Doug is Slave for a Day (Nickelodeon's Doug)

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Doug is Slave for a Day (Nickelodeon's Doug)
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Poor Doug. Even the Nickelodeon era of Doug had bad episodes like this one.
Part of Season: 3
Episode Number: 2a
Air Date: April 18, 1993
Writer: Alan Higgins
Director: Johan Edstrom
Previous episode: Doug and Patti P.I.
Next episode: Doug Rocks the House

Doug is Slave for a Day is the first part of the second episode of the third season of Nickelodeon's Doug.

Why It’s Slavery

  1. This is pretty much a torture episode for Doug and Porkchop, as after they broke Theda’s (Doug and Judy’s mom) vase, they worked as slaves for Judy to keep her quiet about the situation.
  2. Some of the characters are unlikable:
    • Doug and Porkchop are the least unlikable, but they started this whole mess when playing football in the house, which led to Theda’s vase breaking and they didn’t even tell her until later in the episode after the torture they went through.
    • Judy is VERY unlikable in this episode, as after she saw Doug and Porkchop break the vase, she used it to her advantage to have them be her slaves, or else she would tell Theda about what they did.
  3. It’s painful to see all the things Doug and Porkchop did for Judy, and whenever they try standing up to her, she reminds them of the deal they made.
  4. It gets worse when Judy extends the contract from 1 week to forever slavery. Jeez, not even Angelica would act like this to the Rugrats!
  5. Doug only realized what he should have done after reading an important part of the contract, that if you tell your parents about what happened, the contact will be null and void. Dude, he should have realized that sooner and not read the contract in order to realize it.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Theda and Skeeter are still likable in this episode.
  2. The scenes of the imaginative settings are decent, like the ship and the court scene.
  3. Some funny moments in the episode, like with Judy’s overreaction to the contract being null and void.
  4. At least the ending was good as Doug realized telling the truth is always the right thing to do, so he told mom, and got free from the contract. He also got a fair and lighter punishment with being grounded for a week. Judy also got a fair punishment, by serving Doug and Porkchop for that one week after the torture she put them through.


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