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Season 5 Episode 8b
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Angelica for a Day
Original Airdate August 17, 1998
DVD release Season 5
Nickelodeon Rewind, Vol. 4
Complete Series
Previous Episode The Wild Wild West
Next Episode Fugitive Tommy

"Angelica for a Day" is a Season 5 episode of Rugrats.

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Chuckie switches shoes with Angelica and takes her on personality. Meanwhile, when Angelica puts on Chuckie's shoes, she takes on his. - Description from Klasky Csupo


It starts at the park, where Tommy and Chuckie are building a sandcastle, Angelica is playing with Cynthia's dollhouse in the sand, and a moody little girl complains to her father that she wants ice cream and she wants it now. Drew remarks that he would not want to be in the man's shoes. Tommy asks Angelica why her daddy doesn't like the other guy's shoes and she claims that when you put another persons' shoes on, you become just like them. She claims that Drew doesn't want to be like the "mean" daddy who won't give his daughter ice cream. A jogger runs past and Tommy says that if he put on the jogger's shoes, he would want to run all over the place. Chuckie sees an elderly woman feeding the pigeons and comments that if he put on her shoes he would want all his friends to be birds.

Then Angelica gloats that she will play on the "best" part of the park; a hill she calls "Big Kid Mountain" as only three year olds and up can play there. Timmy and Kim (from "The Word Of The Day") and a few other kids are running, skipping and rolling on the hill. Tommy wants to play there, too, but Chuckie does not as Angelica said they were too little, but Tommy points out that she is an unreliable scource of information as she had told them they would float to the moon unless they put sand in their pockets, which was not true. Chuckie takes the sand out of his pockets and follows Tommy. Tommy is eager, but not Chuckie, he is scared of the hill and wants to make mud houses instead.

He wants to put off climbing the "mountain" for the next day or never. Angelica says that if Chuckie was braver, Tommy would have a "funner" time. Tommy now wants to make very good mud houses with mud, sticks and grass. Chuckie starts to get grass, but a duo of older, intimidating-seeming boys (who both look about three) asks what he's doing. Chuckie explains what he is doing, but the older kid and his friend claim that they own the grass, so Chuckie has to leave. Chuckie nervously apologizes to "Mr. Big Kid" and "Sir" as he calls them, puts the grass back and backs away. Tommy asks if something is wrong and Chuckie replies no, he was just walking away as the grass belonged to the other two children. Tommy claims the grass belongs to everybody, and Chuckie says "Sort of but it belongs more to them than to you and me."

Tommy says Chuckie can't be scared all the time. Stu then puts the kids into their pushchairs for a nap and Drew dismisses Angelica to the sandbox. Chuckie apologizes for being so scared and falls asleep, while Tommy ponders Angelica's shoes and what she'd said about shoes. He then falls asleep and starts to dream. In the dream, Stu wakes him up, taking him out of his chair, and Tommy declares to Dream-Chuckie that they will climb Big Kid Mountain. Dream-Chuckie says no, but Tommy thinks he should be brave and wear Angelica's shoes to be like her, do he puts the shoes on Chuckie, who claims she will get exremely mad at them, but Tommy says that being like Angelica makes him not scared of her. Once the shoes are on, Tommy asks if he feels mean, but Chuckie says he does not. Tommy thinks he should tie the laces, but Chuckie angrily says that he doesn't know who will tie them, as babies cannot tie shoes. Tommy thinks that this anger is Angelica-like. So they agree to play on Big Kid Mountain. They climb the hill. However Chuckie is a bit grumpy and accuses Tommy of being a scaredy baby and that it was no big deal climbing a mountain. Angelica (that is Dream Angelica) climbs the hill with Chuckie's shoes in a bad mood and wanting her shoes back. Angry, Chuckie bullies Angelica, claiming the shoes as his own. Angelica chases Chuckie to step on a thistle and put his shoes on. Then she becomes friendlier, but also a bit nervy. She then invites Tommy to play peek-a-boo. This makes him ask her if she is feeling funny. Angelica replies no, but thank you for asking. Tommy wants to find the right shoes, but Angelica says that she's lonely, so they both go to find Chuckie. Chuckie, meanwhile, threatens the sand box kids that a sandworm may eat them if they play there, then exhibits dominance over the box. Tommy says that what his friend did was mean, but Chuckie wants him to go away. Tommy wants the shoes back, but Chuckie refuses. Angelica exhibits fear about the sandworms. Meanwhile Chuckie has made himself king of Big Kid Mountain and demands cookies. Tommy is playing in the mud and invites Chuckie in, knowing that you can take off your shoes in the mud, saying that some people are too scared to play in the mud. Chuckie starts to take Angelica's shoes off but the two boys from before show up, causing Angelica to freak out. The kids want Chuckie to get off their grass. He puts mud on them. The boy in the cap cries. Chuckie refuses to take the shoes off, but he runs and falls over, knocking the shoes off.

Then Tommy falls into the mud, waking up. He tells Chuckie about the bad dream. Angelica yells at Tommy for standing on Cynthia's house and Tommy hugs her.


  • Most people class "big kids" at around eight to twelve, but these kids classified "big kids" as being three or older. This is justified in that Angelica is the oldest Rugrat (except maybe for Susie) and thinks of herself as more "grown up" than them.
  • It is unknown if "Big Kid Mountain" is an official name or if Angelica named it.
  • This episode is based off "Dead Man's Shoes" from The Twilight Zone.
  • Moral: Be careful what you wish for; it might come true.

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