->''"My goodness! My gracious!\\
When will this day be done?\\
Will it be a girl\\
Or will I have a son?"''
-->-- '''Dexter's Dad''', ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory''

When the DeliveryGuy ''is'' the father of the baby, and has been preparing for this for the last nine months, he's often every bit as unprepared when the time comes as some random guy would be, and usually a lot less calm. Sometimes he's ''over''prepared, so that he's still reading his checklist while his wife is having a ScreamingBirth, sometimes his mind just goes blank at the thought he's going to be a father. On being told by his partner that the baby is coming, he will often charge off immediately to the hospital only to return a few seconds later to collect said pregnant partner. A comedy trope. When they finally get to the hospital, expect the wife to have to push said husband in to the building in the wheelchair, instead of the other way around, since by this point he's likely fainted, hit his head, or possibly fell down the stairs in a panic.

[[NewerThanTheyThink A fairly modern trope]], as older works generally assume the father will have as little as possible to do with the birth--[[DefiedTrope possibly because if he was there, he'd only be flapping around like a headless chicken]]. In fact, in olden times, it was considered "unconvential" for men to be in the vicinity of a pregnant woman in labor, and pretty much anything having to do with pregnancy and childbirth was largely left to the women in society. Until doctors [[AlwaysMale (who were mostly men in olden times)]] started becoming more involved with pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, much of that was handled by midwives [[AlwaysFemale (who, including in modern times, are traditionally women)]]. Having a doctor present would probably be the one exception to the general "no men allowed" mentality of the childbirth process and would usually only happen in the case of an emergency.

In the United States, it actually wasn't until around the 1970s that it was considered "okay" for men (including the pregnant woman's male partner) to be present during the time a woman's in labor with her baby, because until that time, men (with the exception of the medical professional delivering the baby was a man) were basically flat-out banned from most delivery rooms.

Once the baby is born, various celebratory traditions, including [[CigarChomper handing out cigars]] and/or buying ARoundOfDrinksForTheHouse.

Frequently, said father is given something [[SnipeHunt ostensibly helpful to do]], with boiling water and finding clean sheets being a fairly common task, or he's shown pacing outside the delivery room, often [[CigaretteOfAnxiety smoking like a chimney]]. The increasing number of cigarette stubs may be a way to indicate the progress without having to actually show the woman in labor.


[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* [[spoiler: Minato]] in ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. In his case, he's got ''very'' good reasons to panic: [[spoiler: his wife Kushina is the host of the Kyuubi, and childbirth is the moment in which the seal containing said SealedEvilInACan is at its weakest; if it ever broke, Kushina would die ''and'' the Kyuubi would be unleashed. And it happened--sort of.]]

