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The idea for this screenplay was sent to me by blossom2013.

FADE IN:

INT. THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA - DAY

BUSTER, FRANCINE, THE BRAIN, MUFFY, and BINKY are sitting at a cafeteria table. They are all eating lunch.

Arthur walks up to the table, a lunch tray in his hands.

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
Hey guys, how's it going?

FRANCINE
Hey Arthur. Is your throat still sore?

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
Yeah, my head's hurting too.

Arthur sits down at the table.

Arthur takes a bite of his lunch. He chews it for a while and visibly has trouble swallowing it. After much struggling, he finally swallows it and breathes deeply.

BUSTER
Are you alright, Arthur?

ARTHUR
(To Buster, Whispering Hoarsely)

I think so, I've just been having some issues with eating lately.

FRANCINE
(To Arthur)
Does it taste bad or something?

ARTHUR
(To Francine, Whispering Hoarsely)
No, I just can't swallow, it just doesn't go down.

Buster points to an item on Arthur's lunch tray

BUSTER
Does that mean that you're not going to eat that?

Arthur motions above the tray.

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
Go for it.

Buster begins to eat Arthur's lunch.

THE BRAIN chimes in with some advice.

THE BRAIN
Arthur, I think that you should see a doctor right away, I think you may have strep throat.

BUSTER
What's that?

THE BRAIN
Strep throat is a bacterial infection of the throat, it's a moderately serious infection, and it requires antibiotics to treat.

ARTHUR
(To Brain, Whispering Hoarsely)
I'm way ahead of you, Brain. I have a doctor's appointment after school.

FADE TO:

TITLE CARD: ARTHUR'S TONSILS

TITLE CARD ANIMATION: ARTHUR & PAL SWIMMING UNDERWATER

INT. DR. BAILEY'S OFFICE - DAY

Dr. Bailey's office is spacious and well lit, there are some
counters on one wall, a patient table in the middle of the
room, and some chairs against one wall, where Jane is
sitting.

Arthur sits on the patient table.

DR. BAILEY enters.

DR. BAILEY
Arthur! Jane! Great to see you again!

JANE
Thanks for seeing Arthur, Doctor Bailey. He's been having some trouble recently.

DR. BAILEY
So, what seems to be the problem, Arthur?

Arthur tries to speak in a normal voice.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely, straining)
My throat's been hurting really-

Arthur can't continue speaking in this voice, he is interrupted when he is forced to cough.

JANE
Arthur's been getting a lot of sore throats lately. This is his seventh bad one this year.

DR. BAILEY
I see... Are there any other symptoms?

Arthur resorts to whispering.

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
I haven't been able to swallow anything, so I've had to eat soup a lot. I'm also getting a lot of headaches.

DR. BAILEY
Well then... I'll begin with a full examination.

Dr. Bailey removes a thermometer from his coat. He puts it in Arthur's mouth as he inspects Arthur some more.

Dr. Bailey takes out his doctor's flashlight and examines Arthur's ears.

DR. BAILEY
Oh, yes.

He then puts on his stethoscope and puts it on Arthur's back.

DR. BAILEY
Hmmm...

Dr. Bailey puts his stethoscope back around his neck and removes the thermometer from Arthur's mouth. He examines it.

DR. BAILEY
Well Arthur, I hate to break it to you, but you have a fever too.

Jane is visibly concerned.

JANE
(Concerned)
Oh my! Does he have the flu?

DR. BAILEY
No, I don't think that's quite it.

Dr. Bailey turns to Arthur.

DR. BAILEY
Could you open your mouth, Arthur?

Arthur opens his mouth. Dr. Bailey shines his flashlight into it.

DR. BAILEY
Just as I thought!

Dr. Bailey stops examining Arthur's mouth and turns off his flashlight.

DR. BAILEY
Arthur, I don't like to be the bearer of bad news, but your tonsils look terrible!

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
My tonsils?

DR. BAILEY
Yes, the entire back of your throat is very swollen and irritated.

JANE
What would you recommend we do?

DR. BAILEY
Well, we could try to treat it like any other sore throat, but Arthur's had so many in such a short time that I think it's time we consider our other option.

