"A Visit To Anthony" is the 17th episode of the second season.
Anthony, a young fan of Ren and Stimpy, wins a contest to have Ren and Stimpy come to meet him, but his menacing, overprotective father would do anything to protect him and his boyhood innocence.
- The character of Anthony was inspired and voiced by a real life fan, who sent in the first letter to the show. As a result, this episode rarely airs in syndication, as Nickelodeon would have to pay Anthony's voice actor royalty fees.
- This is the first episode to confirm that Ren and Stimpy both hail from Hollywood, Yugoslavia, which was previously hinted at in "Mad Dog Hoek".
- In real life, Yugoslavia was a European nation that was created in 1918 shortly after World War I. In 1992, around the time this episode aired, the country was divided into six separate countries, including modern-day Croatia and Slovenia, due to a variety of factors.
- "A Visit to Anthony" was originally intended to be animated by Carbunkle Cartoons. According to Bob Jaques, Nickelodeon cancelled these plans, presumably because production was going over budget, and instead had them animate "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen".
- Although John K. voices Ren in this episode, he is briefly voiced by Billy West in the eye bulging scene, as not all of the voice acting had been completed prior to John's firing.
- This is one of the first episodes where Ren and Stimpy are portrayed as actual actors, both known as famous stars and a comedy duo. The Games Animation episodes would later continue to break the fourth wall in this fashion, acknowledging that The Ren & Stimpy Show is an actual show and the two are a comedy duo from said show. In a similar way, Warner Bros.' Animaniacs would be acknowledged as an actual show for its self-aware nature.
- The World Crisis With Mr. Horse segment used only digital ink and paint instead of its original traditional-cel animation.
- There was a deleted scene of Anthony showing the two his Stimpy doll that hwarfs out cat hairballs, and Ren doll that had a pull string which would make it say naughty words. Possibly, this scene was banned from being made for the episode's production and/or final version primarily because of foul language (for example: What the f*** is your problem, man?!) and inappropriate gross-out humor. Because of that, the crew at Spümcø decided not to finish this scene for the episode.
Note: This only focuses on the scene that was rejected from being finished, plus, there are no photos of the Ren doll mentioned in the earlier scene, so it is just the Stimpy doll.