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Reed Richards]] was acting a little like this when awaiting his first child's birth (compounded by feared complications caused by Sue's exposure to cosmic radiation and all that), but he had nothing on the guy whose wife was in the next ward, who ''fainted'' upon being informed he was now the father of twins.
* ''ComicBook/GastonLagaffe'':
** Gaston does the chain-smoking-while-pacing-round-and-round version when waiting for his turtles to hatch.
** Fantasio does the same thing when Gaston is [[NotReallyABirthScene in the hospital after swallowing the prize from a box of candy]].
* Tobias Knopp in one story by Creator/WilhelmBusch, when his daughter is born.
* ComicBook/LukeCage gets hit with this in ''Comicbook/ThePulse'' when his girlfriend ComicBook/JessicaJones goes into labor while he's on the other side of town.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/ACrownOfStars'': In chapter 68 [[spoiler:Asuka told Shinji that she was pregnant.]] He was on the brink of freaking out, but since he could see that she was upset he held it back until he had reassured her. And THEN he started out to freak out and shake.
-->''Shinji froze as still as she was. “You’re…” It came out as a strangled gasp. He reminded himself to breathe again. A couple of deep breaths gave him the ability to try again. “You’re right. We did see this already. We should have expected it.” His shocked expression shifted to a faintly happy one. “At least this means we’re going to be rescued sometime in the next four months.”''\\
''Asuka gave him a dour look that would have hit harder if she hadn’t still been shaking so much. “You’re taking this awfully lightly, Third Child.”''\\
''He laughed weakly. “Oh, I'm holding on by a thread. I want to run around the room screaming right now, I’m not sure if in joy or terror. But you obviously do not. I can freak out later if I need to. You need me, and that’s more important. I promised. I’ve got your back for everything, including this.”''
* ''Fanfic/TheChildOfLove'': During Asuka’s pregnancy Shinji is panicked about the fear of being a father, he is concerned about Asuka and their daughter’s health when the former delivers the latter, and he is frightened of disappointing them or being unable to protect them. Most of time he does his best to keep his panic in check, though. Most of time.
* In ''Fanfic/GhostsOfEvangelion'' Shinji gets frightened when Asuka is giving birth and nearly dies by childbirth. He got scared, yelled at everyone and essentially lost his mind for a short while.
* ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'': [[spoiler:Shinji]] displays this in chapter "bear", especially in his last pregnancy log where he expresses his worries and doubts about [[DeliveryGuy having to take care of the delivery by himself]] despite learning all he could on the subject, and when he rushes [[spoiler:Asuka]] to the hospital when her contractions begin. During the delivery proper however, he does his best to keep his panic in check and make sure that both mother and baby are all right.
* A common feature (but usually played for drama) in many, many, many, many, many ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' fanfics in which Zuko becomes a father.
* In [[http://falloutkinkmeme.livejournal.com/2868.html?thread=2456884#t2456884 this]] VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas fic, Arcade and Veronica (who are ''both'' gay) sleep together after getting very, very drunk. Pregnancy ensues. To say Arcade becomes a PanickyExpectantFather is putting it mildly.
* In [[http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/spy-and-pyro Spy & Pyro]], a ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' fan film, [[spoiler: Spy and Pyro end up having a child, at which point Spy is seen nervously pacing outside the hospital smoking [[MemeticMutation far too many cigarettes]].]]
* [[DownplayedTrope Downplayed]] version of this in ''Disney/TheLionKing'' FanFic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5959382/1/Pride_Lands_Generations Pride Lands: Generations]]'', where expectant father Dhahabu does pace nervously outside the birthing den (after somewhat frantically trying to get in earlier to see his mate--justified by having found their den empty with birthing blood in it) but in the end patiently waiting until the first cub's birth is announced, then falling asleep until the whole thing is over.
* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in Chapter 13 of the ''WesternAnimation/{{Superjail}}'' fic ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8803490/1/Extended-Stay Extended Stay]]''. The Warden, for the most part, tries to stay calm while his love, the Mistress, is in preterm labor the same day they're getting married. He even sends Jailbot and NOVA to find a [[DeliveryGuy doctor]] for them.
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'''s [[Fanfic/CrucibleMassEffect Crucible]]'' has Garrus as the very panicking father since Shepard is not only go into a premature labor but also gets kidnapped right at that moment.

[[folder: Film - Animated]]
* ''Disney/OneHundredAndOneDalmatians'' (both versions) portrays anxious expectant fathers of both the human and canine variety. In the animated version, Roger is acting ''exactly'' like this trope, pacing around the room and smoking, when the "children" are actually puppies and Pongo's similarly pacing. In the live action version Roger comments on his own anxiety regarding the puppies, wondering how much worse it'll be for his own child. Pongo, by contrast, is rather chill.

[[folder: Film - Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/WarCraft2016'', Durotan is freaking out when Draka starts to give birth, although this is probably because they're surrounded by a bunch of orcs furious that he's brought a pregnant woman through the portal, and [[SorcerousOverlord Gul'dan himself]] is overseeing the birth.

