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Season 1, Episode 13c
Episode name reference to/pun on: "Monster" and "story"
Air date January 1, 1997
Production number 113c
Storyboard by Don Shank
Directed by Rob Renzetti
Genndy Tartakovsky
(Model design: Paul Rudish, Andy Bialk and Mike Stern; Background color: Andy Clark)

Monstory is the third part of the 13th episode in season one of Dexter's Laboratory. In the episode, Dexter gives Dee Dee a potion so that he doesn't have to hear her long story. The potion turns Dee Dee into a monster with the continued intention of telling her story. Dexter then transforms himself into a monster after learning that nothing can make Dee Dee keep quiet.


The episode begins in space featuring a giant multi-lens microscope reflecting an eye looking over the world and scaring the human population. Immediately in the next scene it is revealed that it is Dexter who is looking through his microscope at the world with an earpiece to listen to the sounds emitted by the planet in his laboratory.

While studying Dexter drops a pin whose sound after hitting the floor is amplified by his earpiece, hurting his eardrums. Dee Dee then shows up and despite Dexter telling her he needs quiet she tries to tell him a story her friend Lila told her at the park. At one point Dexter asks Dee Dee if this is one of her knock knock jokes but she says no. When Dee Dee keeps talking Dexter gives her a potion he believes will shrink her mouth but realizes too late that it will turn her into a monster.

When Dee Dee begins crying, Dexter won't let her cries destroy the lab so he declares war and drinks the last drop of the potion. But Dexter just turns into a slug and Dee Dee chases him demanding he listen to her story. Dexter manages to lose Dee Dee and forms into a cocoon. Months later Dexter emerges as a monster too but Dee Dee, who has been sitting next to the cocoon patiently for months still wants for him to listen to her story.

Dee Dee chases Dexter into the city and Dexter and Dee Dee both mutate into even bigger monsters, the last one leaving them bigger than the city. Dee Dee changes into a giant spider on her own, while Dexter desperate to overpower her drinks toxic waste. They both eventually engage in a huge fight with the two of them calling out their attacks, scratching and biting each other, knocking each other around, and damaging the city around them. The fight ends with Dee Dee defeating Dexter, knocking him to the ground and pinning him. Dee Dee victoriously declares that now Dexter has to listen to her story and continues stating "so the boy told the girl in the park on the pony... Knock Knock!" Dexter, realizing that the whole story really was one of Dee Dee's knock knock jokes, lets out a loud "NOOOOOO!" with Dee Dee still pinning him. Just then the scene pans out showing the whole world and a giant multi-lens microscope from the beginning of the episode watching Dee Dee and Dexter, as a Gainax Ending.




  • The title of this episode is a pun combination between the words "Monster" and "Story". In Japanese, it would be Bakemonogatari.
  • Dee Dee mentions having a friend named Lila.
  • It is shown through a calendar that months had passed during Dexter's metamorphosis, and Dee Dee was sitting right next to him waiting this whole time. Their parents should have noticed that their children had been gone for a long time and get very suspicious.

Cultural References

  • The episode is a parody of the popular kaiju monster movies seen in Japan with both Dexter and Dee Dee parodying two monsters from the Godzilla franchise:
  • Dexter's monstrous transformation parodies Godzilla.
  • Dee Dee's transformation resembles Kumonga, a spider-like monster.
  • At the beginning of the episode, Dexter talks about his "recent study of Horton's theory of Who." This is a reference to the Dr. Seuss book "Horton Hears a Who".
  • The city in which Dexter and Dee Dee fight in resembles New York City. The reference strengthens when both Dexter and Dee Dee climb up the same tall building in the same fashion kaiju King Kong climbs up the Empire State Building, which is located in New York.
  • The title of this episode translated into Japanese would be Bakemonogatari, which is a popular Japanese anime franchise.


  • When Dexter and Dee Dee start attacking each other, for a second, when Dee Dee grabs Dexter's body with her arms, they turn purple, the same color as Dexter's skin. Then they turn back to the normal color.

Production Notes

  • Although this episode along with "Inflata Dee Dee" and "The Justice Friends: Can't Nap" were aired on January 1, 1997, they were produced in 1996 according to the credits. They were also the last episodes of Season 1 of "Dexter's Laboratory" produced in 1996.
  • The character and background designs of the show are slightly changed after this episode.
  • This is the last episode until "Streaky Clean"/"A Dad Cartoon"/"Sole Brother" to feature the Cartoon Network Studios logo, as all Season 2 episodes and "Ego Trip" credit the production studio as Hanna-Barbera Cartoons. Also, this is the last episode copyrighted to Cartoon Network Studios.
  • This is also the last episode produced before Time Warner and Turner Entertainment had merged in 1996.