Sue Ellen is the champion of the popular Internet game, Virtualgoose.com. She becomes so obsessed, however, that she starts imagining her friends as geese to be conquered! Can Sue Ellen give up Virtualgoose before she finally quacks...er, cracks?
"Best of the Nest"
Now that the gang has beaten Virtualgoose, they move onto Best of the Nest, where five geese fight to survive in the virtual woods. As the competition escalates, Brain becomes inspired to initiate a camping trip in the real woods. Will any of his friends be willing to forgo their computers for a real, live adventure?moreless
Francine Alice Frensky
Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn
Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)
David Read / Binky Barnes
The controls for Virtual Goose change throughout the episode. When Sue Ellen's home, she presses F2 and Q; when Francine plays when D.W. walks in, she's pressing just one key; when they play as a foursome, Arthur, Francine, Buster, and Muffy are pressing buttons all over the keyboard; and when D.W. plays it looks like she's pressing what might be 7 and Y repeatedly.
When playing Virtual Goose, D.W. picks the screen name DISASTERWARNING99, a name that Arthur called her in the story "Sue Ellen's Little Sister" from the program's second season.
When Arthur is lying, he starts playing with his glasses. This was only seen in one other story from the show, "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers."
Sue Ellen: (Half tired) I'm sorry, Francine. I was so tired, I was up all night practicing goose. (Angrily) It's all because of that "Fourhand451"! Oooh, if I had him right here, I'd--
Francine: Sue Ellen, maybe you should take a break for a while. I think all this Virtual Goose is starting to effect your brain.
Sue Ellen: (Looks in the mirror) You're right. Okay, that's it! I'm not gonna touch a computer game for one whole week. Thanks, Francine.
Francine: Don't mention it.
Sue Ellen: Red! The answer is red!
Mr. Ratburn: No, Sue Ellen. 22 x 11 is not red, it's 242. However, if I asked what color your cheeks are turning, that would be the correct answer.
Evil Goat Scientist (who looks like Mr. Burns from The Simpsons: Eeeexcellent.
Binky: Hey Brain, do you think it will be cold this summer?
Brain: Probably not. Why do you ask?
Binky: Because my dad said he'd buy me a computer when it snows in July.
Buster: My Mom made me stop playing; she said staring at the computer was bad for my eyes. Isn't that crazy? ... Hey Prunella! When did you learn to drive?
Muffy: Numero uno. Top Bird. The Nestinator!
Francine: Pass the salt, please.
Muffy: Sporty Goose wants the salt. Will Stylish Goose give it to her? ¡Negativo! Salt is only for the best! Head Honcho of the Honkers. Triple Crown of the Eiderdown. Commander of the Gander!
Beginning with this episode, the color palette is changed a bit (as if the digital ink-and-paint software was changed.) As a result, some of the characters' hues changed a bit, most notably on Francine Frensky.
This is the first Arthur season to use lowercase closed-captions. Up until after the fifth season, the show employed captions with the dialogue in capital letters. Afterward, all earlier episodes that had uppercase captions had them replaced with new lowercase captions. Additionally, a second closed-captioning track was added (by accessing CC2) with simplified captions for very young viewers.
When the Canadian channel "TVO" aired this episode, "Best of the
Nest" was replaced with the episode "For Whom the Bell Tolls".
The closing theme was replaced during this season with a "techno" version.
For this season, Justin Bradley was called in to do the voice of Arthur. He was the voice of Arthur for this season and all repeats of it until apparently the repeat run that began in late July 2003, in which Mark Rendall was now credited for Arthur's voice and had rerecorded all of the old dialogue. However, Justin Bradley's voicing of the character can be found on some of the DVD releases of sixth season episodes.
At the bottom of Emily's computer screen, the web address www.virtualgoose.com can be seen. Going to that address will take you to the Virtual Goose game at PBS Kids.org.
David and Jane Read do not appear in this episode.
Marc Brown, creator of Arthur, cameos in this episode. He describes the creation of "Bionic Bunny" in a TV special that Arthur watches.
Interstitial (Real Kids Segment)
First-graders use computers for a different purpose -- composing poems! The students make a slide show of their creations, complete with cool graphics and voice narration.
In the beginning of "Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked," Sue Ellen plays against an opponent named SUN TZU. Sun Tzu was a Chinese man who wrote the book The Art of War, an ancient Chinese book on military strategy.
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