Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing
|"Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing"|
|Directed by||Peter Chung|
|Written by||Ben Herndon|
|Original air date||1990|
August 7, 2001 (on VHS & DVD)
Tommy Pickles and The Great White Thing is a 6 1/2 minute unaired pilot for the popular animated series Rugrats. The production for this episode began around 1989 and ended in 1990. Nickelodeon had the choice of airing this or "Tommy's First Birthday", but ultimately chose the latter.
The role of Tommy in this pilot was voiced by Tami Holbrook; she would be replaced by E.G. Daily after Rugrats was picked up as a series.
Apart from exhibitions at animation festivals and conventions, this episode was never seen by the public until August 2001, when it appeared on Volume 1 of the Rugrats: A Decade in Diapers VHS and DVD, which was released as part of the 10th anniversary of Rugrats on Nickelodeon.
An infant named Tommy Pickles sneaks into the bathroom, and is intrigued by the toilet, which he calls "The Great White Thing". Before he gets very close to it, however, his grandad picks him up and carries him to the playpen. There, Tommy tells Phil and Lil that he'll be going back. Meanwhile, Stu and Didi, Tommy's parents, are having a couple of friends over for dinner. Later, Stu and Didi put Tommy to bed in his crib, only for Tommy to escape using what would become the old "screwdriver as crib opener" trick.
Tommy proceeds to the bathroom, where he makes a big mess, especially when it comes to toilet paper and the toilet plunger. Tommy leaves the bathroom, and enters the living room on Spike's back, with the plunger in hand. After they get by Grandpa's side, Grandpa gets up to use the toilet during a chicken commercial on television, only to find out that the bathroom is in shambles.
Grandpa calls Stu and Didi to the bathroom, and the three begin to panic. While this is going on, Tommy picks up the remote and changes the channel to a rock and roll video. He and Spike begin to dance along to the beat over the ensuing argument between the three adults.
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