Rude Removal (Dexter's Laboratory)
Rude Removal is the second and last banned episode of Dexter's Laboratory. It was not aired on Cartoon Network due to standards not liking the episode's nature because it contains excessive use of profanity in a kids' show. At least it premiered at the World Animation Celebration in February 1998. Then was rumored to be lost for years until when Cartoon Network's adult-oriented sister channel, Adult Swim found it in 2013 and was uploaded to YouTube, Dailymotion, and AdultSwim.com. There was also an uncensored version, but the original is lost and unknown if it was made.
Dexter invents his latest invention, the Rude Removal system. He planned to remove Dee Dee's rudeness, but both ended up inside the machine, duplicating them as rude, using New York accents while turning into nice, using British accents. When their mother calls them for lunch, the rude counterparts go into the kitchen, engage in a food fight, and swore at their mother. But she had enough that she tells them to clean up their mess and get sent to their rooms forever. But when the nice counterparts enter the living room, they were blamed by their mother and saw the mess. They go back to the laboratory to stop their rude counterparts from existing. Once Dexter and Dee Dee fully return normal and went to Dexter's bedroom, they encounter their mother, having soap on her hands as she prepares to clean their unusual filthy mounts.
Why It Sucks
- The episode has a very mean-spirited concept about swearing, rude counterparts of Dexter and Dee Dee.
- Rude Dexter spits his food out on his mother's face after swearing, making her faint.
- Rude Dexter and Dee Dee engage in a food fight, damaging the kitchen.
- Rude Dexter and Dee Dee then damage Dexter's laboratory.
- Among the rude counterparts of Dexter and Dee Dee, Rude Dexter seems to be more rude than Rude Dee Dee, since he swears more often than Rude Dee Dee.
- It reinforces the stereotypes that New Yorkers are rude while British people are polite by giving Rude Dexter and Dee Dee New York accents and Nice Dexter and Dee Dee British accents.
- Hypocrisy: The word "crap", which is a mild word, was censored in this episode. But in “Dexter Dodgeball” from season one, the gym teacher says "What's this crap?", which was never edited in reruns or on home video.
- Mom is very out of character as she can't even recognize the differences between the rude and nice versions.
- Overuse of profanity in a show for kids, even when it is bleep-censored. Because of its excessive use of profanity, the bleep-censoring can get annoying at times.
- The title card was very rude and disrespectful. Dee Dee flips off even though she has four fingers, while Dexter is mooning at the viewer.
- Even worse, they look like they are their normal counterparts, which could be false advertising since the normal/nice Dexter and Dee Dee with the same design are nicer.
- Not to mention, this is a kids' show.
- Mom threatens her kids to go to their rooms forever, which is child abuse, unrealistic, and feels more like those mean-spirited grounded videos that you can find on websites, mainly YouTube and Vyond.
- Nobody apologizes to the nice, then-real Dexter and Dee Dee for their actions, who were innocent and ruined by their rude counterparts.
- There are notable animation errors (ex. Dexter's hair explodes, it looks black and spiky, it turns normal by the next scene).
- Horrible ending: Dexter and Dee Dee go back into normal, and as Mom comes in the room to clean the kids' "filthy" mouths, Dexter says "Oh sh*t", hence proving Dexter as the real rude and unlikable one. Yes, really.
- The beginning was decent as it feels like a normal Dexter’s Laboratory episode.
- Rude Dexter and Dee Dee's nice counterparts are still likable.
- This episode wasn't meant for airing. Instead, it was made for private conversations, and Adult Swim didn't exist at that time until 2001.