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"Arthur's Dummy Disaster"

Arthur's Dummy Disaster

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Season/Series: 3
Number in season: 13A
Original Airdate: April 26, 1999
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Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Mario Cabrera
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"Arthur's Dummy Disaster" is the first half of the thirteenth episode in the third season of Arthur.

Summary

Shy George suddenly becomes popular when he brings a ventriloquist's dummy to school. But can George learn to talk to the kids without his wooden friend?

Plot

In art class, Arthur's class is showing off their individual art projects to each other and Ms. Brian. Most of them prove unimpressive and copycats of each other's work, until George hesitantly reveals his puppet he's been working on, a wooden giraffe named Wally whom his dad had built for him. He proceeds to voice it, causing the others to compliment it and instantly take an interest in George. George proceeds to make some jokes before smiling to his dummy.

Arthur's Dummy Disaster

At the end of the school day, George is still making jokes with everybody before he mentions having to leave. As he does, he hears them discussing himself and Buster asks why they never hung out with him. Muffy recalls George from Kindergarten when he shared his juice with her, and Francine thinks she recalls hugging him before when he won a soccer game for the team. But otherwise they don't really know him too well. Arthur calls it weird and they all begin to question the story with George, with Buster once again citing possible alien involvement.

The next day, George continues to make his jokes during Lunch. In swim class Muffy and Arthur see George and his dummy swim underwater together. Then eventually George is playing with it in while playing baseball when Wally manages to catch the ball in his mouth. Everybody congratulates him for winning the game and they carry them off.

Later on, everybody asks how they can be ventriloquists also. And so later on, everybody is trying to control their puppets/dummies also. Muffy reveals hers is actually a special recording doll while Buster's is a stinky old sock. Arthur's is his bear Arty, and Binky's is a car, using the hood as a mouth.

At home, Arthur is trying to practice and ends up annoying everybody in home until they decide to put away Arty. In bed, Pal steals Arty away from Arthur and he assumes D.W. stole it from him overnight that following morning. D.W. denies this and then Arthur suddenly sees Pal walk in caked with mud...

At school, Buster shows Arthur his now clean, shrunken sock. Muffy then tosses her doll into the trash and they all comment on how they're growing tired of dolls, puppets, and dummy's.

They also notice how beat up Wally is, but George refuses to acknowledge it and they walk off. During art class, George uses Wally to paint the picture and Francine and Buster discuss how much of a hassle Wally is becoming until Arthur approaches him to tell him there isn't a rhyme for orange.

In Mr. Ratburn's class, George raises his hand in order to answer the math question and gets it wrong. So Mr. Ratburn asks him to stay for class before proceeding to lecture him. Arthur then asks George how he did, when George tells them he can no longer bring Wally to class, but he's still allowed to bring him everywhere else in school.

Later in the Library, Fern announces that it is now George's turn to go over his poem when suddenly Wally falls apart. Instead of staying he leaves the library and Arthur follows him while asking what happened to Wally.

Arthur tries to tell George that nobody really gets to talk to George, but George tells him that nobody's noticed him until he brought Wally to school. So without Wally, he's just a nobody again...

With a bit of conversation, Arthur manages to convince George to try to give his poem anyway and hesitantly the moose boy agrees and then proceeds to cheer when he realizes he spoke his poem well. The following day at lunch, Arthur, Francine, and Buster notice that George gives Wally to D.W... much to Arthur's immediate shock and fear...

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Trivia

  • This episode marks the first official appearance of George Lundgren, who, prior to this episode, existed only as a background character, and was never referred to by name. There are many references to George "never being noticed before".
  • Prunella makes a reference to Oreo cookies in her poem.
  • This episodes marks first appearance of Wally, George's dummy.
  • Buster says he wonders why he never hangs out with George but in previous episodes like "Buster Makes The Grade" he appears to be great friends with him.
  • It is revealed Francine hugged George when George won a soccer game against Mighty Mountain.
  • Despite being given to D.W., Wally again appears in George's possession in all of his subsequent appearances. How this occurred is unknown, but Wally often references his experience with D.W. as being a bad one.

Errors

  • Muffy's flashback shows her receiving a juice box from George; this shouldn't have happened since Muffy arrived in Elwood City when they were in the second grade.
    • The juice box changes color a tiny bit when George gives it to her.
  • Strangely Lisa appeared at Lakewood again along with the 3rd graders. Lisa is supposed to be at Preschool.
  • Arthur calls his stuffed bear "Arty", but in the past and future episodes, he's named Stanley.
  • After Wally talks for the first time, Arthur says "I didn't see George's mouth move once!" However, George's mouth is clearly shown moving when he is speaking in Wally's voice.

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