* Adam's father in ''Literature/GoodOmens'' is kinda like this. Lampshaded, even: "A man with 'expectant father' written all over him." (So of course, they swap his child with the infant Antichrist...)
* ''{{Belgariad}}'':
** Garion loses his mind during Ce'Nedra's first labor. He gets sent away to make himself useful. By the time she gives birth, he's chopped several cords of wood and is considering how much wood he could get if he destroyed the woodshed...
** His brain doesn't shut down when the second birth is immanent, but he still gets the assignment of taking his son out of the royal apartments and to the other end of the Citadel. Apparently Poledra doesn't believe in taking chances.
** At the end of the ''Malloreon'', Durnik's brain stays in gear when Polgara goes into labor, but Poledra chases him off to the smithy to boil water anyway.
* Johnny Nolan in ''Literature/ATreeGrowsInBrooklyn'' goes out, gets drunk, [[MamasBoy runs home to mother]] and fails to show up for his work as a school janitor; the pipes freeze and the school is flooded, and, naturally, Johnny loses his job (and the already poor family's only source of income). Also qualifies as an EpicFail.
* Hemingway's "In Our Time" plays this as darkly as possible: [[spoiler: the expectant father kills himself "offscreen" during a complicated labour. The doctor and his son only realise this when the birth is finally over.]]
* Creator/EphraimKishon once wrote a play about three of them (all named Kohn), and confessed having been this too.
* ''Literature/TheReynardCycle'': Isengrim, normally calm to the point of seeming inhuman when facing down death, begins to sweat, leans against a wall for support, and finally indulges in a drink or three when [[spoiler: Hirsent]] goes into labor during ''The Baron of Maleperduys''.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'':
** Berrynose who tries to rush his mate off to the nursery when he finds out that she's pregnant.
** Deconstructed with Clear Sky and [[spoiler:Storm]] in ''The Sun Trail. In fact, his constant worrying for her caused her to leave him.
* Sam Vimes, of all people, shows signs of this in ''Discworld/NightWatch'', not helped by the fact that it's a tricky birth. But given the cultural setting, the midwife is quite firm about keeping him well out of the way.
** Could be more than the midwife's wishes at work. It might be as much Sybil taking some pity on him and letting him off the hook to go do something more useful than fretting over her to pass the time. ''Sybil had already made it quite clear, with gentle tact, that he was not required on this particular case. It had been, he had to admit, a bit of a relief.'' Sam's generally not so good at handling things he can't control, which seems to be why, even as Commander, he does a lot of hands-on police work.
* While it takes place ''far'' earlier than the birth, Dag's reaction when he realizes Fawn is pregnant in ''Literature/TheSharingKnife: Horizon'' contains more than a hint of this trope (that he was learning medicine making at this point and had seen some nasty prenatal complications already did not help).
-->'''Arkady:''' Almost all apprentices go through a phase where they're convinced they're coming down with every new disease they've just learned about. I thought you were going to be the notable exception. I suppose I didn't think it through quite far enough.
* Discussed in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', when some women are talking obliquely in front of Rand about how useless men are in childbirth, claiming that they always faint. Rand, a sheepherder, immediately reminisces about the time he had to reach into a ewe's womb to turn around a birthing lamb. The series ends before any of his children are actually born, though.
* When narrating the first time she gave birth in her ''Mémoires'', Laure Junot actually speaks very little of her own experience and more of her husband having a complete fit of panic and having to be comforted by the First Consul in person.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Averted in ''Series/HowIMetYourMother''. Marshall only panicked when Lily was in labor because he was stuck in Atlantic City and thought he'd miss the birth. Ted remained calm for both Lily and for The Mother.
* Del Boy Trotter over the birth of Damien in ''OnlyFoolsAndHorses'' seventh season finale "Three Men, a Woman, and a Baby".
