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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Francine Alice Frensky
Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn
Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)
David Read / Binky Barnes
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.
Umpire: Strike two!
Buster: You said you had blue ribbons!
Muffy: I didn't mean to get you in trouble, but I can't let people think that I'm some kind of... cheater.
Arthur: You're distracting me. Go away.
D.W.: He doesn't even know what he's looking for.
Mrs. Read: What's kitchen?
D.W.: That's the game where I bring you ingredients and you make cookies, then I eat them.
Mrs. Read: What if you make mistakes because you're tired?
Arthur: Then I'd have to start all over! I'd better save the game right now!
Mrs. Read: Sorry, boys. I have to work on the computer today.
Arthur: But, it's Saturday! It's your day off!
Mrs. Read: I don't get a day off during...
Arthur: Tax season. I know.
Arthur: Go away!
D.W.: If I go away, I'll probably tell Daddy. Besides, I wanna watch.
D.W.: You killed it. Now Mommy will lose her job. Then we'll lose the house and live in the street and Kate will get "ammonia" and we'll all starve.
Arthur: D.W., be quiet. I'm thinking.
D.W.: And it's all your fault. So you'd better fix it! Because I like living here!
Arthur: Well, I've always wanted to live in Australia.
D.W.: We're doomed! All my childhood happiness is behind me!
D.W.: Maybe a rich family will adopt me. I'm cute.
Arthur: I thought you'd be mad.
Mrs. Read: Not mad... disapppointed.
Arthur: I'm going up to pack... er, do my homework.
Muffy: And so from humble beginnings to unprecedented glory, the Crosswire empire rolls onward.
Muffy: If you only knew how we Crosswires felt about lying. If you knew how we suffered for our principles...
Muffy: It's one-of-a-kind.
Francine: (gasps) It's beautiful.
Muffy: You can have it. I have another one just like it.
Muffy: I don't need to study math. At my old school, I taught math.
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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