"Stupid Sidekick Union" is the second episode of Season 5 of The Ren & Stimpy Show, which aired on March 18, 1995.



The sidekick union is going on a massive strike, since Stimpy can't stand the abusive slaps Ren does to him anymore. So Ren is forced to audition new sidekicks, but no one seems to be able to pull out the same pranks as Stimpy.


  • Despite being a Season 5 episode, Ol' Blue Nose and this episode aired two weeks before the last two Season 4 episodes did (Superstitious Stimpy and Travelogue).
    • The idea of premiering a season before the previous season finished was later used heavily in SpongeBob Squarepants.
  • This episode is Tom McGrath's directional debut.
  • This is one of the rare episodes where Stimpy takes a dislike to his best friend, Ren, so this is the only episode where Stimpy takes a dislike to Ren for something he did.
  • This episode signals the fact that Ren and Stimpy is a cartoon as this is an episode focusing and parodying on the duo's own show, created by John Kricfalusi.
  • The Stupid Sidekick Union are references to many unions in the industry (SAG, WGA, DGA, Animators Guild) and their frequent strikes for better working conditions, while the Scab Sidekick Union references non-union (or scab) talent, whom are subjective acquired mostly when said strikes affect different studios in the industry. The running gag of scab actors getting pelted with bricks is also a nod on how some union members have disdain towards scab workers.

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The Ren and Stimpy Show S5 E02 - Stupid Sidekick Union

The Ren and Stimpy Show S5 E02 - Stupid Sidekick Union

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
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