Rugrats - Season 8

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  • Babies In Toyland
    Episode 16
    12/9/02
    9.4
    Special:60 minutes long (or 2 30-minute parts, depending on where you watch it), this will be the Rugrats' second Christmas special, and the fourth special for the holiday season. In this special, the Rugrats visit MergeCorp headquarters (where Charlotte is CEO) to see "Christmasland", Santa's winter wonderland, designed by, of course, Stu. The visit is extra special, as it is Dil's first Christmas. However, when Angelica behaved like such a brat she is (definitely not a good thing during the Holidays), "Santa" (Jim Belushi) got fed up with the whole business, and decides to quit. Because of this, Tommy finds a way to bring "Santa" back, and to make this Christmas a joyous one for Dil. It is especially important to Dil, as Angelica tells the Rugrats that if they don't get a present, they don't get to celebrate Christmas ever again. Meanwhile, the grown-ups have a simulated Christmas in the prairies, complete with the experience of being snowbound, thanks to a malfunction in Stu's otherwise-state-of-the-art snowblowing equipment.moreless
  • The Perfect Twins
    Episode 15
    11/30/02
    9.2

    Special: Betty's relatives from England come to America to pay a visit. Coming along are their kids -- Smedley & Hedley -- who are also fraternal twins like Phil & Lil. Unlike Phil & Lil, Smedley & Hedley dress differently, behave properly, keep clean, and finish each other's sentences without delay or incorrectness; therefore, they consider such "twinny" behavior a sign that they are "perfect twins". This eventually led to Lil wanting to be as prim and proper as Smedley & Hedley, while Phil decides to remain as messy and disorderly as usual. Meanwhile, Winnifred, the British twins' mother, tries to sell Betty on her method of raising twins -- a method that Betty steadfastly refuses to subscribe to. Also, Betty gets the neighbors to pose as her relatives, as her real relatives didn't come, due to Howard's cheap invitation software that he bought at a dollar store. And, Angelica, dressed as a princess for a dance recital, tricks Smedley & Hedley into believing that she's queen of America. And as a result, they do everything she says, even bad things that they feel aren't proper. Later, Betty presents everyone with a cake, which is in the form of Buckingham Palace. However, Howie realizes that his camera is nearly dead so no one could eat it. Queen Angelica (forgetting that Betty clearly stated no one could eat, touch or take the cake) sent Hedley, Smedley and Lil to give her some cake. Lil tries to stand up for herself. After Hedley and Smedley take a piece of the cake, they quickly disappear leaving Lil to suffer the consequences. Phil thinks that Queen Angelica might like it if Hedley and Smedley dance. Hedley and Smedley find that necessary until Kimi Watanabe-Finster, a friend of Phil says that Angelica wants a special dance.

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  • Club Fred
    Episode 14
    11/5/02
    8.6
    Special: The Weekend , Stu decided to have a family barbecue. However, it was actually on a windy day in the fall. At the suggestion of Aunt Miriam, everyone decided to spend some time at Club Fred, a pirate-themed family resort in the Caribbean. And with a two-for-one coupon, they save some money. But, when Grandpa realised that he made an error with the reservations (which he accidentally made only for the elders and the Rugrats; the form for the other grownups was used as a wrapper for his sandwich), everybody ended up staying in a single small hut -- with the entire extended family on the trip, it ended up being very cramped. Their only hope was to win Pirate Fred's treasure hunt, where the person that finds the treasure wins an upgrade to a "5 Room Deluxe Vacation Package". Of course, this leads to another pirate adventure with the Rugrats, where they look everywhere, including a place where no Rugrat should ever go -- a nude beach. Finding the treasure was sure to be an impossible task -- a frequent Club Fred patron visited the resort for the last 5 years, but never found the treasure. But first, they have to break out of "Kid Fred", the resort's day care center. Meanwhile, Angelica also breaks out of Kid Fred for a different reason -- to live the same pampered life as Charlotte, but at Charlotte's unwitting expense.moreless
  • 11/13/02
    6.5
    Happy Taffy:
    As Stu & Didi are trying to find a new babysitter for the Rugrats, Grandpa & Lulu recommends Lulu's grand-niece, Taffy (Amanda Bynes). After they see Taffy perform with her band, "The Saltwaters", at a bowling alley, they hire her on a trial basis. As she babysits, Taffy teaches the Rugrats a thing or two about music, while trying to come up with a song for her band to play at their next gig -- a grand opening of a gas station. The trouble is, Taffy isn't that great of a songwriter, while Angelica, as always, is tone deaf. As Taffy does her thing with the "minis", the Rugrats' parents, at Betty's insistance, spy to make sure Taffy does a good job. They later find out that Taffy was a good choice as babysitter.

