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"Arthur's Big Meltdown"
Season/Series: 24
Number in season: 1b
Original Airdate: United States March 10, 2021[1]
Canada April 12, 2021[2]
Written by: Elana Lesser
Cliff Ruby
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
"George Scraps His Sculpture"
"The Great MacGrady"
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"Arthur's Big Meltdown" is the second half of the first episode in the twenty-fourth season of Arthur.


Arthur gets angry when a smoothie spills all over his new sneakers.


Arthur is at Muffy's house, admiring his new Bionic Bunny sneakers. Brain and Buster are playing air hockey. Bailey brings some Kale smoothies. Arthur drinks some. Suddenly, the puck lands in a Kale smoothie, and splashes onto Arthur's shoes. Arthur gets really angry, storms out of the room, and kicks a ball, which destroys the room. Arthur then walks home, to find that a part of a fence has been knocked down. He goes in and D.W. is there, wondering why Arthur is walking with a trail of green smoothie. D.W. thought that Arthur had played in a swamp. Arthur said it was all Buster and Brain's fault. Arthur then yells, "I'M NEVER EVER TALKING TO THEM AGAIN!"

Later, Brain & Buster are in the street. Francine tells them to apologize, but Brain said they didn’t do it on purpose; it was an accident. Buster and Brain go into Arthur's house, and wonder if Arthur broke the fence. They ring the doorbell, and D.W. answers. D.W. says that Arthur is angry, and tells them that Arthur said that he would never talk to them again. Buster and Brain decide that they will talk to him at school. They think that this is not like Arthur at all. Brain explains it is like there are two different Arthur's, and explains it like the novella, "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde."

Arthur then cleans his sneakers, and while eating dinner, Arthur wonders what happened to the fence outside. David said he may have bumped in to it while he was parking, and said that sometimes accidents just happen. D.W. then told Arthur that Buster & Brain was on the door, and that she told them that Arthur never wanted to talk to them again. Arthur tells why, and D.W. said that's what he exactly said. David then wonders if they had a fight. Arthur says no, and just thought they ruined his new sneakers. He plans to apologize at school.

The next day, everyone begins to spread rumors about Arthur, such as destroying his house, Arthur being banned for life after ripping the door of the library, and that he wrecked the bowling alley with his bare hands. Arthur wonders who did that, making everyone run away when they see him. Arthur then sees Brain & Buster, Brain fears Arthur would kick his locker. Then the bell rings and they run away. Arthur is confused, and wonders what is wrong with everyone.

Arthur, is at class, sitting with Francine, asking what is wrong with everyone. Francine tells him to stay calm. Arthur then asks Francine if he finished her book report, while Arthur forgot to write his name on his, he throws his pen by accident. Buster and Brain think Arthur is stil angry.

At lunch, Muffy is inviting everyone to Mr. Crosswire's party. Buster, thinking Arthur is still angry, he tells Muffy what the new Arthur could do. Muffy imagines Arthur popping a bouncy castle, in Mr. Crosswire's party. Muffy decides not to invite him, but Buster says it could hurt his feelings. When Arthur is trying to put trays back, they all fell to the floor and he screams. Muffy decides not to invite him.

Everyone is still avoiding Arthur, Brain runs home quickly. Arthur wonders why Buster is avoiding him. Buster tells him to go to Muffy's house.

At Muffy's house, Muffy shows Arthur a video what he has done from the security camera. Arthur realizes what he has done, but tells Muffy he didn’t mean to do these such things.

Arthur decides to read "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" in his room. D.W. comes in and takes many of his stuff. Arthur is annoyed and starts to yell. D.W. tells him he shouldn’t have a meltdown. Arthur then realizes he is like Mr. Hyde. Arthur asks for advice. However, D.W. gives him joke advice.

At school, Arthur apologizes to his friends, and tells him the didn’t really mean to wreck Muffy's game room. They accept Arthur's apology, and is allowed to go to the party.

At the party, Brain and Buster accidentally spill mustard on Arthur's shoes. Arthur yells again, but says a silly phrase, and takes a deep breath, while Buster cleans Arthur's sneakers. Arthur remains calm, and Buster wonders what the silly phrase meant. Arthur says it was from D.W. and to never ever tell that he listened to her.







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