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In The Army
The Boot Camp Episode, which has Ren and Stimpy surviving boot camp by a particularly tough sergeant.
This episode features the antics of Ren and Stimpy's favorite food mascot.
In The Army contains examples of...
- Angrish: The Sarge speaks mostly this.
- Armed Farces
- Ax-Crazy: Ren barely gets on his bed when revellie sounds, and is so upset he hacks the bed to pieces with an ax.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty
- Guilt by Association Gag: Whenever Ren does something that upsets the Sarge, Stimpy ends up peeling alongside Ren.
- Hollywood Tone-Deaf: Ren and Stimpy sing a wildly out-of-tune version of "America the Beautiful" at the end, and get worse as the song goes on.
- Inelegant Blubbering: At its most inelegant for Stimpy during tear gas training.
- Ocular Gushers: In the tear gas room, Stimpy cries so hard his eyeballs bounce around on top of the fountains of tears.
- Peeling Potatoes: Followed by watermelons and atomic bombs.Stimpy: Hey, Ren. I think the sarge likes you best, because he gave you the most potatoes to peel.
- Sanity Slippage: The rigors of army life start to get to Ren.
- Sleep Deprivation: A major contributor to Ren's breakdown.
- Throw the Dog a Bone: Just as Ren goes crazy and tries to desert, the Sergeant tells them they've graduated from boot camp and are now "full-fledged tank paratroopers".
- Too Important to Walk: When Ren gets tired of marching, he has Stimpy carry him on his back. Sarge is not amused.
Powdered Toastman contains examples of...
- Big "SHUT UP!": Powdered Toast Man's first line is him getting tired of the narrator's rambling introducing and telling him to shut up.
- The scene of Powdered Toast Man using The Constitution' and the Bill of Rights, which he calls "some dusty old papers," as fire kindling was cut from reruns after Nickeldeon received complaints from viewers. They also changed any mentions of the pope by name to "The Man In The Pointy Hat" so as not to offend religious groups.
- When reran in Australia, the flashing lights upon PTM's entry were slowed down in fear of causing seizures.
- The Cameo: Frank Zappa as the Pope/Man in the Pointy Hat.
- Catchphrase: "Leave everything to me!"
- Constantly Curious: The narrator, enough to annoy even the main character.
- Dastardly Whiplash: Muddy Mudskipper plays one. He briefly has the mustache and a gold tooth.
- Groin Attack: The President accidentally caught in his own zipper. So Powdered Toast Man tie a string between the zipper and a door, causing worse pain.
- Incoming Ham: "POWDERED! TOAST! MAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!"
- Laughing Mad: Muddy Mudskipper, right before he got blown up.
- Lemony Narrator: The narrator is prone to Suddenly SHOUTING!, but his introduction for PTM goes on long enough to piss him off.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: To save a kitten, Powdered Toastman stops a truck by crashing a plane into it. Seconds later, he haphazardly throws the kitten off his shoulder anyway.
- Out of Focus: Ren and Stimpy are only in one scene and both only have one line.
- Satire: In addition to farcing superhero cliches, the episode satirizes how easily abused political power is.
- Save the Villain: The Pope gets Powdered Toastman to save Muddy. Subverted when Powdered Toastman ties Muddy to his own bomb while the Pope is not looking.
- Say My Name: "POWDERED! TOAST! MAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNN!"
- Secret Keeper: The lovely assistant.
- Shout-Out: Powdered Toast Man is a spoof of Hanna-Barbera superheros such as Space Ghost and Birdman, right down him announcing his name wherever he goes and being voiced by Gary Owens.
- Something Else Also Rises: In the final shot, Powdered Toast Man is roasting a sausage while his lovely assistant is roasting a half-melted marshmallow next to it.
- Strapped to a Bomb: Muddy Mudskipper has the Pope tied to a barrel of lit dynamite.
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Ren doesn't bother to brush his teeth at all, so his teeth fall out.
Man's Best Friend
George Liquor (American) buys Ren and Stimpy from a pet store and disciplines them in various ways.
Ren's Toothache contains examples of...
- Break the Haughty: Ren.
- Even the Rats Won't Touch It: Ren's breath is so rancid even the flies flying around Stimpy's litter box find it disgusting.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The episode is called "Ren's Toothache", and it's about Ren having a toothache.
- Mirror-Cracking Ugly: The first time Ren smiles in the mirror.
- Tooth Fairy: Ren gets a visit from the Nerve Ending Fairy after he loses all his teeth. The Fairy, who looks like Ol' Man Hunger from the pilot episode, is unfortunately out of money, so he leaves Ren a ball of pocket lint instead.
