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"Maternal Combat"
"Dexter Dodgeball" Dexter Dodgeball
Maternal Combat
Season 1, Episode 1c
Episode name reference to/pun on: The violent fighting video game Mortal Kombat
Maternal Combat
Air date April 27, 1996 (TNT)
April 28, 1996 (TBS/Cartoon Network)
Production number 102c
Storyboard by Rob Renzetti
Background Design:
Todd Fredericksen
Andrew Bialk
Background Color Stylist:
Martin Ansolabehere
Directed by Rob Renzetti
Genndy Tartakovsky

Maternal Combat is the third segment of the first episode in season 1 in Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on TNT on April 27, 1996, and a day later on both TBS and Cartoon Network.

In this episode, Mom falls ill and Dexter builds a robot, the Mom-Droid, to take her place. Dee Dee gets ahold of the robot, forcing Dexter to build a backup, and chaos ensues.


Dexter is in Mom and Dad's room waking up Mom to let her know she's late for breakfast. Mom falls back asleep and Dee Dee tells her little brother that Mom is sick. Dexter starts worrying while Dee Dee drags him out of the room. Downstairs, Dee Dee orders Dexter to clean while she cooks. As Dexter dusts the furniture, a cloud of dust flies inside his mouth, causing him to choke. He kicks the duster away and goes to the kitchen to find Dee Dee making a pie.

Later, Dee Dee serves Dexter the pie, only for Dee Dee to tell him that she added mud to her recipe. Dexter spits the pie out and heads to his laboratory to build a robotic mother. Later, Dexter heads to the kitchen with Mom-Droid behind him. There, he tests her functions out and then tells her to make him a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Mom-Droid refuses, and Dexter fixes her up.

Dexter is in the armchair enjoying his sandwich while Mom-Droid races around the house getting it cleaned up. Dee Dee slips her arm over Dexter's head and grabs Mom-Droid's controller. Mom-Droid then dumps the laundry on Dexter's head and dresses him up. The siblings then fight over the controller, causing Mom-Droid to act erratically. The house is nearly destroyed while Dexter and Dee Dee continue to fight over the controller.

Dexter heads to his lab to build Mom-Droid 1000, who introduces herself by firing a laser at the original Mom-Droid. Dexter and Dee Dee use their controllers to make the Mom-Droids fight. The fight ends up getting worse, leaving a lot of destruction around the place. Mom-Droid 1000 throws the family couch out the window, and Dexter and Dee Dee see Dad driving up to the house. They both head back inside the house and clean it up as quick as they can, but it's too late. Dad says hello to everyone without noticing the mess, and Dee Dee hits Dexter's chin, causing his head to extend.



  • This is the first episode where Dad appears outside of the pilot episodes.


  • Although Dexter is shown to have asthma in this episode, as indicated by him using an inhaler after a ball of dust rolls by him, he does not have this issue in later episodes of the series.

Cultural References[]

  • When Dexter brings the "Momdroid" to life, he shouts; "It is alive!", similarly to the character Henry Frankenstein from the 1931 film Frankenstein.
  • Momdroid's hair is a reference to the character Elizabeth from the 1935 film The Bride of Frankenstein.