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"A Hard Day's Luck" is the ninth episode of Season 4.



One morning, Haggis MacHaggis wakes up only to and sadly looks in the mirror. He then calls for his houseboy, Myron to help with his hair (he rips off Myron's back hair and tries taping it to his head), but that fails. Then Haggis wishes that he had hair.

Later on at breakfast, Myron finds a "Just add water" leprechaun prize. He spits on it and it turns into a REAL leprechaun. Haggis thinks it's a "foreigner", and orders Myron to throw him out. But the leprechaun tells Haggis he'll grant anything he wishes for. Haggis orders the leprechaun to give him hair. The leprechaun agrees, but said Haggis must first pass a test. Haggis agrees with him. For the first test, the leprechaun says, "Can ya keep your temper?" He tells a story about an ugly little Scotsman (really Haggis) who was always angry and had three sons. The leprechaun plucked out one hair at a time, acting like it's one of the Scotsman's three sons and this really makes Haggis mad. He starts to beat up Myron, and then the leprechaun takes away Myron.

Next, for the second test, the leprechaun wants to see an act of kindness from Haggis. A clam asks Haggis to take him back to the ocean, Haggis but throws him instead. Then the leprechaun gets mad and takes Haggis' clothes, his money, and his palace.

Then the leprechaun gives Haggis one last chance. He tells Haggis to pass a test of courage, proving that Haggis is not afraid of "the dark". So they put him down a well and the leprechaun says if he could last more than 1 minute in the well, Haggis wins. But if Haggis loses, the leprechaun gets to keep his shillelagh. So Myron and the Leprechaun lower Haggis down the well. Haggis doesn't see why he has to be scared, but he does when Myron sits on the well. This causes the well to grow dark. And Haggis says "Well at least there's no snakes!". But Myron and the Leprechaun are shaking dice above making it sound like there are snakes in the well. Then Haggis gets creeped out and says " Well uh.. certainly there are no MONSTERS?" And above the well Myron is drinking his soda and when he burps, it makes it sound like there are monsters inside of the well. Then Haggis starts to get scared. He looks to his left and his mind plays tricks on his eyes making it look like he's really seeing monsters. Haggis is then really frightened, and he then lights a match and finds Scotsmen skeletons at the bottom of the well. Then he hears a gruff voice say, "Hey buddy! Got a light?" He looks to his left again but this time he sees a REAL MONSTER! This makes Haggis so scared that when he screames, his brain jumps out of his head and runs up the walls! Haggis then runs straight out of the well and he starts to cry because he didn't win. This makes the Leprechaun feel horrible about taking Haggis' things. "All right!! Shut uuup!!" screamed the Leprechaun. He then lets Haggis win by making him eat a bean that will grant him his wish. Haggis does so and then a stem of black hair comes out of his head and his wish comes true! He then hops off into the sunset but explodes for some weird reason.

Production Music

List of production music used in the short below. 

