Rocko's Modern Life

Season 4 Episode 11

Hypno-Puppy Luv / Driving Mrs. Wolfe

Aired Unknown Oct 08, 1996 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary

Hypno-Puppy Luv:
Rocko thinks he's a dog after Heffer hypnotizes him.

Driving Mrs. Wolfe:
Virginia talks Rocko into teaching her how to drive.

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  • I enjoyed this episode.

    I would like to say that this episode is considered as another one of my Rocko classics. The reason is because that both segments of the episode showed a fair bit of originality and family fun, making it exciting enough to sit through the entire thirty minutes. Heffer being a hypnotist and Rocko getting into bounds of trouble when adopted by Bev Bighead is pure Rocko's Modern Life. I really enjoyed it because this was one if the episodes that reminded me of that particular style that was portrayed in the good days when this series was still on. I felt that Driving Mrs. Wolfe was plotted quite nicely, as well. It was an original, intriguing plot where this time; the mother of the family is unable to drive. The reason for that shocking me was because in an episode like this, most writers center that kind of situation on a teenager, assuming that the adult already has the experience of driving. The highlight of this episode was Rocko's reaction to every event; that's what makes me enjoy an episode. What was slowing it down were two things: the beginning and the part towards the end. I'm referring to the demolition derby on this one. It seems that even though it had a great amount of comedy, it lacked in excitement. This scene was mainly about Virginia and Rocko driving in the car, escaping from the clutches of their opponents. Although, it tends to be exciting to most people, I just didn't seem to be feeling it. I'm not going to go into too much detail in the beginning, however to shorten things; I just wanted to say that this was a great episode to watch, otherwise.moreless
  • Rocko is "adopted" by Bev and Virginia Wolf shows off her "good" driving technique

    I dug this episode. The whole hypnotize thing is way overplayed but this spin of the general idea was pretty good. Heffer fits right in being a hypnotist and Filburt fills the role of lovely assistant really well. The story of Virginia and the new car in the family is quite original and with all of those near misses it's a laugh riot. Rocko's over the top reaction to all of those near misses is classical like stopping on the train tracks and Virginia not wanting to move because of Rocko's attitude is hilarious. I dug the demolition derby and Heffer's dad shown lying down in a hospital bed in the crowd because he is so worried about his car is a accurate overexaggeration of his situation.moreless
  • Another great installment

    Hypno-Puppy Luv : This episodes is about Rocko and Heffer.Heffer hypnotizes Rocko to think hes a dog.Later that proves as a mistake.

    Driving Mrs. Wolfe : This episode is about when Virginia talks Rocko into teaching her how to drive.They dont want the car to get damage but they end up doing so,when Rocko is getting tought.
  • Mr. Wolfe gets a new car, while Rocko teaches Virginia Wolfe how to drive. Rocko then finds himself in the middle of a Demolition Derby with Virginia behind the wheel.

    "Driving Mrs. Wolfe"

    As the episode starts we see a crazed looking bull in a giant, spiked and armored vehicle. His tires are spinning as he accelerates toward a shiny red car. Who's in the car? Rocko and Heffer's mom, Virginia Wolfe. Rocko screams as the scene freezes. Another Rocko walks from the corner of the screen and asks how he got in to this situation. It all started a few days.....

    Mr. and Mrs. Wolfe are sitting in a brand new red car. Heffer's dad talks about how great the car is. How fast it is, how nice it handles and how great it looks. Thing is, the car hasn't left the driveway. Mr. Wolfe doesn't want a single scratch on his new car. Later at the Wolfe's dinner table, the entire family is anxious to go for a ride in the new car. Mr. Wolfe turns them all down. Just to make sure his car is safe, Hef's dad puts the key on a display case, and then activates laser all around it. No one can drive his car now.

    The next day Rocko pulls up to the Wolfe household to see if Heffer is home. After Mrs. Wolfe tells him Hef is out with the rest of the family, she asks him if he'll take her to the store. She tells Rocko she can't drive and Rocko offers to teach her. They go to an empty parking lot where Rocko has Virginia drive around some light poles. After she hits every one of them, she reverses in to all the ones behind her. Rocko gets some helmets for Mrs. Wolfe and himself. They head out on to the road where Rocko teaches Virginia how to Parallel Park and read road signs. After going through a Cheese Crossing, Mrs. Wolfe accidently stops on some railroad tracks. Good thing they were wearing their seatbelts when they get hit by the train.

