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Author has written 26 stories for Arthur, Book X-overs, Over the Hedge, Ramona Series, Full House, Get Smart, Winnie-the-Pooh, Aladdin, Inkheart, and Monk.
I replaced my "Inkheart Movie Meggie" avatar with a "Super Smash Bros. Brawl Ice Climbers" avatar because I am planning on writing more poems and stories for FanFiction soon. I just need to reorganize my story documents
My Favorite Stories to Read: I like dozens of fandoms, but my favorites on this site are Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, Get Smart, and Tale Spin.
For anyone who would be interested in reading one of my crossovers:
My Favorite TV Shows: (Disney Channel pre-September 1996, in alphabetical order) Adventures in Wonderland; The Care Bears Series (the newer ones with No-Heart, Beastly, and Shrieky); The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (there were only 18 episodes) and many Peanuts specials; Chip 'n' Dale Rescue Rangers; Donald Duck Presents; DuckTales; Dumbo's Circus; Good Morning, Mickey; Goof Troop; Gummi Bears; Kids Incorporated; Jump, Rattle, and Roll; Lunch Box; Mousercise; My Little Pony Tales (which included episodes from the 1980s series My Little Pony); The New Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh; The Raccoons; TaleSpin; Under the Umbrella Tree; Welcome to Pooh Corner; The Wuzzles (PBS, pre-September 1996, in alphabetical order) Barney and Friends; Ghostwriter; Kidsongs; Lamb Chop's Play-Along; Mister Rogers' Neighborhood; Reading Rainbow; Sesame Street (up until 1993); Shining Time Station; Square One TV; Storytime; Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? (Classic Sitcoms) Get Smart; Leave It to Beaver; The Facts of Life; Diff'rent Strokes; Benson; Hogan's Heroes (Classic Dramas, in alphabetical order) Bonanza; Emergency!; Murder, She Wrote (PBS post-September 1996) Dragon Tales; Clifford the Big Red Dog; Between the Lions; Zoboomafoo; Arthur (seasons 1, 4, and 6); Angelina Ballerina (On Boomerang, in alphabetical order) The Flintstones; Huckleberry Hound; The Jetsons; Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!; Yogi Bear (Was on Nick Jr., in alphabetical order) Franklin; Gullah Gullah Island; Kipper; Rupert (On the Hub, in alphabetical order) ALF; Fraggle Rock; Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures (I might add more later)
Favorite Movies by Year: 1930 Animal Crackers 1931 Monkey Business 1932 Horse Feathers 1933 Duck Soup 1935 A Night at the Opera 1936 The Story of Louis Pasteur 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1938 A Christmas Carol 1939 The Wizard of Oz; Goodbye, Mr. Chips; At the Circus 1940 The Shop Around the Corner 1941 The Reluctant Dragon; Buck Privates 1942 Bambi; Road to Morocco 1943 Lassie Come Home 1944 Arsenic and Old Lace; Meet Me in St. Louis; The Three Caballeros 1945 And Then There Were None; Anchors Aweigh; Christmas in Connecticut 1946 It's a Wonderful Life; The Best Years of Our Lives; Anna and the King of Siam 1947 Miracle on 34th Street; The Ghost and Mrs. Muir 1948 Easter Parade; The Treasure of the Sierra Madre 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 1950 Treasure Island; Cheaper by the Dozen; Harvey 1951 On Moonlight Bay; Show Boat 1952 Singin' in the Rain; Hans Christian Andersen 1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon; The Long, Long Trailer 1954 Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; White Christmas; Brigadoon 1955 Lady and the Tramp 1956 The Ten Commandments; The King and I; Around the World in Eighty Days 1957 12 Angry Men; Old Yeller 1958 Bell, Book and Candle 1959 Some Like It Hot; Sleeping Beauty; Darby O'Gill and the Little People; The Shaggy Dog 1960 Swiss Family Robinson; Pollyanna 1961 101 Dalmatians; The Parent Trap; The Absent-Minded Professor 1962 Dr. No; The Miracle Worker; The Music Man 1963 The Great Escape; The Sword in the Stone; The Pink Panther; It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; Son of Flubber 1964 Mary Poppins; Goldfinger; My Fair Lady 1965 The Great Race; Help!; That Darn Cat 1966 Batman; The Man Called Flintstone; Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number! 