|"Doug's Big Catch"|
|Season 1, Episode 9A|
|Premiere date:||October 6, 1991|
|Written by:|| Ken Scarborough|
|Directed by:|| Johan Edstorm|
"Doug on the Wild Side"
"Doug Needs Money"
"Doug's Big Catch" is the first part of the ninth episode of season one of Nickelodeon's Doug.
The episode begins with Doug and Porkchop on a boat with Mr. Dink in the middle of the ocean in a stormy weather. A gigantic fish is seen hooked on to the reel on the end of Mr. Dink's fishing pool and swims away, dragging the boat with it.
The episode is back on the scene and later fast forwards to the scene that shows Doug in Mr. Dink's house, where the latter explains Old Chester, a fish who lives in Lucky Duck Lake that stole his wallet as a kid 30 years ago. So Mr. Dink convinces Doug to tag along to catch the fish. At Lucky Duck Lake, Doug grabs some lunch and runs into Roger and his gang, who tease him about catching Old Chester and wonder what sucker would tag along with Mr. Dink to catch it. Doug inconspicuously sneaks back to Mr. Dink in the boat and tries to convince him to let him sit this quest out, but to no avail. Doug quickly reconsiders and goes with Mr. Dink to hunt for Chester. But due to the boat being overloaded, it sinks and Mr. Dink's plan to catch Chester is revoked. Mr. Dink relinquishes his quest to catch Chester and admits his defeat. So Doug makes a fishing pole of his own to catch Chester. But Mr. Dink reminds Doug that it is futile to catch a fish on the dock since there are no more fish there. But Doug doesn't give up and tries anyway. He later gets a powerful grip and struggles to reel the fish in. Doug wonders if he should let Mr. Dink catch Chester so he doesn't feel like a failure. So he asks him to assist him, which he does. Mr. Dink successfully catches Chester, but later has qualms of this. So he tosses the fish back into the lake. Porkchop then discovers that Chester has dropped Mr. Dink's wallet on the dock, much to the latter's delight. He later becomes infuriated when he discovers that the fish had stolen his money.
Doug is back in his room writing in his journal and discover that his wallet is missing. He sees Porkchop, dressed as Chester, carrying it and chases him.
- The Big Time Bass-Off contest is later referenced to in an episode of Jim Jenkins' second series, PB&J Otter.