    Imagine That:
    After watching "The Cynthia Team", an action series where Cynthia and her friends are secret agents, Angelica gets the Rugrats to play-act the show with her. In the Rugrats version, Angelica is secret agent Cynthia, whose mission is to stop Dr. Doomsbake (played by Tommy) from destroying the world's supply of cookies. The reason she likes to play this game is because she likes how the episode ended -- Cynthia gets a parade in her honor. However, the rest of the Rugrats, who were supposed to play Cynthia's assistants, didn't like the idea, so they decided to break tradition and, as they say, fraternise with the enemy.
    Meanwhile, speaking of cookies, Betty gives Didi her family recipes for healthy cookies, to be used as Didi's entry for a baking contest; but, it turns out those cookies aren't fit for man or beast... or even Angelica.moreless
  • A Tale Of Two Puppies:
    Now that Spike and Fifi have a family of their own (in "Bow Wow Wedding Vows"), there's one problem -- what should the Finsters do with all those puppies? Solution -- give them away to good homes, of course. With the Finsters already having a dog of their own, they plan on giving ALL their puppies away. But one of them, Puppy, is too scared to leave, while the brave Spiffy is actually happy to have found a new home. Evidently, Puppy ended up being a permanent part of the Finster's household, while Spiffy will be living with his dad -- at Tommy & Dil's house. But watch how all this plays out, especially as Angelica wanted a dog of her own.

    Okey-Dokey Jones and the Ring of the Sunbeams:
    Grandpa and the Rugrats take a trip to a store that specializes in tropical pets, as Grandpa was interested in buying a talking bird for Lulu. After Grandpa buys those little toys out of the gum machine for the Rugrats, Lil gets a toy ring, which was called "the Ring Of The Sunbeams", a ring that's so special, that Angelica wants it all for herself. When the ring landed in a monkey cage, this otherwise-simple trip becomes a Rugrats adventure, when the Rugrats, a.k.a. "The Okey-Dokey Jones Adventurers", pretend that they are battling a villainous named "Miss Angelique", played by... you know who. Miss Angelique wanted that ring, as she believed that it would grant her her wish -- to be the queen of the world.moreless
  • 1/10/03
    9.7
    A Step At A Time:
    A new "Follow Me Reptar" toy, one of Active Child Magazine's 10 best toys, inspires the Rugrats to get Dil to walk. As they try to do so, Stu thinks he sees Dil walking on his own. Because of that, Stu rigs up extensive video equipment to capture Dil's every move, so he wouldn't miss it again. Also, The Rugrats and their parents remember when the kids first started walking.

    Angelica's Assistant:
    With Charlotte busy taking care of business with Jonathan, she puts Angelica in charge of the Rugrats, with one catch -- if she is caught being mean to the Rugrats, then her new Cynthia Dream Yacht sets sail back to the store. But that's not all -- Harold from pre-school is coming over, too. With that in mind, Angelica hires him as her assistant. But while Angelica ordered Harold to boss around the Rugrats, he ended up being a hit with them, to the ire of Angelica.moreless
  • 1/3/03
    6.4
    Back To School:
    Didi watches a Dr. Lipschitz video, which basically includes a few pointers on childcare, plus an obligatory plug for more videos. Afterward, she looks at her trusty Lipschitz book, but, when she notices the book's title, "Dr. Lipschitz A to Z, Birth to 5", she worries about what will happen when Tommy turns 6, as, of course, that book only covers children up to 5 years of age. Thinking that using Lipschitz as a crutch would turn dangerous in the years ahead, Didi decides to enroll at a community college for s in childhood development, with plans on eventually getting a masters degree in that field. However, when the Rugrats hears that Didi is going "back to school", they think that everything is going backwards, and they become more fearful of that fact when they observe Spike walking with a baby bottle in his mouth, and Stu taking Dil back to the hospital (in reality, for a checkup).

