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"Battle of the Bulge" is the twenty-first episode of Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers. It premiered on October 9, 1989, and is the eighth episode of the second season.

Synopsis

Monty's weight problem encourages the Rangers to go on diets and to exercise more frequently. Meanwhile, Fat Cat is hiring Jamaican fruit bats to steal jewels for him.

Plot

At the top of a building, Chief Marley, Lady Richmore and a bevy of news reporters are awaiting the arrival of Richmore’s jewels via armored transport helicopters, the city’s latest service introduced with the intent of preventing jewel robbery. However, when the safe delivered by the helicopter is opened, everyone is shocked to see that instead of jewels it is filled with banana peels, apple cores and other fruit remnants.

At the police headquarters, the rescue rangers, sitting atop the ceiling fan, learn about the mid-air robbery. While Chip and Gadget discuss the peculiarity of the heist, Monterey Jack devours an entire doughnut that he pinched from one of the officers below. The Australian rodent then goes straight for the cheese slice in Sergeant Spinelli’s sandwich, making the officer see red. All the policemen chase Monty who, having gained a significant amount of weight recently, only barely manages to escape them.

Back at the ranger headquarters, the gang, after a lot of persuasion, manage to convince Monty to go on a diet. The rotund mouse embarks on a very strict diet and exercise regimen. Unfortunately for the rest of the rangers, he forces them to be a part of it as well. While the rangers engage in vigorous cardio, the news on the TV reveals that more mid-air robberies have been taking place and the police don’t have any clue about the culprits, except for pile of leftover fruit.

While the rangers are out jogging, the exhausted and famished Chip and Dale notice a truck offloading crates of fruit and they quickly jump into one of the crates for a much needed snack. Unfortunately, Wart Mepps and Mole arrive at the scene and steal the crate of fruit. Back at Fat Cat’s hideout, Chip and Dale, still hiding in the fruit crate, learn that Fat Cat is using a trio of Jamaican fruit bats to commit the mid-air robberies, and the fruit is their payment.

The rescue rangers pursue the fruit bats as they rob yet another armored helicopter and return with the loot to Fat Cat’s hideout. While Fat Cat and his cronies try to capture the rescue rangers who had stowed away in the stolen loot bags, Gadget, who had stayed behind in the armored helicopter uses its powerful winch to pull open the mouth of the cat statue that is Fat Cat’s hideout. The bats fall into a dumpster, Fat Cat falls into the sewer and the stolen jewels fall onto the street where they are picked up by Officers Kirby and Muldoon. With the case solved and the stolen loot retrieved, the rangers take a much needed break from solving cases and working out, and relax in a hot bubble bath.

Cast

Video releases

VHS

  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Crime-Busters

DVD

  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers: Volume 1

Trivia

  • The title of the episode is the name of an actual battle that was fought in Western Europe at the close of World War II.
  • The TV aerobics trainer is named Dev, after one of the writers of this episode, Dev Ross.
  • This episode was banned and not shown in syndication due to stereotypical bat villains featured in it.

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Media
Chip 'n Dale Rescue RangersFeature filmVideographyVideo gameChip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers 2The Adventure in Nimnul's CastleThe Legend of the Chaos GodDisney ComicsThe Case of the Flying CarpetBoom! StudiosThe Big Cheese CaperGhost of a ChanceThe Rescue Rangers Save Little Red
Disney Parks
Gadget's Go Coaster
Characters
The Rangers: Chip and DaleGadget HackwrenchMonterey JackZipperFlash the Wonder DogLahwhinie

