Season 3, Episode 13A
Air date April 21, 1996
Written by Tim Hill
Directed by Jeff "Swampy" Marsh

Dan Povenmire

Rocko's Modern Life
Scrubbin' Down Under
Fatal Contraption

Zanzibar is episode 39a of Rocko's Modern Life.


This musical-style episode for Earth Day has Rocko pitting the town citizens against Conglom-O and its pollution.


During the spring, the citizens of O-Town are spring cleaning their city and dedicate a musical to it. When Rocko comes around, he asks Heffer about the musical. Heffer tells him that it was the song to the citizens' hearts and they rehearsed for the musical. Heffer rides with Rocko to drive to the city dump, only to find that the dump is too full to put any more garbage in it, much to the other citizens' dismay. Ed, who has a truckload of cans of goo, suggests that the garbage should go into the park, to which Rocko responds that garbage can't just be dumped in any territory. Ed refuses to heed Rocko's words and dedicates a song to his contempt of nature and the environment. When Rocko tries to convince Ed to think about what's good for the environment, Captain Compost Heap overhears and implements a recycle song that sends a message to the citizens of O-Town. After the song, Rocko (who dubs the song as "sappy") suggests that everyone should collaborate to clean up O-Town and they open up a recycle center.

Although they cleaned up the city, Mr. Heap tells Rocko that the Conglom-O company is not doing their act at cleaning and the citizens decide to rescind their recycling business since Conglom-O runs everything, even dedicating a song to it. But Rocko barely convices them to fight back and march to the Conglom-O building to stand up to them. As they get to the Conglom-O building, the security guard refuses to let Rocko inside without an appointment. But when Rocko demands him to speak to the company, the security guard nonchalantly lets him in, and Rocko meets Mr. Dupette and the other employees to tell them about the recycling. Although he vacillates, he gets help from the other citizens, who sing the recycle song to tell the owner and his employees the point. When Rocko asks Mr. Dupette if they would clean up their act, Mr. Dupette nonchalantly agrees to. The citizens congratulate Rocko for fighting city hall and carry him out of the building. Mr. Dupette, particularly moved by the citizen's display of desiring environmental change for the better, soon reveals that Ed Bighead is responsible for its waste disposal division as its head, and immediately demands him to make a variety of extremely grueling but necessary environmentally helpful changes.

When Ed is back at his house, he hears a knock on his door. He answers the door to find the citizens of O-Town, who thanks him for helping keeping the city clean. But Ed is little more than unappreciated and dedicates a song for his apathy for the ozone layer. He sprays the air, prompting the carbons to eat up the ozone layer, which causes the sun light to reflect on him, burning him to a crisp as he utters his catchphrase "I hate my life." Captain Compost Heap then states that "If you're not nice to mother nature, she'll kick our butts."

Characters Present


  • Some of the rocks in the background during the desert scenes spell put words. One of them is JOE. This is the first name of the creator of the show, Joe Murray.
  • This show was featured in an article of the Sun Herald. The headline was "Rocko and the Gang Take Down Pollution."
  • The Tin Man from The Wizard of Oz makes a background appearance during one of the musical numbers. He previously had a cameo going through a metal detector in "Jet Scream."
  • Last apparence of Earl.
  • Murky the bear is a obvious parody of Smokey the bear, a mascot created to teach people the dangers of wild fires.

Song lyrics

Recycle Song:

"R-E-C-Y-C-L-E recycle

C-O-N-S-E-R-V-E conserve

don't you P-O-L-L-U-T-E pollute the river, sky, or sea

or else you're gonna get what you deserve

The ozone is in horrible condition,

from fluorocarbons in our atmosphere.

they are too small to be seen by normal vision

but there's getting to be more of us each year

we come from a variety of places

like Styrofoam containers & aerosol cans

we love to eat the ozone it's our favorite dessert

and if you don't have an ozone then the sun can really hurt

I must admit we make a lot of garbage

this dump is filled up way above the brim

if we don't make an effort to recycle

the future could be looking mighty grim

someone's cutting down the O-town forest

it's not enough to sit around and grieve

if we don't protect our flora and our fauna

then we won't have the oxygen to breathe

R-E-C-Y-C-L-E recycle

C-O-N-S-E-R-V-E conserve

don't you P-O-L-L-U-T-E pollute the river sky or sea

or else we're gonna get what we deserve!

Season 3 Episode List
Bye, Bye BirdieBelch of DestinyThe Emperor's New JoeSchnit-headsSugar Frosted FrightsEd is DeadFish-N-ChumpsCamera ShyNothing To Sneeze AtOld Fogey FroggyManic MechanicRocko's Happy VerminI See London, I See FranceThe FatlandsFortune CookieDear JohnSpeaking TermsTooth and NailWacky DellyThe Big QuestionThe Big AnswerAn Elk for HefferScrubbin' Down UnderZanzibarFatal Contraption