"Bully for Binky"


Bully for Binky Title Card

Season/Series: 1
Number in season: 23a
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States November 6, 1996[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom December 23, 1999
Flag of Germany January 14, 2002[2]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
"Team Trouble"
"Misfortune Teller"
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"Bully for Binky" is the first half of the twenty-third episode in the first season of Arthur.


Binky gets a taste of his own medicine when someone finally stands up to his bullying.


Binky comes and takes Brain's cupcake as Arthur tells the viewers that Binky is the biggest bully in school, even in preschool.

The scene cuts to Arthur as a child about to color a rainbow. Binky as a child steals his crayons and Arthur asks if they cannot share the crayons. Binky agrees and gives Arthur a white one.

Arthur then tells the viewers that he doesn't even take a day off during holidays. The scene then cuts to Arthur and Buster watching a parade when Binky pushes them. Arthur tells him that he can't see. Binky tells him that he'll have to wait until they grow up.

The scene then cuts back into the cafeteria with Binky forcing him to give him a piece of his cookie. Arthur then asks the viewers about what to do against a bully that is so huge.

After the title card Arthur's friends discuss the Binky problem in the library. Binky then whizzes through riding a ladder. Arthur tells that they need an anti-Binky plan. Brain examines Binky. He's strong, and his cumbersome feet root him solidly into the ground. Arthur tells that he is like a tree execpt without the birds; a tree that can chase after you. Francine tells that she can't think of any weaknesses.

The scene cuts to a basketball game when Binky steals the ball from George. Buster says he got it. Binky likes dessert especially other kids desserts, to which Buster suggests that they can feed him so much that he'll get too slow to chase them. Arthur tells that it isn't a good idea since he'll sit on them. Brain tells that there is no one to challenge Binky. It cuts back into the basketball game with Binky shooting the ball but it bounces back into the middle of Sue Ellen's jumprope. Binky then mockingly asks if she "lost her count on her little jump rope". Sue Ellen calls him an oaf and angrily tells him she was going for the world record. Binky then asks if she's talking to him and calls her a pipsqueak, to which Sue Ellen replies yes and demands an apology. Francine is shocked by this and tells Sue Ellen about Binky. Binky tells her to get to know the name BI N KY BARNES. Sue Ellen tells him if he apologizes for being rude she'll apologize for calling him clumsy. "Apologize?" Binky says "Maybe you'd rather fight me!" Sue Ellen calmly replies okay, much to everyone's shock. Sue Ellen repeats that she said okay and that she'll not let some big bully push her around. As a distraction, Buster exclaims "Halley's comet!" Binky looks around, only to find out that the gang has run away.

The scene then cuts to the class playing music when Miss Krasny gives the pieces for the recital. Francine tells that can we do a duet for drums and tuba. Buster and Francine then play a duet. Miss Krasny tells that the first piece will be clarinet and alto sax (which happened to be Binky and sue ellen) Arthur notice that Binky looks kind of scared of sue Ellen. Sue Ellen whispers to Binky.

After school Rattles says that he cannot see Sue Ellen anywhere. Molly suggests that she's too scared of Binky. Binky laughs and says that she has to go to a Korean cooking class, "Taek Won Dough". Molly explains that it has nothing to do with cooking, and that it is martial arts.

The Tough Customers show him Tae Kwon Do on TV. The woman chops a car, shocking Binky.

The scene cuts to the cafeteria, where Binky tries to steal Buster's frozen yogurt when Sue Ellen reminds him that to meet at 3:00.

The scene cuts outside of the school. Binky imagines Sue Ellen kicking a basketball pole causing it to fall. Binky then says that he'll deal with her on Monday. They watch a movie when Sue Ellen interrupts Binky that she was waiting for him this afternoon and they'll fight on Monday

The scene cuts to outside the school with Sue Ellen saying that Binky isn't here. Arthur says that he is volunteering to clap erasers after school. Sue Ellen says that Binky is scared and asks what happened to the last guy that fought him. Arthur replies that he doesn't know, and Francine wonders if Binky ever fought a guy. Later Binky comes by when Francine tells him that Sue Ellen left because she thinks that he is scared. Binky then tells her that maybe she would like to take her place. He says that he wanted to talk to them. Later he tells that he can't tell Molly and Rattles because they wouldn't understand and he never fought anybody before because they ran away. Binky is worried that he might hurt Sue Ellen. Francine says if he wasn't picking fights and trying to scare everyone he wouldn't have had this problem. Binky says that that's what he's good at. Francine says that Binky should use some of that energy for something constructive like music. Binky misunderstands this and says it's a good idea to humiliate her.

At the recital Binky says that before they begin their classical piece they will play improvisational jazz. Binky then plays his clarinet, to which the people applause to. Then Sue Ellen plays her alto sax which the people enjoy even more than Binky's clarinet. Binky then thanks them when Arthur tells him that everybody is looking for him. Binky says that Sue Ellen had beat him. Arthur then tells him that beating everybody isn't the most important thing. Arthur says that they actually like him and together he and Sue Ellen sounded the best of anyone. Binky then plays the rest of the song.

The next day Binky tries to steal a donut, only to find out that Sue Ellen is there and gives the donut back. Arthur tells the viewers that that is one solution to the anti-Binky problem, and shows them a drawing of Sue Ellen.






  • Binky and Arthur were in preschool together, according to this episode.
  • This episode takes place shortly after "Sue Ellen Moves In", judging by Francine's comment.
  • If you listen closely, you can hear exactly what Sue Ellen is whispering to Binky as an excuse ("Um, Binky, I'm not going to be able to come because I've got Tae Kwon Do. Sorry.").
  • Sue Ellen has a Tae Kwon Do watch.
  • First appearance of Ms. Krasny.

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