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"The Continuum of Cartoon Fools"
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The Continuum of Cartoon Fools
Season 2, Episode 33b
Episode name reference to/pun on: None
Continuum of Cartoon Fools
Air date April 1, 1998
Production number 236b
Written by Don Shank
Storyboard by Don Shank
Directed by Rumen Petrov
Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (Art Direction)

The Continuum of Cartoon Fools is the second segment of the thirty-third episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on April 1, 1998.

In this episode, Dexter tries to figure out how Dee Dee keeps getting into his laboratory without his knowledge.


Dexter is inside his room writing on a test paper and testing how he is distracted. Dee Dee enters his room with a dynamite pack and enters Dexter's lab. This distracts Dexter and he looks around and sees if he pressed a button. He shakes it off and goes back to writing. Dee Dee opens the lab again, and Dexter looks under his desk. Dexter then watches as Dee Dee passes a laser eye check. He then goes after Dee Dee. Inside the lab, Dexter pushes Dee Dee out from the rug entrance and he shoots it shut. Back inside the lab, Dexter finds Dee Dee screwing in a bolt and yells at her. Dee Dee shows him how she got in. She pushes the button on a remote and it sends Dexter to a mountain range where a man is yodeling into an alphorn. Dexter uses his transporter remote to bring Dee Dee into the mountain range. He grabs the remote out of her hands and smashes it into the ground, and teleports back home using his remote. There, Dexter destroys his remote, and sees Dee Dee walking into his lab.

Dexter, for the third time, asks Dee Dee how she got in. She whispers her answer to him and sends her into a fridge. Dexter then orders Computer to close a series of doors, and has her hang a small sign that says "Think thin!". Later, Dexter is working on an experiment and Dee Dee is helping him. Dexter passes her his atomizer and they both scream. Fed up, Dexter starts asking Dee Dee how she got into his lab, and with every failed attempt, she keeps reappearing. Dee Dee tells Dexter how she really got into her lab, so she is not doing anything fun today, she was only making some minor adjustments in Dexter's secret lab, and Dexter locks the lab and swallows the key. Dee Dee tells him the truth, and Dexter realizes what he has done.




  • Dee Dee: Silly rabbit, I just came in through the secret bookcase entrance.
  • Dexter: Uh, oh yes! The mind of the killer: Yes, hide in plain sight. Yes, of course! (Dexter closes the bookcase entrance, locks it, and swallows the key.) Ha! There! Now no one's getting in! Ha ha ha ha ha!
  • Dee Dee: Hmmm. Yep. No one's getting into Dexter's lab now. (She walks away.)
  • Dexter: (Smiles proudly but then suddenly realizes he's locked himself out as well.) Uh. Oh, my dear. In my overwhelming zeal to banish my sister from the lab, I have indeed locked myself out. Too blinded was I not to foresee the most piteous of fates. I have thus performed the ultimate tragic irony. [the scene cuts to "The End" title card and Dexter comes out] Surely I am the fool of fools on the par of no other. I am no better than that stupid coyote or that crazy duck. Look at me! Look at me! I am locked in a continuum of cartoon fools! I am doomed to a life of comic mishap adventures and social indignations. And now, here I stand before you, beaten, defeated, and alone.



  • In most other episodes, Dexter is seen entering his lab via the bookcase in his room. This episode shows various other ways that may have been used more than once

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  • The episode is a reference to the endless cycle of slapstick shenanigans and failures that occur within cartoons that ensures that the "fool" of said toons will never be able to succeed at getting the best of their counterpart.
  • The episode's title card is reminiscent to the flat and simplistic style title cards used in various early Hanna-Barbera cartoons such as Yogi Bear and Huckleberry Hound.
  • Dexter mentions that he is no better than that "stupid coyote" and "that crazy duck." This is a reference to Wile E. Coyote and Daffy Duck, both of whom are from Looney Tunes.