1967 The Jungle Book; Doctor Dolittle 1968 Blackbeard's Ghost 1969 Hello, Dolly!; The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes; A Boy Named Charlie Brown 1970 The Aristocats; Scrooge 1971 Bedknobs and Broomsticks; Fiddler on the Roof 1972 Snoopy, Come Home; 1973 Robin Hood; 1973 Charlotte's Web 1974 Murder on the Orient Express 1975 Escape to Witch Mountain; The Apple Dumpling Gang 1976 Freaky Friday; The Shaggy D.A. 1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh; Pete's Dragon; The Rescuers 1978 The Lord of the Rings; The Cat from Outer Space; Return from Witch Mountain 1979 The Muppet Movie 1980 Animalympics 1981 Raiders of the Lost Ark; The Fox and the Hound 1982 Annie; The Secret of NIMH; The Wizard of Oz 1983 A Christmas Story 1984 Ghostbusters; The NeverEnding Story; The Muppets Take Manhattan 1985 Back to the Future; The Care Bears Movie; Sesame Street Presents: Follow That Bird 1986 Flight of the Navigator; The Great Mouse Detective; The Frog Prince 1987 The Princess Bride; Harry and the Hendersons; The Chipmunk Adventure 1988 Big; Oliver and Company; Ernest Saves Christmas 1989 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; Honey, I Shrunk the Kids; Troop Beverly Hills 1990 Back to the Future, Part III; The Rescuers Down Under; DuckTales: The Movie - Treasure of the Lost Lamp 1991 The Rocketeer 1992 Aladdin; The Mighty Ducks; The Muppet Christmas Carol; Honey, I Blew Up the Kid 1993 Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey; Cool Runnings; Benny and Joon 1994 The Santa Clause; Angels in the Outfield; D2: The Mighty Ducks; The Swan Princess 1995 Toy Story; Sense and Sensibility 1996 That Thing You Do!; Muppet Treasure Island 1997 Pippi Longstocking; The Swan Princess: Escape from Castle Mountain 1998 A Bug's Life; You've Got Mail; Mighty Joe Young; The Swan Princess: The Mystery of the Enchanted Treasure 1999 Toy Story 2 2000 The Emperor's New Groove; Chicken Run 2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring; Monsters, Inc. 2002 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2004 Napoleon Dynamite; National Treasure; Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events 2005 Sky High 2006 Night at the Museum; Over the Hedge; The Lake House; Poseidon 2007 Ratatouille; National Treasure: Book of Secrets; Enchanted 2008 Kung Fu Panda; Inkheart 2009 Up; Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2010 How to Train Your Dragon; Tangled; Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time; Leap Year 2011 Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides; The Adventures of Tintin 2012 The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (I might add more or make changes)
Favorite Books: TBA
Favorite Comic Strips, in Alphabetical Order: Adam(at)Home; Ask Shagg; Big Nate; Blondie; The Born Loser; Calvin and Hobbes; Cathy; Close to Home; Crankshaft; Dennis the Menace; Dilbert; Drabble; Family Circus; For Better or For Worse; FoxTrot; Frank and Ernest; Freshly Squeezed; Garfield; Grand Avenue; The Grizzwells; Hagar the Horrible; Heathcliff; Hi and Lois; Jump Start; Kit 'N' Carlyle; Luann; Marmaduke; Marvin; Momma; Mother Goose and Grimm; Nancy; Non Sequitur; Over the Hedge; Peanuts; Pickles; Rose Is Rose; Sally Forth; Sherman's Lagoon; Shoe; U.S. Acres; Wizard of Id; Ziggy
Favorite Computer and Video Games: (PC: DOS, in alpahbetical order) Bio Menace; Bolo Ball; Commander Keen: Goodbye, Galaxy!; Cosmo's Cosmic Adventure; Crystal Caves; Epic Pinball; Hocus Pocus; Jazz Jackrabbit; Jill of the Jungle; Major Stryker; Raptor; Secret Agent; Shooting Gallery; Squarez Deluxe!; Tetris (Wii) Press Your Luck 2010 Edition; MarioKart Wii; Super Smash Bros. Brawl; Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games: Beijing 2008; MySims Kingdom; Wii Play (GameCube) The Hobbit; Sonic Mega Collection (GBA) Classic NES Series: Ice Climber
About My Fanfics: The majority of my fanfics will be rated K. The fanfics that I write that are rated K-plus are a mild K-plus, mostly because of action violence.
Pretty much every chapter I write will be short, that is, under one thousand words in length. But they may vary in quantity of chapters. They may contain as few as one or as many as twenty, so you can read them at your own pace.
My ultimate crossovers will most likely be published under a category with the word "X-overs." I will make the summaries as detailed as possible. If I need to provide any more information, I will do so in the author's notes, especially in the introduction of the story.
