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"Arthur Unravels"
Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 8a
Original Airdate: United States April 26, 2011[1]
Canada September 20, 2011[3]
United Kingdom November 15, 2010[2]
Germany December 19, 2012[4]
Written by: Susan Kim
Storyboard by: François Brisson
"Muffy and the Big Bad Blog"
"All the Rage"
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"Arthur Unravels" is the first half of the eighth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.


Grandma Thora teaches Arthur how to knit, but he's embarrassed about anyone realizing about his hobby and tries to hide it.


Arthur, Buster and Binky are seen in a jungle, searching for the Temple of King Zut-Hamano. Arthur accidentally leans on a tower rock, which makes the temple of King Zut-Hamano appear. The temple guardian appears and starts chasing them. The trio reach a cliff, and they don't know how to get across. Buster and Binky think that if they had a scarf, they would be saved. Arthur pulls out a scarf with a knitting needle in it, but puts it back in his backpack and says, "Yeah, too bad we don't have a scarf." Then, the guardian appears and the trio screams.

Arthur Unravels

Arthur and D.W. are spending the day at Grandma Thora's House, but it's raining, so the trio are forced to stay inside. Arthur and D.W. are trying to watch a movie, but it keeps skipping back to the beginning, much to their frustration. Grandma Thora is knitting a sweater with some yarn, and when D.W. comes over to see what she is doing, Thora offers to teach D.W. how to knit. Thora also offers to teach Arthur how to knit, but he initially declines, saying that it seems kind of boring. Thora convinces him otherwise by telling him about a famous book in which a woman named Madame Defarge uses knitting as a code to transmit secret messages to spies during wars. Arthur's intrigued, and decides to learn how to knit.

Arthur picks up on it quickly and is still knitting, even hours after the rain stopped. Thora's happy that Arthur likes knitting and asks what he's knitting. Arthur admits that he isn't sure at this point, but he claims that it's ultimately going to be either a scarf or some kind of hat. When looking for more yarn to continue knitting, Arthur asks his grandmother if she has more purple yarn. Thora checks her yarn basket and says that she doesn't, but offers to take Arthur and D.W. to a place that will most likely have some more purple yarn.

Thora takes Arthur and D.W. to The Yarn Yurt, which has all different types of yarn in all sorts of different colors. While Arthur goes to look for the yarn he wants, he ends up running into his piano instructor, Dr. Fugue, and is surprised to see him there. Dr. Fugue explains that he's looking for some yarn to knit a pair of finger-less gloves for one of his other students, as the student's hands apparently have a tendency of cramping up when playing certain piano pieces. Arthur then takes a different ball of the same color, thinking that it is pink, but Dr. Fugue explains that it's actually fuchsia, explaining the difference between the two colors.

After paying for the yarn, Arthur goes outside to wait for D.W. and Grandma Thora, but then he sees Binky walking his way. At first he tries ignoring him, but when Binky notices Arthur holding a bag of stuff from The Yarn Yurt, he asks what it's for. Arthur claims he got some stuff for his grandma. When Thora and D.W. come out of the store and Thora hands Arthur some knitting needles, Arthur does his best to convince Binky that he's not into knitting. However, when Arthur leaves with his sister and his grandmother, Binky seems to suspect otherwise.

At school during recess, Arthur and Buster are knitting behind some bushes. Buster doesn't see what the big deal is, but Arthur admits that he's worried that if other people were to see them knitting, they'll get made fun of, especially since knitting is seen as kind of a "girly" hobby. While Buster's trying to make a sandwich cozy and Arthur is making a scarf (and intends to attach mittens to it), recess ends and the boys have to put their knitting away.

While in class, Mr. Ratburn gives the class a lesson about colonial times, and he explains how during that time period, you could be severely punished by the community at large for things that probably wouldn't even be considered crimes in modern times.

After class, Arthur goes to knit in private in the bathroom stall, where he thinks no one will see him. However, he gets nervous when he sees Binky coming in to wash his hands.

Later that night, Arthur has a nightmare set in colonial times, where everyone finds out from Binky that he's a knitter, and gets punished by the community for being one as a result.

The next day at school, Arthur tells Buster that he's going to give up knitting after he finishes his scarf. However, while walking away to the cafeteria, a ball of yarn falls out of his backpack, and when Alex steps on the string, Arthur's knitting project gets pulled out of his backpack. Arthur, however, doesn't notice that this happened.

While getting his lunch in the cafeteria, Mrs. MacGrady reveals that she has heard about Arthur's new hobby, and reveals that she's been knitting something that she hopes will inspire kids to eat more vegetables. Arthur tries to claim that he doesn't knit, even though it's obvious that Thora told Mrs. MacGrady about her grandson's new hobby. Brain soon comes into the cafeteria with Arthur's knitting project, not realizing who it belongs to, and tries to return it to the original owner. Muffy notices this, and offers to take it if no one else ends up claiming it, seeing the fuchsia in the scarf and calling it a beautiful shade of pink. Arthur, unable to contain himself, yells out that it's fuchsia, and ultimately gives himself away as the original owner of the scarf.

As Arthur leaves the school later on, Binky's standing outside the school steps with the Tough Customers, who reveal that they know Arthur knits. However, Binky's the only one who really makes fun of Arthur for it, and Dr. Fugue soon comes to Arthur's defense about his new hobby. Dr. Fugue notes that Arthur's scarf is very well-made, and offers to let Arthur join his knitting club, which meets every Wednesday evening. Dr. Fugue also notes that his club could use more members anyway, as aside from himself, the only other members are Oliver Frensky, Mrs. MacGrady and Rattles, the latter of which the rest of the Tough Customers are surprised to learn about. Arthur's also surprised to hear that there are other boys in the club, and Dr. Fugue points out that activities like knitting aren't just strictly for girls or boys, and that lots of people are into that sort of thing. As he's leaving, Dr. Fugue compliments Binky on his role in a production of Swan Lake the other night, leaving Binky speechless.

The episode ends at a meeting of Dr. Fugue's knitting club, which Arthur, Buster and even Binky are shown to have joined. Arthur and Buster are knitting with Rattles and Mrs. MacGrady while Binky's sitting in an armchair next to Mr. Frensky and knitting some leg warmers for himself, explaining how his legs get really cold sometimes and asks if anyone else experiences the same problem.







  • After Thora offers to teach D.W. how to knit, D.W. decides to knit a poncho for Nadine, claiming that her birthday is coming up soon.
  • Dr. Fugue is revealed to run a knitting club in addition to his job as a music instructor.
    • Ironically, while this episode notes that knitting tends to be seen as a "girly" activity, Mrs. MacGrady is currently the only female member of Dr. Fugue's knitting club.
  • In the U.S, this is the last time the "D.W. Interrupts Arthur's Bath" title card is used.

Episode connections

Cultural references

  • Thora mentions Madame Defarge, a character in Charles Dickens' novel, A Tale of Two Cities. While Arthur's fantasy suggests a twentieth century spy story, Dickens' novel is set during the French revolution. The knitting contained the names of French aristocrats that were to be killed.
  • Forcing criminals to wear a letter representing their crime was an actual form of punishment in Puritan America. It was famously portrayed in The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne.


  • During Arthur's nightmare, the video description incorrectly says "Muffy points at Arthur," when it is actually Fern who does so. It then says, "She pins a 'K' to his shirt," but it is Brain's hand that is seen pinning it.


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