List of Dinosaurs episodes

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This is a list of episodes for the television program Dinosaurs. The episodes were originally aired out of production order.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 5 April 26, 1991 (1991-04-26) May 24, 1991 (1991-05-24)
2 24 September 18, 1991 (1991-09-18) May 6, 1992 (1992-05-06)
3 22 September 18, 1992 (1992-09-18) July 2, 1993 (1993-07-02)
4 7 June 1, 1994 (1994-06-01) July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20)
Lost 7 September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19)


Season 1 (1991)[edit]

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1 1 "The Mighty Megalosaurus" William Dear Michael Jacobs & Bob Young April 26, 1991 (1991-04-26) D301
Earl tells Baby the events surrounding his birth. Fran has one wish in life: a new set of pots and pans with mesh screens for lids – the better to keep dinner in the pot! Earl realizes that he can't afford to buy the simplest of pleasures for his family, which leads him to ask boss Richfield for a raise, with disastrous results. A chance meeting with the escaped "dinner" saves the day (and job) when dinner reappears as Earl's new supervisor at WESAYSO Development Corp.
2 2 "The Mating Dance" Reza Badiyi Michael Jacobs & Bob Young May 3, 1991 (1991-05-03) D302
Earl shoulders household duties for a weekend, sending exhausted Fran to her mother's for a little rest and relaxation. When she returns to a frazzled Earl, singed baby and demolished household, Earl discovers that Fran's unhappiness doesn't stem from the kids—it's him! At Roy's suggestion, Earl takes a refresher course in the Mating Dance, attempting to once again woo and win his wife.
3 3 "Hurling Day" Tom Trbovich Rob Ulin May 10, 1991 (1991-05-10) D303
Earl is excited to throw Ethyl into the tar pits on her 72nd birthday, an old dinosaur tradition. Ethyl mentions that the tradition was started by an old dinosaur named Bob La Brea, which is also the name of the school Robbie and Charlene attend: Bob La Brea High School. The tradition specifies that men have the honor (and pleasure) of throwing their mother-in-law off a cliff. The day before the hurling, though, Robbie decides that it is the tradition and not his grandmother that should be hurled. The real La Brea Tar Pits are located in Los Angeles, California, but no dinosaurs have actually been found there.
4 4 "High Noon" Tom Trbovich Victor Fresco May 17, 1991 (1991-05-17) D305
Earl is challenged to fight to the death by Gary, a 50' Dilophosaurus who took a fancy to Fran in the frozen food section of the supermarket. Earl must decide whether or not to fight for what belongs to him, or to follow the law of the jungle and run like nuts.
5 5 "The Howling" Jay Dubin Rob Ulin May 24, 1991 (1991-05-24) D306
When male dinosaurs turn 15, they go through a rite-of-passage known as "The Howling", during which the youngsters join the adults on top of the mountain to howl at the new moon. Robbie doesn't see the point, and rebels. This sets off a chain of events, including the dissolution of Earl and Roy's friendship, which causes Robbie to understand that rituals that get dismissed as superstition are actually designed to protect the tribe. Robbie gains a new appreciation for being a dinosaur.

Season 2 (1991–92)[edit]

