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|"Arthur Rides the Bandwagon"|
|Number in season:||7A|
|Original Airdate:|| November 24, 1998|
September 14, 1999
March 1, 2002
|Written by:||Peter K. Hirsch|
|Storyboard by:||Robert Shedlowich|
"Dad's Dessert Dilemma"
On the way home, Arthur cannot understand why Buster likes Woogles. They meet Muffy who has her own Woogle. When Arthur asks them whether they are making a joke, Muffy pulls Buster away, saying Arthur “just doesn’t get it”.
When Arthur tells Francine about the Woogle, he learns that she has several too, as do Mr. Ratburn and just about every kid at Lakewood Elementary. Francine offers Arthur one of hers and is offended when Arthur calls Woogles dumb. Brain explains to Arthur that Woogles are just a fad, then he shows him an Einstein Woogle.
That night, Arthur has a dream in which he has to pose for a class photo with a broccoli, since he has no Woogle. As an adult, he is still being mocked for it and his children leave him.
The next day, Arthur tries to buy a Woogle, but they are all sold out. He tries to buy one from Muffy, but they have become collectors’ items and are too expensive now. He eventually buys a Poogle without realizing the difference.
Arthur shows the Poogle to Francine and Muffy, but they demonstrate how inferior it is. Arthur gives his Poogle to a baby who promptly starts crying.
Arthur tells Buster that he has become addicted and thus tricks him to throw away the Woogle for a moment. Both boys wrestle for it. Buster lets Arthur hold his Woogle for two seconds, but no more.
In the school cafeteria, Arthur wants to sit with Binky, because he does not have a Woogle. Just then, Muffy gives Binky a burping Woogle.
Later in the park, Francine offers Arthur a Woogle if he will say that he always loved them. Arthur struggles with himself, but ultimately refuses. He starts making clicking noises with a bottle cap claiming that it is more fun than Woogles. Other kids crowd around him and a new fad has started.
Some time later, Grandma Thora gives Arthur a Woogle for doing well on his report card, but Arthur tells her that bottle caps are the fad now.
- D.W. Read (title card)
- 3rd Grade Female Cat (Number 2)
- Fern Walters
- George Lundgren
- Sue Ellen Armstrong
- Jenna Morgan
- Maria Pappas
- Unknown Female Aardvark (Number 3)
- Dave (mentioned)
- 3rd Grade Male Dog (Number 3)
- 3rd Grade Male Cat
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark (Number 2)
- Beulah McInnerny
- 3rd Grade Male Rabbit
- 3rd Grade Male Dog
- 3rd Grade Male Rat
- A "Poogle" is a possible pet on Neopets.com, but it is nothing like the Poogles seen in this episode.
- Maria had a yellow Woogle. Alex and Fern are seen stretching a yellow one on the playground, despite their Woogles being lime-green and purple, respectively. This could mean that Maria lent hers to them.
- This is the only episode when Robert Shedlowich is a storyboard artist.
- On current PBS airings, a small part of the signal bar for the ActiMates toys is still visible on the left side of the screen for approximately the first 90 seconds of the episode (until Muffy's line, "You got Bilbo?").
- D.W. doesn't appear in this episode except for the title card.
- Moral: Fads are temporary.
- The Woogles are likely based on Silly Slammers; which also made noises and said things when squeezed or hit against.
- Buster's Woogle Bilbo may be named for Bilbo Baggins, the main protagonist of the novel The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
- Tiny Einy and his line “Fun equals you times me squared” refer to Albert Einstein and E=mc².
- There actually was a fad of "Pet Rocks" in the 1970s, and the rocks came in cardboard cages, just as David's old Pet Rock did.
- Arthur's imaginary baby is identical to the one he imagined in "Arthur's Baby."
- In Arthur's dream, adult Francine wears the same clothes she wore in Arthur's dream in the intro to the episode "Arthur and the Square Dance."
- Maria's Woogle is yellow when first seen in the class picture scene, but it turns orange when Arthur is holding the broccoli. When the older Arthur shows the picture, the Woogle is yellow again.
- In one scene, the Poogle's legs is transparent.
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