Dexter's Laboratory

Dexter's Rival

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 12/25/96
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  • Episode Description
  • It's the first day of school and things are looking good till a new student comes along named Mandark. Dexter is shocked to learn Mandark has his own, much larger, lab and seems to be his intellectual superior. Dexter is faced then with a hard choice. Become Mandark's lackey or shut down his lab.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Christine Cavanaugh

    Dexter

  • Eddie Deezen

    Mandark

  • Allison Moore

    DeeDee

  • Genndy Tartakovsky

  • Frank Welker

    Mr. Luzinski/Principal/Robot/Teacher #2/Teacher #3

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (2)

    • Mandark: The answer is hydrogen. Mr. Luzinski: Yes, that is the correct answer to the question I was about to ask.

    • Mandark: Yes, Dexter, I can read your thoughts, and I am smarter than you.

    Notes (5)

    • This episode is unlockable in the video game, CN Racing.

    • Mandark first gets his crush on Dexter's sister DeeDee in this episode.

    • In the beginning of the episode, Dexter: 1: Wakes up with a grin on his face. 2: Dances while taking a shower. 3: Waits for the bus in a good mood with the sun shining. and 4: Is greeted by all the teachers when he greets them. After his lab is shutdown because Mandark threatens it, Dexter: 1: Is depressed while taking a shower. 2: Is gloomy when waiting for the bus in the rain. and 3: Is ignored when greeting the teachers and then is trampled by peers and teachers when Mandark shows up.

    • Mandark's last name is "Astronomenoff."

    • This is the first appearance of Mandark and Mr. Luzinski, who also becomes known as Mr. Phillips.

    Trivia (5)

    • Dexter appears naked for the first time in this episode.

    • Dexter's alarm clock has Einstein on it.

    • One of the questions that Mandark answers is "What is the name of Neptune's moon?"; Neptune has eight moons.

    • Mandark says to Dexter "Some kid told me you have a laboratory." Even though Dexter's friend Douglas knows, isn't his laboratory supposed to be secret?

    • Mandark says Thomas Jefferson wrote the Bill of Rights, but James Madison did that.

    Allusions (3)

    • School: Huber Elementary The school Dexter goes to is called Huber Elementary. This is a reference to Larry Huber, the executive producer of Dexter's Laboratory.

    • Mandark: Lab The big, black ball in Mandark's lab is a reference to the Death Star from Star Wars.

    • Computer: Dexter? What are you doing, Dexter?
      This scene where Dexter must shut down his computer is taken from 2001: A Space Odyssey.

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