The Fairly OddParents

Season 2 Episode 20

Ruled Out / That's Life

Aired Daily 7:00 AM Nov 08, 2002 on Nickelodeon
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Ruled Out:
Timmy is tired of eating spinach and watching educational TV because his parents care about him so much, so he wishes for parents who couldn't care less. It's fun at first, but things begin to get out of hand - especially when his godparents couldn't care less and stop granting wishes. Will Timmy be able to fix this mess without magic?
That's Life:
Timmy's mother is desperately trying to win the annual Dimmesdale Veg-Out, but her garden looks more like a barren desert. To help his mom, Timmy wishes that her garden was full of life. His wish brings all the produce to life, but it also brings his pet gerbil Eddy back from the dead. Eddy is furious and wants to seek his revenge on his killer. Can Timmy stop Eddy before he hurts anyone?


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  • These episodes would deserve one thumb up and one thumb down from me.

    In Ruled Out, Mom and Dad are caring too much, and when Timmy wants to watch the Dimmsdale Sewer Gator on TV, Mom and Dad say no, and instead watch some "safer" program. When it comes to school, he gets made fun of for being childlocked. So he gets mad that his parents care too much, and wishes that they didn't care, but things get even worse for Timmy.

    In That's Life, Mom is sad that she can't have a good garden, so Timmy wishes a good garden up for her, but when everything comes to life, so does Eddie, the dead gerbil. Now Timmy must convince Eddie that he will take better care of him, unlike how he took care of him when he went to Summer Camp, and good luck to Mom on the Dimmsdale Veg Out.moreless
  • A decent pair of episodes but That's Life made this 1/2 hour.

    Ruled Out was OK, but this review is for That's Life, which I think was the better of the 2 episodes.

    Timmy want's his mom's garden to be lively for a gardening contest the next day. Too bad a pet gerbil from his past also comes back and wants revenge. Well, that's what Timmy gets when he goes to summer

Gary Leroi Gray

Gary Leroi Gray


Guest Star

Tara Strong

Tara Strong

Timmy Turner

Recurring Role

Grey DeLisle

Grey DeLisle


Recurring Role

Daran Norris

Daran Norris

Cosmo/Mr. Turner/Jorgen von Strangle

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Eddy seems to be a common name for rodents as it was the name of the Crimson Chin's imaginary gerbil, ther gerbil Timmy's Dad used to power the computer in Information Stupor Highway and the name of Timmy's Zombie gerbil in That's Life

      Reply: You're right about the imaginary gerbil, but the one that powered the computer is probably the same one from this episode, healthy again.

    • In That's Life, Timmy helped his mom to win a contest, by wishing that everything in her garden would grow. It's a clear violation of Da Rules to use magic to win a contest.

      Response: He didn't wish that to help her win the contest. He just did that to make her happy.

    • How could Timmy have a pet ocelot? Ocelots are endangered wildcats from the Amazonian rainforest, and therefore neither easy nor ideal for a pet. And even if he'd wished for an ocelot, I don't think it would die, because it would be magic.

    • In Thats life when Timmy wish that everything in her moms garden would be alive his bed is right next to the window,in the next scene its next to the desk and in the next scene is right next to the window again.

    • Look Closely:
      In That's Life, during the big axe scene, you'll see the axe hit the wall. Yet in the next scene, it's still in the position it was before it swung.

    • Look Closely:
      In That's Life, look at Timmy's poster with blue stars. It's usually over his bed, but in this episode, it's by his desk.

    • In That's Life, when Timmy wished that everything in Mom's garden will grow, he "helped" his mom. But in (Foul Balled), he said that he will not help anybody but him ever again.

  • QUOTES (31)

    • (After Mom and Dad flush Cosmo and Wanda down the toilet)
      Timmy: You flushed my goldfish!?
      Dad: They're in the sewer now!
      Timmy: But that's where the Sewer Gator's supposed to live!
      Mom: Oh, wah! Do you ever stop nagging?

    • Chester: (To Timmy, who is as smelly as Top Grunge) Dude, you reek.
      Timmy: Stomach hurts. Feel sick. But look! I got candy!
      (Chester and A.J. hold their breaths)
      A.J.: And B.O.!

