Season 4 Episode 7

Changing Nature

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jul 20, 1994 on ABC
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Episode Summary

In this final episode of the series, the Dinosaurs have caused a series of events leading to doomsday and the extinction of the species. In true Sinclair fashion, the family sticks together until the end.

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  • How can they end the show with that episode?!

    I know dinosaurs get killed easily, but come on!
  • Goodnight... Goodbye.

    I recently sat down and watched the rest of my seasons 3 & 4 on dvd which I hadn't done since I got it for Christmas last year. Like most fans I suppose I dreaded the thought of watching this episode but I was also somewhat excited cause I hadn't seen it since I was a kid. It's very sad to think that everyone's favorite Dinosaur family are all going to die after the episode ends. It'd be nice to sugar coat it and have a happy ending for everyone but it certainly wasn't like that in real life they all really did die and how we're not completely sure how. In spite of the episode being upsetting it actually promotes a good message to viewers, like Earle said "this is the only world we have" so we should all remember to take care of Earth home and make sure we don't end up like the Dinosaurs did. Miss this show. Rest in Peace Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charleen, Ethyl, and Baby...moreless
  • All good things must come to an end, and the reign of the dinosaurs is nearly over. A comet is heading for the planet, and the Sinclair family gather to meet their end.moreless

    All good things must come to an end, and the reign of the dinosaurs is nearly over. A comet is heading for the planet, and the Sinclair family gather to meet their end.

    This is a heartfelt, tearful ending that really isn't appropriate for all fans. Though the season finale, during the original TV run several episodes were aired afterwards. So if you wanted to, you could view it as a "what-if" that never happened, and keep watching.

    Sadly though, it does spell the end of the series, and the Sinclair family we've come to know and love. Good bye dinosaurs!moreless
  • A sad end to the Dinosaurs

    There is a message in this episode: don't abuse nature. If you do, prepare to face the consequences. Which is exactly what happened to millions of Dinosaurs all over the world.

    A bunch of insects called the Bunch Beetles were to make their annual flight through the sky and eat poppies. However, only one beetle survived while millions more will killed by We-Say-So, who built a factory over their breeding ground. That started a chain events which led to the demise of a once dominate species.

    Earl's speech to his family was very touching. And that's where the lesson comes in. It was really sad to know that dinosaurs would not live to see another day. So it was appropriate for Howard to end it with a sad farewell.

    A really tragic end indeed.moreless
  • Happy Trails to you...

    Okay, this is what really had to happen. The entire story is the dinosaurs being foolish, abusing themselves and the world, and this is what finally comes to them, naturally, brought wholly upon themselves. I'm sorry it had to end this way, but ultimately, it gives everything else a gravitas, and is a certain foreboding warning--even if the Dinosaurs are stupid to the point of hyperbole.

    It had to happen. It was only a matter of time.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In syndication broadcasting, when all the plants have been destroyed, after Fran tells Earl "we can't live on Ho-Hos!", they would have followed through with Earl's response; the Baby's in-between follow up line, "I can!" is cut.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Earl: (to family) Hey! Let's not get panicky. Our tactical supervisor will know exactly how to bring back the plants.
      (Earl and Roy go to see Mr. Richfield)
      Mr. Richfield: How the heck should I know? I'm a captain of industry, not a gardener!
      Roy: Well golly Mr. Richfield, we really ought to do somethin'. I mean folks get a little antsy when they suspect they may never eat again.
      Mr. Richfield: Oh okay, hold on, gimme a minute...we're talking about plants here, right?
      Earl: Yes.
      Mr. Richfield: Well, what makes plants grow?
      Earl: Uh...dirt?
      Roy: Talking to them in loving tones?
      Mr. Richfield: Rain! We gotta make it rain! That's all there is to it! But how...?
      Earl: ...oh! Tell everybody to wash their car! That always makes it rain!
      Roy: Or, everybody could take a bath! ...no wait, that makes the phone ring.

    • Earl: It sounds like we'd be declaring war on nature.
      B.P. Richfield: Exactly!

