Arthur

Arthur Babysits / Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe

Season 1, Ep 9, Aired 11/4/96
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  • Episode Description
  • #10901"Arthur Babysits"Arthur has plenty of gripes about his past babysitters, but soon finds himself trying his hand at some babysitting of his own. He ends up having the Tibble Twins' Grandma ask him to babysit the infamous Tibble Twins and he agrees to the job. Despite the warnings from both his friends and D.W., he takes on the task and quickly finds himself overwhelmed. After some quick thinking, and a willingness to keep at things, he comes up with a plan.More Info - ECDC#10902"Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe"The Read Family is having a big reunion, with aardvark relatives from all over coming. Arthur normally enjoys the festivities, such as sack-racing and swapping stories, but finds himself hiding because he's worried that his cousin Mo has a big practical joke planned for him. He remembers her being awful to him in the past and is sure that she has something big planned. However, his worries might just be unfounded.More Info - ECDCmoreless

  • 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)
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    By CURLYHURLEY, Nov 17, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (15)

    • Arthur: Dad planned party games. So get ready for fun, fun, fun.

    • Buster: (advising Arthur about baybsitting the Tibbles) Back out of it while you're still alive!

    • Mr. Haney: (sighs contentedly) What a perfect day. The sun is shining, the air is clean, the burgers are... the burgers? (he takes a stack of burgers in the head)

    • Mr. Read: The sack race. I forgot to get sacks. Mrs. Read: Broom closet, behind the mop!

    • D.W.: (loudly) Hi, Arthur! What are you doing hiding here in this tree?!

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    Notes (8)

    • Watch the characters carefully when they are all together at the Sugar Bowl in "Arthur Babysits." At various points throughout their discussion of the Tibbles, several can be seen with bags under their eyes, as if they're getting extremely tired just from the discussion.

    • Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe introduces several members of Arthur's family who have never since appeared on the show (as of the fifteenth season) --- Aunt Loretta, Uncle Bud, Cousin Mo, Aunt Bonnie, Cousin George, and several other relatives including a lively old great-grandma (the mother of Grandma Thora, a semi-regular, whom also makes a brief appearance in this story.) All the relatives come from Arthur's father's side of the family. Aunt Bonnie and Cousin George make a brief appearance in Arthur's Birthday, and Uncle Bud was also mentioned in the book version, but did not appear in the actual episode of the same name.

    • Mrs. Tibble, the Grandma of the Tibble twins, explains how to identify them in this episode. Tommy usually wears a red handkerchief, while Timmy wears a blue one.

    • Arthur discusses three of his past babysitters in "Arthur Babysits" --- Mrs. Gudder, Mrs. Schmegengy and Mrs. Featherhoffer. As a moose character, some Arthur fans believed for many years that George was related to Mrs. Schmegengy, until it was revealed that he's a part of the Nordgren family.

    • Haney Abuse Tracker: In "Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe," Mr. Haney steps out his front door to take in a bright, sunny day when he is it on the head by a stack of burgers that were sent flying by Mrs. Read's Flipomatic spatula.

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    Trivia (1)

    • In the book version of "Arthur Babysits," the Tibbles are humans. Tommy Tibble wears a red cowboy hat, and Timmy wears a blue hat. Mrs. Tibble was introduced in the books in "Arthur's Halloween" (she was still a human). However, in the animated series the Tibbles seem to be aardvark-types. In all subsequent non-Step Into Reading Arthur books by Marc Brown (as late as 2004), the Tibbles still continued to be depicted as humans.

    Allusions (1)

    • Male Cousin: (giving charades answer) Honestly, On the Bridges of Medieval Paris: A Record of Early Fourteenth Century Life by Viriginia Egbert.
      Female Cousin: We said pick a popular book.

      One of Arthur's cousins references an obscure book about French history when playing a game of charades.

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