February 21, 1998 (World Animation Celebration) January 22, 2013 (YouTube, Dailymotion (Uncensored Version) and AdultSwim.com only)
Chong Lee, Craig McCracken
Rude Removal is an episode of Dexter's Laboratory that was originally part of season 2. The episode first aired at the World Animation Celebration on February 21, 1998, but it was later banned worldwide for its excessive use of profanity. However, it later resurfaced as a limited-time special on January 22, 2013 and was later removed. In this special episode, Dexter invents a "rude removal" machine that separates his and Dee Dee's rude sides and make them be nice to each other. However, chaos ensues when their rudeclones head out the lab and tear up the house.
Dexter is putting the finishing touches on another one of his latest inventions. However, Dee Dee enters the lab and sees two tanks filled with gas and mischievously makes the gas explode in Dexter's hair. Dee Dee then asks what he's making, and Dexter explains it's called the Rude Removal system. He explains to her that he is going to use the machine to remove her rudeness and make her be more polite. Dee Dee denies this and retaliates back saying that he is the one who is rude. They then argued about who's rude and who's not, Dee Dee sarcastically replies that she is the rude one and kicks Dexter by the butt, causing Dexter to turn on the system. Dexter finally is able to tackle her, unfortunately this makes them both roll into the rude removal system, causing both of them to have their rudeness removed. After this happend, the two to have English accents and act more polite than before. This also however, creates two evil, rude duplicates of them both in the other end of the machine. The rude duplicates start swearing and beating up Dexter and Dee Dee and they run off swearing and destroying the lab.
Mom calls the two down for lunch, so the rude copies of Dexter and Dee Dee smash their way downstairs, breaking things and cursing. Just as they reach the dining room, they stop swearing and sit down at the table, they then proceed to shove food in their mouths while making rude noises. Mom asks them how they're enjoying the meal, rude Dexter answers with a profane sentence, to which rude Dee Dee counters with more swearing, this makes Mom faint. When Mom awakens, she is caught between a food fight between the rude clones, further angering her and yelling at the two to go to their rooms "forever". In response to the request, Rude Dexter starts to back-talk Mom by telling her "to do what all good mothers do and clean up the mess yourself", then leaves the kitchen with Rude Dee-Dee. Rude Dexter spots Nice Dexter and Dee-Dee and tells their nice couterparts that their mother wanted them. They accept the matter and ask their rude clones where they were going, in which Rude Dexter replies, "Yeah, we're gonna go fuck up your lab!" ("Yeah, we're gonna go f**k up your lab!") The nice Dexter and Dee-Dee do not take the threat too seriously and go on to the kitchen where Mom equips Nice Dee-Dee with a mop and demands the clones to clean up the mess the rude counterparts made while she went out to get a bar of soap to "clean out" their mouths. When the nice counterparts are about to clean, they hear the rude clones destroying the lab, which lead their nice counterparts to stop their cleaning, leave a note for Mom and head to the lab before further destruction is made.
The normal Dexter and Dee Dee come to and are able to get their rude twins back to the lab, where they destroy them. The two then leave the lab as Dexter announces he was glad that there was no harm done, as they come around a corner, they see Mom standing before them menacingly with a bar of soap in her hand, she is not happy but still angrily calls Dexter and Dee Dee over to her, obviously intending to wash their mouths out with it. As Dexter looks into the camera, he says, "Ohhhhhhhh, sh#t." ("Ohhhhhhhh, s**t.") before the iris wears out.
The episode contains two cultural stereotypes throughout the episode: Rude Dexter and Dee Dee have New York City accents and Nice Dexter and Nice Dee Dee have English accents.
Despite being produced in 1997, this is the only episode to air after Ego Trip, to use traditional cel animation.
Mom makes a reference to the food brand Betty Crocker, which is a food brand that specializes in confectionaries.
Contrary to popular belief, this wasn't actually meant for airing. It was made for "private conversations."
Dee Dee's name in the blueprint for the Rude Removal Machine is misspelled as "Dede"
When Rude Dexter gets the pie, the cherry was red. But when Mom yells at him, the cherry went purple/black.
Dad does not appear in this episode.
Dexter does not tell to his mom who have invented a Rude Removal System in his secret laboratory in this episode, but in the episode "The Parrot Trap", he had telled to his parents who have invented a robot parrot in his secret laboratory when accidentally reveals.
The reputation of Dexter and Dee Dee was ruined by their rude copies.
At the beginning Dee Dee asks Dexter if he's going to make another remote control that turns people into animals, this is a reference to the pilot episode "Changes."
When Rude Dee Dee says "Beats that crap out of me," the word "crap" is censored. However, in "Dexter Dodgeball", the word is not censored when the coach says it.
The same sound that is made when Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee are first introduced, is heard in the episode "That Crazy Robot".
Mom tells absolutely not to Dexter not have any dessert. Similar to the episode "Hunger Strikes" when Mom forbids Dexter to want dessert for not eating single vegetables (only peas).