Hey Arnold!

Season 2 Episode 1

Save The Tree / New Teacher

Aired Daily 6:30 PM Sep 22, 1997 on Nickelodeon
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Episode Summary


Save The Tree:
Arnold and the gang must stop Big Bob from chopping down the oldest tree in town.

New Teacher:
When the kids make their new teacher, Mr. Simmons, quit his job, the replacement makes them realize what they lost.

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  • Excellent episode.

    This episode was so good that I enjoyed watching it because it introduced a new character called Mr. Simmons that becomes Arnold's new teacher after Mrs. Slovak quit teaching. Anyway it was great and quite enjoyable to watch and I liked the part when the kids are defending the Mighty Pete that is a tree in their city because Helga's dad, Big Bob want's to tear it down to build another Big Bob Beeper's company there and the kids fight trying to defend it and I really liked the part when the kids throw stuff at the bulldozer and start climbing the tree because it was cool this episode. Also the other episode they start laughing at Mr. Simmons in which I think it wasn't a great thing for them to do because at the end he turns out to be as a great teacher and he temporary leaves and then comes a military teacher and I think he was a very rude teacher and I didn't like the way he teached the children because he wouldn't let them do anything in which is a bad thinks but otherwise great as my opinion because they would respect more then they apologize at Mr. Simmons and I really liked the part when Harold gives him back his lunch because it was a great thing that he did that as a moment of apology and he returns to teaching and the military teacher leaves and I liked in the episode how Mr. Simmons teached the children and was very good watching this episode. In conclusion for being such a great episode I give it a 9.5 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


Christopher Castile

Christopher Castile

Eugene (First episodes)

Sam Gifaldi

Sam Gifaldi


John Garry

John Garry

Sgt. Goose

Guest Star

John Mariano

John Mariano


Recurring Role

Craig Bartlett

Craig Bartlett

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

Recurring Role

Dan Castellaneta

Dan Castellaneta

Nick Vermicelli/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


  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Shouldn't Arnold give Mr. Simmons advice in order to make him a better teacher?

    • Phoebe, Harold, Curly and Nadine don't appear in "Save the Tree." Eugene does not appear in this episode and Rhonda appears briefly in "Save the Tree", but is the only child who does not fight in order to save the Mighty Pete.

    • Sid appears briefly in "New Teacher." He is among the kids when they go out of the school after Mr. Simmons quits. But he is not seen before or after this passage.

    • Why is Arnold siding with everybody to get rid of Mr. Simmons? Not only that, but how can the kids just barge out of school at, like, 11:35 AM? (The clock said 11:30 before they started harassing Mr. Simmons and it took about 5 minutes.)

    • There's no such thing as "oh-ten-hundred-hours" ("ten hundred hours" without the "oh" means 10:00 in the morning; "oh-nine-hundred-hours" means 9:00).

    • All the students' positions switch around between shots as Principal Wartz announces about the old teacher retiring in the beginning of the episode.

      ANSWER - The pan shot of the students listening, up to when every gasps, was taken from "Tutoring Torvald," with Principal Wartz's voice placed over where Ms. Slovak's voice was heard. Also, you can partly see Torvald sitting in the classroom when everyone gasps.

      When the shot changes to everyone cheering, this is new material. (The color tint difference reveals the difference.)

    • There is no such rank as Lt. Major in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, the writers should have known that.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • (Curly drops his pencil)
      Lt. Major Goose
      : Who deployed that pencil? It was a calculated act. Since the foreign object is under your desk, I assume you are the enemy. What is your name?
      Curly: Curly.
      Lt. Major Goose: Your hair's not curly, boy! What's your real name?
      Curly: Thaddeus.
      Lt. Major Goose: Curly, go stand in that corner facing forward!

    • Sid: We thrown everything but the kitchen sink! (gets the kitchen sink) Oh well, here goes!

    • Vic: Don't worry, Bob, we'll have that tree down in no time, and then we can put up a new Big Bob's Beeper Emporium. Only this time, I'll be a 50% partner!
      Bob: 20.
      Vic: 40.
      Bob: 20.
      Vic: 30.
      Bob: 20.
      Vic: Okay, deal.

    • Mr. Simmons: Well, that's one way to respond by not responding. Silence: often speaks volumes.
      Principal Wartz: It's like music to my ears.

    • Arnold: If I hit the lever, I think I can stop it.
      (cup misses lever)
      Helga: (mimicking Arnold) If I can hit the lever, I think I can stop it.

    • Arnold: (Thinking) I hope they stop in time.
      Helga: (Thinking) Gosh, he smells good.

    • Stinky: It's Big Bob!
      Sid: And... some other guy!

  • NOTES (5)


    • Curly: Why do fools fall in love?

      Curly is referencing the song "Why Do Fools Fall In Love?" by Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers.

    • Mr. Simmons: "They Were Delicious" by Walter Charles Walters.
      The poem that Mr. Simmons reads in class is a parody of William Carlos William's poem, "This Is Just To Say."

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