Animaniacs Episode 5
Air date: September 17, 1993
Season: 1
Variable verse: Dot: The rain in Spainy...
Gag credit(s): Tight Rope Walker-Kathryn Page
Closing tag: Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Goodbye, nurse!
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Theme Song


Last line

Dot: The rain in Spainy...

Taming of the Screwy (406-614)


Story by Peter Hastings, Earl Kress and Tom Ruegger
Written by Peter Hastings
Directed by Alfred Gimeno

Animation by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Dr. Scratchansniff has to teach the Warners good manners for a party. However, this is a task easier said than done. When the Warners do learn good manners, they are kicked out of the party by Mr. Plotz, who wants to impress two Japanese producers. In the end, it is the Warners who host the great party.


Yakko Warner, Wakko Warner, Dot Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff, Thaddeus Plotz, Ralph the Guard, Hello Nurse, Chicken Boo (mentioned), Bugs Bunny (picture), Daffy Duck (picture), Dot's Pet, Mary Hartless, Mr. Kato, Miss Tanaka, Mr. Director, Slappy Squirrel, Rita (non-speaking cameo), Runt (non-speaking cameo)


  • This was the first episode of Animaniacs to feature a full half-hour story.
  • While the episode's title references the William Shakespeare play The Taming of the Shrew, the plot has far more in common with George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion and Lerner & Lowe's Broadway musical adaptation, My Fair Lady (which is also referenced in this episode's variable verse). The play involves a narcissistic professor of language taking a young Cockney flower girl off the street and teaching her to speak in an upper-crust English dialect in order to pass her off as a noblewoman at a ball (to win a bet).
  • It is shown that Yakko speaks perfect Japanese. When translated into English, the conversation he has with Mr. Kato is:
Yakko: "Tokyo is an extremely interesting place, isn't it?"
Mr. Kato: "Please go there."
Yakko: "If there's still a place to go, eh?"
  • The Warners' favorite movie stars are Michelle Pfeiffer (Yakko), Mel Gibson (Dot) and Don Knotts (Wakko).
  • Slappy Squirrel, Rita and Runt make cameos at the party. At the beginning of the cartoon, Chicken Boo is first mentioned when someone says, "It was a chicken, I tell ya! A giant chicken!"
  • This is the first aired appearance of Mr. Director. The short "Episode_13:_Hello_Nice_Warners/La_Behemoth/Little_Old_Slappy_from_Pasadena#Hello_Nice_Warners_.28406-801.29 Hello Nice Warners" was produced before "Taming of the Screwy" but aired afterward, making Mr. Director's appearance here truly zany.
  • Thaddeus Plotz's full name still has not been revealed at this point. He is referred to only as "T.P." (likely a pun on the shorthand term for toilet paper) and he is credited as "C.E.O."
  • Celebrity guests at the studio party (in order of appearance):
    • Robert Patrick (as the T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
    • Geena Davis & Susan Sarandon (as Thelma & Louise)
    • Spike Lee
    • Annette Bening
    • Warren Beatty
    • Bea Arthur
    • Danny Devito (as the Penguin from Batman Returns)
    • Mel Gibson
    • Danny Glover
    • Joe Pesci
    • Sigourney Weaver (as Ellen Ripley from Alien3)
    • Michael Keaton (as Batman)
    • Jack Palance
    • Luke Perry?
    • Michelle Pfeiffer (as Catwoman from Batman Returns)
    • Mike Myers & Dana Carvey (as Wayne Campbell & Garth Algar)
    • Whoopi Goldberg
    • Billy Crystal (as Mitch Robbins from City Slickers)
    • Jaleel White (as Steve Urkel from Family Matters)
    • Gallagher
    • Madonna
  • The noncelebrity characters in this episode are Thing from The Addams Family and Disney's Beauty and the Beast.
  • Geena Davis sounds exactly like Slappy. Joe Pesci sounds exactly like Pesto (which makes sense, since Pesto is a caricature of Pesci).
  • Jack Palance doing a one-arm push-up is a reference to when he did it while accepting his Oscar for his role in City Slickers.
  • Due to a resemblance, some viewers mistaken Billy Crystal for Ted Danson when seated with Whoopi Goldberg. This was due to the fact that 1993, when the episode was produced, was the same year Goldberg briefly dated Danson due to the two of them meeting on the set of Made in America. Billy Crystal wearing the cowboy outfit was supposed to reference his role in City Slickers, however Ted Danson wore a similar outfit in Made in America, playing a sleazy car salesman who wore blue jeans and a ten-gallon hat as part of his gag.


