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"Night Fright"

Night Fright

Night Fright Title Card

Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 7B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 28, 1997[1]
Credits
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"Arthur vs. the Piano"
"Night Fright" is the second half of the seventh episode in the second season of Arthur.

Summary

Arthur spends the night at Binky's and discovers a deep, dark secret about the town bully: He can't sleep without a night light.

Plot

We first see Arthur's house on a stormy night. Then we see Arthur's room where he and Pal are sleeping. But really, Arthur isn't getting much sleep due to Pal's snoring waking up the monsters under his bed and in the closet. The monster under the bed gets annoyed and Arthur tells Pal to be quiet and stop snoring. Arthur asks the viewers if they ever had one of those nights where they couldn't get to sleep because of the monsters. The monsters then start throwing Arthur's things around, making Arthur annoyed. 

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We now see Binky happily standing on top of a mountain full of burgers. He picks up a cheeseburger, but the cheeseburger screams for its Mom. The ground then shakes and the Mama burger comes out, telling Binky to put him down. The cheeseburger then says, "Now you're gonna get it!". Binky gets so scared that he runs away, not realizing he has stepped on the burgers. The mama burger chases Binky throughout the town, but there is no escape because the food and condiments have caught him. The mustard and ketchup squirt Binky and then he runs away. But again, he is caught by french fries. Just as the Mama burger is about to catch him, he pleads innocent saying that he didn't eat the burgers. He then runs off to the edge, flying. But then he falls, and gets frightened, realizing that it was only a nightmare. Binky's parents come into his bedroom to check on him. His father said he was yelling in his sleep. Binky said it was the worst nightmare he ever had, and didn't get a chance to eat anything. The reason why Binky had the nightmare is because he forgot to plug in his night light. Then, Binky goes back to sleep, but calls for his parents. He asks them if they never tell the others that he sleeps with a night light. Binky's dad assures him that they won't say a word and tells him to go back to sleep.

The next day, Sue Ellen tells a scary story to Arthur, George, Francine, Buster, and Prunella. Binky then walks over and asks what she's talking about. Francine says it was all about the first Scare Your Pants Off video, The Lunchbox of Notre Dame. Arthur thinks it's super scary, but then Buster screams. Buster didn't scream because of the story, but because he wrecked his homework. Arthur then laughs and claims that bringing wrecked homework to Mr. Ratburn is super scary. Binky taunts the others saying how scared they are. Mr. Ratburn, overhearing the conversation, thinks about what he should discuss with the class. 

His thoughts are put into action as him and the class discuss what scares people. Muffy thinks the roller coaster at Wonder World scares her. Arthur thinks Ventriliquist Dummies scare him. Buster thinks a spoon scares him when it's stuck in pudding. It reminds him of when he heard Sue Ellen's story about The Lunchbox of Notre Dame. Binky's only fear is that he might get so strong the school will collapse when he slams the door. Other than that, nothing scares Binky. (He's obviously lying!)

Later in the day, a heavy thunderstorm comes in. Buster and Francine go home in their parents' cars. Arthur's parents haven't come yet and Binky thinks that his parents forgot all about him. Arthur doesn't think so because they are coming from his Aunt Lucy's house. Binky says if they don't come, he'll be in the school all alone. Then Arthur doesn't think that will happen, but Binky does. Binky's parents then arrive and then Arthur's luck just went worse. But Binky's Mom rolls down her window and says that his family has to stay over at Aunt Lucy's because they had car trouble. Therefore, Arthur is spending the night at Binky's and that he can share his room. Binky then gets flabbergasted after hearing the news.

Later in the evening, at Binky's house, the storm carries on. BInky's dad dresses up Arthur in Binky's pajamas, even though they don't fit him, but they'll do. After brushing his teeth, Binky is all set for bed. But after his Mom tells him that he's already in his room, Binky gets surprised. He then nervously jumps into his bed, and Arthur asks what is behind his back. There is nothing in his hand, but in the other hand, it's his reading lamp (Obviously he's lying!). Binky shows Arthur how he reads, and Arthur thinks it's uncomfortable. Binky says he doesn't read much, but he forgets to turn off the light. Arthur says the storm is scary, but Binky tells him to go to sleep.

Once again, Binky has a nightmare. He is downsized and stuck in his own night light, screaming in terror and shouting at anyone to let him out. Arthur asks any of his friends if they are ready to see Binky's little night light in a childish manner and they laugh at Binky for having a night light. Binky then wakes up screaming. Again, he forgot to plug in his night light! Binky's mom comes in and plugs it back in. Then he finally explains the truth to Arthur, and he tiredly understands. Then Binky tells him to go to sleep again. The next day, Binky's Dad drives Arthur home. While he watches Arthur leave, he thinks about what his friends will think of him when he tells everyone that he sleeps with a night light.

At school, Binky jumps out of the bushes, and warns Arthur that he must not tell anyone that he sleeps with a night light. But then, he is interrupted by Buster and Francine's conversation. Binky gives up and says that he'll do anything Arthur wants. He carries his books and sharpens his pencil during class. BInky's being nice because he doesn't want anyone to know that he has a night light.

At lunch, Binky carries Arthur to the table and sets him up. Back in class, Mr. Ratburn and the class continue their discussion on what scares us. He asks the students what they do to make themselves feel less afraid. Again, Binky has a nightmare, and the students, taunt, "Binky has a night light!" Mr. Ratburn even laughs along with the students too. Binky nervously watches Sue Ellen talk about cemeteries scaring her. She whistles to help her feel less afraid of the cemeteries. Brain uses a lazer beam to shoot up to the moon to make him feel better. Francine talks to his old stuffed lobster, Bob. Arthur's up next, and nervously looks around the room. Binky gets nervous too, and then calls out. He tells the whole truth about his night light. Luckily, everyone is not laughing and Mr. Ratburn thinks it's a common and normal thing to do to feel less afraid. Binky thinks it's normal too. At the end of the day, he tries to apologize, but Arthur says it's ok. But Binky thinks it's not because he paid for his lunch and he has to pay him back and then he gives everything back. Later that night, Binky has his own dream. Him being the giant, stomping all over the city. He laughs in his dream and sleeps well.  

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Trivia

  • This is the first episode where Binky threatened someone not to tell a secret about outgrowth. The second is "I Wanna Hold Your Hand".
  • Arthur's eyes are white circles with black dots in this episode. But starting with Season 2, they were changed to only black dots.

Cultural References

  • In Binky's dream, he says "the hills are alive with the smell of burgers". This is a reference to a scene from The Sound of Music where the main character, Maria von Trapp, says "the hills are alive with the sound of music".

Errors

  • Luke is briefly seen in Mr. Ratburn's classroom.

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