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6 1 "The Golden Child" Tom Trbovich Dava Savel September 18, 1991 (1991-09-18) D310
Baby, unappreciated by Earl inexplicably grows a golden horn from his forehead. Earl is appalled, until he learns from the dinosaur druids that the appearance of a golden horned baby was foretold in The Book of Dinosaurs. Baby becomes a cult object and Earl is a celebrity by association. The horn eventually comes off, but Earl comes to appreciate the treasure that his baby is all by himself.
7 2 "Family Challenge" Bruce Bilson Tim Doyle September 25, 1991 (1991-09-25) D311
Fran demands her family to spend more time together and, in order to get their attention, she wrecks the TV. When a meteor crashes through the roof of their home breaking their other TV set, Earl leads the family to try their luck as game show participants where the first prize is a new TV. Earl bones up on obscure areas of knowledge, but is humiliated when all the questions focus on how well he knows his family – which is not well. They study their history, but by time they appear on the show, all of the categories have to do with the latest television events.
8 3 "I Never Ate for My Father" Tom Trbovich Rob Ulin October 2, 1991 (1991-10-02) D309
Robbie refuses to join a Young Carnivore Association and considers becoming a herbivore. Earl is appalled and hauls Robbie off to hunt in the wilderness, to reinforce the carnivore ethic: bigger eats smaller. When Robbie is eaten by an enormous swamp monster, Earl is forced to reconsider his philosophy. When Earl, too, is eaten, the father and son continue their argument inside the belly of the beast.
9 4 "Charlene's Tale" Tom Trbovich Dava Savel October 9, 1991 (1991-10-09) D307
Charlene is despondent because she's the last girl in the eighth grade to grow a tail. Her outlook miraculously changes when her tail appears overnight. Earl's awareness of his little girl's budding womanhood drives him to distraction, but reassurance from Charlene that she'll always be her daddy's little girl cheers him up.
10 5 "Endangered Species" Jay Dubin David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan October 16, 1991 (1991-10-16) D308
It's Earl and Fran's 20th wedding anniversary – the Graptolite anniversary. Graptolites are the sweetest tasting, most adorable little animals, who are also quickly disappearing from the earth. Earl's got a pair, and everyone else wants them, particularly Richfield. Robbie befriends the creatures. He finds they are the very last pair and soon father and son are at each other's throats over the fate of the Graptolites.
11 6 "Employee of the Month" Reza Badiyi David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan October 23, 1991 (1991-10-23) D304
Richfield institutes an Employee Suggestion Box, which has Earl and Roy racking their brains in an effort to impress the boss. At Earl's suggestion, the employee coming up with the best suggestion each month will receive dinner with Richfield and their name on a plaque—with Earl named the first "Employee of the Month". Earl's big moment is somewhat tarnished, though, when Richfield doesn't show up for dinner.
12 7 "When Food Goes Bad" Patrick Johnson Story by : Kirk Thatcher
Teleplay by : Tim Doyle & Kirk Thatcher
October 30, 1991 (1991-10-30) D312
Charlene is left to babysit Baby Sinclair, who is teething, while Fran and Earl go out for a nice romantic dinner. Fran gives into temptation to call home, but no one answers: The children have been kidnapped by food that has been left in the refrigerator for too long and goes bad. Charlene must use her wits to foil the food before Fran and Earl get home.
13 8 "Career Opportunities" Bruce Bilson Richard Day November 6, 1991 (1991-11-06) D314
Robbie is assigned Tree Pusher as his life's vocation by the all-powerful The Job Wizard. In the process of showing an unenthusiastic Robbie how wonderful a job Tree Pusher is, Earl comes to realize instead how pointless his own life actually is, and retires to bed unable to move. When Robbie has to replace Earl at the worksite, he gets into trouble and Earl must rally to rescue his son.
14 9 "Unmarried...With Children" Tom Trbovich David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan November 13, 1991 (1991-11-13) D315
Earl and Fran's marriage license expires. When Earl bungles the renewal test by displaying complete ignorance of the details of his marriage, Fran considers not picking up Earl's option. Earl is forced to move in with Roy, while the Sinclair's new next door neighbor, Monica – a brontosaurus and the first divorced female in history – shows Fran that the single life has possibilities.
15 10 "How to Pick Up Girls" Bruce Bilson Andy Goodman November 20, 1991 (1991-11-20) D316
Robbie hires his best friend Spike to teach him how to pick up a girl that he has a brutal crush on, but Spike's unique advice gets Robbie grounded; a situation that Robbie finds not nearly as unbearable as the discovery that Spike, having refined his flirtatious technique, is dating the girl of Robbie's dreams.
16 11 "Switched at Birth" Tom Trbovich Tim Doyle November 27, 1991 (1991-11-27) D317
Planning for the Baby's first birthday, the Sinclairs discover evidence that their baby may have been switched with another baby while still an egg. Earl is tantalized by the notion that there is a polite, well-behaved baby out there somewhere who might be his son. Fran is unwilling even to consider the possibility until she meets the other baby – who looks just like the Sinclair baby except he's green like Earl – and the other father shares certain personality traits with the Sinclair's baby.
17 12 "Refrigerator Day" Bruce Bilson Victor Fresco December 11, 1991 (1991-12-11) D318
The happiest holiday in Pangaea is approaching and Earl overspends on presents for the family. When the traditional WESAYSO bonus fails to come through for Earl, the family is placed in financial jeopardy. Any hope for a joyous holiday is dashed when their refrigerator is repossessed. With no food, no refrigerator, and no money, the family is forced to fall back on the spiritual side of the holiday.
