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Season 1 Episode 5
Truth or Consequences Title Card
Truth or Consequences
Original Airdate November 29, 2003
DVD release Lucky 13
Previous Episode Tweenage Tycoons
Next Episode Chuckie's in Love
Truth or Consequences is a Season 1 All Grown Up! episode.

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Tommy becomes excited when he learns about an upcoming film contest that is going to be judged by his favorite director, Martin Costomiris. His parents, Didi and Stu, encourage him to enter, but Tommy is unsure of what kind of movie he wants to make. Eventually he decides on a sci-fi thriller about aliens, starring his friends. However, he quickly becomes frustrated by his friends' constant bickering and unprofessionalism. He realizes that filming his friends’ secret conversations is more film worthy than his first idea.

When reviewing the footage, Dil tells Tommy that he does not think that entering the footage about their friends’ secrets would be a very good idea. Angelica comes over one day, demanding to see the tape when Tommy is not home. When she sees the tapes, she calls over the whole gang to watch it, who except for Chuckie and Dil, are all outraged that Tommy would consider entering their private moments into the competition. Tommy refuses to destroy the tape and his friends storm out and they all, except Chuckie, give Tommy the cold shoulder for the next couple of days. The film Tommy enters for the competition, "A Day before the Day of the Life of My Friends", features bloopers from his earlier attempt at making a movie and clips of the gang as babies. Tommy did not win the competition but he got a picture with his favorite director and he got his friends back.

Meanwhile, Vice Principal Pangborn wants to spend more time observing Dil’s behavior as he finds it disturbing. However, his attempts to delve into Dil’s mind using traditional methods are frustrating. Pangborn calls Stu and Didi into his office and tells them that he recommends Dil have some counselling. Didi is outraged that Pangborn would consider changing her son into a generic boy without any originality. She praises Dil for seeing the world differently and storms out, leaving Pangborn cowering behind a file shelf. At the award presentation, Pangborn apologizes to Dil for observing and trying to change him. He protests when Dil offers to "check up on him" every once in a while.


  • The scene at the beginning where Tommy films the paper bag is supposedly a reference to the movie American Beauty. In the episode, Tommy says "you can find beauty in the strangest places", and Ricky from the film says that his movie is "the most beautiful thing I've ever filmed".
  • This episode reveals Tommy first recorded footage at 37 months.
  • It is revealed that Kimi is still into the Dummi Bears.
  • Didi believes that Dil's weirdness comes from Stu's side of the family.
  • This is the first episode where Susie is mad at Tommy, while usually she gets mad at Angelica.
  • Ending Tagline: "It is biologically impossible for girls to fart." - Lil
  • When Tommy is filming his movie for the contest, Phil and Lil are using the same shirt that Betty wore regularly in Rugrats.
  • This is the first episode that shows the gang at younger ages, yet older than they were in Rugrats. Although Chuckie and Kimi were shown as 2 to 3 and 1 to 2-year-olds, respectively.


  • In the basketball clip, Chuckie's sweatshirt turns into a t-shirt.
  • At the bus stop, Chuckie's shirt changes from green to blue.

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