JANE
And what would that be?

DR. BAILEY
A tonsillectomy, surgery to remove Arthur's tonsils.

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
Would that work? Just taking them out?

DR. BAILEY
Sure. If there are no tonsils, then you can't have a tonsil infection!

JANE
Do you really think that it's bad enough to need surgery?

DR. BAILEY
Well, we could just treat this sore throat, but he would probably keep getting a lot more unless his tonsils are removed.

Dr. Bailey removes a business card from his coat.

DR. BAILEY
Here's the card of a specialist. If you decide to go through with the operation, give him a call.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

DAVID, Jane, and D.W. are eating a solid meal.

Arthur is eating a bowl of soup.

D.W.
Mom, why is Arthur eating soup? And don't say that he's sick, he's been fine all day.

JANE
Honey, Arthur can't eat anything else right now, his throat is very sore.

D.W.
But it's just a sore throat; he's not really sick.

DAVID
D.W., Arthur's throat is really swollen. He actually can't swallow anything else. It's very painful.

D.W.
How bad can a sore throat be? I've had them before, but I still ate dinner!

JANE
This is a different kind of sore throat, Arthur's going to have to have surgery so that he won't get them anymore.

Arthur suddenly drops his spoon into his soup bowl.

ARTHUR
(Shout Whispering Hoarsely)
What!? You mean I'm actually getting that surgery to get my tonsils out?!

JANE
Well if you don't, you're just going to keep having a sore throat.

ARTHUR
(Whispering Hoarsely)
But the doctor gave us some medicine for my throat, if that'll take it away, why do I need surgery?

JANE
Because the medicine will take this sore throat away, but you would just get more later.

FADE TO:

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

Time has passed, and the kitchen is empty except for Arthur and Jane, who is talking on the phone.

JANE
(On Phone)
I understand... alright! We'll see you then.

Jane hangs up the phone.

JANE
(To Arthur)
You have an appointment for a pre-surgery checkup in two days. He said to take the medicine that Dr. Bailey gave us in a meantime.

ARTHUR
(Protesting, Whispering Hoarsely)
But the medicine always tastes terrible!

Jane begins pouring dark red, thick liquid from a prescription bottle into a dosage cup.

JANE
But it'll help you get better.

She holds the cup out to Arthur.

JANE
Here, the faster you drink it, the faster it'll be over.

Arthur takes a gulp of the medicine and recoils in disgust.

ARTHUR
(Disgusted, Whispering Hoarsely)
Ugh! How long do I have to take that?

JANE
The doctor said to take it until we go in to see him, he'll tell us what to do from there.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE HOSPITAL - DAY

Arthur is sitting in a waiting room with David, Jane, and D.W.

Arthur's voice and throat are much better than before, thanks to the antibiotics prescribed by Dr. Bailey.

ARTHUR
(Leaning to Jane and David)
When are we going in? I'm getting nervous from sitting here.

D.W.
(Selfishly Reassuring)
Don't worry, Arthur. I'm sure you'll be just as brave as I was.

Arthur sits back in his chair, annoyed with D.W.

A SECRETARY walks through a door in the waiting room.

SECRETARY
(Calling Into Room)
Arthur Read?

The entire family simultaneously raises from their seats.

SECRETARY
(Motioning To Back Room)
Back here.

The family goes through the door where the secretary stands.

INT. THE BACK ROOM - DAY

This is a room similar to a doctor's office where tests are conducted and patients are documented, similar to where D.W. was tested before her surgery.

Everyone except Arthur is sitting. A NURSE enters via a door.

NURSE #1
Arthur! I hear that you are needing your tonsils removed. I'll make sure that you're all ready, then Dr. Greenberg will check you up before you leave.

MONTAGE:

A) Arthur having his height recorded

B) Arthur having his weight recorded

C) Arthur having his blood pressure recorded

D) Arthur being analyzed with a stethoscope

END MONTAGE

Arthur is now sitting in a chair next to the rest of his family.

NURSE #1
And now it's time for the blood sample.

ARTHUR
(Uneasy)
Blood sample?

