|Season 3 Episode 20b|
|Original Airdate||March 6, 1994|
|DVD release||Season 3|
|Previous Episode||The Alien|
|Next Episode||Angelica's Worst Nightmare|
After having a nightmare about being attacked by germs, Chuckie becomes deathly afraid of them. Will the other Rugrats pull him to his senses when he begins making them take extra precautions to avoid germs of any kind? - Description from Klasky Csupo
Chuckie is happily playing in the garbage when Chas sees him and panics. He gives Chuckie a bath, and using his puppets, Mr. Soap and Mr. Water, he warns Chuckie about germs. Chuckie does not listen and plays under his bed (which is incredibly dusty). Chas again sees him and gives him another bath, telling him that germs can get in his body and make him sick. Chuckie still does not seem to be phased and plays outside in a mud puddle. Chas once again catches him and gives him a third bath telling him that germs can be on anything, even him.
Chuckie is now scared. At night he dreams that he goes into the kitchen and jumps into the garbage. All a sudden several small yellow creatures appear. The "germs" attack Chuckie, causing him to run into his room and hide under the covers. He looks up only for germs to come from everywhere including the original ones. They carry Chuckie off and send him falling towards the ground causing him to wake up. He is now terrified of germs.
The next day at Tommy's house, Chuckie tells the others about germs and how bad they are. However, they find it neat instead of scary. Chuckie does not want to play in the sandbox, with the ball, or with Reptar since they all could have germs. Tommy, Phil, and Lil decide to go play in the garbage, but Chuckie panics and tells him that that is the worst place for germs. He makes them promise that they will not go near the garbage. They agree, but after going near it, they end up playing in it despite Chuckie's warnings.
Chuckie sees them and is horrified that they have "germed" themselves. He refuses to go near them and runs off. He wishes that there was a way to play with the others and not get "germed". He then gets an idea and going to the garage he makes his self a germ suit composed of boots, gloves, and a greenhouse mask.
He tells the others that he can play with them now, but he still wants to be careful such as dumping out the sand in the sandbox that he thinks is too dirty, and spraying puzzle pieces with water (ruining them in the process). Tommy suggests a game of follow the leader and Chuckie agrees since it is safe and clean. While following the others, Chuckie gets stuck in some bushes. He refuses to take off his germ suit and says he will just have to be stuck forever.
The others want to help Chuckie but do not know how. Tommy gets an idea and explains it to Phil and Lil. Phil and Lil rush to Chuckie and tell him that Tommy was near the garbage and the germs got him. Panicking Chuckie bursts out of his germ suit and rushes to Tommy. Tommy appears to be drowning in the garbage and yells out that the germs have him. Chuckie rushes in and pulls Tommy out.
Tommy begins to laugh and reveals that it was just an act to get Chuckie out of the bush. Chuckie is horrified, but Tommy tells him that he went in the garbage and nothing bad happened. Seeing that he is right and since he does not want to spend the rest of his life doing nothing, Chuckie decides that he will just play like he did before and just keep an eye out for the germs. The babies begin to play in the garbage when Didi and Chas catch them and give all four of them a bath. Chuckie tells Tommy "and you said nothing bad was going to happen" just before Chas scrubs them with his puppets.
- Chuckie's underpants are shown, which are colored yellow in this episode.
- Apparently, the Pickles' house has a shed attached to the back of the house in this episode. However, it's never seen in later episodes.
- When Lil was trying to put the wet puzzle piece in the puzzle, the puzzle shape looked different, but it dried out quickly and fit.
- This is the last episode where Doria Biddle was credited as a production coordinator.
- In this episode; Chas and Chuckie are both germophobic. Germaphobia is a fear of germs and unsanitary areas and items.
- This episode is similar to “Sid and Germs” from Hey Arnold!.
- Moral: Don't have germaphobia. Personal hygiene is important no matter what. Wash your hands before you cook and after you use the toilet.