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This is the Recap page of Rocko's Modern Life, Nickelodeon's fourth Nicktoon about a wallaby who moved from Australia to America and has comic misadventures involving American life and human nature.

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    Season 1 (1993) 
1. "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic" / "Canned":
  • Rocko buys a new vacuum cleaner that turns up to have artificial intelligence and ends up "eating" the entire neighborhood.
  • Rocko is fired from Super-Lot-O-Comics and, after a string of short-lived jobs, Mr. Bighead gets him a position with Conglom-O as a tester for the company's most dangerous products.
2. 'Carnival Knowledge' / 'Sand in Your Navel':
  • Rocko and Heffer go to Slippy the Slug's rigged carnival.
  • Rocko and Spunky spend a day at the beach.
3. "Rocko's Happy Sack" / "Flu-in-U-Enza":
  • Rocko hurries to Heap-O-Food's 99% sale to spend the $1.50 he has until his next payday, but has to deal with a faulty shopping cart, Spunky being packed like meat, and a near-sighted cashier (Filburt, no less).
  • Rocko gets sick and a trio of regurgitated food known as the Enchanted Upchucks help him get better in time for a wrestling match.
    This episode was banned in South America, not being dubbed into Spanish.
4. 'Who's for Dinner?' / 'Love-Spanked':
  • Rocko has dinner with Heffer's dysfunctional family, the Wolfes, and Heffer runs away after his family confesses that he's adopted, intending to look for his true family.
  • Rocko gets in the dating game after finding out that his crush, Melba, is dating another man.
5. 'Clean Lovin'' / 'Unbalanced Load':
  • Spunky falls in love with Rocko's mop.
  • Rocko washes his clothes at the laundromat, and goes into another dimension after his lucky shirt is stolen.
6. "Leap Frogs" / "Bedfellows":
  • Bev Bighead feels left behind by her husband Ed, and invites Rocko over to help her with housework and tries to seduce him
  • Heffer moves in with Rocko after his parents sell his room to vermin.
    "Leap Frogs" was banned on Nickelodeon, but has been brought back on the Nicktoons channel, Netflix, and the Shout Factory DVD set.
7. "No Pain, No Gain" / "Who Gives a Buck?":
  • Tired of being out of shape, Rocko and Heffer join the Flambé Le Flab, a gym run by the snooty Chameleon Brothers.
  • Heffer talks Rocko into buying on credit so he can buy Spunky a new bowl...
    First aired episode.
8. "Jet Scream" / "Dirty Dog":
  • Rocko and Heffer have misadventures going through an airport.
  • The parasites living on Spunky's body have their own sitcom, complete with a Dinner With The Boss episode.
9. 'Keeping Up with the Bigheads' / 'Skid Marks':
  • Rocko and Heffer team up to beautify Rocko's house before Mr. Bighead's nephew comes over for an inspection.
  • Rocko is sent through a boatload of red tape to get his driver's license renewed.
10. 'The Good, the Bad and the Wallaby' / 'Trash-O-Madness':
  • Rocko and Heffer go to a ranch, where Heffer meets some steer who think he's a sell-out to his species.
  • In the pilot episode, Rocko frantically cleans his house in time for trash day.
11. "Power Trip" / "To Heck and Back":
  • Rocko takes over for his boss at Kind-Of-A-Lot-O-Comics and hires Filburt, but before long the power goes to his head, jeopardizing their friendship.
  • Heffer has a near-death experience after choking on a chicken bone at Chokey Chicken.
12. "Spitballs" / "Popcorn Pandemonium":
  • Rocko and Heffer go to a baseball game after Rocko's prized foul ball gets shredded by Ed Bighead.
  • Rocko and Heffer go to the movies, but find out that going to the megaplex is harder than it seems.
13. 'Cabin Fever' / 'Rinse and Spit':
  • Two frogs, a steer and a wallaby (the Bigheads, Heffer and Rocko) end up having to rent the same cabin after Ed mistakes the date, only to get snowed in.
  • Filburt uses Rocko as a test patient for his dental school exam, the teacher being Dr. Paula Hutchison. However, the tooth ends up ravaging O-Town.

