Framed! Title Card

Season/Series: 17
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States May 13, 2014[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom November 15, 2013[2]
Flag of Australia May 1, 2013[3]
Written by: Kathy Waugh
Storyboard by: Cilbur Rocha
"Caught in the Crosswires"
"Binky's Music Madness"

"Framed!" is the second half of the ninth episode in the seventeenth season of Arthur.


Buster has just won the best young artist award at the Elwood City Arts Festival. Sensing his work might be worth something someday, Muffy hires Buster to paint her portrait. But can Buster satisfy his critical client?[4]


Muffy details the fancy things she must know: the right fork to use during dinner, the right outfits for all occassions, and having a portrait painted. As Muffy unveils her portrait, the camera cuts to black.


Arthur and D.W. are fighting over the TV remote when they see a broadcast of Buster winning an art contest. At the showcase, Buster says that he tried painting due to his horoscope, and his paintings are all of aliens. Mr. Crosswire buys a commission from Buster to paint Muffy's picture.

Muffy gets tired of posing for Buster's painting and gives him a picture to work from. At home, Buster finishes his painting and declares it a "masterpiece." When he shows it to Muffy, she dislikes it, with the painting depicting her as an alien.

Buster does many concept drawings, but Muffy does not like any of them. Buster complains about this to Arthur and Francine, and when Francine asks Buster to draw him, she does not like it at first. Once Buster explains his art, she likes it. He then draws Arthur, who likes Buster's interpretation of him as an alien.

Buster paints Muffy in a similar style to Arthur and Francine, also explaining it. Muffy dislikes it and wants a new painting; Buster falls on his bed in exasperation and imagines that he has met Van Gogh and other famous artists, who tell him that it's okay to have his own art style.

Buster confronts Muffy and says that he will not change his painting in any way. Mr. Ratburn comes by and compliments the painting, understanding the meaning behind it. Muffy now likes the painting and holds an unveiling party for it. Buster is glad that Muffy now likes his art.







  • D.W. says that "Mary Moo Cow gets better with age".

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