Season 3 Episode 8b
Sour Pickles
Original Airdate November 14, 1993
DVD release Season 3
Previous Episode The Last Babysitter
Next Episode Reptar 2010

Sour Pickles is an episode of Rugrats from Season 3.

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When Stu and Drew begin bickering , Grandpa Lou reflects back on their childhood in the 50's, when they were "Rugrats" themselves.

- Description from Klasky Csupo


After Angelica and Tommy quarrel over a kaleidoscope, Grandpa Lou recalls a turning point in the childhoods of Drew and Stu while Stu and Drew are on a feud.


Angelica is looking through a kaleidoscope Drew had recently bought her. Tommy wants to look through it, too, but Angelica taunts him, claiming that they're not for babies.

Their fathers, meanwhile, are arguing about the kaleidoscope. Stu feels insulted because he makes kaleidoscopes, while Drew insists the one he purchased is better than one Stu could make. Didi tries to get them to stop, but Grandpa Lou manages to do so, at least temporarily. When Grandpa Lou reveals they've been fighting since they were babies, Angelica wants to hear more. Grandpa Lou starts to tell everyone the story when Stu was Tommy's age, and the episode goes into a black and white flashback to 1959.

In 1959, Lou owns a repair shop called Lou Pickles' Magic Wrench that the family lives above. His wife Trixie is out of town, so Lou is cooking breakfast (though not very well). Elsewhere in the house one year old Stu and two or three year old Drew are playing in a playpen. When Drew can't open his toy cash register, Stu opens it and says his rocket ship is a better toy. They start to argue, but stop because their favorite TV show is on: Blocky & Oxwinkle.

The brothers watch peacefully. The segment ends and the next one is advertised to begin in a half hour. Stu exclaims "that's almost forever!" but Drew says they can play Haggle. Drew tries to bully Stu into playing, but Stu refuses and they begin to fight again. After Stu kicks Drew's cash register, Drew throws Stu's rocket and breaks a vase.

Back in the present, Stu and Drew are arguing over whose fault it was the vase broke, but Grandpa Lou breaks up the fight. Angelica, however, is more interested in their lack of a color TV. Grandpa Lou says they didn't have remote controls back then either. Didi asks what happened next. Grandpa Lou explains that he was furious, of course, and punished them. Angelica comes up with several outrageous punishments, but Grandpa Lou says what he did was much worse than any of the things she guessed.

Back in 1959 Lou's punishment is to not let the brothers watch (the rest of) the next segment of Blocky and Oxwinkle, causing Stu and Drew to cry, but Lou doesn't care how much they cry; he still refuses to change his mind. Lou says if they're good for the rest of the day, he'll let them stay up to watch The Lawrence Welk Show, but of course it doesn't help. Lou carries the boys downstairs to the playpen in the shop, and then opens up for the day.

Stu and Drew blame each other for the punishment, but Stu says they'll be able to watch Blocky and Oxwinkle and not their mom, dad, or even the President will be able to stop them. Drew says he isn't with Stu, but will go along anyways. The brothers break out of the playpen and head back upstairs while Lou deals with the first customer of the day, and his electronic cash register.

Upstairs, Stu and Drew head over to the TV, which not only doubles as a radio, but as a record player too. They have trouble with the device and first activate the record player, and then the radio. Finally they get the TV portion on, but just as their show starts, the device breaks! Stu says they have to use on the TV's in Lou's shop and rush back downstairs.

Lou is still dealing with his customer. Just as he's taken the cash register to the back, the customer returns, explaining that his car won't start. Lou says he's not a mechanic, but agrees to take a look at it anyways.

Meanwhile, Drew is trying to stand on a vacuum in order to reach one of the TV's. He accidentally turns it on and goes zooming all over the place, knocking broken appliances everywhere. Drew crashes into a jukebox, which briefly activates before short-circuiting. Stu however, has an idea, and the two push a small trampoline over to the shelves where the TV's are. Stu is under the impression Drew will do this, too, but Drew forces Stu to do it.

