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The twenty-fifth episode of the second season of Rugrats.

Driving Miss Angelica

When Angelica saves Chuckie, she makes him become her servant.

Susie Vs. Angelica

Angelica and Susie compete with each other in various activities.

"Driving Miss Angelica" provides examples of:

  • Bland-Name Product: When Angelica asks Chuckie to bring her her crown, it is revealed to be a toy crown from Taco King.
  • Captain Obvious: Chuckie in this exchange:
    Angelica: Don't you know that whenever grown-ups hide things, they always hide 'em in the ezzact same place? Birthday presents, toys, candies, you name it. They only hide 'em in one place!
    Tommy: Where's that?
    Angelica: [with emphasis] The upstairs closet.
    Chuckie: The upstairs closet?! That's all the way upstairs!
    Angelica: No duh, Chuckie.
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  • Chekhov's Gag: At the beginning of the episode, Tommy asks Angelica why the sky is blue. When she asks him what color he expects it to be, he responds "I dunno... green?" Angelica brushes off the comment with "You dumb babies..." She's later seen with a coloring book, using a green crayon to color the sky.
  • Continuity Nod: Angelica accidentally locks herself in a closet while trying to get back a box of chocolates Drew took from her. She pounds on the door from the inside while screaming "Daddy! Daddy!". Drew is working in his office, but can't hear her because he has a walkman on and is listening to a song heard in the episode, "Reptar on Ice".
  • Death Glare: After Chuckie saves Angelica when the two are trapped in the upstairs closet, Tommy tells her that since Chuckie saved her, she now has to be his slave. When Angelica tries to weasel her way out of it, Tommy and Chuckie glare angrily at her.
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  • Hoist by Their Own Petard: By the end of the episode, Angelica's own logic leaves her reduced to Chuckie's slave after she foolishly mentions he saved her life.
  • I Owe You My Life: Enforced; Angelica insists that Chuckie has to become her slave after saving him from being run over by a fleet of tricycles. It gets turned against her at the end, when Chuckie saves her from being locked in the upstairs closet and Tommy and Chuckie convince her she has to become Chuckie's slave.
  • "Jump Off a Bridge" Rebuttal: A variation occurs when Angelica has successfully tricked Chuckie into being her slave, and she now blames him when her orders have gotten them trapped in a closet.
    Chuckie: But Miss Angelica, you ordered me to come up here.
    Angelica: Do you always do everything I say? If I told you to jump off a bridge, would you?!
    Chuckie: Probably.
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  • Locked in a Room: Averted; Angelica and Chuckie get shut in the upstairs closest, and Drew can't hear them as Angelica tries to open the door. She begins to panic as Chuckie calmly goes over and opens the door himself, and then informs her that she had been turning the doorknob in the wrong direction.
  • Never My Fault: When Angelica accidentally traps herself and Chuckie in the closet, she blames Chuckie despite the fact that he was only doing what she told him to.
  • Rousing Speech: Tommy gives one to Angelica when she forces Chuckie to go into the upstairs closet and get Drew's box of chocolates for her.
    Tommy: No, Angelica! This time, I just gotta put my foot down! You can't tell Chuckie what to do anymore! Right, Chuckie?
    Chuckie: Yeah! All you ever say is, "Chuckie, do this!" or "Chuckie, do that!". Well, I'm not doing this or that, and I'm not going up to that closet!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A variation; when Angelica pulls a sob story on Chuckie to convince him to help her get Drew's box of chocolates from the upstairs closet, Tommy refuses to help them. Upon hearing this, Angelica refuses to give him any of the chocolates.
  • Shout-Out: This episode's title is a reference to the 1989 film, Driving Miss Daisy.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Angelica is revealed to dislike coconut in this episode. The piece of candy that Chuckie got for her was coconut-flavored, and in the box of chocolates she took from Drew, she let him have all the coconut-flavored ones.

"Susie Vs. Angelica" provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Susie is shown to be better than Angelica at many things.
  • An Aesop: Everyone's the best at something, but nobody's the best at everything.
  • Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better: Angelica and Susie quote the titular song from Annie Get Your Gun word for word.
  • Best Out of Infinity: Angelica challenges Susie to "two out of five", but as she keeps losing to her, she challenges her to "two out of nine", and "two out of fourteen".
  • Call-Back: This isn't the first time Angelica has tossed the babies' ball into the neighbors' yard.
  • Comically Lop Sided Rivalry: Susie wins all but one of their competitions, forcing Angelica to suggest a single decider contest.
  • Cool Big Sis: Despite being the youngest of the Carmichael family, Susie acts as a sisterly figure to Tommy and the other babies.
  • Chekhov's Gag: At the beginning of the episode, Angelica kicks the babies' ball into the neighbors' yard. Near the end of the episode, the neighbor finds the ball in his yard and tosses it back into Susie's backyard, where Angelica crashes into it.
  • Deliberately Jumping the Gun: Susie and Angelica compete in a race to see who's the best three-year-old in the world. Tommy is given the job of waving the flag (which consists of a pair of underwear on a stick). Angelica drives off before he waves the flag, which leads to this exchange:
    Lil: Hey! That was cheating!
    Tommy: Nah, Angelica told me, she was opposed to go right before the flag was waved, and Susie's opposed to right after.
    Phil: Oh. Well, as long as it wasn't cheating.
  • Here We Go Again!: Near the end of the episode, Angelica and Susie become friends when they realize that they're both best at something, but neither of them are the best at everything. However, they soon start arguing over who has the best hair.
  • The Rival: In this episode, Susie is made as a rival to Angelica.
  • You and What Army?: Used for a pun in this exchange;
    Angelica: You and what army?
    Susie: [makes a fist] Me and this arm-y!
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