Meek for a Week / Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 1/13/97
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  • Episode Description
  • #11701"Meek for a Week"Everyone knows that Francine is rather bossy and somewhat independent, but when she insults Muffy on her street hockey playing skills, it would seem she's gone to far. After a bit of crying, Muffy decides to make a bet with Francine --- she'll give Francine the Princess Peach watch that she's always adored if Francine can be nice for an entire week. Francine takes the bet seriously and pretty soon, her behavior is barely recognizable to her friends. Worried that she may be bottling her anger, Arthur and the rest of the group try to get Francine to let off some steam, before she ends up doing something really rash.More Info - ECDC#11702"Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper"Before Arthur knows it, he's dragged into the Tough Customers after Buster brags about him being the "world's greatest gleeper." He and Buster didn't even know that "gleep" is a slang term for stealing, but they didn't want Arthur to look stupid in front of this tough group. Pretty soon, gossip gets around the entire school about Arthur being a thief, causing him some newfound popularity, but also to lose some friends. Then, he faces a trial that could change things for him forever, or restore what he lost.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

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (19)

    • Francine: I never want to speak to you again. Molly: Just goes to show you who your real friends are, huh, Art?

    • Arthur: I'm a regular gleeping machine, right, Molly?

    • Buster: I guess we can take our baseball cards over there. Rattles: The rabbit stays.

    • Francine: Muffy, can you do anything... (gasps) wrong? That was near perfect. Buster: Weird. Arthur: Has anybody else noticed something different about Francine?

    • Boy: Mommy, some kid's head fell in our yard. Francine: (voice sounding distant and echoing slightly, very cheery) What a beautiful lawn.

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    Notes (9)

    • This episode reuses a clip from "D.W's Baby" after Francine's watch breaks where we see the building being imploded.

    • "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" introduces the Tough Customers. Binky is kind of mean in this story, but is softened more and more as the series progresses. Several Tough Customers can be seen in this story, including a rather tough-looking cat, but Binky, Rattles and Molly are the core group who would been seen in later stories. A boy from another school named Slink later joins the group also.

    • "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" establishes Mrs. McGrady as an absent-minded eccentric who meditates and quotes Lao-Tzu. In later episodes we learn that she is a skilled keyboard player, and that famous blues singers routinely visit her home.

    • "Meek for a Week" is Arthur Chapter Book #14 under the title Francine, Believe It or Not!.

    • The original title for "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" was "The World's Greatest Dinker". It was eventually decided that the word 'Dink' was far too rude, and so it was changed to "Gleep" before transmission.

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    Trivia (2)

    • In "Meek for a Week", viewers learn that Arthur has a aunt named Bonnie.

    • In "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper," gleep / gleeper means steal / thief. It's a word made up for this story, rather than actual slang.

    Allusions (1)

    • Mrs. MacGrady: When meditating, be as motionless as a stone, as silent as a block of wood. Lao-Tzu.
      Lao-Tzu was a philosopher considered to be the father of Taoism.

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