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Season 2, Episode 32a
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
Air date March 25, 1998
Production number 233a
Storyboard by Craig McCracken
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (Art Director)

DiM is the first segment of the thirty-second episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on March 25, 1998.

In this episode, one of the light bulbs in Dexter's laboratory goes out. He, with Mom's help, goes to Hardware House to find one.


As Dexter is in his laboratory working on one of his inventions, he looks up and notices a light bulb flashing. While riding a hovercraft, he flies up to the socket, moves the lightbulb cover, and unscrews it. In the kitchen, as Mom is preparing chicken for dinner, she hears Dexter shaking his light bulb, then she takes him to the family car and heads down the street.

During the drive, Mom watches as Dexter rubs the light bulb. She prepares to comfort him until she sees a child running into the street to get their ball. After hitting the brakes, Mom watches the child run back onto the sidewalk then drives off. At Hardware House, Mom drops Dexter off at the entrance and he sets his watch for five minutes. He then watches as three people enter Hardware House then steps in himself.

At the front, Dexter shakes the lightbulb to get attention, but nothing works. He then goes from aisle to aisle looking for light bulbs. With one minute left on his watch, Dexter nearly panics until he sees several boxes of new light bulbs over his head. After getting one, Dexter heads to the checkout counter and notices a long line of customers, with an elderly woman at the front having a chainsaw scanned.

With 50 seconds left, Dexter notices a cashier with an empty line. He heads over there, pays for the lightbulb, and leaves Hardware House. In the parking lot, Dexter looks for Mom just as the five minutes expire. She honks the car horn, and as Dexter gets in, Mom heads back home. Back in Dexter's laboratory, he screws the new bulb into place. Just as he returns to ground level, Dee Dee tells Dexter that the other bulbs are going out eventually, with Dexter saying that he knows. Shortly after, all of the bulbs in the laboratory go out.




  • This is one of the two episodes in the series where there is little to no dialogue. The second is the season 3 episode "A Silent Cartoon".

Episode connections[]

  • Dexter's watch, which appeared in the episode "Critical Gas", is seen again in this episode.

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