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Rugrats
"Chuckie Gets Skunked"
Season 2, Episode 29B
Original air date: December 20, 1992
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"Chuckie Gets Skunked" is the second segment of the 29th episode of Rugrats.

Synopsis

Chas Finster and Lou and Stu Pickles are out in the Pickles backyard late one night, trying to flush out a skunk that's been living in the yard---but the three men end up running away from the skunk when they actually find it. Tommy and Chuckie were watching their dads (and Tommy's grandpa) while they were looking for the skunk, and they end up seeing it, but they don't known what it is and Tommy initially thinks it's a cat. When Lou, Stu and Chas come into the house and tell Didi about what happened, Didi doesn't get why they're so intent on catching the skunk, saying, "It's got as much of right to live here as we do." Lou insists that the skunk's "a menace." Tommy and Chuckie were listening to the adults, and they realize what a skunk really is. They go outside to try and look for the skunk so they can play with it, but Chuckie ends up getting sprayed by it.

The next day, Tommy's telling Phil and Lil about what happened to Chuckie. Just then, Chas and Chuckie come by and Didi tells Chas to put Chuckie on the living room couch. While the adults go to the kitchen, Tommy and the twins come up to Chuckie, but Tommy's repulsed by Chuckie's skunk smell---although the twins seem to like it. Chuckie sadly tells his friends that because of the skunk smell, nobody, not even himself, wants to be around him, and he doesn't know if he'll ever get "un-skunked." Meanwhile, Stu, Didi and Lou are suggesting various ways to help Chuckie get rid of his skunk smell like tomato juice, tomato paste, and good a scrubbing with soap and water but Chas said none of them worked (the tomato juice stained the tub, the tomato paste clogged up the drain, and he scrubbed Chuckie with soap and water six times, but then Chuckie's skin started to come off) and it didn't make the smell go away.

Lou suggests a method: dig a hole in the backyard and fill it with water to make mud, and use a mud-bath to help Chuckie get rid of the skunk-smell. After getting Chuckie covered in mud, the mud hardens and breaks, but the smell is still there. Stu comes up with another idea: he douses Chuckie with some of Didi's perfumes, but it doesn't really get rid of the smell (as Chas describes it, "Now he just smells like a skunk getting ready for a hot date").

Didi's parents, Boris and Minka, later come over with a pot of Russian borscht for dinner and they notice Chuckie's skunk smell. Didi and the other adults explain what happened, and Minka says there's an old Russian remedy that can help Chuckie get rid of his skunk smell. While the adults leave the kitchen, Tommy sees the borscht his Grandma Minka made, and suggests that Chuckie get in the borscht to get rid of his skunk smell. Chuckie's a little reluctant, but ultimately goes into the pot of soup, he and the others start playing in it just as Didi and her mom come back into the kitchen and see what the kids are doing.

As the adults get the kids out of the borscht, Chas notices that Chuckie doesn't smell like a skunk, realizing that the borscht is what finally got rid of Chuckie's skunk smell. Stu and Chas decide to go get some pizzas for dinner and Lou and Boris go clean up the kids---but before doing so, Lou tries a spoonful of Minka's borscht and thinks that it actually tastes better.

Outside, Stu and Chas are glad to have finally gotten rid of Chuckie's skunk smell---but then they run into the skunk that had sprayed Chuckie at the beginning of the episode. Stu and Chas go, "Uh oh," and then they both scream---presumably because the skunk sprayed them!

Trivia

  • One of the perfumes that Stu used to try and get rid of Chuckie's skunk smell was called Eau de Joie---presumably a French perfume. According to Didi, that particular perfume is $150 per fluid ounce. The average bottle of perfume is usually only about two or three fluid ounces, so that would make the average bottle of Eau de Joie perfume cost about $300 to $450 a bottle.
  • Didi reveals that Boris came from a very well-to-do family back in Russia.
  • When Didi told Stu and Chas that her parents were bringing over a pot of borscht for dinner, Lou said "I just love that cold beet soup", revealing that he likes borscht.

Home video releases

DVD
  • Rugrats: Season 2

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