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Recap / Rugrats S 2 E 10 Reptar On Ice Family Feud

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The tenth episode of the second season of Rugrats.

Reptar On Ice

The babies and their parents go to a Reptar ice show, where Tommy tries to return Reptar's "son" (a lizard Tommy found in the backyard) to him.

Family Feud

The Pickles and the DeVilles get into a feud with each other, and the babies' attempts to end the feud end up making things worse.

"Reptar On Ice" provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: At the Reptar on Ice show, Stu and Didi are almost comatose from boredom, while Lou is enraptured, so they don't notice the kids are gone until after Chuckie interrupts the big kiss scene between Reptar and the girl reporter.
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  • Blame Game: After Didi brings the babies in from outside, she asks Stu and Lou which one of them left the back door open so the babies could get out. Stu and Lou both point at each other.
  • Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs: Stu reads the ingredients for Reptar Cereal on the side of the box (Including re-hydrogenated cardboard bits) and remarks, "Hey Deed, there's no actual food in here!". Didi tells him that Angelica (who's staying over) won't eat anything else.
  • Comically Missing the Point: When the adults realize the babies are out on the ice, Didi wonders what they're doing out there. Lou, looking over the show transcript, comments "It's not in the program, that's for sure!"
  • Expressive Mask: The Reptar suit used in the ice show is ultra-realistic; The zipper in the front disappears when the suit is fully zipped, and Reptar's mouth actually moves perfectly with the man in the suit's voice, along with the eyes blinking and showing expression.
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  • Historical Longevity Joke:
    Grandpa: In my day, dinosaurs didn't skate around with a bunch of ninnies in costumes.
    Stu: (to Didi) In his day, the dinosaurs were real.
  • I Do Not Like Green Eggs and Ham: When the adults and babies go to the Reptar on Ice show, Grandpa Lou was vehemently opposed to going (he wanted to go bowling instead). Once the show began, however, he was enthralled, and by the end, could only offer up this stunned observation:
    "Brilliance... sheer brilliance."
  • Improv: An in-universe example; when the babies interrupt the climax of the Reptar on Ice show, Reptar ends up improvising a song about the kids being on the ice...
    Hey, look! It's some kids, on the ice!
    What's a dinosaur to do, when there's kids on the ice?
    Quick! Somebody call their MOM!!!
  • Interspecies Romance: Show Within a Show example; in the Reptar on Ice show, Reptar has a romance with a female reporter.
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  • Irony: Leo, the guy cast to play Reptar is perhaps the least qualified person to be playing him, with him even wondering why he took the job; he can't skate, hates kids and has a fear of lizards.
    Leo: And that goes for your amphibians too!
  • Malaproper: Angelica pronounces fossil as "tonsil" when she tells Stu and Didi that dinosaurs are extinct. This leads to a depressed Tommy telling his friends that Reptar turned into a tonsil.
  • Manly Tears: Although Stu and Didi appear to be bored by the show, Grandpa Lou is clearly moved to tears by the love story between Reptar and the female reporter.
  • Musical Episode: The B-plot of this episode involves the actual show and people's reactions to it. The A-plot focuses on the babies' adventure.
  • No Name Given: The female reporter Love Interest of Reptar's never gets a name, and neither does the actress playing her.
  • On Ice: The babies and their parents go to the Reptar on Ice show in this episode.
  • People in Rubber Suits: This is how Reptar is portrayed in the ice show, complete with Expressive Mask.
  • Squirrels in My Pants: Tommy attempts to bring the lizard to the ice show by putting it in his diaper, causing him to make weird facial expressions. Chuckie later ends up carrying it in his pants, with the same results. Stu and Didi pass it off as them being "antsy". It also happens at the end when the lizard climbs from Tommy's diaper into Stu's pants.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Angelica appears at the beginning of the episode, but disappears after Tommy tells his friends that Reptar turned into a "tonsil" and doesn't join the rest of the Pickles family in seeing the Reptar on Ice show.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Leo, the guy in the Reptar costume, hates lizards and freaks out when Tommy shows him the one he found.
    Yah! Get it away from ME! (Ends up knocking the other actors over while trying to run)
  • You Just Had to Say It: Tommy believes Reptar is dead, but Chuckie believes he's just hiding. This cheers Tommy enough to have them go looking for him. Chuckie groans "I did it again."

"Family Feud" provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: While the Pickles and the DeVilles play this straight (as usual) with their constant arguing, Chas actually notices that the babies have run away (mostly because of said arguing) and calls the Pickles and the DeVilles out for their pettiness.
  • Beware the Nice Ones / Cowardly Lion: Normally a neurotic Nice Guy, Chas' "The Reason You Suck" Speech to the Pickles and the DeVilles is proof that he has guts!
  • Children Are Innocent: In contrast to the adults, Tommy, Phil, and Lil don't understand why their parents are feuding and in fact they try to stop it.
  • Delayed Reaction: Happens twice with Howard.
    • First, near the beginning;
      Betty: Time! It's Dances with Wolves.
      Howard: Oh! I never saw that movie.
      Stu: You must have heard of it.
      Howard: I don't really like musicals.
      Didi: Now, dear, it's only a game!
      Stu: Well, why do I always have to get teamed up with Howard?
      Howard: Now, wait a minute... Are you calling me an imbecile?!
      Stu: Say, very good, Howard. And that only took you 15 seconds.
    • Then, near the end of the episode;
      Stu: I'm sorry I called you a fathead.
      [After everyone made up and leave]
      Howard: Wait a minute... You called me a "fathead"?!
  • Feud Episode: The Pickles and the DeVilles get into a feud over a game of charades that lasts for the rest of the episode. Though the wives initially find their husbands' fight ridiculous until they began to criticize the other's husbands.
  • From Bad to Worse: The babies' every attempt to get their parents to end their feud only makes the feud worse than before.
  • Grail in the Garbage: While attempting to call Phil and Lil, Tommy accidentally dials the number to a radio station, telling him he's the lucky fourteenth caller and will win $50,000.00 if he stays on the line. Tommy hangs up when he realizes he dialed the wrong number.
  • Literal-Minded: When giving a watch to Chuckie to give to Stu and Didi, Phil and Lil think watches are called "times". Their reason? Adults look at them and say, "Look at the time!".
  • Mouth Cam: Used at the beginning of the episode, when Stu does a wolf imitation during a game of charades.
  • No, You: Stu, towards Howard, after Didi accuses Betty of stealing Didi's earrings.
    Howard: Betty, a thief?! That's an absurd proposition!
    Stu: YOU'RE an absurd proposition!
  • Noodle Incident: When Betty finds Didi's earrings that Phil and Lil left for her on the counter, she thinks that Howard got them for her as an anniversary present. Howards tells Betty that he wouldn't forget their anniversary, at least not after what happened last year.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: The Pickles and the DeVilles spend the entire episode hating and insulting each other with poor Chas stuck in the middle and unable to make them calm down and reconcile. Near the end, the babies wander off (as usual) and when the families do nothing about it but start fighting more, Chas finally snaps and calls them on their childish behavior, bringing them all to shame and ending the feud.
    Chas: Look at you! Don't you see what you've done?! While you've been insulting each other and bringing up every petty difference from your past, you've forgotten about your children, the most important thing in your insignificant lives! You ought to be ashamed!
  • The Runaway: After the babies' attempt to get their parents to stop arguing with each other only makes the argument stronger, the babies decide to run away.
  • Shout-Out:
    • During the charades scene, the movie Stu tries to act out is Dances with Wolves.
    • Also, Betty mentions that she likes Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when Didi mocks Howard for not watching a single movie after that.

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