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That Crazy Robot
Season 2, Episode 2c
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
That Crazy Robot
Air date July 23, 1997
Production number 201c
Storyboard by Andy Bialk
Directed by Rob Renzetti

That Crazy Robot is the third segment of the fifteenth episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on July 23, 1997.

In this episode, Dee Dee brings one of Dexter's deactivated robots back to life after pulling out a wrench from its torso. As thanks, the robot opts to serve as her bodyguard and will attack anyone who is mean to her, including her friends, mother, and her brother, getting Dee Dee in trouble while doing so.

Plot[]

Dexter enters his lab ready to get to work. Shortly after entering, Dee Dee enters looking for him, but to her surprise, she finds an inactive robot sitting in a corner with a wrench stuck in its torso. Dexter, crawling out from under the lab door, runs over to Dee Dee hanging from a cord. It snaps, with Dee Dee losing her grip and falling toward the wrench, pulling it out in the process. The robot awakens, stomping toward Dee Dee and thanking her for saving it. It then proves its loyalty by doing everything Dee Dee does, much to Dexter's annoyance. The robot and Dee Dee then leave the lab.

Later, the robot helps Dee Dee get ready for school. After doing so, Mom tells Dee Dee it's time to leave, but Dee Dee insists on staying to play with the robot. To mitigate this, the robot offers to go with her to school. Dee Dee sets some ground rules, which the robot readily agrees too. In excitement, it grabs Dee Dee and races out of the house to Huber Elementary. Inside, the robot becomes a hit as several kids crowd around it, with some riding and swinging from its arms.

In class, Dee Dee and her classmates take a surprise quiz, much to their dismay. The robot helps Dee Dee out by whispering answers, to which Dee Dee orders it to stop making her cheat. When the robot does so again, Dee Dee's teacher catches on to her talking and one of the boys accuses her of being a cheater. Angered, the robot fires its lasers at the boy, who then yells in pain. Because of the robot, Dee Dee gets in trouble and it is punished with wearing a dunce cap and feeling shameful.

Back at the house, Dee Dee, Lee Lee, and Mee Mee are playing with Darbie dolls. When Dee Dee suggests that Disco Ben should go to the dance, Mee Mee and Lee Lee rudely turn her down by throwing the Disco Ben doll at a wall, making Dee Dee burst into tears. The robot, angered what they did, fires lasers at them. As the lasers fly, Mee Mee and Lee Lee run to hide, then escape from Dee Dee's bedroom window. Mom opens the door and sees the mess the robot caused, then orders Dee Dee to clean up and do her homework. The robot prepares to fire lasers at Mom, but Dee Dee saves her by warning Mom about the roast. Mom closes the door then races to the kitchen just as the robot blasts a hole in the wall.

Dee Dee, now mad at the robot, castigates it for what it did to her friends and Mom. She kicks the robot's shin, but instead hurts her foot. Inside Dexter's laboratory, Dee Dee tells him about the robot's destructive behavior including hurting her friends and Mom. Instead of showing sympathy, Dexter relishes in Dee Dee's misery and laughs at her, making Dee Dee cry. The robot peeks inside the lab door and sees what is happening. Not standing for this, it stomps the ground hard, making Dexter back into a wall. With nowhere to run, Dexter realizes he's trapped and watches in terror as the robot prepares its lasers. Dee Dee eyes the wrench used to bring the robot back to life and chucks it at the robot, which then deactivates and hunches over. Dexter then thanks Dee Dee and proves his loyalty to her.

The next day, Dexter helps Dee Dee prepare for school, but Dee Dee realizes that it just isn't the same as it was with the robot. Upset by the comment, Dexter's eyes turn red and he fires lasers at Dee Dee.

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Cultural references[]

  • Dee Dee's line; "Silly robot, school is for kids!" is a reference to the advertising slogan "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!", used for the breakfast cereal Trix.

Episode connections[]

  • The theme that plays when Dexter enters his lab is recycled from the episode "Dexter's Rival".

Notes[]

  • The scene with the robot clapping is featured in Cartoon Network's "Screwy, Ain't It?" bumpers.
  • This is the only episode where Mee Mee and Lee Lee both wear their purple and green dresses. In their other appearances, except for the episode "Tribe Called Girl", they share Dee Dee's everyday outfit.

Production Notes[]

  • Although "Mom and Jerry", "Chubby Cheese" and this episode aired in 1997, they were produced in the same year according to the credits.
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