Arthur (season 6)
|Arthur (season 6)|
|Country of origin||United States
|No. of episodes||10 (20 segments)|
|Original run||September 24, 2001– November 26, 2001|
The sixth season of the television series Arthur was originally broadcast on PBS in the United States. A shortened version of the techno remix of the opening theme song, "Believe in Yourself", is played at the ending credits of this season as a promotion for the third music album of the franchise. Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan guest starred on "The Good Sport" as herself. This was the first season to have a new voice actor for the title character Arthur. When Mark Rendall was hired to voice for Arthur in season 7, he also re-dubbed for the U.S. reruns of season 6. Executive producer Carol Greenwald and Peter Moss said the reason was because Bradley lacked the voice acting range of Michael Yarmush and sounded whiny whenever Arthur was upset. The original version of these episodes were distributed in VHS and DVD home media, and they are still aired on TV in countries outside of North America. This is also the last season where Oliver Grainger voices D.W.
|Title||Original air date|
|86||1||"Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked / Best of the Nest"||September 24, 2001|
|Sue Ellen Gets Her Goose Cooked: Sue Ellen and her friends constantly lose against "Fourhand451" on an internet game, Virtual Goose. When she finds herself obsessed with winning against that player, she makes a promise not to play for a week. D.W. then beats "Fourhand451" after finding the game is "Confuse the Goose". The user turns out to be Emily and Marie-Helene at the end.
Best of the Nest: Arthur and his friends stop playing Virtual Goose, due to the fact that D.W. always wins, and move onto Virtual Goose v5.0, a six-player multiplayer game where only one will come out victorious. Brain loses, questions the game's knowledge of science and is challenged as to whether or not he could survive out in the wild, so he starts a camping trip. However, his friends, and even Mr. Ratburn, seem more interested in the internet.
|87||2||"Arthur Plays the Blues / Buster's Sweet Success"||October 1, 2001|
|Arthur Plays the Blues: Arthur gets a strict new piano teacher, Dr. Fugue. When Arthur fails to practice sufficiently, Dr. Fugue "fires" Arthur. Wanting to be rehired, Arthur begins practicing the piece he was supposed to practice.
Buster's Sweet Success: Buster is fundraising for the school band by selling chocolates, but after having trouble selling them, he ends up eating some of them. Since he doesn't have the money to pay for them he opts to make chocolates, but after people demanded refunds, a joke store owner gets Buster's Chocolates to be joke chocolates.
|88||3||"Prunella's Special Edition / The Secret Life of Dogs and Babies"||October 8, 2001|
|Prunella's Special Edition: Prunella is excited to get her new monogrammed limited edition Henry Skreever book in the mail, but finds that it is in braille. When Prunella goes to the library to get the book with words, she meets and makes friends with a blind girl named Marina, who is looking for the same book in braille.
The Secret Life of Dogs and Babies: Kate and Pal can understand each other, but older people like the rest of the Read family can not. When Mr. Read can'tt find the figurine that goes on top of the wedding cake he made (which D.W. has mistaken for one of her "delicate" toys), Kate and Pal work together to get the figurine on top of the cake before the cake gets shipped to the wedding.
|89||4||"Muffy's Soccer Shocker / Brother Can You Spare a Clarinet?"||October 15, 2001|
|Muffy's Soccer Shocker: Ed Crosswire, is the new soccer coach and has the team do drills named after car parts. Muffy is not enjoying it since he is tougher on her and even makes her goalie. The team doubts Mr. Crosswire's coaching methods until they finally catch up in a game.
Brother Can You Spare a Clarinet?: The Young Person's Orchestra is going to hold tryouts at Lakewood Elementary. Everyone in the band thinks Binky is the best. However, since Binky can't perform well with his malfunctioning clarinet and does not have money to buy a new one, he starts a scheme with the rest of the Tough Customers to get rid of music by using a megaphone and said clarinet.
|90||5||"The Boy Who Cried Comet! / Arthur and Los Vecinos"||October 22, 2001|
|The Boy Who Cried Comet!: Buster thinks he has seen a UFO, but no one believes him because he has said he has seen one too many times. He borrows Muffy's telescope and finds a comet headed for earth. No one believes him, but this time he has proof. They discover that the telescope is malfunctioning because of a missing piece for it. The episode ends with Arthur and his friends unmasking themselves, showing them as aliens.