Stu starts to jump and turn on the TV's. The first TV is airing an episode of The Dimstones. Stu turns on a second TV, this one airing an episode of The Stetsons. Stu tries the third and final TV within reach, which is airing Blocky and Oxwinkle, but the screen is distorted because Lou hasn't fixed it yet. Stu whacks the TV, and the picture clears!

Outside, Lou watches the car be towed away after failing to fix it. He heads back inside and finds the store a wreck, and Stu and Drew jumping on the trampoline to watch their show. Lou starts to yell at them, but then is surprised when he notices they fixed the TV. At the show's dramatic cliffhanger, Lou touches the antenna and sends the TV screen into static.

Back in the present, Angelica is surprised that Grandpa Lou didn't punish them. Grandpa Lou explains he didn't have the heart to, especially since they were getting along like he wished. Angelica asks Drew if she can have a trampoline. Drew says yes, they'll go to the toy store later to buy one. Stu offers to make one for them, but Drew insists he wants to buy one. The two begin to argue again, but stop when they hear something: the end of the Blocky and Oxwinkle they never got to watch, and it is in color! The two brothers start to laugh together, and Angelica decides to share her kaleidoscope with Tommy, who is delighted at the colorful changing patterns.


The transcript for this episode can be found here


  • Blocky and Oxwinkle is a parody of Rocky and Bullwinkle, whereas The Dimstones is a parody of The Flintstones and The Stetsons is a parody of The Jetsons.
    • On a side note, The Flintstones and The Jetsons didn't air in 1959; they started airing in 1960 and 1962 respectively.
  • During the second part of the flashback, Young Lou mentions The Lawrence Welk Show (presented by big band leader Lawrence Welk) and Peyton Place (starring Ryan O'Neal and Mia Farrow). The Welk Show aired on July 2,1955 while Peyton Place didn't air until September 15, 1964.


  • Even though Blocky and Oxwinkle parodies Rocky and Bullwinkle (called Rocky & His Friends in 1959), it only parodies the Rocky and Bullwinkle segments and not any of the other shorts that were part of the show. 
  • In this episode, Blocky and Sveltana the Spy are voiced by June Foray, who voiced Rocky and Natasha Fatale in Rocky and Bullwinkle.
  • The flashback took place between 1958-1961 since Dwight D. Eisenhower is mentioned as President of the United States.
  • Lou also mentions his wife working for Estes Kefauver, Democratic Senator from Tennessee and vice presidential candidate in 1956.
  • In the flashback, Stu looked and acted (and sounded) like Tommy (but with more hair) and Drew acted like Angelica, but with Chuckie's front teeth. Also, Stu was Tommy's age and Drew was Chuckie and Angelica's age.
  • As a baby, Stu had the voice of Tommy and Drew is similar to Chuckie and Angelica.
  • The end music is the magic wrench jingle.
  • When playing "haggle," Drew stated "Here's twenty," though you can clearly see that the bill he handed Stu was actually a hundred dollar bill. However, this is likely not an error on the animators' part and simply showcasing Drew's young age/lack of knowledge of numbers.


(Blocky unkowingly returns a bomb to Uri and Svetana.)

Blocky: "Hey, mister, you left your clock here in the middle of the street! Good thing we convieniently showed up to return it to you before someone runs over it."

(Lou, fed up with Stu and Drew misbehaving, decides to punish them.)

Lou: "No more Blocky and Oxwinkle!"

Baby Stu: "It's our right as babies to watch cartoons, and that's what we're gonna do! And nobody, not our Mom, not our Dad, not even President Weisenheimer is gonna stop us! Are you with me?"
Baby Drew: "No, but whatever it is, I'll do it anyway."

Uri: "Cursed kalamuzzov! I have feeling our evil plan is going to fail again, just like in the other 397 episodes!"

Magic Wrench Jingle Lyrics:
Lou can fix most anything
If your toaster's broke or your phone won't ring
Stu and Drew are breakin' toys
Smashin' walls and makin' noise
Someone call the cops!
Yes, they're fightin'
They're always fightin', it's so sad
A couple of crazy babies
Torturin' their dad
Oh, they're fightin'
It'll drive you mad!
Oh yeah....


The gallery for the episode can be found here

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