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"Flipper Parody/Temporary Insanity/Operation: Lollipop/What are We?" is the 6th episode of the original Animaniacs. It originally aired on September 20th, 1993.

Flipper Parody


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha


The Warners do a parody of the opening to the television show Flipper as Ralph pursues them (and fails to capture them).



Theme Song


Variable Line

Yakko, Wakko & Dot: Cockamamie...

Temporary Insanity


Animated by Tokyo Movie Shinsha, Ltd.


Mr. Plotz's secretary Mrs. Hoffelmeyer gets sick and leaves him with a phone number to dial a temp-secretary, but because of his lack of knowledge on how telephones work he accidentally dials the Warners, having them come over and "help" Mr. Plotz out. In the end they destroy the building over a dispute on who answers the phone, the call itself being the secretary letting Mr. Plotz know that she'll be sick for another day. As Mr. Plotz looks in in worry, debris falls onto his head and knocks him unconscious. The Warners then gleefully wave goodbye as the cartoon ends.



  • Hanging on the wall, in the reception room, are pictures of three Tiny Toon Adventures characters: Hamton J. Pig, Buster Bunny and Elmyra Duff. There is also a portrait of Batman as he appears in Batman: The Animated Series, which had a lot of the same crew as Tiny Toons and Animaniacs.
  • Mr. Plotz is a technophobe, who doesn't know how to use a phone.
  • Yakko, Wakko and Dot have a Bugs Bunny phone.
  • Mr. Plotz drinks out of a Batman coffee mug.
  • The typing tune is "The Typewriter" by Leroy Anderson.
  • Yakko does an imitation of Jerry Lewis' typewriter miming routine from the film Who's Minding the Store?
  • The clips of Yakko saying "Time out!" and "Time in!" are used in the opening of Rob Paulsen's podcast Talkin' Toons.
  • The sick secretary in Ellen Stamper's book adaptation of this episode is named "Miss Fyngolden.
  • The title could be referencing the 1980 Paul McCartney song “Temporary Secretary” as the episode is about Mr. Plotz needs a temporary secretary and the title is very close to “Temporary Secretary”.


Plotz: (after hanging up on the Warners) Oh my. What have I done? Where's my aspirin? (opens his cabinet drawer)
(Yakko, Wakko and Dot appear out of the drawer)
Yakko: Reporting for work, sir!
(Yakko, Wakko and Dot kiss Mr. Plotz, and start cleaning and organizing his office)
Plotz: Get back in your tower!
Wakko: I thought you needed us to be your secretaries.
Plotz: Never!
(Wakko swallows Plotz's WB shield-shaped paperweight)
Plotz: And give me back my paperweight!
Wakko: Okay, but you'll have to wait a while.
Yakko: Mwah! Goodnight everybody!
Plotz: Ewwww!
Mr. Plotz: I want you to take a letter.
Wakko: Where do you want me to take it?
Mr. Plotz: No, no. I mean I want you to write a letter.
Wakko: Okay. (takes out a notepad and a pencil as Oh Christmas Tree plays in the background) Dear Santa, I have been ever so good this year. I would like a new mallet and a shiny brass anvil.
Mr. Plotz: No, no, no, no! Write a letter for me! For me!
Wakko: Well, I don't know what you want for Christmas.
(The phone rings.)
THE WB KIDS: I'll get it!
WAKKO: Look, it's a big fat fanny!
Plotz: Stop!
Yakko: Time out!
Plotz: When will this insanity end?
Dot: When one of us answers the phone, silly.
Plotz: I did not know that.
Yakko: Time in!

Operation: Lollipop


Animated by Akom


Mindy's mom (whom she refers to as "Lady" which irritates the mom) straps Mindy to her safety harness and gives her a lollipop and tells Buttons that he won't get a treat unless he's good, and specifically not to terrorize the mailman. Mindy then proceeds to accidentally get the now sticky lollipop onto the mailman's van, causing her to escape her safety harness to get it. Buttons then proceeds to chase Mindy to get her back home. They end up on a falling out of an airplane gliding back home with a mail back, Mindy somehow getting back into her safety harness with the lollipop just in time for the mother to check up on them. Mindy's mom assumes that Buttons attacked the mail man because of all the mail scattered around, scolding him and not giving him his treat.