Characters: SpunkyCheddarhead Charlie and Camembert KateTammyGeegaw HackwrenchMrs. BoobyBaby BoobyConrad CockatooSergeant SpinelliOfficer Kirby and Officer MuldoonDonald Drake and PlatoFrenchieQue SeraClyde CosgroveMr. GribbishColonelBuffy RatzkiwatzkiProfessorFoxgloveMidgeHumphrey the BearKookoo and BootsSparkyNemoSpirit of the LampBric, Brac, and DTZPepto GizmoHarryHarrietHiram the MummySir ColbyTomDarby SpreeCassandraPop TopQueenieThe Pi-RatsCaptain ColonelElliottTing-a-Ling & Ming-TingBruinHeebee & JeebeeRogerMacDuffSteggyChirp SingMyronCanina La Fur
Villains: Fat CatFat Cat's GangMaltese de SadeLe Sewer and RatatouilleProfessor Norton NimnulRobot DogsNormie NimnulAldrin KlordanePercyJuice-LeeBilly the SquidSewernose de BergeracBansheeRat CaponeArnold Mousenegger and Sugar Ray LizardSpy RatsThe Greatest Spy in the WorldCaptain FinnAll Hands and Mr. StarfishLouie the Mountain LionTick-Tock the CrocodileEl EmenopioWinifredBudLouMrs. SweeneyToddJack and NickelsErolMusclesBaby ThaddeusMonrovia and PomonaKismetMr. DumptyNogCruiser and BruiserDr. PiltdownBubblesIrwina AllenQuigley and Abba-DabbaLord HowieSu LinHeinrich Von SugarbottomWexlerRatso RatzkiwatzkiMoose and RoccoZsa Zsa Labrador

Episodes
Season One: "Catteries Not Included" • "Piratsy Under the Seas" • "Dale Beside Himself" • "Flash the Wonder Dog" • "Out to Launch" • "Kiwi's Big Adventure" • "Adventures in Squirrelsitting" • "Pound of the Baskervilles" • "Risky Beesness" • "Three Men and a Booby" • "The Carpetsnaggers" • "Bearing Up Baby" • "Parental Discretion Retired"

Season Two: "To the Rescue" • "A Lad in a Lamp" • "The Luck Stops Here" • "Battle of the Bulge" • "Ghost of a Chance" • "An Elephant Never Suspects" • "Fake Me to Your Leader" • "Last Train to Cashville" • "A Case of Stage Blight" • "The Case of the Cola Cult" • "Throw Mummy from the Train" • "A Wolf in Cheap Clothing" • "Robocat" • "Does Pavlov Ring a Bell?" • "Prehysterical Pet" • "A Creep in the Deep" • "Normie's Science Project" • "Seer No Evil" • "Chipwrecked Shipmunks" • "When Mice Were Men" • "Chocolate Chips" • "The Last Leprechaun" • "Weather or Not" • "One-Upsman-Chip" • "Shell Shocked" • "Love is a Many Splintered Thing" • "Song of the Night 'n Dale" • "Double 'O Chipmunk" • "Gadget Goes Hawaiian" • "It's a Bird, It's Insane, It's Dale!" • "Short Order Crooks" • "Mind Your Cheese and Q's" • "Out of Scale" • "Dirty Rotten Diapers" • "Good Times, Bat Times" • "Pie in the Sky" • "Le Purrfect Crime" • "When You Fish Upon a Star" • "Rest Home Rangers" • "A Lean on the Property" • "The Pied Piper Power Play" • "Gorilla My Dreams" • "The S.S. Drainpipe"
Season Three: "Zipper Come Home" • "Puffed Rangers" • "A Fly in the Ointment" • "A Chorus Crime" • "They Shoot Dogs, Don't They"

Objects
Ranger WingRanger PlaneScreaming EagleGyrotankMeal-O-MaticLampSteggy's SpacecraftCoo-Coo ColaGigantico Raygun
Locations
Ranger Headquarters • Happy Tom Cat Food FactoryProfessor Nimnul's Lab Dome
Songs
Rescue Rangers ThemeFat Cat StompThe Best of EverythingYou're the Best Bee for MeThe Coo Coo Cola Song
See also
The Disney AfternoonDisney XD (Netherlands)Walt Disney World Quest: Magical Racing TourLet's Go to Disneyland Paris