    Sweet Dreams:
    At a sleep-over at Tommy's house, the Rugrats have vivid dreams, except for Chuckie, whose dream was virtually blank. Later, when the Rugrats decided to play-act what they dreamed about, Chuckie said that they lost his dream, so he has the other Rugrats go looking for it.
    Meanwhile, Chazz has a mid-life crisis, as his life is now perfect -- except for his long-time job as a bureaucrat. At Kira's recommendation, they decide to go into a business of their own, eventually deciding on buying a coffee shop and running it themselves.
    Also, Stu wins a radio station trivia contest, in which he was rewarded with tickets for two to a Dreamboaters reunion concert. But, the excitement turns to panic when he misplaces the tickets.moreless
  • 10/22/02
    7.1
    Special:A popular Agatha Christie mystery, "Murder On The Orient Express", gets the Rugrats treatment. For their second honeymoon, Boris & Minka are going on an 18-hour scenic train ride to the small town of Little Biendeltown -- a town that replicates the charm of the Old Country. But, of course, they invite the entire gang along for the ride. However, along the way, Minka's necklace, Chuckie's teddy bear, Wawa, and of course, Angelica's Cynthia, had disappeared -- they may have been stolen by a train robber, which Chazz informs the other adults about after reading it in the paper. As a result, the Rugrats try to find who has stolen these items. Meanwhile, Drew forces Charlotte to leave her work at home while they go on their trip, but Charlotte, of course, remains defiant. Also, Didi tries to find various landmarks that the train passes by, but it became more of a challenge. Plus, on the train, Lulu meets her old flame, Dwayne Tickerbacker (Tom Bosley of Happy Days fame), but Grandpa is very suspicious about him. And finally, Angelica falls in love with Brent, a young, rich socialite.moreless
  • 4/6/02
    8.4
    Cynthia Comes Alive:
    At the Java Lava, Angelica brings over her new "Hip Teen Cynthia" doll, which talks. However, when Angelica wasn't looking, the Rugrats have broken the doll. Shortly after Stu took it home to fix it, Cindy, a high school intern, came over to work at the Java Lava. When they noticed that Cindy looks and talks like Cynthia, Angelica and the Rugrats thought that Cynthia came to life. Meanwhile, Cindy causes trouble for the Java Lava by not working at all -- she considers nail polish, magazines, and phone conversations to be more important than actually working.

    Trading Phil:
    At the park, Angelica wants to play with a couple of 4-year-old girls. However, those girls dislike anyone who's 3 years old, like Angelica. So, she convinces the girls that she's 4 years old by trading Phil in exchange for their jelly-based toy. In return, Angelica promised that she'll be nice to the Rugrats. However, Phil wants much more than that. Meanwhile, Grandpa tries to teach Spiffy, one of Spike & Fifi's new puppies, new tricks, but Dil was proven to be more obedient.moreless
  • 3/9/02
    7.9
    Daddy's Little Helpers:
    The grownup women leave the men in charge of the Rugrats while they attend a "Moon Goddess" fair, where Charlotte was invited as a guess speaker. However, the new-ageish atmosphere and attitude has gotten the best of Didi -- especially when she's told "You're not a wife; you're not a mother; you are a goddess." Before leaving for the fair, she told the Rugrats to help their dads out, so they did everything they were supposed to -- with hilarious results. Meanwhile, Chazz devises a special activity schedule, while Stu builds a dollhouse / playpen that is escape-proof -- for grownups.

    Hello Dilly:
    Angelica takes her "life-like" doll, which happens to look like Dil, to pre-school. But after one of her classmates brought a similar type of doll to show-and-tell, Angelica delayed her presentation a day, so she could switch her doll with the real thing -- Dil. But with Dil at school and her doll at Tommy's house, the Rugrats were led to believe that Dil turned into a doll because he was bad.moreless
  • 2/23/02
    8.0
    The Fun Way Day:
    Chazz quits his job as a bureaucrat when he finds a new career that's suitable for both himself and Kira -- peddling coffee. In this episode, Chazz & Kira opens a cafe called The Java Lava, which will feature a variety of coffees and other drinks, plus a playpen for the Rugrats and the other visiting babies. However, the first day of business isn't doing well -- no customers, other than Chazz's friends, came in; there were technical difficulties with the equipment (some of it invented by Stu); and the coffee is too strong, even for Betty, who normally swears by it. Kira's solution -- hire a Feng Shui (pronounced "thing schway") expert to find the faults with the business, and to rearrange things to make things better, spiritually. This not only involves rearranging furniture and appliances, but also placing various gems and trinkets around. That makes the Rugrats believe that the "Fun Way" guy came by to play a game with the Rugrats.