  • This is the first Buttons and Mindy segment to air.
  • The Warners cameo being chased by Ralph at the airport on luggage carts. Dot says, "Hiya folks!" to the viewing audience.

What Are We?


Animated by StarToons


As Dr. Scratchansniff tries to de-zanitize the WB Kids, he asks them what kind of creature they are. They then proceed to sing their ideas to him, but in the end they draw the conclusion that they are cute! Dr. Scratchansniff then says he regrets his decision to ask as they iris out.




  • Creator Tom Ruegger suggests that the Warners are merely toons and their species name is cartoonus characterus.[1]

Music By

Richard Stone, Carl Johnson


Voice Actors: Character(s):
Rob Paulsen Yakko Warner, Dr. Scratchansniff
Jess Harnell Wakko Warner
Tress MacNeille Dot Warner, Mindy's Mother, Mrs. Hoffelmeyer
Nancy Cartwright Mindy
Frank Welker Thaddeus Plotz, Buttons, Mailman
Maurice LaMarche Mel Gibson


See here


  1. Lammle, Ron (01-04-2018) - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Animaniacs. Mental Floss. Retrieved June 26, 2023.

List of Animaniacs (Original Series) episodes
Season 1
De-Zanitized / The Monkey Song / Nighty-Night ToonYakko's World / Cookies for Einstein / Win BigH.M.S. Yakko / Slappy Goes Walnuts / Yakko's UniverseHooked on a Ceiling / Film Projector Transition / Goodfeathers: The BeginningTaming of the ScrewyFlipper Parody / Temporary Insanity / Operation: Lollipop / What are We?Piano Rag / When Rita Met RuntThe Warners' Lot Song / The Big Candy Store / Bumbie's MomWally Llama / Where Rodents DareKing YakkoNo Pain, No Painting / Les MiseranimalsGarage Sale of the Century / Fortunes / West Side PigeonsHello Nice Warners / La Behemoth / Little Old Slappy From PasadenaLa La Law / Cat on a Hot Steel BeamSpace-Probed / Battle for the PlanetChalkboard Bungle / Hurray for Slappy / The Great Wakkorotti: The Master & His MusicRoll Over, Beethoven / The Cat and the FiddlePavlov's Mice / Chicken Boo-Ryshnikov / Nothing But the ToothMeatballs or Consequences / A Moving ExperienceHearts of Twilight / The BoidsThe Flame / Wakko's America / Davy Omelette / Four Score and Seven Migraines AgoGuardin' the Garden / Plane PalsBe Careful What You Eat / Session 1 / Up the Crazy River / Session 2 / Ta Da DumpYakko's World of Baldness / Opportunity Knox / Wings Take HeartHercule Yakko / Home on De-Nile / A Midsummer Night's DreamTestimonials / Babblin' Bijou / Potty Emergency / Sir YaksalotYou Risk Your Life / I Got Yer Can / Jockey for PositionMoby or Not Moby / Mesozoic Mindy / The Good, the Boo, and the UglyDraculee, Draculaa / Phranken-RuntHot, Bothered and Bedeviled / Moon Over Minerva / Skullhead BoneyhandsO Silly Mio / Puttin' on the Blitz / The Great Wakkorotti: The Summer ConcertChairman of the Bored / Planets Song / Astro-ButtonsCartoons in Wakko's Body 1 / Noah's Lark / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 2 / The Big Kiss / Cartoons in Wakko's Body 3 / Hiccup / Cartoons in Wakko's Body ConclusionClown and Out / Bubba Bo Bob BrainVery Special Opening / Animaniacs Stew / In the Garden of Mindy / Pinky and the Cat / We've Been Mixing Up the Scripts / No Place Like Homeless / Katie Ka-Boo / We Found This Old Computer / Dottie the Squirrel / Baghdad CaféCritical Condition / The Three Muska-WarnersDough Dough Boys / Boot Camping / General Boo-RegardSpellboundSmitten with Kittens / Alas Poor Skullhead / White GlovesCasablanca Opening / Fair Game / The Slapper / Puppet RulersButtermilk, It Makes a Body Bitter / Broadcast Nuisance / Raging