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Season 1, Episode 11a
Episode name reference to/pun on: The term "space case"
Space Case
Air date December 18, 1996
Production number 109a
Written by Rob Renzetti
Genndy Tartakovsky
Storyboard by Ricky Nierva
Directed by Rob Renzetti
Genndy Tartakovsky

Spacecase is the first segment of the eleventh episode in season one of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on December 18, 1996.

In this episode, Dexter sends Dee Dee away with a group of aliens who try to take him into their spaceship for experimentation. However, he soon regrets his decision and goes on a mission to rescue her.


On the rooftop, Dexter has set up an Alien Communicator to make contact with aliens, but the machine wasn't working. He then sees Dee Dee inside having a tea party with her stuffed animals. After sending his sister away, Dexter activates the machine which sends a signal to outer space. After a few minutes, the aliens beamed down much to Dexter's joy. Dexter then begins to show the aliens his laboratory. As he was giving them a tour, the aliens begin to analyze the boy genius. The aliens want to take Dexter for experimentation. Just as Dexter feared for his life, Dee Dee comes into his laboratory and meets the aliens. Seeing this as a chance to get rid of her, Dexter claims that the aliens are his friends that are going on a trip to Candyland. Excited, Dee Dee joins the aliens as they beamed up on their ship and fly off into space.

Dexter is happy that Dee Dee is finally gone. But just as he was working in his lab, he begins to imagine that Dee Dee is being experimented on. After being called down to dinner by Mom, Dexter begin to imagine Dee Dee being dissected as he was in the kitchen even when he was setting the table. Not feeling hungry, Dexter asks to be excused from dinner. Going back to his laboratory and looking outside his room, Dexter begins to regret giving Dee Dee to the aliens. After imagining Dee Dee begging for his help, Dexter becomes determined to get his sister back.




  • The orange spacesuit Dexter wears to go save Dee Dee is a reference to the real-life orange suit NASA Advanced Crew Escape Suit dubbed "Pumpkin Suit", it is worn at various times by astronauts and is said to be related to the United States Air Force.
  • The battle aircraft Dexter pilots is launched from the top of his house, indicating more possible evidence that his lab could be underground and that his room is only an entrance to the lab.

Episode Connections[]

  • The later episode "Misplaced in Space" shares a similar plot with this episode, but with Dexter and Dee Dee's roles reversed.

Cultural references[]

  • Dexter's spaceship in this episode resembles the Y-Wing starfighter from Star Wars.
  • Onboard the alien ship, one of the blasters Dexter was wielding resembles Han Solo's iconic DL-44 blaster from Star Wars.


  • As Dee Dee waves goodbye to Dexter while on the alien space craft, Dexter's house can be seen and it is inverted (the garage is on the left when it is suppose to be on the right) This could be just cartoon logic to excute a vanishing viewpoint.
  • In the beginning of the episode Dexter's house appears at normal size, yet later as he goes to save Dee Dee and the dog barks at his house, the house is seen as unusually small in this episode. The garage is all seen as tall as the house which is all an error.
  • In this episode there is no chimney on the usual left side of Dexter's house.