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"Patti's Dad Dilemma" is the 56th episode of Doug in the Disney era. It first aired on April 24, 1999, on ABC.


In the scene with the usual "Doug" logo, it's blank. Doug instead draws Patti's house as she enters the scene with her dad rolling by. Patti then writes the title of the episode. Patti finds a note in the trash that was meant for her father, and she realizes that he has a girlfriend whose initials are E.K. Because of this, she's worried that her father is dating Edwina Klotz. As they spy on him, Doug and Patti discover Chad is isn't dating Edwina but their teacher Ms. Krystal. When she has dinner at the Mayonnaise's, Patti feels she is trying to replace her mother, who died three or four years before. After Patti lashes out at Ms. Krystal, she runs to her mom's grave and breaks down when she is seen by her dad. After the loss of Doug's hamster Happy and Ms. Krystal's parrot Lord Byron, Ms. Krystal and Doug begin to cry. Meanwhile, Doug finds out the truth about what happened to his pet goldfish as a kid.



  • Skeeter is absent in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to feature Doug without Skeeter.