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Recap / Rugrats S 1 E 9 Candy Bar Creep Show Monster In The Garage

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The ninth episode of the first season of Rugrats.

Candy Bar Creep Show

On the babies' first Halloween, they all try to get some Reptar bars.

Monster in the Garage

Something is causing chaos in the garage, and while the adults think Spike did it, the babies discover that something else is causing the noise.

"Candy Bar Creep Show" provides examples of:

  • Bedsheet Ghost: Due to getting covered with a curtain, Tommy is mistaken for a ghost by Lou and the trick-or-treaters.
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  • Contrived Coincidence: Thanks to the babies hiding out in the haunted house, they manage to scare the older children (including Angelica) and Lou. Lou even asks why the haunted house had two snake-haired zombies in it and how his mask moved by itself.
  • Correlation/Causation Gag: Upon seeing trick-or-treaters coming out of the haunted house screaming while holding Reptar bars, the babies believe that they'll get Reptar bars if they scream.
  • Foreshadowing: When Stu, Didi, and Drew assemble a haunted house in Tommy's back porch, Didi worries that the grape eyeballs might be too scary for the trick-or-treaters. Sure enough, she's right when Angelica backs into them and spills them on the floor. Humorously, though, Tommy wasn't scared and even plays around with them beforehand.
  • Halloween Episode: On Halloween, the babies try to get Reptar Bars from the haunted house in Tommy's back porch.
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  • Irony: Didi was worried about letting the babies see the haunted house, thinking it would be too scary for them, yet believes Angelica was mature enough for it. The babies aren't scared in the slightest of the creepy decorations, but thanks to their unknown involvement, Angelica is terrified.
  • Scare Chord: This episode has some pretty creepy background music.

"Monster in the Garage" provides examples of:

  • Clear Their Name: When Spike is accused of wrecking the garage, it's up to the babies to prove his innocence, which is difficult for them, since they can't talk to adults.
  • Dramatic Thunder: A thunderstorm happens outside as Boris tells the babies a scary story.
  • Eek, a Mouse!!: Stu has a moment like this when he discovers the thing wrecking his garage wasn't a rowdy Spike, but a mouse. He even apologizes to his dog when he "saves" the day by chasing it away with a bark.
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  • Here We Go Again!: The episode ends with Spike chasing the mouse that caused all the trouble away. Tommy believes the mouse to be miles away by now, but then he hears a crash and Stu shouting, "Didi! It's happening again!" and comes to the conclusion that the mouse has returned.
  • Scare Chord: This episode has scary music when Boris tells the babies a scary story.
  • Scary Shadow Fakeout: The babies see the shadow of what appears to be a scary monster, only to find out that the shadow belongs to a mouse that was hiding behind the overturned lamp.
  • Shout-Out: Tommy and the mouse attempting to touch fingers is a direct reference to the iconic scene from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • Vanity License Plate: If you look closely on the Pickles' car, the front license plate reads, "PKLS".
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