|"Desperately Seeking Stanley"|
|Number in season:||7b|
|Original Airdate:|| December 23, 2003|
March 3, 2004
|Written by:||Cusi Cram|
|Storyboard by:||Julian Harris|
"Muffy's Art Attack"
On his third birthday's favorite present was , his teddy bear protected Arthur when he was afraid of the dark...and even when his new baby sister, D.W. arrived. What will he do if he sells him out of peer pressure?
Arthur and Brain build a diorama for school. Brain wants to use cotton, that fell out of Stanley, to make clouds. He notices that Arthur is still attached to his favorite toy.
Mrs. Read threatens that if she has to sew Stanley up one more time he will become Pal's chew toy. D.W. wants to sells her singing fish Thelma and some other toys at the family’s garage sale. She teases Arthur for wanting to keep Stanley. Arthur offers Stanley for the sale.
Vicita Molina wants to buy the singing fish, but D.W. has priced it at $1,000. D.W. suggests buying Stanley instead, and Arthur sells him for five dollars. Vicita renames the teddy “Chico”. Arthur has flashbacks of getting Stanley for his third birthday, introducing him to baby D.W., and being less afraid of the dark thanks to Stanley. He tells himself that Stanley will be better of with a little kid.
Later, he sees that Vicita, being only three, is not taking good care of Stanley.
Arthur offers Vicita seven dollars to get Stanley back, but she traded him to Timmy Tibble for a sticker. Arthur has a fantasy of the Tibbles removing Stanley’s stuffing. Horrified, he runs to the Tibbles' house.
When Arthur tells Mrs. Tibble about Stanley, she shows him a room full of old stuffed toys. She has repaired Stanley (far better than Mrs. Read could) and made a raincoat for him. She offers Arthur to visit Stanley whenever he likes. Stanley says: “Goodbye, Arthur”, as the screen fades out…
…and opens again to show Arthur taking Stanley home “for the weekend”, finishing the episode.
- In Arthur's third birthday party flashback, Francine was seen there, but they didn't know each other until in the preschool flashback in the earlier episode "Locked in the Library!."
- At the end of the episode, when Arthur is in the attic at the Tibble house, a pig wearing something similar to a toga can be seen. This is probably the Brain's old stuffed animal, Plato, meaning that who he gave it to was Mrs. Tibble.
- This is a rare episode where babies, pets and toys can talk (even outside the introduction), but are not the main characters.
- Mr. Ratburn's class had previously studied clouds in "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble."
- Arthur's Woogle from "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon" makes another appearance.
- The episode name is a reference to the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.
- Stanley and the Woogle coming to life when Arthur's not around is a reference to Toy Story where the toys come to life when Andy's not around.
- D.W.’s “Larry the Lemon” doll looks a lot like “Bananas in Pajamas”, except the stripes on the pajamas are red instead of blue.
- Stanley’s blue raincoat is a reference to Paddington Bear.
Character ages from “Arthur’s Third Birthday Flashback”