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Rocko's Modern Life

Season 1 Episode 1

No Pain, No Gain / Who Gives a Buck?

Aired Unknown Nov 14, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary


No Pain, No Gain:
Rocko and Heffer join a health club in hopes of losing a few of those unsightly pounds.

Who Gives a Buck?:
Rocko gets his very own credit card, and Heffer convinces him to go on a spending spree at the mall.

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  • Fantastic!

    This is the pilot episode of Rocko's Modern Life. Now this is a great episode. I wouldn't mind watching this episode over and over because it's a classic and I find it to be very funny. Having a first episode like this should make this show an instant classic, which it is. Rocko's Modern Life is a great show and I can never get enough of it. In this episode Rocko and Heffer join a health club to lose weight. One of my favorite Rocko's Modern Life's scenes is in this episode. The funniest part is the part when Richard Simmons looks like a pig and is the instructor of the exercising area. This is most certainly one of my favorite episodes of the series.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

Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe, Mr. Smitty, Peaches

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "Who Gives a Buck?" when Spunky sees the fire hydrant, after Heffer gives it to him, The Leak Elite is misspelled as The Leak Elike.

      Editor's Note: Likely the Leak Elike is a Generic model, as Heffer isn't exactly rolling in money, he probably got it, twisting a phrase 'Look Alike.'

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (4)

    • Who Gives a Buck marks one of the first times blood is depicted in a Nicktoon (when Heffer's nose bleeds from the thin air in the mall parking garage.) Another early depiction of blood in a Nicktoon was in the Doug episode Doug's Math Problem (when the lead character gets a paper cut.) It should be noted that both of these instances have depicted blood in a non-violent manner.

    • Heffer first appeared (with the MTV logo branded on his butt, no less) in a 1989 MTV station ID that Murray animated.

    • During "Who Gives a Buck?" the 'All Scottish Show' is spelled on the credit card with the first letters capital which spells ASS.

    • First Appearances: Rocko, Spunky, Heffer, the Chameleon Brothers and Bev Bighead.


    • When Rocko imagines running across a finish line in No Pain, No Gain, a music piece strikingly similar to the theme of Chariots of Fire (1981) plays.

    • Visual: Rocko's Dream Sequence

      Rocko's dream sequence is a spoof of the ancient story "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", where a young lad chops a broom into a million pieces only for the pieces to become many brooms, as does Rocko's credit card. Of course, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" was made famous by the 1940 animated film "Fantasia" which starred Mickey Mouse in the title role.

    • In "No Pain, No Gain," a snippet of the Rocky theme "Gonna Fly Now" plays when Rocko uses the machine that is "not for beginners."

    • Visual: Water Movies

      All of the choices for the rowing machine are movies that have to do with water. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935), The African Queen (1951), Deliverance (1972), and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954).

    • Mountain Folk: Now we gunna make you squeal, piggy.

      The scene where Rocko goes down the river mimics a scene from the movie Deliverance (1972). The line, "Now we gunna make you squeal, piggy" is also in the movie, but under vastly different context.

    • Aerobics Instructor: And sweat and sweat and sweat . . .

      The aerobics instructor has the face and the voice of Richard Simmons who is known for using the phrase "Let's sweat!" in his exercise videos.