Season 2 Episode 18

Meet The Carmichaels / The Box

Aired Daily 2:00 PM Jan 10, 1993 on Nickelodeon
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Meet The Carmichaels:
New neighbors the Carmichael's come to town and the Pickles help them get settled in. There Tommy meets all the kids: Alisa, Buster, Edwin, and Susie Carmichael. Susie tells Tommy all about her great room, but she can't find it so Tommy and Susie search all around Susie's new house for her brand new room.

The Box:
Stu throws the box from what they just got, and all the rugrats imagined what they could do with the box. Racing, Astronaut, Anything. So, what will they do?moreless

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  • My favorate ever since I was a tot.

    Out of all the Rugrats episodes, this one was my favorate. It's so funny how a child's mind works. The Carmichaels move nextdoor, and we meet suzie for the first time! It was so funny how Suzie was getting used to the new house and she thought she "lost" her room. She and Tommy go searching for it while all the movers are putting everything in the house. And she "finds" that special place of hers in the room where she first started (after everything been moved in). Although, I did like the first appearence of one part of the cast, I liked the next episode the most. Stu tries to built what is called the "kiddie carnival" but it all turns into a disaster when he has to put it together. Meanwhile the box the toy came in gets sent to all over the place, and the babies all each find their own way of playing with it. Tommy thinks it's a racecar, then Chuckie thinks it's a rocket ship, and then Phil thinks it's a house, while Lil thinks it's a cave. All causes a comotion when they all find the same box in Tommy's backyard and Angelica claimes it hers, even though all she sees is a box. Then the box breaks, but the babies still find their own ways of playing with it in pieces. But Angelica gets angry at them because she doesn't get the concept. In the end, Stu decides to make boxes his knew idea for a children's toy. The imagination in these characters is what I loved the most about this series! (and I miss it so).moreless
Jack Riley

Jack Riley

Stu Pickles

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Suzie Carmichael

Phil Proctor

Phil Proctor

Howard DeVille/Announcer

E. G. Daily

E. G. Daily

Tommy Pickles

Michael Bell

Michael Bell

Chazz Finster/Mission Control

Christine Cavanaugh

Christine Cavanaugh

Chuckie Finster

Cheryl Carter

Cheryl Carter

Lucy Carmichael

Guest Star

Ron Glass

Ron Glass

Randy Carmichael

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Although you can hear Tommy crying while the box he was playing in is taken outside, his facial expression shows no indication that he's crying.

    • Look carefully: Each cycle the camera makes during Phil and Lil's argument reveals additional details of the twins' pretend locations inside the box.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Angelica: You dumb babies, stop having fun! It's just a stupid box!

    • Stu: Randy Carmichael? Randy "Dummi Bear" Carmichael? It's an honor sir, a real honor!
      Randy: Uhh thanks!

    • Didi: Looks like someone's finally taking the Peyton's place.
      Betty: Yeah, too bad nobody told them about the house being built on an ancient Indian burial ground.
      Didi: Oh, Betty, that's just a myth.
      Betty: Oh, yeah? Tell that to the Peytons.

    • Chazz: Hey, the Kiddie Carnival. Bob Jackson down the street bought on for his kid a couple of months ago.
      Stu: Yeah? How's he like it?
      Chazz: Well, last I heard, he was still trying to assemble the thing. Stopped eating, stopped sleeping, just spends all his time working on that toy. Looks good though. Lost a lot of weight.

    • Didi: Don't you remember your first box?
      Stu: Yeah, it was an old shoebox of my father's. I made it into a submarine. Then Drew stepped on it.

    • Stu: Don't say anything! I've tried everything, Deed. I'm a failure as a toy builder, a father, and a human being.

    • Moving Man: (Drops a box with the words fragile on the side of it) HEY ED, WHATS FR-GEEL-AY MEAN??

    • Randy: Say, Liz, you know that ancient Indian curse?
      Lucy: Mm-Hmm?
      Randy: (Referring to Stu) You don't think he's it, do you?
      Lucy: Randy!
      Randy: Just a thought.

    • Stu: Why don't we throw away the doormat and just lie face up on the floor with our tongues out?

  • NOTES (0)


    • Moving Man: (Drops a box with the words fragile on the side of it) HEY ED, WHATS FR-GEEL-AY MEAN??
      Possible reference to a quote from the movie A Christmas Story.

    • Didi mentions that the Carmichaels are moving in to the "Peyton's place". In fact, that was indirectly referenced to Peyton Place, a racy novel written by Grace Metalious which later became a 1957 film, which, in turn, became a successful nighttime drama on ABC from 1964 to 1969.

    • Stu: Their house is built on an ancient Indian burial ground!
      This could be a reference to The Amityville Horror Story. The Amityville house was built on an ancient indian burial ground, and thus horrible things happened in the house (such as Ronald DeFeo murdering his family, and the Lutz' moving in).