Recap / Renand Stimpy2x 05 Haunted House Mad Dog Hoek
Haunted HouseRen and Stimpy go to stay in this enormous old mansion where a ghost tries to scare them... and fails miserably every time.Mad Dog HoekThe duo are wrestlers.
Haunted House contains examples of...
Bait-and-Switch: After repeatedly failing to scare Ren and Stimpy, the ghost decides to commit suicide using a hammer and a nail to the head. Stimpy stops him, insisting he can't do it... and gives him a vial of poison to use instead.
Bowdlerization: Some overseas versions of this episode (particularly in Australia) end the cartoon after the ghost says, "Now, I'm going to end it all," cutting out the Gainax Ending shown below.
Comically Missingthe Point: Ren sleeps perfectly fine with a bloody head on his, yet freaks out when a couple of dimes are stuck in his ear.
Driven to Suicide: As ridiculous as it sounds, the ghost decides to end it all after failing to scare our heroes.
Gainax Ending: The ghost kills himself after Stimpy gives him some poison and returns as a fat, naked black man who says "I'm alive. Killer." and then drives away in a convertible. You know the ending is screwed up when even Ren and Stimpy are confused.
Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The ghost is only mildly antagonistic, but the comically oblivious Ren and Stimpy take pity on him when they find who he is.
Medium Awareness: As he drives off, the former ghost quips "I'll see you guys in the next scene!", and the episode cuts to Ren and Stimpy awkwardly waving goodbye.
What Could Have Been...: Originally, the Bloody Head Fairy was going to be George Liquor, but Nickelodeon objected (as they hated the character) and the Bloody Head Fairy was redrawn as a John K. take on Doug Funnie. John K. thus had the gag excised from the DVDs.
Originally, this episode was going to be a Tiny Toon Adventures Halloween episode with John K. himself and Spumco as guest animators (There, the Bloody Head Fairy was Elmer Fudd).
Mad Dog Hoek contains examples of...
Bowdlerization: The German dub of this episode cut the part where Ren and Stimpy are dressed as Nazi generals (during the end where the human tag team wrestlers talk trash about Ren and Stimpy).
It's a given, since they don't want to see an awkward part of their history in a cartoon. Although if you watch it frame by frame you can see the hats slammed onto their heads.
Throwing the Fight: As they mercilessly beat up Ren and Stimpy, one of the wrestlers looks at his watch and tells his partner that "It's time to throw the fight." They then drop to the floor and Ren and Stimpy are declared the winners.