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"Finders Key-pers"
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 19b
Original Airdate: United States April 16, 1998[1]
Canada September 17, 1998[2]
Germany February 19, 2002[3]
Written by: Chris Moore
Storyboard by: Stéphanie Gignac
"D.W.'s Name Game"
"How the Cookie Crumbles"
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"Finders Key-pers" is the second half of the nineteenth episode in the second season of Arthur.


Arthur, Brain, and Binky find a key - - but a key to what? The city? A new sports car? And which of them will get to keep whatever fabulous thing they find? When they decide to split it 50-50-50 the trouble really begins.[4]


Arthur is in D.W.'s room looking through her stuff, then proceeds to explain why sharing is a good thing. He explains how he shares stuff with Pal, (like his broccoli) and Pal doesn't care what gets shared, even grabbing Arthur's shoe. He then says that he always has to share with D.W. since she is his sister, then opens her jar of candy. D.W. sees this and tells on him, and then Jane scolds Arthur for taking D.W.'s belongings without permission. Arthur says that he was just sharing.

Finders Key-pers

Arthur and his friends are playing baseball on a windy day, and the field is dustier than usual. Francine pitches the ball and Brain bats it. Muffy proceeds to catch it, but dirt blows into the air and she misses the ball as a result. Brain then slides into home, but dirt once again blows into the air, causing Brain to score a run as a result of Binky not being able to tag Brain due to the dirt. Francine says that it's too dusty to play, and Muffy invites everyone to watch HD TV at her house. However, Arthur, Binky and Brain decide to pass after Muffy decides on watching Miranda and the Magic Princess.

Later on, the boys are playing catch on the field, and they lose the ball after Binky throws it too far. While looking for the ball, Arthur finds a key, which grabs everyone's attention.

As they are walking home, the boys wonder where the key goes to. Brain thinks it is to the new science museum and has a fantasy of opening the science museum with the key and looking at interesting things inside. Arthur then thinks that it is the key to the city and imagines saving the city with the key, which had apparently caused everything to become frozen as a result of being lost. Binky thinks it is a car key and imagines driving a sports car.

At The Sugar Bowl, Arthur, Binky and Brain have a brief argument over who gets the key. Arthur says that the only solution is to share the key 50-50-50. 

After leaving the Sugar Bowl, the boys decide to try to find where the key fits. They try the science museum first, since it is just down the street, but the key doesn't fit the museum. They then go to the mayor, but the mayor says that while they did, in fact, lose the key to the city, it isn't the key the boys have. It turns out another boy found the key to the city last week, and it is hanging on the wall behind them. 

Binky then concludes that the key has to be for a car, since it has teeth on both sides. Arthur says that it a good idea and they can go where they want when they are older. Brain says they can have the car two days a week, since they are sharing it equally. Binky argues that he should have the car on the extra day (Sunday) since he could drive first (due to being the oldest). He says he could have the car all to himself for a year before the other two can. Brain and Arthur say that is okay, but Binky will have to drive them wherever they want. 

At the tree house, Binky doesn't like the idea and instead imagines Arthur and Brain fixing up his car at a gas station. This leads to a major disagreement between the trio, and Arthur says he wants his Bionic Bunny video back. Brain wants his clarinet concertos CD back as well, and Binky wants all of his stuff back too. 

Later on, in front of Arthur's house, Arthur gives back Binky's Bionic Bunny comic book, and Brain proceeds to leave, but Binky stops him, noticing that Brain is holding the key with the intention of bringing it home with him. Brain says that he will put it in his safe for the night, but Binky disagrees with that. Arthur says he will take it, but Binky once again objects. Brain thinks he should be the one keeping the key, but Arthur and Binky object to this as well. They decide that, since they are sharing it 50-50-50, nobody should bring it home with them. Brain thinks that they should put it back where it was instead.

Back at the baseball field, Brain puts the key back where they first found it and cover it under dirt so nobody else could find it. However, as the three begin to leave, they stop, each staring at each other with the intention of rushing back to the key so they could grab it. The boys suddenly run back causing dirt to fly everywhere like dust and, after struggling with each other while trying to get the key, Arthur successfully grabs it, saying: "It's mine! Finders keepers!". Binky and Brain chase Arthur, and Arthur accidentally runs into Mr. Morris. Arthur thinks it is a good idea to give the key to Mr. Morris to guard for them overnight, but the boys once again argue over who should keep it. Noticing the key, Mr. Morris recognizes it and says that he has been looking for the key for days. Mr. Morris reveals that the key goes to the sprinklers, and because he didn't have the key, the field wasn't getting watered, which is why the field has been so dusty lately. Mr. Morris then turns on the sprinklers. Mr. Morris says now they'll have the grass green in no time and everyone gonna be glad that the boys found his key.

Still at the baseball field walking home, the others were in shock, with Binky expressing how stupid it was for fighting over a dumb sprinkler key. The boys reconcile, with Brain lending his CD back to Binky. Arthur says that it was a good thing the key didn't go to a car, or they may have been fighting for years. Brain then finds something else in the grass and Arthur and Binky both look at each other in dismay, thinking that it may be something else that the three of them might end up fighting about, just like the key. However, it is just Brain's baseball (or “our” baseball as Brain immediately claims it) they lost earlier. The episode finishes with the boys happily playing catch as the sprinklers turn on. 






  • Morals: Find ways to share the item that you and your friends want.
  • In April 2024, PBS Kids rereleased this episode and 18 other titles with the addition of an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on screen, allowing individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing to fully immerse themselves in the program. For more information about all of the ASL-interpreted episodes, see American Sign Language.

Episode connections[]

  • In "The Ballad of Buster Baxter," Buster finds the same key from this episode. He suggests that it could be the key to the city (like Arthur wanted) or car keys (like Binky wanted). Arthur tells him that it belongs to Mr. Morris, and advises him to put it back.
  • Binky says that he will get to drive the car a whole year before Arthur and Brain. In "Waiting to Go" he also claims to be older. As revealed in “Brain’s Shocking Secret”, Binky and Brain are the same age. However, Brain keeps this a secret and since Binky and Brain were not in the same kindergarten class, he probably does not know.

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