"Buster Bombs"

Buster Bombs

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Season/Series: 17
Number in season: 3b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States November 13, 2013[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom October 29, 2013[2][3]
Flag of Australia April 25, 2013[4]
Written by: Ken Pontac
Storyboard by: Ken Cunningham
"Molina's Mulligan"
"Opposites Distract"
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"Buster Bombs" is the second half of the third episode in the seventeenth season of Arthur.


The unthinkable has happened! Buster has lost his flair for funny, and the harder he tries to make people laugh, the worse it gets. Fortunately, comic legend Vince Ruckles is on hand to teach Buster the true secret to comedy.[5]


Buster starts the show by showing of his 'comedy garden' with clown nose bushes, squirting flower patches, banana peel patches, and his big tree, which holds bad jokes. Buster, at the top, reads a joke, which askes what a boy says when he reaches the top a dead tree. It says 'Aaaa!', and Buster says so when he falls down. 

-Buster Bombs-

Buster tells a joke, but tells it over and over. When he says it to Binky, Arthur squirts drink from his nose. Binky thinks it's hysterical. Buster discovers the kids think it is boring, as Muffy says they got it the first time. Mrs. MacGrady says that he is using old jokes, and should get new material. 

Buster gets a joke book and crazy clothes, and then smashes watermelons in Binky's yard. Binky says "You're cleaning this up, right?" and eats a piece. Brain and Muffy listen to some jokes, but says they aren't funny. Buster gets Arthur to throw pies at his face, but Bitzi gets upset. 

Buster gets to go see Vince Ruckles and he gets him to sign his copy of the book. Vince tells Buster that he lost his touch in life, and then says that he stopped entirely. Buster does just that, and makes jokes unintentionally. Soon, he starts making the gang laugh again, and then he joins along.



Cultural references

  • Smashing a watermelon with a hammer is a signature act of American comedian Gallagher.
  • When Buster is performing some observational comedy, it's in the style of American comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
  • Vince Ruckles' name is a reference to Don Rickles.

Episode connections

Production notes

  • An alternate title for this episode is "Buster Flops",[6] possibly due to the Boston Marathon bombings occurring not long before this episode first aired.


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