April 9th

Season 7, Ep 11, Aired 11/29/02
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  • Episode Description
  • After a huge fire in the teacher's lounge during the middle of the day, Lakewood Elementary School gets closed down. Frustrated with the devastation, Arthur and his friends all react differently during the aftermath of the situation.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jodie Resther

    Francine Alice Frensky

  • Arthur Holden

    Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

  • Michael Yarmush

    Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

  • Sonja Ball

    Janet Read

  • Bruce Dinsmore

    David Read / Binky Barnes

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This episode Shoots the It's for Kids excuse out the window

    By Girlygeek43, Nov 02, 2014

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • (Buster just learns that they evacuated Mighty Mountain Elementary due to a false fire alarm...)
      Buster: Aw, so I'm still the only one who hasn't been through a fire? What rotten luck!
      Arthur: Buster, that's GOOD luck.
      Francine: Not for the person who pulled the fire alarm!

    • Arthur: I had the worst nightmare last night. Buster: Did you have pepperoni right before bed? If I eat pepperoni after eight, I dream that penguins are after me.

    • Binky: I said I wasn't afraid. End of conversation. (takes Buster's ice cream and storms off) Buster: What's gotten into him? He usually just takes the top scoop.

    • Buster: I've kept a cupcake since first grade. Actually, it's just half a cupcake. I ate some of it last week. And you know what? The icing was still soft.

    • Arthur: Cake in class? We never had this before. Buster: I'm surprised he's not making us take a test on the ingredients. (to Mr. Ratburn) Can I have two slices? I like to give one to Mr. Morris. Mr. Ratburn: Mr. Morris isn't in today, Buster. In fact, he's not coming back. Buster: What? Mr. Ratburn: He's retiring. But you can have two slices anyway. It will save you the trip for seconds.

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    Notes (8)

    • On December 19th, 2012, it was later re-aired again to help children cope with the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting tragedy.

    • This episode was made in response to the September 11 attacks.

    • Final proper appearance of Mr. Morris, the school custodian. He will return, however, in the Postcards from Buster episode: "Alien Adventure (Roswell, New Mexico)".

    • The kids get temporarily moved to Mighty Mountain Elementary.

    • Buster receives from Mr. Morris, his accordion which he named 'Beatrice'. For those of you aware of "Arthur's" spin off series "Postcards From Buster", the 3rd episode's title is "Buster and Beatrice (San Antonio, TX)". In that episode, Buster is using the accordion named 'Beatrice'.

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    Trivia (4)

    • This episode has four storylines within it: Arthur almost lost his dad to the fire and now he's afraid something might happen to him when he leaves the house. Binky sees the fire when it happened and gets terrified, but won't admit it to anyone. Buster becomes good friends with Mr. Morris, the school janitor, who was injured during the fire. Sue Ellen is upset that her diary was burnt up in the fire and Muffy tries to cheer her up.

    • Sue Ellen's friends don't give her much support, except for Muffy, who thinks she can cheer up anyone by buying them something.

    • In this episode, April 9th was on a Friday, yet after the fire, Buster said "'tomorrow' we have to go to school at Mighty Mountain." That would be a Saturday they're going to school.

    • Arthur says Buster and Mr. Morris meet for the first time because of the fire, but there were other episodes in the past where Buster and Mr. Morris made contact with each other and knew who each other were.

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