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"Arthur Weighs In"
Season/Series: 9
Number in season: 3a
Original Airdate: United States December 29, 2004[citation needed]
Canada May 10, 2005[1]
Germany January 2, 2008[2]
Written by: Raye Lankford
Storyboard by: François Brisson
"George Blows His Top"
"The Law of the Jungle Gym"
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"Arthur Weighs In" is the first half of the third episode in the ninth season of Arthur.


Arthur doesn't fit into his costume for the play and is shocked to learn that he's now "husky-sized." He wants to get in shape, but is he ready to try something as radical as ... exercise?


Arthur is supposed to be playing a seemingly rich character in the school play. He is told to come to Mr. Ratburn, along with everybody else, showing him his costume. Arthur's costume does not fit, so he cannot show him his costume.

Arthur goes to a clothing store, where he buys a new suit. He is too embarrassed to show the rest of the cast.

Arthur talks to Mr. Ratburn, where he tells him a short tale of his own past. Arthur's classmates are each given a pedometer to track the steps they have taken a day. Mr. Ratburn tells the class to aim for 10,000 steps a day, which is much more than Arthur's.

Arthur begins to do more exercise, with the help of his friends and family, and even Pal. As a result, Arthur is able to fit into his costume, and he and D.W. give each other a high five. At the play, Arthur performs wonderfully (using a tip from his sister).







  • This episode (including its second segment "The Law of the Jungle Gym") was pulled from the rerun rotation in the United States, presumably for its frequent negative use of words such as "fat", "fatty", and "husky", which may be perceived as offensive to some viewers. While the main objective of the episode is to encourage physical activity and healthy eating, Arthur is portrayed with poor body image (and being embarrassed about it) which prompts him to attempt to lose weight. The last national airing of this episode was on June 7, 2020, on PBS Kids. The episode pair was one of five to be excluded from the February 2022 marathon on PBS Kids. However, it is still available to stream on Amazon.[1] Also, a clip from this episode, titled "Arthur is Husky", is still available on the official PBS Kids YouTube channel [2] and on the PBS Kids website. [3]

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Production notes

  • This is the first episode to be written by Raye Lankford.
  • In 2015, the episode was made available freely on the official Arthur website as part of the fitness section of a feature titled Arthur Family Health. The episode could be watched here. It was also available on the PBS Kids Video app and website. For reasons mentioned above, the video was removed from the website in 2020.

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