Rocko's Modern Life

Season 1 Episode 6

The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby / Trash-O-Madness

Aired Unknown Dec 12, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby:
Rocko and Heffer visit a dude ranch, and while there, Heffer starts to fall in with a crowd of bad cattle.
Rocko scrambles to gather up his trash and put it out, since he's missed garbage day for the past few months. Not to make things any easier, the local mad dog, Earl, is on the loose - and he seems intent on destroying both Rocko's trash AND Rocko.


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  • Rocko goes to his Uncle Gibs cattle ranch with good pal Heffer who gets a good idea what it's like to be a real steer on a ranch

    This episode of Rocko's Modern Life begins with with Rocko reminising about his time on his Uncle Gib's ranch. Rocko tried to do all of the things associated with a cattle ranch but unfortunately he was horrible at all of it. Lassauing was difficult and riding a horse was proven to be just as hard too. Rocko is invited to the ranch and while contemplating the trip he tells Heffer who expresses intrest in going. They travel there to find that Heffer has to stay with the steer outside in the pen. During this time Heffer gets a real idea of what it's like to live like a real steer. Rocko, in the mean time, tries one more time to get the hang of being a cowboy but he still can't make the cut. Heffer gets into trouble by being taken away to be sold to market and Rocko goes ot to get him back. Gib and Rocko end up stopping the car and saving Heffer from being sold. The end.moreless
Tom Kenny

Tom Kenny

Heffer Wolfe, Rocko's Uncle, Male Cow

Recurring Role

Linda Wallem

Linda Wallem

Suspicious Female Cow

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • (Rocko and Spunky are in the bathtub)
      Rocko: All right, Spunky. So we didn't get the trash out. You just scared me, that's all. Since I'm on my own now, you're all I got. I'd do anything for you, Spunky. I...I... (notices the sea urchin in Spunky's mouth) What is that in your mouth? It's not that slime from the refrigerator, is it? You brought that smut in the bathtub, Spunk?! Get rid of it! Now, wait. Spunky, I didn't mean... (Spunky sticks his tongue out with the sea urchin on the tip of it) NOT IN THE WATER! NOT IN THE...SPUNKY!!!!! (Spunky drops the sea urchin in the water off screen causing it to expand in the whole house) AHHHHH!!!!!

    • (Rocko, on the windshield of the steer truck puffs breath and writes 'POTS' which is backwards for STOP which he meant to write)
      Driver: Pots? What does that mean?
      Rocko: (sliding over to the driver window) Excuse me, could you if, uh, it's not too much trouble...stop the truck?
      Driver: Of course. Why didn't you say so?

    • (Heffer is driven away with the steer to be taken to be sold at the market)
      Rocko: You gotta stop them! My friend's on that truck!
      Heffer: (in the truck driving away) ROCKO!
      Gib: I don't think that's gonna happen. Why that old truck is faster than greased pig spit and old poke there drives just like Steve McQueen before he switched to decaf.

    • (Referring to Rocko's hesitance to brand Heffer like a real steer)
      Heffer: If you were a true friend you'd burn my butt.

    • Rocko: Uh, Uncle Gib, d'you think maybe I could try riding Jezebel, again?
      Gib: Well, I suppose. You can probably handle her now.
      (He puts Rocko on the horse)
      Rocko: Eh hm hm um, uh, giddy up. Hehe, she doesn't quite seem to have the same spunk anymore, does she?
      Gib: Well I should think not. She's been dead nearly 6 years now.

    • Rocko: I'm gonna visit my uncle's cattle ranch.
      Heffer: Cattle ranch? Can I go with you?
      Rocko: Okay, Heffer, but you be careful. A ranch is no place for a steer.

    • Rocko: Heh, heh, excuse me, Earl, garbage and dogs are not part of a balanced diet.

    • Rocko and Heffer: (singing) Mary had a steamboat / The steamboat had a bell / Mary went to Heaven / The steamboat went to--
      Heffer: Hey! Rocko! Cattle! Look at all the cattle.

    • Rocko: Garbage day is a very dangerous day.

  • NOTES (6)

    • Right when the "Wallaby of the West" song is starting, when Heffer says "Okay" before they get on the sheep, the closed captioning reads "Okay, but first..." then when the uncle starts singing, the captions read "I go" with the first lyrics. This was because they cut a scene where Heffer goes to say goodbye to the Milking Machine before they leave the ranch..

    • The last two lines of "The Good, the Bad, and the Wallaby" (Heffer: Hey, Rocko, which one's funnier: bananas or cheese? / Rocko: Cheese, Heffer, definitely cheese.) are a reference to an argument for when the staff was writing "A Sucker for the Suck-O-Matic," specifically the chimney gag. They originally wanted bananas to go into the Suck-O-Matic but they decided it's not funny. So they put cheese. Then, neither of them went into the final product.

    • The song "Wallaby of the West" can be heard on the album "The Best of Nicktoons."

    • First appearance of Earl the Dog.

    • "Trash-O-Madness" is actually the Rocko series pilot from 1992. It was animated with a low budget and was only 7 minutes long. Roughly half of the pilot was animated personally by series creator Joe Murray. Rocko was also colored yellow instead of his usual beige color. But once the pilot was greenlit, complaints from a toy company with a similar yellow character resulted in Rocko's color change. When Nickelodeon aired it as part of the series one year later, new footage was added in order to stretch it out into 11 minutes, along with a few newly-animated scenes replacing existing ones (such as Rocko waking up in the morning and finding the slime in his refrigerator), and Rocko was digitally re-colored in the original scenes to his normal beige color. The original music score by Marshall Crutcher was also replaced with new music by Pat Irwin to match with the rest of the series' musical soundtrack, and some new sound effects were added/replaced.

    • In "The Good, The Bad, and The Wallaby", the scene where Heffer gets hooked up to a milking machine was cut when the show reran during the summer. The follow up scene where Heffer says goodbye to the milking machine was also cut.


    • Visual: The Mona Lisa & the Sistine Chapel

      While teaching Rocko how to use a lasso, Uncle Gib makes the outline of the Mona Lisa and an image from the Sistine Chapel. The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci during the 16th century while the Sistine Chapel is the home of the Pope, built in Vatican City.

    • Title: The Good, The Bad, and The Wallaby

      The episode title is a spoof of the old western movie, The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966).