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Nuclear Confusion
Season 2, Episode 10b
Episode name reference to/pun on: Nuclear fusion
Nuclear Confusion
Air date September 17, 1997
Production number 208b
Written by Zeke Kamm
Storyboard by Butch Hartman
Directed by Robert Alvarez

Nuclear Confusion is the second segment of the tenth episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on September 17, 1997.

In this episode, Dexter tests out a nuclear-powered lamp to read his book. Dee Dee, however, takes the nuclear core and hides it from Dexter. What she doesn't know is that she has caused a potential nuclear explosion, forcing Dexter to follow her clues and get the core back in its place within one hour.


Dexter is in his lab testing his newest invention: A nuclear-powered lamp. Just after inserting the nuclear core, the test proves to be success. To celebrate, Dexter goes to get his favorite book titled Big Book of Brains. When he returns to the armchair, he turns on the lamp, but it doesn't activate. Alerted, Dexter frantically searches the lab to find why his lamp wasn't working. Suddenly, he finds a note written by Dee Dee saying that she hid the nuclear core. Realizing the damage Dee Dee made, Dexter follows the clues Dee Dee leaves behind to find the nuclear core before the meltdown occurs in one hour.

Dexter receives his first clue, then has Computer analyze it. She reminds Dexter of the equation Pi r squared (πr²) and the flavors apple, cherry, and blueberry being flavors. With this, Dexter runs to the kitchen to find three pies sitting on the table. With Mom's permission, Dexter eats all three pies and finds the next clue inside the pie pans, each of them saying "Go next door".

Dexter leaves his house and heads over to his neighbor's to find his touchy-feely neighbor waiting to greet him. She invites him inside and goes to get Dexter some cookies. Dexter peeks inside the kitchen and finds the next clue on the rump of the woman's pants: Dad's trophy. He races back to his house and heads to Dad's den to find his prized swordfish hanging on the wall. He slams the fish on the ground, jumps on it, and the swordfish spits out a piece of paper. Before he could go to the next area, Dexter hears Dad coming and hangs himself on the wall pretending to be the swordfish.

Just after Dad and Phil walk by, Dexter reads the clue and goes to Dee Dee's room to find the core. Once he gets it, Dexter is then chased out of Dee Dee's bedroom and back to his lab by a giant yarn ball. He throws the nuclear core back inside the machine and it settles down. Dexter returns to his armchair to find that his Big Book of Brains book has gone missing, with Dee Dee wanting him to follow more of her clues. Dexter yells her name in anger.



Main roles[]

Minor roles[]

  • Dee Dee (mentioned; voice only)
  • Mom
  • Neighbor Lady (only appearance)
  • Dad
  • Bill (non-speaking; only appearance)



  • When Dexter's computer analyses the first clue, it reminds Dexter that "pi is r^2", but this is incorrect. The true point of the clue is that the formula for the area of a circle is pi multiplied by the square of a circle's radius (r).
  • After Dexter eats all three pies, he is seen laying on the table. In the next scene, he is seen on the floor. After that, he is then seen standing on a barstool.

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Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode is aired on September 17, 1997, it was produced in the same year according to the credits.