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D & DD
Season 2, Episode 7
D and DD
Air date July 30, 1997
Written by Genndy Tartakovsky,
Jason Butler Rote
Directed by Genndy Tartakovsky


D & DD is the first part of the third episode of Season Two of Dexter's Laboratory. It aired on July 30, 1997. In this episode, Dexter and his friends are playing an RPG game. The friends grow tired of Dexter's traps and cheating, and have Dee Dee as their new game master, which they find much more interesting than Dexter's.

Summary

Dee Dee wants to play Monsters & Mazes with Dexter and his friends. Against Dexter's wishes, she is made the game master!

Plot

The episode starts off with Dexter and his friends in the a game of Monsters and Mazes trying to find a Grail. They meet someone named Soraz, Master of Doom, who is later revealed to be Dexter himself, the Game Master (Dungeon Master). Dexter's friends knows he is cheating by changing his dice all the time and they point out his obsession with killing their characters off. Then Dee Dee enters the kitchen and wants to play Monsters and Mazes as well. Everyone, including Dexter's mother, think it is OK, but Dexter protests. Somehow, Dee Dee manages to become Game Master and appoints the character of Hodo, the furry-footed burrower to Dexter.

The four 'Heroes' encounter a dragon, which turns out to be a pinata. Dexter hates this idea of playing the game, but when he finds his favorite candy, a Pixie Stick, he becomes less angry. It turns out that a fairy/pixie is inside the candy, which thanks the heroes for releasing her from her Pinata Prison. The Knight character, Valerian asks the pixie about the Magic Grail they are questing for, and the pixie tells him her mistress, the Fairy Queen, knows a lot about that matter. They are taken to the court of the fairy queen, which grants each of the heroes mighty rewards the "Knight" gets a "Steed" {a motorcycle}; the "Magician" gets a lifetime contract to play Las Vegas magic shows; the "huntsman" gets a tree home}. Dexter eventually obtains the Grail, because he thought he had to be the one receiving the Grail while the others didn't. Although Dexter likes the Grail, he thinks the game they played was lame, because they only fought one pinata dragon. Likewise Dexter is disappointed to find out that the only thing he can do with the Grail is drink from it...and it will never spill!

The story ends when Dee Dee wants to play another game, Milton Brothers, with Dexter and his friends. Dexter is still Hodo, and he is asked what his special skill is, and answers: 'I dig holes', referring to his title Furry-Footed Burrower.

Characters

Notes

  • The game, "Monsters and Mazes" is a parody of the tabletop roleplaying game Dungeons and Dragons, while the name itself is a reference to 1981 anti-D&D novel, and the 1982 film based on it, Mazes and Monsters.
  • Dexter's first game character of choice is named "Gygax the 27th Level Warrior Mage". The name Gygax is a reference to the creator of Dungeons and Dragons, Gary Gygax.
  • Dexter's second game character is named "Hodo the Furry-Footed Burrower". This is a reference to the character of Frodo Baggins from the Lord of the Rings books by the great J. R. R. Tolkien.
  • Dexter has vast knowledge of storytelling and roleplaying games in this episode.

Errors

  • When "Valerian" rolls his dice the first time, he claims he rolled a "43", but his dice clearly shows a 49.

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