I am so used to writing personal fan fiction like scripts that the stories that I publish on this website are written in a simple narrative format, with more dialog than narration, but I will try to make the narration part as clear as I can. Right now, I am mostly writing poetry (haiku and clerihews).
Fan Fiction Updates: Sorry for taking so long on "Letters" and "Apple Pastries". I'm having a bad case of writers' block. I need to organize my material and it might take a long time. In the meantime, why don't you read the stories I have selected as Favorite Stories as well as the stories of my Favorite Authors?
I don't know when I will publish another story. For now, I will do more reading than writing.
My profile now has a poll. The choices aren't necessarily about what kind of stories I should write, but I'd like to here whether you agree with me about what I'd like to see more of on FanFiction. Thanks to all of you who voted.
My Latest Fan Fiction Projects
Right now I am writing several fan poems. So far, I have 4 "Arthur Character Clerihews"stories, 1 collection of clerihews about the Beverly Cleary book Beezus and Ramona, 1 collection of clerihews about Winnie-the-Pooh, and 15 haiku stories. I am planning on writing haiku for many movies and a few TV shows. The "D.W. and Brain Haiku,""Michelle and Joey Haiku," and "Max and Larabee Haiku" are all a part of my "Synchronous Twosomes Haiku" series, and they all contain references to other TV shows. I added more haiku to "D.W. and Brain Haiku" seasons 1, 2, and 3 on June the 6th. "Max and Larabee Haiku" and "Michelle and Joey Haiku" are completed.
I have also written a Monk/Get Smart crossover poem called, "How Is Monk Like Get Smart? Let Me Count the Ways." It's not like any other poem I have read or written. If you read it, you will see why. I did add a verse about "Mr. Monk Makes the Playoffs" (season 7, episode 13) and I added a little more information to the first paragraph of the Author's Notes.
The very first prose I have completed on FanFiction is "Not as Easy as One, Two, Three." It's a Get Smart fanfic that I recommend to Arthur fans because it has allusions to "D.W.'s Perfect Wish" and "Brain's Shocking Secret."
The very first prose crossover I have completed on FanFiction is "The Raccoon and the Parrot," an Aladdin/Over the Hedge crossover starring Iago and RJ. "The Raccoon and the Parrot" is a parody of the Aesop's fable "The Fox and the Crow."
I am currently polishing many of the fanfics I have published. I'm planning on applying the "Shift-plus-Enter" command for all my clerihews and the "Over the Hedge Haiku."
My Multi-Chapter Fanfics (on Hiatus)
How to Make Apple Pastries...the Hard Way. This story is an Inkheart/Ratatouille/Misc. Books crossover and is an extended parody of the book How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World, which was read on the TV series Reading Rainbow. I call it an extended parody because "Apple Pie" is a picture book, while my story "Apple Pastries" is much more complex, with eighteen chapters, most under a thousand words. I published this story before I read Inkdeath. I might end up editing this story every now and then, so be aware. I added "Apple Pastries" to the Crossover Archive.
The D.W. Letters. Set three to four years in the future, this story is a series of gap fillers in the format of The Beatrice Letters, by Lemony Snicket. D.W. is like Beatrice, Brain is like Lemony, they are like each other. AU. Human heads. Christian content.
11/5/2012 (Updated to correct typos)
I like the new style of animation. I was pleased to spot several D.W./Brain parallels and possible allusions to sitcoms. I was, of course, disappointed that the writers are still relying heavily on dream sequences. I just fast-forward through those.
Here are the summaries for each episode according to PBS (they don't always get it right, though).
PBS: "Based on a True Story" #1601a & b: A newcomer to Elwood City charms everyone with her amazing stories in the Season 16 premiere.
Me: I liked Ladonna and Bud. They were also in "Read and Flumbergast." D.W./Brain parallels: In "Based on a True Story," Bud tells jokes to D.W., but D.W. doesn't think Bud's jokes are funny. In "Cents-less," Muffy tells a joke to Brain and he didn't think it was funny. Allusions to sitcoms?: Let me get back to you on that. Dream sequences: Ladonna was lying in bed, but I think that she was awake, so I'm counting this one as a fantasy sequence.
PBS: "Flippity Francine" #1602a: Francine fears that she will become a joke after Muffy posts a goofy video of her to the Muffington Post.
Me: Dream sequences: one nightmare that's cliche for Arthur.
