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Season 3 Episode 11b
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The Mysterious Mr. Friend
Original Airdate December 5, 1993
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The Mysterious Mr. Friend is a Season 3 episode of Rugrats.

Characters Present

Summary

Stu creates a new toy that mechanically walks and talks, and he is so confident that the kids will enjoy playing with it that he immediately designs a whole batch of them. However, Stu hasn't yet perfected the toy, and it's constant malfunctions (when the grownups aren't looking) end up frightening the babies.

Plot

At Stu's workshop, he creates a toy in leau of Dr. Frankenstein. The toy, which is a robotic clown with red hair, a blue nose, a yellow jumpsuit, fully-articulated limbs, a heat-in-motion censor, and a voice chip (containing 217 different randomly-accessed phrases) inside its mouth, comes to life. Didi comes downstairs after hearing Stu say "It's alive!", and knows that Stu says it's going to put Pickles' Toys on the map. Stu introduces the toy as Mr. Friend to Didi. After hearing one of Mr. Friend's rhyming phrases, she thinks that the toy isn't educational enough. Stu takes Mr. Friend upstairs to show Tommy.

The baby in question is playing with his jack-in-the-box, with Chuckie worried that the scary clown will suddenly pop out again. Tommy thinks something different will happen, however. Stu comes in and shows Mr. Friend to the two. While waiting for the two to play with the toy, with no luck, he hears the phone and goes to the kitchen. The reason that Tommy and Chuckie didn't play with Mr. Friend at first was because they don't know it well enough, so they introduce themselves to it. Tommy presses the heart-shaped button on its chest, and after hearing it say one of its rhyming phrases, Tommy and Chuckie run away from it. However, the toy suddenly turns off, falling on the floor it was unusually walking on.

Tommy and Chuckie think it's broken, but the toy wakes up, scaring them more. After falling again, Mr. Friend's batteries come loose out of the compartment on its back. Tommy and Chuckie cry, getting Stu and Didi's attention. Stu puts the batteries back inside it. Didi convinces Stu to hire a writer to come up with some better lines. After hearing Stu say that the toy might have some bugs inside of its battery compartment, Tommy and Chuckie gasp in shock. After Stu takes Mr. Friend into the workshop to work on it, Chuckie was relieved, but Tommy thinks otherwise...

That night, Stu gives a sleeping Tommy Mr. Friend. Tommy unknowingly turns Mr. Friend on, and its advice for staying in bed too long makes Tommy cry. Didi comes in Tommy's room, and carries him to the kitchen, thinking he needs a bottle.

The next day, Phil and Lil come over. The DeVille twins think it's funny rather than scary. Tommy explains that it smells like rubber bands and is "full of bugs". This delights Phil and Lil, and they tug-of-war over it. Mr. Friend's advice for playing fair and sharing scares Phil and Lil, and, after its head spins, it falls on the background grass. Tommy advises that Mr. Friend be put someplace where it won't come back. They put Mr. Friend in the clothes chute, unaware that it leads to Stu's workshop. At said workshop, Didi is about to put some clothes in the washer, not knowing that Mr. Friend was in the basket, while Stu was busy making more Mr. Friend dolls, saying that he "isn't selling any huge, greedy, toy-manufacturing monolith"...yet. Didi was putting the first of the dirty clothes in the washer when Mr. Friend popped up, singing "London Bridge". Didi begged Stu to hire a writer, and later put it back outside.

Chuckie thinks that Mr. Friend is just a dumb old doll when Lil throws Tommy's ball, unknowingly turning Mr. Friend back on. The toy once again sings "London Bridge" (this time, malfunctioning), scaring the babies near a dead end at the corner of the fence. Phil tries to sacrifice Lil's doll, Rhonda Rags, throwing it at Mr. Friend, turning it off. Much to Lil's dismay, Rhonda survives, and Tommy retrieves it. That is when Chuckie thinks of an idea to push Mr. Friend off the "Entire" State Building after watching "King Krong". The babies are confused at first, but Tommy says it's a perfect idea, only they're going to bury Mr. Friend under ground instead of pushing it off a building. The babies bury it.

Back at the workshop, Stu tries out the Mr. Friend dolls he recently made out at once, only to be surprised when they malfunction and bump into each other. This prompts Stu to turn them off, thinking there are still a few kinks to work out. After going upstairs to take a break, another Mr. Friend doll comes out from behind the water heater, saying advice to look both ways when crossing the street. It turns on another Mr. Friend doll, and both dolls are about to turn the rest on.

Back at the back yard, the Mr. Friend the babies buried says that worms are dirty and are full of yucky germs. This prompts Spike to dig it out, but he yelps after Mr. Friend turns on, malfunctioning. The babies are playing, but notice Mr. Friend and are about to run away from it. Chuckie thinks that Mr. Friend is going to be with them for a very, very long time. Tommy then says that they can't spend the rest of their lives running away from a dumb old doll, because they wouldn't have time to do anything else, and asks them to go to the loose board in the fence. The babies open the board, and Mr. Friend is once again out of the babies' hair...for now.

However, the line of now-turned-on Mr. Friend dolls climb up a pile of books and open the workshop window, and the army goes into the back yard. This prompts the babies to fight off the dolls, and after rolling balls, ramming a toy vaccum, and kicking, the dolls are destroyed. Stu and Didi go into the back yard, only to be shocked that the Mr. Friend dolls he worked on are all broken. Didi says to Stu that maybe the world just isn't ready for Mr. Friend, and go inside to think of a new toy.

The babies are victorious until Angelica comes over, showing the Mr. Friend doll the babies got rid of earlier to them. They run in fear, but Angelica thinks it's a neat toy.

The End...?

Trivia

  • Lil gives one of the Mr. Friend dolls a swift martial arts-style kick after bludgeoning two others with her doll.
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