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"That's Using Your Head" That's Using Your Head
Season 2, Episode 31b
Episode name reference to/pun on: The term of the same name, meaning to blame someone for something they didn't do.
Air date March 18, 1998
Production number 232b
Storyboard by Kevin Kaliher
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (art direction)

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

In this episode, the lens on Dexter's pair of glasses gets broken and he starts the trend of wearing glasses with cracked lens at Huber Elementary. However, Dad teaches him that fads don't last forever.


On the way to school, Dexter and his friend Douglas E. Mordecai III are listening to their Walkman and laughing. Their time is interrupted when Dee Dee reaches over the seat and pulls the headphone jack out of the slot. The tape then catches the attention of the other students, deeming what Dexter and Mordecai are listening to as "uncool." Just as the bus arrives to Huber Elementary, Dee Dee takes Dexter's glasses and mocks her brother with them. At the schoolyard, the bus pulls up and the students get off. Back inside, Dexter is crawling on the floor looking for his glasses. He finds them and sees the lenses broken by Dee Dee.

Outside, Becky and Gwen notice Dexter's broken glasses and deem that they make him look cool. In class, Dexter lends Becky his glasses, which leave her very surprised and happy. Later, Dexter goes to visit Mordecai at his locker. Mordecai calls for Dexter, and this grabbed the attention of the nearby students. Upset, Mordecai slumps and walks away.

The next day, Dexter is sitting on the bus with his peers. Mordecai watches, much to his dismay. Dee Dee finds it hard to believe that Dexter is the coolest in school, and Mordecai replies to Dexter's glasses being an experiment. At school, Mordecai is ridiculed by the students for not having broken glasses like his best friend. At home that night, Dad tells Dexter what fads are like, and he takes it to heart.

The next day on the bus, Dexter tells everyone about fads, which bore them. Up front, Mandark gets on the bus and all of the students, except for Dexter, look at his arm and leg both wrapped in casts. They all gather around him and Dexter goes back to sitting with Mordecai. The boys go back to listening to their Walkman as the bus goes to school.




  • Mom doesn't appear in this episode.
  • This is another episode where Dexter isn't in his lab.
  • The music that played on the title card is the same music that was used during Dee Dee's birthday party in the episode "The Laughing".

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  • When the students were getting off the bus, Gwen was seen among them. However, she was seen as a background character for a few frames.

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