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Season 3 Episode 17b
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Chuckie's Wonderful Life
Original Airdate February 13, 1994
VHS release Chuckie the Brave
DVD release Season 3
Previous Episode Mommy's Little Assets
Next Episode In the Dreamtime
Chuckie's Wonderful Life is an episode of Rugrats from season three. It's a parody of the 1946 film "It's a Wonderful Life".

Characters Present

Plot

After the babies take Chas's favorite Latvian Folk Dance music CD, Angelica takes it when they weren't looking. Chuckie blames Tommy and the twins for having the idea of taking it, but then he feels guilty about it. Then Angelica tells him that they would be better off without him, and he decides to run away. But then his guardian angel stops him and shows him what the world would be like if he had never been born:

He shows him that without him having been born, Chaz is lonely and the only person he has to talk to is a sock puppet he named Socky. And the house is a mess because he thought that without Chuckie, Chaz didn't see any reason to clean up.
As the guardian angel drives Chuckie through the neighborhood, the streets are messy and broken and kids are causing trouble, because without him, he can't tell them to stop. At Phil and Lil's house, they are throwing plates on the floor, destroying other stuff, and Howard and Betty are crying. Then Chaz comes in and says he hopes that they don't mind if he and Socky can stay because they are lonely. Then when they ask what they should do about Phil and Lil, he says they should be lucky to have a kid, even one that was like them, then they all start crying. The guardian angel shows Chuckie Tommy's house.
When they get there, he is going through the garbage, looking for food. The guardian angel says that one day, Angelica came by, threw him out, and took everything that he had (including his parents) and then proceeded to take over his house. She has also become morbidly obese, forcing Stu and Didi to bake her cookies constantly and not sharing them with anyone. When Tommy asks for "just a little crumb of cookie, even if it's already been in [her] mouth", she refuses saying "she'd have to give one to everyone", and takes his rattle. Chuckie asks the angel why didn't he stand up for himself and the angel said that the only reason Tommy is brave because he has Chuckie to back him up and if Chuckie was never born, Tommy wouldn't have the guts to stand up to bullies like Angelica. Then Chuckie is later fed up with being in a world without him, and says that running away is not such a good idea, and asks his guardian angel to take him home.

With the request granted, Chuckie is back in his own room. Then he looks outside his window and is happy to see it is calm and peaceful, with no destruction. Then he goes to the living room, and Tommy, Phil, and Lil are in the playpen, and Lil explained that they came earlier when he was asleep. Tommy apologizes for losing Chaz's CD, and Chuckie forgives him. Tommy, Phil and Lil then take more CDs out of their diapers, explaining that their mothers and fathers weren't using them, so they thought Chaz could use them. Then the doorbell rings, and it is Drew and Angelica at the door (with Drew holding Angelica's hand tightly). He says they owe Chas an apology, as he had caught her throwing the CD around her room, and since Chas is the only person that he knows of that likes listening to Latvian Folk Dance music, he knew it was his. Chaz says he wondered what happened to it, and Drew makes Angelica apologize and then adds that she isn't getting any dessert for a whole week, and they leave, much to Angelica's dismay. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil are surprised that it was her who had the CD all along, and Chuckie says he thought it was all his fault, and Tommy says it wasn't at all. Then he looks out the window and sees his guardian angel on a motorcycle. They wave goodbye, he rides into the sun, and disappears.

Trivia

  • In the life without Chuckie, there is a place called "Duffy Toy Company". Jim Duffy directed this episode.

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