Aug. 11, 1991
30 min.
Nickelodeon TV Network

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Rugrats is a show about 4 babies, Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, and Phil and Lil Deville. As we see their lives unravel, we get to hear them talk. On the sidelines, there is Tommy's mean cousin Angelica, their friend, Susie Carmichael, and everybody's parents.

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Minka is Boris's wife, Didi & Ben's mother, as well as Tommy & Dil's grandmother and also Elaine & Stu's mother-in-law. She's of the Jewish faith, she's a loving grandmother even to Angelica (technically, she would be) and like her husband has some trouble saying some things to the children in English. Like her long-time husband, she is originally from the "Old Country", but unlike Boris she doesn't seem to be from a poor family. She was most likely from a hard-working family. Most of what is true about Boris also applies to Minka, except that Minka doesn't believe in many of the stories that Boris tells. She tends to be more agreeable to whatever is happening, now. However she is skeptical on some things. Such as when Didi attempted to take her to her favorite spa for Mother's Day. However, Minka was not very comfortable taking a mud bath with strangers and didn't like the idea of paying so much for mud when she says "You can get mud for free in your own backyard".

She's hinted to be a bit of a bad cook at some things, such as her borscht. Her husband whispered to Stu "It tastes like glue, but what do I know. I've been eating it for 60 years". She and Boris tend to argue over their differences over traditions. At one time she shouts "This ISN'T the old country, Mr. No-Chocolate Cake", meaning that she believes he needs to mind his own business. She adores her grandsons and dotes on them, calling them the "dumplings". She, like Trixie was with Lou, tends to be the voice of reason and the one who tells the truth.

When they think they've lost Tommy and Angelica, Boris comes back saying he found them. However, when Minka goes relieved to see them, she suddenly becomes angrily and says sarcastically, "Good work there, Mr. Columbo. Except you forgot one thing". When he asks what, she shouts out that he picked up the wrong kids, pointing out these two children look nothing like Tommy and Angelica. She also likes to keep things clean, however the only thing she can't clean are Boris' glasses for Passover wine which is seen in "A Passover Story". She has her own glasses from Vilnius, hinting that she may be from Lithuania. This infuriates her how Boris won't let her clean his glasses. Just like her daughter Didi, she is voiced by Melanie Chartoff.

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04x09 - Dust Bunnies / Educating Angelica
Season 4, Episode 09
08x16 - Adventure Squad/The Way More Things Work/Talk Of The Town
Season 8, Episode 16
01x24 - Graham Canyon
Season 1, Episode 24
02x49 - Susie Vs. Angelica
Season 2, Episode 49
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