Rocko's Modern Life

Season 1 Episode 9

Carnival Knowledge / Sand In Your Navel

Aired Unknown Sep 26, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary


Carnival Knowledge:
Rocko and Heffer go to the local carnival, and Rocko is intent on winning something. But it's not as easy as he thinks, because these O-Town carnival games are actually rigged.

Sand In Your Navel:
Rocko and Spunky take a trip to the beach, in order to avoid a day of brutal heat.


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  • The very beginning of the insanity! :idea:

    Is there any wonder why this show became a hit? It could make fun out of anything and also take anything and make it funny as well! Carnival rides are fun as long as one doesn't mind getting a little dain bramage (wait a minute, strike that, reverse it, thanks.) And the games are fun to (if by fun, acutally expecting that having underwear stolen by a crane machine is fun.) And at the beach, all anyone really wants to do is relax. But that following factor might not be achieveable if one of the following criterias are meant. That A. Said creature relaxing is Rocko and B. Said Creature brought a dog along who has about as much sense as a sack of walnuts. Unfortunately, that's what happens to Rocko when a one-eyed pelican steals his dog (thinking it's a dog fish,) and now Rocko has to chase after him, including going onto a nude beach! In the end, Rocko gets Spunky back and they're relived, together again (with the exception that Rocko is a little more sunburned for the wear.) If this show gets remade or gets new seasons made out of it, I will be behind this show in a heartbeat! :idea: Enough said, true believers! ;)moreless
  • Why the [heck] did they use the word HELL on a childrens' show! It's rediculous!

    I can't belive this! A childrens' show using HELL [h-e-double hockey sticks] is absolutely banned (in my opinion)!!! They did censor it in To Heck and Back, but not in Carnival Knowledge! Are the makers stupid? Joe Murrey mustav'e didn't care and used it anyway and didn't edit it in its reruns! Well, I hope it dosen't happen in Camp Lazlo.
Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe / Hospital Beavers / Additional Voices

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Rocko / Spunky / One-Eyed Pelican / George / George's Wife / Additional Voices

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Lady Hippo / Walrus / Additional Voices

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • When Rocko screams as he sees the saw on the log ride he grows a human ear.

    • Rocko appears naked for the second time during the episode "Sand In Your Navel."

    • When the crab approaches the crab shack, he says "me pica el culito." In Spanish, that translates to "my ass itches."

    • In "Carnival Knowledge" there is a ride called 'Elevator To Hell' but in "To Heck And Back" there is a sign that says 'Welcome to Heck.' Why is this censored but the other one wasn't?

      Editor's Note: Although this was not the first episode aired, it was the first episode animated. Perhaps Nickelodeon later became more strict with what appears on the show.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Rocko: (referring to Spunky who is encased in ice) At least you're cooled off, it's better than being completely sunburned. (watches as insects cook burgers on his burned red stomach)

    • (After Rocko is flung by Gladys the Fat Hippo, he comes out of the water with a buoy in his shorts.)
      Rocko: I think she likes me.
      Walrus: Boy, you've got a buoy in your pants.

    • (After riding the roller coaster)
      Rocko: Let's go Heffer. I think I'm bleeding internally.
      Heffer: Okay, we'll come back tomorrow!

    • Rocko: My those lenses are lovely.
      Gladys: HOW DARE YOU!!!
      (Snorts him up her nose and fires him at a ship like a cannon)

  • NOTES (3)

    • Reruns of the show on Nickelodeon would usually air this as the first episode of the series, when it actually wasn't. "No Pain, No Gain" was the first, and "A Sucker for the Suck-o-Matic" was originally meant to be the first episode to air.

      Editor's Note: The reason this airs first is because it was the first fully written and animated episode.

    • "Sand In Your Navel" is the first appearance of the Hippo Lady that commonly says "how dare you," followed by her knocking Rocko into the next scene.

    • When Nickelodeon used to show Rocko reruns, it aired this episode very rarely because it had the word "Hell" in it. Interestingly, they didn't cut it out but kept it in the episode for all to see. Later on, a similar incident occurred in a Hey Arnold! episode when the word "Jackass" was left intact to see.


    • Visual: Diet Chum

      While at the beach, there is a shark drinking a can of Diet Chum. The slogan on the can reads 'Just for the Scent of it.' This is a spoof of the Diet Coke slogan 'Just for the Taste of it.'

    • Visual: Playslug

      In "Carnival Knowledge," the Merry-Go-Round operator is reading a magazine titled Playslug. This is a spoof of the famous magazine Playboy.

    • Episode Title: Carnal Knowledge

      The episode title is a spoof of Mike Nichols' 1971 film Carnal Knowledge.