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"My Shiny Friend" is the 19th episode of Season 4.



Ren is forced to deal with Stimpy's obsession of watching television.


One day, Stimpy is watching T.V. Ren is supposed to go to work and thinks that Stimpy shouldn't spend all day watching television. So, Ren tells him to do the ironing. Soon after Ren leaves, Stimpy ignores him. Later that night, Ren comes home from work and finds Stimpy watching The Three Stooges. Ren tells Stimpy to cook tonight's dinner for the both of them. However, Stimpy cooks dinner by watching the show Cookin' with Chicken, and the chicken catches on fire by accident. Later on, Ren goes to answer the door, and a troop of firemen come in and eat the chicken with Stimpy while watching Fire Patrol. Later, Ren finds that Stimpy won't let anyone else sleep with him, reserving the space for the TV instead. Calmly, Ren kicks the TV out, and then Stimpy. The next day Ren tells Stimpy to play with his friends instead of watching television. Stimpy does he's told. However, Ren catches Stimpy and his friends watching Muddy Mudskipper atop a tree. Ren then buries the T.V. underground. Later on, Ren goes underground and catches Stimpy, along with a mole, watching T.V. Ren takes the T.V. above ground, runs up to it with a shovel, and destroys the television set. Unfortunately, this causes Stimpy to have an emotional meltdown. Ren slaps Stimpy to make him calm down and he calmly tells Ren that he had an accident but is alright. Later that night, Ren forces himself and Stimpy to stay in the dark by reading in order to curb his addiction. Stimpy asks to use the restroom multiple times for some reason. Ren then knows something is wrong after Stimpy tells him that he has to go do 'Number Three'. He peeks in through the doorknob and sees Stimpy pull a T.V. out of the toilet. Stimpy watches it for hours. Ren then kicks the door down, and sees Stimpy on the floor. Stimpy is shown glowing and green. Ren then finds out that he's been overdosed on television. Ren then puts Stimpy somewhere where he can't hurt himself anymore: the basement.

Ren finds Stimpy after he overdoses. Notice the gloves error.

With Stimpy gone, Ren sits next to a fireplace reading a book called Poems and listening to Italian opera music while shedding tears. In the basement, Stimpy has a nightmare that Muddy Mudskipper chases and eats him. Stimpy then wakes up and prays to God saying, "I want my TV!". Ren doesn't hear him as he's fallen asleep. After a year, Ren is impressed with his friend's behavior and finally decides that Stimpy is cured and releases him. Ren goes to work and Stimpy promises not to watch T.V. Keeping his word, Stimpy goes inside and plays dice at a bargaining table with his friends, meaning that his addiction has transferred to gambling instead. Then the episode end with Stimpy offscreen saying "Craps!".


  • The episode was featured in the movie The Cable Guy.
  • The German dub changed the ending line to "Bingo!", presenting a different outcome on Stimpy's gambling.
  • The scene where Stimpy shouts "I WANT MY TV!" is a reference to the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing" which came out in 1985.
  • A picture frame containing Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble is visible at one point.
  • When Stimpy does Number one, a paper placed on the door says "men". But when he does Number two, the paper says " boys", and when he does Number three, the paper says "girls".
  • There are 5 scenes when Stimpy has pupils for eyes.
  • During the bathroom scene, Ren can be seen wearing gloves.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Ren actually tried to help Stimpy, despite his constant abuse of him. It's also one of the few episodes in which one can argue that Ren's abuse of Stimpy is earned.
  • There is a reference to the Spumco-era episode "Stimpy's Invention" as Ren hums 'the fly married the bumblebee', a reference to the song "Happy Happy Joy Joy" by Stinky Whizzleteats, which was featured in the aformentioned episode.
  • On Ren and Stimpy's mantle is the head of a Lummox, presumably Kowalski, along with a picture of Wilbur Cobb.

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