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Season 2, Episode 17b
Episode name reference to/pun on: The emergency number of the same name.
1997-11-05 - Episode 085 911
Air date November 5, 1997
Production number 218b
Storyboard by Ace Conrad
Genndy Tartakovsky
Directed by Rob Renzetti
Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (Art Direction)

911 is the second segment of the seventeenth episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on November 5, 1997.

In this episode, as Dexter watches an episode of Action Hank, his favorite TV show, it gets interrupted by the Emergency Broadcast System test. He then takes it upon himself to resolve any emergencies that Computer searches for. During the test, Dee Dee pretends she's watching various programs.


Dexter watches an episode of Action Hank where The Claw and his minions set up a trap for him, eventually, Action Hank defeats the minions, he then forces The Claw to handover an unnamed girlfriend of his who's tied up at the moment about to be eaten by alligators. This frustrates Hank until Claw sends out the other villains like the Wrecking Crew, Black Ninja, and Bertha the Barbarian in which Dexter faints from the drama. And just when the battle begins, the episode was interrupted with the Emergency Broadcast System which Dexter decides to search for emergencies in town and heads for the lab.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee finds the EBS and gets interested by it and mimics the beeping sound. With a little help from the Computer, Dexter finds an emergency of a cat stuck up in the tree, and with the help of the Robottron, rescues him, and Dexter says "This is an emergency?" and the cat licks him for saving his life. Back home, even though the signal is still going, Dee Dee's laughing for unknown reasons as if she was watching a comedy show. Dexter finds another emergency where of course a road bridge was broken in which the students on the bus were about to fall. But luckily with Dexter's help, he uses a spare road piece to fix it. The students cross the bridge safely, but the bus ends up crashing into a tree.

Meanwhile, Dee Dee gets scared because she thinks she's watching a horror movie and she couldn't watch. Dexter, by surprise, finds out the EBS is still going and complains "This cannot be!" He then runs off, leaving Dee Dee scared and all alone in the living room watching a horror movie. Later, Dexter finds and emergency of a pregnant woman in need of help, with the help of Dexter as a doctor, her baby is born, and says that it's a girl, but the cabbie corrects him in saying that's a boy. Back in the living room, Dee Dee complains about somebody named Jeffrey how had done something to someone else named Marsha, and Dexter wonders what Action Hank is doing? But Dee Dee corrects him saying that it was Jeffrey, and notices that "he's at it again!" And once again, Dexter runs off.

This time, a very big emergency has been blown into town, because the dam exploded and Dexter uses a big bucket to stop it, that water came in handy because there was a fire emergency near a skyscraper and he puts it out. Later, Dee Dee was then joined by Mom and Dad and Mom comments that the EBS is wonderful.

Dexter then gets emergency one another after another, until finally, worn out when the EBS Signal ends and the announcer says "This concludes our test of the Emergency Broadcast System". If this was an actual emergency (technical problems in broadcast), the signal you heard would've been followed by information." Dee Dee, teary-eyed, thinks it's sad and she loves sad endings. Once she leaves, Dexter notices that the EBS test took so long, the Action Hank episode ends with the villains defeated and Action Hank's girlfriend rescued. This leaves Dexter crying that he resolved every emergency problem for nothing.



  • Dee Dee: No! No! Don't go in there! [screams] I can't watch!
  • Dexter: This cannot be!
  • Dee Dee: [screams]
  • Dee Dee: How can he do that to Marsha?
  • Dexter: Oh boy, oh boy, what did Action Hank do now?
  • Dee Dee: It wasn't Action Hank, Dexter, it was Jeffrey.
  • Dexter: Are you crazy?
  • Dee Dee: Would you look at that? He's at it again!
  • Cop: The dam's blown!
  • Dee Dee: I love a sad ending. Boy, that was the greatest program ever.


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Production Notes[]

  • Final episode Ace Conrad storyboarded.


  • Dexter confuses two baby boys as girls.
  • While the episode premiered in 1997, the Emergency Broadcast System was replaced with the Emergency Alert System (EAS) on January 1, 1997. Although this was addressed in later airings of the episode, it did not include the Specific Area Message Encoder tones as any use of them outside emergencies is strictly prohibited, and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) would issue fines to those who do so.
    • Not only that, a real Emergency Broadcast System test lasts for 60 seconds, but it lasted in the entirety of the episode. When an EAS/EBS test is carried out, it must clarify from the start that it is only a test.
    • The test uses a 1000 Hz tone. The EBS ceased using this in 1976 with the elimination of the old CONELRAD method and the development of the two-tone attention signal that is a combination of the sine waves of 853 and 960 Hz‍—‌suited to attention due to its unpleasantness. This attention signal is still in use with the modern EAS.

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