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Season 2 Episode 13b
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What the Big People Do
Original Airdate November 29, 1992
DVD release The Best of Season 2
Season 2
Complete Series
Previous Episode A Visit From Lipschitz
Next Episode The Santa Experience


"What the Big People Do" is the second segment of the thirteenth episode of season 2, and the fifty-first Rugrats segment overall.

Characters Present


The Rugrats imagine the trials and tribulations of an adult from a baby's perspective. In their world, you get "Reptar On Ice" tickets for going over the speed limit, boxes upon boxes of Reptar Cereal are kept everywhere (including inside the refrigerator and the stove), coffee is mud, and work involves pushing paper, literally, with a broom.

- Description from Klasky Csupo


Tommy and Chuckie are tired of being babies! It seems that everything they want to do they can't because they're too little. Angelica manages to get Tommy and Chuckie in trouble with Didi for playing with her lipstick. Tommy says it'll be great when they're grown-ups and can do anything and everything they want. Chuckie asks what they'll do and it dissolves into a fantasy in which Tommy and Chuckie are grown-ups (though still with their baby heads and voices).

Tommy explains that they'll be able to eat whatever they want for breakfast, and every meal for that matter. For Tommy, this means every cabinet in the kitchen is stuffed with dozens of boxes of Reptar cereal. The two of them eagerly gobble down bowls of Reptar cereal before heading off for work.

On the way to work, Tommy drives not only extremely fast, but also very recklessly as well. Chuckie warns Tommy they're going to get a ticket if he doesn't stop, but Tommy says he wants to get a ticket because it's a good thing. Moments later they're pulled over by a motorcycle cop (who looks a sounds like Angelica), who tells Tommy he was going a billion miles and hour and just earned himself a ticket. The cop hands Tommy the ticket, who happily exclaims it's for Reptar on Ice.

They arrive at the office building they'll work in. It's filled with hundreds of other adult-babies who run around literally pushing papers around with giant brooms all day. Tommy and Chuckie happily play until a voice over the intercom says the boss wants to see them right away.

Tommy and Chuckie nervously take the elevator up to the top floor and make their way down the hall to the boss's office (which is populated by giant portraits of evil-looking people). When they reach the office, it's revealed that Angelica, who is much bigger than they are, is the boss! Angelica tells them that they're not big, just big babies, and they're fired.

At her words the office erupts in flames and Tommy and Chuckie flee the office and run back to the elevator. The portraits come to life and try to stop the babies, but they make it to the elevator and down back to the now empty lobby. But it turns out the doors are locked, and Angelica and her robot minions are going to catch them....

At that moment, Tommy and Chuckie sit up horrified. Obviously, they've been daydreaming in the playpen the entire time. Tommy and Chuckie agree that being grown-up isn't so great after all and they'll happily stay as babies for now. Angelica comes up and says "Oh boys. It's time to play HOUSE!!!!", and laughs maniacally as Tommy and Chuckie shake in fear. The episode then ends abruptly. What Angelica does to Tommy and Chuckie is unknown.


  • This is the first episode (out of two episodes) that show the Rugrats older than they are.
  • Didi is the only parent to appear in this episode.
  • Unlike most episodes of the following seasons, this episode has a darker tone considering that the dream ends in a nightmare and the end of the episode shows an evil Angelica saying to Tommy and Chuckie "Oh, boooyyys...time to play HOUSE!" followed by her laughing evilly.
  • During the dream, in the hall leading towards boss Angelica's office, there's a portrait of the devil.
  • Angelica seems to have two roles in the grown-up fantasy. In addition to the giant boss Angelica, there's a motorcycle cop that resembles Angelica in voice and appearance as well.
  • The scene where the portraits come to life and try to stop the babies is a reference to Super Castlevania IV.
  • Tommy is the only one who wears his dad's suit, while the others wear different clothing.
  • In the imagination, the robots that chase Adult Tommy and Adult Chuckie has the Wicked Witch of the West's guard chant from The Wizard of Oz.
  • Interestingly, Charlotte's casual outfit and occupation must've been inspired by Boss Angelica in the imagination since Charlotte's first appearance is an episode after this episode. Here are the following comparisons between them.
    • Boss Angelica has a large dark pink bow on her business outfit; Charlotte has a red neck tie instead.
    • Boss Angelica has buttons on her business suit; Charlotte does not have this feature.
    • Boss Angelica and her occupation is stricter.
    • Boss Angelica has different tone colors on each piece of her business suit (the top has a darker tone of pink, while the bottom has a brighter tone of the same color); Charlotte has the same color instead.
  • The last time this episode (along with "A Visit From Lipschitz") aired on Nicktoons is April 11, 2020.
  • Moral: Enjoy your childhood.

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