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The sixty-first broadcast episode and the sixty-fourth production episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Buster and Babs hold auditions for new characters on their show.

Short One: "The Roches"

The Roches, a trio of singing cockroaches, hold a concert at Hamton's house. When Hamton finds his kitchen infested with bugs, he attempts to exterminate them, but The Roches soon have him singing a different tune.

Short Two: "The Return of Pluck Twacy"

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While attempting to get an autograph from Daffy Duck as Duck Twacy, Plucky slips on a banana peel that Shirley tosses on the floor and gets knocked out. In his dream, Plucky is "Pluck Twacy", a detective searching for Shirley's missing evil aura.

This episode provides examples of:

Overall:

  • Animation Bump: Jon McClenahan's animation in the wraparounds. A very intentional one occurs with the Roger Rabbit cameo at the start, where Roger is animated very fluidly and on ones, to mimic the way Roger was animated in his movie.
  • Creator Cameo: Executive Producer Steven Spielberg voices the White Rabbit.
  • Credits Gag: Special Thanks to - Martin Scott, Teddy Wainwright.
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Roger Rabbit appears at the beginning of the episode, trying unsuccessfully to audition for Tiny Toons. He is shown wearing a yellow shirt and green pants, rather than his red overalls, and is referred to as "White Rabbit" in the closing credits.
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  • That Came Out Wrong: When the Roches appear on stage to audition, Buster tells them to step on it. Terre and Suzie scream and faint while Maggie says "Never say 'Step on it' to a roach".
  • Trap Door: Buster and Babs send Roger Rabbit through one at the beginning of the episode.
  • Two Shorts: The fifth of eight episodes to use this format.

The Roches:

  • The Cameo: The Flea Family from "Starting From Scratch" and the Lone Ant from the "You Asked For It Again" episode segment, "Hold The Sugar" make cameo appearances as part of the audience of The Roches' concert.
  • Eccentric Exterminator: Hamton becomes one when he finds his kitchen full of insects, until Maggie stands up to him, and she and her sisters sing him a song convincing them that insect lives matter as well.
  • Four-Legged Insect: Averted with the Roches themselves, but played straight with the other insects that attend their concert.
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  • Ink-Suit Actor: Musical sister trio The Roches portray anthropomorphic insect versions of themselves in this short.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: This line from the song The Roches sing to Hamton;
    "Some folks try to lure us into a Roach Motel,
    As far as we're concerened, they can go to... Carnell!
    "
  • Off-Model: After the insects return to Hamton's kitchen after the Roches convince him that insect lives matter, Hamton is wearing his overalls instead of his nuke-a-bug suit. In the very next scene, he's wearing his nuke-a-bug suit again.
  • Shout-Out:
    • On the back of a bus, there is an advertisement for ACME Super Bug Spray, featuring an Arnold Schwarzenegger caricature called "The Exterminator", with the slogan, "They won't be back!".
    • The cans of succotash in Hamton's kitchen say, "ACME Sufferin' Succotash", a reference to Sylvester's catchphrase.
  • Sibling Rivalry: The Roches have this with each other when they're not performing on stage.
  • Visual Pun: Maggie, Terre, and Suzzy Roche are depicted as anthropomorphic cockroaches.

The Return of Pluck Twacy:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of both the Daffy Duck cartoon, "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery", and the 1990 film, Dick Tracy. In the prologue, Daffy even says, "Honest to Warren Beatty", who was the star writer and director of the latter film.
    Plucky: You're all under arrest!!
  • All Just a Dream: Much of this episode's events are a dream of Plucky's.
  • Banana Peel: Plucky slips on one that Shirley tosses on the floor, which sets the short's plot in motion.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: In a line borrowed from The Great Piggy Bank Robbery as Plucky is surrounded by the villains:
    YOU'RE ALL UNDER ARREST!
  • Help, I'm Stuck!: Plucky winds up getting himself stuck in a model train while taking on Boxcars.
  • Interspecies Romance: Much like his Mentor, Daffy Duck with the pigeon from "Plane Daffy", it seems that Plucky has a thing for Shirley's Aura.
  • I Was Having Such a Nice Dream: While Plucky was initially happy to be awake after his nightmare, once he gets to telling the other toons about Shirley's aura, he trails off and says something to the extent of "Hey! What am I waiting around here for?" and promptly knocks himself unconscious again so he can get back to the dream.
  • Loophole Abuse: Ticklepuss tells Plucky he's ticklish in the ear. Plucky knows that Ticklepuss won't be able to tickle him, since Ducks don't have ears. Ticklepuss then puts ACME rubber ears on Plucky and is able to tickle him.
  • Losing Your Head: Shirley's Aura tries to slice Plucky's head off in a guillotine.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Shirley has this reaction when Plucky slips on her banana peel and gets knocked out.
  • Mythology Gag: Not only does Daffy shows up in his "Dick Tracy"-inspired disguise from "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery", but Ticklepuss is played by Sloppy Moe from the classic short "Wagon Heels", and Hata Mari from "Plane Daffy" is Shirley's aura. Although, possibly due to political correctness, Hata Mari does not speak in a German accent like she did in the original cartoon. And Boxcars is the often used Peter Lorre caricature used in cartoons such as "Hair-Raising Hare".
  • Ocular Gushers: Parodied to the extreme; Shirley cries so much that her tears flood Pluck Twacy's office and send him onto the street, miles away.
  • Off-Model: Near the end of the short, when Shirley awakens Plucky from his nightmare and the students gather round him to see if he's okay, the characters are drawn quite poorly. Most noticeable are Shirley's head (with teeth!), Dizzy wearing sneakers, and Furrball's eyes.
  • Shameful Shrinking: Ticklepuss does this when he is unable to tickle Plucky.
  • Take That!: The villain Wolvertoon, who resembles a deformed Bob Clampett-style Bugs Bunny with a huge overbite and crooked teeth, is a reference to artist Basil Wolverton, who was known for his deformed and disgusting artwork.
  • Tickle Torture: Done by Ticklepuss to Plucky when he puts ACME rubber ears on him and tickles them. Plucky manages to escape it by inflicting excruciating, agonizing pain on himself, he won't sense the tickle sensation.
  • Trap Door: Shirley's Aura sends Plucky down one at the end of the first act.
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