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The eighth episode of Tiny Toon Adventures.

Buster and Babs scare each other as they introduce three scary tales.

Short One: "Home Wrecker"

After finding steel bars driven down into his burrow, Buster finds that Montana Max is building a summer house right over him. After literally having a house dropped on him, Buster disguises himself as a ghost to scare Max away.

Short Two: "Fang You Very Much"

Elmyra joins the ACME Pet-of-the-Month club and receives a bat who turns into Count Blood Count, a vampire who unsuccessfully tries to drink her blood.

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Short Three: "Easy Biter"

Hamton is annoyed by a mosquito, who keeps trying to bite him. When he finally releases him, the mosquito's entire family invade his house and throw a party.

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  • Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: In the second wraparound, Babs shows the viewers that what looks like a ghost is really her bathrobe caught in a draft, what looks like an alien is really her portable TV, and what looks like a huge blood-sucking vampire really is a huge blood-sucking vampire. After she leaves in fear, the vampire reveals itself to be a disguised Buster.
  • Credits Gag: Produced in the San Fernando Valley - Fer Sure.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: Happens to Babs in the second wraparound when explaining how one's imagination can make the dark scarier than it usually is.
  • Latex Perfection: Buster and Babs try to prank each other with such disguises of monsters in the bridging sequences, with Babs in a devil suit (with crotch entry), Buster as a stereotypical vampire (complete with stilts), ending with the two disguised as a Two-Headed monster.
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  • Mistaken For An Impostor: In the first wraparound, Babs scares Buster while disguised as a devil. In the second wraparound, Buster gets even by scaring Babs while disguised as a vampire. In the third wraparound, a Two-Headed Monster sneaks up behind Buster, who thinks it's Babs in disguise again trying to get him back. The real Babs shows up, and the two bunnies run for their lives from the Two-Headed Monster.
  • Shout-Out: The opening is a direct parody of the "Night on Bald Mountain" segment of Fantasia, even using the same Mussorgsky piece.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: Throughout the wraparounds, Buster and Babs scare each other as they take turns hosting the show. In the first wraparound, Babs, who is disguised as a devil, says "Bump" while she scares Buster. In the second wraparound, Buster comes out of Babs' closet wearing a traditional movie vampire costume behind Babs, and says "Bump." In the third wraparound, a Two-Headed Monster (which Buster thinks is a disguised Babs at first) says "Bump".
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  • Three Shorts

Home Wrecker:

  • Asshole Victim: Montana Max, who builds a summer house over Buster's burrow, and literally drops a house on Buster. Over the second half of the short, he receives his comeuppance.
  • Construction Zone Calamity: At the beginning of the short, a sleepy Buster narrowly dodges steel girders being built around his burrow when he walks over to a dripping sink to turn it off (the sink itself gets destroyed by one of the girders). When two flies awaken him, he suddenly notices the construction around him.
  • Empty Swimming Pool Dive: After Buster scares Monty, Monty jumps into the air in fear, hoping to land in the swimming pool. He does, but not before Buster drains it of its water.
  • Escape Artist: At one point, Monty traps Buster in a box, ties it up with rope, nails it shut, encases it in cement, and dumps it in the lake. When he returns to his summer house, Buster is there, completely unharmed.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: After Monty places his summer house atop Buster, flattening him, he worries he might have accidentally killed Buster. Fortunately for him, there were no eyewitnesses.
  • Spiritual Successor: To the Looney Tunes short, "The Fair-Haired Hare", with Buster and Monty in the roles of Bugs Bunny and Yosemite Sam, respectively.
  • Tempting Fate: When Buster says, "It would take a crane to move me, Monty", Monty retaliates by having a crane pick Buster up by his shirt and toss him away. This doesn't stop Buster from running back to him, though.

Fang You Very Much:

  • Asshole Victim: Count Blood Count. His every attempt to drink Elmyra's blood results in him getting hurt in some comical fashion.
  • The Cameo: Bertie the mouse appears in a mouse hole when Elmyra looks for Count Blood Count.
  • Here We Go Again!: The short ends with Elmyra getting a werewolf as her new pet when she loses Count Blood count.
  • I Ate WHAT?!: At one point, Elmyra feeds Count Blood Count a pie. After she tells him it was her best mud pie, Count Blood Count rushes to the bathroom to wash the taste out of his mouth.
  • Mythology Gag: Count Blood Count appears as the antagonist of this short. He was previously the antagonist of the Looney Tunes short, Transylvania "6-5000", though his bat form is different in this episode.
  • Vampire Episode: Elmyra gets a pet bat, who, unbeknownst to her, is really Count Blood Count.

Easy Biter:

  • Cast as a Mask: At the end of the short, when Hamton and the Mosquito sleep outside, the Two-Headed Monster says "Good Night." to them in Frank Welker's voice. After Hamton and the Mosquito run away, the Two-Headed Monster reveals himself to be a disguised Buster and Babs.
  • I Have a Family: Near the end of the short, the Mosquito begs Hamton to spare his life by showing him a wallet filled with pictures of his family. Hamton takes pity on him.
  • Visual Pun: When the Mosquito goes inside Hamton's head, he finds Hamton's ear drum, which is shaped like a drum, and plays it.
  • White Glove Test: Hamton does this after he cleans his bed to ensure there's no dust.
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