In the Disney series premiere, Doug's fears about the changes that are happening in life make him think about canceling his birthday parties. The summer is coming to a close and Doug is delivering invitations for his 12th birthday party to all his friends. While he goes all around town, he discovers that Bluffington (as well as his friends) have been through changes. The Honker Burger is changed into a French restaurant called Chez Honque, Roger is rich, The Beets are breaking up, a new school is being built, Connie has lost weight, Patti is being home schooled in the mornings and Doug needs a haircut (which is a reference to DOUG GETS HIS EARS LOWERED.) So many things have changed that it makes Doug sick of changes, so he cancels his birthday. But, later, Judy makes him realize that changes make us different, and Doug reinstates his party just in time for some shocking news from Mrs. Funnie.
- Doug's baby photo depicts him in a diaper with yellow tapes similar to Rugrats. This is due to the franchise originally debuting on Nickelodeon before Disney bought Jumbo Productions.
- Doug's old friends, Arthur and Buster, are drawn to resemble the characters with the same names from Marc Brown's Arthur books.