Season 7 Episode 4

Ants in Arthur's Pants / Don't Ask Muffy

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Oct 10, 2002 on PBS
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Ants in Arthur's Pants / Don't Ask Muffy
"Ants in Arthur's Pants"

To excel in science, Mr. Ratburn's class has to prove that they have P.A.N.T.S. - the ability to be patient, attentive, nosy, thoughtful, and systematic. And Arthur's certain he's got `em to ace his ant project... until the crawly creatures end up everywhere but in their ant-farm! Can Arthur's P.A.N.T.S. save his project - and save the ants from the exterminator?

"Don't Ask Muffy"

Muffy starts an advice column in the school newspaper to launch her career as a rich and famous talk-show host. There's only one problem - the kids are ignoring her, and flocking to a mystery advice-giver instead! If Muffy wants to be as popular as Hoprah Linseed, she'll have to learn a few lessons about competition and what really makes a good listener...moreless

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Jodie Resther

Jodie Resther

Francine Alice Frensky

Arthur Holden

Arthur Holden

Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

Michael Yarmush

Michael Yarmush

Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

Sonja Ball

Sonja Ball

Janet Read

Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

David Read / Binky Barnes

Danny Brochu

Danny Brochu

Buster Baxter

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • In "Don't Ask Muffy," during the Hoprah fantasy scene, there are two scenes with the same audience. The first scene was after the lady admitted that she wanted to redecorate her room. In the second scene, after Muffy says "Like the power of redecorating," most of the audience changes colors. For example, the old rabbit's sweater turns green and people's skin get lighter.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Arthur: (reading headline in Francine's newspaper) "New Sugar Bowl Awning Gets Cleaned." Is that really news?
      Francine: It was a slow week.

    • Muffy: Excuse me! I'm looking for the kind of music a grimy, skateboarding fourth-grader would listen to!

    • Francine: Binky, why do you have branches in your locker?
      Binky: Because - because I like trees. You got a problem with that?!
      Arthur, Francine and Buster: Uh, no.

  • NOTES (0)


    • Buster: (in fantasy sequence) Um, excuse me, I'm looking for a book about how to be a comedian.
      Female Salesclerk: Sure. Would you like Comedy for Dummies, Comedy for Imbeciles or Comedy for Complete and Utter Dodos?

      A reference to series of popular advice books which cover a multitude of series. The trend began with a series of books known as the "...For Dummies" books and now also includes "The Complete Idiot's Guide" series, among others.

    • The fictional talk-show host Hoprah Linseed seen in "Don't Ask Muffy" is a reference to acclaimed talk-show host and television personality Oprah Winfrey.