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Season 8 Episode 10

Big Horns George / *Bleep*

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Dec 26, 2003 on PBS
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Episode Summary

"Big Horns George"

George's bad day gets worse when he comes over to Mrs. McGrady's house to sing for Koko Taylor and his friends insult his quiet voice. After listening to one of the Brain's CDs, George dreams that he and his ventriloquist dummy Wally are in a blues-related adventure. He builds a guitar with his dad and gets a second chance to overcome his stage fright. Will he be able to prove he isn't a a "small-mouth" to Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal?


At a glass shop, D.W. overhears a word she doesn't know. D.W. is afraid to ask anyone what the word means, because she thinks that it causes people to break stuff. Arthur and the Tibbles warn her not to say it in front of grownups, or they will become zombie slaves (or at least the Tibbles say...). D.W. and Nadine put it to the test by having the neighborhood kid Vecita say it to her parents. D.W. accidentally says it to her mother while spying, and after apologizing to the neighbors, Mother tells her what the cuss word means. But the next day at school, all DW's friends are saying it. Here we go again...moreless

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  • This episode made me laugh 'till my cheeks tingled. Comedic relief, yet well written episode dealing with swearing...

    See title. This was definitely a well-written episode that does a great job dealing with children swearing WITHOUT HAVING THE CHARACTERS ACT OUT OF CHARACTER LIKE THE NEW ONES DO, and is an original. It even made me laugh, and still does.
  • The Curse Word Is Just Too Silly

    I would never even know what daisy wanda just said 25 minutes of the episode. Her mother keeps saying that it\'s time for dinner, but she wouldn\'t listen. Then she says this junk word, and her mother tells her, \"You\'re off the hook, swear words are not appropriate, and they can offend everyone.\" But what did daisy wanda just say in front of everyone? Maybe she said ninnyhammer, or bad fellow, but most of all, I will probably never know what she really said at all. If you don\'t want to learn about swear words, then don\'t watch it! Goodbye.moreless
  • This episode is bad.

    This episode, \\\"Bleep\\\", is very unapporpiate for little kids. Yes it was funny, but the little kids will not understand what the hell they\\\'re talking about and start asking parents or siblings what a curse word is. That\\\'s not very good. Arthur should be a show for kids so they learn to be respectful people, not cursing each other out.
  • Big Horns George - A great episode

    This has become one of my favourite Arthur episodes. The blues music featured in Big Horns George was great to listen to, and it was neat to see George play an active role in an episode, which is rare in the series. The only others that come to mind were "Arthur's Dummy Disaster" and "The Boy With His Head in the Clouds"
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 (4)

    • Bleep contains a couple of past references to things breaking on the show, during the teaser sequence when Arthur fantasizes D.W. telling Mom that Arthur accidentally broke her glass bird, as in Arthur's Perfect Christmas, and later when D.W. says the swear to Arthur, causing him to drop his model Bell X-1 rocket plane he was working on, and the plane breaks again, just as it did in Arthur's Big Hit (except it broke for a different reason, and Arthur was not as concerned about his plane being smashed here.)

    • While D.W. is spying on the neighbors, you can tell when her neighbor said the curse word because if you look closely inside the neighbor's window, you can see them suddenly get that surprised look on their faces.

    • Why are Koko and Taj, two famous blues singers, hanging out at the home of Sarah McGrady, a lowly cafeteria employee?

    • When D.W. is spying on the neighbors, the kid that she tricked's dad's hair turns from dark brown to light brown.

  • QUOTES (6)

    • (Arthur fantasizes how the bleep can censor things you don't want others to hear, via a flashback of when Arthur accidentally broke Mom's glass bird...)
      D.W.: MOM! Arthur just (bleep!) your favorite (bleep!) bird!
      (Arthur thumbs up the operator using his censoring device.)

    • (During a dream, the whole family's at the dinner table, including Nadine. The parents carry dinner.)
      : Nadine's right, honey. All you have to do is tell it to us. (Arthur shakes his head "no" at D.W.)
      : But what if it does something really, really bad?
      : What could one little word do?
      (Nadine shrugs.)
      : Okaaay... (inhales deeply, then says the bad word)
      (Mom gasps and drops her plate, which crashes to the ground! It's the same with the Dad and his bowl, and Arthur with his pitcher of milk, and Kate, who pushes her bowl over. Sirens wail from outside as D.W. runs to the window to watch outside, and then all the windows and lights in town break and electrical wires snap! Then stars and the moon fall to the ground. A giant Mary Moo Cow appears, jumping over the grounded moon.)
      Mary Moo Cow
      : (deep voice) UhhmmmMMOOOOooo!
      (She cracks an egg with a hammer and D.W. wakes up.)
      D.W: (gasps) Bad idea, Nadine!

    • George: You wrote a song about math?
      Brain: Uuuuhhh... yeah. Blues doesn't have to be about getting your heart broken or losing your job.

    • Mrs. Read: Dora Winifred Read! WHAT did you just say to me?!
      D.W.: Uh... can I have a soda?

    • (D.W. is in trouble for teaching Vicita the curse word...)
      : Uh... Arthur did it?

    • D.W.: What if the Tibbles are lying?
      Nadine: Wouldn't be the first time.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Arthur didn't appear in Big Horns George

    • Peter K. Hirsch was nominated for the 2004 Humanitas Prize in the Children's Animation Category for the story "Big Horns George."

    • The episode "Bleep", where D.W. learns a curse word, is similar to the Rugrats episode, "The Word Of The Day", the SpongeBob SquarePants episode, "Sailor Mouth", and the Powerpuff Girls episode, "Curses". It is also similar to an episode from the PBS version of The Berenstain Bears, "The Big Blooper".

    • Special Guests Koko Taylor and Taj Mahal receive a combined Special Thanks credit.

    • The television program in the teaser for "Bleep," The Altos, is a parody of HBO's adult drama, The Sopranos, which is a favorite of Marc Brown.