- The Tooth Hurts: The title doesn't lie.
''Man's Best Friend contains examples of...
- Art Shift: When George first sees Ren and Stimpy, they are caricatured as a more realistic dog and cat.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: George's idea of disciplining Ren is to make him beg for discipline, then not give him any and, in fact, reward him for talking back.
- The Dog Bites Back: Literally! Stimpy won't hurt his beloved master when he asks to be attacked. Ren has no such reservations and gleefully beats George to a pulp.
- Drill Sergeant Nasty: George is seen in such an outfit the next morning.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Animator Bill Wray called this "an analogy of the mixed messages that parents give their children." To quote writer and story editor Will McRobb, Liquor is akin to "a father who wants best for his children, not realizing that he is really abusing them."
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: Ren beating George Liquor half to death with his prized beating oar.
- Gainax Ending: The episode ends with Ren, Stimpy, and George Liquor all dancing with lawn cigars in their mouths.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Up to Eleven. Rather than a tea kettle whistle, George's rage when Stimpy jumps on his couch is soundtracked by a jet turbine starting up.
- Hit Stop: Ren hitting George in the face with an oar, which spoofs Raging Bull.
- Insane Troll Logic: George believes that "discipline begets love," and that the only way to discipline his pets is to teach them how to misbehave, then yell at them for misbehaving. He tells them never to jump on the couch, then yells at them to jump on the couch just to show how mad he'll get if they do."Make me mad, or I'm gonna be really mad!!"
- Ironic Echo: As Ren is beating up George Liquor, he repeats the latter's phrases ("Drop and give me 20!", "It's discipline that begets love!", and "You must learn your place!").
- No-Holds-Barred Beatdown
- Road Apples: The Lawn Cigar chew toys.
- Sleep Cute: Ren and Stimpy are first seen in this episode in the window of the pet store, asleep on top of each other. And it is adorable.
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- Write What You Know: The flies reacting to Ren's stench ("Hey-hey-hey-hey, we're tryin' to eat here!") was inspired by an experience John K. and his crew had when they acted out some story idea in a restaurant.
Man's Best Friend
- Banned Episode: Nickelodeon executives found the episode too violent and it was never aired in the first run of the show. It made its debut during the Adult Party Cartoon period on Spike TV.
- Screwed by the Lawyers: Nickelodeon planned on reanimating the offending scene of Ren beating George Liquor with an oar to something less violent once John K. was fired, but quit halfway through when they discovered that John K. still owned the rights to the George Liquor character, meaning they couldn't air it at all.
- Write What You Know: As with all of his father characters, George Liquor was largely inspired by John K.'s own disciplinary father. The episode in particular is based on several of the writers' own experiences with fathers who would try to teach them discipline in ways that made no sense and were only ever abusive.
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Ren and Stimpy are outlaws hired by a couple of cowboys named Abner and Ewalt.
Rubber Nipple Salesmen
The duo are Exactly What It Says on the Tin
Out West contains examples of...
- Animation Bump: A lesser example than usual, since Carbunkle was on a tight budget.
- Bowdlerization: On BBC Two in the UK, the ending song "The Lord Loves a Hanging," is edited out, as the BBC censors don't find hanging suicides funny (and are afraid that teatime viewers will off themselves this way, as they felt the song made hanging out to be "fun and risk-free").
- Delayed Reaction: Abner and Ewalt are pretty slow.
- Ghost Town: Abner and Ewalt are the only people in town, on account of they had everyone else hanged.
- Horse of a Different Color: Ren and Stimpy ride into town on chickens.
- The Man They Couldn't Hang: Ren and Stimpy. The former is too light and just sways in the breeze. The latter has no neck.
- Nothing Left to Do but Die: With no one else to hang, Abner and Ewalt decide to just hang each other.
- The Rustler: Ren and Stimpy are hired to be horse thieves, just so Abner and Ewalt could have someone to hang.
- Surrounded by Idiots: Mr. Horse, in this installment at least, is the Only Sane Man, and is bitterly aware of that fact.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: The notes might be different, but the tune playing out while Abner and Ewalt think is otherwise identical to the Jeopardy! "Think!" music.
- Villain Antagonist: Ren and Stimpy are pretty much this since they were hired to be villains so the sheriffs could hang them.
Rubber Nipple Salesmen contains examples of...
- Bottle Episode: Because of budget constraints with Spumco and Nickelodeon, this episode (according to John Kricfalusi) is considered this, as the only scenes in this cartoon have Ren and Stimpy in their trucks and on the doorsteps of the houses they visit (and the ending where they ride bulls into the sunset).