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Carol goes into labour with Ben, Ross is all over the place. It's not only played for comedy in terms of a first-time dad, but but also with Joey as a foil. Joey accidentally becomes the random stranger that helps a woman with no support get through her labour, so by the time Carol's labour progresses, Joey's "been there, done that" attitude is displayed in stark contrast to Ross's frenzied behavior.
** Subverted or averted with later pregnancies as the show lets the characters build on their experiences with previous births (Carol's, Phoebe's, etc.) so that they handle future births much more calmly. At least, until the final birth of the show: when Erica goes into labour, Monica is the one thrown into the role of this trope.
* In ''Series/GoodLuckCharlie'', Bob Duncan is actually fairly nervous during the birth of his fifth child, [[spoiler:Toby]]. Sort of justified in that [[spoiler:he managed to drive his car into the kitchen, his daughter's car is out of gas, and they're trying to drive the hospital in an ice cream truck]].
* In ''Series/{{Bones}}'', Hodgins completely loses it. Both times.
-->'''Hodgins:''' Okay, uh--baby! Baby! BABY!
* Turk, at the birth of Isabella in ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', eventually ends up trapped in an ice machine. The other births have been aversions or subversions: JD is too concerned with the realization he needs to break up with Kim to panic too much at the birth of Sam. Dr Cox seems to have been fairly calm about the birth of Jack (probably because he didn't know the baby was his), and when Jennifer is born, we only see his concern about people associating her birth with [[spoiler:Laverne]]'s death.
* Steve, at the birth of his unnamed child in ''Series/{{Coupling}}''.
* Ricky in ''Series/ILoveLucy''.
* ''Series/{{Lost}}'' subverted this. In the flashbacks (flashforwards?) we see Jin running around buying gifts for a newborn baby, which we assume is his and Sun's child in the future. Turns out that [[spoiler: Jin is actually buying a gift for the newborn child of his boss's client in the past]] and he is [[spoiler: actually dead in the future and does not see his child being born,]] except [[spoiler: he's not really dead]].
* Rob Petrie in ''Series/TheDickVanDykeShow''.
* In ''Series/FullHouse'' when Rebecca starts having contractions, Jesse declares he's "not going to be like one of those jerks who panics when his wife goes into labor" and calmly goes to help her pack... by pulling an entire rack of formal wear from the closet. Even after that he's still calm and Becky even plays along before revealing she'd already packed a bag.
* Vinton on ''Series/MamasFamily'': He totaled his truck and Mama's car all in his attempt to go to the hospital, forgetting the pregnant Naomi.
* An Argentinian Comedy-Soap called ''Carita Del Angel'' (I probably got the name wrong) parodied this. One of the main characters is expecting his second child in a waiting room, showing all symptoms of a PanickyExpectantFather. He gets in a conversation with another man who looks ''positively bored''. He explains that he was just as excited with his first two children. After that, he got used to it. The one he was waiting there was his 11th.
* Subverted in an episode of ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' where one of Inara's [[HookerWithAHeartOfGold friends]] goes into labor while the crew is there to help fend off the father of her baby. The actual father [[StrawMisogynist of the baby]] isn't around, and Mal... reacts.
-->'''Mal:''' Oh -- it's starting. Okay. It's starting! No one panic, it's gonna be fine!
-->'''Simon:''' [[TheMedic I got this one, Captain.]]
** However, Simon is somewhat nervous as he helps deliver the baby, but then he says that it's the first time he's done so and handles it about as well as he can. Inara helps him and says she's never done that either. [[CloudCuckooLander River]] says that it's her first time too.
* Played with on the American version of ''TheOffice''. Pam is in the late stages of a rare-for-TV normally progressing labor, and wants to hold out on going to the hospital until midnight so their crappy health insurance can't stiff them out of a day's worth of medical care. After spending months going through all the preparations and [[CrowningMomentOfFunny diapering everything from footballs to cats]], Jim is ready to go ''now'' and can't understand why everyone in the office isn't helping him convince her.
