So Long, Spanky / Buster's New Friend

Season 1, Ep 13, Aired 12/2/96
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  • Episode Description
  • #11301"So Long, Spanky"D.W. is devastated when her pet parakeet, Spanky, dies. She has a funeral for him and doesn't want to replace him with any other pet. Naturally, she's terribly annoyed when a slimy, warty toad starts following her around and getting into Spanky's stuff. She tries to get it to leave for good, but it seems to have other ideas.More Info - ECDC#11302"Buster's New Friend"Arthur is very surprised when Buster doesn't show up to watch Bionic Bunny with him and even more surprised when it turns out that Buster's hanging out with some new friend named Mike. Buster makes Mike sound plenty cool, but Arthur really needs Buster's help with their science project. What's worse is that Arthur keeps asking just who Mike is, but it seems like Buster can only gush about who Mike is, rather than give a straight answer. Arthur begins wonder if Buster isn't his friend anymore.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)
  • So long spanky

    By CURLYHURLEY, Nov 21, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • Buster: Hey, Mike's coming over soon. We can take it in his car. Arthur: Buster, will you knock it off?! I can believe this Mike kid is a great mini-golfer. I can believe he's a great bowler. I believe everybody thinks he's really cool. But now you expect me to believe he has a car? Come on! Kids can't drive cars!

    • Muffy: You know how Buster's such an expert on bikes? Well, he was supposed to meet me at the bike shop to help me pick one. But he never showed up, so I just had to buy them all.

    • Buster: So what do you think our project should be about? We haven't done much work on it. Arthur: Who hasn't done much work?! I've done plenty of work while you were out bowling with Mike!

    • Arthur: Mike? Mike: Yes, Arthur? Arthur: What do you know about magnets?

    • President: Thanks for saving the world, Bionic Bunny. Female Reporter: But who are you, really? Bionic Bunny: Just a citizen trying to do his duty.

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    Notes (7)

    • The story "So Long, Spanky" introduces viewers to Toady, D.W.'s new pet frog, who, strangely enough, never appears as her pet again except in title cards. However, later Toady appears in the story "The Great Sock Mystery" --- apparently he got loose again and went wild. Spanky appears in the episode where D.W. makes up a story for the Tibble twins, as Agent B.W.'s pet eagle who dies saving her.

    • When Arthur imagines "Mike," we don't see his face. However, he is about Arthur's age with light tan skin and red hair, and has a voice that's strikingly similar to Arthur's.

    • "Buster's New Friend" is Arthur Chapter Book #23 by the same name.

    • "So Long, Spanky" went through many title changes before it hit the screen. The original title was "Bye Bye, Birdie."

    • Bionic Bunny begins at 4:30 pm, according to Arthur's Bionic Bunny watch. At least, that's what Arthur reads. The display on the watch itself looks more like 1:15.

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    Trivia (1)

    • During the funeral for Spanky in "So Long, Spanky," Mrs. Read says some words of memory about Spanky and then Baby Kate lays some flowers on Spanky's grave and says "There." However, Baby Kate is not supposed to be able to speak.

      (RESPONSE: It's actually just one of Baby Kate's stock gibberish sounds that actually vaguely sounds like "There.")

    Allusions (1)

    • Arthur: You're Buster's big brother?
      Mike: Yeah. It's part of the Big Brother / Big Sister program at the community center.
      Buster: My Mom signed me up. She thinks I need older male influences.

      Big Brothers Big Sisters is a program whose goal is "to provide a mentor to any child who wants or needs one." They are over 100 years old and serve the needs of over 200,000 children.

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