PBS: "Muffy Takes the Wheel" #1602b: Muffy recruits her dad to help her build a car for the annual Lakewood Derby.
Me: Back-to-back Muffy episodes. The Lakewood Derby is a parody of the Boy Scouts' Pinewood Derby.
PBS: "All About D.W." #1603a: D.W. is jealous of Emily, who's starring in the preschool play.
Me: Cheikh and his parents are in this one, but they don't have any lines. D.W./Brain parallels: Well, I suppose I could compare D.W.'s stage fright and her messing up her lines to Brain in "Arthur's Spelling Trouble" and "It's a No-Brainer." Allusions to sitcoms?: What happens to D.W. is very similar to what happened to Michelle in the Full House episode "The Play's the Thing." Tree #2 is an important role, just like Lady Liberty. In "All About D.W.," D.W. acts in the play "Little Red Riding Hood" and switches from playing Tree #2 to Little Red Riding Hood. In The Leave It to Beaver episode "School Play," the characters refer to Beaver playing the wolf in "Little Red Riding Hood," and in a ballet he switches from playing the canary to playing the mushroom because he had stage fright. Dream sequences: One nightmare.
PBS: "Blockheads" #1603b: D.W. and Emily have fun playing with building blocks.
Me: D.W./Brain Parallels: Let me get back to you on that. Allusions to sitcoms?: Again, let me get back to you on that. Dream sequences: One good dream, one nightmare.
PBS: "Get Smart" #1604a Mr. Ratburn has difficulties with an interactive whiteboard.
Me: Technically, it's a touchscreen, like an iPad or Samsung Galaxy. D.W./Brain Parallels: Let me get back to you on that. Allusions to sitcoms?: Uh...the episode is entitled "Get Smart"? Other possible allusions: Hugo may be a parody of the IBM computer Watson, who competed against two Jeopardy! champions and won. What I thought was funny was that the actor who did the voice of Hugo was Jamie Watson. Dream sequences: One nightmare.
PBS: "Baby Steps" #1604b: D.W. fears that little sister Kate is developing at too slow a pace.
Me: Hooray! D.W. asks for help from Brain again! Boo! It's another episode where Kate and Pal talk. D.W./Brain parallels: We hear what Kate and Pal hears: D.W. and Brain speaking gibberish. Also, D.W. hears Kate say "D.W." ln "The Perfect Brother," D.W. said Kate's first word was "Brain." Allusions to sitcoms: Let me get back to you on that. Dream sequences: None, only fantasy sequences.
PBS: "Night of the Tibble" #1605a: James is afraid of how he'll be treated when the Tibble twins invite him to their first sleepover.
Me: Cheikh is also in this one, but again he doesn't have any lines. James' conscience has a conscience has a conscience? What's up with that? And then James' conscience changes his mind? D.W./Brain parallels: Let me get back to you on that. Allusions to sitcoms? Again, let me get back to you on that. Dream sequences: None, just a creepy fantasy sequence.
PBS: "Read and Flumbergast": D.W. is positive that Tommy Tibble stole a cupcake.
Me: D.W. asks her dad to turn a refrigerator box into an office. D.W. is the boss and Nadine Flumbergast (yes, that's her last name) is her secretary. We learn that the Tooth Fairy's first name is Patricia. "Read and Flumbergast" is the second episode that Ladonna and Bud appear in. D.W./Brain parallels: Let me get back to you on that. Allusions to sitcoms: Again, let me get back to you on that. Dream sequences: None.
The second half of season 16 is most likely to premiere in April.
A note to those of you who have read "Michelle and Joey Haiku Season 3" I just watched the Full House episode "Those Better Not Be the Days." It's on again tonight on Nick at Nite East and West. This is the episode I said I thought had allusions to the 1976 movie Freaky Friday and the Get Smart episode "And Only Two Ninety-Nine." Obviously, the kids and the grown-ups trading places for the day is a lot like Freaky Friday, but I've also equated Michelle's potato chips, Joey's potato chips, and Jesse's peanut butter and strawberry jelly sandwich to Freaky Friday's diner scene where Barbara Harris, in Jodie Foster's body, takes a cigarette from Robert Karvelas ("Anonymous Customer at Diner," LOL). If you have "And Only Two Ninety-Nine" on DVD or recorded it when it was on TV Land, just read the haiku for "Those Better Not Be the Days" with the "Hints of Larabee" endings. Happy hunting!
Also, this week on Nick at Nite and ABC Family, there are also going to be a bunch of Full House episodes, that I have compared to Arthur, Get Smart, and Leave It to Beaver.
