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Recap / Dexters Laboratory S 1 EP 13

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Inflata-Dee Dee: The One Where Dee Dee steals Dexter's balloon suit.

Can't Nap: The One Where The Justice Friends meet White Tiger.

Monstory: The One Where Dee Dee and Dexter become monsters.

Inflata-Dee Dee contains examples of:

  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Though Dee Dee constantly annoys him and destroys his experiments, when Dexter finally pops the balloon suit he races to save her when she starts plummeting toward the ground.
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  • Failure Montage: After Dexter yells at Dee Dee that he is going to bring her down the remainder of the episode is his various attempts to do so, all resulting in failure. His final attempt is kinda successful in that he does get her down, but accidentally destroyed his suit in the process.
  • Saying Too Much: Dexter accidentally reveals how Dee Dee can activate his inflatable hydro-plasmatic suit when telling her she is too dumb to figure it out.


Can't Nap contains examples of:

  • Batty Lip Burbling: Mental Mouse does this after he is defeated and thrown in jail.
  • Big Ball of Violence: When Major Glory sees White Tiger messing with his knitting he attacks him telling him to drop the yarn and the two of them get into a huge fight cloud. Kronk ends up getting dragged into it quickly and it apparently lasts most of the night.
  • Hero Antagonist: White Tiger is a hero like the Justice Friends, but is also technically the main antagonist of the segment due to Major Glory being allergic to cats, and him and Kronk trying to get him out of the apartment.
  • Expy: White Tiger is a parody of Black Panther and Mental Mouse is one of M.O.D.O.K.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Valhallen invites White Tiger over to his apartment to spend the night, but this ends up being a problem since Major Glory is allergic to cats.

Monstory contains examples of:

  • Ambiguous Situation: Partly due to the Gainax Ending, it is unknown what the last shot of the episode with the multi-lens microscope signifies. Could it imply that this is not the actual Dexter and Dee Dee and the real one was watching them, or is it just a simple Brick Joke to call back to the beginning of the episode?
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Dee Dee defeats Dexter when the two battle in the city and pins him down, forcing him to listen to the rest of her story. To add further insult to injury, the whole thing turned out to be one long knock knock joke, which Dee Dee claimed earlier that it wasn't.
  • Big "NO!": At the end of the episode when Dee Dee forces Dexter to listen to her story while she has him pinned, she finishes saying "knock knock" to him, and Dexter, realizing the whole thing was one of her stupid knock knock jokes, lets out a loud "NOOOOOOOOOOO!" which can apparently be heard from space.
  • Big "SHUT UP!": Dexter gives several of these to Dee Dee, because he doesn't want to listen to her dumb story. The biggest is when she is crying because he won't listen and her screams destroy the lab around her, eventually Dexter yells at her to shut up, and she becomes quiet instantly.
  • Bookend: The episode begins with Dexter watching a tiny world with a multi-lens microscope. The ending has another device that looks exactly like the one Dexter was using watching Dexter and Dee Dee.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Dexter and Dee Dee shout their attack names when they battle each other.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When Dexter grows to his last monster form, he declares to Dee Dee "this ends now!" when challenging her, intending to stop her rampage. Dee Dee just whines to him "but I'm not finished!" still only thinking about finishing her story.
  • Determinator: Dee Dee refuses to stop until Dexter listens to her story. Even when she continuously transforms into a monster she chases him down demanding he listen. She eventually succeeds in forcing him to listen.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Dee Dee wants to tell Dexter a story and he doesn't want to listen. This eventually results in the two of them fighting each other over the story, with the city getting caught in their crossfire.
  • Gainax Ending: Dexter and Dee Dee remain giant monsters with no indication of how or if they can turn back to normal. The final shot of the episode has Dee Dee pinning Dexter as he screams a Big "NO!" and a multi-lens microscope suddenly appearing to watch them.
  • Giant Spider: Dee Dee's final monster form looks like a giant spider.
  • Hope Spot: Dexter drinks toxic waste from a power plant to force himself to transform and match Dee Dee. Dexter is shown putting up a decent fight against Dee Dee, only for her to defeat him anyway and pin him down, forcing him to listen to the rest of her story.
  • I Lied: Dee Dee claims that her story isn't another one of her knock knock jokes. She reveals at the end that it is.
  • Kaiju: Dexter and Dee Dee turn into giant monsters that eventually grow bigger than the entire city, apparently big enough to see from space. Bonus points for Dexter's form resembling Godzilla, one of the most famous kaiju ever.
  • Skewed Priorities: When Dee Dee first transforms into a monster, her first reaction is to be upset that Dexter won't let her finish her story rather than the fact she is now a monster. As she and dexter continue to transform into bigger monsters all they care about is finishing the story and not listening to the story respectively, with neither concerned on how they can change back to normal.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: When Dee Dee becomes a monster, her crying is so loud it starts destroying Dexter's lab.
  • Man Bites Man: During the fight between Dexter and Dee Dee, one of the quick close up scenes shows Dee Dee taking a huge bite into Dexter. Though it is debatable how much they qualify since they have both become monsters by this point.
  • Pupating Peril: Unfortunately for Dexter, his initial form is rather unimpressive... up until he manages to find somewhere isolated enough to make a cocoon, resulting in a surprisingly creepy scene in which he gradually metamorphoses into something much more intimidating and capable of matching Dee Dee's height. Unfortunately, Dee Dee isn't done transforming... and neither is Dexter.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slasher Smile: Dee Dee is seen smirking victoriously as she watches Dexter slowly fall to the ground, knocking down several buildings in the process.
  • Tail Slap: One of Dexter's attacks he uses against Dee Dee, which he simply calls "Tail Whip". He slaps her with his tail sending her flying back slightly, and is briefly seen standing over her in the next shot.
  • Tickle Torture: Dee Dee's "Squid Attack" appears to be this. She uses several of her legs to latch on to Dexter's neck and they appear to shake briefly while latched on. It is hard to tell since Dexter doesn't seem to react to it other brief shock before knocking her back.
  • Unsportsman Like Gloating: After Dee Dee defeats Dexter and pins him down, she brags that now he'll listen to her story before continuing... only to quickly reveal it was a knock knock joke the whole time, which she specifically said early it wasn't.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When Dexter finally decides to stop running from Dee Dee and fight her, in an attempt to force her to shut up. During their fight he ends up shredding part of her skin, knocking her away with a Tail Slap, and hitting her with a fire-breath attack at point-blank.
  • Wham Line: Played for laughs in the closing moments of the episode, once Dee Dee has dexter pinned and forces him to listen to the rest of her story.
    Dee Dee: Now you'll listen! So the boy told the girl on the park on the pony... knock knock!

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