All Growed Up
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All Growed Up is a special episode of Rugrats that aired on July 21, 2001 during the show's 8th season to celebrate the series' 10th anniversary, and acts as the pilot episode of its spin-off All Grown Up! Its premise was to focus on what the babies' lives would be like if they were 10 years older. It proved to be popular enough for a spinoff based on it to be made.
|"All Growed Up"|
All Grown Up! episode
Rugrats "All Growed Up" VHS Cover
|Episode no.||Season 8|
|Directed by||Louie Del Carmen|
|Written by||Kate Boutilier|
|Cinematography by||Ninky Harley|
|Original air date||July 21, 2001|
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When the babies were watching a science fiction oriented movie about a time-traveling machine, Angelica shows them her new "tapiyokie" (karaoke) machine. She forbids the babies to play with it, but, as with many of her toys, they do. Angelica is angry and chases the babies into a closet, with Angelica on the outside. Angelica starts counting to ten for them to come out, and Tommy suggests they go to "the foocher" (the future) so that they will be grown up enough for Angelica not to boss them around anymore. Angelica says multiple random numbers in incorrect order before reaching 10, so this gives the babies enough time to rig the karaoke machine into a time-travel device. At the exact moment Angelica reaches ten, Tommy pushes a button, and there is a swirling orange vortex, and the babies see themselves in the future (in their imaginations). They are now ten years older.
The group stumbles out of the closet, and teenage Angelica demands her Emica CD back (Emica is a famous popstar that all the kids like). They want the CD to learn each song in hopes that Emica will call one of them up to sing with her. At the beginning of this part of the episode, nine-year-old Dil is shown to have an unusual personality, and Angelica states that it is because Phil and Lil dropped him on his head when he was a baby. Didi is washing dishes and Spike is now too old and overweight. Stu says that he has a disco dance on the same day that the group has their concert. Stu also states that he will wear his lucky zodiac necklace, one similar to Emica's.
When the group leaves for school called Jim's Jr. High, Tommy, Dil and Angelica's grandfather and Stu and Drew's father, Lou is now a bus driver. Angelica's friend, Samantha Shane (whom Chuckie has a crush on), tells Angelica that she is going to the Emica concert. Angelica lies that despite having the same last name, she and Tommy aren't related. She also says that she is going to wear the zodiac necklace that Emica (and Stu) wears. She needs Tommy to steal his father's necklace so she will look like she told the truth to her friend. She says that if he does so, she will introduce Samantha to Chuckie. Tommy plans to ask Stu if he can borrow the necklace for the night, but quickly realizes it is easier said than done when Stu says he cannot dance without it. Tommy makes a fake necklace (a round dog biscuit wrapped in gold foil with the zodiac sign drawing) and switches it out for the real necklace. Unexpectedly, Spike eats the decoy overnight, then mistakes the real necklace for another one and takes it. Stu finds out the next morning, and Tommy takes the blame for stealing it. Upset and reluctant to do so, Stu and Didi ground Tommy, who is now going to miss the concert, much to Dil's dismay, and because of this, Angelica refuses to introduce Chuckie to Samantha. The group is sitting in their old sandbox, feeling gloomy that their friend is going to miss the concert. Stu and Didi hire Susie to babysit Tommy while they are at the dance, as she is not able to attend the Emica concert. Lil finds the necklace in the sandbox, as Spike buried it there once he discovered it was not a dog biscuit like the decoy was, and they need to return the necklace to Stu. Tommy is reluctant to do so because he is not allowed to leave the house. Dil encourages Tommy to do otherwise. Susie (who is watching the same sci-fi film as the babies did at the beginning of the episode) catches them as they leave the house, stating that she knows when they are always up to something. She then eagerly goes with the gang to return the necklace. On the way, they ride their bikes by the concert, where Angelica, who is nervously facing peer pressure from Samantha, runs towards them to get the necklace. Tommy confronts Angelica and tells her that he cannot give her the necklace because he should not have agreed to their deal and that she should've introduced Samantha to Chuckie in the first place, and urges her, to tell the truth. Wanting the necklace but ultimately feeling remorse, Angelica admits to Samantha that the necklace belonged to Tommy's dad and also reveals that she and Tommy are cousins. As a way to try to make up, she introduces Chuckie to Samantha as "Charlie Finster, the III." Samantha shares her experiences with braces to "Charlie," as he is wearing them also, and the two are smitten with each other. As one more act of kindness, Angelica gives her ticket to Susie.
They return Stu's necklace in the middle of his performance, and Stu can dance. The kids then head off to the concert, where Angelica decides to head home and let the others enjoy it. Tommy offers to give Angelica his ticket as a thanks, but as she declines, their grandfather then arrives with two tickets. One was intended for his wife, Lulu, but he gives it to Angelica because she is away on a trip. In the stadium, Emica starts to sing. She calls Tommy up to sing, but Angelica begs to be up too, and Emica agrees. After a short-lived period of getting along with singing (and flashbacks of clips from the entire gang's baby years), Angelica and Tommy start to fight over the microphone. They struggle to what seems as backstage but travel back into the closet where the episode first began (back in reality), where Angelica and the babies are fighting over the karaoke machine and end up breaking it. Angelica yells at them, saying that they have to stay away from her items for the next "bazillion" years. Tommy states he is glad that Angelica will be nicer to them in ten more years, but he spoke too soon. Angelica finds Dil's drool over her player and reaches her breaking point, and then the episode ends with Angelica chasing the babies before Chuckie asks Tommy if ten years is going to be a very long time and Angelica screams "Aunt Didi!"
DVD and VHS releasesEdit
The special alongside the other Rugrats episode, "My Fair Babies" and the spinoff's episodes, "Susie Sings the Blues" and "Coup DeVille" is on the 2003 DVD release, All Grown Up: Growing Up Changes Everything and the original 2001 VHS release, All Growed Up containing both "All Growed Up" and "My Fair Babies". The special was also included on the Nick Picks: Vol. 2 DVD, released in 2005.
The special features characters from the show and the show's spin-off.
Characters from nowEdit
Characters from the futureEdit
Scenes from the Rugrats episodesEdit
The special featured scenes from the previous Rugrats episodes.
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