Season 1 Episode 14

Arthur the Wrecker / Arthur and the True Francine

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Dec 09, 1996 on PBS
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Arthur the Wrecker / Arthur and the True Francine
"Arthur the Wrecker"

Arthur is hooked on a brand-new computer game called Deep Dark Sea which he borrowed from the Brain. He's so excited about it that he just has to show it to Buster --- even if it means playing it when his Mom specifically said not to use the computer. When the two have a tussle, the computer appears to be broken, leading to a huge scramble as Arthur tries to hide the truth.

"Arthur and the True Francine"

A game of Truth or Dare brings up scenes from Muffy's past, back to when she first came to Lakewood Elementary. She and Muffy quickly became friends, but Muffy plays fast-and-loose with the truth, even going so far as to claim they she taught math at her old school. Then, she cheats off of Francine's math test, putting Francine in detention and threatening to ruin the bond that had been built between the two.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 (2)

      • Some have found it odd that the Brain, being as intelligent as he is, couldn't fix what was seemingly an extremely simple computer problem in "Arthur the Wrecker." Of course, if he had, it would have effectively ended the story.

      • When Muffy joins the class, Binky is part of the group. However, Binky was held back, so he doesn't even join Arthur's group until they all start attending Mr. Ratburn's class.

    • QUOTES (17)

    • NOTES (7)

      • Viewers learn in this episode that Edsel E. Crosswire is the name of Muffy's great-grandfather.

      • The story "Arthur the Wrecker" was adapted into a book in the Arthur Adventures series entitled Arthur's Computer Disaster.

      • "Arthur the Wrecker"

        Title Card: Arthur Searches for Umbrella After Freak Storm
        Card Reader: Francine

        "Arthur and the True Francine"

        Title Card: Francine Gongs Arthur
        Card Reader: Binky

      • "Arthur and the True Francine" is based in part on a book by Marc Brown. This book was originally released as simply The True Francine. It was later retitled and rereleased as part of the Arthur Adventure series. Also, the book has Arthur and his friends starting third grade with Mr. Ratburn, while the animated adaption has the kids in second grade.

      • Muffy is properly introduced in "Arthur and the True Francine." Her middle name is Alice, which is the same as Francine's.

      • Haney Abuse Tracker: Mr. Haney drops a stack of books after narrowly avoiding being hit by a baseball in "Arthur and the True Francine."

      • And Now a Word From Us Kids: A group of kids talks about working on the computer. They show how they can use it to draw pictures, write letters, play games and more.

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