Season 9 Episode 3

Arthur Weighs In / The Law of the Jungle Gym

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Dec 29, 2004 on PBS
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"Arthur Weighs In"

Having landed a role for a class play, Arthur finds that he can't fit into his outfit. It would seem that he's become a bit, well, "husky." There's no way, though, that he's going to wear an ugly-looking husky suit. He and his friends team up to get him in shape, but it seems some non-peer advice might hold the key to the real solution.

"The Law of the Jungle Gym"

The Tough Customers --- most of the kids in Arthur's class fear them, even though they're definitely not the most fierce as far as bullies go. However, when Muffy tries using the jungle gym they use as their Tower of Pain for a photo shoot, she starts a feud that has everyone in Ratburn's class on her side. Muffy, however, doesn't care about freeing the jungle gym, she just wants a good space for her photo shooting. And Molly doesn't really want to terrorize Muffy, she just wants her old place to chill back.moreless

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  • Review of Part A \"Arthur weighs in.\" Right now it\'s my turn to.

    Before I begin, Marc Brown wanted me to deliver this message to anyone who watched the episode: Sorry.

    Now that that's out of the way, let's sum up this episode, shall we? Arthur loses confidence about his weight when he outgrows his pants. His friends give him their honest-to-goodness opinions, saying that they see "more of him" and he always seems tired. The clothes store says they have nothing in his size except a very unflattering "husky" suit (ignoring adult sizes maybe?) What are we to gather from all this? Have 10 years of time finally caught up to his growth horomones? Is Arthur finally turning 9? Naw, he's just really, really fat. Long story short, Arthur's in a play and has to slim down so the pants fit him when he goes on.

    Be honest with me for a second, have you ("you" includes "a friend of yours" or his/her kids) recently watched a program intended for kids without noticing even one blatant health endorsement? Didn't think so.

    Now, I admit, Arthur has to become PC or risk being kicked off the air, but this is ridiculous. Why is Arthur the one who gets fat? Why not Buster, he eats his mom out of house and home and then has the temerity to berate his best friend's lifestyle? The real draw here is not the in-your-face-ness of the moral, the suddenness of Arthur's overweightness, nor the fact that young impressionable folk will probably be driven to anorexia next time they pop a button. What I hate is that this episode is obviously no more than an attempt for Arthur to keep up with the Joneses.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying this episode was a complete flop. Just think of all the calories you'll burn when you run for the hills next time this episode airs.

    1 and 1/2 out of 10

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 (0)

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Binky: It's good to be back.
      Molly: You can say that again.

    • Molly: I've got an idea. (a leaf blower starts up, drowning out Molly) ... cool as an ice-cream cruise ship on an ocean of lemonade.

    • Mr. Crosswire: Looks like one of your friends. You know anyone with a black skateboard covered in barbed wire?
      Muffy: Tell her I'm not here. Make something up.
      Mr. Crosswire: (opens door and gives cover story) I'm afraid Muffy has moved to Paris to study astronomy.
      Molly: Oh. Okay, Mr. Crosswire. When she comes out from hiding under the table, could you tell her that I just wanted to ask her something?

    • Binky: How come we never listen to disco?

    • Dog Lawyer: Molly McDonald, by order of the Second Circuit Court of this jurisdiction, you are instructed to grant Muffy Crosswire access to this public facility...

    • Molly: Get this straight. The Tower of Pain is ours. And if I ever see you here again, you're gonna be... (a loud garbage truck pulls up behind and drowns her out) ... like a pig sucking cheese out of a fire hose!

    • Rattles: Well, well, the little shutterbug came back for more pictures.
      Slink: (having taken hold of the digital camera) Uh oh. I think I might accidentally press "delete."
      Muffy: Go ahead. I already downloaded everything.
      Molly: Sassy, huh? Put her in solitary.

    • Molly: You have five seconds to get off the Tower of Pain or I'm gonna... (loud school bell drowns her out) ... pretzel on a bungee cord!
      Muffy: Oh, yeah?! Well, you're gonna have to wait! Because recess is over.

    • Molly: You do realize where you are? Tough Customers headquarters.
      Rattles: Also known as the Tower of Pain.

    • Muffy: (trying to get her friends to notice her new digital camera) Hey, you guys. Notice anything new?
      Brain: (runs up to her and plucks a beetle off the camera) It's Nicrophorus Americanus. This type of American burying beetle is very rare.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Maggie Castle was revealed as the voice of Molly in "Arthur, It's Only Rock and Roll", but this is the first season where she's credited in the cast list for regular episodes.

    • Molly's last name is revealed in "The Law of the Jungle Gym." It's McDonald.

    • "The Law of the Jungle Gym"

      Title Card: The Gang Pops Out of a Giant Egg and the Mother Bird Walks By and Squawks
      Card Reader: Muffy


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