The fifth episode of the first season of Rugrats.
Wanting to win the Kingfisher 9000 boat, the top prize in the "Little Miss Lovely" beauty pageant, Stu and Lou dress Tommy up as a girl and enter him in the contest (which Angelica also entered).
Stu, Lou, and Tommy go to a baseball game, and while Stu and Lou are focused on the game, Tommy is more interested in his balloon.
"Beauty Contest" provides examples of:
- Beauty Contest: It's in the title.
- Call-Back: Stu's doorbell messenger robot from "Tommy's First Birthday" re-appears in this episode.
- Disqualification-Induced Victory: Near the end of this episode, Tommy wins the contest, until Didi reveals to the judges that Tommy is actually a boy by removing his wig. The judges disqualify Tommy and Angelica wins. Grandpa Lou doesn't mind when he remembers that Angelica is his granddaughter.
- Dragged into Drag: When Stu and Lou dress Tommy up as a girl, Tommy isn't too happy about it. He even admits to Phil and Lil that he wished he didn't have to.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: At the end of her song, Angelica sings a high note that causes Drew's glasses to break.
- Karma Houdini: After Didi exposes Stu and Lou's plan to disguise Tommy as a girl to win the Kingfisher 9000 fishing boat, she leaves Lou behind at the mall in anger. Cue Drew and Angelica driving up beside them... and Lou riding the boat with them! However, this was just after Lou realized that Angelica is his granddaughter.
- Mondegreen: Angelica sings a mangled version of "My Country Tis of Thee", with such lyrics as, "My Country Tears of Thee" and "Sweet land of Lizardy".
- Off-Model: During the scenes where Tommy talks to Phil and Lil, the carpet is orange instead of its natural blue◊.
- Sobriquet Sex Switch: Lou and Stu enter Tommy into the beauty pageant under the name "Tanya".
- Twin Switch: Phil and Lil do this when they try to convince Tommy that looking like a girl isn't so bad. Phil puts on Lil's ribbon and cries to get Betty's attention, leading Betty to believe that he is Lil and Lil is Phil.
"Baseball" provides examples of:
- Adult Fear: Near the end of the episode, while trying to grab his balloon, Tommy falls from a high balcony. Fortunately, Bucky Majors catches him before he hits the ground, but Didi is rightfully horrified and faints when she sees what happened on television. Stu and Lou are also horrified when they finally realize that Tommy has gone missing and is now in Bucky's mitt.
- Adults Are Useless: Stu and Lou become so engrossed in the game, that they don't notice that Tommy has run off to chase his balloon.
- Bait-and-Switch: At the beginning of this episode, it looks like a boat is struggling to make it through a field of icebergs. However, it is soon revealed that Tommy is in the bathtub, playing with his toy boat.
- Baseball Episode: Stu and Lou take Tommy to see a baseball game between the Grizzlies and the Boston Boomers. Tommy gets a balloon at the game, which becomes the main focus of the episode's plot, as it keeps escaping his grasp. He leaves to chase the balloon while Stu and Lou are oblivious that he's missing and continue to watch the baseball game.
- Bland-Name Product: A GoodDay blimp flies over the stadium.
- Chasing a Butterfly: A variation; as Stu and Lou are distracted with watching the game, Tommy wanders off and chases his balloon.
- 555: At the beginning of this episode, Lou calls 555-KOLD to enter the radio contest that wins him, Stu, and Tommy tickets to a baseball game between the Grizzlies and the Boomers.
- Radio Contest: At the beginning of this episode, Lou enters one and ends up winning three tickets to go to be baseball game between the Grizzlies and the Boomers.