|Season 1 Episode 12b|
|Original Airdate||April 12, 1992|
|VHS release||Return of Reptar|
|DVD release||Season 1|
|Previous Episode||Fluffy vs. Spike|
|Next Episode||Graham Canyon|
The Rugrats hear that Reptar is supposed to be appearing in person at the Sleazola Bros. Fair, so they go looking for him there. But Reptar turns out to be more than just a mean green monster... He's a guy named Leo who loves to eat cereal.
- - Description from Klasky Csupo.
Didi, Stu, and Grandpa Lou have taken Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, and Angelica to a carnival for the first time. Everybody is awed by the sights and sounds, but all is not well. The owner of the carnival is threatening a man in a Reptar suit because apparently he's been caught eating the miniature boxes of Reptar Cereal he's supposed to be handing out. If it happens again, he's fired!
Angelica sees a ride called the Nause-O-Whirl and demands to ride it. Didi tries to convince Angelica to go on a gentler (and more age appropriate) ride called Snail Adventure (where the kids look thoroughly bored). Angelica screams she wants to go on the Nause-O-Whirl, and Grandpa Lou lets her, because that's what rides are supposed to be about. The ride turns out to be much more intense and frightening than Angelica imagined (despite it's name, however, Angelica doesn't throw up).
After Angelica gets off, Stu spots a corny Tunnel of Love style ride and wants to go on it with Didi. Didi reluctantly agrees, and Grandpa Lou is left to watch the kids. Grandpa Lou takes them to a very slow ride called Sleepy Lagoon. Lou bribes the ride operator into letting them go around as many times as he wants. As soon as the ride gets started, he falls asleep.
The babies are very bored (as bored as the kids on Snail Adventure), so when they see the Reptar man again, they get off and approach. Angelica gets a free sample of Reptar Cereal from him, and demands more. The man refuses and tries to explain that the rest is for all the other kids, but Angelica doesn't care. She steals all the boxes she has and flees, with "Reptar" chasing after her.
Angelica goes through a door marked "Positively No Admittance" followed closely by the man in the Reptar suit. Now they're in the employee only area of the Tunnel of Love. The man tries to retake the boxes, but when cornered Angelica tosses them into the water and flees. Didi and Stu have been enjoying themselves on the ride, and just as they're about to kiss they see "Reptar" in the water and are shocked.
Back outside, the group runs back to Sleepy Lagoon and get back on the boat before Grandpa Lou wakes up. They disembark shortly afterwards and are joined by Didi and Stu. The Reptar Man tries to explain to his boss that Angelica stole all the cereal and tossed it in the water, but he's fired anyways. This infuriates "Reptar", causing him to go on a rampage through the carnival. The entire group witnesses "Reptar" being cornered by many employees as he attacks a model Empire State Building at the carnival's miniature golf course. Didi has come to a decision that the carnival is not an ideal place for kids.
- It is shown that Didi has a strong fear of clowns.
- This is one of the few episodes to show Angelica wearing a diaper.
- This episode appeared on the Return of Reptar VHS.
- Leo returns to play Reptar in Reptar on Ice, however, his voice and design is different.
- In this episode, it's Didi who's scared of clowns, rather than Chuckie; please note that he's smiling while the clown came up and startled Didi.
- This is the fourth time we see Tommy wearing shoes.
- This is one of the few episodes to show romantic moments between couples, including Stu and Didi during their ride on a swan boat.
- Curiously, Chuckie doesn't appear to be afraid of clowns in this episode, even though he is in all the others. (Explanation: Studies have suggested that phobias are caused by seeing someone else react with fear to the same thing. Therefore Didi gave Chuckie his fear of clowns).
- Reptar is orange instead of green in this episode. This could be a color/animation error.