"Read and Flumberghast"

Read and Flumberghast

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Season/Series: 16
Number in season: 5B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 19, 2012[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 12, 2013 [2]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
"Night of the Tibble"
"The Last Tough Customer"
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"Read and Flumberghast" is the second half of the fifth episode in the sixteenth season of Arthur.


A cupcake has been stolen! The primary suspect: Tommy Tibble. D.W. gathers a jury and demands that justice be served.


At the beginning of the show, Arthur is seen talking about a new refrigerator when D.W. tells him to come and look at something.  When Arthur says that he sees an average box, D.W. says that she sees an elevator, a mobile home for birds, a motorboat, a submarine, and more.  After the title card Read and Flumbergast, dad and Arthur are seen helping D.W. make her own office.  While D.W is playing with Nadine, Arthur walks in with Bud who asks D.W. if he can borrow some fingerpaint but, D.W. says no and instead, welcome Bud to Read and Flumberghast, which reveals that Nadine's last name is Flumberghast.  So then, Bud asks D.W. to get his cupcake back because he thinks that Tommy stole his red icing cupcake. Then, Bud and D.W. went to Tommy's house, but Tommy says that Bud is lying and that Timmy is his lawyer.  Since D.W. doesn't understand what a lawyer is, she went to Ladonna and she told D.W. what it is.  So then D.W. asked and convinced Arthur to make a trial.  Then D.W. proved that Tommy stole Bud's cupcake and unfortunately D.W.'s office was gone due to recycling day.



  • Nadine's last name, "Flumberghast," is revealed for the first time.

Cultural references

  • The plot of this episode is very similar to the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Krabs vs. Plankton." Both episodes feature characters in a courtroom setting. In addition, both cases are resolved by tempting the character on trial with a food item.

Episode connections


  • "Flumberghast" is misspelled as "Flumbergast" on the title card.


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