18 13 "What 'Sexual Harris' Meant" Tom Trbovich David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan December 18, 1991 (1991-12-18) D319
Monica begins working for Mr. Richfield where she first meets her supervisor Al "Sexual" Harris. Al "Sexual" Harris uses suggestive language but Monica turns him down. Al "Sexual" Harris fires Monica who in turn takes the company to court with charges of sexual harassment. This forces the courts to try to determine what exactly "Sexual Harris meant".
19 14 "Fran Live" Tom Trbovich Victor Fresco January 8, 1992 (1992-01-08) D321
Fran calls a phone-in TV advice show with a suggestion for the host and ends up hosting the show herself. Fran's anecdotes over the air expose Earl to ridicule at work, and pressure builds for her to quit her job.
20 15 "Power Erupts" Bruce Bilson Andy Goodman January 15, 1992 (1992-01-15) D322
As a science project for school, Robbie comes up with an idea for tapping the geothermal energy of volcanoes to heat the homes of all Pangaea. The idea is taken seriously by the government and Robbie seems to be a hero, except that his plan for free energy threatens the business interests of the WESAYSO Corporation which sell energy for a profit. When WESAYSO puts the screws to Earl to squash his son's idea, Earl is put in conflict with Robbie.
21 16 "The Clip Show" Jay Dubin Story by : Andy Goodman
Teleplay by : Dava Savel & Rob Ulin
January 22, 1992 (1992-01-22) D313
Sir David Tushingham, a self-important archaeologist, attempts to shed light upon the mysterious world of the dinosaurs in a mock-documentary featuring clips from the first eleven episodes that proves the theories of modern science to fall far short of the real world in which Earl and his family inhabited millions of years ago.
22 17 "A New Leaf" Mark Brull Rob Ulin February 5, 1992 (1992-02-05) D320
Following a fierce argument with Earl, Robbie storms out of the house to meet Spike and discovers an appealing leaf that when ingested makes them both effusively happy. Upon returning home, Earl is surprised to find Robbie in such an elated state until he samples some of Robbie's leaves. Expecting to find father and son at war, Fran is puzzled when she discovers Earl and Robbie arm in arm. Suspicious of the tantalizing leaves, Fran exhibits cautious restraint and becomes increasingly concerned when her family happily decides to remain at home rather than go to work or school. Earl's lack of concern after discovering he's been fired forces Fran, who refuses to become co-dependent, to abscond from the house and leave a delirious Earl, Robbie and Charlene to hopelessly fend for themselves. Having run out of leaves, they are forced to recognize what they've become, but Spike tests their resolve when he uncovers fresh leaves. Will they choose their lives or the mysterious plant?
23 18 "The Last Temptation of Ethyl" Tom Trbovich Dava Savel February 12, 1992 (1992-02-12) D323
When Ethel unexpectedly dies, she goes to the afterlife and finds out how beautiful it is. Before she can be reunited with her husband, it's revealed she's only unconscious and will wake up. Anxious to soon return to the afterlife, Ethel goes on TV and tells the viewers how wonderful it is. But the afterlife has its own message for Ethel.
24 19 "Nuts to War: Part 1" Bruce Bilson Steve Pepoon February 19, 1992 (1992-02-19) D324
A petty territorial dispute between our dinosaurs and the four leggers across the swamp escalates into the first war ever. Robbie is selected to go into the 'Nuts To War' war. But Fran is worried and scared to death that Robbie will be killed in the war. So she decides to let Earl and Roy go to the battlefield.
25 20 "Nuts to War: Part 2" Bruce Bilson Story by : Steve Pepoon
Teleplay by : David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan
February 26, 1992 (1992-02-26) D325
Earl and Roy join Charlene as USO entertainers, and rush to the front to retrieve Robbie, because it looks like this war thing is getting a little bit out of hand. Earl tries to stop Robbie from going through with the war, but Robbie ignores his father's wishes.
26 21 "And the Winner Is..." Tom Trbovich Story by : Rob Ulin
Teleplay by : Rob Ulin & Tim Doyle
March 25, 1992 (1992-03-25) D328
When the Chief Elder dies in the process of naming Baby Sinclair (now "Aaah Aagh I'm Dying You Idiot Sinclair"), Earl becomes embroiled in an intense but unsurprisingly non-substantive campaign with B.P. Richfield for Chief Elder of Pangaea: first as Richfield's patsy, and later as a self-made, come-from-behind candidate bent on preventing a bleak homeland under what appears to be Richfield's imminent rule.
27 22 "Slave to Fashion" Tom Trbovich Dava Savel April 1, 1992 (1992-04-01) D326
Feeling like a social outcast at school, Charlene begs her father for money to buy an expensive fur coat none of the other girls have, and her grandmother ends up giving it to her. The coat indeed makes Charlene the envy of her friends, but, unlike other status symbols, it talks, and begins to make demands that cause Charlene to become alienated from her family and friends, especially her best friend.
28 23 "Leader of the Pack" Bruce Bilson Kirk Thatcher April 22, 1992 (1992-04-22) D327
Robbie is drafted as the leader of Spike's gang when the former leader disappears after a wild night with Robbie.
29 24 "WESAYSO Knows Best" Bruce Bilson Victor Fresco May 6, 1992 (1992-05-06) D329
To improve its public image, the WESAYSO Corporation picks the perfect employee family to be featured in their company advertisement. Earl's dream comes true when his family is chosen, but WESAYSO feels Roy has more audience appeal. When the ad campaign is a hit, Earl moves out of his own house so Roy can move in. Is Earl expendable? Will Roy crack under the strain of parental responsibility? Will Earl allow his family and best friend to be successful without him? Yep. Yep. Not a chance.