* Subverted on ''Series/DoctorWho'':[[spoiler:In the village dreamworld, The Doctor and Rory start freaking out when a pregnant Amy starts screaming and holding her belly. She then reveals that she was faking the Doctor out in retaliation for him calling Leadworth dull.]]
-->'''The Doctor:''' You're a doctor, help her!
-->'''Rory:''' ''You're'' a doctor!
-->'''Both:''' It's okay, we're doctors!. ''(The Doctor puts out a hand to catch the falling baby)''
** Also, when Amy thought she was pregnant (turned out it was [[spoiler: a false alarm]]) and decided not to tell her husband Rory, he berated her, saying "I'm a nurse, I'm ''good'' with babies," averting this trope. However, [[spoiler: when Amy does have a baby when she's been kidnapped, Rory is somewhat emotional, partly because of the shock of suddenly being a parent, partly because ''his wife had been kidnapped'', and partly because who he ''thought'' was his wife had been a copy the entire nine months.]]
* In ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', when Daphne enters labor in a veterinarian's office, Niles attempts to calm her by getting her to focus on her breathing exercises. Unfortunately, his 'breathing exercises' turn into a hyperventilating panic attack and he faints.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'':
** John Ritter memorably played one of these.
** Elvin when Sondra was about to deliver. She was cool as a cucumber throughout most of the ordeal with the occasional bout of pain. Elvin screeches "Contraction!" when Sondra was in pain and needed to breathe in a paper bag.
* Devon ([=AKA=] Captain Awesome) in ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' is way more freaked out by Ellie's pregnancy than she is. The kicker is, both of them are doctors, so he really should know better. When they are finally at the hospital, she calmly tells him to leave the room to collect himself before returning.
* One skit from the very first episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' was ''Bee Hospital'', with the entire skit being a bunch of worried bee dads buzzing around in the waiting room awaiting the births of their children.
* Surprisingly averted in ''Series/{{Farscape}}'', when John Crichton is just about as calm as it is possible to be when the love of his life is giving birth in the middle of a ''battle''. He's still terrified, but not nearly to the extreme you'd expect.
* The lads on ''Series/TheYoungOnes'' freak out when Vyvyan apparently goes into labor (it's just gas), with Mike fleeing the room and Neil calling for [[InvertedTrope boiling towels and clean water]].
* Danny, to a point, on ''Series/{{CSINY}}''. He doesn't get completely out of control, but is still apparently going over things in his head.
--> '''Danny''': What if it's twins? I mean, you've seen Lindsay, she's huge!
* ''Series/CallTheMidwife'' has used this occasionally; given the time period, they're all exiled to the hallway where they have little to do except wear a hole in the carpet. That, or go down the pub.
* In ''Series/HannahMontana'', with a radio host being informed that his wife is in labour.
-->''"My baby's having a wife! I mean, my bife's having a waby!"''
* The ''[[Series/DoctorInTheHouse Doctor at Large]]'' episode "Mother and Father Doing Well" [[TheBusCameBack brings back the character of Huw Evans]] from ''Doctor in the House'' as an expectant father whose medical knowledge has given him a laundry list of reasons to worry about the birth itself. After getting into a shouting match with a whole waiting room of panicky expectant fathers, he is wheeled into the delivery room on a gurney--and faints immediately and has to be wheeled back out.
* Largely subverted in ''Series/AdamTwelve'' episode "Log 93: Baby," which has Reed gotten most of his wife's birthing day organized, although he forgot to put on his uniform's socks and some clerical mistakes at the hospital are frustrating him.
* Tom Branson when his daughter is born during season three of ''Series/DowntonAbbey''. Though it's not so much the birth itself that causes it but rather the fact that Sybil isn't doing well and there are two doctors standing around arguing as to whether or not she has eclampsia and if so what to do. [[spoiler:Turns out she does have eclampsia - and dies from it. So he was rather justified in panicking.]]

