Hey Arnold!

Season 3 Episode 7

Grandpa's Birthday / Road Trip

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Aired Daily 6:30 PM Sep 28, 1998 on Nickelodeon
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Grandpa's Birthday:
Grandpa Phil thinks he's going to die soon because no one in his family ever made it past his age. He prepares to die, and Arnold tries to convince him that life is still worth living.

Road Trip:
Helga and Miriam get stuck on the road together with no money. They get to know one another and Miriam saves the day when she wins a mechanical bull-riding competition.

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    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

    Maurice LaMarche

    Maurice LaMarche

    Mechanic

    Guest Star

    Kate Miner

    Kate Miner

    Singer

    Guest Star

    John Mariano

    John Mariano

    Vic/Morrie

    Recurring Role

    Craig Bartlett

    Craig Bartlett

    Brainy/Abner/Nashville Ned/Arnold's Father/Mr. Packenham/Many More

    Recurring Role

    Dan Castellaneta

    Dan Castellaneta

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

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • "Road Trip" looks like "Quantity Time", but this time, Helga spends two days with Miriam instead Big Bob.

      • At the Wheeler Inn, Helga's nightshirt changes in color from pink to white, and Miriam's gown from white to violet.

      • A sign reads "Welcome to Washington State," during the road trip. Perhaps this is a clue to where they live.

      • The only time any form of the word "dead" is used is when Grandma sings "He died in the saddle," when Arnold points out that Grandpa's relatives were 91 when they died, and then when Grandpa responds "I'm not going to die!" (Note: Right before Arnold says "died," Ernie says "Is the old man-" and Mr. Hyunh says "yes - he finished.") Speaking of things you aren't supposed to say on Nickelodeon, note Grandpa says "heaven" and "the other place."

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Helga: Me, Mom and Dad are supposed to visit my grandma in South Dakota.
        Arnold: Sounds like fun.
        Helga: I'd rather have a root canal.

      • Helga: Great! You lost the directions; we're totally lost on the road to nowhere, with a map of Wankyland!

      • Helga: Mom, please tell me you didn't leave your purse on top of the car again!
        Miriam: Helga, you know, I think that that is exactly what happened.

      • Arnold: No, Grandpa, you're still with us. Good morning, Grandpa.
        Grandpa Phil: What's so good about it?

      • Grandpa Phil: (Wakes up, thinking that he's dead) Well that's it...I must be in heaven. Wait a minute. Oh, no! Oskar's here! This must be the other place.

    • NOTES (3)

      • When Grandpa is at the doctor's office, he hits the punching bag and says he's "knock, knock, knockin'" on Heaven's door, which is a reference to lyrics of a Bob Dylan song called "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." Guns 'N' Roses covered this song many years later.

      • Just when you guys thought that this episode uses every word except "dead," Grandpa Phil says, "over my dead body" in a scene, unedited.

      • During the montage (series of still photographs to music), Arnold and Grandpa Phil see a movie with a man hanging from a clocktower. The only two (real) movies with this stunt were Safety Last and Back to the Future (Part 1). It is probably meant to be one of the two.

    • ALLUSIONS (0)

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