Arthur Plays the Blues / Buster's Sweet Success

Season 6, Ep 2, Aired 10/1/01
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  • Episode Description
  • #60201"Arthur Plays the Blues"Although Arthur's beloved piano teacher is retiring, she assures him that the new teacher is outstanding and famous, too! Then Arthur meets Dr. Fugue-who's as strict as he is odd-and begins to doubt his own abilities. Will Arthur be fired from playing the piano?#60202"Buster's Sweet Success"When Buster signs up to sell candy for the band, he figures it's easy money-who doesn't love chocolate? Buster soon wishes that somebody loved it more than he does, because he eats it all himself. Will the band be doomed to wear tattered uniforms and play old instruments forever?moreless

  • 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

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • Mr. Haney: Ugh, they're awful! What did you put in these? Buster: I don't know, lots of stuff! Nuts, cinnamon, tomatoes. Mr. Haney: You put tomatoes in chocolate? Man: Hey, are you the kid who sold my wife these chocolates? I want my money back!

    • Buster: (quoting Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman") I used to be someone in this town. I was well-liked.

    • Dr. Fugue: (upon hearing the horn of Arthur's family car) C-sharp. They should get that tuned.

    Notes (2)

    • Jane Read does not appear in "Buster's Sweet Success".

    • Interstitial (Real Kids Segment) Kids express their musical talent in a ... (drum roll please) ... drumming circle!

    Trivia (2)

    • During Arthur's dream sequence in "Arthur Plays the Blues," he never uses the pedals of the piano, so the piece should not have sounded as it did.

    • The man who says he's allergic to chocolate comes by later and buys Buster Clusters.

    Allusions (1)

    • Christine: Oh Phantom! Your face is so hideous, but your music is so beautiful!
      This is an obvious referenece to the 1911 classic book The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. It's the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the catacombs of the Paris Opera House. He falls in love with a beautiful soprano named Christine Daae and tries to get her to love him as well by pretending to be the Angel of Music her father promised her before he died. Since the Phantom in this episode is wearing a white half-mask he must be based on the popular musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, now a major motion picture.

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