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"Sue Ellen Vegges Out"

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Season/Series: 16
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States May 9, 2013[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 24, 2013[2][3]
Flag of Australia December 20, 2012[4]
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Written by: Jacqui Deegan
Storyboard by: Raymond Jafelice
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"Sue Ellen Vegges Out" is the second half of the ninth episode in the sixteenth season of Arthur.

Summary

When Sue Ellen decides to stop eating meat, Muffy and Francine compete to be the best vegetarian. Can they successfully resist meat? Or was this a missed steak?[5]

Plot

Sue Ellen tells the viewers about her new friend, a pig named Sally that she met a few weeks ago. In fact, Sally means so much to Sue Ellen, that she helped her make one of the biggest decisions of her life.

Sue Ellen Vegges Out

At school, everybody is celebrating Cinco De Mayo with a Mexican-style lunch in the cafeteria. Sue Ellen passes on any meat-filled dishes, and we learn that she has decided to become a vegetarian. However, her exact reasons are not made clear. Muffy overhears Sue Ellen and says she has been thinking about becoming a vegetarian as well, ever since Capri De Vapida switched to a vegetarian diet. Although Francine doubts her sincerity, Muffy becomes a vegetarian from that very moment. However, it quickly becomes clear that she can't handle not having meat in her life (even though Sue Ellen said nobody is forcing her to be a vegetarian). Muffy tries to order food from the mall's Chickin Lickin', only to find that there are no vegetarian dishes, and is very nearly tempted to eat her favorite roast at dinner. The next day, Muffy finds out Capri is now on a bologna diet and is thrilled to go back to eating meat. When Sue Ellen tries to explain her vegetarianism isn't because of a celebrity's eating habits and for personal reasons, Francine interrupts her and says she knew Muffy couldn't last. When Muffy challenges Francine to do better, she does exactly that by becoming a vegetarian. Sue Ellen starts to become concerned that Francine and Muffy are only using vegetarianism for competition. Muffy tries various methods to get Francine to eat meat (from trying to lure her with double Bubsy Burgers to ordering meaty Chinese food for her). However, Francine survives every time. Muffy apologizes to both Francine and Sue Ellen and invites them both to a potluck the next day, where everyone brings a dish. Once again, Sue Ellen is concerned for Francine.

It turns out that Muffy plans to lure Francine into eating meat—she calls each of her friends in advance, making sure every dish at the potluck is meat-oriented. Sue Ellen and Francine arrive, respectively bringing sauteed breaded cauliflower and ratatouille to the potluck, which Muffy takes straight to the kitchen and throws away so nobody can eat it. Just as soon as Muffy tries to finish off Francine, Buster comes in with vegetables from the community garden (he was supposed to bring pizza with chicken and sausage, but his mom had no time to make it). Francine blows off Muffy's trap and ends up finding Ladonna's collared greens to eat, but they've actually been simmered in duck fat for three hours, making them non-vegetarian. As soon as Francine and Muffy start arguing, with Muffy declaring herself the winner, Sue Ellen has finally had enough. She angrily scolds them both for not being sincere vegetarians, and that they only used the entire thing as an excuse to compete with each other. She then reveals her reasons for being vegetarian: because she considers some animals friends, Sue Ellen lost her taste in eating them, and storms off saying she considers them to be better friends than Francine and Muffy. Almost immediately, everybody leaves the party, having 'lost their appetites', until only Muffy and Francine remain. Muffy apologizes and blames herself for this fiasco, but Francine cheers her up saying it's also her own fault. Both girls realize that they're still hungry, and they start eating the food at the party table. 

The next day at school, a remorseful Francine and Muffy reveal to Sue Ellen their apology gift: some new vegetarian meals and a Meatless Monday at lunch once a week. The two, however, plan to eat double Bubsy Burgers after school.

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Cultural references

  • The cafeteria has special dishes to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, which is on May 5.
  • The plot is similar to a Simpsons episode "Lisa the Vegetarian".

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Errors

  • Mrs. MacGrady was diagnosed with cancer on May 1, so she should not be working at the school on May 5 (Cinco de Mayo). (However, one must also note that the episode in which this was established has apparently been disregarded from canon in wake of the controversy associated with it)

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