|Season 3, Episode 10|
|Air date||January 21, 1995|
|Rocko's Modern Life|
Tooth and Nail
The Big Question
Wacky Delly is episode 36 of Rocko's Modern Life. Ralph Bighead decides to leave the television animation industry, but when he is forced to make a new show, he lets Rocko, Filburt, and Heffer take charge of his new series. But when the show becomes a hit, Ralph constantly attempts to sabatoge the show.
After 893 successful episodes of The Fatheads cartoon series, Ralph is ready to leave the world of television animation so he can finally make his masterpiece. However, he is required to make one more new show by Monday before he leaves, according to his contract. So as he returns to his parents' home, where they are having a "welcome home" party for him, he gives Rocko, Filburt and Heffer free rein in creating a new television show, hoping that their ineptitude will get Ralph's contract canceled. When they arrive at Bighead Studios, they create a show called Wacky Delly, which consists on the characters Sal Ami, Betty Bologna, and Mr Cheese. While thinking of scenarios of the show's plot, Heffer and Filburt start changing the storylines of the show in a capricious manner, completely annoying Rocko to no end. When Heffer finally interrupts Rocko, asking if the cheese is mandatory at all, Heffer and Filburt get into a verbal altercation. They three later spend all night drawing little pictures and photo copying them. They only have one last thing to do, which is edit the film. But Heffer and Filburt continue arguing over the salami and cheese and end up destroying every film they edited. Ralph enters the editing room to pick up the finished film and the three friends give him one of the films they edited. Ralph plays the film of the show at the theater and it turns out to be a hit, much to Ralph's surprise.
Upset of the show's popularity due to it squelching his prospects of creating his masterpiece, and trying to get out of his contract, Ralph frequently tries to sabotage the show, such attempts as having an episode be a continuous image of a jar of Mayonnaise and over exposing an episode's film reel. But these two attempts only end up increasing the show's popularity. So Ralph goes to Ed to help him sabotage the show for him. Ed takes him down under to show him the heat ray, which he would use to rid Rocko and his friends out of his life for good. But Ralph tells him that he wasn't trying to hurt Rocko or his friends. So Ed decides to use the heat ray to destroy Bighead Studios instead. But this fails when Heffer uses a crank to hoist Bighead Studios (which he thought was hoisting his car) over the impending flood caused by Ed's heat ray, much to Ralph's annoyance. He confronts Rocko and his friends in the editing room and chews up the film, only to discover that he has eaten the film of The Fatheads episode and that the Wacky Delly tape was already developed. Ralph finally tells the three that he strongly dislikes the show and wants to get out of the business for real art. When Ralph is encouraged to get involved in the series, his wish to leave the studio unintentionally comes true. In the end, which is ten years later, he finally creates his masterpiece, only to find out that it reminds the people who see it of Wacky Delly.
Joe Murray described "Wacky Delly" as one of his favorite episodes because it addressed issues affecting Murray, the directors, and the writers. Murray described the episode as requiring "some very strange story elements" and that Olson helped Murray "keep the wacked out edge" of the episode.
Murray and Richard Leroy filmed the live-action meatloaf scene on Murray's patio with a wind-up camera to capture the colors of early 1960s films. Murray cooked the meatloaf and Carol Wyatt, the color supervisor, placed press-on nails on her hand and used her hands in the scene. At first the camera did not work. When Murray decided to end the shoot, the camera functioned, allowing for the shoot to continue. During the filming, two flies landed on the meatloaf. Leroy believed that the flies spoiled the shoot, while Murray believed that the flies enhanced the shoot. Murray used the plates involved in the production of the scene until he accidentally broke the plates; Murray discarded the plates.
- Ralph Bighead
- Ed Bighead
- Bev Bighead
- Sal Ami
- Betty Bologna
- Mr Cheese
- The Newscaster
- The Wacky Delly Pilot that Ralph Bighead shows the executives uses an excerpt from the song Dutch Clog Wedding Dances played on a band organ as the part of the show.
- The line "I am the cheese! I am the best character on the show!" is popular on the internet.
- On April Fool's Day 2013, TeenNick's Midnight Block The '90s Are All That advertised a long-lost episode of Rocko's Modern Life premiering 3/31/13 (Easter). It was revealed to all be an April Fools' setup, and the entire episode was 30 Minutes of the Mayo Jar.
- In 2012, voice actor Rob Paulsen hosted a special event that reunited the original Rocko cast at the Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. The event included a live table reading of the first act of Wacky Delly as read by Joe Murray, Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charlie Adler and Mr. Lawrence. The reading is included on the Complete Series DVD Box Set.
- The Wacky Delly episode Ralph directs is a spoof of the Mushroom Dance from Disney's Fantasia (1940).
- One scene copies dialogue exactly from the creation scene in Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) ("a credit to your genius, master. A triumph of your will. It's...okay.")