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The fifteenth episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Buster introduces each segment, describing them as examples of life in the 1990s.

Short One: "Whining Out"

Buster, Babs, Plucky and Hamton attend a fancy restaurant called Attitude, where they are treated poorly by the staff.

Short Two: "Paper Trained"

While on his paper route, Buster demands subscription money from Montana Max. After Monty finally pays, he reads in the paper that the last of his diminished funds was used to pay Buster.

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Short Three: "Butt Out"

Babs is annoyed by Roderick and Rhubella Rat, who are smoking next to her at a restaurant. She teaches them about the dangers of smoking by posing as a doctor.

This episode provides examples of:

Overall:

  • Credits Gag: Mystery Credit
  • Dinner Deformation: In the third wraparound, Babs eats an edible hula hoop (a giant donut) whole, giving her a giant donut-shaped bulge in her stomach.
  • Hypocritical Humor: In the opening wraparound, when Plucky and Hamton imitate Buster, Buster retaliates by saying that he's an individual who doesn't follow the crowd because he thinks it's cool... before eating a carrot alongside Bugs Bunny.
  • Three Shorts

Whining Out:

  • Beware the Nice Ones: After continuously being mistreated by the staff at Attitude, Hamton snaps when he and his friends each end up getting a lump of stale cheese in gravy.
    Hamton: Look at me, I've let my best friends be ignored, sneered at, and pushed around for a lump of stale cheese in gravy. Where's that manager?! Get him out here now!
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  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: This exchange when the snooty Maitre'D leads Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton to a table in the back alley.
    Plucky: I'll bet this is a table where all the celebrities sit. Quiet, private...
    (A rat snatches Buster's slice of bread.)
    Buster: Rat-infested...
  • Go Look at the Distraction: Buster manages to distract the people in line ahead of him, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton by telling them, "Hey! I wonder whose Beamer is on fire in the parking lot!".
  • Growling Gut: Happens to Buster when he waits impatiently in line at Attitude.
  • Malicious Misnaming: The snooty Maitre'D calls Hamton "Humpton" after Buster attempts to bribe him with a leaf from a potted plant.
  • Never Say "Die": Strongly averted in this exchange:
    Buster: This is ridiculous, we've been waiting in line for an hour to have dinner! Why don't we just go to Weenie Burger like we always do?
    Hamton: But Buster, this is the most exclusive restaurant in ACME Acres! I've been dying to eat here!
    Buster: You probably will die of starvation.
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  • Shockingly Expensive Bill: Taken to a ridiculous extreme; after tying down the waiter to get some service at attitude, Buster, Babs, Plucky, and Hamton each end up getting a tiny stale piece of cheese in gravy, which costs them "Everything you own and first born". They pay the bill using Montana Max's student ID.
  • Shout-Out: Babs imitates Cher to get some service at Attitude.

Paper Trained:

  • Bully Bulldog: One chases Buster when he attempts to deliver newspapers.
  • The Determinator: Buster will stop at nothing to get his subscription money from Monty.
  • Driven to Madness: Buster harangues Monty to pay his newspaper fees (a mere $2). Eventually, Monty gives in and pays. The newspaper he receives informs him of a market crash, which has reduced Monty's fortune to $2...which he just gave away. Monty flips out and the next day's paper headlines that Monty was admitted to a madhouse.
  • Extreme Omnivore: When Buster tosses Dizzy his newspaper, it lands in Dizzy's mouth, and Dizzy finds it delicious. Dizzy then eats Hamton, Elmyra, and Plucky's newspapers, until Plucky pulls his newspaper out of Dizzy's mouth and eats it himself.
  • Full-Body Disguise / Latex Perfection: Buster's Byron Basset disguise strongly resembles the real Byron.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Perhaps a literal example during this exchange between Monty and Jeeves.
    Monty: You may clean out the stables now.
    Jeeves: Yes, Sir.
    Monty: Do a good job, and next year, I'll buy you a shovel! Ha!
  • Impact Silhouette: The Bulldog leaves a bulldog-shaped hole in a wall that he crashes into.
  • Mailman vs. Dog: Paperboy variant; Buster gets chased by a Bulldog while delivering newspapers.
  • Spoof Aesop: Buster's moral of the story for this short is "It's better to wear a pouch than a straightjacket".
  • Squashed Flat: Happens to the Bulldog when he crashes into a wall. He then floats down and lands atop a pile of other flat bulldogs.
    Buster: We lose more pooches that way.
  • Suddenly Voiced: When Monty reaches his savings and loan bank and hides in his vault, he comes across Byron Basset, who says, "Pardon me, Sir, is this your vault?". Subverted in that Byron was really a disguised Buster Bunny, and that when "Byron" spoke, Charlie Adler did the voice (basically using the same voice he'd use for Dripple), instead of Byron's regular voice actor ( Frank Welker ).
  • Trash the Set: Monty destroys his mansion in an attempt to escape paying Buster his subscription money. It doesn't do him any good, since Buster is revealed to be at his savings and loan bank, disguised as Byron.

Butt Out:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: When Babs comes across Rhubella, she says to her, "Nice outfit, Rhubella. Didn't they have it in your size?" Rhubella's face turns red with fury, but Roderick can't help laughing.
  • Balloon Belly: Babs poses as a surgeon general to give Roderick and Rhubella oxygen therapy. She inflates them with helium.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The short ends with Babs defeating Roderick and Rhubella, making them quit smoking for good, but by the time she finally gets to enjoy her ice cream, it unfortunately melts away.
  • Drugs Are Bad: Roderick and Rhubella show up as a pair of smokers who constantly annoy Babs. She ensures that they will never smoke again.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: It's hard to watch Babs imitate Joan Rivers playing a doctor knowing Rivers would later die from medical malpractice.
  • Good Smoking, Evil Smoking: Babs tries to enjoy an ice cream at the Le Trendy Dessertery while Roderick and Rhubella constantly blow smoke in her face. Though it turns out they were more intent on doing it to annoy other people than for their own pleasure.
  • Karmic Trickster: Babs takes great delight in getting back at Roderick and Rhubella.
  • Second Face Smoke: Roderick and Rhubella intentionally do this to Babs. At one point, when Rhubella blows smoke into Babs's face, it completely covers her body and makes her cough and hack.
  • Snake Charmer: Babs poses as one to get the smoke from Roderick and Rhubella's cigarattes to make them cough instead of her.
  • Through a Face Full of Fur: Rhubella's face turns red with fury when Babs insults her.
  • You Dirty Rat!: This short introduces Roderick and Rhubella Rat, the evil counterparts of Buster and Babs. They constantly annoy Babs by smoking in a non-smoking section (which, in real life, would get you kicked out).
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