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"Unfortunate Cookie"
"The Muffin King" The Muffin King
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"Unfortunate Cookie"
"The Muffin King" The Muffin King
Unfortunate Cookie
Season 2, Episode 18a
Episode name reference to/pun on: The word "unfortunate" and the confectionary fortune cookie.
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Air date November 12, 1997
Production number 216a
Storyboard by Kevin Kaliher
Directed by Robert Alvarez
Genndy Tartakovsky
Craig McCracken (Art Direction)

Unfortunate Cookie is the first half of the 18th episode of the second season of Dexter's Laboratory. It originally aired November 12, 1997. In this episode, Dexter and Dee Dee get their index fingers stuck into a Chinese finger trap that was found in a box of fortune cookies.


Dexter and Dee Dee must travel to Chinatown to get their fingers unstuck from a Chinese finger puzzle, but this is made difficult with their constant bickering.



  • When Dexter imagines himself and Dee Dee as old people, his elderly appearance is the same as in Old Man Dexter.
  • The events of this episode were featured on disc 3 of Scooby Doo and the Toon Tour of Mysteries; a set of 5 DVD releases featuring the cast of Scooby Doo solving mysteries from several episodes of Cartoon Network shows. They were available by purchasing Kellogg and Keebler products through June 2004.

Cultural References

  • Dexter getting his finger stuck with Dee Dee's finger is a reference to Angelica Pickles getting handcuffed to Chuckie (who is coincidentally voiced by Christine Cavanaugh, the voice of Dexter) from the Rugrats episode, Cuffed.
  • This episode is similar to the Looney Tunes short, "D'Fightin'Ones" where Dexter getting his finger stuck with Dee Dee's finger is a reference to Sylvester the Cat being handcuffed to the Bulldog.
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