Rocko's Modern Life

Season 1 Episode 7

Spitballs / Popcorn Pandemonium

Aired Unknown Dec 26, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary


Rocko and Heffer go to a baseball game, in hopes of catching a foul ball.

Popcorn Pandemonium:
Rocko would love to be able to go to a drive-in movie, but it looks like he'll have to settle for the huge matinee complex at the mall. He and Heffer go there, and experience first-hand the "modern movie-going experience."


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    Tom Kenny

    Tom Kenny

    Heffer Wolfe, Various

    Recurring Role

    Linda Wallem

    Linda Wallem

    Tammy the Pig, Rocko's Good Conscience, Various

    Recurring Role

    Dom Irrera

    Dom Irrera

    Slippy the Slug

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Tammy: (ordering concessions at the cinema) Now let me see... I'll have a mega tub of popcorn, extra salt extra butter, three Juju fruits, industrial size raisin oots, nachos, box of gummi cheese with choco sauce... and a diet cola. After all, I've got watch my girlish figure.

      • (after the "Garbage Strike" trailer)
        Heffer: The book was better.

    • NOTES (2)

      • In Popcorn Pandemonium, one of the movie previews shown in the theater is about a dead Dracula with the announcer quoting something like, "Dracula...It's been done to death." This must be in reference to all the movies, tv shows, and the like that have been made about Dracula and how cliched the character and all vampire concepts have become.

      • First appearance of Tammy the pig.

    • ALLUSIONS (6)

      • Googaplex Cinemas

        The name for the huge multiplex movie theater Rocko and Heffer go to is very similar to the Springfield Googolplex cinema from The Simpsons.

      • Tammy: That man over there is smoking a cigar! I paid good money for my seat, and I don't want any ill-mannered cigar-smoking warthog ruining my viewing experience!

        This appears to be a partial reference to the 1991 movie Cape Fear, in which there is a scene where Max Cady (played by Robert De Niro) smokes a cigar in a movie theater, annoying other movie patrons in a similar manner, except the cigar-chomping warthog does not laugh out loud like Max does (which makes sense, as the theater was still just playing trailers at the time.)

      • Visual: Garbage Strike

        One of the movie previews is for a film called Garbage Strike, which is about garbage men going on strike. This is a slight spoof of the 1992 Disney musical Newsies.

      • Visual: Dracula

        During a movie preview you hear an announcer's voice say, "Dracula...It's been done to death." This is poke at the cliched vampire movie about Dracula.

      • Visual: Enter the Rodent

        During the movie previews, there is an advertisement for a move entitled Enter the Rodent. This is a parody of the martial-arts hit Enter the Dragon (1973), staring Bruce Lee.

      • Film: The Cute Little Poots
        Nobody has any idea what the "Little Poots" are, but you have to love them because they are cute. This is the exact same scenario as the Care Bears, and a bunch of other animated characters that were around during the 1980's, being cartoons based on toys, supposedly a marketing concept according to the creative teams of shows like Rocko's Modern Life.