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/SallyForthHoward'', Ralph, Sally's former SitcomArchNemesis at work and the husband of her sister Jackie, undergoes panic at becoming a father at ''63''.

[[folder:Stand Up Comedy]]
* Creator/BillCosby had a bit in his act about how he panics when his wife gives birth.

* A character in Rogers and Hammerstein's ''Carousel'' gets an entire solo about this. Unfortunately, it leads him to worry about money so much, he becomes a mugger and is fatally stabbed on his own knife.
* Mr. Buchanan in ''Theatre/StreetScene'' is under a nervous strain because his wife is about to give birth.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Very common in the DistaffCounterpart ''HarvestMoon'' games--usually, during the "child born" scene, the PlayerCharacter's husband is off worrying. Some of them have only a normal worry, but others are so panicky, they'll get told by the DeliveryGuy or gal: "Honestly, I'm more worried about you!"
** Including Alex in MagicalMelody and Jin in TreeOfTranquility / AnimalParade. Both of them are the town doctors, though to be fair, it sort of makes sense: It's one thing to be delivering a stranger's child. It's another to be delivering your ''own'' child while ''your'' wife is in labor.
* Ken Masters shows some traits in the ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' series. Good thing that his wife and the soon-to-be-mom, Eliza, is much CloserToEarth - not to mention, baby!Mel is only born in ''Super SSIFIV''!.
* [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX Wakka]] is like this in [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyX2 the sequel]], constantly on edge but luckily Lulu is CloserToEarth and much calmer. [[spoiler: Of course, the issue isn't that Wakka is scared that the baby's coming but because he doesn't know how a father is supposed to be - he and his brother were orphans.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Deliberately averted with the [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/1764.htm birth of Mordred]] in ''Webcomic/ArthurKingOfTimeAndSpace''. The NewsPost below this comic was the TropeNamer.
** And the aversion is taken further with the [[http://www.arthurkingoftimeandspace.com/2088.htm birth of Galahad]].
* ''{{Archipelago}}'''s Mikel when his pregnant wife ''stands up'' too fast.
-->'''Mikel:''' Sit down, sit down but slowly! We don't want to jostle the baby.\\
'''Deliza:''' I'm okay Mikel, you can relax.\\
'''Mikel:''' You know the doctor said sudden falls could be dangerous this close to birth.\\
'''Deliza:''' Sitting down usually doesn't count as a 'sudden fall'.
* In [[http://www.molebashed.com/post/126067401123/kari-and-i-arrived-at-the-hospital-roughly-around this episode]] of ''Webcomic/{{MOLEBASHED}}'', Wes goes into full panic mode when he arrives at the hospital with his pregnant wife.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Fred Flintstone in ''TheFlintstones'', during the birth of Pebbles, headed to the hospital without Wilma.
-->(On the phone) "Hello, this is Fred Hospital, I'm taking my wife to the Flintstone!"
* Dexter's dad in the "Laboretto" episodes of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' detailing Dexter's birth and development.
* {{Goofy}} is portrayed as such a father in the Disney short about parenting.
* ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'' parodied the sitcom cliche of the father running off and leaving the mother behind.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The end result of this trope is shown in "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E12BabyCakes Baby Cakes]]". Mr. Cake introduces his twin foals to the Mane Six while sporting a faceful of stubble, an undone bow tie, and his mane and cap in disarray.
** [[spoiler: Also shown in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Y7ATup6H_w this Season 6 promo]] where Shining Armor's mane in complete disarray while waiting for his daughter's birth.]]
* Arnold's father, Miles, in ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' was this--although it's understandable, given that he and Arnold's mother, Stella, were in the jungle, and far from any doctors or hospitals.
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/BudgieTheLittleHelicopter'' features the Fairweathers, who are [[MeaningfulName trapped by a blizzard]] waiting for rescue from Budgie so he can take them to the hospital, where Mrs Fairweather will give birth. Mr Fairweather is portrayed as extremely nervous and constantly worried.
* In the first animated adaptation of BusyTown, called ''The Busy World Of Richard Scarry'', Mr. Fixit's wife tells him that their baby is ready to be born. He starts panicking and even forgets to take her into the hospital.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/WeBareBears'' episode "Yard Sale", Panda ends meeting with a pregnant woman named Annie after finding what turns out to be her husband Paul's cell phone. Paul is about to pound Panda flat in a jealous rage, but forgets all that in when Annie goes into labor. The poor guy is in such a panic he faints, and the bears end up having to drag him along as they rush to get Annie to the hospital.
* ''Creator/TexAvery'' did the chain-smoking variant in "One Cab's Family". Lets not think too much about taxis giving birth...
* The ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'' episode "Garbage In, Garbage Out" shows Spike Witwicky panicking about his wife Carly about to give birth. The grumpy Ratchet's attempts to drive them to the hospital at Sari's insistence do nothing in assuaging Spike's over-the-top concerns for the well-being of his wife and yet-to-be-born child.