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Season 3 Episode 11b
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The Mysterious Mr. Friend
Original Airdate December 5, 1993
DVD release Season 3
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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 similar to Frankenstien's Monster. The toy 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. Didi comes downstairs after hearing Stu say "It's alive!" to see what he's invented this time. Stu introduces the toy as Mr. Friend to Didi. After hearing one of Mr. Friend's rhyming phrases, she thinks that Mr. Friend's phrases could be much better written. Stu takes Mr. Friend upstairs to show Tommy.

The baby in question is playing with his jack-in-the-box, with Chuckie upset that the scary clown will pop out again, and Tommy trying to convince him something different might happen. Stu comes in and shows Mr. Friend to the babies. While waiting for them to play with the toy he hears the phone ring and goes to the kitchen.

The reason that Tommy and Chuckie didn't play with Mr. Friend right away 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 and falls over. Tommy and Chuckie think it's broken, but the toy moves again, scaring them more. After falling a second time, 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, causing it to recite one of it's phrases. Didi convinces Stu to hire a writer to come up with some new lines. Stu mentions he'll take Mr. Friend downstairs to fix the cover over the battery compartment, and mutters there might be other bugs to iron out (Tommy and Chuckie gasp at "bugs", believing Mr. Friend to contain literal bugs). After Stu takes Mr. Friend into the workshop to work on it, Chuckie believes they've seen the last of Mr Friend, but Tommy isn't so sure.

That night, Stu gives a sleeping Tommy Mr. Friend. Tommy unknowingly turns Mr. Friend on, causing it to say one of it's lines while malfunctioning, which 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 burning rubber bands and is full of literal 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 says 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, unaware that Mr. Friend is in the basket. Stu is busy making more Mr. Friend dolls, saying that he "isn't selling any huge, greedy, toy-manufacturing monolith"...yet. Didi starts to put the first of the dirty clothes in the washer when Mr. Friend pops up, singing "London Bridge". Didi urges Stu to hire a writer, and puts it back outside when she comes upstairs.

Chuckie says that Mr. Friend is just a dumb old doll while playing with Tommy's ball, unknowingly turning Mr. Friend back on. The toy once again sings "London Bridge" (this time malfunctioning), scaring the babies to the corner of the fence. Phil sacrifices Lil's doll, Rhonda Rags, by throwing it at Mr. Friend which turns it off. Much to Lil's relief, Rhonda survived the encounter and Tommy retrieves it for her.

Chuckie thinks of an idea to get rid of Mr. Friend for good by pushing it off the "Entire" State Building after watching "King Krong". Tommy says it's a perfect idea, only they're going to bury Mr. Friend instead. The babies bury it behind the bushes.

Back at the workshop, Stu tries out the Mr. Friend dolls he recently made, only to be surprised when they malfunction and bump into each other. This prompts Stu to turn them off, realizing 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 begin 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 says a different phrase and malfunctions. The babies are playing, but notice Mr. Friend and prepare to run away from it. Chuckie says 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. The babies push aside a loose board in the fence (not the one to the DeVille's backyard) and shove Mr. Friend out onto the sidewalk, where it wanders into the street.

Meanwhile, the new batch of Mr. Friend dolls climb up a pile of books, open the workshop window, and go out into the back yard. This prompts the babies to fight off the dolls, and after rolling balls, ramming a toy vaccum, and kicking them, the dolls are finally destroyed. Stu and Didi go into the back yard, only to be horrified 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 encourages him 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.
  • Mr. Friend has a cameo in Angelica Orders Out, shown to be locked in a safe. Presumably it's the original prototype Angelica found after the babies pushed it into the street.

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