Season 3 (1992–93)[edit]

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30 1 "Nature Calls" Brian Henson Andy Goodman & Kirk Thatcher September 18, 1992 (1992-09-18) D331
Baby Sinclair runs away to the wilderness following Earl's unsuccessful attempts at civilizing him through toilet training.
31 2 "Baby Talk" Bruce Bilson Victor Fresco October 2, 1992 (1992-10-02) D332
As Baby Sinclair's vocabulary grows dirtier, Earl's resolve grows stronger to return "family values" to the permissive television landscape that fostered his child's newfound vulgarity – that is, until his efforts inadvertently create a repressive governmental atmosphere responsive to the slightest complaint from the fellow citizens of Pangaea.
32 3 "Network Genius" Tom Trbovich Tim Doyle October 16, 1992 (1992-10-16) D330
Earl Sinclair becomes a network executive after being sent to the network as the average Joe to help pick the new series. But when Earl's favorite shows lead to a slowdown in Pangaea's brain power, will Earl sacrifice his first great job to program a television schedule smarter than he is, in hopes of saving what is rapidly becoming a dense dinosaur race?
33 4 "The Discovery" Tom Trbovich Andy Goodman October 23, 1992 (1992-10-23) D333
Earl's discovery of a pristine world inhabited by cavemen is the mark he's been waiting to leave in the history books – until Robbie and Baby are kidnapped by the cavemen, intent on saving their land from the ruthless development of WESAYSO's "Sinclair City."
34 5 "Little Boy Boo" Tom Trbovich Kirk Thatcher October 30, 1992 (1992-10-30) D339
In a special Halloween episode, Robbie is forced to baby-sit the Baby. Although the Baby succeeds in scaring his older brother, Robbie turns the tables and frightens the Baby into submission by weaving a scary tale based on the Wolfman fable using himself as the "Wereman", half dinosaur/half man. Includes a music video featuring Baby Sinclair.
35 6 "Germ Warfare" Tom Trbovich Peter Ocko & Adam Barr November 6, 1992 (1992-11-06) D335
While medical science can't cure Baby Sinclair of a dangerous viral infection, it can bankrupt Earl and Fran with expensive experimental drugs that fail to cure as promised. In desperation, the Sinclairs decide to follow the advice Ethyl's been promoting from the onset of the sickness – go see the traditional dinosaur witch doctor in the forest who invents penicillin.
36 7 "Hungry for Love" Bruce Bilson Lawrence H. Levy November 13, 1992 (1992-11-13) D337
Love is in the air when Robbie meets Wendy, a cute young girl who just happens to be B.P. Richfield's daughter. Romance turns to danger when it is rumored that Wendy is an eater who has made meals of her last four boyfriends. Robbie tries to avoid Wendy at all costs, but finally discovers that Richfield is the one who has been devouring Wendy's boyfriends.
37 8 "License to Parent" Bruce Bilson Andy Goodman November 20, 1992 (1992-11-20) D338
After Earl is repeatedly ticketed by an overzealous officer of the Parent Patrol, he is sent to "Parents Ed", but fails miserably and is ordered not to parent for thirty days until he retakes the test. The ticketing officer is assigned to live with the Sinclairs' to observe Earl, making Fran the only authority figure in the house. A frustrated Earl points out Fran's parental inadequacies, causing her to lose her parental license too. Their home returns to normal after the officer "loses it" while trying to care for Robbie, Charlene, and the Baby while Earl and Fran realize that good parenting comes from the heart.
38 9 "Charlene's Flat World" Mark Brull Tim Doyle December 4, 1992 (1992-12-04) D340
When given a school assignment to come up with an original idea, a panicked Charlene is visited by a Muse who mistakes her for Nicolaus Copernicus and tells her that the Earth is round not flat. After giving her report, Charlene is arrested by the Police Classroom Squad and tried for heresy. Robbie tries to help by appealing to Mr. Pulman, but he, too, is arrested. After being found guilty, a confident Charlene asks that she and Robbie be thrown off the edge of the flat world as sentence, knowing its impossibility and proving her right.
39 10 "Wilderness Weekend" Tom Trbovich Peter Ocko & Adam Barr December 18, 1992 (1992-12-18) D341
Traditional gender roles are reversed when Earl, Robbie and Roy go to the forest for a male-bonding ritual known as "The Great Hunt", but end up discovering their feminine qualities. Meanwhile, back at home, Fran and her girlfriends get drunk, watch sports, and generally act like men.
40 11 "The Son Also Rises" Tom Trbovich David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan January 8, 1993 (1993-01-08) D343
Fed up with Earl's continuous nagging, Robbie challenges him for the title of "Supreme Male" of the house. During their physical battle, Earl is caught off guard and Robbie emerges victorious. Robbie now assumes all the responsibilities that accompany his new position providing food and clothes for the family, maintain the house, pay the bills, etc. Earl, conversely, acts like a teenager since he has been relieved of his parental duties. When Robbie can't bear the pressure any longer, Fran steps in and forces Earl to become the head of the house again.