    • Timmy: I brought today for lunch candy and violence!

    • Timmy: I wish I had parents who cared less!

    • Timmy: Thanks for having such as squishy belly!

    • Timmy: But what happened to my puppy, my rabbit, my turtle, my ocelot and my parrot who also ran away while I was at summer camp? (Turns to see animal arms breaking through the dirt of the garden) I need to stop going to summer camp.

    • Timmy: Dad! Run! Eddy's back from the dead and he wants to kill you!
      Dad: Kill me? Why would he want to kill me? Your mom's the one that forgot to feed him when you went to summer camp!
      Eddy: Moooooommmmm!

    • Dad: Oh dear! Where are you?
      Mom: Just a minute! I'm it's uncanny how great my yams will be!

    • Mom: My yams! I should show them my yams!

    • Wanda: Isn't it cheating that your mom's using canned yams?
      Timmy: Well somebody grew them!

    • Timmy: Man, three hours and counting. I didn't mean to upset her that much! I wish there was something I can do to help...
      Wanda: Well, Timmy, if we knew why your mother was crying, we could help her out.
      Mom: (Crying from outside) I just wish I could bring things to life in my garden!
      Timmy: Well, that was oddly specific! I wish everything in Mom's garden was full of life!

    • Dad: Okay, here's a list of things to do while Timmy's away at summer camp... (Voice echo: Camp, camp, camp) Okay, put up drapes to cancel out the echo... feed Timmy's hamster... (Realizes that Eddy is dead) I mean BURY the hamster that I was supposed to feed while Timmy was at Summer Camp!

    • Wanda: Oh no, Cosmo! Timmy's in trouble!
      Cosmo: So? (A flash of light) Oh no! Timmy's in trouble, which I just remembered is bad! Now I care!
      Wanda: Me too!
      (Cosmo and Wanda poof out with the words 'Love' and 'Concern')

    • Mom: Timmy! Say 'excuse me' when jumping out of a sumo wrestler's stomach!
      Timmy: No!

    • Dad: Timmy! You mind your parents!
      Timmy: Make me!

    • Cosmo: I'm swimming in a real toilet and I like it!
      Cosmo and Wanda: (Going down the drain) Wheee!

    • (Chester and AJ are talking about how great the Sewergator movie was, then they look at Timmy to add his own crittique)
      Timmy: Yes, but how did that make you feel?
      AJ: Child blocks?
      Timmy: Child blocks...
      (Everyone and everything around him starts laughing)

    • Mom: Our miracle tears of sorrow have brought life to my garden!

    • Dad: (Mom is crying in her garden) Honey! Why are you sobbing uncontrollably on this lifeless patch of dirt and death?

    • Timmy: Aren't you supposed to be at work...or wearing pants?
      Dad: Pants are for squares!

    • Dad: (Holding up 3 small dead plants) These cherry tomatoes look scrumptious!
      Mom: They're watermelons!
      Dad: Neat!

    • Dad: Oh Dinkleberg, don't you want to give my wife a congratulationatory hand touch?

    • Mom: Everything I touch dies!!! (sobs)

    • Mom: Honey, the judges are judging and the Dinklebergs are Dinkleberging!

    • Timmy: It's violent and educational!
      Sewer Gator: (Roars, causing Dad and Timmy to fly backward)
      Dad and Timmy: But mostly violent. Yay, violence!

    • Wanda: Hey, how's about throwing some of that our way sport?
      Cosmo: Yeah, I'm hungry.
      (They turn themselves into skeleton fish)

    • Cosmo: This episode was brought to you by the Society for Healthy Colons.
      Cosmo and Wanda: Yay, Colons!

    • Timmy: Cosmo, Wanda, go to Fairy World! Change back! Do something!
      Cosmo: No way, man! I'm swimming in a real toilet, and I like it!

    • Dad: I beat the Dinklebergs!
      Mom: (Glares at Dad)
      Dad: I mean, you beat the Dinkleburgs! Which is like me beating the Dinklebergs in a woman's body!

    • Timmy: Dad, the electricity is out!
      Dad: Electric bills are for squares! Like pants!

    • Cosmo: I'm swimming in my own toilet, and I like it.

  • NOTES (6)