D.W.
It's OK, Arthur. I know that most people can't be as brave as I was. It's alright if you cry a lot.

NURSE #1
Nobody's going to be crying today.

NURSE #1
First we just get this rubber tube and wrap it around your arm. It makes the vein easier to see.

She wraps the tube around Arthur's arm.

NURSE #1
Then we just put in the needle.

She inserts the needle into Arthur's arm, filling a vial with blood.

Arthur looks a bit uncomfortable, but does not speak.

NURSE #1
All done.

D.W.
That's it? Are you sure you don't need to take more?

The Nurse laughs.

NURSE #1
Yes, I'm sure. I'll go get Dr. Greenberg.

After a brief wait, DR. GREENBERG enters.

DR. GREENBERG
Arthur! How are you feeling?

ARTHUR
Better after taking that medicine from Dr. Bailey.

DR. GREENBERG
Well, that's good to hear. So, I understand that you're getting a tonsillectomy.

JANE
Well, he's just been getting so many sore throats, and we don't like to keep having to see him hurting so much.

D.W.
Well, most of us don't.

DR. GREENBERG
(To Arthur)
Well then, let's have a look at your throat.

Dr. Greenberg shines a doctor's flashlight into Arthur's mouth.

DR. GREENBERG
Yep, those are definitely infected tonsils.

ARTHUR
Really? But I feel pretty much fine. How could I still have an infection?

DR. GREENBERG
You see Arthur, people feel better after just a couple of days of taking the medicine, but that doesn't mean they're all better. In fact, if you stopped taking the medicine right now, the infection would come back worse, and we wouldn't be able to use that medicine to cure it anymore!

JANE
Oh!

DR. GREENBERG
That being said, you're tonsils look... Well, pretty bad. It's good that you decided to get them out now, it'll save you a lot of sickness in the long run.

DAVID
So, exactly how will the operation go, Dr. Greenberg?

DR. GREENBERG
It's quite a simple operation, and we've done hundreds of them. Practically all of them go without issue. We will put Arthur to sleep before taking the tonsils out right through his mouth. The entire thing is done in just 45 minutes or so, and most people go home the same day as the operation.

JANE
So he won't even need to stay the night in the hospital?

DR. GREENBERG
Nope, he'll be back home and free to rest in comfort.

Dr. Greenberg's pager rings.

DR. GREENBERG
Oh! I have to get to another patient. You'll be speaking with the anesthesiologist next, he'll be the one who helps put you to sleep. Should I have a nurse take you to his department?

D.W. Gets up from her seat.

D.W.
No, I know where it is. Come on, Arthur, I'll lead the way.

D.W., obviously happy with being a tour guide, leads Arthur, Jane, and David out of the room.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY

D.W. is walking her family through the hallway of the hospital. She looks a bit confused.

ARTHUR
D.W., do you know where you're going?

D.W.
Sure I do, I remember it from when I was here.

DAVID
Really D.W., we could just ask for directions.

D.W.
No, I know it's right here, somewhere...

D.W. suddenly runs ahead of the family and points to a door.

D.W.
Here it is! I told you I knew where it was.

SHOT: THE SIGN NEXT TO THE DOOR
THE SIGN READS: UROLOGY DEPARTMENT

DAVID
(Doubtful)
I don't think that's it, D.W.

Arthur looks to a door that is one door down from the urology department.

ARTHUR
Is it this one?

SHOT: THE SIGN NEXT TO THE DOOR
THE SIGN READS: ANESTHESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT

DAVID
There it is!

D.W.
I knew that, I was just seeing if you would notice!

Everyone walks through the door.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - NIGHT

Arthur is packing a suitcase with items. Jane is assisting him.

D.W. enters the room.

D.W.
Why are you packing a suitcase?

JANE
In case Arthur has to spend a night in the hospital. We would want him to be comfortable if he had to stay.

D.W.
didn't the doctor say the whole thing would take 45 minutes?

JANE
Well, sometimes things don't always work out just right during surgery. If something happens, they might need to have him stay.

D.W. reaches to Arthur's suitcase. She picks up Stanley.

D.W.
You're taking Stanley to the hospital?