41 12 "Getting to Know You" Mark Brull David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan January 15, 1993 (1993-01-15) D336
After Earl throws her a disastrous birthday party, Charlene feels totally alienated from her whole family and signs up for a Species Exchange Program at school. She lives with a family of squawking, arrogant, annoying, bird-like creatures, and runs away. In exchange, the Sinclairs' get a teenaged version of this hideous species. Pushed to the edge, the Baby eats the exchange student. Earl creates a fake kid and returns it to the family, and then discovers that he's brought home a Charlene impostor. When the real Charlene returns, father and daughter make a pact to get to know one another better.
42 13 "Green Card" Max Tash Tim Doyle January 29, 1993 (1993-01-29) D345
With the Pangaean economy suffering from a bad recession, Earl and Roy Hess lose their jobs. Meanwhile, the government blames its problems on all four-legged creatures in an effort to shift the blame away from them. Immediately, anti-four-legger legislation is passed, causing Monica to also be fired and lose her home. Roy marries Monica to allow her to stay on the right side of the swamp. Earl protests the marriage and breaks his friendship with Roy for colluding with the enemy. After a major accident in which a four-legger saves his life, Earl repents for his bigoted ways and welcomes Roy back into his life. Public sentiment echoes Earl's attitude when the anti-four-legged laws are repealed, allowing Monica to resume her normal life without Roy.
43 14 "Out of the Frying Pan" Bruce Bilson Dava Savel February 5, 1993 (1993-02-05) D342
Baby Sinclair becomes an overnight sensation hawking frying pans in a commercial. Both he and Fran get caught up in the glamor of show business – riding in limos, going on talk shows, and generally developing "bad" attitudes while neglecting the rest of the family. Earl confronts Fran, who realizes her mistakes, retreats from the "business" and returns the Sinclair home back to normal.
44 15 "Steroids to Heaven" Bruce Bilson Mark Drop February 12, 1993 (1993-02-12) D344
Deciding that girls date only jocks, Robbie decides to get "buff." Earl puts Robbie on an exercise program, but when that fails to bring the desired results, he tells Spike about his problem and asks why everyone else is so huge. Spike tells him it's because they eat thornoroids. insult-spewing creatures that instantaneously add lots of muscle, strength, and bulk to someones frame. Robbie asks where he can get some but spike says he shouldn't or else. Robbie is determined to become huge and muscular. He watched as another muscular student breaks open a locker with his muscles. He opens a lunchbox inside and in the lunchbox were several dozen thornoroids. He picks one up and eats it. Then he shuts the locker and locks it. Then he watches his already giant muscles grow bigger. He then leaves. Robbie is so determined to become muscular that after the muscular guy leaves he walks over to the locker and tries to use his muscles to break it open. He fails and then spends hours trying to open it. Finally at night he pryes it open. He takes a flashlight and opens the box. He picks one of the thornoroids up and asks it they will mke his muscles bigger. They just insult him instead of answering. Robbie just eats a couple and leaves. The next morning Robbie wakes up to find that his muscles are huge. He tries them out and is strong enough to lift up a refrigerator. He goes to school and gets some attention because of his muscles. He asks his girlfriend to go to the dance with him and she agrees. He likes his new muscles so much that he breaks the locker open and eats several more thornoroids. Spike then comes and says that he has been eating them and a side effect of them is he starts growing spikes on his skin. Robbie doesn't care and he eats even more. Then later Robbies muscles grow to an even vaster size. Impressed with his new muscles Robbie gets ready for the dance. another side effect of the thornoroids is that as his muscles get bigger so does his ego and temper. Robbie tears a door apart and rips the sink out since he is mad at his sister. Robbie learns his lesson after his date rejects his aggressive behavior and tells him she liked him the way he was before.
45 16 "Honey, I Miss the Kids" Tom Trbovich Richard Marcus February 19, 1993 (1993-02-19) D346
Fran, feeling inadequate as a housewife, decides to get a volunteer job. Earl is opposed to the idea but acquiesces when he takes Roy's advice to manipulate Fran into believing he is supportive of her by offering to work the night shift. Earl will stay home during the day with the kids, and hopefully Fran will miss the kids so much she'll quit her job. However, the plan backfires when Fran returns home and announces that she is going to work full-time. Horrified at the thought of staying home with the kids, Earl again takes Roy's advice to bond with his kids believing Fran will get jealous at being replaced and return home. Again, Fran reacts the opposite way and causes Earl to inadvertently reveal his failed plans. Initially angry, Fran empathizes with Earl and agrees to a compromise that allows Earl to return to the day shift while she cuts back on her work hours.
