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Father Knows Least
Season 4, Episode 6c
Episode name reference to/pun on: "Father knows best"
Father Knows Least
Air date May 23, 2003
Production number 407c
Written by Carlos Ramos
Storyboard by Carlos Ramos
Directed by Don Judge
Chris Savino

Father Knows Least is the third part of the sixth episode in season 4 of Dexter's Laboratory. In this episode, Dad is left to care for Dexter and Dee Dee while Mom goes to visit her sister.

The episode was produced in 2002 and premiered on Cartoon Network in the United States on May 23, 2003.


Dexter's father is left to watch the kids while his wife visits her sister.


Mom is preparing to head out for the night, and she leaves Dad in charge of the house while she's out. After leaving, Dad continues to read the comics section of the newspaper, and forgets to do the first thing, which is to make breakfast for the kids. Due to Dad's inability to make breakfast, he offers the kids lunch money. Dexter comes up with a plan to make Dad give him and Dee Dee more money. Dee Dee outsmarts her brother by getting more money. Dee Dee heads out to school while Dexter pleads to Dad to give him more money. Dad sends Dexter off to school.

Dad goes on to do the dishes, but instead makes a bigger mess. He throws clean dishes into a dishwasher and puts the box of soap in there. He jams the dishwasher shut and turns it on. Dad then went to do the laundry. He puts in Dee Dee's dresses and Dexter's lab coats. Dad then goes to dust the mantel in the family room, but without looking, he knocks over several things while watching a Spanish soap opera. The doorbell rings and Dad meets a man named Chad who was looking for Mom. Dad doesn't buy what Chad says, and slams the door in his face.

Later, Dad vacuums Dexter's bedroom and puts in the Math 4 Fun book in the bookcase, revealing the secret entrance to Dexter's laboratory. Dad thinks Mom ordered him to clean the lab, but he leaves. Dad goes to get the dishes, but he does not realize that the kitchen is filled with soap bubbles. He goes to get the laundry and sees that Dexter's lab coats are pink due to them being mixed with Dee Dee's dresses. Dad then goes to make dinner, but ends up with a burnt spot in a square pan. Dee Dee and Dexter watch as the pan lets out smoke to their dismay. Dee Dee forewarns Dad about the living room being overrun with suds while Dexter complains about his lab coat being pink. Dad realizes that he's the worst housesitter ever and cries to his disappointment.

With time running out, Dad cleans the house as quick as he can. Later that night, Mom comes home to find the house unscathed. She runs over to Dad and kisses him as a reward. However, the happy time comes to an abrupt end when a maid tells Dad that she needs her payment. Dad gives her the money and sends her away. Mom is now furious at what Dad did. Dee Dee and Dexter reluctantly join in. Dad stammers and hangs a sign that says "OUT OF ORDER" around his neck.



Cultural References[]

  • The episode name is a play on the saying "Father knows best".


  • This is the last episode when Dexter's Dad tried to clean the house making disasters in the previous episode "Another Dad Cartoon".
  • This is another episode when Dexter is not in his Lab.
  • The sound that the bubbles in the dishwasher make, is the same sound used for the bubble transition on SpongeBob.

Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode premiered in the United States on May 23, 2003, it was actually produced in 2002 according to the credits.
    • This episode was finished on October 25, 2002.[1]