- Broken Record: Stimpy, briefly, while trying to get Ren's attention.
- Cloudcuckoolander: In this one, Mr. Horse is very much not the Only Sane Man. Possibly he's even Ax-Crazy, though we never get any details on that "mistake" he once made.
- Gainax Ending: The episode ends with Ren and Stimpy making their sale... and getting kicked out of the house and on the backs of two bulls who ride them into the sunset. What the hell?
- Shout-Out: Ren and Stimpy riding off into the sunset on two bulls is a homage to a similar situation used in the original The Three Stooges shorts.
- Squashed Flat: Ren is hit by the Fire Chief with a shovel (he thought it was a circus midget), and is left a stain on the stoop.
- Traveling Salesman
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Stimpy: We don't like this, Ren
Sven: Ya. You scaring us.
Ren: Good. You're scared, huh? Next, I'm gonna... TEAR your arms out of the sockets! And you wanna know what else? I'm gonna HIT ya. And you're gonna falllllllll. And I'm gonna look down. And I'm gonna laugh.
—Ren's infamous To the Pain monologue.
"Sven Hoek" is the fourth episode of the second season of The Renand Stimpy Show. It is the first episode to be finished after John K. was fired in the show's original run.
Stimpy's stupidity has really started to get on Ren's nerves. He anticipates a fruitful visit from his intellectual cousin Sven, but Sven turns out to be as dumb as Stimpy. Stimpy and Sven immediately become the best of friends, sharing their collections of spit and nose goblins, and revealing that they're both members of the Loyal Order of Stupids. This serves to make Ren even angrier and fed up.
When Ren leaves for work, Stimpy and Sven play hide-and-seek and spend time in Stimpy's litterbox. Later, they fight the boredom of a rainy day by playing "the funnest game in the whole wide world", "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence". Ren comes home to find the house a complete mess, and his collections of opera records, incurable diseases and dinosaur droppings ruined. Enraged, Ren confronts Stimpy and Sven and outlines the horrible and violent things he has in store for them, only to break momentarily to pee.
Ren discovers Stimpy and Sven's board game, and whizzes on the electric fence. The three of them are sent directly to Hell by the resulting electrical explosion, where Satan greets them with the cheerful admonishment "So, you whizzed on the electric fence, didn't ya?"
Three bumpers air with this episode to bring it up to standard length: A new Log commercial promoting new products, a Gritty Kitty litter commercial featuring some of the fabulous prizes waiting inside each bag, and and a new "What Will We Do Til Then?" bumper where Stimpy inflates himself like a balloon.
- First Aired: November 4, 1992
- Directed by: John K.
- Story by: Bob Camp and John. K
- Storyboard by: Jim Smith and Bill Wray
- Animation Direction by: Bob Jaques
- Animation by: Carbunkle Cartoons
- Animation Bump: Carbunkle animated this episode.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: After threatening to rip off their lips, gouge out their eyes, and tear their arms off, Ren finishes his rant at Stimpy and Sven by threatening to push them over and laugh at them.
- Artistic License Biology: Ren's collection of "incurable diseases." None of the three we see are incurable, and one of them, Scabies, isn't even a disease, but a skin inflammation caused by parasites.
- Artistic License Paleontology: Ren's dinosaur droppings are labelled as Paleozoic, rather than Mesozoic.
- Balloonacy: One of the bumpers.
- Bowdlerization: Stimpy and Sven playing circus in the closet (with Stimpy declaring that he's a sword swallower) and many of Ren's gruesome threats to Stimpy and Sven were cut by Nickelodeon, and BBC Two in the UK. The DVD reinstates it all.
- Originally, "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence" was supposed to be called "Don't Pee on the Electric Fence." Nickelodeon objected to "pee" (though pretty much everyone agreed that "whizz" was funnier than "pee").
- Also, the scenes where Stimpy and Sven roll the die for their game and when Ren threatens to tear the boys' arms out were shortened, possibly for timing purposes (though the latter most likely to lessen the frightening mental image).
- Brotherhood of Funny Hats: Stimpy and Sven are lodge brothers from the Loyal Order of Stupids, who apparently wear inflated rubber gloves over their heads.
- Collector of the Strange: Ren collects such things as coprolites, opera records, and samples of "rare incurable diseases".
- Concussions Get You High: Stimpy excuses himself because "It's time for my appointment". He walks over to a door in the wall, inserts a quarter, and the door lifts to reveal a horse. The horse kicks him in the head, sending him flying. His reaction to this is almost orgasmic.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Stimpy and Sven compare the sizes of their...brains, with Sven awestruck at the size of Stimpy's and Stimpy tittering shyly and eagerly agreeing to see Sven's.