46 17 "Swamp Music" Tom Trbovich Mark Drop February 26, 1993 (1993-02-26) D350
Spike, who can't stand Robbie's choice of music, decides to expose Robbie to a whole different world and different style of music by taking him to the Swamp Shack. The swamp and this club are home to blue-hued mammals who have been restricted from contact with dinosaurs and lead difficult, depressing lives. Initially fearful of this different species, Robbie is completely taken with this new music and band members Howlin' Jay and his son, Sonny. Robbie plans to bring this new sound to the dinosaurs, who he believes will go crazy for it. Howlin' Jay is reluctant due to his previous contact with dinosaurs but Robbie and Sonny take a demo of their music to the head of Volcanic Records. The executive isn't interested in the music but changes his mind after listening to the tape and signs Howlin' Jay and his band to a loophole filled deal allowing the record company to steal the songs and style of the swamp and have them re-recorded by mainstream dinosaur singers and reap the profits. Robbie has to break the news to Howlin' Jay that they have been ripped off again by dinosaurs. Instead of being angry, Howlin' Jay decides to start his own record label created for and run by mammals.
47 18 "Dirty Dancin'" Bruce Bilson Story by : Rob Ulin
Teleplay by : Tim Doyle & Rob Ulin
March 12, 1993 (1993-03-12) D334
Having reached that awkward age where adolescent male dinosaurs find themselves breaking into the mating dance spontaneously and uncontrollably, Fran's open attempts at sexual education drive a confused and embarrassed Robbie to the Best Little Dancehouse in Pangaea, where he discovers what he really needs isn't a quick "dancing lesson" with a stranger, but a talk with Earl.
48 19 "If I Were a Tree" Bruce Bilson Andy Goodman April 16, 1993 (1993-04-16) D347
It's story time for the Baby, and Ethyl reads him a tale about a dinosaur (Earl) who is pushing down trees when a thunderstorm approaches. Just as he is about to push down a large tree, lightning simultaneously strikes him and the tree causing them to exchange souls. The Tree is excited to learn it has become a dinosaur, able to move freely. In the Sinclair home, the Tree, as Earl, is thoughtful and kind causing confusion among his family. Meanwhile, the real Earl is besides himself being stuck in a Tree's body with a pesky bird and animal living in him. The Tree, as Earl, confronts B.P. Richfield about the ruination of the Earth and Richfield commits him to a mental institution. This, coupled with the daily hardships of dinosaur life, causes the Tree to return to the forest. During this time, Earl is in a race to save the creature living in him because he is marked for clearing. Both realize they have to return to their original forms and unite in trying to save the forest.
49 20 "We Are Not Alone" Jeff McCracken Peter Ocko & Adam Barr April 30, 1993 (1993-04-30) D348
Robbie tries to get his family to attend an environmental rally with him but everyone declines. Robbie is especially upset with Earl, who prefers to watch his favorite TV reality show about alien sightings. At work, Mr. Richfield, in an effort to fool the environmentalists who named WESAYSO a top corporate polluter, orders Roy and Earl to take home barrels of toxic waste and bury them in the Sinclair's backyard. While digging, Earl and Roy are visited by an "alien" (Robbie) who tells Earl that what he is doing is wrong. The "alien" also tells him that he has been chosen to spread the word to other dinosaurs that they must respect and care for the environment or else the planet will be vaporized. Earl immediately changes his ways and sets out to rally the masses to help clean up the environment. He even badmouthes WESAYSO and quits his job to devote all of his energies to his new mission. Robbie tries to point out to Earl that what he has done is of real value but Earl will have none of it and returns to his job and watching TV.
50 21 "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans" Bruce Bilson Dava Savel May 7, 1993 (1993-05-07) D351
Feeling ignored by her family, Charlene becomes an instant celebrity after winning her school talent show with trained cavelings (humans) she found in the forest. Charlene gets an agent and is booked on a top variety show. Consumed by her new status and pushed by her agent, Charlene employs inhuman tactics to get her cavilings to perform dangerous tricks. On show night, Charlene realizes the error of her ways and, feeling guilty, she refuses to go on with the show and gives an impassioned speech about respect and family. Charlene's speech prompts Earl and Fran to realize their error in ignoring their daughter.
51 22 "The Clip Show II" Tom Trbovich David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan July 2, 1993 (1993-07-02) D349
Scenes from various episodes are interspersed with pitches by paleontologist Sir David Tushingham that try to lure customers into the glamorous, high-paying world of paleontology by getting them to buy the Famous Paleontologists' Home Study Course. In true informercial style, there's a deal-a-dinosaur wheel and comic testimonials from satisfied customers.

