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Rocko's Modern Life

Season 4 Episode 10

Dumbells / Rug Birds

Aired Unknown Jul 19, 1996 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Rocko is arrested after a game of Doorbell Ditch gets out of hand.

Rug Birds:
Filburt talks Rocko into going wig-snatching with him.

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  • Heffer & Filburt show Rocko the ways of Ding-Dong-Ditch. But when he plays the joke on the Hippo Lady, she starts Door-Ditching the entire town along with poor Rocko.

    At the start of the episode, Heffer and Filburt are running around a neighborhood ringing every ones door bell and then quickly hiding. Eventually they get to Rocko's house. He hears them laughing behind his bush. They tell Rocko all about Ding-Dong-Ditch and then show him first hand how to play it. They bring him to an apartment complex with hundreds of doorbells.

    Rocko rings his first doorbell and forgets what to do after ringing it. He quickly tries to hid under the doormat just as the Hippo Lady opens her door. She finds him and he tells her all about Ding-Dong-Ditch. The Hippo Lady thinks that is the funniest she's ever heard. Rocko heads home and his doorbell goes off immediately. It's the Hippo Lady and she's still standing at is door. She starts laughing histaricly. Rocko tells her you are suppose to hide after ringing the bell.

    They successfully Door-Ditch Mr. Bighead and Hippo Lady tells Rocko it's the most fun she's ever had. Now she wants to Door-Ditch every house in O-Town. They head out and start Door-Ditching every house they come across. Rocko can't stop her. Pretty soon there is an O-Town news break explaining that O-Town is under siege from a Ditching Door Ding Donger.

    When Rocko get's home, Filburt and Heffer are waiting for him. They tell Rocko that the Door Ditching has gotten out of control and they have to leave before they get in to a lot of trouble. They quickly leave with their passports. Tired Rocko passes out on his living room floor. Soon after his doorbell goes off and wakes him up. When he answers the door their is a small S.W.A.T. army waiting outside. They cuff Rocko and take him to a van where the Hippo Lady is also cuffed, inside.

    Rocko and the Hippo Lady are given a trial. Right as the Judge is about to sentence them, the Courts doorbell goes off. When the guards open the door, no one is there! Just then Heffer and Filburt come out and confess to the crimes. The Judge charges them as guilty just as they take a lunch break. After the trial Hippo Lady thanks Rocko for all the fun. Just then Rocko's phone starts ringing. He quickly answers it and a voice says: "Is your refrigerator working?" He answers: "Yeees." The voice says: "Well, you better go catch it because..." The voice stops and the scene changes to Filburt and Heffer telling the Judge who is on the phone he was suppose to say is your refrigerator running. The judge hangs up and Rocko is confused as ever.

    Favorite Lines:

    "Si, Carlos."

    "Gladys the Hippo Lady and Rocko the Bear, I now pronounce you husband and wife."

    "Ok, I went to the door, and like, there wasn't anybody there! AAAHHHHHH!"

    "And I don't speak English!"moreless
Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Rocko, Spunky, Rabbit

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, The Fatheads, Hippo Lady, Heffer's Father, Grandpa Wolfe, Mr. Dupette

Joe Murray

Joe Murray

Ralph Bighead

Kevin Meaney

Kevin Meaney

Widow Hutchison (1996)

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Filbert, Heffer's Mother

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe, Mr. Smitty, Peaches

Recurring Role

Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

the American Balding Eagle

Recurring Role

Linda Wallem

Linda Wallem

Dr. Hutchison, Virginia Wolfe, Winnifred Wolfe (1993-1996)

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Judge: Gladys the Hippo Lady and Rocko the um . . . eh . . . dancing bear, I now pronounce you husband and wife.

    • S.W.A.T. Guy: (Miranda rights spoof) You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you and according to law. You've the right to order whatever you would like on the lunch menu!

    • Fran the Newscaster: We take you now to the O-Town Courthouse. Fran? (suddenly appearing in front of the Courthouse) Thanks, Fran. Behind me the trial of the century is about to begin and the whole world wants to know: What the heck is Rocko? Is he a poodle, or some kind of schnauzers . . . What?
      Kangaroo: (Aussie accent) Ah think 'e's a rabbit.
      French Frog: Aaaaa raabbeet.
      Spuinky: (a Spunky-like dog) You're asking me?

    • Balding Eagle: A wallaby in a boat waving a fish... That's odd - yet strangely appetizing!

    • Fran the Newscaster: (to Heffer and Filburt in disguise) Señors, what do you think he is?
      Carlos: (in phony Spanish-like language) May amo Francois.
      Francois: And I don't speak any English!

  • NOTES (2)


    • Near the end of the episode when the Judge, Heff, and Filburt are pranking Rocko, he says "Is this Joe?" This is a reference to Joe Murray, the creator of Rocko's Modern Life.