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Dad is Disturbed
Season 2, Episode 31a
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
Dad Is Disturbed
Air date March 18, 1998
Production number 232a
Storyboard by John McIntyre
Directed by John McIntyre, Craig McCracken (art direction)

Dad is Disturbed is the first segment of the thirty-first episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on March 18, 1998.

In this episode, Dad tries to watch a golf tournament that's airing on TV, but he gets constantly interrupted by his wife and his two children.


In the kitchen, Dad is reading a sports newspaper about a big golf tournament taking place at 2:00 while the rest of the family has their lunch. He races into his closet and pulls out a foam finger, three flags, and a soda-drinking hat. Lastly, he goes to get an armchair and pushes it into the living room. After setting it in front of the TV, Dad kicks the couch out of the way then gets comfortable in the armchair as it brings out snacks and the TV remote, then he turns the TV on to a golf tournament.

Suddenly, Dexter chases Dee Dee down the stairs and orders her to give the device she took from him back. After they run behind the armchair, Dad tells them to be quiet and to go outside. Dexter and Dee Dee do so, with switched bodies. They resume their bickering as they leave, causing Dad to miss a golfer on TV sink the ball into a cup. As Dad tries to tune in to the results, Mom sits by on the armchair talking to Betty on the phone, disrupting Dad as he tunes into the tournament. Dad turns the TV volume up to drown Mom out, but to no avail, as she continues talking loudly over the TV. He politely asks her to leave, but she refuses.

Dad then takes it upon himself to go over to the Rubbles' house to tie Betty up and pretend to be her just to get Mom off the phone, then he pulls the Rubbles' phone off the wall and throws it out the window. Dad returns home to resume watching the golf tournament, only for him to find Dexter sitting in the armchair with him. Dexter explains to him that it would be an opportunity for them to spend time together. After Dad reluctantly agrees, Dexter starts shouting at the TV, mistaking the golf tournament for a football game. Dad then sends Dexter away as, according to him, the golf game is "extremely violent" and Dexter is "too young to watch". Dexter does so while shielding his eyes.

Later, as Dad is still tuning into the golf tournament, he runs to the bathroom after seeing rushing water. When he returns, he finds Mom, Dexter, and Dee Dee taking his place in the armchair and watching a game show. Dad pleads about his golf game, only for them to shush him. Saddened, Dad starts to cry, and Mom tells him to move and wait for a commercial. More upset than before, Dad races out of the house crying as Mom, Dexter, and Dee Dee continue watching the game show.

At the Rubbles' house, Dad thanks Barney for letting him come over to watch the golf tournament as an annoyed Barney sits by.


  • Dad was within his full right to tell Mom to leave while she was on the phone, as it's considered rude to talk loudly while someone is trying to watch something.
  • Despite the fact Dad is clearly watching his golf game, the rest of the family ignores this in the BRIEF moment he left to relieve himself and steal his chair and TV.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Dexter isn't in his lab.

Episode Connections[]

Cultural References[]

  • The game show that Dexter, Mom, and Dee Dee watch during the golf tournament is a reference to the hit game show Wheel of Fortune.
  • Craig McCracken, the art director for this episode, had his last name mentioned by the golf announcer.
  • Barney & Betty Rubble, both of whom are from The Flintstones, make cameos in this episode.


  • Unlike their original appearances, both Betty and Barney are seen wearing shoes.

Production Notes[]

  • This is the first episode using "The Cartoon Network, Inc." as a studio-credit in the credits.