    • (Earl chuckles as he sees the cloud cover, thinking the world's problem will be fixed soon)
      Earl: Look at those big black clouds! If that doesn't mean rain, I don't know what does! Say Frannie, could you mind turn up the heat in here? It's getting a bit nippy. Frannie?
      (Earl sees the family huddled around the TV, looking depressed)
      Earl: Hey, what's wrong with you guys? This is cause for celebration!
      Ethyl: You might want to hold off on the victory dance, fat boy.
      Fran: Earl, you better have a look at this.
      Earl: What?
      (The family is watching Howard Handupme's weather forecast)
      Howard Handupme: Unfortunately, once again the task force's latest tactic has gone tragically awry, as thick black clouds of sulfurous gas and soot now surround the entire planet, blotting the sun from the sky and causing global temperatures to drop precipitously.
      (Everyone shoots a quick glance at Earl)
      Earl: So maybe we'll get snow instead of rain. What's the diff? When the sun comes out and melts all the snow, we'll have plenty of water. And then all those plants will come up like gangbusters!
      (Howard Handupme continues his report)
      Howard Handupme: Considering the thickness of the cloud cover, scientists predict it may be tens of thousands of years before the sun shines over Pangaea again.
      (Everyone glares at Earl, who figures he's just turned the world into a giant icebox)
      Earl: ...Would anybody like a...refreshing beverage?

    • (Earl calls Mr. Richfield about the Dinosaurs' impending doom)
      Mr. Richfield: What are you whining about now, Sinclair?!
      Earl: Sir, I think we may have gone just an eensie bit too far this time.
      Mr. Richfield: I don't know what you're talking about. This sudden coldsnap is a godsend. Dinosaurs are flocking to stores buying WESAYSO heaters, WESAYSO blankets and WESAYSO old-fashioned hot cocoa mix! (chuckles) We're going to have the best third quarter in history!
      Earl: Uh...sir, I think this could be the last third quarter in history.
      Mr. Richfield: Oh, don't turn into one of those environmental doomsayers, Sinclair. "Boo-hoo!" "It's raining acid!" "There's a hole in the ozone!" "You're hurting Flipper!" Bah! Bunch of tree-hugging pantywastes! They're always standing in the way of progress and it's our job to pave right over 'em!
      Earl: I think you're missing the point, sir. The world may be coming to an end!
      Mr. Richfield: Well, that's a fourth quarter problem. We'll drop a bomb on that bridge when we come to it! Right now, my biggest problem is trying to figure out what to do with all this money!
      (Mr. Richfield starts to laugh wildly in his greed, and Earl shivers)

    • (On seeing the poison sprayed on the window, while it's sprayed everywhere to kill the poppy)
      Baby: Look! Pudding!
      Fran: Oh dear, maybe I should've taken in the laundry.

    • Charlene: Your stupid spray killed all plant life.
      Earl: Hey, what are you complaining about? You never liked salads anyway.

    • Fran: We understand, sweetheart.
      Baby: Understand what?
      Earl: Well, you see little guy, what happened was...Daddy got put in charge of the world, and he didn't take real good care of it. And now it looks like there's not going to be much of a world left for you and your brother and your sister to live in.
      Baby: Are we gonna move?
      Earl: Well, no. There's no place to move to, this is the only world we got.
      Baby: But what's going to happen to us?
      Earl: Well, I don't exactly know...
      Robbie: (to Baby) But whatever it is, nobody's going to leave you.
      Charlene: That's right, little guy. We'll all stay together.
      Earl: Yeah. And hey, I'm sure everything will work out okay. After all, Dinosaurs have been on this Earth for 150 million years, and it's not like we're going to just...disappear.
      (Fran looks sad, as she knows their survival is at stake)

    • Earl: It's so easy to take nature for granted because it's always there, and technology is so bright and shiny and new.

    • Howard Handupme: And taking a look at the long range forecast, continued snow, darkness, and extreme cold. This is Howard Handupme, goodnight...(pause)...goodbye...

    • Ethyl: (regarding Earl) I always knew you'd screw things up. I just didn't know how bad.

  • NOTES (4)


    • Flipper the Dolphin

      When Earl is trying in vain to convince Mr. Richfield of the Dinosaurs' impending doom over the phone, Mr. Richfield starts to mock him for thinking he's turned into a tree hugger. Among his mocking, Mr. Richfield says, "You're hurting Flipper!", referencing the famous movie and TV series dolphin from the 1960s.