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The Parrot Trap
Season 2, Episode 36c
Episode name reference to/pun on: The 1961 film The Parent Trap, which was remade in 1998.
Air date April 22, 1998
Production number 237c
Written by Jason Butler Rote
Storyboard by Mark O'Hare
Directed by Rumen Petkov
Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (art direction)

The Parrot Trap is the third segment of the thirty-sixth episode 36 in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on April 22, 1998.

In this episode, Dexter invents a robotic parrot that repeats self-congratulatory comments every time he speaks. However, the parrot soon repeats everything it hears, putting Dexter in a serious situation.


While waiting on an egg to hatch, Dexter is inside his laboratory's coop knitting. After the timer goes off, Dexter springs the egg into a cup and cracks it open with a spoon revealing his latest invention: A robotic parrot that mimics everything Dexter says.

As Dexter works on a circuit board, he makes self-congratulatory comments that the parrot repeats back to him. Meanwhile, Dee Dee, who snuck into the lab without Dexter's knowledge, goes to make a mess of things. At first, Dexter attempts to chase her out of the lab, but fails as Dee Dee is too occupied with her meddlesome behavior. To get her out, Dexter stands near the exit and uses a chocolate chip cookie as bait, prompting Dee Dee to charge at him. As she gets near the exit, Dexter opens the door and tosses the cookie out, watching as Dee Dee ran after it.

He then goes back to work, and unbeknownst to Dexter, the robot parrot overheard everything that happened and went on to insult him. Fed up with the robot parrot's smart aleck comments, Dexter picks its perch up and repeatedly slams both it and the parrot on his desk.

The robot parrot, in a beat-up state, flees from the lab and goes to the living room to find Dad watching his fishing program. Thinking that someone's sneaking up on him, Dad soon finds himself crawling in fear following the robot parrot's aggressive mimicries. In the kitchen, Mom is working on a recipe, adding things that the robot parrot says to the batter. When Mom is missing two ingredients, worms and plastic minnows, the robot parrot tells her she can find them at the Florida everglades. Mom then goes to the family car and races down the street with it.

Much later, Dexter is cleaning his lab. While vacuuming, he notices the robot parrot in the kitchen via a monitor and goes there to get rid of it. When the parrot exclaims "Dexter's secret!", Mom looks suspiciously at it, prompting Dad and Dee Dee to look on. Before it spills the beans, Dexter grabs the robot parrot out of Dad's hand, gets a hold of it by its tail, and slams it on the ground, causing it to lose a talon, its eyes, and its metal beak. Mom scolds her son for "throwing the bird", and Dexter tells her that the bird is fake and it came from his laboratory.

Realizing his mistake, Dee Dee and the still-functioning beak mock Dexter.



  • The famous quote of "Dexter's a cookie!"/"I am not a cookie!" has become an internet meme.

Cultural References[]

  • None known.

Production Notes[]


  • Dee Dee reveals at the end of the episode that Dexter has to erase Mom & Dad's memories again. This implies that Dexter has been erasing his parents' memories occasionally. Also in the 39th episode Last But Not Beast, it could indicate another one of the countless times Dexter has had to erase his parents' memories to keep his lab a secret.


  • As the parrot leaves Dexter's lab, it is seen flying backwards to another room. However, the staircase is on the right.
  • When Mom pulls the family car out of the garage, she can quickly be seen without her yellow gloves on.
  • When the parrot lands on the sofa behind Dad, it is banged up from when Dexter whacked it on the table in his lab. When the parrot is seen in the kitchen, it is undamaged.