5/19/2013 (Information improved)
The second half of season 16 of Arthur premieres Monday, May 6th. Here are the summaries of each episode according to PBS Kids' website:
"The Last Tough Customer" #1606a
PBS: The Tough Customers decide to stop bullying, but doing so may not be easy for Molly.
Me: When Molly was a little girl, bullies made fun of her hair. (She used to have a bun, so you could see her eyes) After the title card, there's a montage of the Tough Customers pick on some of the 3rd graders, but their bullying doesn't work. Binky says that since the school started bully-proofing they should change their image. First they try the "Buff Customers," which didn't work. Then Muffy tries to rebrand them by making them a band like the Beatles from "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Molly refuses to sing and says it a dumb idea. Slink's idea is the "Shush Customers" who tell people in the library to be quiet. Molly still wants to act like a bully, but once she sees her brother James bully Amanda at a water fountain, Molly scolds him. James asks Molly to apologize to the kids she bullied. The episode ends with them being "Tough Consumers."
"Brain's Chess Mess" #1606b
PBS: Brain starts a chess club at school.
Me: For the tease, Arthur reminds us of characters who have hidden talents: Binky can dance and Molly gives good advice. At the end, D.W. walks toward Arthur and is surprisingly nice to him. Is that her "hidden talent"? After the title card, Brain is beaten by a girl his age, Los Dedos. Brain start a chess club, but Fern and George are too nice while Buster mixes up the rules with checkers and Binky doesn't know what the pieces are called. The character who's surprisingly good at checkers is Rattles, the third bully. Rattles helps Brain coach Fern, George, Buster, and Binky. Rattles was supposed to play against Los Dedos, but Rattles says he can't because he's sick and asks Brain to take his place. It was okay. The dairy allergy thing was a little weird, but is tame in comparison to "Jenna's Bedtime Blues. Were there any D.W./Brain parallels or possible allusions to sitcoms? When Rattles told Brain that he couldn't play because he was sick, Brain took his place. In "All About D.W.," Because Emily can't talk, D.W. takes over her role of Little Red Riding Hood. Brain like Max from Get Smart seems the most likely of twelve possibilities because there was an episode of Get Smart in which Max played chess, but he was hypnotized.
"Baseball Blues" #1607a
PBS: George wants to play baseball.
Me: In the tease, Wally the Giraffe announces a baseball game in which George is at bat. Back to reality, sort of, we learn that George missed the age cutoff by two weeks. As for the rest of the episode, the name of the baseball team is the Grebelings. Coach Frensky and the players learn that George is a baseball expert. Even though he's an expert, he's not good at playing it. George doesn't want to play. Francine is sick on the day of their first game. George announces the game over the phone so Francine won't miss out on the action. This episode has a dream sequence.
"Brain's Biggest Blunder" #1607b
PBS: Brain tries to turn Buster into a math marvel for the Arithmattack competition.
Me: The tease: Mrs. Powers, who has brown hair this time, is putting Brain's "A" papers on the refrigerators. That's right, refrigerators. In Brain's secret warehouse, Brain tells us to ignore the rabbit. The episode: The Arithmattack used to be a competition of individuals, but now the students are arranged into assigned teams. Brain is the two-time Arithmattack champion. Prunella is determined to beat Brain this year. Brain has Buster go through some interesting drills. When Brain's Binomials is playing against Steve's Square Roots, Buster is wearing the same outfit as Brain. I'm surprised that they remembered that his name is Steve. Binky tells Buster how he improved in his times tables. This episode has elements from "Buster Makes the Grade," "It's a No-Brainer," and "D.W., Dancing Queen." This episode has a dream sequence, too. As for D.W./Brain parallels, the best thing I could think of was Brain tutoring Buster for the Arithmattack is kind of like when D.W. was training Arthur for the race in "You Are Arthur" and when D.W. was teaching Tommy Tibble how to be nice in "My Fair Tommy." It may better match with another episode. I also thought of the refrigerators with Brain's A papers being kept in Brain's secret warehouse is like D.W. keeping her snowball in the freezer. As for possible allusions to sitcoms, let me get back to you on that.
"Buster's Book Battle" #1608a
PBS: Buster is excited by a new reading program at school.