Arthur snatches Stanley from D.W.'s hands.

He nervously moves his glasses around on his face as he
speaks.

ARTHUR
(Slightly Nervous)
No D.W., he must have fallen in when we were moving something.

JANE
D.W., don't you have something else to do while we finish up packing?

D.W. walks out of the room.

Arthur looks back to his suitcase as D.W. pokes her head through the doorway.

D.W.
(Sarcastically)
And Arthur, you should work on moving your glasses when you lie.

D.W. runs away before Arthur can reply to her.

Arthur looks slightly upset that D.W. noticed him move his glasses.

He places Stanley back in his suitcase.

FADE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - NIGHT

Arthur is in bed, being tucked in.

D.W. and Jane are in the room.

JANE
Goodnight, Arthur. Tomorrow we'll go to the hospital early in the morning.

D.W.
Yeah, and you'll get your tonsils ripped out!

ARTHUR
D.W.!

JANE
(To D.W.)
Honey, try to be nice to your brother when he's recovering from the surgery.

D.W.
Recovering? I never had to recover from my ear surgery.

JANE
He'll need a while before he's back to normal. This surgery is a bit more serious than your ear surgery.

Jane turns her attention back to Arthur.

JANE
Goodnight, Arthur. See you tomorrow.

Jane turns the light off.

Arthur drifts off to sleep and into a dream.

INT. AN OPERATING ROOM - ARTHUR'S DREAM - DAY

Arthur is under anesthesia, doctors surrounding him.

DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT
Are we ready to begin the surgery?

DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT #2
But wait! Where is Dr. Greenberg? We can't preform the surgery without him!

D.W. walks into the operating room, dressed like a doctor.

D.W.
That's alright, I'm here for Dr. Greenberg.

D.W. steps up on a stool to be tall enough to reach the operating table.

D.W. picks up a scalpel.

DOCTOR'S ASSISTANT
Are you sure you know what you're
doing?

D.W.
Don't worry, I saw this on TV.

Before D.W. can make an incision, we fade back to Arthur's room.

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - MORNING

ARTHUR
(Talking In Sleep)
No, no D.W. You're not a doctor!

Jane walks up to Arthur's bed.

JANE
(Shaking Arthur Gently)
Arthur?

Arthur wakes up.

ARTHUR
Huh?

JANE
It's almost time to go to the hospital. Are you alright?

ARTHUR
Oh yeah, I'm fine. Just... nervous.

FADE TO:

INT. A HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Arthur has a hospital gown on. He is on the bed, Jane and David standing in the room.

A SECOND NURSE enters.

NURSE #2
Arthur, are you ready for surgery?

Arthur looks at Jane and David, then back to the nurse.

ARTHUR
I guess so.

DAVID
(To Arthur)
You'll be fine. We'll all be waiting for you when you wake up.

Arthur is wheeled away on the bed to the O.R.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: What happened in "Operation: D.W." where D.W. was carried into the O.R. was completely unrealistic, they would NEVER allow that in real life. Also, David would not be allowed into the O.R. with D.W.]

INT. THE OPERATING ROOM - DAY

Arthur is on the operating table, the ANESTHESIOLOGIST speaking to him. He places a mask on Arthur's face.

ANESTHESIOLOGIST
Alright Arthur, count backwards from ten.

POV: ARTHUR

ARTHUR
Ten... Nine... Eight

As Arthur says eight, his eyelid closes briefly.

SLAM CUT TO:

INT. A HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

POV: STILL ARTHUR

Arthur opens his eyes, which to the viewers (And Arthur) have only been closed for one blink.

The doctors and machines have been replaced with Jane and David.

JANE
How do you feel, Arthur?

NOT ARTHUR's POV ANYMORE.

ARTHUR
(Groggy)
Where are the doctors?

Arthur grabs his throat.

ARTHUR
(Whispering)
Why is my throat hurting so bad?

DAVID
The surgery's already done. Your tonsils are already out.

ARTHUR

(Whispering)
Am I going to have to stay here tonight?

DAVID
Nope, we'll be able to go home in a few hours.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - DAY

Arthur has just gotten home from the hospital. He is in his pajamas and is climbing into bed.

