The Word of The Day (Rugrats)

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The Word of The Day (Rugrats)
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This episode is a little (car honk)
Part of Season: 5
Episode Number: 4a
Air Date: August 18, 1998
Writer: Vinny Montello
Steve Ochs
Director: Anthony Bell
Previous episode: Baby Maybe
Next episode: Jonathan Babysits


The Word of The Day is the first half of the 4th episode from Season 5 of Rugrats.

Plot

Angelica passed the "Word of The Day" to her classmates at "Miss Carol's Happy House", after overhearing it herself. Too bad it's a slang word Miss Carol said in a fit of rage! - Description from Klasky Csupo.

Why It Sucks

  1. Angelica is very unlikable in this episode, she sneaks away from her mom, Charlotte, while on the set to spy on Miss Carol, and doesn’t even care about her true colors, just happy to see her. And also, when that swear word was heard, Angelica says it, and tricks her parents to thinking she’ll never say it again, and also, she ended up saying it on live TV. Sheesh, I mean, Angelica is normally not a good character during the show, but that really escalated thanks to this episode.
  2. The poor parenting from Charlotte makes her slightly unlikable too, mainly at the part where she gets a call from Jonathan, and leaving Angelica unattended, and led to Angelica seeing Miss Carol’s true colors.
  3. The episode is poorly written, because they didn’t handle the topic about teaching children that saying swears is bad very well, and the censors aren’t that good to listen too, the truck honking and TV bleep sound, and especially Charlotte’s screaming.
  4. Charlotte and Drew don’t show the best parenting, as they probably should have said the bad word to teach Angelica why it was bad, but they were hesitant, which made things worse.
  5. There are annoying moments in the episode, like Charlotte’s screaming, and Angelica getting on Miss Carol’s nerves.
  6. Miss Carol is a very unlikable character, who hates children, and will say the swear word to describe what she thinks of them. Man, what a cruel woman.
  7. Even worse, Miss Carol actually returns in a future episode, albeit, only on a video tape the Pickles family had.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The episode started off good, until we got to the part where Angelica sees Miss Carol’s true colors.
  2. The animation and voice acting are still good as usual.
  3. Many of the other characters, especially the babies, are still likable.
  4. A few funny moments in the episode, like what words the baby thinks are bad, like Phil saying "bath", and later the babies telling Angelica that "dumb" is also a bad word.
  5. While this episode did a poor job of executing it, it did show that saying a swear is not a good thing, especially if a child says it, and that not all people are nice as you would want them to believe.
    • For Klasky Csupo, later in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, they had another cruel woman, Coco LaBouche, but she was executed way better than Miss Carol, as her hating children was shown the right way, and she was also really entertaining and menacing.
    • For Nickelodeon, one of their later episodes from SpongBob SquarePants, "Sailor Mouth", executed censoring bad words a lot better and made it pretty funny.
  6. The ending is at least good, as Miss Carol was fired after showing her true colors, and Angelica got a fair punishment, not being a TV star. Also, the babies went to comfort her when they see her sad. And they convinced her that calling them "dumb" makes them feel bad, so Angelica says "Alright, alright. I won’t call you dumb babies." Followed by her smiling and saying "Much."