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|"Locked in the Library!"|
|Number in season:||6a|
|Original Airdate:|| October 14, 1996|
|Written by:||Kathy Waugh|
|Storyboard by:||John Flagg|
"D.W. the Copycat"
To the viewers, Arthur says that it's hard to be angry with Francine, because she, besides Buster, is his best friend. He remembers the day they met when they were in preschool. His mom introduced her when she first moved in.
After getting acquainted, Francine licks her sucker and sticks it to Arthur's head. Despite that, Arthur claims he can always trust her, but before he enters the school, Francine and her two friends (Sue Ellen and Muffy) angrily asks if he told everyone she looked like a marshmallow.
At first his memory fails him, but Buster reminds that he did when she was wearing a weird sweater. Livid, Francine threatens Arthur to apologize to her or else.
During class, Arthur blames Buster for the conflict between himself and Francine, this makes Buster angry, and yet he denies this. Suddenly, a paper plane flies around and hits Arthur on the nose. He opens it and reads that it's a rather grim warning from Francine.
Buster and Arthur see that the girls are all giving them a mean look. Mr. Ratburn grabs everyone's attention and asks everyone that if heroism is something from birth, or something that's developed. He has everyone to write an oral report about the hero or heroine of their choice and has them working in pairs he'll assign.
When Arthur returns home, he sees D.W. talking on the phone with Francine. They apparently are talking about what Arthur did. Before Arthur can talk to Francine, D.W. hangs up and tells him that Francine will meet him at the library at three o'clock, but also to not talk to her, for she doesn't want to speak to him.
Saturday at the library, Arthur meets up with a waiting Francine. Miss Turner asks what kind of hero they are looking for their report. Arthur suggests a man, but Francine disagrees and insists a woman.
Miss Turner suggests for Arthur to read about Joan of Arc which is downstairs, and for Francine to check out Harriet Tubman which is upstairs. She also reminds them that the library is closed at five o'clock.
Arthur and Francine read in separate areas, but they don't see the library closing for Arthur falls asleep, while Francine is listening to music while reading. When Arthur wakes up, he goes to check out the book, but Miss Turner isn't there.
He also sees that it's nighttime now. He rushes to the door and attempts to open it, but it's locked. Because it's dark, he imagines the trees moving in a frightful manner and that the grandfather clock comes alive and acts like a growling monster.
He quickly convinces himself that it's only a library. His imagination stops and everything is back to normal. A sudden thumping noise is heard and Arthur goes to see what it is. While looking, he bumps into Francine, scaring them both. Francine criticizes Arthur for not telling her what time it was, likewise Arthur.
They then walk their separate ways to find a way to escape. They both first try using the books to reach the window handles. Arthur makes a tower, while Francine makes a staircase. After Arthur finishes, he climbs up to the top, but before he makes it, Francine pulls one of the books from his tower to add to her staircase, thus having the tower collapse.
Finished with her staircase, Francine runs to the top and unlocks the window. But before opening it, a fly flies around her head and Francine falls down while attempting to swat it. While she is down, Arthur runs up the staircase and tries to open the window, but with no success.
Francine gives it a try with all her might, but instead, the handles break off the window, having them both fall down and the staircase collapse. Arthur then remembers that it’s a Saturday, which means that the library is closed until Monday, having them worry in despair about hunger and their families.
But Arthur doesn't think D.W. will miss him and that she'll take his room. Francine gets an idea, she runs to the book locations and discovers a book about escaping from a library. Francine stands on Arthur's shoulders to reach to the top shelf to find it, but the book is gone. Francine comments that no one should need a book like that unless they're actually in a library. Arthur begins to lose strength and falls.
They both then hear ringing in their ears, but it turns out it's the telephone. They race for it, but Francine gets it first and answers it. It's Muffy, calling the library to deliver some books for her. Francine tries to talk to her, but once Muffy knows it's Francine, she thinks she got the wrong number and hangs up.
Arthur then panics in despair, but Francine calms him down and tries to call her mom. After dialing, she is disappointed knowing that she has to enter the right user code to dial out. Arthur then worries again, yet Francine calls him a wimp. in reaction, Arthur, in his fury, he calls her a bossy know-it-all and, again, a marshmallow. In her fury, she leaves Arthur all alone, and vice versa.