Arthur and Los Vecinos: A new family moves in next to the Reads after their neighbor, Mr. Sipple, moves away. The Reads get to know the Molinas and discover how similar they are.
|91||6||"Citizen Frensky / D.W.'s Backpack Mishap"||October 29, 2001|
|Citizen Frensky: Francine creates her own newspaper after shadowing Buster's mom at work and taking a front page picture. Francine takes potentially embarrassing photos and publishes them out of context with embarrassing captions.
D.W.'s Backpack Mishap: D.W. accidentally grabs the wrong backpack when it starts to rain at the public outdoor pool. She goes in search of the mysterious "_OM__ ___BLE" who she believes is a backpack thief in a zeppelin. She uses objects from the backpack (i.e. a pair of pan pipes, a clay Eiffel Tower, a Great Wall snowglobe.) and concludes that "_OM__ ___BLE" wears the pipes to hide his sharp pointy teeth, and lives in a snowy section of China (the wall in the snowglobe). It turns out that the mysterious "_OM__ ___BLE" is none other than Tommy Tibble with his trinkets. Emily then goes to D.W. to find her beret and "Dry Clean Only".
|92||7||"The Boy with His Head in the Clouds / More!"||November 5, 2001|
|The Boy with His Head in the Clouds: George has dyslexia and does not want anyone to think he is dumb. He takes Binky to be his mentor to teach him to be more hard-headed so no one will tease him, but realizes he was not meant for being tough. When he discovers his dyslexic problems, he tries to finish his reading project.
More!: D.W. is obsessed with everything being equalized, but she is excited to be getting an allowance, but is upset once she learns that Emily and the Tibbles have already been getting an allowance and have more money. When she fails to get a bigger allowance, she tries to get a law passed for all kids to get the same allowance, but after seeing Arthur and his friends argue over who has more allowance, she pretends that she gets more allowances than they do since they don't know how much she gets.
|93||8||"Rhyme for Your Life / For Whom the Bell Tolls"||November 12, 2001|
|Rhyme for Your Life: Binky is trying to write a rhyming poem for his mom's birthday, but he can't think of the right words. When he falls asleep he finds himself in a dream where it is a crime not to rhyme. He wakes up and as soon as he gives the reason why his card is blank, he begins rhyming.
For Whom the Bell Tolls: Arthur is overjoyed that D.W. lost her voice, with Francine telling him he's mean, but is not so excited when he has to do what she wants him to do, especially when he has to be a translator. When he discovers that D.W. is better but continues faking, he gets his friends to come up with a plan to expose her fib by making her think she's deaf.
|94||9||"The Good Sport / Crushed"||November 19, 2001|
|The Good Sport: Michelle Kwan is presenting the Athlete of the Year Award, but Francine is upset when the award goes to Jenna. Francine rubs in the fact that she thinks she should deserve it by giving Jenna attention she does not want. Michelle Kwan guest stars as herself.
Crushed: Arthur has a crush on his new babysitter, Sally McGill. He is devastated when he discovers that she has a boyfriend. He tries to avoid her by going to Buster's only to find that she is there to babysit Buster.
|95||10||"Arthur Loses His Marbles / Friday the 13th"||November 26, 2001|
|Arthur Loses His Marbles: Muffy's new marbles prompt Arthur and his friends to start playing in a marbles tournament. Arthur gets trained by Grandma Thora, but when he discovers that he has to compete against Grandma Thora in the marbles tournament, he plays poorly on purpose, but Grandma Thora forfeits when she finds out what is happening.
Friday the 13th: Brain does not believe in superstitions and goes on to try to prove his hypothesis by doing things superstitiously believed to bring bad luck, like walking under a ladder. Counter to his hypothesis, a streak of bad luck strikes.
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