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Arthur's Pet Business

Introduction

Arthur looks through the glass of Al's Pet Shop at some puppies.

Arthur: I'm the kind of boy who should have a dog. A dog can be very helpful.

In a fantasy, Kate sits up tree in the park.

Kate: (cries)

Mrs. Read: Oh no, Kate climbed up too high! How will she get down?     Arthur comes running with a collie.

Arthur: Save Kate, boy!      He lets the dog of the leash. It runs up the tree and carries Kate down.

Kate: Sheeh!         Mrs. Read picks Kate up.

Mrs. Read: Oh.   Arthur, what would we have done if you didn't have a dog?     The dog licks Arthur.

Arthur: (laughs)

The fantasy ends. Arthur backs up against the pet shop confronted by Perky.

Perky: (growls)

Arthur: But I never expected this!

Title Card: Arthur Swims

Arthur sits on his bed and cuts out pictures of dogs.

Arthur: (hums to himself)         D.W. comes in.

D.W.: (sing-song:)  Arthur wants a dog! Arthur wants a dog!

Arthur: Don't say anything, D.W.! I'm waiting for just the right moment to ask Mom and Dad!

D.W.: You can trust me, Arthur.

#

The Read family is having dinner.

Mr. Read: So, what's new?

D.W.: Arthur wants a puppy.

Arthur: D.W.!!

Mr. Read: A puppy is a big responsibility.

Arthur: I would feed it, and walk it, and play catch with it.

Mr. Read: We'll think about it.     Arthur smiles.

D.W.: That means no.

#

After dinner Mr. and Mrs. Read talk in the living room.

Mrs. Read: What about our new carpet?

D.W. listens at the door while Arthur stands next to her.

D.W.: Mom's saying she doesn't want to have a puppy tree on the new carpet?    The door opens and D.W. is pushed backwards.     Whoa!    Um, just felt like dancing. La la la la la.   She dances.

Mr. Read: Arthur. We decided you may have a puppy if you can take care of it.

Arthur: Yes! My own puppy! Thanks!      He jumps around.

Mrs. Read: But first, you need to show us that you're responsible enough to do it.

Arthur: Huh?

 #

Arthur sits on a chair in D.W.’s room. D.W. gets a toy cash register from a shelf.

Arthur: How can I ever prove that I'm responsible?

D.W.: Why don't you get a job? Then you can pay back the seven dollars you owe me.    She opens the register.

Arthur: A job? What kind of job can I get?

#

Arthur, Binky, Buster, Francine and Muffy hang out at the jungle gym.

Muffy: You could work for my Dad. He's looking for a new car salesman.

In a fantasy Arthur is a salesman at Crosswire Motors. A customer opens a car’s hood.

Customer: Hmm..... Hmm..... What kind of engine is this?

Arthur: Uh, I don't know. I've never been able to see it!

The fantasy ends.

Arthur: Gee Muffy, I don't think so.

Binky: Why not get a job at Joe's Junkyard crushing old cars?    He crushes his soda can.

Francine: You should do something you like.

Arthur: That gives me a great idea! If I take care of other people's pets, that'll show my parents I can take care of my own!

#

In Arthur’s room, he and Francine make signs for “Arthur’s Pet Business”.

Arthur: "Arthur's Pet Business. Call Arthur Read."

Francine: I'll take these.

Arthur: Right. I got the rest.

They carry stacks of signs downstairs. Arthur loses his balance and falls.

Arthur: Whoa!  Oh!        Mr. Read picks up a sign and looks at it with his wife.

David: "Arthur's Pet Business".

Arthur: Francine and I are gonna put up signs for my new business!

David: If you want, your Mom and I can give some of these to people we know.

Arthur: Great!

#

Mr. Read gives a group of three moose their food and a flyer.

Moose: Hm.

#

Mrs. Wood looks at Kate who is in a pram pushed by Mrs. Read.

Mrs. Wood: My, what a cute baby! Hello!    (chuckles)     Kate hands her a flyer.

 #

Arthur hands out flyers in the park.

Arthur: Arthur's Pet Business! I'm Arthur! Arthur's Pet Business! I'm Arthur!

 #

Later that evening sits by the phone in the hallway looking frustrated.

Mrs. Read: Arthur.

Arthur: Huh?

Mrs. Read: Time to get ready for bed.

Arthur: Mom! Just ten more minutes?