Season 4 (1994)[edit]

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52 1 "Monster Under the Bed" Brian Henson Peter Ocko & Adam Barr June 1, 1994 (1994-06-01) D354

Baby Sinclair complains of a monster under his bed, but the family doesn't believe him. One night while Fran and Earl are out, Charlene humors the baby by investigating his claim and is dragged into the monster's hole. Robbie and the Baby try to rescue Charlene, but they, too, are kidnapped. Just as they are about to be eaten, Robbie learns that the monster named Decker is angry at having his home (hole) built upon by the Sinclair's house. The whole crisis is resolved after the Baby suggests moving the house and the Sinclairs oblige.

Special Guest Star: Michael McKean as the voice of Police Chief Parish
53 2 "Earl, Don't Be a Hero" Mark Brull David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan June 8, 1994 (1994-06-08) D356

Earl's accidental exposure to toxic waste transforms him into "Captain Impressive", a mysterious super hero committed to fighting crime and righting wrongs. Earl also sees his chance to outshine Captain Action Figure, Baby's current hero, by using his newly acquired superpowers against the forces of evil – until B.P. Richfield discovers Earl's hidden talents. Determined to use "Captain Impressive" for WESAYSO's benefit, Richfield quickly changes Earl from Super Hero to Super Huckster. Faster than you can say "shoddy merchandise", Earl decides to hang up his tights and retire from his career as a crime fighter.

Special Guest Star: Michael McKean as the voice of Ed
54 3 "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" Tom Trbovich Peter Ocko & Adam Barr June 22, 1994 (1994-06-22) D358

The Council of Elders is convened to determine answers to the Great Question Of Life, and the answer is found to be Potatoism. Soon it's stake-and-potatoes for Robbie and Earl, when Robbie rejects the elders' wisdom and the duo is sentenced to be burned as infidels. But a gust of wind extinguishes the fire, and with it dies the people's belief in the message of The Great Potato.

Special Guest Star: Tim Curry as the voice of the Chief Elder.
55 4 "Driving Miss Ethyl" Jeff McCracken Adam Barr & Tim Doyle & Jane Espenson & Peter Ocko June 29, 1994 (1994-06-29) D364

Fran forces Earl to drive her mother, Ethyl, to her 60th-year high school reunion. During the drive, Earl and Ethyl's normal fighting and bickering ensue. However, when they get to the reunion, they quickly discover that all Ethyl's old classmates have died, and that she's the only one who's still technically alive. When Earl sees how sad Ethyl is, Earl comforts her and the two decide to become nicer and friendlier with each other, which Fran and the kids are surprised to see when they finally get home. Meanwhile, while Earl and Ethyl are gone, Fran tries gathering the rest of the family for a family portrait, and they end up at each other's throats.

Special Guest Star: Michael McKean as the voice of Ansel, Glenn Shadix as the voice of a Monster
56 5 "Earl's Big Jackpot" Mark Brull Tim Doyle July 6, 1994 (1994-07-06) D361

When Earl is injured on the job and asks for a few days off, B.P. Richfield refuses and fires him instead. Robbie and Fran trick Earl into suing the WESAYSO Corporation for his $800 medical expenses. After a brief trial, Earl is ecstatic at the jury's award of $800 million. Earl begins to spend lavishly and behaves badly. Stung by the judgment and blaming Earl, Richfield announces massive layoffs and raises consumer prices. Earl doesn't see it that way and is happy with his new life, but finally he is forced to give back the money in order to return things to normal when Mr. Richfield sues him back for allegedly injuring his neck in a car accident.

Including a first appearance of Blarney the red Deinonychus but he will be back on Into the Woods.

Special Guest Star: Tim Curry as the voice of Winston
57 6 "The Terrible Twos" Jeff McCracken Tim Doyle July 13, 1994 (1994-07-13) D357

Baby Sinclair enters the "terrible twos" and his behavior becomes horrendous, he acts like a spoiled little brat, plays a mean trick on his older sister, Charline Sinclair, smashes a toy train that his older brother, Robbie, gives him, smashes the TV because a Pangean TV show called "Blarney" was on, and attacked his family when he was driving a toy car he got for his birthday. It even defies belief as it reaches the standards of Linda Blair in The Exorcist. Earl and Fran tries to get help from a doctor, but he knows that drugs are very dangerous, also from a dog trainer, but Baby bites Earl and drives his family out of the room and eats the sofa. Desperate times require desperate measures, and the Sinclairs enlist the aid of "The Babysitter", suggested by Ethyl, the grandma, to exorcise Baby's demons. When neither the exorcist nor doctors can cure the baby, Robbie hatches a plan for the family to fool Baby into believing he's three.

