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"Arthur and Los Vecinos"
Season/Series: 6
Number in season: 5b
Original Airdate: United States October 22, 2001[1]
Canada January 9, 2002[3]
United Kingdom April 12, 2002[2]
Written by: Cusi Cram
Storyboard by: Patricia Atchison
Elie Klimos
"The Boy Who Cried Comet"
"Citizen Frensky"
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"Arthur and Los Vecinos" is the second half of the fifth episode in the sixth season of Arthur.


Mr. Sipple from next door is moving away and Arthur wonders—who will be the new neighbors? When Alberto and his family settle in, Arthur makes a new friend and learns about a different culture ... and about a comic book character named Conejo Bionico, which is Spanish for Bionic Bunny!


The episode starts with movers taking items out of Mr. Sipple's house as Arthur and D.W. watch. Mr. Sipple thanks Arthur and D.W. for being good neighbors, and he gives them Thelma, a singing fish on a plaque. D.W. says goodbye as Mr. Sipple gets in the moving truck, and Arthur explains that he didn't always like Mr. Sipple. He loved to cook fish late at night, and sang loudly in the shower, but at least they will have Thelma to remember him by. D.W. claims Thelma as her pet while Arthur rolls his eyes.

Arthur and Los Vecinos

Arthur and D.W. are having a staring contest outside the house when Arthur sees Pal barking at a strange dog, who then licks D.W. A man walks down the street and explains that his dog, Amigo, is harmless, before introducing himself and his family as Arthur and D.W.'s new neighbors, the Molinas. He says that he has a 13-year-old son named Alberto and a three-year-old daughter named Vicita, and tells Arthur and D.W. that they, along with their parents, are invited to dinner next weekend. D.W. is excited to meet someone younger than her, while Arthur is afraid that Alberto will have nothing in common with him except that they live on the same block.

Arthur and Buster spy on Alberto through binoculars, seeing that Alberto is practicing Kendo. Buster thinks that this is cool, although Arthur is afraid that Alberto will give him a wedgie. Meanwhile, D.W. decides that she wants to play Tower of Cows with Vicita. D.W. imagines teaching Vicita how to ride a bike, be a good younger sister (pinning her mistakes on her older brother), and play games.

The Read family go to the Molinas' house, with Arthur complaining about being forced to wear a suit and bow tie, and D.W. upset about not being able to bring Thelma. Ramon welcomes them in and serves them food. Vicita brings D.W. up to her room to play Pick-Up-Ticks, although she explains and wins the game so quickly that D.W. doesn't have time to react. Back downstairs, Ramon tells Alberto that he should show Arthur his room. When walking upstairs, Arthur imagines Alberto's room having pictures of bands, "or worse, girls!" Alberto's bedroom turns out to be full of Bionic Bunny merchandise, much to Arthur's delight.

Back downstairs, Jane is admiring a glass bird Mrs. Molina owns, and explains she used to have one just like it, until Arthur and D.W. ended up breaking it. Meanwhile, Arthur and Alberto are playing chess, David and Ramon are having a discussion, and Vicita and D.W. are playing Hot Tomato. Vicita wins again, and D.W. asks her mom if they can leave. When they leave, Alberto gives Arthur a Spanish Bionic Bunny comic. As he leaves, Arthur comments that Alberto was "so cool!"

The next day, D.W. is trying to teach Vicita to flip on a trampoline, although Vicita prefers to just twirl while jumping. Arthur gives Alberto one of his Bionic Bunny Walkie-Talkies. However, Arthur constantly calls to ask what the Spanish words in his Bionic Bunny comic mean in English, to Alberto's annoyance.

D.W. and Vicita are playing Tower of Cows at the Molinas' house. Vicita manages to stack the cows perfectly in less than eight seconds, before D.W. even teaches her how to play. D.W. gets mad and tells Vicita that she should have let her explain the game before perfecting it.

Arthur is walking Pal on the street when he notices the Molina family having a party in their backyard. Arthur goes to his house and announces the party, and says that he is going to attend it. Jane tells him that the party is probably private, and D.W. says they were most likely not invited because Arthur annoys Alberto. Arthur initially says, "I don’t bug Alberto!" but then wonders "Do I?" D.W. is angry at Vicita because "some people are so bossy!" David smells chicken cooking and wants to ask Ramon which seasoning he is using before Jane quickly distracts them from the party.

Arthur plays basketball in front of his house, and Alberto walks up to him, holding a bag. Alberto reveals that the party was a house-warming party with his grandparents and cousins, and he tells Arthur that the bag has some leftover chicken from the party. Alberto also has a gift for Arthur: a Spanish-English dictionary, so Arthur will learn to translate the Spanish words in the Bionic Bunny comic book into English and stop calling Alberto.

D.W. is taking Thelma for a walk by tying a rope around her, when she notices Vicita screaming and yelling during a meal. She is freaking out because her peas are in her mashed potatoes. D.W. quickly separates the food with a dinner knife from Mrs. Molina, claiming that green and white foods can never touch each other. This calms Vicita down, and she eats her food. D.W. explains to Vicita that she has had the same experience before, and Vicita excitedly asks D.W. to also teach her how to blow bubbles, and whistle, and tie her shoes...

The conclusion of the episode shows Pal and Amigo barking at the moon, with the former teaching the latter to bark in English, and the latter teaching the former to bark in Spanish.





  • This episode marks the first appearance of the Molina family.
  • This episode marks the last appearance of Mr. Sipple.
  • This is the first episode written by Cusi Cram.
  • When fully translated to English, the title reads, "Arthur and the Neighbors."
  • The Justin Bradley version of this episode story is available on the 2003 VHS and DVD editions of Arthur's Family Fun, and when listening with the SAP audio narration which originally aired on public television.
  • Justin Bradley's voice is still heard in the title card.

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Cultural references[]

  • In the introduction, D.W. sings a version of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm," while Mr. Sipple sings "Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor."
  • In the swimming title card, Arthur says "¡Hola!", which is Spanish for "Hello!"
  • When first visiting the Molinas, Arthur remarks, "The only people who wear bow ties are nerds and waiters and that science guy on TV." This is a reference to another PBS show Bill Nye The Science Guy.
  • Mr. Molina serves ceviche, a South American dish made of raw fish with spices.
  • Mr. Molina's café is named Café con Leche, after the Spanish/South American version of milk coffee.
  • When Arthur goes up the stairs to Alberto's room, he speculates on what it would be like, assuming there would be posters of bands. In his fantasy, one of the posters reads "Mute Cheetah," a parody of the band "Def Leppard."
  • The hot tomato is a parody of "Hot Potato."
  • Thelma is similar to Big Mouth Billy Bass.
  • Ramon says that he and his family "lived in Youngstown for five years." There are numerous communities named Youngstown.


  • If one looks closely as the camera pans to the right while Vicita is bouncing on the trampoline, it can be seen that the ripple effect on the trampoline stops.
  • The matte line of the background is clearly visible on the right when the Read family first arrive at the Molina residence.
  • The Hot Tomato goes from 36 seconds to just three seconds when it is in a closeup.
  • Just before the Hot Tomato scene, Arthur and Alberto are playing chess. Alberto's line "Checkmate!" is omitted in current public television reruns (Mark Rendall redub), but you can still hear Arthur's sigh of defeat. If listening with the SAP audio narration, "Checkmate!" is retained.
  • Without any knowledge of the Spanish-language grammar, Arthur would not have found "te tengo" in the dictionary, as it would only have listed tu and tener.

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