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Season 3 Episode 18a
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In the Dreamtime
Original Airdate February 20, 1994
VHS release Bedtime Bash
DVD release Season 3
Previous Episode Chuckie's Wonderful Life
Next Episode The Unfair Pair
In the Dreamtime is the season 3 18a episode of Rugrats.

Characters Present


Some wildly vivid dreams make Chuckie question the reality of life around him. It is up to his friends and father to convince him that he is awake.



The episode begins on what appears to be a normal day in the sandbox at Tommy Pickles' house. After the babies watch ants float atop a tiny stream of water, Lil asks what they're going to do next. Tommy suggests that they go to Spike's doghouse. While along the way, Chuckie notices some strange things happening, like walking flowers, waving snowmen, flying toaster planes, and a man only clad in a bush. When the babies make it, Chuckie notices that the doghouse is a big mansion. Inside, he notices that Spike is talking with a Cockney English accent, drinking some tea. Chuckie asks Tommy what is going on, only for the latter to turn, with a silly clown face and a different voice. Tommy says "I'm not Tommy!" and then giggles. Chuckie wakes up in his room, scared—it was all a dream.

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Chas comes into the room, alarmed, asking Chuckie if he had a bad dream. Chas assures Chuckie that he doesn't have to be scared of dreams, saying that nothing in a dream can hurt him. Chas gives Chuckie a kiss, and he goes back to sleep.

The next day, or so it seems, Chuckie tells the babies about his dream while rolling the ball in Tommy's playpen. Tommy tells the others to come up to his grandpa's room. While going up the stairs, Chuckie notices that the stairs aren't what they seem. While at the top of them, the babies go into Grandpa Lou's room—a galaxy of planets and stars, and have fun in it. Chuckie attempts to go in, only to fall—back into his room. It was just a dream, too.

The next day, really, while the babies are watching worms race and ants float, Chuckie tells the babies about his dreams. After Phil and Lil wish that Tommy was a clown in real life, Chuckie thinks he's dreaming all over again. The babies try to convince Chuckie that he isn't dreaming, only for Chuckie to deny that the babies are really his friends.

After the babies go into Spike's doghouse, Chuckie says that he's going into the next yard to talk to the neighbor's dog, a bulldog, which he does. After talking to the dog, Chuckie falls on his bottom, saying that it hurts. It's proof that Chuckie isn't dreaming. Tommy saves Chuckie's life by distracting the dog to fetch a stick. Chuckie, realizing that he's awake, faints after going into the next yard.

I'm Not Stu

"I'M NOT STU!!!"

Later that night, Chas puts Chuckie into bed, and Chuckie goes to sleep. As soon as Chas enters the next room, he notices Stu in there, only for the latter to turn with a clown face on. Stu says "I'm not Stu!" in a weird, silly voice and giggles. Chas wakes up, screaming with fright—it was a dream.


  • Spike: Hello, there. Just in time for a spot of tea, wot?
  • Chuckie: Hey! Spike's not supposed to talk! What's gong on, Tommy?
  • Tommy: (transformed into a clown with big nose) I'm not Tommy! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!
  • Chuckie: (wakes up) Dah!
  • Chaz: (enters the room) Chuckie, what's wrong? Did you have a bad dream?

(the ending)

  • Chaz: Aah, from the untroubled sleep of the innocence. (turns off the light and heads over to a guy who looks like Stu) Stu, I didn't know you were coming over.
  • Stu Clown: I'm not Stu! Hahahahahahahahahaha!
  • Chaz: (waking up) Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah!


  • Spike's voice is provided by Michael Bell who also voices Chas, Drew, Boris and Spike's barking.
  • The "I'm not Tommy!" and "I'm not Stu!" clown scenes would later be parodied in YouTube Poops.
  • The "I'm not Tommy!" and "I'm not Stu!" clown scenes could be an allusion to Large Marge from the 1985 film, Pee Wee's Big Adventure.
  • This episode had the intro that was used in this season from episodes 40 to episode 44. This is the last time to use this intro.

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