|Episode Number Air Dated||001|
|Date First Aired||September 9, 1989|
|Season Aired||Season 1|
Critter Sitters is the 1st episode of season 1.
Beetlejuice, who's in Neitherworld, sings a song "Day-O" while goes to the "Shocking" Mall, but he has no money! Meanwhile, back on the real world, Lydia sings "Day-O" while riding her bike back home from school (or something), saying hello to her dad, Charles, and her pet cat, Percy (who was spooked by Beetlejuice hidden in the vent and Percy got top of Charles, who accidentally made a food mess on himself). Now, Lydia went upstairs, when suddenly, her mother, Delia, decorated her anniversary room, which Lydia wasn't happy. As Delia goes the kitchen, Lydia decorates her old room and says BJ's magical poem. And BJ came, so Lydia tells BJ about her babysitting business. Speaking of that, Lydia takes on babysitting to Little Arnlow, so Beetlejuice seeing the chance to make money to buy Lydia an anniversary present, goes into babysitting himself in the Neitherworld, as he babysitting Neither-babies (which means Babies in Neitherworld), whose names Little Gooey, Porcupine Baby and Great Huge Baby, from the Neither-parents (which means parents in Neitherworld), whose names are Big Gooey (Little Gooey's father), Porcupine Mom (Porcupine Baby's mom) and Great Huge Father (Great Huge Baby's Dad).
However, things backfire because BJ needs help from Lydia, who's babysitting Arnlow about playing "Attack of the Giant Baby". So Lydia and Arnlow goes with BJ inside of Neitherworld. BJ accidentally said "I was a baby", and he accidentally transformed himself into a baby, Now, Baby BJ (Beetlejuice) shall play along with Neither-babies while run along to the "Shocking" Mall. Neither-mall, that is. Anyway, Lydia has to take Arnlow, who cries, with Lydia and stops Baby BJ and the Neither-babies to the mall. At Neither-Mall, the Neither-babies go mischief as they made a mess at the Neither-mall. Meanwhile, Lydia tried to tell Baby BJ to say "BJ's an adult again"... and she did. BJ's now all grown again, but there was a breaking news, because the Neither-Police Cops (Police Cops in Neitherworld) ordered everyone, including BJ and Lydia to come out of Neither-Mall. Beetlejuice goes on trial at the Neithercourt (Court in Neitherword) for his recently mischievous acts.
In Neithercourt, The verdict for Mr. BJ was "Guilty". but just as Mr. Nethertorture is about to pull the "Guilty" switch as Mr. BJ faces the Sandworm, Lydia and Arnlow came on by just in time, as she was BJ's attorney and best friend as she proved BJ innocent. Now, Judge Mental raises his thumbs up so Mr. Nethertorture pulls the "Innocent" lever as Mr. BJ was freely released, so he does tap dancing, along with Lydia. But Judge Mental wasn't happy, so Mr. BJ tells the truth Between Lydia and the Neither-babies. But still, Judge Mental found BJ guilty again, as Mr. Nethertorture pulls the "Guilty" lever. BJ, however, holds onto the cage bars, because the sandworms are trying to eat BJ alive. Neither-Attorney caught Lydia, who calls Great Huge Baby out loud. Now, Great Huge Baby lifts the neithercourt ceiling up as he pulls up the cage so Mr. BJ got onto the floor safely. But one the sandworms burrowed through the floor, which parts goes up. Arnlow goes to the sand areas with a sandworm with BJ, so Lydia orders BJ to say the magcial cheesy Jack-in-a-Box sentence to scare the sandworm, flies along to saves Arnlow and back onto a ceiling. Finally, the sandworm, who's had enough, goes through upward, but Great Huge Baby grabs and uses Judge's tall seat object as a mallet and hits a sandworm in the head so a sandworm goes back downward where it belongs. Now Lydia proved Mr. BJ innocent by telling a story about Mr. BJ, who deserved a second chance, so Judge Arnlow freely released Mr. BJ. Mr. Neither-attorney ordered BJ to pay the ultimate price for all the damages he caused, but Mr. BJ snapped his fingers as the Neither-Babies can do mischief to Mr. Neither-Attorney, who lost the case, because the charges against BJ are dropped. Now, Mr. BJ and Lydia celebrated the anniversary party, as he has "A Pair of Pants", which really look like those lips, and Lydia has a Spider Brooch. They hugged each other. And Mr. BJ spins his own head... and Lydia laughed.
- In this pilot episode (meaning the first episode) of the animated series, the bridge on which the Maitlands (Adam and Barbara) died in the movie appears at the beginning.
- Also referencing the 1988 live-action movie, Beetlejuice and Lydia are both singing variations of the Banana Boat song (Day-O; originally performed by Harry Belafonte) when they are first seen.
- This episode is based on the babysitting sequence from the movie "Three Men and a Baby" (1987).
- Whenever Lydia wants to visit Beetlejuice in the Neitherworld, she says a special chant at a table with a kerosene lamp in the middle of her room: "Though I know I should be wary, Still I venture someplace scary; Ghostly haunting I turn loose... Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!" And with that Lydia's room turns into a medieval castle. The table and lamp disappear and Lydia turns the tablecloth from the table that wraps around her into a red poncho. This later happens again in Bewitched, Bothered & Beetlejuiced.
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