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The fourth episode of the third season of Tiny Toon Adventures, and the eighty-second overall.

Calamity builds a time machine so Buster can show the viewers why his friends are the way they are. He and Calamity travel back to Dizzy Devil's first romantic encounter, Baby Plucky's experience with a mall elevator, and Hamton and Sneezer's fearless encounters with a closet monster.

Short One: "Whirlwind Romance"


Every toon couple is having a romantic time, except for Dizzy, who would rather play, and he falls in love with a tornado, thinking she's another Tasmanian Devil.

Short Two: "Going Up"

Baby Plucky requests his mother to take him on the elevator. Plucky rides on it once and then swaps places with Baby Babs to ride it again and thwarts a robbery.

Short Three: "Nothing to Sneeze At"

After failing to scare Hamton, closet monster Oogie tries to put a scare on Li'l Sneezer, but the scaring delights Sneezer rather than frightens him, and what's worse, his explosive sneezing proves too much for Oogie to handle.


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Whirlwind Romance:

  • Attack! Attack... Retreat! Retreat!: This line from Dizzy:
    Don't be shy. Dizzy want to be your friend! Take Dizzy hand.
    (Gets his hand caught up in the tornado, which spins him around )
    Give... Dizzy... hand... back!
  • Call-Back: Mitzi, Taffy, and Jessie, Dizzy's three human girlfriends from the "Ask Mr. Popular" episode segment, "Dapper Diz" return in this episode.
  • Interspecies Romance: At the end of this short, Dizzy hooks up with Mitzi, Jessie, and Taffy.

Going Up:

  • Baby Talk: Baby Plucky pronounces elevator as "Elelator".
  • Brought Home the Wrong Kid: Baby Plucky switches himself with Baby Babs, and Mrs. Duck doesn't realize this until she brings Baby Babs to her car.
    Mrs. Duck: Up you go, Plucky.
    (Mrs. Duck suddenly realizes she accidentally brought Baby Babs back to her car.)
    Mrs. Duck: You're not Plucky!
    Baby Babs: Hi, Lady.
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  • Call-Back: Mr. Hitcher from the direct-to-video movie, How I Spent My Vacation appears in this episode as the robber, and since Baby Plucky thwarted his attempts to rob a safe, this might be the reason why Mr. Hitcher tried to kill Plucky years later in How I Spent My Vacation.
  • The Faceless: Mrs. Duck.
  • It's All About Me: Baby Plucky doesn't want anybody other than him playing with the elevator controls, whether it be Mrs. Duck, the other customers, or even Mr. Hitcher.
  • Spinoff Babies: This is the second of three shorts focusing on an infant version of Plucky Duck, and an infant version of Babs is also shown in this short.

Nothing To Sneeze At:

  • Abnormal Allergy: Sneezer is revealed to be allergic to nightmares in this short.
  • Beggar with a Signboard: When Oogie returns from failing to scare Hamton, A mummy can be seen in the unemployment office, holding up a sign that says, HELP! NEED WORK. Unfortunately, he stands right where Oogie ends up sliding into him.
  • Comedic Underwear Exposure: Sneezer does this to Oogie after he sneezes his fur off.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The monsters in the unemployment office include Count Blood Count, Hugo the Abominable Snowman, Witch Hazel, the Sneezing Dragon from the Bugs Bunny cartoon, "Knighty Knight Bugs", one of Marvin the Martian's alien birds, a miniature version of Gossamer, a Gremlin, and Melvin the Monster from the episode, "Hare Raising Night".
  • Fur Is Clothing: Oogie's fur is revealed to be this when Sneezer sneezes it off, revealing underwear underneath. A paintbrush later paints it back on.
  • Impact Silhouette: Oogie leaves these in several walls that Sneezer sneezes him through. He also leaves one in the wall of his house when Sneezer becomes his closet monster at the end of the short.
  • Sneeze of Doom: Sneezer gives these to Oogie throughout the short.
  • Things That Go "Bump" in the Night: For those scary things, Sneezer is this to them. When the monsters are job hunting, the mention that the job was for his place made them all scatter, save for Oogie. Eventually, even Oogie himself becomes scared of Sneezer, and he starts to think about going to night school to learn how to be a tooth fairy or an Easter bunny or "some other imaginary creature".

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