    Rocko takes Virginia home right as his car falls apart, starts on fire and gets hit by a meteor. Virginia offers to drive him home in the new car. She unplugs Mr. Wolfe's laser contraption and takes the keys. They head on to the freeway. Mrs. Wolfe goes past Rocko's exit and turns on to the next exit, named Demolition Derby. They come down a ramp right in the center of a stadium filled with other demolition racers and a large crowd of people, including the rest of the Wolfe family. Mr. Wolfe is bragging the guy next to him about his new car. He even shows him some pictures of the car, which the guy sees in the middle of the arena. The other races see the car and all decide to go for the new, shiny car.

    Mr. Wolfe sees his car in the middle of the arena and just about as a heart attack. Mrs. Wolfe notices she is facing the wrong way and reverses away from a horde of oncoming cars. Mrs. Wolfe keeps narrowly missing a collision and certain doom for several minutes. The other demolition races end up running in to each other and the walls of the arena. All other cars have been destroyed, except The Thrasher. This is the car seen in the opening of the episode, which brings us to the same scene as the start of the episode. Both cars rev their engines until they both start accelerating at each other, then narrowly miss a head on collision. The Thrasher hits a hydrant in the middle of the arena and fills up with water. Virginia won the Demolition Derby!

    Mr. Wolfe drives the family home and tells Virginia they'll get her license tomorrow. They rest of the family asks if they can drive and they get the same response as always, "NO!" Mr. Wolfe takes one more look at his shiny red car and shuts the garage door. After a few seconds all the paint buckets, tools and equipment on the shelves come crashing down on to the car, completely destroying it.

    Favorite Quote:

    Demolition Racer: "Shiny...metal...must...dent!"moreless
Carlos Alazraqui

Carlos Alazraqui

Rocko, Spunky, Various

Charlie Adler

Charlie Adler

Ed Bighead, Bev Bighead, George Wolfe, Grandpa Wolfe, Various

Mr. Lawrence

Mr. Lawrence

Filbert, Peter Wolfe

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe, Racers, Various

Recurring Role

Linda Wallem

Linda Wallem

Virginia Wolfe, Cindy Wolfe

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • When Mrs. Wolfe stops on the train tracks, Rocko yells that the train is coming. Mrs. Wolfe tells him, "we're not going anywhere until you change your tone." In reality, when you stop at or by a train track, you can't move or cross the railway crossing until the train passes by and the warning signals deactivate. However, if you are inside a car stuck on train tracks just as a train is approaching and you can't get off (i.e. the warning gates are blocking the road), you are supposed to evacuate the car and do it fast, then get away from the tracks and take cover to avoid flying debris from the car being smashed.

    • After the railway crossing incident, Mrs. Wolfe says that it is a good thing they were wearing their seatbelts, for they had survived the crash without even a scratch on their bodies. However, in real life even if you had your seatbelt on, you would still be injured or even killed if you were in a car being struck by a train. Regardless of the speed, an average locomotive is way more powerful and heavier than a passenger vehicle car, and the force of a train hitting a vehicle on the tracks is the equivalent of the force of a moving car running over a soda can.

    • In "Driving Mrs. Wolfe," behind Heffer at the demolition derby, Ralph Bighead can be seen as an extra.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • (Rocko and Virginia drive up to a grade crossing as the warning lights start blinking.)
      : That's a train crossing, Mrs. Wolfe. Stop! Hit the brakes!!!
      : Brakes, let's see... there, that's one of these pedals, right? Ah, here it is. (stops on the railroad track) There. That was a nice smooth stop, wasn't it?
      : You don't have to yell. When you yell at me, I get all flustered.
      : TRAIN IS COMING!!!
      : Well, we're not going anywhere until you change your tone.
      : OK. Could you... please...
      (The train hits the car at high speed. Debris from the car falls onto the track.)
      : Well, it's a good thing we were wearing our seat-belts!

    • (After the train incident, Rocko's car is now all mangled up as Rocko and Virginia get out of it.)
      Virginia: All in all, I think your car fared pretty well. You may want to get the bumper straightened out, though.
      (The bumper falls off, the car tilts to its side, spontaneously combusts into flame, and is then crushed by a meteor!)

    • Heffer: I wanna drive it to Rocko's house.
      Cindy: I could drive it to my poetry readings.
      Grandpa: (from offscreen) I wanna drive it too!
      Peter: Yeah right, Grandpa.
      Grandpa: (we see he's in a full iron lung) I'll steer with my gums!

  • NOTES (2)

    • Rocko appears onscreen naked for the sixth time.

    • "Rocko...he's a...ROAD WAFFLE!" Even though "Rocko" has used the word "dead" many times, the last season, they weren't allowed to use it, which is why "Chokey Chicken" was renamed "Chewey Chicken."

      Actually, the name was changed from Chokey Chicken because of the allusion to masturbation.


    • Title: Driving Mrs. Wolfe

      The title is an obvious reference to Alfred Uhry's play and Bruce Beresford's 1989 film Driving Miss Daisy.