "I Was a Teenage Bunnysitter" from the episode "The Acme Home Shopping Show" involves Babs Bunny looking after Duncan Potter, a toddler rabbit who demands a mashed-potato man at dinner and a scary story at bedtime.
  • There are two of these in Ewoks. In first season's The Travelling Jindas, Latara joins the nomadic tribe/species giving performances all around Endor because she's frustrated with babysitting her toddler siblings, solely to be kidnapped by Duloks in order to babysit their children. In second season's Bringing Up Norky, the gang is taking care of an obnoxiously manipulative young critter while his parents are away.
  • The ChalkZone episode "The Terrible 2 1/2s" had Rudy and Penny watching Rudy's younger cousin, Sophie. Danger ensues when Sophie manages to get the magic chalk and ends up in ChalkZone.
  • The Jimmy Two-Shoes episode "Baby Boom" had Jimmy and Beezy babysitting Molotov's kids. His son Tori is an obnoxious brat, while his infant daughter Blammo won't stop spewing.
  • In the Star vs. the Forces of Evil "Starsitting", Star and Marco take care of Buff Frog's tadpoles - a challenge that is much more difficult than it sounds, especially when the sitters have conflicting views on taking care of them.
  • Daria gets roped into Quinn's babysitting job when Quinn has a date for the night she was supposed to work (it was either that or spend the evening attending Helen's couples therapy session). Daria was expecting the kids to be total brats, but ended up being very disturbed at how unusually obedient they were and not thinking for themselves. With Jane's help, she decides to remedy that.
  • What's with Andy?: The episode "Andy Pranky Pudding and Pie" had Jen babysit two intelligent little boys while Andy plays pranks and tries to pin the blame on them.
  • Both of Manon's appearances so far in Miraculous Ladybug have had Marinette babysit her. The first time, Alya ended up mostly taking over for her (since Marinette had to go into Ladybug mode to fight the Villain of the Week); the second time, a fight over a doll caused Manon to become the most successful akumatized villain yet.
  • Kaeloo: The episode "Let's Play Babysitting" had Stumpy try to babysit Quack Quack, who didn't even need or want a babysitter. It doesn't end well.
  • In Trollhunters, Jim volunteers to babysit Claire's little brother Enrique, whom he suspects has been replaced by a Changeling. Naturally, he has, and chaos ensues. The episode ends with Claire's parents (who thought Claire was watching the baby) showing up to a trashed house, just as Not-Enrique has turned back into his innocent baby form.
  • Rubbadubbers: Amelia the Babysitter, where Amelia hates being told what to do and wants to be in charge. She then if onlys herself into a cloud world, where she has to babysit the other Rubbadubbers, who are pretending to be toddlers.

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