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The twentieth episode of the second season of Rugrats.

The Seven Voyages of Cynthia

Angelica's Cynthia doll goes missing when Tommy and Chuckie take her on a boat ride.

My Friend Barney

Chuckie has an imaginary friend.

"The Seven Voyages of Cynthia" provides examples of:

  • Animals See in Monochrome: Several flashback sequences from Spike feature him seeing the world in black and white, as well has having the humans speak in gibberish.
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  • Berserk Button: Angelica really dislikes losing her Cynthia doll, and she threatens to turn whoever took it into "a million zillion blobs of applesauce".
  • Butt-Monkey: Done with an inanimate object. Angelica's Cyntha doll gets sent down a sewer, covered in dirty water, eaten and spit up by a fish, makes her way to the city dump, and is eventually brought home by Spike.
  • Companion Cube: Angelica is shown to really care a lot about her Cynthia doll in this episode, even going as far as considering it her best friend, and wanting the original back instead of a replacement.
  • Eat the Camera: The camera zooms in on Angelica's mouth when she screams after discovering Cynthia is missing.
  • Gilligan Cut: During Angelica's funeral for Cynthia, Angelica says, "At least we know this; she's gone to a better place.". Cut to Cynthia at the city dump.
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  • Lost Toy Grievance: When Cynthia goes missing, Angelica becomes very upset over her disappearance, even going as far as to hold a funeral when she believes she truly lost her forever.
  • Pet the Dog: When Spike brings Cynthia back to Angelica, she calls him a "wonderful, beautiful dog".
  • Premature Eulogy: Done with an inanimate object. Angelica throws a funeral for Cynthia when she goes missing and can't find her despite Tommy and Chuckie's efforts to help her. Cynthia is eventually found and returned to Angelica by Spike.
  • Refuse to Rescue the Disliked: A variant; when Spike finds Angelica's Cynthia doll at the dump, he originally refuses to bring it back to Angelica when he remembers how mean she was to him. He reconsiders when he remembers how nice Tommy was to him.
  • Shout-Out:
    • This episode's title is a reference to The 7th Voyage of Sinbad.
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    • As Cynthia travels down a waterfall, one of the things that can be seen on the ledge near the waterfall is a bottle with a note in it that says, "SEND HELP! Gilligan."
  • Tropey, Come Home: Angelica kicks Spike out after he refuses to participate in a pretend wedding ceremony around the same time Tommy and Chuckie send her doll Cynthia on a boat ride... down a sewer drain. Spike finds the doll in a garbage dump and, remembering Angelica, decides to leave it. However, when he remembers Tommy, he snatches it and heads back. No one really realizes he was gone, but Angelica does become aware of Cynthia's disappearance.

"My Friend Barney" provides examples of:

  • Disproportionate Retribution: When the other babies ask why Barney, Chuckie's imaginary friend, never comes over to play, Chuckie tells them this;
    Chuckie: Well, um... it's very sad, you guys... Barney... he wouldn't eat his broccoli, so... they sent him to prism!
    Other Babies: *gasp!*
    Chuckie: They can do that, you know.
  • Imaginary Friend: Chuckie creates an imaginary friend named Barney (no, not that Barney), who seems to be a lot braver than Chuckie.
  • Missing Mom: In this episode, Chuckie finds a stuffed fish plaque, and Chas tells him, "Your mother never liked this fish much, but hey, I guess now we can hang it back up in the dining room!", confirming Chas' status as a single father. At the time of this episode's production, one of the writers was leaning towards divorce. It is eventually revealed in "Mother's Day" that Melinda Finster is deceased.
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