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Copping an Aptitude
Season 3, Episode 4a
Episode name reference to/pun on: The idiom "Copping an attitude", meaning to behave rudely.
Copping an Aptitude
Air date November 30, 2001
Production number 304a
Storyboard by Kevin Kaliher
Directed by John McIntyre
Chris Savino

Copping an Aptitude is the first segment of the fourth episode in season 3 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on November 30, 2001 as part of Cartoon Network's weekly block Cartoon Cartoon Fridays.

In this episode, Dexter gets sent to college to find that the students prefer to "party now, study later." When Dexter becomes overworked from studying too much, he decides to party when the students all start studying.


After taking an aptitude test of some kind, Dexter's determined smart enough to attend college despite his young age. His parents drop him off at the college he's now going to school at, and Dexter's excited to finally start college. When he gets to his dorm room, he meets his new roommate, a guy named "Gabriel" (who prefers to go by "Gabe"). Gabe's excited to meet Dexter, but Dexter's disappointed to see that Gabe's a typical slacker, hippie-type college student rather than a nerd like himself.

Dexter wants to get a headstart on his schoolwork and gets annoyed with Gabe and their schoolmates when all they want to do is party. Gabe warns Dexter that if he goes to heavy on the studying, he's going to burn himself out, and the philosophy of him and the other students is "Party now, study later." Dexter doesn't listen, and feels that it's impossible for someone as smart as him to burn himself out on studying. One night, while trying to study, he has a hard time finding a quiet place to do his schoolwork with the other students messing around and partying.

Over the course of the semester, Dexter starts going crazy from all his studying due to Gabe's words of wisdom, until he eventually cracks under the pressure--thus proving Gabe right in that he was going to burn himself out from all the heavy-duty studying. Now Dexter's the one wanting to party while Gabe and their schoolmates need/want to study.

When Gabe and the rest of his schoolmates refuse to party with him, Dexter comes up with an idea to get the others to party with him—he turns the main square of the college into a giant hot tub, using robots to help him, heaters for the water, and a giant didgeridoo that Gabe was building as the walls for the hot tub. Dexter manages to complete the hot tub, but it ends up breaking, flooding most of the buildings and melting most of the snow on-campus.

At the very end of the episode, Dexter has been expelled from college because of the hot tub incident, and his parents have come to pick him up and take him up back to grade school, angered about Dexter not learning anything in college.



"Copping an Aptitude" was directed by John McIntyre and Chris Savino, with Kevin Kaliher serving as storyboarder and David Smith worked as an art director. The episode originally aired on Cartoon Network in the United States on November 30, 2001.


Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on November 30, 2001, it was produced the same year according to the credits.
  • This episode was finished in June of 2001.[1]


  • Another episode when Dexter isn't in his lab.
  • Running gag: The college students telling Dexter to shut up when he mentions partying.

Cultural References[]

  • In one of the dorm rooms, three students are seen playing a video game that references the Mario Kart series of games.
    • "Eat your dust, Toad!" references Toad, a playable character in all Mario Kart installments.
    • "Oh yeah? Well, here comes the Leader Shell!" references the Spiny Shell (A.K.A. "Blue Shell), Mario Kart's most infamous item.
    • "Here's Lightning for both of you" references the Thunderbolt.
    • Near the end of the scene, a sound when entering the second lap on Mario Kart 64 is heard playing.
  • The band in the bathroom is a parody of the punk rock band "The Ramones".