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"Bitzi's Beau"
Season/Series: 5
Number in season: 8b
Original Airdate: United States November 13, 2000[1][2]
Canada January 10, 2001[3]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: John Delaney
Nick Vallinakis
Elie Klimos
Sanei Tanei (uncredited)
"The Last of Mary Moo Cow"
"Just Desserts"
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"Bitzi's Beau" is the second half of the eighth episode in the fifth season of Arthur.


Buster fears the worst when it's time to meet his mother's new boyfriend.


School has just let out for the day and all of the Lakewood Elementary students are leaving. Buster meets up with his mom and they greet each other the way only they do (a special handshake) prior to leaving. Arthur begins to talk to the audience about how great of friends Buster and his mom are and that they do everything together, such as going to see movies, making doing chores more fun, and sometimes they'll also just eat together. But he then states that unfortunately, it might possibly change when Buster meets his mom's new boyfriend.

Bitzi's Beau

Arthur and Buster are watching Bionic Bunny at their respective homes, and are talking to each other on the phone. On the show, Bionic Bunny hears a little girl crying for help. She has a splinter and he goes to remove it when he suddenly sees green liquid leak from her eyes. Bionic Bunny points a device and her, and concludes that she's "no little girl!" The "girl" transforms into an alien. Just as she prepares to attack, Buster suddenly gets a call meant for his mom, and gives his mom the phone. The following day, Arthur angrily tells Buster he never came back from call waiting, saying that he waited twenty minutes for him to return. Buster points out that his mom has been acting weird recently, like smiling a lot.

The next day at school, Muffy claims that Buster's mom has a boyfriend. At first Buster denies this, but Muffy points out many obvious signs, making Arthur claim that maybe she really does have a boyfriend. During class, Mr. Ratburn is giving the students back their assignments and after seeing the grade he got, Buster is sure that Mr. Ratburn must be his mom's new boyfriend.

At lunch in the cafeteria, Buster proceeds to have a fantasy about his mom, himself, and Mr. Ratburn at dinner and does not like how it goes down. He then begins to worry, imagining them marrying each other at some Vegas-like wedding chapel with an Elvis impersonator as a minister, and then eventually they'll end up having children, whom Buster images to be incredibly troublesome.

Afterwards, Arthur gets Buster to snap out of it as Mr. Ratburn comes by and Buster begs Arthur to say something about his mom, like she's ugly, or crazy. And so, Arthur claims that Buster's mom has a lizard she feeds rats to. But this only fascinates Mr. Ratburn, who likes lizards.

At home, Buster begs his mom not to marry Mr. Ratburn, but Bitzi has no clue what he's talking about. She tells him that she isn't dating Mr. Ratburn, and that she plans to bring "Harry Mills" over for dinner on Friday. Buster, however has no clue who Harry is.

While walking with Arthur, Buster begins to grow suspicious that Harry seems too perfect and might be an alien, and he begins to fantasize about before snapping out of it again moments later. Arthur tells him that Harry isn't an alien, and that he doesn't need proof to show that he isn't. Buster still wants to make sure, though, so he inserts batteries into his "Alien Detector", when suddenly the doorbell rings. Bitzi asks Buster to get it and so he opens the door, and he sees Harry; he is initially scared of him, but Harry then makes a joke and Buster allows him in. They have a decent dinner, and Harry even makes him laugh. They have a very nice evening and he then offers them some dessert. They then go to get plates and Buster checks said dessert, to make sure it's not some trick, only for it to turn out to be Boston cream pie, Buster's favorite dessert. Buster realizes that he actually has a lot in common with Harry.

Bitzi then tells Buster she'll tuck him in soon as he goes to bed. Even if he is an alien, Buster thinks he's a nice one. Bitzi then tells Buster if he didn't like Harry then they won't have to see him again. This makes Buster confess to his mom that he's a little worried that she'll forget all about the special things they did together if she gets too involved in the relationship. But she ensures his son that that'll never happen, and Buster will always be the most important person in her life. The two of them share a hug.

The next day, the trio attend a hockey game, where Mr. Ratburn states feeding rats to lizards isn't too healthy for the lizards before he takes off. Bitzi asks what that was about, and both Harry and Buster pull out their alien detectors and claim that Mr. Ratburn is an alien as the episode ends.






  • Sonja Ball who voices Arthur's Mom voices one of Buster's maternal half brothers in his fantasy about his Mom remarrying to Mr. Ratburn and having 3 children with him 2 boys and one girl.

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Cultural references[]

  • Kodo's home, the Crab Nebula, is actually a real structure in outer space. It was created by an exploding star and is vaguely shaped like a crab when seen from Earth.
  • When Buster tests his alien detector with the TV, he turns to a show which is a parody of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" because the host says, "Is that your final answer?"


  • When Mr. Ratburn asks Buster to think of the number between 1 and 10, Buster replies 7, and Mr. Ratburn says the answer was "3.141592675, also known as Pi". In reality, the digits are 3.141592653 (the last 2 digits are different).
  • Buster's alien detector is damaged when Harry enters Buster's condo, but two alien detectors appear at the end of the episode when both Buster and Harry use them to check Mr. Ratburn.
    • It's possible that either Buster got a new one, or had a spare.
Buster's hand colored the same as Arthur's.
  • When Buster and Arthur check their alien detectors, Buster's hand is the same color as Arthur's. It reverts back to white in the following scene.
Buster's report miscolored green.
  • When Buster shows Arthur his report, its color changes from green to blue.
The left lens of Bitzi's glasses colored the same as the frame.
  • When Bitzi is conversing with Buster on his bed about Harry, the left lens of her glasses turns the same color as the frame for a split second when she assures him that she'll never forget about the special things Buster and herself do together themselves.



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