Season 1 Episode 5

The Howling

Aired Friday 9:30 PM May 24, 1991 on ABC
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It's time for the big howl for the next dinosaur generation, but Robbie questions howling as a rite of passage. Earl forces Robbie to do the howling but Robbie still doesn't see the reason why he should howl, when he goes to the top of the mountain to get ready for his howl, he refuses to howl and knows that nothing is going to happen. Meanwhile, Earl's friendship with Roy becomes less than stable when the two fight over after Roy was actually eating his own food and minding his own business that causes Earl to be very selfish and vulnerable.moreless

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  • Robbie must partake in a timeless tradition where male dinosaurs howl at the moon once a month.

    This episode was cocused on Robbie, and his never ending questions towards ridiculous tradions among the dinosaurs. Only this time, he's wrong in not doing it. Although, not for the reasons we think. Instead of the world ending, males go into total dissarray after not howling. It's refered to as almost the same ordeal as PMS in women, which is hysterical. The stupidity and naiveness of the Dinosaurs is great in this episode, and the sarcastic tone of Robbie adds to the comedy. You almost wish that the world did end afterall. You also start to feel bad for Roy, being without a family, and you learn just how much he cares about Earl's.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Earl: You ever come around here again, I'll feed you to my family.
      Roy: Oh yeah? Then I won't!
      Earl: Good!
      Roy: Fine!
      Earl: Fine!
      Roy: Good!
      Robbie: (reading the Sacred Book of Dinosaurs) 'Only by howling do we defeat the dark spirit which will turn dinosaur against...dinosaur', oh...

    • Earl: Do you hear that?
      Fran: No, what?
      Earl: Shhh...a low grumbling, like the earth's getting ready to open up and swallow us.
      Robbie: It's the icemaker.

    • Roy: Earl, you hurt my feelings and embarassed me in front of my lunch.
      Earl: Would it be so hard to close your mouth while you're eating?
      Roy: Would it be so hard to close your eyes while I'm eating?

    • Fran: I'm going to be very disappointed if this world ends and you and Robbie are still angry at each other.
      Earl: He destroyed the universe!
      Fran: Any parent can forgive the little things Earl.

    • Earl: You haven't been practicing. Have you been using those eight-track tapes I got you?
      Robbie: All the time Dad.
      Earl: Look Robbie, I'm going downstairs and I don't want to hear any silence coming out of this room.

    • Robbie: Listen, I had to call you up here, you have to howl.
      Earl: I wouldn't howl with him if he were the last dinosaur on earth.
      Roy: Besides, there's no reason to howl anymore.
      Robbie: Yes there is, look I didn't understand it before but if you don't howl, terrible things happen.
      Earl: No they don't, the world didn't come to an end.
      Roy: Nothing bad happened at all.
      Robbie: You guys aren't friends anymore, a lifelong friendship is about to end, isn't that bad?
      Roy and Earl: No, I'm glad, it's good.
      Robbie: Okay, fine, maybe I was wrong...after all, Dad, a best friend wouldn't say you had a wussy howl.
      Earl: Did you say that I had a wussy howl?
      Roy: I don't know, did I?
      Robbie: Oh, absolutely.
      Roy: Well then I stand by it, wussy howl!
      Earl: I could howl you under the table any moonlit night of the week.
      Roy: Oh yeah?
      Earl: Yeah!
      Roy: Well you're on!
      Earl: Alright.
      (Roy and Earl howl with all their might, quickly exhausting themselves)
      Robbie: And after the howling, we settle our grievances. Now you two friends of 27 years have anything to say to each other?
      Earl: Listen, all this stuff you borrowed, you can hold onto it for a while.
      Roy: Thanks, cuz there's nothing really left in my apartment now anyway, except for your barbecue apron.
      Earl: I'm sorry I gave you such a hard time about the pen and pencil set.
      Roy: I know it wasn't too original, but I don't have any kids of my own, so I wanted Robbie to have the pen and pencil set my dad gave me on my Howling Day.
      Earl: Roy, your dad gave you this?
      Roy: Yeah, it's the same one his dad gave to him on his Howling Day.

    • Fran: Your father just gets cranky before howling.
      Ethyl: They all do, it's pre-howling syndrome, PHS.

    • (Earl and Roy get in a fight, Ray bites down on Earl's head)
      Fran: Earl, get your head out of his mouth!
      Earl: He started it!
      Roy: Uh-uh!
      Earl: Oh listen to him, talking with his mouth full again.
      Fran: Roy, if you bite my husband's head off...
      (The Baby bites on Roy's tail, Roy lets go of Earl's head and screams)

    • Robbie: The book says "Dinosaur will turn against dinosaur and bring an end to our days on Earth". How could not howling at the moon bring an end to our days on Earth?
      Earl: Because if you don't howl, I'll kill you.
      Robbie: What could possibly go wrong?
      Guys: Earthquakes, floods, plagues.
      Robbie: This isn't the Dark Ages, this is 6,000,003 B.C., now why don't we try not howling for once? Nothing's gonna happen.
      (The moon disappears)
      Roy: Where's the moon? Where'd it go?
      Sid: It's the end of the world!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Title:
      The episode title is the same as the 1981 horror film, The Howling, starring Dee Wallace and Patrick Macnee. This was the first in the long-running series of werewolf films.

    • ABC:

      After the sun rose, the TV screen changed from being off the air to the station lead in for ABC, the Anteduluvian Broadcasting Company, a nod to the network that aired Dinosaurs. Antediluvian can be used to refer to something with great age.

    • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

      In Robbie's room, there is a poster of Teenage Mutant Ninja Cavemen, with similar art as to that of the TMNT comics.

    • PMS

      Fran: Your father just gets cranky before howling.
      Ethyl: They all do, it's pre-howling syndrome, PHS.

      Male dinosaurs get cranky before howling, it's called PHS, pre-howling syndrome, a play on PMS, pre-menstrual syndrome in women, where they are expected (at least by men) to be very moody.