Mrs. Read: Arthur?         The phone rings. Arthur picks it up.

Arthur: Hello, Arthur's Pet Business, Arthur speaking. May I help you?

#

A short time later Arthur runs into the parents' bedroom where Mr. Read is vacuuming.

Arthur: Dad! Dad! I got my first customer!

David: Congratulations, Arthur! Who is it?

Arthur: I'm gonna watch Mrs. Woods' dog while she's on vacation! And earn ten dollars!

David: Isn't that the dog the mailman calls "Jaws"?    D.W. stands in the door.

D.W.: You mean, that nasty little Perky?      

#

Arthur stands in the door to Mrs. Wood’s kitchen where her dog Perky growls at him.

Perky: (growls)

Mrs. Wood: Come in! Oh, don't mind if Perky makes a little noise. She hasn't been herself lately.    Arthur carefully walks in.     Now, I have two lists for you. This is Perky's daily schedule. And this is the list of things Perky does not like like.     The list unfolds to the floor.     I'll be back next Sunday, sweetie furry facey poopy baby!      Perky looks pleased.

Arthur: I'll take good care of her, Mrs. Wood.

Perky: (growls)

Arthur: (hesitatingly:)  We'll be the best of friends.

#

Arthur sits in his room doing his homework while Perky growls at him. A timer goes off and Arthur looks at Mrs. Wood’s list.

Arthur: Time for your brushing!

Perky: (growls)

#

In the kitchen D.W. drinks milk from a carton while Arthur brushes down Perky who keeps growling.

Arthur: …ninety-six, ninety-seven, ninety-eight, ninety-nine, one hundred.

Perky: (yawns)

Arthur: See? She's happy.

Perky: (growls)

#

The Read family eats dinner when the timer rings again.

Arthur: Hh!        Arthur runs off.

In the kitchen Arthur has opened several cans of dog food.

Arthur: Then one tablespoon of gourmet chicken, one quarter tablespoon of liver...

Perky: (growls)      Arthur cuts out the center of a cheeseburger.

Arthur: The very exact middle of a cheeseburger, no pickle, and a cherry on top.   He puts the cheeseburger and cherry on top of the dog food.

Perky: (growls, sniffs)          She walks off.

Arthur: What's wrong? I followed the instructions. Oh no, I forgot the parsley!

#

(Arthur is eating dinner with his family until the timer sounds off again. He stops eating and runs off to feed Perky.)

Arthur: Then one tablespoon of gourmet chicken, one quarter tablespoon of liver...

(Perky growls)

Arthur: The very exact middle of a cheeseburger, no pickle, and a cherry on top.

(Perky growls, sniffs the food, then leaves)

Arthur: What's wrong? I followed the instructions. Oh no, I forgot the parsley!

#

The Reads watch TV. Bionic Bunny is tied up in a bathtub floating on the ocean. Two criminals sit in a boat.

Criminal 1: (laughs maniacally) We've got him now, boss!

Criminal 2: This is the end of you, Bionic Bunny!     He pulls the plug from the tub.

Bionic Bunny: Hh!

Criminal 1+2: (laugh)        Bionic Bunny sinks. The timer sounds again. Arthur looks annoyed.

Arthur: (sighs)

#

Arthur is taking a bubble bath.

Arthur: (hums to himself)       The timer sound.       Hh! Not now!

#

Arthur rolls out Perky’s mat on his bed.

Perky: (growls)

Arthur: Now what's wrong?!      He flattens out the mat and Perky lies down on it.    (sighs exasperatedly)

#

The next morning Perky eats her breakfast in the kitchen while Arthur watches her.

Mrs. Read: Are you sure you want a dog if it's this much work?

Arthur: If I can handle Perky, I can handle any pet!

The doorbell rings. D.W. looks into the kitchen.

D.W.: Prunella is here! She wants you to take care of her ant farm.

Prunella, Arthur and D.W. stand in the hallway.

Prunella: Tuesday night is their barn dance. Here's their music.     She hands Arthur a cassette.

Arthur: Hm....

D.W.: Arthur, I think your ads worked!     D.W. and Arthur look outside.

Arthur: Hh!          A long line of people with pets is in front of the house.

Perky: (growls)

 #

The Reads’ living room is now full of pets. Mr. Read looks annoyed as a canary lands on him.

Mr. Read: Arthur!

Arthur: Don't worry, Dad. I'll work out all their schedules. Somehow....    A snake coils around his legs.

