“Enter at your own peril, past the vaulted door where impossible things may happen that the world’s never seen before!”
You know this infamous phrase. This is the first line to the ending theme for Cartoon Network’s classic animated series, Dexter’s Laboratory. But, did you know there is an episode of this cartoon that showcases Dexter and his sister, Dee Dee, as you’ve NEVER seen them before….LITERALLY?! Recently there has been a bevy of activity online about an unaired, “lost episode” of Dexter’s Laboratory entitled, “Dexter’s Rude Removal.” But “rude” would be putting it lightly. Apparently this episode is so vulgar that it would make a sailor blush.
Research indicates that the episode features Dexter performing an experiment that goes horribly wrong due to Dee-Dee’s interference (so what else is new, right)? The result is the creation of devilish personalities who cause chaos, and whose language rivals that of South Park! This particular cartoon was created to be viewed by those who were 18 years of age or older at special events. There are accounts that the episode once aired at a Californian comic convention in the late 90s. However, this was the only time that the taboo episode ever went public…until now!
In October, there was an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session on Reddit.com that was hosted by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory. During the session, someone made a post questioning if “Dexter’s Rude Removal would ever see the light of day again. Mr. Tartakovsky (account name- iamgenndytartakovsky) confirmed its existence, and there was an online movement via Tumblr, Twitter, and a multitude of other social media sites urging for a public release of this episode. It wasn’t long before Adult Swim, the late night programming block on Cartoon Network, picked up on the fans’ pleas.
The block went to work updating its viewers on progress with obtaining the episode and somehow getting it to air. Their hard work paid off! According to one of the network’s recent late night bumps (title cards shown between commercials), they will be broadcasting Dexter’s “lost” episode on the Internet sometime this week. The announcement that Adult Swim aired is shown below.