The second episode of the first season of Rugrats.
The Pickles are having a Fourth of July barbecue, and when Angelica throws Tommy's ball into the next yard, the babies try to retrieve it while avoiding the scary guard dog.
Waiter, There's a Baby in My Soup
Stu, Didi, and Tommy go to dinner with Stu's business client, but Tommy escapes and wreaks havoc in the restaurant.
"Barbecue Story" provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: None of the adults notice that the babies left to look for Tommy's ball until a frightened Phil and Lil run back to Betty and cling onto her legs.
- Brick Joke: Early in the episode, Tommy tries to eat a bug, but Didi stops him and tells him, "Don't eat that, you don't know where it's been!". Near the end of the episode, Tommy comes across the same bug, but remembers what Didi told him and sets it free.
- Bully Bulldog: One inhabits the yard that Angelica tossed Tommy's ball into.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: Chas is with a woman, presumably Chuckie's mom.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: As Tommy gives a Rousing Speech to the other babies, his left diaper tape comes undone, causing his diaper to slip down, nearly exposing his front private. Tommy is quick to notice this, and pulls his diaper back up, blushing in embarrassment.
- Help, I'm Stuck!: While looking for Tommy's ball, Chuckie gets stuck in a hollow log.
- Heroic Dog: When Spike hears that Tommy is in trouble, he rushes over to the next yard to protect Tommy from the bulldog. Stu praises Spike for saving Tommy and rewards him with the now-burnt burgers he left unattended.
- How About a Smile?: When Angelica catches Tommy's ball, she tries to make Tommy beg for it to get it back. Tommy's less than cooperative.
- Karma Houdini: Angelica recieves no comeuppance for throwing Tommy's ball over the fence and into the next yard. This has mostly been averted since, allegedly because the creators despised the incident.
"Waiter, There's a Baby in my Soup" provides examples of:
- Adults Are Useless: When Didi gets a call from Lou that he needs to be picked up since he and Louise got into an argument, she decides to take Tommy with him, knowing how much trouble he might cause at the restaurant. However, Mr. Mucklehoney talks her into letting him and Stu look after Tommy. Didi does so, but the two are so wrapped up in Stu's presentation of his toy ideas, that neither of them look after Tommy, causing him to escape and wreak havoc in the restaurant. None of the staff in the kitchen even notice Tommy wandering around the kitchen.
- Crazy-Prepared: Didi lists off a bunch of emergency numbers for Tommy's babysitter regarding incidents that wouldn't likely happen, such as the pipes bursting.
- Electric Joybuzzer: Mr. Mucklehoney uses one on Stu when he meets him.
- Fire-Breathing Diner: While in the restaurant's kitchen, Tommy spices up a stew with black pepper and Tabasco sauce. In a Contrived Coincidence, the stew ends up getting served to Mr. Mucklehoney.
- Fun with Flushing: Early in the episode, Tommy puts Stu's favorite tie in the toilet. Fortunately, Stu stops Tommy before he has the chance to flush it.
- Lethal Chef: Tommy's contributions in the restaurant's kitchen range from disgusting to dangerous (i.e making a pie out of silverware and whipped cream).
- Oh, No... Not Again!: Based on Stu's reaction and conversation with Didi, Tommy has apparently stuck his tie in the toilet often.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Despite all the odds against Stu, Mr. Mucklehoney is very entertained, and thinks that Stu set the evening's events up on purpose. Mr. Mucklehoney pays Stu's bill for him and hires him as a toy inventor for Mucklehoney Industries.
- Tied-Together-Shoelace Trip: Tommy does this to Stu and Mr. Mucklehoney when he ties Stu's shoelaces to the leg of the table and uses a wad of gum to stick Mucklehoney to the underside of the table.