#

D.W. is having a bubble bath. Frogs jump around her.

D.W.: (screams)       She runs across the hallway into her room.        Help!   

Mr. Read: D.W.?       He and Arthur run upstairs.

Arthur: Uh oh.     He notices Kate playing with the ant farm.      Oh no, the ant farm! No! Kate! Don’t!   He yanks the ant farm away.

Kate: (cries)

Perky growls at a canary, which flies out of its cage. Arthur runs after it.

Arthur: Hh!  Oh no! Hey, wait!  Hey! Where’re you going!     He steps on a cat’s tail. The cat jumps in the air then lies down again.   

Mrs. Read: Huh?

Arthur: Come here!

Mrs. Read: Arthur!      The snake is wrapped around her legs.

D.W.: Arthur!          She comes in wearing her bathrobe.

Mr. Read: Arthur!      He comes in with a pitcher of lemonade and a frog in it. The frog jumps out. The canary settles on Arthur’s head.

#

The cages are now in the basement. Arthur brings down the snake.

Arthur: Okay you, stay down here!      With D.W.’s help he puts the snake in a cage.    (sighs)    The timer sounds.      Time to walk Perky.      D.W., how would you like to be my assistant? I'll pay you two dollars.

D.W.: Arthur, you know I'd do anything for you… for money. Let's say three dollars a week.

Arthur: Deal!     They shake hands.

 #

Arthur takes Perky for a walk. At the gate they pass Mr. Higgins the postman.

Perky: (growls)

Arthur: Good morning!

Mr. Higgins: Arthur, what did you do to Jaws?

Arthur: What do you mean? I've been taking good care of her. I keep her right on schedule.

Mr. Higgins: I've never seen her this angry before.

Arthur: But I did everything right.

Perky: (growls)

#

Arthur reads a book on Dog Care.

Arthur: I did do everything right.       Perky lies on her mat on Arthur’s bed.

Perky: (growls)        Perky puts a pillow under her head.

Arthur: But now you're even more unfriendly. Maybe I'm just not a dog person. When Mrs. Wood picks you up tomorrow, she'll tell everyone I wrecked her dog.     He leaves the room.

 #

Perky’s things are standing in the kitchen.

D.W.: I bet you're happy today!

Arthur: Why?

D.W.: Today you get rid of Perky and earn ten dollars!

Arthur: But I found out I can never have a puppy. I wreck dogs.      The parents come in.

Mrs. Read: Arthur? Mrs. Wood just called. She's on her way over.

Arthur: (sighs)  I'll go get Perky.    He walks out and comes back in.   Has anyone seen Perky? She was in the living room, but now she's gone!

Mr. Read: You know, I didn't even hear her growl all morning.

Mrs. Read: Neither did I.        Arthur searches the living room.

Arthur: Perky! Perky! Come here Perky!

D.W.: She's not downstairs.

Mr. Read: She's not outside.

D.W.: You're in trouble now!

Arthur: I wreck dogs and lose them! Now I know I should never have a dog!

The doorbell rings.

Mrs. Read: Mrs. Wood, please, come in.     Mr. Read and Arthur watch through the living room door.

D.W.: Hi, Mrs. Wood, guess what? Arthur lost your dog!     

Mrs. Wood: What?? Perky??

Arthur: Oh…

Mrs. Wood: My poor helpless little baby is out in the world alone and unprotected!    Mrs. Read steadies her.

Mr. Read: I feel sorry for the world.

Arthur: Hey, everybody! Come here!

Everyone rushes into the living room. Arthur kneels behind an armchair.

Arthur: Over here! Perky had puppies!      Perky lies on a pillow with three puppies. She smiles as Arthur pets her.

Mrs. Wood: Oh, and look how comfortable you made her, Arthur! How can I ever thank you?

D.W.: A reward would be nice!

Mrs. Read: Shhh, D.W.!

Mrs. Wood: Here, this is the money I owe you! And how would you like a puppy as a reward?

Arthur: A... puppy?!

Mr. Read: Of course. You've earned it.

Arthur: My own puppy! I can’t believe it! What should I name my puppy?

D.W.: Ten dollars.

Arthur: That's a weird name. Why would I name it that?

D.W.: That's what you owe me. Seven dollars plus three for being an assistant. That comes to ten dollars.         Her toy cash register shows 10.00.

Arthur holds his ten dollar bill. He smiles.

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