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The sixteenth episode of the fourth season of Rugrats.

Angelica Orders Out

Angelica finds Stu's voice-changing invention, the Pickles Voice Frequency Modulator 5000, and imitates her mother's voice to get what she wants.

Let it Snow

When the Pickles decide to take their Christmas card photograph early, the babies try to make it snow so that Santa will know it's Christmas.

"Angelica Orders Out" provides examples of:

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  • Big Eater: Angelica uses the PVFM5K to pretend to be Charlotte and order all the available desserts from Zippy's Deli. She then stuffs her face.
  • Brick Joke: Didi warned Lou that if he let the kids have any sweets, she'd confiscate his dentures. Sure enough, at the end of the episode, Lou ends up eating flan toothless.
  • Cast as a Mask: A variation; When Angelica (voiced by Cheryl Chase) speaks into the PVFM5K, she sounds exactly like Charlotte, complete with Tress MacNeille doing the distorted voice. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Continuity Nod: Didi mentions to Lou that she's trying to take care of the babies' teeth, which was her plan in a previous episode, "Ransom of Cynthia", when it was revealed that Angelica had a cavity after her last visit to the dentist.
  • Cool and Unusual Punishment: Didi takes Lou's teeth away as punishment for falling asleep and not keeping a close eye on Tommy and Angelica. Also, at the end of the episode, Charlotte makes Angelica eat the flan she ordered from Zippy's as punishment for ordering sweets against Didi's wishes.
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  • Denied Food as Punishment: Inverted; Charlotte makes Angelica eat all the flan she ordered from Zippy's as punishment for ordering sweets against Didi's wishes. Angelica refuses to eat it, as she doesn't like it. Lou (who has his teeth taken away as his punishment for falling asleep and not watching Tommy and Angelica) eats some himself.
  • Engineered Public Confession: A variant; Angelica had used the PVFM5K to get several things, such as sweets, a Cynthia dollhouse (that her father promised to get if she was well behaved), and a faux surprise party for her. When Tommy's parents came home, they were about to take away Lou's teeth (as they threatened to do so if he didn't supervise the kids), Angelica attempts to quell it, with Tommy activating the PVFM5K and placing it right near her mouth while she is speaking, causing them to realize just how Angelica managed to trick them big time. Needless to say, she has to eat the stuff she ordered as her punishment, and her uncle puts away the PVFM5K in a safe, stating that some things were better off not being invented.
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  • New Job as the Plot Demands: Larry gets a job as a delivery boy for Zippy's Snappy Home Delivery in this episode.
  • Senior Sleep Cycle: After lunch, Lou falls asleep after telling Tommy the story of the first time he ate baked apples with his grandfather. This leads to Angelica ordering sweets against Didi's wishes.
  • Stock "Yuck!": Angelica is revealed to dislike both baked apples and flan in this episode.
  • The World Is Not Ready: After all the trouble Angelica causes with the PVFM5K, Stu locks it in a safe, saying to Tommy that it's one invention mankind isn't ready for.

"Let it Snow" provides examples of:

  • Brick Joke: As Didi looks through a photo album of the previous year's Christmas photos, she finds that Stu could never hold still in any of them. At the end of the episode, when Lou takes pictures of the Pickles family, Stu once again can't keep still in any of the photos, except the last one, which Didi doesn't hold still in when she scolds Stu.
  • Call-Back: When trying to come up with an idea to make it snow, Tommy brings up the events of "The Blizzard".
  • Christmas in July: The Pickles family decide to set up a picture for their Christmas Card in August, leading the babies to believe that Christmas is coming.
  • Contrived Coincidence: Stu does the laundry and leaves a new box of laundry soap on top of the washing machine. Near the end of the episode, just as Tommy turns on the air conditioner, the box of soap falls off the washing machine and gets caught in the air conditioner, causing it to snow.
  • Creative Closing Credits: Christmas music plays during the closing credits.
  • Diaper Check: The babies attempt to sing Christmas carols in an attempt to remind Santa that Christmas is coming. Because they can't talk, let alone sing, Didi thinks there's something wrong with them. She checks Tommy's diaper to see if it needs to be changed, but fortunately, it's clean.
  • Human Ladder: Tommy and Chuckie form one in an attempt to turn on the thermostat. Stu catches them in the act and stops them before they fall over.
  • Let There Be Snow: Believing Christmas to be coming early, the babies try to make it snow. They even try to ask the weatherman on TV to make it snow, believing him to have control of the weather. It eventually does end up "snowing" due to Stu's box of laundry soap getting caught in the air conditioner.
  • Literal-Minded: Besides the babies thinking that Christmas is coming early, they believe that the weatherman has the ability to control the weather, rather than forecast it.
  • Malaproper: The babies mispronounce envelope as "antelope", air conditioner as "hair conditioner", and thermostat as "thermosplat". They also believe that a "Hair Conditioner" is called such because the cold air blows their hair.
  • Noodle Incident: In the previous year's photos for their Christmas card, Stu could never hold still in them.
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