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Recap / Rugrats S 5 E 5 He Saw She Saw Piggys Pizza Palace

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The fifth episode of the fifth season of Rugrats (1991).

He Saw, She Saw

At the park, Chuckie becomes fast friends with a girl named Emma, but her older brother tries to keep them apart.

Piggy's Pizza Palace

The mascot of a pizza place accidentally steals Angelica's prize tickets, so the babies try to get them back for her.

"He Saw, She Saw" provides examples of:

  • Berserk Button: Taking his pacifier away from him used to be this for Big Binky, but he eventually threw it away when he realized he could talk much better without it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Big Binky will go out of his way to protect his little sister Emma from harm, even if he won't take his pacifier out of his mouth.
  • The Bully: Big Binky is a downplayed example. Unlike some of the show's other bullies who bully other babies because they're mean, Big Binky only bullies the other babies because he is very protective of Emma and doesn't want her to get hurt.
  • Cowardly Lion: When Chuckie and Emma hide in a tree stump, they soon find out it is infested with ants. Concerned for Emma's safety, Chuckie deliberately lets her climb on top of him so she can get out of the tree stump, telling her not to worry about him. This act of bravery earns him the admiration of Big Binky when he pulls him out.
  • The Dreaded: Tommy, Phil, and Lil are afraid of Big Binky, due to him being the biggest and meanest kid to still be sucking on a pacifier. At first, Chuckie believes them to making Big Binky up, but he soon becomes afraid of him as well when he finds out he's real.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Big Binky commends Chuckie for helping Emma escape from an ant-infested tree stump. He later allows Chuckie and Emma to play together.
  • Kiddie Kid: Big Binky is Emma's older brother, but at 3 years old, he still wears diapers and sucks on a pacifier, at least until he throws the latter away after realizing he can talk better without it.
  • Manchild: Stu. At the beginning of this episode, he becomes excited about playing on the swings.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits: When Chuckie has a crush on Emma, he has to deal with Big Binky, her chubby older brother who is very protective of her.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: Big Binky shares many similarities with Big Justin from "The Big House"; they both have "Big" in their names, are overweight and wear diapers with suspenders. Also, they both start out as bullies but end up befriending the protagonist.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Chuckie has a fear of ants in this episode, and so does Emma. When they hide from Big Binky in a tree stump, they both find it infested with ants. Chuckie lets Emma climb on top of him so she can get out first, and Big Binky pulls Chuckie out so he can thank him for saving Emma.

"Piggy's Pizza Palace" provides examples of:

  • Added Alliterative Appeal:
    • Piggy's Pinball Pizza Palace.
    • The Cynthia Drive-Away Dream Car.
  • Artistic License – Law: Ringo the Bull puts Angelica, a 3 year old girl, in the restaurant’s “Pig Pen" (their equivalent of Time Out), and locks her up for ten minutes without letting Drew know. In real life, this could be considered kidnapping since public establishments can't detain a child without consulting the child's parents, and Ringo would have gotten fired and arrested.
  • Baby See, Baby Do: Tommy gives an empty dog costume some commands in Yiddish—when Chuckie and the twins shoot Tommy some confused looks, Tommy claims, "Grandpa Boris always says that to Spike."
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Ringo locking Angelica up in the "Pig Pen" for jumping on Piggy, instead of reporting it to Drew.
  • Eat the Camera: The episode ends with a zoom-in on Chuckie's mouth as he screams in fear upon seeing a bandaged Piggy chuckling and snorting at him.
  • Everyone Has Standards: The babies may not get along with Angelica for the most part, but they all agree that the time-out punishment Ringo gave her was too extreme. They aim to correct this by finding Piggy so she can get her tickets back.
  • Expressive Mask: Despite averting this trope for the most part, after Ringo the Bull sees Angelica out of the Pig Pen and asks "Oh no, how'd you get out?" when he lunges to grab Angelica the mask's mouth briefly opens.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Somehow, the guy in the Piggy suit failed to notice that Angelica's tickets got caught on his tail. The same goes for the guy playing Ringo the Bull who pulled Angelica off him when she tried to get her ribbons back.
  • Goofy Suit: Subverted with the Piggy costumed character; the actor in the Piggy suit clearly seems to enjoy his job, even though he gets hurt while doing so (thanks to the Rugrats' shenanigans.) By the end, he's bandaged and his arm in a sling while still in full costume, but still eager to say goodbye to the kids (and scare Chuckie in the process, of course).
  • Suck E. Cheese's: The titular Piggy's Pizza Palace is a clear spoof of Chuck E. Cheese's. Downplayed, as it's not particularly as sucky as other examples.
  • Walk Into Camera Obstruction: Tommy does this when he and the others find a small door and Tommy says goodbye to the animal costumes.