    The Age Of Aquarium:
    The gang visits a marine theme park, which practically resembles Sea World on the cheap -- your run-of-the-mill stage show, an exhibit of the world's greatest maritime disasters, a souvenir stand with tired employees hawking bubble guns, and a trained shark show -- using mechanical sharks. The Rugrats, as usual, run away to the park's centerpiece -- a ship that houses the park's aquarium. This, of course, leads the Rugrats to believe that the ship is sinking, so they find ways to float the already dry-docked boat.moreless
  • 2/9/02
    7.5
    The Doctor Is In:
    Didi and Betty were listening to a radio program hosted by a woman with strong attitudes on parenting. That radio show led to Didi and Betty reevaluating their parenting skills, but when they refused to see eye-to-eye on parenting, they start to reevaluate their friendship. This inspires Angelica to open her own "office" to dispense important advice to the Rugrats, in order for each other to stay friends -- she told Tommy not to be so bossy, Phil & Lil not to be gross, Chuckie to be brave, and Kimi to be like Angelica.

    The Big Sneeze:
    Every time Kimi gets close to Chuckie, he sneezes. The cause of this? Dandelions that Kimi was holding. But Angelica, seeking another opportunity to fool the Rugrats, said that Chuckie is allergic to Kimi.moreless
  • 2/9/02
    7.0
    Quiet, Please:
    When Chazz's library book, "The History Of Nasal Inhalers", was due, he took the Rugrats to the library to return it. While there, Chazz decided to get library cards for Chuckie and Kimi, saying that they're "the window to the world". But, will the Rugrats obey the librarian's rules to keep quiet, not eat, and to put the books back? Meanwhile, Chazz's library privileges are revoked when the strict librarian noticed a microscopic tear on a book's cover, forcing him to make a deal.

    Early Retirement:
    The gang visits Grandpa & Lulu's retirement home, where they danced and played golf. Later, at Tommy's house, Angelica "retires" the Rugrats, just so she could watch "Cynthia P.I." in peace. It's especially important, as that episode included a sweepstakes draw for a truckload of Cynthia merchandise. But she soon learns that being in a retirement home isn't strictly quiet sleeping.moreless
  • 2/5/02
    7.6
    Tommy notices that Spike is spending more time with Fifi and less time with him. According to Angelica, the two dogs are in love. At her insistence, the Rugrats give Spike and Fifi a wedding, as it is apparent that the dogs love each other and spending alot of time together. Later, the Rugrats celebrate Easter Nickelodeon style -- in a non-religious way; they hunt for Easter eggs. Meanwhile, Spike has a special surprise for Tommy in the shed -- puppies. Also, Chazz and Kira call on an expert to help plan their Easter brunch, while Didi is afraid that Stu is spending more time on his inventions and less time on her.moreless
  • 10/28/02
    8.4
    In this episode, the Rugrats' parents take them trick-or-treating for the first time, at an amusement park. But of course, there has to be the hard way -- Angelica explains to the Rugrats what Halloween is, but, as usual, she always does it in a way to scare them even more. She tells them that if they dress up as a certain character, they actually become that character, and remain so for the rest of their life. Chuckie, who planned on being a werewolf, especially becomes traumatised by her story, to a point where he starts having nightmares about what Angelica said. However, Angelica is willing to turn the little "monsters" back into Rugrats, but only if they give all their candy to Angelica. This is especially important to her, as her parents banned her from trick-or-treating after she ate Halloween candy before Halloween. Will Chuckie and the Rugrats know the real truth about Halloween? Will Angelica get her just desserts? Of course, on both counts; but, as they say, getting there is half the fun.moreless
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