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Recap / Rugrats S 3 E 5 Circus Angelicus The Stork

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The fifth episode of the third season of Rugrats.

Circus Angelicus:

The babies stage a circus after they are forced to leave a real one due to Chuckie's fear of clowns.

The Stork:

Angelica, informed that babies come from stork eggs, passes this on to the babies, who find an egg and try to hatch a baby brother for Tommy.

"Circus Angelicus" provides examples of:

  • Circus Episode: Angry that she had to leave the circus due to the babies' crying, Angelica stages her own circus in Tommy's backyard.
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  • Creative Closing Credits: Circus music plays during the closing credits.
  • Human Cannonball: Angelica casts Chuckie as a "human candyball" in her circus.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Chuckie tells the other babies why he hates clowns; they have big glasses, funny teeth, and red hair that sticks out everywhere. Chuckie has all of these same described qualities.
  • Imagine Spot: Shown when the babies imagine Angelica's circus as a real one.
  • Malaproper: Angelica pronounces "cannonball" as "candyball".
  • Off-Model: Near the end of the episode, Chuckie, although wearing a circus costume during the entire rest of the scene, is briefly visible in his regular blue shirt in the shot when he is speaking to Tommy about the circus being fun after.
  • Sarcasm-Blind: This exchange;
    Chuckie: Angelica, isn't there something easy I can do?
    Angelica: Oh, sure. Come see the Amazing Chuckie take a nap, play in the sand and eat cookies.
    Chuckie: Yeah, that'd work!
    Angelica: Oh, just forget it!
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  • Seesaw Catapult: When Chuckie can't remember what he's supposed to do, Angelica tries to explain it to him by sitting on one end of a seesaw. Phil and Lil then jump onto the other end, launching her into the air.
  • Shark Pool: When trying to figure out an act for Chuckie in her circus, Angelica assembles a ramp so that Chuckie can ride a tricycle over Tommy's kiddie pool. Chuckie doesn't even make it up the ladder.
  • Start My Own: When Angelica complains about the circus she went to, Drew tells her that if she ran the circus, she could do everything her own way. Angelica decides to do just that.
  • Toilet Humor: On their way out of the circus, an elephant poops in front of the entrance, and Didi very nearly steps in it. On the way back home, Didi complains to Stu about how unsanitary circuses are.
  • Trash the Set: Near the end of the episode, Phil and Lil launch Angelica into the air, causing the circus tent to come crashing down.
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  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: The only reason why Tommy was crying was to back Chuckie up so Chuckie wouldn't suffer the burden of being the only baby crying in the circus.

"The Stork" provides examples of:

  • Adult Fear: Despite not being adults, the babies fear when the egg they found gets into the kitchen as Stu and Drew are preparing an omelette.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Tommy is very protective of the egg he found, seeing it as his little brother, which he named "Milton".
  • Delivery Stork: When Angelica asks Drew and Charlotte where babies come from, they tell her that the stork delivers eggs.
  • Hammerspace: Phil takes the trope literally when the babies are trying to figure out what to do with a bird's egg that they've found:
    Phil (pulls a toy mallet from his shirt): Let's hatch it!
  • Human Ladder: The babies form one to get the egg out of the nest in the tree.
  • Hypocritical Humor: At the beginning of the episode, Angelica is seen slurping her spaghetti. Drew then tells her not to slurp, and when he slurps some of his spaghetti, he tells her, "On second thought, your way's fine".
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Howard is seen knitting and keeping to himself as Didi and Betty become immersed in watching a pro football game, while Stu and Drew are cooking an omelette.
  • Parental Bonus: In the B-plot of this episode, Didi and Betty watch, according to them, a game of football between Washington and Buffalo. Didi, at one point, name-drops a player named "Henderson"; Jerome Henderson was indeed playing for the Buffalo Bills at the time the episode aired (the episode debuting on October 23, 1993).
  • Shout-Out: Near the end of the episode, when the egg hatches, Tommy tells Phil, "He ain't ugly, he's my brother!", referencing the The Hollies song, "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother".
  • The Talk: At the beginning of the episode, Angelica asks Drew and Charlotte where babies come from. Drew and Charlotte agree to tell her the truth... but chicken out and tell her she hatched from a stork's egg.
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  • You Just Had to Say It: When Chuckie tells Tommy, Phil, and Lil that if they weren't babies, they could go outside and find a stork's egg themselves. Tommy, Phil, and Lil all stare at him upon hearing this, and then Chuckie sighs unhappily and says, "I'll get the screwdriver.".
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