Just as he starts to get comfortable, D.W. walks in. She is dressed in her medical outfit as seen in "Arthur's Chicken Pox"

ARTHUR
(Noticing D.W., Hoarsely)
Oh no...

D.W.
Arthur, the doctors said that you need to drink water, not sleep.

ARTHUR
D.W., I don't want to drink anything right now.

D.W. produces a cup of water and climbs onto Arthur's bed.

D.W.
(Ignoring Arthur's Protest)
Here, I brought you some water.

D.W. holds the cup right next to Arthur.

Arthur pushes the cup away.

ARTHUR
(Annoyed, Hoarsely)
D.W., I said I didn't want any water!

D.W. begins to forcefully give the cup to Arthur. Arthur begins to resist with more strength.

D.W.
Arthur, you need water or You'll get dehhybrated! [Intentional Misspelling]

During the struggle, D.W. manages to spill the entire glass of water on Arthur.

ARTHUR
Hey!

D.W.

Now look what you did!

D.W.
(Calling To Jane)
Mom! Arthur won't drink his water!

Jane comes in, concerned.

JANE
What's going on here?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
D.W.'s trying to be a doctor again, she's making me drink water.

JANE
(To D.W.)
D.W., stop bothering your brother if he's trying to rest.

JANE
(To Arthur)
Arthur, I know you don't want to, but you should try to drink water, it'll help you heal.

D.W.
But Mom, Arthur will never drink his water unless I make sure he does!

JANE
I think that we can trust him. Why don't you help me downstairs?

Jane takes D.W. by the hand and walks her out of the room

INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY

D.W. stops walking and looks up at Jane.

D.W.
(To Jane)
Mom, I thought that the surgery was supposed to make Arthur better, why does he need to rest like he's still sick?

JANE
Well D.W., to help Arthur stay healthy in the long run, the doctors had to cut the back of his throat, so he'll be hurting for a while.

D.W.
Then why won't you let me help him?

JANE
You can still help him, just try to not do anything that bothers him. Remember how he treated you before your operation? Try to do that for him.

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - EVENING

Arthur walks into the kitchen, where David is preparing dinner. Jane is also in the kitchen.

Arthur walks into the kitchen, still in his pajamas.

DAVID
Hi Arthur, how about some dinner?

Arthur frowns and shakes his head.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
No thanks. I don't feel like eating anything.

D.W. suddenly runs into the kitchen with a glass of apple juice.

Arthur screams (The best he can) when he notices D.W. offering him liquid.

D.W.
How about some apple juice?

Arthur stops, noticing that D.W. is not forcing him to take the juice.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Alright, thanks.

He takes the juice and starts to drink it.

Jane gets up.

JANE
How's your throat, Arthur?

Arthur stops drinking his juice.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
That's why I came down, it's killing me! Is there anything you can do?

JANE
The doctors gave me some medicine to help with any pain you have, do you want to take some?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)

Sure, anything to help.

Jane walks over to a counter and pours a dosing cup full of liquid medicine into it.

Arthur drinks it and coughs.

JANE
(Concerned)
What's wrong?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
It still hurts to swallow anything!

JANE
I know it does, but you still need to drink a lot to help your throat to heal, you don't want to end up back in the hospital because you didn't drink enough!

Jane takes the juice glass from Arthur and refills it.

JANE
Here, have some more juice, the doctors said that room temperature drinks would be easier to drink.

D.W.
Will Arthur ever be able to eat regular things again?

JANE
Oh sure he will, he'll start getting better tomorrow probably.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - NIGHT

Arthur is asleep, but it does not appear to be a restful sleep. He is tossing and turning in his bed.

FADE TO:

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - ARTHUR'S DREAM - MORNING

Jane and David both sit at the table. Arthur walks in.

DAVID
Morning, Arthur. Are you ready for your surgery today?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Yeah right, I would hate to have to go through with that again.

JANE
Again? What do you mean again, Arthur?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
What? Don't tell me you don't remember that I had surgery yesterday!

D.W. suddenly calls into the room.

