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"Ren Needs Help!" is the 23rd episode of Season 4.



A catatonic Ren soaking in the tub with various items.

The episode begins with Ren being shown in a state of insanity, babbling to his several important possessions, including his favorite chair, Danny, and collection of glass coffee tables (Danny, Raymond, and Desi). Soon, Stimpy returns home, while Ren sits in a bathtub blank-eyed and crazily putting lipstick on. Ren tells Stimpy that he's fine. Stimpy decides to play golf in the house, getting his golf ball in Ren's chair. He uses his cleats to non-intentionally destroy the furniture and uses the golf ball to accidentally destroy the coffee tables. Ren comes out of his bath and sees his possessions are destroyed, but decides to act calm instead of injure a fearful Stimpy. He says that he has to go end it all, muttering and laughing. Stimpy becomes concerned, as Ren shuts him down, as he believes that Stimpy has had it coming. Ren tries to happily kill himself by putting himself into the trash compactor. Stimpy becomes concerned and calls the Shady Brain Farm insane asylum to take Ren away until he is completely calmed down. Soon, they arrive, and take away Ren, after accidentally taking his chair.

A few patients (including Ren) waiting for group therapy to start.

At the facility, Ren is content, as he can live among his own kind, which include the Yak from "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksman", the Fire Chief, Muddy Mudskipper, and several others. He is ordered to go to group therapy, where the therapist is Dr. Sloth. Ren finds group therapy boring and falls asleep. Mr. Fire Chief is in therapy because he believes that everything is fake, including food and the president. Next is Muddy, who has a problem with Yak, who has a problem with the word 'cheese' which causes him to scrape his behind with a cheese grater and get taken away to electric shock therapy, returning in a straitjacket. Finally, it's Ren's turn and he confesses that he has a roommate (Stimpy) that makes him mad and he smacks him when he does. The others are shocked and afraid, including Dr. Sloth and the other patients, who order him to leave. Later, Ren goes to bed and writes to Stimpy to come and visit.

A month later, Ren goes to lunch where Muddy is serving everybody creamed corn. Ren asks for steak, but gets the same thing.

Later, Stimpy visits Ren with a baby, that Ren joyously holds, but the child turns out to resemble the guard, much to his shock.

Ren gets taken away to be lobotomized after convincing the other patients to escape.

A month later, Ren gets the same meal and laughs it off. He begins to freak out, as he hates creamed corn, and says that there is one thing he hates more. Fire Chief thinks that it's cheese, which causes the Yak to freak out. However, Ren realizes something and tells the others that they aren't crazy, they're just freaks and stupid. Each of them aren't mad but suffering from their own problems. Ren tells them to escape, which all of them do, with the exception of him. Ren laughs, but for this, he is taken away and put into a straitjacket, to be taken to the Brain Room.

Later, a lobotomized Ren is put into a suit, tie, and wig on the moon, dressed as the president to give a speech, meaning that the Fire Chief was right.

Production Music

  • Hollywood Epic – Jack Beaver (Title Card)
  • Tourmaline – Therese Brenet and Fateful Hour B – Henryk Kuzniak
  • Junior Miss – Len Stevens
  • Main Street – Alec Gould
  • Declamatory Chords – Alan Braden
  • Easing Tension – Paul Orm
  • Unsolved Mysteries – Graham Preskett
  • Air Raid – Gerhard Trede
  • Trouble Spot – Van Phillips
  • Drums and Timpanis – Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch
  • Charleston – Hans Conzelmann, Delle Haensch
  • Trouble Spot – Van Phillips
  • Miss World (b) – Tony Kinsey
  • Harp Gliss 2 – Otto Sieben
  • Cold Sweat – John Scott
  • Point of Departure I – Gregor F. Narholz
  • Dramatic Cue (d) – Ronald Hanmer
  • Declamatory Chords – Alan Braden
  • Dramatic Cue (g) – Ronald Hanmer
  • Smouldering Fury (a) – Trevor Duncan
  • Dangerous A – Mladen Franko
  • Static Link (f) – Gregor F. Narholz
  • Sphere Crystals – Gregor F. Narholz
  • Harp Gliss 2 – Otto Sieben
  • Blood and Sand – Ronald Hanmer
  • Springtime for Lovers – Len Stevens
  • Harp Gliss 2 – Otto Sieben
  • Blood and Sand – Ronald Hanmer
  • Dramatic Cue (g) – Ronald Hanmer
  • Unsolved Mysteries – Graham Preskett
  • Hi-Hat – Derek Holt, Gary Moberley
  • Flute Link (d) – Richard Myhill
  • Unsolved Mysteries – Graham Preskett
  • Charge – Richard Myhill
  • William Tell Overture – Gioachino Rossini
  • Static Link (f) – Gregor F. Narholz
  • Hail to the Chief – Graham De Wilde


  • If you listen closely, you can hear "Look at you!" in the background before Ren actually says it.
  • The Shaven Yak from "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen" appears once again, as a mental patient who grates his behind with a cheese grater whenever he hears the word "cheese". It's implied that the yak is given shock therapy, as the lights begin to dim after he's taken away.
  • Ren seems to resemble Ronald Reagan in the last scene where he is lobotomized, due to the black wig and deep voice. Ronald Reagan's joke about bombing Russia is also referenced.
  • The crossword puzzle Dr. Sloth is working on while pretending to take notes has the words "Dumb", "Idiot", and "Commie" on it.
  • Ren tells Stimpy that he's "had it coming" for 4 years, a reference to how this episode aired as part of the fourth season, meaning that at least four years have passed since the show began.
  • When Ren first sees Dr. Sloth hanging from the overhead branch, it's empty. But, in the next scene, there are some berries hanging from the branch.
  • When Stimpy finds Ren in the bathtub putting on lipstick, Ren's teeth are clean. But when the camera zooms in onto his mouth, suddenly there's stains on his teeth.
  • This is one of the few episodes where Ren's madness is taken to an extreme level, as he was shown at the beginning of the episode to be crazily muttering to himself. He sits in a dirty bath, putting on lipstick, and ends up attempting to kill himself with the trash compactor after his possessions are destroyed.
  • This episode was banned for its disturbing subject matter.
  • This episode and the Adult Party Cartoon episode "Ren Seeks Help", hold many similarities. Both deal with Ren being forced to seek help because of a problem involving Stimpy and, despite the treatment that he received throughout the episode, still ends up not being cured by the conclusion.
  • Unlike the Adult Party Cartoon episode, Ren was taken away to an insane asylum after Stimpy made a call to get Ren immediate mental help. In the Adult Party Cartoon episode, "Ren Seeks Help", Ren goes to a psychologist, Dr. Mr. Horse, on his own volition for mental help after having an extremely horrible argument with Stimpy, but was eventually taken away to an asylum at the end after an extremely brutal fight with Dr. Mr. Horse.

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