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Recap / Rugrats S 3 E 14 Princess Angelica The Odd Couple

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The fourteenth episode of the third season of Rugrats.

Princess Angelica:

When Angelica overhears her parents talking, she believes that she's a real princess.

The Odd Couple:

Tommy stays over at Chuckie's house, and both drive each other crazy.

"Princess Angelica" provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Love and respect your parents.
  • 555: The Home Office King's phone number is 555-KING.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: When Angelica runs away to live with King Sal, she lets the babies have her old bedroom, provided they clean it up once a month.
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  • Literal-Minded: Angelica believes that she really is a princess when she overhears her parents talking about how spoiled she's become as of late. Later in the episode, she and the babies mistake Sal Fusco, the Home Office King, for an actual king.
  • Malaproper: Angelica uses "pheasant" to mean "peasant," while Tommy called Rapunzel "Rapoozle."
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Angelica is at first, glad to have run away from Drew and Charlotte, but then she remembers all the good stuff they did for her, and begins to regret running away.
  • Noodle Incident: When Angelica makes the babies kneel down so she can knight them, Chuckie tries to tell Angelica about what happened the last time she made them do it, only for her to stop him.
  • Pushover Parents: While Drew usually falls into this territory, he at least tries to discipline Angelica in this episode when she refuses to clean her bedroom. Charlotte, the one who usually disciplines Angelica during the rare moments when she isn't distracted by work, falls into this territory when she disregards Angelica's self-entitlement as mere "self-esteem".
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  • Rule of Three: Angelica tries three tests to prove she's a real princess; "The Rapunzel Test", where Phil and Lil attempt to climb up her hair, "The Princess and the Pea Test", where she can feel a pea under many blankets, and "The Cinderella Test", where she tries on a slipper to see if it fits. The first two tests are unsuccessful, but the third one works.
  • "Shaggy Dog" Story: Charlotte calls Sal Fusco, the Home Office King, to have her fax machine fixed, needing it for the next day deadline. It turns out that the fax machine wasn't broken at all, it just needed a new roll of paper, but Sal still charges her $100.00.
  • Spoiled Brat: Angelica. The opening scene of this episode is almost perfectly indicative of just how spoiled she is. Drew reminds her that she agreed to clean her room once a month since Drew bought her a $400 video game console. She tries to get out of it by saying, "I didn't feel like it this month," then offering to start the deal next month. She's nothing short of bewildered when her father, for once, refuses to budge.
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  • Toilet Humor: This exchange during the "Princess and the Pea" test:
    Lil: I can feel it when Phil pees through a whole lot of blankets. Does that make me a princess?
    Angelica: No, that just makes you both disgusting.

"The Odd Couple" provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Everyone has a different way of living; if you come to your friend’s home to visit; respect and follow their rules.
  • Blanket Tug O' War: When Tommy and Chuckie sleep in the same crib, Tommy hogs most of the blanket for himself. Whenever Chuckie takes the blanket back, Tommy just pulls it back over himself, leaving Chuckie to shiver from the cold. They eventually make up and Tommy shares some of the blanket.
  • Cat Up a Tree: Discussed; at the beginning of the episode, Phil and Lil play with Chuckie's Bogo Block Village, Phil wants one little girl to go to the fire station because her puppy's up a tree.
  • Chocolate-Frosted Sugar Bombs: Chas serves Tommy and Chuckie Dummi Bear Sugar Lumps, which Chuckie likes, but Tommy doesn't.
  • The Complainer Is Always Wrong: Subverted. The episode's moral is how sometimes it works to compromise and be considerate, rather than try to keep to one person's way of doing things.
  • Feud Episode: While normally the best of friends, Tommy and Chuckie begin complaining about how each other does everything over the course of the episode. They do make up near the end.
  • Homage: To the 1970-1975 series of the same name, with Chuckie and Tommy in the respective roles of Felix and Oscar.
  • Human Mail: At one point in the episode, Tommy and Lil cover Phil with stamps so that the mailman will send him to China.
  • I Warned You: Both Phil and Lil warn Tommy and Chuckie that spending a long time together isn't going to be a perfect experience like they initially thought just because they're best friends. Sooner or later their habits will start bugging each other, the same way the two twins get in fights over their own habits. Once Tommy and Chuckie complain in private to them how they're bothered by how the other acts, they just respond rather bluntly.
    Phil: I hate to say this, but...
    Phil & Lil: We told you so.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Tommy kicks Chuckie's block tower and spreads blocks everywhere, Chuckie thinks that Tommy doesn't care about him or his rules, and cries. Tommy ends up feeling guilty and crying himself, which leads to him and Chuckie making up with each other that night.
  • Neat Freak: Chuckie is revealed to be one in this episode, not wanting Tommy to play with another toy until after he's cleaned up the last one, and having very particular ways of playing with toys and putting them away.
  • Odd Couple: It's in the title.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Both Chuckie and Tommy snap at different points after enduring the other's bad habits for too long:
    • After putting up with Tommy's indirectly selfish behaviour for quite a while, Chuckie finds he has completely dismantled one his toy block village. When Tommy once again interjects that's how he does things in his house, Chuckie snaps and goes on a tirade, as he's in Chuckie's house now, and sometimes it would be considerate to do things Chuckie's way.
    • Having previously put up with all of Chuckie's rules, Chuckie tells Tommy that he forgot to put the blocks away by shape. Tommy snaps, indicating that Chuckie didn't teach him that (especially since the viewers didn't get to see whether or not it really happened), and he kicks Chuckie's block tower, causing blocks to fly everywhere.
  • Show Within a Show: Space Trek Babies, a show that Chuckie loves but Tommy doesn't.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: When Tommy and Chuckie spend their first night together, all Chuckie wants to do is go to sleep, but Tommy keeps him up by asking him how Jell-O is made green. When Chuckie tries to go back to sleep, he ends up wondering how Jell-O is made green himself.
  • Spinoff Babies: Show Within a Show example; Chuckie's favorite TV show is revealed to be Space Trek Babies. Tommy absolutely cannot stand it.

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