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You Vegetabelieve It!
Season 2, Episode 26c
Episode name reference to/pun on: "Vegetable" and the phrase "You better believe it!"
You Vegetabelieve It!
Air date February 11, 1998
Production number 223c
Written by Jason Butler Rote
Storyboard by Bob Staake
Directed by Rumen Petkov
Craig McCracken (art direction)

You Vegetabelieve It! is the third segment of the 26th episode in season 2 of Dexter's Laboratory. It first aired on February 11, 1998.

In this episode, Dexter gives Dee Dee a growth isotope to help revive her dead plant. Once it comes back to life, Dee Dee takes her plant outside along with the growth isotope and uses it on the other plants. However, the isotope causes the plants to turn into vicious monsters, forcing Dexter and Dee Dee to team up and tame their backyard.


In the morning, Dexter goes into his laboratory and prepares to go to work until Dee Dee appears behind him. After he tells her to leave, Dee Dee shows Dexter her withered plant in a potter, and Dexter introduces her to an isotope called the Botanical Booster. He warns her that it is highly unstable growth formula and advises Dee Dee to give her plant only two drops, then orders her to leave his lab and test it for him. In Dee Dee's room, she pours the isotope on the plant and watches it grow tall. Dee Dee then takes the plant to the backyard to plant it in the grass. Dad suddenly appears, eagerly wanting to trim Dee Dee's plant. She distracts him by pointing to many untrimmed bushes, which Dad runs over to and starts trimming them right away.

Dee Dee then pulls out the isotope and uses it to "feed" the withered plants in the backyard. She takes the flask back inside the house. Suddenly, several plants start overgrowing with some of them turning into monsters. Dad sees a supposedly withered flower and prepares to snip it. However, it comes to life and roars at him. He then finds himself surrounded by other monstrous weeds as they prepare to ambush him. In the kitchen, Mom is making lunch and goes near the window to tell Dad that lunch will be ready soon. A white bell flower breaks through the window and slurps up the remaining honey.

Mom asks Dexter to help Dad in the backyard, and Dexter rationalizes by telling her that he has to "count the science-y things in his room." A robot assistant helps Dexter speed the process along. Just after, several vines break into the laboratory destroying computers and other technology. Dexter swings his way across the lab, and is thrown outside after latching onto a vine. He lands in the middle of several angry flowers, but pushes them back as he dons a gardener's outfit along with two large trimmers. Dexter leaps toward a vine to trim it, but the vine is too strong to be cut. He then tries to trim a flower, but the flower eats the trimmer blades and then the handles as Dexter falls to the grass.

Using the Alligator Lawnmower, Dexter rides around the backyard using it to chomp on the vines. As he does so, the lawnmower loses its teeth and stops functioning. Dexter slides off its tail and is launched back to his laboratory. While doing so, Dexter notices Dee Dee having a tea party with a caterpillar on top of a mushroom and she gives it the last drop of the isotope. In the laboratory, Dexter gets to work on his latest invention: The Green Thumb-1. He returns to the backyard and gets to work on getting rid of the vegetation. He sprays a plant with Plant-B-Gone, and saws off some wood from a root. As Dexter runs to take down another plant, he trips over a root, causing the Green Thumb-1 to fly off his hand. As Dexter crawls to safety, Dee Dee rides in on the caterpillar she saw earlier and takes Dexter with her. The caterpillar then gallops down the backyard chomping on everything in its path.

Later, Mom serves Dexter and Dee Dee lunch and asks where Dad is. Dad, however, is in the backyard shouting "Feed me!" with his head out of the grass.



Episode Connections[]

  • The season 4 episode "Folly Calls" shares a similar plot to this episode. Additionally, Dee Dee also references this episode when she warns Dexter about leaving his inventions "in the hands of the idiotic."

Cultural References[]

  • Near the end of the episode, Dad is seen with his head out of the ground saying "Feed me!", similarly to the character Audrey II from the 1986 film Little Shop of Horrors.

Production Notes[]

  • Although this episode is aired on 1998, it was actually made in 1997 according to the credits.