Me: The tease: Arthur, Francine, Binky, and Buster are at a school carnival. Buster knocks down a bottle just by eating a pretzel. The episode: The school started using the IRP program. The prizes are from a catalog called "Book Worm." Buster started out by reading a lot of short books. Then he read a book that's a parody of "Percy Jackson and the Oylmpians." Mrs. Baxter gave Buster an unpublished story called "City of Droids" which sounds a little like "Sherlock Holmes in the 22nd Century." (He's a detective from the 22nd century.) IRP gives tests on books on their reading list, but "City of Droids" isn't on the reading list. The book battle is between the cyborg detective and the Norse demigod. The kids are disappointed with the prizes. There's one dream sequence.
"On the Buster Scale" 1608b
PBS: Buster and Brain disagree on movies.
Me: The tease: Arthur tells us right away that Buster and Brain disagree about movies. The episode: I thought it was funny when Brain said "blowing-up bomb-thingy" and Buster said "the Light Mass." Bitzi and Buster critique "Giant Exploding Robots 3D." Bitzi came up with the idea to have Buster write a column. Brain doesn't understand why the kids changed their opinion about "Giant Exploding Robots." After Buster accused Brain of attacking his column, Brain makes a point that the only movies Buster reviews is about explosions. When Buster asks Brain to name a movie that he likes, all he could think of was a French movie from 1939. After agreeing to review the same movie to see which review their friends prefer. Arthur tells them to respect other people's opinions. D.W./Brain parallels: The plot is similar to "My Music Rules." Possible allusions to sitcoms: I suppose here Brain is most like Larabee from the Get Smart episode "The Return of the Ancient Mariner" because he's knows about the different versions of Little Women. There were other episodes of Get Smart that has evidence of Larabee being cultured.
"Fern and the Case of the Stolen Story" #1609a
PBS: Fern "borrows" stories from Ladonna when she develops writer's block.
Me: Fern used Ladonna's ideas and relatives for her stories with her character that's a parody of "Hercule Poirot." There's not a whole lot to say about it.
"Sue Ellen Vegges Out" #1609b
PBS: Sue Ellen gives up meat, spurring a vegetarian competition between Muffy and Francine.
Me: When I first saw the title, I was right about the episode becoming a vegetarian. Muffy was thinking about becoming a vegetarian because of a magazine article. There's a talking hamburger like in "Night Fright." Catherine gives Francine a tip: get protein from nuts and seeds. Muffy tries to get Francine to eat meat. Sue Ellen doesn't like Francine and Muffy's reasons for becoming vegetarians.
"So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" #1610a
PBS: Arthur hurts Sue Ellen's feelings when he makes fun of her sweater.
Me: The Tease: Sue Ellen writes in her diary about her Tibetan pen pal Tenzin. Sue Ellen's sweater is from Tenzin's mother. The episode: Arthur teasing Sue Ellen about her sweater does seem out-of-character. He was teased about his glasses and his sweater from his Aunt Bonnie. And he was afraid what the kids would think of the Mr. Puffy coat that used to be his dad's. On the other hand, Arthur did say that Francine looked like a marshmallow when she was wearing the goofy sweater. The "Happy Sheepdog Appreciation Day" poster is similar to the Love Duck picture on Arthur's locker and the "Rat and Rat Jr." cartoon Fern drew. Even though this episode is not about D.W. or Brain, I did find some possible allusions to Leave It to Beaver: Arthur called Sue Ellen a sheepdog because of her sweater. Penny called Beaver a sheepdog because of his hair. This episode could also be compared to "Beaver's Sweater." Sue Ellen's sweater came all the way from Tibet. At the end, Arthur wears the sweater Sue Ellen donates. Beaver's sweater was an Eskimo sweater, and Beaver was embarrassed to be wearing the same sweater as Judy.
"The Best Day Ever" #1610b
PBS: Everyone but Arthur reminisces about their "best days."
Me: The tease: Arthur says how eats easier to remember the bad memories than the good ones and he counts down his five worst memories. Naturally, one of them was D.W. constantly accusing Arthur of stealing her snowball. The episode: Binky remembers the day his parents adopted Mei Lin. George remembers Fern's poetry reading. Sue Ellen remembers the day Arthur found her diary. (Didn't it burn in the school fire?) Buster remembers when he and Arthur played checkers. Arthur admits that he doesn't have a best day. Possible allusions to sitcoms: D.W. was in the beginning, and I always compare her keeping the snowball in the freezer to Larabee covering the floors of his apartment with sand. I also compare D.W. accusing Arthur of stealing the snowball to the two times that we see Max accuse Larabee (they were back-to-back episodes "The Apes of Rath" and "Age Before Duty").
Oh, yeah, and our season 17 episodes have already aired in Australia on ABC4Kids.
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