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|Season 7 Episode 4|
|Original Airdate||January 15, 2001|
18 January 2001 (US)
|VHS release||Decade in Diapers: Volume 2|
|DVD release|| Decade in Diapers (DVD)|
|Previous Episode||Cuddle Bunny|
|Next Episode||Bad Shoes|
Finsterella is a Season 7 episode of Rugrats.
- Pickles Family:
- Finster Family:
- DeVille Family:
- Susie Carmichael (cameo).
- Taffy (cameo).
This episode picks up where Rugrats in Paris: The Movie has left off---with the entire gang now back in the good old US of A, with Chas a newly-married man, and, most importantly, Chuckie gaining a new mother and sister that he loves.
But if you think that the Watanabe-Finsters are going to be in a total state of bliss from now on, think again---as long as there's Angelica, there can't be total bliss. And who else but Angelica would put a damper on Chuckie's happiness?
While Kira studies for a fairy tale play (which involves Cinderella), Angelica tries to trick Chuckie into thinking that he'll be living the same life as Cinderella -- virtually being a slave to Angelica and Kimi, while everyone else gets ready for a party that will celebrate the newlywed couple's adoption of each other's child, a few weeks after their marriage.
When Chas reads "Cinderella" to the babies, Chuckie gets scared by the fact that he also has a "step-sister" and "step-mother". He begins to see other parallels in his own life to those in the story. When the Rugrats say they're going to a party and Chuckie isn't invited, it's only a matter of time before his "fairly bob-brother" shows up and Chuckie imagines himself in the fairy tale. - Description from Klasky Csupo.
- In production order, this is the seventh episode produced for Rugrats' seventh season. But chronologically, this is meant to be the first episode set after the events of Rugrats in Paris, and was the first episode to air in the United States after the film's release, making it the first television appearance of Kimi, Kira & Fifi, and the first episode to have the new intro, for US viewers. Additionally, since this is the first post-Paris episode chronologically, this is also why the treehouse that was built in "Angelicon" (which precedes this episode in production order) is nowhere to be seen here.
- This episode also introduces a new topic -- adoption; however, it's done with a little twist -- Chas and his new wife, Kira, formally adopt each other's children (Chas legally adopts Kimi as his daughter and Kira legally adopts Chuckie as her son). First of all, when a TV program deals with adoption, it's usually where a married couple adopt a child that needed both parents.
- Since Kira adopted Chuckie as her son, that would make her Chuckie's mother and not just his stepmother.
- It's the same way in Chas's case with Kimi---by adopting Kimi as his daughter, that makes him Kimi's father and not just her stepfather.
- Note that Chuckie's room is back to where it was before the change in Chuckie's Bachelor Pad, with the rainbow and the sun painted on the walls.
- Also note that in the house, everyone is wearing only socks on their feet -- this is due to Japanese custom that everyone takes off their shoes when they enter a house. The only ones in the house not seen with socks only were Tommy (who's always barefoot) and Angelica (who left her shoes on).
- Also, beginning in this episode, Chuckie starts to talk to the grownups, but can only say one word -- "no".
- When Kira is reading her script for the play, note that she's turning the pages from left to right; this is how the Japanese read their books, magazines and newspapers -- their publications are designed to be turned from left to right. However, unless you're watching the Japanese, Chinese, Hebrew or Arabic version of this episode, this action is an error, as the play is in English (or French, or Spanish, or Italian, etc.), and the publications usually have pages that turn from right to left.
- This is the first of two episodes when Kimi gets her diaper changed the second being Daddy's Little Helpers.
Chuckie: Now I know just how Cinderella feels!
Chuckie: I'm crying Fairly Bobfather!