|Season 4, Episode 2|
|Original Airdate||May 9, 1997|
|Next Episode||A Rugrats Vacation|
- Howard (Mentioned)
Chaz and Chuckie arrive at the Pickles' home, with Chaz carrying a box. As he explains to Didi, it contains his now deceased wife's belongings, and he asks her to keep it safe, fearing that Chuckie might find it. She agrees, placing it in the closet by the front door.
Now, having had Mother's Day explained to them by Angelica, the gang sets out on an adventure to find gifts for their respective mothers. While on the quest, the little babies share their earliest memories of their mothers. The twins recall the first gift they ever gave to their mother-- a laugh shared while breastfeeding. It is revealed that Tommy's bravery stems from his premature birth, and time spent in a scary hospital incubator holding his mother's hand. Chuckie, lacking a mother and memories of her save those found in a dream, finds a mother-figure in his "Angelica Mom." Unfortunately for him, she proves to be a manipulative figure playing off his desire to please his "new mommy." Everyone knew Chuckie as Blaine according to "Angelica Mom." As Phil and Lil argue over a tree, Angelica is seen wearing a bikini, which we haven't seen during any Rugrats episode. Angelica orders Blaine (Chuckie) to get a flower for her. However, Chuckie is horrified when he sees that there is a bee on the flower. Tommy tries to find out what is wrong. Chuckie tells him that the flower he is about to get has a bee on it but this is the flower Angelica wants. Even though Tommy points out to Chuckie that the flowers look the same, Chuckie still won't give in. Tommy confronts Angelica about Chuckie trying to get the flower with the bee on it causing her to cry. When confronted by Tommy, she banishes the gang to a life-time time-out in the closet by the front door. There, the gang uncovers the box Chaz left.
When the parents return, the little babies give their mothers the gifts they found, while Chuckie presents his father with a picture he found in the box. It is of the same woman Chuckie has dreamt about-- his real mom. Convinced by Didi to do so, Chaz finally talks to his son about his mother, going through her possessions in their home garden. The episode ends with Chuckie explaining to the other babies that his mother is in the flowers, the clouds, the grass, the sun, and the wind, just as it is in a poem written for him by his mom.
A Poem to Chuckie (From Melinda)Edit
My sweet, little Chuckie, though I must leave you behind me
This poem will tell you where you always can find me.
When a gentle wind blows, that's my hand on your face.
And when the tree gives you shade, that's my sheltering embrace.
When the sun gives you freckles, that's me tickeling my boy.
When the rain wets your hair, those are my tears of joy.
When the long grass enfolds you, that's me holding you tight.
When the Whippoorwill sings, that's me whispering, "Night, night."
- There are 2 versions of this episode in the US -- one version ends with a picture of a flower and a caption reading "Happy Mother's Day"; another version has the butterfly flying slow, then slowly flying backwards before fading to black. This latter version is used by Nick during out-of-season showings of this episode, especially when Rugrats in Paris: The Movie was released.
- The premiere of this episode was also the highest-rated Rugrats episode on Nick for kids ages 6-10; for that age group, it earned an rating, exceeding the competition on the terrestrial networks.
- This episode was also nominated for the "Best Animated Program" category in the 1997 Prime Time Emmy Awards. Unfortunately, it lost to The Simpsons when the results were made public on September 7.
- Chuckie is known as Blaine according to Angelica.
- This is another XXX-rated episode (the first one being Naked Tommy).
- This is the first and last time where we see Angelica in a bikini.
- Stu's scream when he gets chased by the vacuum cleaner contraption into the basement is recycled from the Season 3 episode, Angelica Breaks A Leg.