|"Brain Gets Hooked"|
|Number in season:||3b|
|Original Airdate:|| October 14, 2009|
February 16, 2009
April 20, 2009
|Written by:||Matt Steinglass|
|Storyboard by:|| Aliaksei Kazakou|
"Arthur's Number Nightmare"
Brain gets hooked on the latest tween reality show "Junior Island." When he starts to ignore his friends and his schoolwork, he knows he's got a problem. But what can he do to break the addiction?
Arthur is in his living room, sitting on the floor and bursting bubble wrap and talking to viewers about what it's like when people become interested in something and then grow obsessed with it, like Buster when he heard a particular radio program during a test, or using so much electricity to decorate for Christmas that it causes a citywide blackout. But he stops when his mom calls him to dinner.
Brain Gets Hooked
Brain is in his house, holding a clock and a chessboard as he waits for his chess tournament, but his mom tells him that they will not go until a little later. To pass the time, he turns on his TV and stumbles upon a show called Junior Island. In it two kids are in a room and need to discover a code. After it is discovered, the room starts to close, but they escape. They hear a roar in the jungle, ending the episode. His mom tells him that they have to go to the tournament, but he wants to watch the show some more.
Later that day, Mr. Ratburn gives the class a history project. Brain is distracted, but decides to do a report on the Magna Carte.
While Brain is working on his report, he turns on the TV and starts to watch the show again. The three kids see a ship and think how escape of the island. Brain remains distracted by the show and does not accomplish much work.
Passing very time attending the show, Brain hears the doorbell and goes to see who it is. It's Arthur and Buster, who want him ride bikes with them in the park. He doesn’t and tells them he is doing the report, but they knows he is watching the show. He convinces them the sound that they have heard is in another house.
Brain is back to do the report, but starts to watch the show again. At school, he discovers that Fern likes it too. It's the day of presenting the reports, Binky being the first one to do so. After he shows a lot of medieval accessories, Brain’s turn comes. All is going well, until he don’t know what talk and starts to tell to the class about Junior Island. Being revised, he ends his report, lasting five seconds. In the final lessons, Brain got a "C", but Mr. Ratburn give him one more a chance. Fern tells him that all the episodes are on DVD, making him glad.
Doing his report, Brain see the DVD and decides to hide it. Putting it in a locked kitchen cabinet. he tries do his report again, but the cabinet key is calling his attention, so he hides it in a cabinet in his garage, but he needs hold the key to that one too. When he see Buster and Arthur, he gives it to Buster to keep until the next day so he can finish his report.
Brain is doing his report, but he can’t ignore it anymore and goes to Buster to get the key back and tells him the fact that he can’t watch the show is leaving him crazy. He tricks Buster and takes the key. He goes to his house, opens the cabinet, takes the key to open a box which holds a key a toy chest, where a magic cube (or polyhedron) is hidden which holds the key to the kitchen cabinet, where the DVD was hidden. When he put the key in the keyhole, it falls down the sink drain, making him get mad a little at a time, but to his relief, the cabinet was open.
Fern goes to Brain's house that night. No one answers the door, so she decides to enter herself. In a suspense scene, Brain is desperate with his addiction, making her know that the case is more serious than she thought. When she takes the remote, he screams to her to give it back, but he is cured when she says that the show is not real and loans a book with a real history to him.
At school, Brain presents a good report and tells Fern that tonight, he'll be watching the finale. And she is so baffled by the ending (there was a bridge on the island the whole time) that he gets over his addiction.
- The flashback of Mr. Read and Mr. Molina's competition over who had the best Christmas lights may be a reference to the 2006 Christmas film Deck the Halls.
- Junior Island is loosely a parody of the American TV series Lost. Both take place on a deserted island, with the walrus being a parody of the polar bear, the science lab being a parody of the Swan Station, and the ship being a parody of the plane.