  • The Work o the Weavers – Bruce Davies, Bill McArthur, Wendy Weatherby
  • Shamrock Jig – Richard Myhill
  • Passion – Richard Myhill
  • Very End – Sam Fonteyn
  • Junior Miss – Len Stevens
  • Trumpet Link (b) – Richard Myhill
  • Willie’s Gone to Melville Castle – Bobby Forsyth
  • Tales of Mystery – Richard Myhill
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • Springtime Dance (a) – Richard Myhill
  • Symphony No. 6 Pastorale-4th Movement – Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Dirty Work at the Crossroads – Sam Fonteyn
  • Playbill – Wilfred Burns
  • Without Walls A – Mladen Franko
  • Ride of the Valkyries – Richard Wagner
  • Irish Jig – Richard Myhill
  • Stirring Drums of the Highlands – John Fox
  • The Recorder Lesson – Richard Myhill
  • Bodhran Beat – Kevin Conneff; Scottish Reform / Miss Sally Hunter / Road to the Isles – David Duncan
  • Casta Diva Part 1 Act I Norma – Vincenzo Bellini
  • Set to Pounce – David Farnon
  • Terror – Alan Braden
  • Shamrock Jig – Richard Myhill
  • Very Happily Drunk – Richard Myhill
  • Jacksons Morning Brush – Paddy Moloney
  • Impressions of India VI – Victor Cavini
  • Elemental Power – Gerhard Trede
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • Shamrock Jig – Richard Myhill
  • Broken Silence – Robert Farnon
  • Stirring Drums of the Highlands – John Fox
  • The Maid Behind the Bar 2 – Patrick Campbell-Lyons
  • The Menacing Silence (a) – Richard Harvey
  • Footsteps of Horror – W. Merrick Farran
  • Silent Scream (a) – Richard Harvey
  • Point of Departure O – Gregor F. Narholz
  • Silent Scream (a) – Richard Harvey
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • The Last Post (b) – Dick Stephen Walter
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • Fond Memories of Portree – David Bell
  • ? (Unidentified)
  • Pageantry 2 – Leslie Pearson
  • Saucy – Andy Findon
  • Maniac Pursuit – Trevor Duncan
  • Hallelujah Chorus – George Frideric Handel
  • Yankee Doodle – Jerry Burnham, Gil Carter


  • The test of generosity scene was edited out of the DVD.
  • Both Ren and Stimpy don't appear in this episode.
  • The Crocostimpys make a return.
  • The title art resembles the one used in the banned episode, "Man's Best Friend".
  • This was a pilot for a proposed spin-off starring Haggis.
  • The episode's title is a parody of The Beatles album A Hard Day's Night.
  • Haggis' mouth doesn't move when he says "Oh boy!" before Myron pours the cereal into the bowl.
  • A small portion of the Secret Club segment is used before this episode starts in TV airings. The portion in question is when Stimpy wears the TV goggles and says "Ok, kids! It's time for our secret cartoon!" This scene is also cut in the Paramount DVD.

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The Ren and Stimpy Show S4 E09 - Hard Day's Luck

Episode List
Big House Blues (Pilot)
Season 1
Stimpy's Big DayThe Big ShotRobin HöekNurse StimpySpace MadnessThe Boy Who Cried RatFire DogsThe Littlest GiantMaroonedUntamed WorldBlack HoleStimpy's Invention
Season 2
Ren's ToothacheRubber Nipple SalesmenSven HoekHaunted HouseMad Dog HoekIn The ArmyMan's Best FriendBig Baby ScamDog ShowMonkey See, Monkey Don'tPowdered Toast ManFake DadOut WestStimpy's Fan ClubThe Great OutdoorsThe Cat That Laid the Golden HairballSon of StimpyA Visit To AnthonyThe Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen
Season 3
To Salve And Salve NotA Yard Too FarCircus MidgetsNo Pants TodayRen's PecsAn Abe DividedStimpy's Cartoon ShowLair Of The LummoxJimminy LummoxBassmastersRen's RetirementJerry the Bellybutton ElfRoad ApplesHard Times for HaggisEat My CookiesRen's Bitter Half
Season 4
Hermit RenThe House of Next TuesdayA Friend in Your Face!Blazing EntrailsLumber JerksPrehistoric StimpyFarm HandsMagical Golden Singing CheesesA Hard Day's LuckI Love ChickenPowdered Toast Man vs. Waffle WomanIt's a Dog's LifeEgg YölkeoDouble HeaderThe Scotsman in SpacePixie KingAloha HöekInsomniac RenMy Shiny FriendCheese Rush DaysWiener BaronsGaloot WranglersSuperstitious StimpyTravelogue
Season 5
Ol' Blue NoseStupid Sidekick UnionSpace DoggedFued For SaleHair of the CatCity HicksStimpy's PetRen's BrainBell HopsDog TagsI Was a Teenage StimpyWho's Stupid Now?School MatesDinner PartySammy and MeBig FlakesTerminal StimpyPen PalsThe Last TemptationReverend JackA Scooter for Yaksmas