Special Guest Star: John Glover as the voice of The Babysitter, Michael McKean as the voice of Dr. Herder
58 7 "Changing Nature" Tom Trbovich Kirk Thatcher July 20, 1994 (1994-07-20) D365

The family prepares to celebrate the return of the Bunch Beetles, who arrive back on Pangaea every May 14th to eat the rapidly growing Cider Poppies. This year, however, they fail to arrive and it soon emerges that WESAYSO built a wax fruit factory on top of their mating ground and killed the species. Without the Bunch Beetles to eat them, the Cider Poppies quickly begin to overrun the continent. More concerned with bad publicity than any threat to the ecosystem, B.P. Richfield chooses Earl to take care of the problem. Earl, eager to quickly get rid of the poppies instead of looking for a long-term solution, chooses to spray everywhere with defoliant. Although this succeeds in getting rid of the Cider Poppies, it also manages to destroy all plant life on the entire planet. Deciding that rain is needed to bring back the plants, Richfield decides to drop bombs in every volcano, reasoning that the clouds they produce will bring the rain. Instead the volcanoes produce thick black clouds, blocking out the sun and plunging the planet into an ice age. Earl finally realizes what a mistake he made by tampering with nature and taking it for granted, however it is too late. He apologizes to his family for ending the world, but promises that dinosaurs won't just disappear. The Sinclairs agree that they'll remain a family no matter what happens, as the house begins to be buried by snow.

Special Guest Star: Michael McKean as the voice of Bryant

"Lost episodes" (1994)[edit]

The series finale was episode 58 ("Changing Nature"). Episodes 59 – 65 were filmed but never shown during the original broadcast. They were later shown in syndication.

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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
59 1 "Scent of a Reptile" Tom Trbovich Andy Goodman September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07) D353

Fran and Charlene are thrilled when Charlene gets her adult scent, which will attract her perfect mate. Charlene's euphoria turns to horror when her match turns out to be not only the school janitor-- but also just like Earl. Fearful that she will lead an ordinary domestic life like her mom, Charlene decides to go against tradition and change her scent and her life.

Special Guest Star: Glenn Shadix as the voice of Ray
60 2 "Earl & Pearl" Tom Trbovich Tim Doyle September 14, 1994 (1994-09-14) D362
When Earl's long-lost sister, Pearl, re-enters his life after twenty years, Earl is cold and distant. Pearl further alienates Earl when the kids take to her and her country-western singing lifestyle. Earl comes to accept his sister after she explains her reasons for leaving.
61 3 "Life in the Faust Lane" Tom Trbovich Mark Drop September 21, 1994 (1994-09-21) D360

Earl sells his soul to the Devil for a collectible mug that becomes more important to him than his job, family, or friends. Everyone is fed up with Earl and leaves him. Lonely, Earl realizes that people mean more to him than objects, and he discovers a loophole that puts him out of the deal with the Devil.

Special Guest Star: Tim Curry as the voice of the Devil and Michael McKean as the voice of Hank
62 4 "Variations on a Theme Park" Jeff McCracken Jane Espenson September 28, 1994 (1994-09-28) D359
The Sinclairs vacation at WESAYSO Land, with its lovable mascot, Moola the Cash-Cow. The family is engulfed in the usual horrors and frustrations associated with amusement parks: unbearably long lines, rides that aren't working or are under construction, overpriced merchandise, food, hotels, etc. Miserable, the Sinclairs decide to leave, but discover they are trapped since they purchased a 14-day vacation package. Instead of returning to the park, the family stay in the hotel and bond. Much to their surprise, they find they actually enjoy each other's company.
63 5 "Working Girl" Tom Trbovich Rich Tabach October 5, 1994 (1994-10-05) D355

Under pressure from the government to hire women, B.P. Richfield hires the first female who walks through the door to be the new supervisor. It turns out to be Charlene. Earl, refusing to take his daughter seriously, takes advantage of his new boss, until Charlene asserts herself.

Special Guest Star: Joe Flaherty as the voice of the Chief Elder, Michael McKean as the voice of the Inspector
64 6 "Into the Woods" Brian Henson Mark Drop October 12, 1994 (1994-10-12) D352

Baby Sinclair is taken into the forest for the dinosaurs' traditional Wilderness Rite of Passage, which teaches the value of the family. But when Earl, Robbie and Roy get stuck in a tarpit, their only hope for survival is the Baby.

Special Guest Star: Michael McKean as the voice of Les
65 7 "Georgie Must Die" Mark Brull David A. Caplan & Brian LaPan October 19, 1994 (1994-10-19) D363

Baby Sinclair is mesmerized by the latest annoying children's idol, Georgie, an orange Hippopotamus. When Georgie comes to town, Baby demands to see him but Earl won't wait in the long line. Baby throws a tantrum, and in desperation, Earl dons a costume and imitates Georgie to stop the Baby's cries. Unfortunately, Earl is arrested for copyright infringement by Georgie's people who called the police and he is thrown into jail. When Fran calls in Georgie the Hippo to clear things up, he has some time alone with Earl as his voice changes stating how he wasn't pleased with Earl trying to make him look bad. Later that night, Earl escapes with the help of Jean-Claude and Brigitte, two members of a group of parents who see Georgie for what he truly is: a greedy, money-grabbing, and tax-evading racketeer. Earl ends up having to escape prison and call on Roy to help him clear his name by coming up with a plan to expose the evil crooked Georgie the Hippo.

Special Guest Stars: Edward Asner as the voice of Georgie the Hippo (evil voice), Tim Curry as the voice of Jean-Claude