BirdAnimator's Alley / HollywoodchuckOf Nice and Men / What a Dump! / Survey LadiesUseless Facts / The Senses Song / The World Can Wait / Kiki's Kitten / • Mary Tyler Dot Song / Windsor Hassle / ...And Justice for SlappyTurkey Jerky / Wild Blue YonderVideo Review / When Mice Ruled the EarthMobster Mash / Lake Titicaca / IcebreakersVery Special Opening / A Christmas Plotz / Little Drummer WarnersSlippin' on the Ice / 'Twas the Day Before Christmas / Jingle Boo / The Great Wakkorotti: The Holiday Concert / Toy Shop Terror / Yakko's UniverseBranimaniacs / The Warners and the Beanstalk / Frontier SlappyUps and Downs / The Brave Little Trailer / Yes, AlwaysDrive-Insane / Girlfeathers / I'm CuteBrain Meets Brawn / Meet MinervaGold Rush / A Gift of Gold / Dot's Quiet TimeSchnitzelbank / The Helpinki Formula / Les Boutons et le Ballon / Kung BooOf Course You Know, This Means Warners / Up a Tree / Wakko's GizmoOh, Oh, Ethel / Inkblot Test / Meet John Brain / Smell Ya LaterRagamuffins / Woodstock SlappyKaraoke Dokie / Cranial Crusader / The Chicken Who Loved MeBaloney & Kids / Super Buttons / Katie Ka-Boom: The Driving LessonScare Happy Slappy / Witch One / MacBethWith Three, You Get Eggroll / Mermaid Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: Call WaitingLookit the Fuzzy Heads / No Face Like HomeMy Father the Tuna / The Warners' 65th Anniversary Special
Season 2
Take My Siblings, Please / The Mindy 500 / Morning MalaiseWe're No Pigeons / Whistle-Stop Mindy / Katie Ka-Boom: The Broken DateMiami Mama-Mia / Pigeon on the Roof / CooI'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 / BingoPreviously on Animaniacs / Deduces Wild / Rest in Pieces / U.N. MeA Hard Day's Warners / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life FoundationThe Tiger Prince / All The Words in the English Language (Part 1) / The Kid in the Lid / All The Words in the English Language (Part 2) / Method to Her Madness / All The Words in the English Language (Part 3)The Presidents Song / Don't Tread on Us / The Flame ReturnsGimme the Works / Buttons in Ows / Hercules UnwoundThis Pun for Hire / Star Truck / Go Fish / Multiplication (song)The Sound of Warners / Yabba Dabba BooMy Mother the Squirrel / The Party / Oh! Say Can You See / The Twelve Days of ChristmasDot's Entertainment / The Girl with the Googily Goop / Gunga Dot2001 Parody 1 / Soccer Coach Slappy 2001 Parody 2 / Belly Button Blues / Our Final Space Cartoon, We Promise / Valuable LessonWakko'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 ClockCutie and the Beast / Boo Happens / Noel / Cold EndingAnimani-rats /• Jokahontas / Boids on the Hood / Mighty Wakko at the BatA Very Very Very Very Special Show / Night of the Living Buttons / Soda JerkFrom Burbank with Love / Anchors A-Warners / When You're TravelingParody Commercials / Papers for Pappa / Amazing Gladiators / Pinky and the RalphTen Short Films About Wakko Warner / No Time for Love / The Boo NetworkPitter Patter of Little Feet / Mindy in Wonderland / Ralph's Wedding
Season 5
Moosage in a Bottle / Back in Style / Bones in the BodyIt / Dot - The Macadamia Nut / Bully for SkippyCute First (Ask Questions Later) / Acquaintances / Here Comes Atilla / Boo WonderMagic Time / The Brain's Apprentice
Hooray for North Hollywood: (Part 1Part 2)
The Carpool / The Sunshine SquirrelsThe Christmas Tree / Punchline (Part 1) / Prom Night / Punchline (Part 2)
The Ultimate Animaniacs Super Special:
(Birds on a Wire / The Scoring Session / Transition: Very Special Opening / The Animaniacs Suite)