D.W.
(O.S, Mocking)
Arthur's scared to have his tonsils out!

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Am not!

Arthur turns around and looks at D.W.

Arthur screams when he sees D.W., she is toweringly tall, about eight feel tall.

Jane speaks to Arthur, but she is not in the shot.

JANE
(O.S)
What's wrong, Arthur?

Arthur turns around and sees Jane: she is a large elephant.

Arthur turns and looks at David: He is a lion.

David roars at Jane, who trumpets back at him.

[AUTHOR'S NOTE: Did you know that you call the sound an elephant makes a "trumpet?"]

ARTHUR
(To Self, Hoarsely)
I need to sit down...

Arthur reaches for a chair, but as soon as he touches the chair it turns into a pile of goo, which puddles on the floor.

ARTHUR
(Shouting)
What's going on!?

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - MORNING

Arthur snaps awake from his dream and looks at the clock, which reads 8:10.

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - MORNING

Arthur walks into the kitchen again. Jane, David, and D.W. are in the kitchen.

JANE
Good morning, Arthur. How are you feeling today?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Still not very good, my ears hurt
too now.

D.W.
Is Arthur going to need ear surgery
now?

Jane laughs.

JANE
No, D.W. It's just another side effect of the surgery, your ears and throat are closely related. I'll get you some more medicine.

While Jane doses the medicine as David speaks to Arthur.

DAVID
Did you at least have a good night's sleep?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
I had the weirdest dream, I don't think I've ever had one where things made less sense.

DAVID
Sometimes that can happen to you after the medicine they give you.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely, Protesting)
Then why do I keep drinking more of it?

Jane hands the cup of medicine to Arthur.

JANE
Because otherwise your throat and ears will keep hurting.

Arthur frowns and gulps the medicine down.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
I'm not sure how much more of that I can swallow.

DAVID
Speaking of swallowing, are you going to want to swallow some breakfast today?

ARTHUR
I don't know, I think I might just wait until lunch.

SHOT: D.W.'S ARM POPS UP INTO THE SHOT, HOLDING A GLASS OF
JUICE

Arthur takes the juice.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Thanks, D.W.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE READ'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Arthur is sitting on the couch, watching Bionic Bunny.

D.W. sits on the floor next to the couch, she does not look interested in Bionic Bunny and is instead playing with her toys.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely, To D.W.)
Thanks for letting me watch Bionic Bunny, D.W.

D.W. looks up to Arthur.

D.W.
Well, you did let me watch what I wanted when I got surgery, so I figured I should too, even though Mary Moo Cow is much better.

Arthur ignores D.W.'s thinly veiled insult to Bionic Bunny and continues to watch.

After just a few more seconds of watching, the doorbell rings.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
I'll get it.

INT. THE HOUSE ENTRANCE - DAY

Arthur opens the door to find Buster standing in the
doorway.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Hey Buster, what's going on?

BUSTER
Gee, you sound terrible, Arthur. How do you feel?

ARTHUR
I'm still feeling pretty bad, my throat and ears hurt a lot. How's everyone else at school?

BUSTER
We all went to the Sugar Bowl today. I brought you your favorite: Extra Orange-y Orange soda.

Buster takes out a bottle of soda and hands it to Arthur.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely, Looking At Bottle)
Finally, something I actually want to drink.

Arthur speaks to Buster in a more direct manor.

ARTHUR
I haven't eaten anything since before my surgery, and everyone's been making me drink tons of other stuff.

Arthur opens the bottle and takes a drink.

CUT TO:

INT. THE READ'S COMPUTER AREA - DAY

Jane is working on the computer.

Suddenly, she is interrupted by the sounds of Arthur choking and coughing.

She instantly stops working and runs over to the entrance of the house.

INT. THE HOUSE ENTRANCE - DAY

Arthur is coughing and looks to be in pain, the bottle of soda in his hands.

Buster is in the doorway, concerned about Arthur.

Jane runs to Arthur's side and takes the soda from his hands.

JANE
Arthur! You shouldn't be drinking this! The orange has acid, it burns your throat. The fizz also causes burning

Arthur starts to recover.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Now you tell me...

