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|Dexter's Laboratory episode|
|Episode no.||Season Specials
|Directed by||Rob Renzetti|
|Written by||Chong Lee
|Original air date||February 21, 1998
(World Animation Celebration)|
January 22, 2013 (online)
|Running time||7 minutes|
"Rude Removal" (also known as "Dexter's Rude Removal") is an episode of the animated television series Dexter's Laboratory. The episode was produced during the original run of Dexter's Lab, but Cartoon Network refused to let it air due to the characters swearing, even though the swear words were censored. Adult Swim acquired the episode and uploaded it on YouTube and AdultSwim.com on January 22, 2013, but it was removed shortly afterwards. After being uploaded on YouTube, it gained over 500,000 views within 24 hours.
Before its official premiere, the episode was screened during certain animation festivals. The title card for "Rude Removal" shows Dee Dee gesturing with her middle finger as well as Dexter mooning towards the audience. In the short, Dexter and Dee Dee are accidentally split into rude and polite clones of themselves. This episode is rated TV-14-L.
Dexter (voiced by Christine Cavanaugh) feels that rudeness is keeping him from being a perfect child, so he invents a "Rude Removal" machine to remove the rudeness from his sister Dee Dee (voiced by Kathryn Cressida). However, Dee Dee thinks Dexter is the one who is rude, so they start fighting. Inadvertently, the Rude Removal System is activated, and the two end up inside of the device, splitting the pair into well-behaved and rude halves. This creates two evil, rude duplicates of two, who use profanity and harbor destructive tendencies.
Mom (voiced by Kath Soucie) calls the two down for lunch, so the rude copies of Dexter and Dee Dee head down to the kitchen. Just as they reach the dining room, they start to fight over the nearest chair, with Rude Dee Dee successfully managing to shove Rude Dexter onto the floor. Meanwhile, Mom accidentally stumbles over Rude Dexter, nearly causing her to lose her balance and spill the contents on her way to the table. When Mom asks them how they're enjoying the meal, Rude Dexter replies with an insult and spits the food back at Mom, causing her to faint. Rude Dexter then starts causing up a storm by raiding the refrigerator and throwing various foods out onto the floor, as he refuses to eat what's there, until he comes across a cream pie. When Mom wakes up, she gets very angry and as Rude Dexter is about to eat the cream pie, she tells him that he can't have any dessert. Rude Dexter, however, responds by saying, "Why? You want it all to yourself!", causing her to faint again. Then, Rude Dee Dee searches in the cupboards and starts throwing boxes and cans out onto the floor, trying to find some candy. She then throws out a can and it hits Rude Dexter, who is busy stuffing his face with the cream pie, as he then shouts at her with profanity, "Hey, F*&^ing watch where you're throwing that s*^%!" Then, Rude Dee Dee fakes an apology by replying, "OK, I will!" and throws another can at Rude Dexter. Feeling angry, they then start having a food fight.
When Mom wakes up and fully regains consciousness for the second time, she is caught in a food fight between the rude clones. In the process, she begins to lose her temper and then angrily demands the two to clean up the mess they created and go to their rooms "forever". In response to the request, Rude Dexter starts to back-talk Mom with her request being used back at her, by telling her "to do what all good mothers do and clean up the mess yourself", then leaves the kitchen with Rude Dee Dee, further infuriating Mom. Rude Dexter spots Nice Dexter and Dee Dee and tells their nice counterparts that their mother wanted them, as they wanted them to answer the mess that the rude ones made. They accept the matter and ask their evil clones if they were going off, and Rude Dexter harshly replies, "Yeah! We're gonna go f*&^ up your lab!". The nice Dexter and Dee Dee do not take the threat too seriously and go on to the kitchen where Mom equips the nice Dee Dee with a mop and demands the clones to clean up the mess the rude clones made while she went out to get a bar of soap to "clean out" their filthy mouths. When the nice counterparts are about to clean, they hear the rude clones destroying the lab, which lead their nice counterparts to stop their cleaning, leave a note on the refrigerator for Mom to see and they head back to the lab before further destruction is made by their rude halves.
The normal Dexter and Dee Dee come to the lab just in time and are able to get their evil twins back to the rude removal system, where the two halves would merge back into one. The two then leave the lab as Dexter is considering he's glad that it's all over, he said no thanks to Dee Dee, which is why that she started the mess to begin with. They continue to argue who's rude from earlier as they walk out of the lab, and it carries on as they got back to Dexter's Room. When Dexter was about to finish his sentence: "For the last time, it is you that is rude you--", they see Mom standing by the door menacingly with a bar of soap in her hand, by saying: "Now to clean those filthy mouths!" as if, she's about to literally wash out her kids mouths. As Dexter and Dee Dee show a frown in front of Mom, Dexter looks into the camera and swears before the iris out.
"Rude Removal" was produced during the original run of Dexter's Laboratory, but never aired on television. It did see limited showing at certain animation festivals and conventions, including an event at the 1998 World Animation Celebration on February 21, 1998. Series creator Genndy Tartakovsky commented that "standards didn't like it." Linda Simensky, then-vice president of original programming for Cartoon Network, said "I still think it's very funny. It probably would air better late at night." Fred Seibert, president of Hanna-Barbera Cartoons from 1992 to 1996, has attested to the existence of the short. After being asked about it on his Tumblr page, Calvin Wong, storyboard artist for Regular Show, said that Cartoon Network denied that it was in their media library.
In October 2012, Tartakovsky was asked about the episode during an AMA on Reddit, and he replied "Next time I do a public appearance I'll bring it with me!". Adult Swim later asked fans on Twitter if there was still any interest in the episode, and the response was "overwhelming". The episode was finally uploaded on YouTube and AdultSwim.com on January 22, 2013, but the video was eventually set to private.
Before the episode was officially released, someone made a forum post claiming to have seen an uncensored version of the episode at the San Diego Comic-Con. However, there has been no official confirmation from the production staff that such version actually exists.
See also 
- Pierce, Scott D. (July 27, 1998). "Lost Cartoon?". Deseret News. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
- "Dexter's Lab: Dexter's Rude Removal". Adult Swim. January 22, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-22.
- Klein-Häss, Michelle (March 1998). "Thinking About the World Animation Celebration '98". Animation World Magazine (2.12). Retrieved 2013-04-22.
- Seibert, Fred (October 26, 2010). "Bad Dexter!". Frederator Blogs. Frederator Studios. Retrieved 2011-05-31.
- Wong, Calvin (August 10, 2012). "You worked at CN. You ever see the infamous Dexter's Rude Removal?". Tumblr. Retrieved 2012-08-10.
- Tartakovsky, Genndy. "I am Genndy Tartakovsky, the director of HOTEL TRANSYVLANIA. AMA.". Reddit. Retrieved 2013-01-20.
- Adult Swim (November 30, 2012). "Dexter's Lab fans: is there still interest in seeing the lost unaired episode?". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- Adult Swim (December 2, 2012). "Re: #DextersRudeRemoval". Retrieved 2013-01-21.
- "I have seen 'Dexter's Rude Removal'- Big Cartoon Forum". Big Cartoon DataBase. 2007-05-22. Retrieved 2013-03-22.