    Season 2 (1994-95) 
1. "I Have No Son!":
  • In the series' first two-parter, Rocko and Filburt find out that their favorite show, Meet the Fatheads is created by Ralph Bighead, the estranged son of Ed and Bev, who are about to celebrate their 30th anniversary. It's up to the wallaby and the turtle to reconcile Ed and Ralph.
2. "Pipe Dreams" / "Tickled Pinky":
  • Rocko and Heffer try to fix the plumbing in Rocko's house—now you tell one...
  • While facing an appendectomy operation with Dr. Hutchison, Rocko has a crazy dream where he makes friends with Pinky, his appendix.
3. 'The Lounge Singer' / 'She's the Toad':
  • Rocko finds out that Filburt has a dream of becoming a lounge singer like his idol, Buddy Gecko.
  • Ed has a nervous breakdown and Bev enlists Filburt and Heffer's help to deliver a speech he has to give.
4. 'Down the Hatch' / 'Road Rash':
  • Bloaty and Squirmy think a "Fathead" vitamin in Spunky's stomach is a treasure.
  • Rocko and Heffer go on a road trip to see "Phlegm Rock" before it's paved over.
5. 'Boob Tubed' / 'Commuted Sentence':
  • Heffer literally loses his mind thanks to Rocko's new entertainment system.
  • Rocko has his car impounded, and has to resort to public transport. Trouble is, he will lose his job if he gets late again, and he doesn't have enough money to retrieve the car.
6. 'Rocko's Modern Christmas' (a.k.a 'You Can't Squeeze Cheer from a Cheese Log'):
  • Feeling down about the holidays, Rocko decides to have a Christmas party inviting everyone in the neighborhood, but Ed Bighead ruins it with rumors about the elves that just moved in across the street. Meanwhile, Filburt and Heffer take jobs as Christmas tree salesmen.
7. 'Hut-Sut Raw' / 'Kiss Me, I'm Foreign':
  • Rocko, Filburt and Heffer go camping, and run into trouble when Rocko insists on "roughing it".
  • Filburt marries Rocko to protect his wallaby friend from being wrongfully deported.
8. 'Cruisin'':
  • In this two-parter, Rocko and Heffer get stuck on a seniors' cruise with Grandpa Wolfe, and end up getting sucked into the Bermuda Triangle, where Rocko and Heffer turn into old men while the elderly cruise members become young again.
9. 'Born to Spawn' / 'Uniform Behavior':
  • On his 21st birthday, Filburt is torn between his instincts and his fears of growing up when he feels the urge to go back to his ancestral spawning grounds.
  • Heffer damages his father's car and takes a job as a security guard to pay it off, but the position goes to his head and leads him to have a Shining-style mental breakdown.
10. 'Hair-Licked' / 'Gutter-Balls':
  • Rocko will have his photo taken for the newspaper. Trouble is, his hair becomes an uncontrollable mess.
  • Ed Bighead asks Rocko, Heffer and Filburt to play in a bowling tournament.
11. "Junk Junkies" / "Day of the Flecko":
  • Rocko holds a garage sale in order to pay off his debt to a pizza joint.
  • Rocko's attempts to catch up on his sleep are interrupted by a pesky fly named Flecko.
12. 'Snowballs' / 'Frog's Best Friend':
  • Rocko takes Heffer with him on a business trip, and the pair are side-tracked by a trip to a ski resort.
  • Bev adopts an ill-tempered bulldog named Earl, who proceeds to torment Ed whenever he can get away with it.
13. 'Short Story' / 'Eyes Capades':
  • Rocko has a crazy dream inspired by his insecurities about being short.
  • Rocko runs into trouble when he discovers he needs glasses right before a jackhammer-riding competition.

    Season 3 (1995-96) 
1. 'Sugar-Frosted Frights' / 'Ed is Dead: A Thriller':
  • Rocko and Heffer take Filburt on his first night of trick-or-treating, and have a run-in with a one-legged ghost.
  • Rocko suspects that Mrs. Bighead has murdered her husband.
2. 'The Emperor's New Joe' / 'Schnit-Heads':
  • The Chameleon Brothers regale Rocko with the tall tale behind their secret recipe for coffee.
  • Heffer gets entangled with a cult of sausage-worshipers.
3. 'Bye-Bye, Birdie' / 'Belch of Destiny':
  • Rocko and Heffer pet-sit for Filburt while he goes to the hospital, but accidentally kill their new ward.
  • Heffer uses his talent for belching to win a talent contest, but becomes distraught when his father calls him an embarrassment.
4. 'Nothing to Sneeze At' / 'Old Fogey Froggy':
  • Bev Bighead discovers the wonders of smell after accidentally getting plastic surgery.
  • Ed Bighead goes through a mid-life crisis after getting turned down for a promotion.
5. 'Manic Mechanic' / 'Rocko's Happy Vermin':
  • Filburt offers to help Rocko fix his car in time for a big race.
  • A band of bugs that have escaped from Mr. Bighead's stash take refuge in Rocko's house.
6. 'Fish 'N' Chumps' / 'Camera Shy':
  • Rocko, Heffer, and Filburt find themselves on a fishing trip gone horribly awry.
  • Thanks to the Chameleon Brothers, Rocko's attempt at shooting a home movie end up making him a star on the art-house theater circuit.
7. "I See London, I See France" / "The Fatlands":
  • Rocko and Heffer break away from an obsessed tour guide on a trip to Paris, Rocko to find true love and Heffer to find a decent place to eat.
  • Spunky puts on a lot of weight, and Rocko tries to make his dog shed the extra pounds. Meanwhile, Bloaty the Tick and Squirmy the Ringworm have a wild-west adventure in Spunky's new-found "Fatlands".
8. 'Fortune Cookie' / 'Dear John':
  • After his fortune cookie holds bad predictions, Filburt encounters a string of bad luck just before a game-show appearance.
  • Rocko's kitchen is totaled by a falling satellite, and he enlists the help of a well-known DIY host who ends up building a bathroom instead.
9. 'Speaking Terms' / 'Tooth and Nail':
  • A falling-out over a forgotten birthday lands Rocko and Heffer on a talk-show to tell their respective sides of the story.
  • When Rocko's nail-biting habit gets out of hand, he struggles to overcome it with the help of "The Twelve Steps".
10. 'An Elk for Heffer' / 'Scrubbin' Down Under':
  • Heffer is tasked by his family with bringing an elk home for dinner, but ends up falling for his prey.
  • After an embarrassing incident involving spinach in his teeth, Rocko has a crazy dream about personal hygiene.
11. "Wacky Delly":12. 'The Big Question' / 'The Big Answer':
  • In this two-parter, Filburt attempts to propose to Dr. Hutchison, but has to deal with her mother, a friend of hers from high school and his own shyness.
  • After it's Hutch who proposes to Filb, she has a hard time with her mother's objections while the guys (Rocko, Hef and two others) take the groom to be to an ice cream parlor for his bachelor party.
13. 'Zanzibar!' / 'Fatal Contraption':
  • A Musical Episode about recycling sees Rocko trying to get the Conglom-O Corporation to clean up their act (and the environment).
  • A No-Dialogue Episode tells of Rocko's attempts to return a mischievous, malfunctioning food processor.

