Rocko's Modern Life

Season 1 Episode 8

A Sucker For the Suck-O-Matic / Canned

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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A Sucker For the Suck-O-Matic:
Rocko orders a brand new vacuum cleaner, but when activated, the device goes out of control and starts sucking up everything in sight.

Rocko gets fired from his job at a huge Comic Book emporium, and subsequently sets out to seek other avenues of employment. He eventually lands a job at Conglom-O, where Ed Bighead is eager to place him in a dangerous occupation - as a product tester.


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  • Classic...

    This Episode was the first to air on Nickelodeon.. I remember checking this out because of all the commericals and it just sucked me in episode after episode, They should defintely bring it back to Nickelodeon and maybe with new episodes, such a classic! which is better than anything Nick airs now because the shows are just plain stupid...
Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Rocko, Spunky

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

The Bigheads, Mr. Dupette, Various

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Filburt, Various

Charlotte Booker

Charlotte Booker


Guest Star

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe, Male TV Announcer, Various

Recurring Role

Linda Wallem

Linda Wallem


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • The picture on the "Neutering Device" was of a dog then a minus sign followed by two baseballs. Another risque thing for Nick to leave in.

    • Before the announcer finishes the commercial, he says that the Suck-O-Matic is, "Now only $99.95." However, when the commercial ends, the price shown is actually $99.99.

    • "In "Sucker for the Suck-o-matic" Rocko orders the Suck-o-matic without even dialing a number." - This is not a mistake. Before Rocko does this, the TV says, "Just pick up the phone and ask for the Suck-o-matic", Rocko then does exactly this. This is done to mock the mind-controlling, dictatorial, and unrealistic nature of infomercials, quite a witty little joke. Besides, its only a cartoon!

    • In this episode Rocko gets fired from Super-A-Lot-Of-Comics, Works at Conglom-o, gets fired, and finally finds a new job at Kind-Of-A-Lot-Of-Comics. The problem is, he was already working for KOALOC in "Power Trip". (I'm guessing the episodes were produced in a different order and aired in the wrong order)

    • In "A Sucker For the Suck-O-Matic," Rocko requests the Suck-O-Matic without even dialing a number.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Filburt: The problem with comic books is the ink comes off on your hands. Every time you turn the page you have to wash your hands. You turn the page, you wash your hands. You turn the page, you wash your hands. And then you turn the page, and then you wash your hands... they hurt very much, and uh, I'm constantly in the state of wanting to throw up...

    • Elf Fan: You'll never be satisfied with a mortal woman because the Elf wenches are so beautiful, you'll spend the rest of your life searching for that same beauty again. Yes.
      Nuclear Swan Fan: Wow! You're an idiot!

    • Mr. Bighead: Why not try some of our Genetically Enhancing Chewing Gum?

    • Rocko: (Hypnotized) I would like to order the Suck-O-Matic, the most help-oriffic device on the face of the Earth...
      (There is a knock at the door, Rocko answers it)
      Delivery Man: You ordered the Suck-O-Matic, the most help-oriffic device on the face of the Earth?
      Rocko: Yes?
      Delivery Man: Where do you want it?
      Rocko: (points beside him) Right about here? (an enormous crate falls in the door, crushing everything below Rocko's neck as it hits the ground) Seems... big...

    • (The Suck-O-Matic falls over dead, Heffer investigates)
      Heffer: Oh here's the problem! Looks like a potato chip got caught in its throat! (reaches to pull it out) It's stuck pretty good...
      Rocko: Heffer! What are you doing? Leave that alone!
      (Heffer manages to get the chip out and eats it, the Suckomatic rises as he tastes it)
      Heffer: Mmm! Barbecue flavored! ... MY GOD! I don't believe it! Vintage '73. My favorite year!

    • Rocko: Maybe we should try the neutering device later.

    • Heffer: Sheesh. 100 channels and there's nothing on!

    • Filburt: Turn the page, wash your hands...Turn the page, wash your hands...Turn the page, wash your hands...

    • Rocko: I must cease this senseless sucking. (turns the switch on and off and nothing happens) It's stuck in suck!

    • Rocko: (as a telephone operator, on the phone) Oh, baby, oh, baby, oh, baby!
      Bev: Rocko?
      Rocko: Mrs. Bighead?
      (both hang up)

    • Rocko: You're useless and a useless and pathetic thing.

  • NOTES (6)

    • One of Rocko's new jobs is as a phone-sex operator. Another one that Nickelodeon seemed to miss!

    • Probably one of the earliest episodes made in production, then aired out of order. This actually may be the first time Filburt appeared in the episode, unnamed.

    • In this episode, Mr. Dupette is the manager of Super-A-Lot-of-Comics, while through out the rest of the series, he's the manager of Conglom-O.

    • It's the first time Nickelodeon ever said Sucks when it has to do with being bad..."If the Suck-O-Matic sucks...." (note: it actually continues to say "If the Suck-O-Matic sucks the instructions...turn to page 101. So it was not in a bad way.)

    • This was originally meant to be the first episode of Rocko's Modern Life. For some reason, Nickelodeon mixed it up and aired the episodes all out of order, except for reruns.

    • First appearance of Mr. Dupette.


    • Visual: Elvis Presley

      While trying some of Ed's genetic chewing gum, one of the things that crops on his head is a head of black hair curled in a dip, much like the hip-swinging music star of the 1960's Elvis Aaron Presley.

    • Visual: Lobot-O-Corp

      This is the name of the company who makes the Suck-O-Matic. it is a play on the word lobotomy, which is a precedure where part of the brain is removed, making people unable to make their own desicions. This is probably done to show how the infomercial is mind controlling. Also note that the host has large stiches on the front of his head.

    • Old Vacuum: ...Rose...bud

      This refers to the rosebud scene in Citizen Kane (1941).

    • Ship Captain: We.. must.. get.. more power.

      As the Suck-O-Matic sucks in Rocko's house it sucks in a spaceship resembelling the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701) from the original Star Trek series. You can hear the ship's captain speaking in the long drawn out style of William Shatner playing Captain Kirk.

    • N/A: Here comes the president and his motorcade around the corner. And shots have been fired. The president is dead.
      At the beginning of the Suck-O-Matic episode Heffer is watching TV and as he's flipping through the channels a newscaster is heard saying "Here come's the president and his motorcade around the corner. And shots have been fired. The president is dead." or something like that. This is a reference to the JFK assassination.

    • The Wizard of Oz:

      When Mr. Bighead appears on the giant TV screen (and is later revealed behind it) in "Canned," it is a reference to The Wizard of Oz (1939) scene in which the wizard controls a giant head from behind a curtain.