"The Silent Treatment"

The Silent Treatment

Silent treatment title

Season/Series: 13
Number in season: 2A
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 13, 2009[1]
Flag of Canada February 13, 2009[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 17, 2009 [2]
Written by: Claudia Silver
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
"The Great MacGrady"
"Kung Fool"
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"The Silent Treatment" is the first half of the second episode in the thirteenth season of Arthur.


A down-in-the-dumps George ignores his friends until they start paying attention to him.


The intro begins with Arthur and Buster talking about things taken for granted, like the shoelace, the ant, and the park bench. Buster then plans to go to the Sugar Bowl with Arthur, leaving George behind, causing George to feel lonesome.

After the title card, Binky and his friends are playing hide and seek, leaving George out. He got outraged and left. Later, George and Wally are talking and George chooses not to talk until everyone notices. Then Sue Ellen shows up and sees that George is ignoring her. At woodworking class, he didn't speak to his dad. At lunch, he was offered babagoulash by Mrs. MacGrady. Meanwhile, George's friends plan to give him a party. At home, George and Wally were on the couch when Sue Ellen called for help on her woodworking project. George was disappointed to hear that. That night, he dreamed he was shown what the world would be like if he didn't exist. When he woke up, he realized he does matter. At school, George's friends hide their surprises from him. George felt sad. Later, George and Wally were at the bridge when Sue Ellen came. George accidentally dropped Wally, but she rescued him. Later, the party was a success. Binky plays a clip of a classic song called “Alla Turca, known as the Turkish March” by Mozart on his clarinet. Sue Ellen gave a paper that said First Prize from the woodworking contest to George although George never entered and it turned out that his friends entered because his Marble Run Rube Goldberg that he made was amazing. George decided to take his friends to the Inventors museum with him. Then George and his friends played a game of hide-and-seek and George was it.






Cultural references

  • This episode is heavily referencing the classic 1940s Frank Capra movie "It's A Wonderful Life", and it is the second episode to do so. The first one is "Thanks a Lot, Binky." However, the references to the film is a bit more obvious in this episode.
  • The song that Binky was playing for George was a Clasical piece called Alla Turca known as the Turkish March by Mozart.


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