Arthur

Francine's Pilfered Paper / Buster Gets Real

Season 11, Ep 8, Aired 9/5/07
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  • Episode Description
  • #110801 "Francine's Pilfered Paper" When Mr. Ratburn assigns everyone in his class an individual topic about Thanksgiving to write a five-page report on, Francine feels that she's "doomed." She has no idea how she's going to come up with five pages on the Pilgrims' eating habits, until Brain shows her how to use a search engine to find information about the subject on the Internet. She copies the contents of an entire article and hands it in as her report, looking forward to a relaxing holiday. She then learns from her sister that what she's done is plagiarism and could get her suspended from school. "Buster Gets Real" Arthur is bored by a new reality-TV program his family is obsessed with --- Top Supermarket Chef. When he learns that his best-friend Buster prefers it over The Bionic Bunny Show, he fears their friendship may be at an end. He's determined, though, to maintain that friendship, even if it means taking drastic measures, such as becoming a fan of this supermarket show himself...moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Raye Lankford

  • Jean Lacombe

  • Ivan Tankushev

  • Robert Yap

  • Dietrich Smith

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • wat tha heck is goin on here?

    By owenkravekiv2, Feb 19, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Arthur: What did I miss?! What did I miss?! Buster: The whole show.

    • Buster: Hey, I got a text-message from Muffy. Arthur: Buster. You're missing the giant comet worms!

    • Bionic Bunny: (in Arthur's fantasy sequence) First we have to get past that guard. We'll disguise ourselves as TV executives.

    • Arthur: Buster hates Bionic Bunny. Buster hates Bionic Bunny...

    • Arthur: You don't watch Bionic Bunny anymore? Why not? Buster: It's all made up. It's not true-to-life.

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    Notes (1)

    • Raye Lankford is the writer for "Francine's Pilfered Paper" and Jean Lacombe, Ivan Tankusheve and Robert Yap are the storyboard artists. Dietrich Smith is the writer for "Buster Gets Real" and Elie Klimos and Elise Benoit are the storyboard artists.

    Trivia (1)

    • Binky reads the title card for "Francine's Pilfered Paper." It's the one where Francine walks up to the title card and bangs it as if it's a drum, rattling Arthur's ears. Francine reads the title card for "Buster Gets Real." It's the one where Buster roars like a lion and Arthur laughs.

    Allusions (3)

    • The search engine Brain shows Francine when he is helping her find information for her report on the pilgrims' diets was called WooHoo which is a pun on the popular search engine Yahoo.

    • The reality-television show that Arthur's family and Buster become obsessed with in "Buster Gets Real" is a fictional program titled Top Supermarket Clerk, perhaps based loosely on reality programs such as Top Chef. It features the affairs of several contestants (Benjamin, Andrea, Jeff and Dominic within the episodes featured) try to survive the pressures of a supermarket. At the end of each episode, one contestant is "checked out," the program's term for elimination.

    • Mr. Ratburn: The DVD of the Ben Kern 9 Hour History of Dentistry. Fascinating stuff. A reference to the popular PBS documentary films by Ken Burns. Films in this series have included Baseball, The Civil War and The War (upcoming as of the original broadcast of this episode.)

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