Season 11 Episode 10

Big Brother Binky

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Sep 07, 2007 on PBS
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#1110 "Big Brother Binky" When Binky's parents tell him that they're adopting from China, he isn't sure what to make of it at first. He learns that "adopting" means that he's going to become an actual big brother to a baby girl and will be heading to China to meet his new sister. Binky eagerly assists with preparations for the big trip and the new arrival, but begins to become concerned that his parents will no longer have any time for him. After his worries are eased, the big moment finally comes. At first, Binky is ill at ease around his new sister, who seems to cry a lot, but then discovers a special talent. Back at home, he's eager to show off his new talent to his friends, but finds that he seems to have lost it.moreless

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  • Well - meaning but the new baby concept has been done to death.

    In this episode; Binky the bulldog's Mom is adopting a baby from China and the episode deals with him coming to terms with the change and losing the attention from his parents, his game room and all the things that future older siblings must.

    First of all this topic is the oldest story in the book of "Teaching a moral lesson" with it being done in The Simpsons, Rugrats, Sesame Street and Malcolm in the Middle and now here but not quite to the same emotional effect.

    The gruff Binky never shows any real sorrow about the new baby; all of his anguish is materialistic and the lesson taught at the end is weak and oh so predictable.

    The dialogue is of course intended for kids so you can forgive how it is cheesy to the point of sometimes being downright ridiculous but for a show that's aimed and youngsters; the first nightmare scene will most likey startle them and having the story go for 22 minutes; the length of 2 reguler Arthur stories, it's likey their attention will be lost.

    One thing that does work in the episode's favour is that it shows the perspective of the Binky, his parents and his adopted sister Mei Lin in a funny scene at the end which makes this better than the run - of - the - mill story of the same nature.

    Once again the parents appear to be the same species and look exactly the same which leads us to believe that every set of parents in the fictional Elwood City are brother and sister. Scary.

    Anyway this is a quality and informative episode of Arthur which counters its stale storyline with genuine heart and humour.moreless
  • Binky's family adopt a baby girl from China. When they return home, Binky has a hard time ajusting to his new life.

    This was a episode that really touched my heart as MY sister is adopted. It was really nice for me and my family to be able to see such a special episode. My sister is only 2 years old at the moment but I hope she can apresiate this episode in later years. The episode is very realistic in how Binky deals with the changes an adoption will bring. There is a lot of frustraiting waiting as portrayed in the episode. My family had to wait for years as well even though we adopted a baby from our local area. There also was tons of paper work and it's also true that the child will need some time to get used to their new family. All in all this was a great episode with much meaning for me and my family. I should just say that I write this review with our newest foster baby on my lap scraching my shirt. :Dmoreless
Jodie Resther

Jodie Resther

Francine Alice Frensky

Robert Naylor (III)

Robert Naylor (III)

Dora Winifred "D.W." Read

Cameron Ansell

Cameron Ansell


Danny Brochu

Danny Brochu

Buster Baxter

Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

David Read / Binky Barnes

Sonja Ball

Sonja Ball

Janet Read

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (5)

    • Some of the games that Binky had in his game room were Tower of Cows and No Guessing.

    • D.W. calls Binky by his name in this episode. All other times, she called him "Big head kid."

    • During the scene when Binky is singing a lullaby to his little sister, he is spotted in his green pajamas. Later, when the angle changes, he is in his normal clothes. But later in the scene, he is back in the green pajamas.

    • Postcards from You: The first postcard is topical. It's from Laura and Emma in Arlington, Massachusetts. They're both girls who were adopted from China. They show their baby pictures and adoption paperwork, then head to a Chinese restaurant and order dumplings. The second postcard is from Filmon and David in Sweden, courtesy of UNICEF. Theirs is a music video in which they bounce around a ball.

    • Francine reads the title card. It's the one where Binky blows a big bubble gum bubble and it pops, trapping him within the title card.

  • QUOTES (14)

    • Binky: They're talking baby talk.
      Arthur: I wonder what they're saying to each other.
      Mei Lin: What are those things on your brother's face?
      Kate: They're called glasses.
      Mei Lin: Fascinating. My brother's the one with the noodles on his chin.

    • Mr. Read: Isn't it amazing what brothers and sisters learn from each other?
      D.W.: I learn a lot from Arthur because he makes so many mistakes. If I want to do something right, I just do the opposite of what he does.
      Arthur: D.W.!
      D.W.: What? I'm giving you a complimentation!

    • Binky: When Arthur's around, it's like I'm invisible. You'd probably rather have him for a brother.

    • Binky: Look, Mei Lin! I'm a dancing moose!
      Arthur: (rides by on his bicycle) Hi, Mei Lin! (He rings his bell and she stops crying.)
      Binky: (to George) What are you looking at?

    • Binky: And then, all I do is this (puffs up cheeks) and she stops crying just like that. But it only works when I do it.
      Buster: Wow! You have a special gift. Like Tyler the cat psychic on that show Ordinary People with Extraordinary Powers.
      Arthur: Buster, there's no such thing as a "cat psychic."
      Buster: Oh yeah? Then how did Tyler know that Mr. Jiggles would only eat minced mackerel?

    • Binky: I can't wait to meet Mei Lin. Will she be at the airport?
      Mrs. Barnes: No, dear. It'll be at least two or three days before we can pick her up.
      Binky: More waiting.
      Mr. Barnes: Don't worry. There'll be lots of sightseeing to distract us.

    • Binky: Guess there's no room for me and my stuff anymore.

    • D.W.: I'm an expert at taking care of babies, so call me anytime.

    • D.W.: Binky! For your sister's quilt. She's gonna love unicorns.
      Buster: (presenting a patch with spaceships) For your sister's quilt. So she'll believe.

    • Binky: Ah, my favorite. Peanut-free egg rolls. Xie xie. Sue Ellen taught me how to say "thank you" in Chinese.

    • Binky: I'm all packed and ready for China.
      Mrs. Barnes: Binky, it could be a whole year before we go.

    • Binky: I'm going to be an older brother?
      Mr. Barnes: Yep. We're gonna adopt from China, so it'll probably be a girl.

    • Binky: How did you do that?
      Arthur: It's called "Big Brother Becomes the Wind."

    • Binky: (in opening teaser sequence) Greetings, Master.
      Arthur: Why have you come?
      Binky: I wish to learn the way of the big brother.
      Arthur: The path is long as will cost you dearly.

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