Arthur

Room to Ride / The Frensky Family Fiasco

Season 12, Ep 2, Aired 10/13/08
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  • Episode Description
  • #120201 "Room to Ride" Binky really enjoys riding his bike, both for fun and as a means of getting to school and back. Elwood City's potholed roads are not conducive to biking, however, and Binky is devastated when his mother forbids him from riding on the streets after he comes home injured. After hearing that the upcoming election will include an issue on bike lanes, Binky whips himself and his friends into action, but has trouble getting anyone to care. Muffy tries to convince him that he needs "star power," but a visit from an actual star helps him to see what's really important. #120202 "The Frensky Family Fiasco" After watching a nature film about animal families, Francine is convinced that her own family needs to come closer together. She proposes that they have a family night and though the idea is met with resistance at first, everyone soon warms to it. The Frenskys agree that each week a different one of the will set the agenda, but they find themselves arguing instead of becoming closer.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lance Armstrong

    Himself

  • Greg Bailey

  • Martha Atwater

    Written By - "Room to Ride"

  • Ken Olshansky

    Written By - "Room to Ride"

  • Peter K. Hirsch

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Francine: If you're wondering if this is an official family night, it isn't. We don't have one anymore. It was a good idea, but it just wasn't for us. Mrs. Frensky: Hey, we're not getting any younger out here. Go already. Francine: Now, we just bowl.

    • Catherine: (as she and Francine cook a pizza together) It smells amazing. You know, I hate to admit it, but cooking together is actually kind of fun.

    • Francine: This family is falling apart. We never spend any time together. Even baboons are closer than we are.

    • Arthur: On this show, we're one, big happy family. Francine: Ugh, can't there be a single episode where we don't mention aliens? Arthur: But sometimes even families have trouble agreeing on the simplest things.

    • Muffy: If you want people to vote for something, you have to make them feel like they're at a big party. What's your budget? Binky: 53 cents.

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    Trivia (3)

    • Postcards from You: This episode's postcard comes for the kids at the Dorchester Youth Collaborative (DYC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Tristan, Sheldon, Janovi, Wallace and Otto talk about why they like biking, show off their bikes and do some bike tricks.

    • Muffy reads the title cards for both stories. The one for "Room to Ride" is the one with Arthur being passed up by his friends in a race before hopping on the back of D.W.'s tricycle. The one for "The Frensky Family Fiasco" is the family photo of the Read family.

    • "Room to Ride" features Lance Armstrong voicing himself. A character like Lance Armstrong was featured in the tenth season story "Binky vs. Binky," however, that character was referred to as Vince Legstrong.

    Allusions (2)

    • Catherine: Megalopolis? That was already old when I was 8. Mr. Frensky: This is Francine's family night, Catherine. She's the boss. Francine: And I get to be banker. ... (Later, the family is playing the game...) Oh, not again. Catherine: Palomino Place. I own it. And with four condos and a skyscraper on it, you owe me... $675. The Frensky family is clearly playing the Elwood City version of Monopoly, in which players purchase properties and build on them as best possible in an attempt to bankrupt their opponents. In the real Monopoly game, the square that Francine lands is known as "Park Place" and contestants place houses and hotels instead of condos and skyscrapers.

    • Buster: Let's call it Buster and give me an alien sidekick! Francine: You be quiet! You already have your own show. During the opening of "The Frensky Family Fiasco," characters other than Arthur speculate on what the show would be like if it were theirs. At this point, Francine makes a reference to Postcards from Buster, Buster's spin-off show.

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