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The fifty-seventh episode of the first season of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Babs and Buster clean up the mess in Acme Acres, while presenting three cartoons with a Green Aesop.

Short One: "No Deposit, No Return of the Trash Bag Dispenser"

Plucky must teach Elmyra a lesson in recycling using another new heroic ego, the Trash Bag Dispenser.

Short Two: "Jungle Bungle"

Buster and Babs must deal with a villain named Ronald Grump in order to save a rain forest.

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Short Three: "Waste Deep in Wackyland"

Montana Max dumps all of his factory's pollution in Wackyland, resulting in a harsh lesson from Gogo Dodo.

This episode provides examples of:

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  • Credits Gag: Don't Forget Kids: Recycle!
  • Green Aesop: About recycling, deforestation and pollution, respectively.
  • Reality Ensues: In the opening wraparound, Babs, as Tinkerbunny, tries to use her magic wand to make the garbage disappear. It instead brings in Buster, who tells her that magic won't clean up the garbage, and it's up to them.
  • Three Shorts

No Deposit, No Return of the Trash Bag Dispenser:

  • Butt-Monkey: Plucky. He gets his pond polluted by Elmyra, treated like a baby doll when he tries to tell her that she is polluting his home, compacted into a cube by Dizzy, and taken to the ACME Recycle Center by Little Beeper.
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  • The Diaper Change: Elmyra plays with Plucky as if he were a doll, which includes her diapering him at one point, much to his humiliation.
  • The Dreaded Pretend Tea Party: Elmyra throws one, roping several animals in and dressing them as babies against their will (one turtle even hopes his family isn't watching the episode). When Plucky (as his superhero alter-ego, the Trash Bag Dispenser) tries unsuccessfully to tell Elmyra that she is polluting his pond with tin cans that can easily be recycled, Elmyra ropes him into her tea party and dresses him in a bonnet and a diaper against his will.
  • Pet Dress-Up: Elmyra throws a tea party and dresses several of her pets as babies against their will. Since she is polluting Plucky's pond with tin cans that can easily be recycled, Plucky (as his superhero alter-ego, The Trash Bag Dispenser) tries unsuccessfully to tell her that she is polluting his pond. Elmyra pays no attention to him, instead roping him into her tea party and dressing him in a bonnet and a diaper against his will.
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  • Shout-Out: The title is a reference to the 1976 film, No Deposit No Return.

Jungle Bungle:

  • Brick Joke: In this short, Buster mentions booking a reservation on Noah's Ark. In Steven Spielberg's next animated series, Animaniacs, he and Babs make a cameo appearance in the episode, "Noah's Lark", as the two rabbits that board Noah's Ark.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Ronald Grump. He owns a scorpion shaped robot/factory that destroys the rainforest to make elevator buttons.
  • Cue the Rain: This exchange after Ronald plants new trees;
    Babs: Hey, Buster, if this is the rainforest, how come it hasn't rained once since we got here?
    (It begins to rain.)
    Buster: You had to ask.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Buster rescues some penguins from a flash flood.
  • Foreboding Fleeing Flock: When Buster and Babs arrive at the ACME Rainforest, a swarm of animals run past them.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Ronald Grump is obviously based on Donald Trump.
  • A Taste Of His Own Medicine: After Buster ejects Ronald from his robot/factory, he and Babs take control of it and attempt to destroy Ronald's mansion with it. This convinces Ronald to change his ways and plant new trees.
  • Trees into Toothpicks: Ronald Grump has a giant scorpion-shaped robot that harvests trees and processes them into a single elevator button. The rest of the tree is burned to power the robot so it can cut down another tree.

Waste Deep in Wackyland:

  • Call-Back: Gogo's friends from "Her Wacky Highness" can be seen in this short, including Pen Pal, Private Eye, Pay Dirt, and the anthropomorphic suitcase and football.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Montana Max. He pollutes Wackyland just so that he doesn't pollute ACME Acres.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: When Monty attempts to clean up his mess, he gets chased by his sludgehammer.
  • Kangaroo Court: Monty is caught by Gogo and put on trial, where he is found guilty. Not only is Gogo the judge and the baliff, but the jury consists entirely of his clones.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: For polluting wackyland, Monty is put on trial and sent to clean up the garbage. When he tries to pick up a bag of garbage, it is revealed to be a monster that chases him when he pokes it.
  • Logo Joke: Gogo comes across the WB logo, which he uses to surf across the garbage Monty dumps into Wackyland.
  • Off with His Head!: When Monty is found guilty, Gogo attempts to behead him with an axe resembling the WB Logo. Monty manages to get out of it by proving to Gogo that he can clean up his mess.
  • Shout-Out: Montana Max's motto is "Give a hoot, don't leave garbage lying around", a parody of Woodsy Owl's motto, "Give a hoot, don't pollute!"
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