JANE
Why don't you come with me into the kitchen, we'll find something more suited to your throat.

Arthur turns to Buster.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Thanks for stopping by, Buster.

Jane and Arthur exit.

FADE TO:

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - DAY

Arthur sits at the table. Jane is standing up, holding the bottle of the soda.

JANE
Arthur, you know that you shouldn't have been drinking soda, they told you that at the hospital.

ARTHUR
I know, I guess I just forgot. I got sick of drinking nothing but water and juice all day.

JANE
Well, then maybe you want to move on from juice and try eating some food for lunch today?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Well what can I eat? It still hurts to swallow anything that I need to chew!

FADE TO:

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - LATER - DAY

Some time has passed since the last scene. Arthur is sitting at the table, eating a bowl of chocolate pudding.

Plates of another lunch item are placed on the table for the rest of the family.

DAVID
(Calling To Elsewhere In House)
D.W., lunch is ready!

D.W. runs into the kitchen and sits at the table. She notices that Arthur is eating pudding.

D.W.
Hey, that's not fair!

JANE
What's not fair, D.W.?

D.W.
Just because Arthur's throat hurts, that means that he can eat pudding for lunch!?

JANE
D.W., Arthur's throat is still healing. If he ate food that was hard to swallow or needed a lot of chewing, he could hurt is throat, so he'll be eating soft foods like pudding for a while.

D.W.
How long is 'a while?'

JANE
At least a week, maybe longer.

D.W. pouts as the scene fades.

INT. THE READ'S LIVING ROOM (WITH GRANDFATHER CLOCK) - DAY

Arthur and D.W. are playing checkers at the coffee table.

D.W. finishes making her move.

D.W.
Do you want something to eat, Arthur?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Sure D.W., how about a freezy-pop?

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - DAY

D.W. enters the kitchen, where Jane is doing some paperwork.

D.W.
Mom, Arthur and I want freezy-pops, could we have some?

JANE
Sure, I'll get you some.

Jane gets up and opens the freezer, taking out the box of freezy-pops.

She removes a single red freezy-pop.

JANE
Oh, there's only one red one left, the rest are orange and purple.

D.W.
OK, I'll take it-

D.W. pauses.

D.W.
I'll take it to Arthur, and I'll have a purple one.

JANE
That's very nice of you, D.W.

D.W. begins to walk away, but she turns back to Jane.

D.W.
Mom, aren't you worried that Arthur's going to need husky pants again after eating all of this dessert?

JANE
No D.W., Arthur's body actually needs all of the energy and sugar in these foods to help repair his throat faster.

D.W. nods and begins to walk away again, but turns again.

D.W.
But what if the freezy-pop hurts his throat? Maybe we should just give him some juice.

JANE
D.W., if you really want the red freezy-pop, you can just say so.

D.W. smiles shyly; she did not think her plan would be discovered.

D.W.
No, that's OK, I'll give it to Arthur.

INT. THE READ'S LIVING ROOM (WITH GRANDFATHER CLOCK) - DAY

D.W. gives the freezy-pop to Arthur.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Thanks, D.W.

D.W.
So Arthur, how long are you going to keep eating pudding and freezy-pops?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
I don't know, but I'm not exactly complaining. Even though my throat still hurts, at least I get to eat food like this!

FADE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

Arthur is in bed, being tucked in by his dad.

DAVID
Goodnight, Arthur.

ARTHUR
Night, Dad.

David turns off the light and leaves the room.

FADE TO:

INT. ARTHUR'S ROOM - MORNING

Arthur wakes up and puts on his glasses. He looks at the clock.

SHOT: CLOCK, READING 8:14

ARTHUR
(To Self, Hoarsely)
Oh no! I'm late for school!

Arthur hastily gets ready for school, similar to how he did in "Arthur's Underwear"

Arthur dashes out of his room.

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS - MORNING

Arthur can be seen running down the stairs. He quickly
dashes into the kitchen.

INT. THE READ'S KITCHEN - MORNING

Arthur suddenly stops in his tracks when he notices David in
the kitchen, next to a pot on the stove.