    Season 4 (1996) 
1. With Friends Like These / Sailing the 7 Zzz's:
  • Rocko finds himself caught between his two best buddies when he wins two tickets to a big wrestling match.
  • An unearthed childhood trauma causes Mr. Bighead to sleep-walk and act like a pirate.
2. The High Five of Doom / Fly Burgers:
  • Rocko and Heffer become convinced Filbert is part of an alien invasion force.
  • Flecko the Fly manages to get Rocko in trouble with a bogus lawsuit.
3. Pranksters / From Here to Maternity:
  • Heffer suspects that a visit from Rocko's granny is just another April Fools' Day prank.
  • Filbert and Dr. Hutchinson have an egg, and Filbert enlists Heffer's help in making it hatch.
4. Heff in a Handbasket / Wallaby on Wheels:
  • Dark Lord Peaches baits Heffer into a game show appearance in another attempt to claim his soul.
  • Rocko takes up roller-skating in an attempt to impress a girl.
5. Ed Good, Rocko Bad / Teed Off:
  • Rocko runs against Ed Bighead for city dog catcher, and the Chameleon Brothers arrange a nasty smear campaign in Ed's favor.
  • Mr. Bighead enters a rigged golf game against his boss, and unbeknownst to him Heffer tries to help Mr. Bighead win.
6. Wimp on the Barby / Yarn Benders:
  • Rocko gears up for a confrontation with a childhood bully.
  • Rocko and Heffer tell Filbert a Derailed Fairy Tale to help him get over a cold.
7. Mama's Boy / Feisty Geist:
  • Heffer moves out on his own after getting teased for being a "mama's boy".
  • Heffer's past life causes him to become the target of a ghost's wrath.
8. S.W.A.K. / Magic Meatball:
  • Rocko has a crush on his new mail-carrier, but tries to keep a love note from falling into the hands of her hulking big brother.
  • Ed Bighead gets a promotion, but becomes dependent on a fortune-telling toy in order to keep it.
9. Closet Clown / Seat to Stardom:
  • Ed Bighead discovers a secret passion for clowning.
  • Rocko's butt ends up on the front page of a newspaper, which eventually leads him to a career as an underwear model.
10. Turkey Time / Floundering Fathers:
  • Rocko's house becomes a refuge for Thanksgiving turkey.
  • After Mr. Bighead denies Rocko entry in a parade, Filbert and Heffer challenge his claims that his ancestors were the first people in O-Town.
11. Dumbells / Rug Birds:
  • Heffer and Filbert's obsession with Ding Dong Ditch gets Rocko in trouble.
  • Filbert drags Rocko along on a trip to snatch a wig from a rare bird.
12. Hypno-Puppy Luv / Driving Mrs. Wolfe:
  • Rocko is hypnotized into acting like a dog, and ends up becoming Bev Bighead's new pet before his friends can snap him out of it.
  • Rocko finds himself shanghaied into teaching Mrs. Wolfe how to drive... in Mr. Wolfe's shiny new sports car.
13. Put Out to Pasture / Future Schlock:
  • Heffer's friends and neighbors reminisce on past encounters with him after he undergoes a near-death experience.
  • In the not-too-distant future, Filbert regales his kids with the story of how his friends Rocko and Heffer got shot into space.

    TV Movie (2019) 
  • Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling: 20 years after taking off into space, Rocko, Heffer, and Filbert are back in O-Town, and find that a lot has changed since the 1990s. While Heffer and Filbert enjoy 21st-century life, Rocko pines for the 1990s and feels that the only way to get it back is to hunt down the creator of his favorite cartoon (The Fatheads) and ask her (since Ralph has come out as a woman) to create a reboot special.


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