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Season 1 Episode 1

Doug Bags a Neematoad

Aired Sunday 10:00 AM Aug 11, 1991 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

In the series premiere, we find the Funnie family have moved from Bloatsburg and are just arriving at their new home in the town of Bluffington. 11 year old Doug Funnie writes his thoughts in his journal and worries he won't be able to make any friends. On a search to find food for his Mom (Theda), Dad (Phil) and sister (Judy), Doug meets his next door neighbour Mr. Dink. He shows Doug a video about Bluffington and introduces him to the popular hangout fast food restaurant called The Honker Burger. When Doug gets to the hangout, he meets Skeeter Valentine who befriends him right away. Doug also meets Patti Mayonnaise and right away, has a secret crush on her. However, all is not well when he also meets the local bully Roger Klotz who tricks Doug into believing he has to catch a monster called a Neematoad at Stinsen's Pond to be a town hero.moreless

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  • A fun introduction to a very likable character.

    Doug is such a nice kid and there is so much to like about them. He sits through Mr. Dink's Bluffington video without complaining, even though he just wanted to know where to get a bite to eat. He easily makes new friends when he gets to Honker Burger, including the amazingly-dressed and amazingly-bright blue Skeeter. He is full of ambition which was on display when he decided he would bag a neematoad. He's also a bit of a dreamer. We see that in the many visions he has of possible reactions to himself or his decisions. He's even smooth enough to not mess up his first meeting with Patti Mayonnaise. To top it all off, he has a great dog named Porkchop that is there to help him through all of his adventures. Porkchop pretending to be a neematoad and allowing Doug to catch him is a sweet moment.moreless
  • How it all beggins

    Doug is a vey skeptical person and doesn't know if he'll fit in Bluffington. I remember though him getting introduced to the Honker Burger and getting Skeeter showing Doug the ropes. When Doug sees Patti, he immidiatly asked with the read heart shaped eyes, " who is that"? Then i remember Doug accidentaly getting ketchup on Roger Klotz's shoes. That initiates Rojers rage, and Rojer is querulous about it, the natural bully that he is. Making Doug look pretty silly he tells Doug that he has to catch a Nemitode, which is really a fictional creature made up by who even knows. I really don't know what happeds to doug but i guess i'll find out latermoreless
  • What a great episode.

    I liked this episode very much. In this episode the characters all showed their own personalities very well. This was a very well done episode for a pilot. This show started a huge trend of "Doug" fans. Basically it showed the neighborhood Doug moved to, and the Honker Burger, which is the cool place to eat. The friends of Doug were introduced also, and this episode also showed Doug's rival, which is Roger. Doug must go through a made up event of catching an animal in a lake, Roger said it was the way to be noticed, and so Doug attempts it.moreless
Billy West

Billy West

Douglas Yancey Funnie (1991-94)/Roger Klotz (1991-94)

Greg Lee

Greg Lee

Mayor/Principal Bob White

Doris Belack

Doris Belack

Mrs. Wingo (1991-1994)/Tippi Dink (1991-1999)

Jeff Bergman

Jeff Bergman

Coach Spitz/Mr. Fort (1996-1999)

Constance Shulman

Constance Shulman

Patti Mayonnaise

Fran Brill

Fran Brill

Miss. Elaine Perigrew/Ms. Emily Kristal (1996-1999)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Mr. Funnie: Look out, Bluffington, the Funnie Family has arrived!
      (Population sign changes)
      Doug: Population 20,001. I guess the one is...Me!

    • Doug: I met someone -- Skeeter. I hope he becomes my best friend -- (Porkchop growls)-- best human friend!

    • Roger: I'll catch one myself that'll make that "toad" look like a "neematadpole!"

    • Mr. Dink: Good morning, Douglas, did you find The Honker Burger or did you just starve to death?

    • Doug: My name's Doug, I guess I didn't catch yours.
      Roger: That's because I didn't throw it!

    • Doug: (walking up to Honker Burger register) Hi, I'd like three double cheeseburgers, one all the way, one no pickles, one no onions, a fish sandwish, four large fries and four grape sodas.
      Honker Lady: (honks horn as soon as she speaks.) What on earth are you trying to say?
      Doug: What do you mean?
      Honker Lady: I can't understand you.
      Doug: Listen,my family is starving and I...
      Skeeter: (arriving) Yo man, let me take care of this. The new kid wants three moo cows, one no qukes, one no stinkers, one wet one, four cubers, and four from the vine. Want anything else?
      Doug: Well how do you order a salad from the salad bar?
      Skeeter: One salad from the salad bar.

    • Skeeter: Wow, I've never seen a vegetarian dog before!
      Doug: It's just a faze.

    • Mr. Dink: This is my wife, Tippy. Most people call her Mrs. Dink, I usually call her on a telephone!
      Mrs. Dink: Who writes your material, dear?

    • Judy: The air is electric with fragrance of this new venture. What's that smell? Ohhh, give me strength!

    • Doug: Dad, can you try to dodge the bumps? I'm getting ink blots on my journal.
      : That's a big ten-four, good buddy!

  • NOTES (8)

    • This episode first aired August 11, 1991 on Nickelodeon at 10:00am. "Nicktoons" was born and Doug was the first original cartoon series seen on Nick. It aired among Ren & Stimpy and Rugrats. From episode 2 to 50, each episode was 15 minutes and two episodes equaled a 30 minute show.

    • Beginning with this episode and ending with episode 52, there is animation featured during the end credits. Doug waves to viewers and gets tired, while Porkchop listens to a walkman.

    • Beebe, Chalky, Connie and Mrs. Wingo do NOT appear in this episode. It is the first appearance for Skeeter, Patti, Roger, Ned, Boomer, Willy, Mayor White, the Dinks and the Funnies.

    • Doug moves to 21 Jumbo Street, the street is named after the production company Jumbo Pictures Inc.

    • This episode is the first in the series to reference a monster in a lake. Neematoads would later be referenced in another Nickelodeon show, "SpongeBob SquarePants".

    • Items among Porkchop's belongings: dog igloo, a modern-style chair, a framed photograph, an unidentifiable metal object, and an antennae.

    • The license plate on the Funnie's car is 8-12-63. When viewed as a date (August 12, 1963), it represents 28 years and a day after Doug premiered.

    • This episode along with "Doug Can't Dance", "Doug Gets Busted", "Doug's Dog's Date", "Doug's Big Nose", "Doug Takes A Hike" and "Doug Rocks" were all released on VHS on September 5, 1994 and included a free T-Shirt in this double-box set.