DAVID
Oh, good morning, Arthur! How did
you sleep?

ARTHUR
(Confused, Hoarsely)
Dad? What are you doing? I'm late for school, it's Monday!

David laughs.

DAVID
Arthur, you can't go to school yet, the doctors said that you'll need to recover at home for a while.

David looks down at the pot.

DAVID
Now, how about some oatmeal?

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Ummm, sure.

Arthur sits at the table and begins to eat his oatmeal.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE READ'S LIVING ROOM - DAY

Arthur is sitting on the couch, he is reading a book.

D.W. enters the room.

D.W.
Why are you back from school so early?

Arthur looks up from his book.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
I didn't go to school today, the doctors said that I need to let my throat heal.

The doorbell rings.

Arthur gets up and walks to the door.

INT. THE HOUSE ENTRANCE - DAY

Arthur opens the door. Once again, Buster is standing in the doorway.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Hi Buster. You didn't bring any soda this time, did you?

BUSTER
No, I brought something less fun: Homework.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely, Slightly Disappointed)
Oh, I forgot that I'd still have to do homework.

Arthur takes the stack of homework from Buster.

BUSTER
So how's your throat? Everyone at school wants to know.

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
It's still hurting, but I think it's starting to feel better. I still can't eat anything except pudding, oatmeal, and other soft things.

BUSTER
Look on the bright side: you get to eat as much pudding as you want!

ARTHUR
(Hoarsely)
Yeah, I guess that's pretty good. Tell everyone I said hi, I'll probably be back at school soon.

Arthur closes the door and walks away.

ZOOM IN: CALENDAR IN THE ENTRANCE.

The calender has all dates up to March 11th X'ed out.

After a FADE, a more Xs have been added, up until the 16th
of March.

FADE TO:

INT. THE BOTTOM OF THE STAIRS - MORNING

Arthur is walking down the stairs when the phone rings.

He runs down the remaining stairs and answers the phone.

Arthur's voice is no longer hoarse.

ARTHUR
(To Phone)
Hello?

BUSTER
(On Phone)
Arthur? Are you still alive? You haven't been at school all week!

ARTHUR
(To Phone)
Tell me about it! It's terrible! I haven't eaten any real food since the surgery, and I've just been sitting at home!

BUSTER
(On Phone)
Well, that doesn't sound so bad.

ARTHUR
(To Phone)
It wasn't at first, but it got boring after a few days.

BUSTER
(On Phone)
Any idea when you'll be able to eat normal food and go back to school again?

ARTHUR
(To Phone)
Actually, we're going to the Doctor's office soon to have them check my throat. Hopefully, they'll tell me that I can eat and go to school again.

BUSTER
(On Phone)
That great! Tell me how it goes.

FADE TO:

INT. A HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Arthur is sitting on the table in the middle of the room.

Jane, David, and D.W. all sit in chairs in the room.

Dr. Greenberg enters.

DR. GREENBERG
Hello Arthur! How is your throat holding up?

ARTHUR
It's a lot better than before, it was horrible right after the surgery!

DR. GREENBERG
Well, let's take a look at it.

Dr. Greenberg examines Arthur's throat. He also does a few general checks, similar to a normal check up.

DR. GREENBERG
Well Arthur, I would have to say that you are healing very well.

ARTHUR
So can I go back to school and eat normal food now?

DR. GREENBERG
You can go back to school, yes. You can also eat most foods, but I would still say nothing like chips or pretzels.

Arthur smiles as the scene fades.

TRANSITION TO:

INT. THE SCHOOL CAFETERIA - DAY

Arthur is back at school, he is sitting in the cafeteria with his normal group.

Arthur has a tray in front of him, on it is a hamburger and a drink.

The scene comes in as Arthur is finishing the telling of his tonsillectomy tale.

ARTHUR
So now my throat isn't hurting as much, and the doctor said that I can eat almost anything I want!

BUSTER

So does that mean that you aren't going to give me your food anymore? Because that hamburger looks really good.

ARTHUR
Sorry Buster, this one's mine!

Arthur takes a bite of his Hamburger as the scene fades.

FADE TO BLACK