Wakko: (playing with a head statue of Dr. Scratchansniff) Ooh, a giant Pez dispenser! Want some?
Dr. Scratchansniff: Stop playing with my bust!
Yakko: (pause) Mwah, goodnight, everybody!
Dr. Scratchansniff: (demonstrating polite etiquette with Hello Nurse) How do you do? Now, Yakko, you try.
Yakko: How do you do...that thing with your mouth?
Jack Palance: Hey, Slappy, did you ever see this? (does a one-armed pushup like he did at the Oscars)
Slappy: Save it for the Jack LaLanne story, bubele! (to Luke Perry) Y'know, you remind me of a very mature Jonny Quest.
Tanaka: Mr. Kato would like to know who is responsible for this.
Plotz: It was them! It was them! I had nothing to do with it! Don't look at me!
Mr. Kato: Great party!
Other Japanese investor: Great party!
(both men laugh, then stop when Plotz begins to laughs)
Plotz: Great party? Hehehe, yes, uh, great party... ehehehe.
Madonna: Come on, you guys! We're gonna play truth or dare.

Music by

Richard Stone



Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff, Steve Urkel, Dana Carvey
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner, Mike Myers
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Hello Nurse, Bea Arthur, Michelle Pfeiffer, Whoopi Goldberg, Madonna
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Ralph T. Guard, Dot's Pet
Sherri Stoner Slappy Squirrel, Geena Davis
Chick Vennera Joe Pesci
John Mariano Danny DeVito
Maurice LaMarche Jack Palance, Billy Crystal
Bob Ito Mr. Kato
Julia Kato Miss Tanaka
Valri Bromfield Mary Hartless
Dorian Harewood Spike Lee, Danny Glover
Paul Rugg Mr. Director

Kathryn Page's Credit

Tight Rope Walker


Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Goodbye, nurse!

