As I watched a few episodes, I began to remember when my mom had told me about how I had stopped watching Rugrats for a couple months when I was about 3 or 4 years old. She said that during this time, I avoided watching any Rugrats episodes. When she would ask me why I did not like it anymore, I would mumble something about Chuckie. Then I would not say anything else about it. She just assumed one of the episodes frightened me somehow, and dropped the subject.
She was right about an episode scaring me. Quite a few had scared me when I was little, like the one with the dream scene that involved Tommy's leg getting cut open and stuffing coming out. What my mom did not understand was that it was an episode that never aired on TV, or at least not that I know of, and that I still remember quite a bit of the episode. Now just to warn you, you may not find this episode I am about to describe "scary" or "creepy", but think about how a little 3 or 4 year old watching this feels.
My mother and I went to the video rental store to rent some VHS tapes. I do not remember how many tapes I got, but I know that I picked out a tape that had a few episodes of Rugrats on it. When we got home, my mom popped in a tape that she rented for my dad and herself in the living room TV, and told me to go watch mine in my older half-brother's room. So I walked into my brother's room, put the tape in the VCR, and began watching Rugrats. My brother was not there when I was watching it.
The first episode or two must have been normal, because I cannot recall what they were about. All I know is that the next episode came on shortly after. The opening was normal, the sound was normal, and the quality was normal. There was honestly nothing different that I can remember.
The episode began with Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, and Lil talking about the dreams that they had the night before, as they rolled that ball with a star on it to each other. Since this was so long ago, I do not remember what Tommy, Phil, or Lil dreamed about. However, I do remember them asking Chuckie about his dream.
Chuckie said something like, "Last night I had a dream that my toys were real, and we were building a castle out of blocks." The scene faded in to show the dream. Chuckie stood on a plastic chair in Tommy's backyard, in front of an already quite large wall of wooden colored blocks. On the ground next to the chair was his little training potty, that he had in those few episodes when he was being potty trained. Chuckie was being handed more blocks by living teddy bears and toy soldiers. Everyone was smiling and having a great time.
Dream Chuckie was seen stepping off of the chair as he narrated, "Then my leg got stuck in my potty." Chuckie accidentally put his foot into the training potty, and struggled to pull it out as a few of the toy soldiers helped him. Then, without any warning, his whole leg popped off! There was no blood or anything. It just popped off, just like a doll's leg! I was getting really scared at this point. Chuckie mumbled, "Then my leg came off..."
The camera focused on the living toys, as dream Chuckie began to laugh creepily, in his normal voice. The toys looked scared. Chuckie's shadow, that was in front of the toys, began to warp. Chuckie's laugh became more high-pitched and raspy, like an old women's voice. Chuckie continued to tell the story, "...And I turned into a witch!" As he said this, it showed dream Chuckie with a cartoonish, warty, green, witch face. He continued laughing in an old woman's voice. I was so scared at this point, that I covered my eyes and looked away from the screen. I could still hear the laugh however.
I do not know what happened after that. I might have just left the room, but I cannot remember. All I know is that this one episode scared me so much at that age, I could not watch a single Rugrats episode for a while.
I know I returned the tape, so other people probably have seen this same episode. So far I have told a few people this story, but they insist that I either dreamt it, or that it never existed. I have not seen the episode on TV so far. It was just that tape. I also have not been able to find it online anywhere. It probably does not help that I was too young to be able to read the title card. I have tried various different searches; it is just that nothing ever came up.
I am still slightly creeped out by that episode to this day.