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Recap / Rugrats S 3 E 15 Naked Tommy Tommy And The Secret Club

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The fifteenth episode of the third season of Rugrats.

Naked Tommy:

Tommy goes through a nudist phase, wanting to be more like Spike.

Tommy and the Secret Club:

Angelica starts a secret club, and Tommy is the only one of the babies allowed in, which he finds unfair.

"Naked Tommy" provides examples of:
"Nakey is good! Nakey is free! Nakey is... nakey!"
  • Baby See, Baby Do: At the beginning of this episode, Didi puts a sweater on Spike, which he takes off. Tommy then takes off his clothes, wanting to be naked like Spike, and he gets his friends in on it too.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: While the episode is very careful to censor the babies' private parts, in a few instances where it can't be helped, the babies are drawn without visible genitalia.
  • Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Lou is revealed to be a member of the Loyal Order of Wombats in this episode.
  • Call-Back:
    • This isn't the first time Tommy has taken off his diaper.
    • When Tommy tries to convince Chuckie to take his clothes off, he mentions that Susie has a cat. Susie's cat's name is Chowder, as revealed in "The Last Babysitter", the episode he appears in. Chowder would later re-appear in "Junior Prom".
    • Near the end of the episode, when Lou tells Stu and Didi about the many phone calls he recieved, a box of Corrugated Bran Puffs cereal from "Incident in Aisle Seven" can be seen on the kitchen table.
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  • Defiant Strip: Tommy decides to take off his clothes when he sees how much fun his dog, Spike has being naked. Every time Stu tries to put his diaper back on him, he takes it off again. When Phil and Lil come over, Tommy convinces them to strip by telling them that clothes are only good for getting dirty or wet, and make them feel hot and itchy. When Betty sees the twins naked, she is not happy with this, and blames Didi for allowing it to happen. This also forces Stu to make a last-minute invention to keep Tommy from taking his clothes off during Grandpa Lou's award ceremony at the Wombat Lodge, but Tommy is able to get the invention off when he uses a fork to pull its mechanism apart. At the end of the episode, Tommy learns how important clothing is and decides not to take his clothes off again, not even when he takes a bath.
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  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: After Betty drops Phil and Lil off in the playpen, the twins try to guess what's different about Tommy, which includes asking if he got a new haircut (when he has virtually no hair), before Phil correctly guesses that Tommy is completely naked.
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": After Tommy's nudist phase rubs off on Phil and Lil, Didi calls the Dr. Lipschitz hotline for advice on how to deal with said phase. A recorded message from Dr. Lipschitz picks up her call, giving her instructions to wait to press the right button. When she reaches "9", the message gives her the exact same advice written in the books (which she already knew about), and charges her for every minute she waited on the hotline.
  • Incest Subtext: Phil and Lil have a very curious reaction when they see each other in the buff for the first time.
  • A Lesson Learned Too Well: At the end of the episode, Tommy learns how important clothing is, and decides not to take his clothes off again, not even when he takes a bath.
  • Malaproper: The babies mispronounce "naked" as "nakie".
  • Naked People Are Funny: Tommy sheds his clothes to be like Spike, and even entices Phil and Lil to do so. Chuckie, however, doesn't want to. This also forces Stu to make a last-minute invention to keep Tommy's clothes on during the Loyal Order of Wombats' dinner.
  • Nap-Inducing Speak: During his awards ceremony, Lou gives a long-winded speech about his life, which puts Stu and Didi to sleep. It takes the reactions of the other audience members seeing Tommy walk around naked to wake them back up.
  • Non-Nude Bathing: At the end of the episode, after having spent almost the entire episode naked, Tommy decides to start wearing clothes again, and jumps into the bathtub wearing his diaper and shirt while Chuckie bathes naked.
  • Noodle Incident: Stu mentions in this episode that he had a great aunt named Lois who used to run around naked.
  • Open-Minded Parent: Didi is more okay with Tommy's nudist phase than Stu is, as she — correctly — thinks it's just a phase. She only starts thinking of ways to get Tommy to leave his clothes on when his nudist phase rubs off on Phil and Lil and Betty doesn't react well to what her kids are doing.
    • Even though Chuckie doesn't actually strip, Chas doesn't seem to mind the baby nudism either, having, like Didi, bought into Dr. Lipschitz' statement that it's "a natural outgrowth of their desire to control their physical environment and explore their personal space."
  • Pet Dress-Up: This episode is kickstarted when Didi puts a sweater on Spike, but Spike doesn’t like wearing the sweater and takes it off. This inspires Tommy to take off his own clothes, and entice his friends to do the same.
  • The Reveal: It is revealed in this episode that Lou's full name is Louis Calhern Pickles.
  • Scenery Censor: After Stu is aghast to find out that Phil and Lil have undressed themselves, Tommy's front private is censored by the playpen.
  • Shout-Out: Towards the end of this episode, Tommy roams around naked in the aisle at the Wombats' meeting. This is a reference to the 1974 Oscar awards ceremony, when a nude man "streaked" backstage while actor David Niven was accepting an award.
  • Voicemail Confusion: Didi calls the Dr. Lipschitz hotline for advice on how to deal with Tommy's nudist phase after it rubs off on Phil and Lil and Betty doesn't take it well. After she dials the hotline's phone number, she hears "Hello, this is Dr. Lipschitz.", implying that Dr. Lipschitz has answered her call. Before she can explain her problem to him, it is revealed that a recorded message from Dr. Lipschitz picked up her call that now says "Thank you for calling the Dr. Lipschitz Baby Talk Hotline. If you have a question about nutrition, press One now."
  • Wearing It All Wrong: At one point when Stu tries to put Tommy's diaper back onto his bottom, Tommy takes it off again and tosses it onto Stu's head. When Didi sees this, she tells Stu, "Get that thing off your head, you're going to give Tommy ideas!".
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Betty isn't happy with Didi for letting Phil and Lil run around naked, even when Didi tries to tell her that naturism is a phase that many children go through..

"Tommy and the Secret Club" provides examples of:

  • An Aesop: Always remember who your real friends are, never take them for granted, and beware of anyone who tries to isolate you from them.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: This line from Angelica:
    Angelica: If you don't remember to ask for the password, anybody could just waltz right into the club. Count Draculator, Sandman Husseini, or even Chuckie.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Angelica's refusal to let Chuckie into her secret club is what inspires Tommy to quit it and realize who his true friends are.
  • Growling Gut: Happens to Tommy after he finishes his bottle of milk.
  • I Want My Mommy!: This is actually the last line in Tommy's poem..
    "Silly me, my name is Tommy.
    My diaper smells like old salami.
    I have no hair, but I don't care
    Wah! I want my mommy!"
  • Jerkass: Angelica. She refuses to let babies in her club, even after she elects Tommy as a new member, which Tommy finds unfair. She also eats Tommy's cookie and refuses to let him touch hers.
  • Nice Guy: At the end of the episode, Tommy starts his own club, and Angelica wants to join it. Chuckie, Phil, and Lil all remind Tommy of how mean Angelica was to them and want him to keep her out, but Tommy willingly lets Angelica in without her having to do anything for him, because in his club, everyone's allowed in.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Tommy is the only one who finishes Angelica's milk challenge, but not before feeling sick doing so.
  • Victory Is Boring: Angelica starts her own secret club that doesn't allow babies, but she soon finds it dull with only Cynthia as company, which inspires her to elect a new member.