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Season 1
De-ZanitizedThe Monkey SongNighty-Night ToonYakko's WorldCookies for EinsteinWin BigH.M.S. YakkoSlappy Goes WalnutsYakko's UniverseHooked on a CeilingGoodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyTemporary InsanityOperation: LollipopWhat are We?Piano RagWhen Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot SongThe Big Candy StoreBumbie's MomWally LlamaWhere Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No PaintingLes MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the Century/West Side Pigeons; Hello Nice Warners/La Behemoth/Little Old Slappy from Pasadena; La La Law/Cat on a Hot Steel Beam; Space-Probed/Battle for the Planet; Chalkboard Bungle/Hurray for Slappy/The Great Wakkorotti: The Master and His Music; Roll Over, Beethoven/The Cat and the Fiddle; Pavlov's Mice/Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov/Nothing But the Tooth; Meatballs or Consequences/A Moving Experience; Hearts of Twilight/The Boids; The Flame/Wakko's America/Davy Omelette/Four Score and Seven Migraines Ago; Guardin' the Garden/Plane Pals; Be Careful What You Eat/Up the Crazy River/Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump, Ta Da Dump Dump Dump; Opportunity Knox/Wings Take Heart; Hercule Yakko/Home on De-Nile/A Midsummer Night's Dream; Testimonials (Animaniacs)/Babblin' Bijou Potty Emergency/Sir Yaksalot; You Risk Your Life/I Got Yer Can/Jockey for Position; Moby or Not Moby Mesozoic Mindy The Good, the Boo, and the Ugly Draculee, Draculaa Phranken-Runt Hot, Bothered and Bedeviled Moon Over Minerva Skullhead Boneyhands O Silly Mio Puttin' on the Blitz The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer Concert Chairman of the Bored Planets Song Astro-Buttons Cartoons in Wakko's Body 1 Noah's Lark Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 The Big Kiss Hiccup Cartoons in Wakko's Body Conclusion Clown and Out Bubba Bo Bob Brain In the Garden of Mindy No Place Like Homeless Katie Ka-Boo Baghdad Cafe Critical Condition The Three Muska-Warners Dough Dough Boys Boot Camping General Boo-Regard Spellbound Smitten with Kittens Alas Poor Skullhead White Gloves Fair Game The Slapper Puppet Rulers Buttermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter Broadcast Nuisance Raging Bird Animator's Alley Can't Buy a Thrill Hollywoodchuck Of Nice and Men What a Dump! Survey Ladies Useless Fact 1 The Senses Song Useless Fact 2 Dot's Poetry Corner The World Can Wait Useless Fact 3 Kiki's Kitten Useless Fact 4 Windsor Hassle ...And Justice for Slappy Turkey Jerky Wild Blue Yonder Video Revue When Mice Ruled the Earth Mobster Mash Lake Titicaca Icebreakers A Christmas Plotz Little Drummer Warners Twas the Day Before Christmas Jingle Boo The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert Toy Shop Terror Yakko's Universe The Warners and the Beanstalk Frontier Slappy Ups and Downs The Brave Little Trailer Yes, Always Drive-Insane Girlfeathers I'm Cute Brain Meets Brawn Meet Minerva Gold Rush A Gift of Gold Dot's Quiet Time Schnitzelbank The Helpinki Formula Le Bouton et le Ballon Kung Boo Of Course You Know, This Means Warners Up a Tree Wakko's Gizmo Meet John Brain Smell Ya Later Ragamuffins Woodstock Slappy Karaoke-Dokie Cranial Crusader The Chicken Who Loved Me Baloney and Kids Super Buttons Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving Lesson Scare Happy Slappy Witch One MacBeth With Three, You Get Eggroll Mermaid Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: Call Waiting Lookit the Fuzzy Heads No Face Like Home The Warners 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please The Mindy 500 Morning Malaise Miami Mama-Mia Pigeon on the Roof We're No Pigeons Whistle-Stop Mindy Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken Date I'm Mad Bad Mood Bobby Katie Ka-Boom: The Blemish Fake
Season 3
Super Strong Warner Siblings Nutcracker Slappy Wakko's New Gookie A Quake, a Quake! Variety Speak Three Tenors and You're Out Bingo Deduces Wild Rest in Pieces U.N. Me A Hard Day's Warners Gimme a Break Buttons in Ows Hercules Unwound This Pun for Hire Star Truck Go Fish Multiplication (song) The Sound of Warners Yabba Dabba Boo My Mother the Squirrel The Party Oh Say Can You See The Twelve Days of Christmas Dot's Entertainment The Girl with the Googily Goop Gunga Dot Soccer Coach Slappy Belly Button Blues Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise Valuable Lesson Wakko's 2-Note Song Panama Canal Hello Nurse The Ballad of Magellan The Return of the Great Wakkorotti The Big Wrap Party Tonight
Season 4
One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock Cutie and the Beast Boo Happens Noel Jokahontas Boids on the Hood Mighty Wakko at the Bat A Very Very Very Very Special Show Night of the Living Buttons Soda Jerk From Burbank with Love Anchors A-Warners When You're Traveling Papers for Pappa Amazing Gladiators Pinky and the Ralph Ten Short Films About Wakko Warner No Time for Love The Boo Network Pitter Patter of Little Feet Mindy in Wonderland Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Back in Style Bones in the Body It Dot- The Macadamia Nut Bully for Skippy Cute First (Ask Questions Later) Acquaintances Here Comes Atilla Boo Wonder Magic Time The Brain's Apprentice Hooray for North Hollywood (Part I) Hooray for North Hollywood (Part II) The Carpool The Sunshine Squirrels The Christmas Tree Punchline (Part I) Prom Night Punchline (Part II) Birds on a Wire The Scoring Session The Animaniacs Suite
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