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"Pen Pals" is the sixteenth episode of Season 5 of The Ren & Stimpy Show, which aired on November 18, 1995.



Ren discovers a newly opened luxurious prison and becomes green with envy because the prisoners are living better than him. After him and Stimpy's house (which really belongs to Ren's mother, which they have been living off for the past eight years) is towed due to Ren's immense amount of tickets, the two of them decide to go to prison. First, they attempt to hold up a bank with a missile. Unfortunately, upon exiting, they are blasted by several tanks instead of hauled off jail. Therefore, they decide to break into prison instead. Ren launches a grappling hook at the at prison. It sails through the window and accidentally destroys the warden's beloved stuffed dog Rascal (who is already dead long time ago from a chicken bone incident), furthering the man's animosity and determination to bar them from his jail. Ren and Stimpy rage a war against the prison, demanding that the warden let them in. Finally, the warden surrenders after they cause a dangerous criminal and 1,000 fugitives to escape, and wiping out the prison. At first, the two of them enjoy life in jail. But then the warden gives them a cellmate so large that he takes up all the room in their cell. The episode ends with Ren and Stimpy squashed against the wall.


  • This is the final episode in which Michael Kim is credited.
  • Ren and Stimpy lived with Ren's mom at the beginning of the episode, which they lived off of for eight years until Ren's mom's house was towed away by the law.
  • The cop has his dog, Rascal, stuffed and preserved after he died from a chicken bone and still treats Rascal like he was alive.
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