Season 4 Episode 7a
The Carwash
Original Airdate September 13, 1997
DVD release Season 4
Previous Episode The 'Lympics
Next Episode Heat Wave
The Carwash is a Season 4 episode of Rugrats.

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It's around lunchtime, and Chas returns from the new automated car wash, proud of his clean car. Stu is washing his car the old fashioned way, which he prefers.

Chuckie tells his friends about the car wash. Chuckie is, naturally, terrified of it, and was glad his dad "rescued" him from having to be in the car while it went through. Phil and Lil, however, disagree. They say their mom allowed them to stay in their car, and it was a lot of fun! Tommy wants to experience the car wash now, too. When Angelica antagonizes them, they accidentally get Stu and Chas's cars clean cars dirty. Chas decides to return to the car wash for it to be clean, despite being there less than an hour ago. Because Stu doesn't want to spend the entire day washing his car, he accompanies Chas and brings the children along as well.

While Stu and Chas pay, the kids are still in Chas's car. Chuckie is still horrified by the car wash, while the others want to experience it. Angelica wants it to be a big kid experience only, but because Chas hasn't returned, they're all going to go through the car wash!

Chas has been arguing with one of the car wash employees, because he had been there that morning, and thus feels entitled to a discount. Suddenly Chas realizes he never took the kids out of the car, panics, and overreacts. He hijacks another man's car in the line so he can rescue the babies.

In the car wash, Tommy, Phil, and Lil love the experience, which disappoints Angelica because she had tried to scare them. Nobody notices Chas exit the other man's car inside the car wash, causing Chas to experience the car wash a bit too personally! Angelica, in an attempt to really frighten the babies, opens the moon roof just before the top of the car is to be washed. Chaz is horrified, but he can do nothing. Tommy starts yodel cry with the babies.

Finally, Chas manages to exit the car wash (getting sprayed by wax in the process). His car has exited ahead of him. When one of the doors is opened, water and soap bubbles flow out from within. Chuckie has decided the car wash isn't scary after all, and had a lot of fun with his friends. Stu has changed his mind about the car wash as well, and informs Chas he plans to take his car there every weekend from now on.


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