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Rude Removal
Season 2, Episode Unknown
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
Rude Removal
Air date February 21, 1998 (World Animation Celebration (Censored Version)
January 22, 2013 (YouTube and only)
Production number Unknown
Written by Chong Lee
Craig McCracken
Storyboard by Chong Lee
Craig McCracken
Directed by Rob Renzetti

Rude Removal is an episode of Dexter's Laboratory that originally intended to be part of an episode for season 2. Instead, Rude Removal was quickly banned and rejected from airing on Cartoon Network due to the characters swearing even though the profane words themselves were censored.

The episode only aired at some animation festivals before Adult Swim got a copy of the episode and uploaded it to the internet on January 22, 2013 before it was taken down on January 25, 2013.

In this episode, Dexter invents a "rude removal" machine that separates his and Dee Dee's rude behavior from their good behavior. However, chaos ensues when their rude clones head out of the lab and tear up the house, leaving an angry Mom in their wake.


Dexter is in his laboratory finalizing his newest invention. Dee Dee enters and interrupts his work by standing on the tubes, leaving Dexter with burnt hair. Dexter then shows her his invention: The Rude Removal System. After a brief walkthrough of his invention, Dexter and Dee Dee have a brief argument over who is the ruder one. It ends with Dee Dee kicking Dexter towards the Rude Removal System, inadvertently causing him to turn it on.

Enraged, Dexter charges at Dee Dee and a fight embroils between them. They both end up in one side of the Rude Removal System and are cleansed of their rudeness. However, the Rude Removal System creates rude versions of Dexter and Dee Dee, both of whom say offensive things to the nice Dexter and Dee Dee after they introduce themselves. Dexter asks for an apology, but Rude Dexter objects, threatening to punch him in his face. Mom then calls Dexter and Dee Dee down for lunch, and the rude versions of themselves go in their stead.

In the kitchen, Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee fight over a chair. Rude Dee Dee then bumps Rude Dexter onto the floor, causing Mom to nearly trip with the bowl of food she made. After sampling it, Rude Dexter tells Mom it "tastes like ****" and spits it on her, causing Mom to faint. He then goes to rummage through the refrigerator and finds himself a pie. Mom wakes from her daze and tells Rude Dexter that he is not allowed to eat dessert, to which he backtalks her and again making Mom faint.

In one of the cabinets, Rude Dee Dee throws out several things while looking for candy. She throws a can that hits Rude Dexter in his head. He tells her to watch where she's throwing, and Rude Dee Dee responds by purposefully throwing another can of food at the back of his head. A fight between the rude siblings ensues, with Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee throwing food back and forth. Mom comes to her senses and orders Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee to clean up the now-messy kitchen and to go to their rooms. Rude Dexter objects by disrespectfully telling Mom that she's the one to clean up the mess and both he and Rude Dee Dee take their leave.

The nice Dexter and Dee Dee go to the kitchen while Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee run upstairs. Back in the kitchen, Mom orders Dexter and Dee Dee to clean up the mess their rude counterparts left behind while she goes to get a bar of soap. Suddenly, something in Dexter's laboratory shuts down. Dexter and Dee Dee go there to fix it, but before doing so, Dexter leaves a note on the fridge.

In Dexter's laboratory, Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee are both wreaking havoc. After asking them to stop, Dexter and Dee Dee run behind a wall just as Rude Dexter fires several blasts at them. They then run toward the Rude Removal System and artificially act out their plan. The rude siblings overhear them and run into the left side of the Rude Removal System, to which Dee Dee closes the door and Dexter boots up the sequence reversal. Dexter and Dee Dee, who are now back to normal, leave the lab arguing once more about who is the ruder one. Their argument is cut off as Mom stands in Dexter's doorway holding a bar of soap. Dexter says "Ohh ****" just as the iris closes in on him.




Episode connections

  • At the beginning, Dee Dee asks Dexter if he's going to make another remote control that turns people into animals, which 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 the season 1 episode "Dexter Dodgeball", with some exceptions, the word is not censored when the substitute coach says it.
  • The same sound made when Rude Dexter and Rude Dee Dee are first introduced is also heard in the episode "That Crazy Robot".
  • Dexter's dessert ban is reused from the episode "Hunger Strikes". Unlike this episode, Dexter was banned from eating dessert because he didn't eat his vegetables.

Cultural references

  • While Mom runs across the kitchen trying not to drop her bowl, she mentions Betsy Crockett, referencing the confectionary brand Betty Crocker.

Production Notes

  • The episode contains two cultural stereotypes throughout the episode: Rude Dexter and Dee Dee have New York City accents and Nice Dexter and Dee Dee have English accents.
    • Despite being produced in 1997, this is the only episode that aired after Ego Trip to use traditional cel animation.


  • Dee Dee's name in the blueprint for the Rude Removal Machine is misspelled as "Dede".
  • When Dexter's hair explodes, it is black and spiky, but in the next scene it is normal.
  • When Rude Dexter gets the pie, the cherry is red, but when Mom yells at him, the cherry turns purple/black.


  • Dad does not appear in this episode.

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