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Season 3 Episode 15

Steroids to Heaven

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Feb 12, 1993 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Earl gives Robbie a workout plan for him to get larger and woo the pretty Caroline, who likes another large dinosaur, Dolf. Robbie decides to do as Dolf does, eat 'thornoids'. Robbie grows in size and strength and the more he grows, so does his temper, which eventually leads him to alienate everyone, including Caroline.moreless

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  • Robbie on drugs?

    Dinosaurs is a classic program from the early 90s about a family of Dinosaurs (which makes a welcome change from sitcoms about "people" families - there are literally millions of them now).

    This episode was supposed to be a drug-prevention episode, but there was always something about this one that striked me as odd. Maybe I just missed something though?

    What I thought was odd was that Robbie was eating these living "Thornoids" (steroids?), but wasn't Robbie meant to be a vegetarian? He was always complaining to his parents about eating meat or other living creatures. There was even an episode earlier on titled "I Never Ate For My Father" - where he debates the whole subject with Earl.

    Why then did he face no dilemma when swallowing these living "Thornoids"?

    Yes, I know it's just a TV show. But it would be the same question if I saw a recent episode of "The Simpsons" where Lisa was eating meat (because everyone knows that she is also a vegetarinan now)!

    Anyway, I thought it was amusing that the makers of this show invented funny-looking creatures as a kind of drug or steroid - only on Dinosaurs would you ever see an episode like this. Oh, and remember kids - DON'T do drugs!!!moreless
  • Earl helps Robbie with a workout plan to gain Caoline.Who Robbie thinks likes a larger dinosaurs,Dolf.Robbie doesn't feel his work outplan is playing off and eat 'thornoids'.But as Roibbie gets larger, so does his temper.Which leads to bigger problemsmoreless

    This is a great episode, by far one of my favs.It seems every TV show has there one big anti-drug episode and this is the Dinosaurs.Unlike most, this has somewhat of a "hit home" feel to it.The fact that the writers didn't use the typical anti-drug gag or even a typical drug, to protest against, made this an all time fav.In this episode the famous spikey, talking, "thornoids" show their true colors when its almost true late. Between a friend trying to saving a friend's family from abandoning him, a girl who went from liking him to hating him, and most of all himself.This is must for all parent trying to teach their child(ern) about the affects of drugs, such as steroids or anyone looking for a good show to watch.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Robbie's voice gets deeper as his muscles enlarge and his spikes come in as a side effect of eating the Thornoids. Though this episode was done to show the unpleasant results of taking steroids, typically when men take them, their voices tend to become higher and more feminine.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Spike: What have we here, a walking house? No, it's Sinclair. So what're you doing, retaining water?
      Robbie: It's all muscle, Spike, I've been working out you know.
      Spike: No doubt, and I believe it's safe to assume you've had a change in diet.
      Robbie: What do you mean by that?
      Spike: Don't try and kid a kidder, you're on the big T.
      Robbie: How's that?
      Spike: Swallowing spikes, riding the wild ride, popping porcupines.
      Robbie: Hey, are you saying I'm on Thornoids? Well you're way off base, bud.
      Spike: Oh really? Well looky here! (grabs Robbie's arm) Where did these come from, the Spike fairy? They look supsiciously like the unfortunate side effect of Thornoid consumption.
      Robbie: Oh yeah? (grabs Spike's arm) Well you got spikes too.
      Spike: Yeah, and I came by mine naturally, have you ever met my mother?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Charlene: He's gotta look like the star of one of those teenage zip code shows.

      This is a reference to the prime time television show, Beverly Hills, 90210, that ran from 1990-2000 on the FOX network.

    • Stairway to Heaven:

      The title of the episode is a reference to Led Zepplin's classic song, Stairway to Heaven.