- Everything Explodes Ending: Ren blows up the house after taking a whiz on Stimpy's board game, killing them and sending them to Hell.
- Eye Scream: One of Ren's violent threats.
- Finger Wag: Satan gives one to Ren as he scolds him for whizzing on the electric fence.
- Fire and Brimstone Hell: As noted, the ending takes place here, complete with a Big Red Devil.
- Funny Foreigner: Sven, who was intentionally created as an ignorant parody of Nordic culture.
- I Hit You, You Hit the Ground: Im gonna hit ya... and youre gonna faaallll...
- Incest Subtext: Ren and Sven were born in the same litter, despite being cousins.
- Inherently Funny Word: "Whizz."
- I Will Tear Your Arms OffRen: Yeah, that's what I'm gonna do...
- Kill 'Em All: This marks the first instance of Ren and Stimpy dying in a non-"Commander Hoek and Cadet Stimpy" episode; Ren's whizzing on the electric fence results in a massive explosion that kills him, Stimpy and Sven, and they end up in Hell.
- Literal Metaphor: When Ren whizzes on Stimpy's copy of "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence", the resulting short circuit blows him, Stimpy, and Sven to Hell in a quite literal sense.
- Mood Whiplash: "But first, first.. I gotta take a whizz!"
- Recycled Animation: Stimpy showing off his Magic Nose Goblins is reused from an earlier bumper.
- The three bumpers on this episode all recycle animation from previous episodes (including the Log and Muddy Mudskipper songs).
- Threw My Bike on the Roof: Ren's whizzing on the game board. As noted, he failed to learn a couple of important facts about said game before doing so.
- To the Pain: Ren's tirade.
- Tranquil Fury: Ren is eerily calm during his To the Pain tirade.
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- Executive Meddling: As mentioned in the main page, John K. originally wanted the board game to be "Don't Pee on the Electric Fence", but Nickelodeon wouldn't let him use the word "pee". They compromised on "whiz". This is one of the few times he felt that executive meddling actually made something better, as "Don't Pee on the Electric Fence" doesn't have the same zing as "Don't Whiz on the Electric Fence."
- The live-action opening with a man playing an accordion in place of the title card was made by Nickelodeon instead of Spumco, much to John's annoyance.
- The Other Darrin: The "Goodbye" bumper marked the very first appearance of Billy West as Ren. It sounded quite different from his subsequent readings, primarily because they sped-up his voice as they had for John K. After this segment, it was determined that West could hit the appropriate pitch naturally.
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Ren and Stimpy go to stay in this enormous old mansion where a ghost tries to scare them... and fails miserably every time.
Mad Dog Hoek
The duo are wrestlers.
Haunted House contains examples of...
- Bait-and-Switch: After repeatedly failing to scare Ren and Stimpy, the ghost decides to commit suicide using a hammer and a nail to the head. Stimpy stops him, insisting he can't do it... and gives him a vial of poison to use instead.
- Bowdlerization: Some overseas versions of this episode (particularly in Australia) end the cartoon after the ghost says, "Now, I'm going to end it all," cutting out the Gainax Ending shown below.
- Comically Missingthe Point: Ren sleeps perfectly fine with a bloody head on his, yet freaks out when a couple of dimes are stuck in his ear.
- Dramatic Thunder: Accompanies the opening credits and when the ghost attempts to scare Ren and Stimpy with a chainsaw and witch doctor mask.
- Driven to Suicide: As ridiculous as it sounds, the ghost decides to end it all after failing to scare our heroes, by drinking a vial of poison.
- Epic Fail: All of the ghost's attempts to scare the main duo result in embarrassing failure and sometimes even painful injuries.
- From Bad to Worse: The ghost pretends to be a slice of bread to get the drop on Ren and Stimpy, only to end up being used for a sandwich. He gets covered in peanut butter, marmalade, fish eggs, and the fish. Then Stimpy tries to eat him. Then he gets handed off to a starving yak and learns the hard way that yaks always tenderize their food.
- Gainax Ending: The ghost kills himself after Stimpy gives him some poison and returns as a fat, naked black man who says "I'm alive. Killer." and then drives away in a convertible. You know the ending is screwed up when even Ren and Stimpy are confused.
- Haunted House: Obviously.
- Hockey Mask and Chainsaw: The ghost's final resort in attempting to scare Ren and Stimpy, albeit with a witch doctor mask instead of a hockey one.
- Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain: The ghost is only mildly antagonistic, but the comically oblivious Ren and Stimpy take pity on him when they find who he is.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: Stimpy refers to the house as "a great place to kill 12 minutes."
- Medium Awareness: As he drives off, the former ghost quips "I'll see you guys in the next scene!", and the episode cuts to Ren and Stimpy awkwardly waving goodbye.
- Shout-Out: The ghost's attempt to get Stimpy in the shower parodies Psycho. The scene even briefly turns to black-and-white.
Mad Dog Hoek contains examples of...
- Bowdlerization: The German dub of this episode cut the part where Ren and Stimpy are dressed as Nazi generals (during the end where the human tag team wrestlers talk trash about Ren and Stimpy).
- It's a given, since they don't want to see an awkward part of their history in a cartoon. Although if you watch it frame by frame you can see the hats slammed onto their heads.
- In Australia, the part where Ren bites a wrestler's pus-filled boil on his foot was cut. Also edited is Stimpy's rant to remove Stimpy's tongue ripping out of his mouth.
- Close Up On Head: When the announcer says that the action on the mat is "not gonna be pretty", the camera pulls back to reveal that he's wearing a tutu and garters.
- Comically Missing the Point: When Stimpy gets a chance to "holler the loud funny words", he mostly rants about how much he likes his friend Darren, and says positive things about his opponents.
- Not Cheating Unless You Get Caught: The referee comes in to check for illegal moves, but they only happen when he's looking away.
- Pro Wrestling Episode
- Real Life Writes the Plot: Stimpy's rant at the end of the episode is a quotation from an actual letter the show's producers received from a young viewer.
- Tag Team
- Throwing the Fight: As they mercilessly beat up Ren and Stimpy, one of the wrestlers looks at his watch and tells his partner that "It's time to throw the fight." They then drop to the floor and Ren and Stimpy are declared the winners.
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- What Could Have Been: Originally, the Bloody Head Fairy was going to be George Liquor, but Nickelodeon objected (as they hated the character) and the Bloody Head Fairy was redrawn as a John K. take on Doug Funnie. John K. thus had the gag excised from the DVDs.
- Originally, this episode was going to be a Tiny Toon Adventures Halloween episode with John K. himself and Spumco as guest animators (There, the Bloody Head Fairy was Elmer Fudd).
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Big Baby Scam
Ren and Stimpy pretend to be babies in order to live a better life.
George Liquor enters the duo into a dog show (even though Stimpy's a cat).
Big Baby Scam contains examples of...
- Bowdlerization: The "family bath" scene has been cut since its premiere.
- Exact Words: When the babies blew their cover, Ren demands his fifty back. So they gave him fifty... punches in the gut.
- Goo Goo Getup: Ren and Stimpy exploit the benefits of living as babies by switching lives with a pair of babies, which of course includes wearing diapers.
Dog Show contains examples of...
- Driven to Suicide: The poodle, who can't help his own size.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: Mr. Horse says this to the poodle as he was getting hysterical.
- Remember the New Guy?: Because "Man's Best Friend" was banned up until Adult Party Cartoon aired, George Liquor came off as a random owner for the duo in the original run of this episode.note
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- Funny Moments: Two scenes in particular stand out right at the beginning.
- The first is the birth of Stinky. Stimpy is watching tv, then there's an up close shot of Stimpy's butt as this percolating sound begins to gradually grows in intensity, accompanied by a dramatic musical score. Then, right as both noises reach their peak, the music cuts off and we are treated to what has to be one of the loudest, longest, most powerful butt bongos ever put in animation, sounding like a balloon releasing air multiplied tenfold. Then Stimpy turns around to see a big scorch mark burned into the carpet from the incident. Easily the most dramatic ripping of ass ever seen.
- The second is immediately after, when after a very odd conversation with Ren about what just happened, Stimpy tries again. Stimpy gets into position, fists clenched and butt sticking out, strains, and nothing happens. Stimpy takes a breath, then tries again. Again, nothing. Ren chimes in with an impatient "Well?" And Stimpy tries a third time. With gritted teeth Stimpy strains harder than ever before, grunting and wailing as nothing wants to come out. Stimpy's butt starts to flex and swell from the effort. Finally we are treated to a final close up as the big bubbly butt cheeks can't take any more and burst, deflating like a pair of ass-balloons, complete with sound effects and Stimpy's final, exhausted gasp.
- Bonus Material: In a rare version of this happening in the pre-DVD era, the orange VHS featured a music video titled "Cat Hairballs" before the episode proper. The music video featured Stimpy licking and hwarfing up hairballs onto a conveyor belt for Ren, who is stamping them, before eventually passing out and getting stamped on the butt.