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Arthur

Season 1 Episode 17

Meek for a Week / Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper

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Aired Daily 4:00 PM Jan 13, 1997 on PBS
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Meek for a Week / Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper
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#11701
"Meek for a Week"

Everyone knows that Francine is rather bossy and somewhat independent, but when she insults Muffy on her street hockey playing skills, it would seem she's gone to far. After a bit of crying, Muffy decides to make a bet with Francine --- she'll give Francine the Princess Peach watch that she's always adored if Francine can be nice for an entire week. Francine takes the bet seriously and pretty soon, her behavior is barely recognizable to her friends. Worried that she may be bottling her anger, Arthur and the rest of the group try to get Francine to let off some steam, before she ends up doing something really rash.

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"Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper"

Before Arthur knows it, he's dragged into the Tough Customers after Buster brags about him being the "world's greatest gleeper." He and Buster didn't even know that "gleep" is a slang term for stealing, but they didn't want Arthur to look stupid in front of this tough group. Pretty soon, gossip gets around the entire school about Arthur being a thief, causing him some newfound popularity, but also to lose some friends. Then, he faces a trial that could change things for him forever, or restore what he lost.

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Maggie Castle

    Maggie Castle

    Molly McDonald

    Guest Star

    Bronwen Mantel

    Bronwen Mantel

    Mrs. Sarah MacGrady

    Recurring Role

    Walter Massey

    Walter Massey

    Principal Herbert Haney

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (2)

    • QUOTES (19)

    • NOTES (9)

      • This episode reuses a clip from "D.W's Baby" after Francine's watch breaks where we see the building being imploded.

      • "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" introduces the Tough Customers. Binky is kind of mean in this story, but is softened more and more as the series progresses. Several Tough Customers can be seen in this story, including a rather tough-looking cat, but Binky, Rattles and Molly are the core group who would been seen in later stories. A boy from another school named Slink later joins the group also.

      • "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" establishes Mrs. McGrady as an absent-minded eccentric who meditates and quotes Lao-Tzu. In later episodes we learn that she is a skilled keyboard player, and that famous blues singers routinely visit her home.

      • "Meek for a Week" is Arthur Chapter Book #14 under the title Francine, Believe It or Not!.

      • The original title for "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper" was "The World's Greatest Dinker". It was eventually decided that the word 'Dink' was far too rude, and so it was changed to "Gleep" before transmission.

      • "Meek for a Week"

        Title Card: Francine Gongs Arthur
        Card Reader: Binky

        "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper"

        Title Card: Arthur Searches for Umbrella After Freak Storm
        Card Reader: Francine

      • And Now a Word From Us Kids: The kids write letters to Francine, telling her that she shouldn't be so mean. They offer her advice on being nice.

      • "Meek for a Week" inspired a song that was included on the original Arthur album --- Arthur And Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD.

      • Rattles refers to Buster as "the rabbit" in "Arthur, World's Greatest Gleeper." This is a rare instance of one of the characters being acknowledged as something other than human and not the last time this will be done with Buster.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Mrs. MacGrady: When meditating, be as motionless as a stone, as silent as a block of wood. Lao-Tzu.
        Lao-Tzu was a philosopher considered to be the father of Taoism.

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