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Season 11 Episode 8

Francine's Pilfered Paper / Buster Gets Real

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Sep 05, 2007 on PBS
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Episode Summary

"Francine's Pilfered Paper" When Mr. Ratburn assigns everyone in his class an individual topic about Thanksgiving to write a five-page report on, Francine feels that she's "doomed." She has no idea how she's going to come up with five pages on the Pilgrims' eating habits, until Brain shows her how to use a search engine to find information about the subject on the Internet. She copies the contents of an entire article and hands it in as her report, looking forward to a relaxing holiday. She then learns from her sister that what she's done is plagiarism and could get her suspended from school. "Buster Gets Real" Arthur is bored by a new reality-TV program his family is obsessed with --- Top Supermarket Chef. When he learns that his best-friend Buster prefers it over The Bionic Bunny Show, he fears their friendship may be at an end. He's determined, though, to maintain that friendship, even if it means taking drastic measures, such as becoming a fan of this supermarket show himself...moreless

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  • wat tha heck is goin on here?

    this ep of arthur was seriously wierd, first ratburn gets everyone in his class to write about thanksgivin, 5 pages in primary school, wathaf? then francine - the hot character gets suspended from school for some cheezy random bull, it got me so cut cos she's like my fav

    then u get the top supermarket chef, which is about some supermarket chefs, which pisses arthur off, because he wants to watch bionic bunny with buster, and he's scared that the bunny dosnt wanna be his friend anymore

    personally this ep, and show are idiotic and nonsensical, even for young 'uns and stonersmoreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Binky reads the title card for "Francine's Pilfered Paper." It's the one where Francine walks up to the title card and bangs it as if it's a drum, rattling Arthur's ears. Francine reads the title card for "Buster Gets Real." It's the one where Buster roars like a lion and Arthur laughs.

  • QUOTES (11)

  • NOTES (1)

    • Raye Lankford is the writer for "Francine's Pilfered Paper" and Jean Lacombe, Ivan Tankusheve and Robert Yap are the storyboard artists. Dietrich Smith is the writer for "Buster Gets Real" and Elie Klimos and Elise Benoit are the storyboard artists.


    • The search engine Brain shows Francine when he is helping her find information for her report on the pilgrims' diets was called WooHoo which is a pun on the popular search engine Yahoo.

    • The reality-television show that Arthur's family and Buster become obsessed with in "Buster Gets Real" is a fictional program titled Top Supermarket Clerk, perhaps based loosely on reality programs such as Top Chef. It features the affairs of several contestants (Benjamin, Andrea, Jeff and Dominic within the episodes featured) try to survive the pressures of a supermarket. At the end of each episode, one contestant is "checked out," the program's term for elimination.

    • Mr. Ratburn: The DVD of the Ben Kern 9 Hour History of Dentistry. Fascinating stuff.

      A reference to the popular PBS documentary films by Ken Burns. Films in this series have included Baseball, The Civil War and The War (upcoming as of the original broadcast of this episode.)