While reading a gourmet magazine, Arthur imagines a set of books as a gourmet meal. To satisfy his hunger, he takes a page off the magazine and chews it up. He then begins to worry about Francine and explores the library to find her.
He suddenly hears a scream and he runs to rescue her. He runs down the halls and checks closets and ends up opening the staff room, falls over, and lands on his face in pizza. It turns out that the screaming was from a horror show that Francine was watching.
Arthur then scolds Francine for having him worried. Francine argues back with him, but then soon realizes that Arthur was worried. She then stops her anger against him and offers a slice of pizza. Arthur willingly accepts.
Later that night, the two children are enjoying themselves with all the snacks and wonder where they are. All of a sudden, D.W., along with Miss Turner, Arthur's parents, and Francine's parents, enter the room and are heavily relieved to see that they are alright. D.W. doesn't seem to care much though.
On Monday, Arthur and Francine tell their friends about them being in the library and even make up scary parts. Class begins, but then Francine and Arthur remember that they have no report. Muffy and Buster's report was about the Crosswire's benefits to Elwood City, yet Muffy did all the talking, while Buster was barely involved with that.
Francine and Arthur's turn come up next and they both explain that they couldn't do a real report, for they were learning the true virtues of heroism. They further explain how Arthur came to rescue Francine when he thought she was in trouble and how Francine was brave to find the food.
Mr. Ratburn congratulates them for their presentation. As a reward, he gives them until next week to finish their report. Walking home, Buster and Arthur admit that Francine isn't so bad and that she's very fun.
Francine zooms by on her bike and splashes mud on them both by accident. Like before, she quickly apologizes. Arthur, dripping with mud, then adds that Francine is fun most of the time.
- Buster Baxter
- Muffy Crosswire
- D.W. Read
- Miss Turner
- Sue Ellen Armstrong
- Binky Barnes
- Mr. Ratburn
- Jane Read
- David Read
- Oliver Frensky (debut)
- Laverne Frensky (debut)
- The Brain
- Fern Walters
- Prunella Deegan
- George Lundgren
- Jenna Morgan
- Maria Pappas
- Ken (debut)
- On Arthur's page on PBSKids.org, Arthur listed being trapped in the library as his favorite adventure.
- Even though Francine and Arthur should be reading books based on their report, Arthur is seen reading a scare-your-pants-off club book while Francine reads Scared Silly. Although it's possible they were reading what they wanted to read before they work on their report.
- Francine read Scared Silly in "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn."
- The exterior scene of the library where a man is walking his dog has been recycled in some later episodes.
- When Francine is trying to open the windows, she is pressing her foot against it, thus preventing the windows from opening.
- In the home video and versions of the title card for this episode, Binky does not read the title, but on Netflix's version, he does.
- Prunella is seen in Mr. Ratburn's third grade class, although she should be in the fourth grade class.
- The writings that Mr. Ratburn makes on the blackboard change and disappear in different scenes.
- When Arthur is about to unlock the window before Francine grabs a book from his stack, the window lock and handles switched from their original positions; but after Francine unlocks the window, they return to their original positions.
- In the preschool flashback, after Francine licks one side of the lollipop, she puts the opposite side on Arthur's head.
- When Francine is stacking books up to reach the window one of the books she puts down flips the opposite direction for a frame when she puts it down.
- The library's telephone is shown to only have 9 buttons; yet a telephone is supposed to have 12 buttons where the bottom row's three buttons are the * (asterisk), 0 (operator) and # (pound).
- Arthur telling Francine about when she called him "four-eyes" is a reference to "Arthur's Eyes."
- Arthur also mentions about when his loose tooth wouldn't come out from "Arthur's Tooth." Strangely, that episode was not released until later, yet they may have planned it out, and that that episode is set before this episode.
- Sue Ellen gasping over being teamed with Binky is a reference to "Bully for Binky," which was about the time Binky had bullied her. However, that episode aired later and is a prequel to this episode.
- According to the preschool flashback, Francine was introduced to Arthur when they were four years old; but according to the later episode, "Desperately Seeking Stanley," Francine had attended Arthur's third birthday party.
Differences from the book