Hey Arnold!

Season 1 Episode 17

False Alarm / World Records

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Aired Daily 6:30 PM Dec 23, 1996 on Nickelodeon
8.7
out of 10
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22 votes
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Episode Summary

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False Alarm:
Eugene is accused of pulling the fire alarm. In the school court, the jury thinks Eugene is guilty except for Arnold, who believes there is a shadow of a doubt.

World Records:
The kids try to get in the book of world records so much that they would do anything, including most people on a one-person bike and the longest game of Crack-The-Whip.

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  • Eugene framed vs a record break!

    8.0
    I can't really be bothered to talk about "World Records". Decent, but it got tiring after a while. "False Alarm" on the other hand...

    Setup: Someone pulled the fire alarm and it looks like it was Eugene. But the student jury (Helga, Arnold, Gerald, Harold, Curly and Phoebe) all have to declare him guilty to get him accused, and only Arnold believes him innocent. They go through the evidence and eventually, Curly confesses that he did it to get revenge on Eugene for ruining his favourite pencil. This is the main reason I enjoy the episode - Curly is one of my favourite characters, and this was definitely the first episode that established his character and it's fun to watch him completely lose it at the end, laughing manically and exclaiming to Principal Wartz "I did it! I pulled the fire alarm! And I'd do it again, too! See?" at which point he pulls it again.moreless
  • False Alarm was slow moving while World Record was interesting.

    8.5
    False Alarm:

    Eugene is accused of pulling the fire alarm. In the school court, the jury thinks Eugene is guilty except for Arnold, who believes there is a shadow of a doubt. This episode was decent but it was kinda slow moving. Also, near the end, Curly got a little annoying. Funny moments were the principal caught Eugene and Harold's story. Great moments were Arnold's true story and Eugene not guilty. Overall, not worth watching over and over again, so this episode was decent to see. 7/10



    World Records:

    The kids try to get in the book of world records so much that they would do anything, including most people on a one-person bike and the longest game of Crack-The-Whip. I liked this episode better than False Alarm. Great parts/humor are the kids looking at the book of world records, Arnold and Gerald walking backwards, Arnold and Gerald being dirty until Arnold's neighbors clean them up, the kids trying to make a lot of records, and the ending where they are in the world record book. Score 10/10moreless
  • Good episode that was well written.

    9.6
    This episode was a good one because the kids want to break a world record in which is a good thing and I really liked the part when they made that giant pizza that it looked good and it was great, but some people didn't helped like Harold and Brainy that decided to break their own record horse quarter machine that seemed funny the way they rode the horse but anyway Arnold and the people that helped him did finally the pizza but it exploded in which was funny because everybody was covered in pizza sauce. But they are called to be in the book of World records and the kids get happy in which was the best part in the episode. The other episode was also good but I liked "World Records" better because it was more fun to watch. In conclusion for being a great episode I give this episode a 9.6 superb rating for my review.moreless
Dan Butler

Dan Butler

Mr. Simmons/Lila's Dad (1997+)

Francesca Smith

Francesca Smith

Helga G. Pataki/Camp Fire Lass/Gloria/Sheena

Tress MacNeille

Tress MacNeille

Arnold's Grandma/Miss Slovak/Arnold's Mother

Dom Irrera

Dom Irrera

Ernie

Christopher Castile

Christopher Castile

Eugene (First episodes)

Sam Gifaldi

Sam Gifaldi

Sid/Robert/Billy

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Arnold's Grandpa (Phil)/Sheena's Uncle Earl/The Jolly Olly Ice Cream Man/Dr. Murray Steiglitz/Nick Vermicelli

Recurring Role

John Mariano

John Mariano

Vic/Morrie

Recurring Role

Steve Viksten

Steve Viksten

Oskar Kokosha/Additional Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Phoebe: What did you think TSP stood for?
      Sid: (With everyone looking at him) Uh... ten square pounds?

    • Curly: (Dementedly) I did It! I pulled the fire alarm! And I'd do it again, too! See? (Laughs dementedly as we hear the fire bell ringing and Curly pulling the levers down)
      Principal Wartz: Stop that!

  • NOTES (4)

    • When these two episodes originally aired, they did not have closed-captioning. Recently, the WGBH Educational Foundation finally added closed-captions to these episodes, and are seen when reran. This explains why the captions here are all in lowercase, unlike other first-season episodes, which had the dialogue captions in all-capital letters.

    • Eugene's last name is Horowitz.

    • "False Alarm" marks the first and only appearances of one of Stinky's relatives, Squeaky Peterson. She does not have dialogue, but she has the same distinctive nose, ears, etc. that the other Petersons have.

    • One of the records in Arnold's book is set by a fictional person named Frannie Caudell. The voice of Helga is Francesca Smith, and the voice of Arnold at the time was Toran Caudell.

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • 12 Angry Men: Parody
      The episode "False Alarm" seems to parody the movie 12 Angry Men, which was about a Jury of 12 men who had to figure out if a young boy was guilty, there was only one man who said not guilty in the 12 and that man slowly gets the other men to change their minds. Various other references to 12 Angry Men include the anonymous votes, Helga accuses the wrong person to change their vote, one of the jurors has tickets to a sporting event; it was baseball in the movie, but in this episode it was wrestling, and when Arnold stabs the pencil in the table (a juror does this with a knife in the movie).

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