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"I Owe You One"
Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 7b
Original Airdate: United States April 21, 2009[1]
Canada January 30, 2009[3]
United Kingdom April 9, 2009[2]
Germany November 19, 2012[4]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Daniel Decelles
"War of the Worms"
"The Blackout"
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"I Owe You One" is the second half of the seventh episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


Buster is always asking Arthur for favors. One day, he worries at the thought of having to repay them all at the same time.


Buster is busy playing a video game and his mother is about to leave. She tells him she wants the leaves raked. At first, she does not hear Buster and when Buster wins the level he is on, he shouts yes. It is 12:00 and by 4:15, Buster is still playing the game. Buster then sees it is 4:15 and realizes that he did not rake the leaves yet. He looks outside to see large amounts of leaves all over the ground. Buster then calls Arthur to help him out and Arthur agrees to help him. When Arthur arrives, he is shocked to see the large amount of leaves, but he and Buster manage to rake all of them.

The next day, Buster is paying marbles with his friends and he asks what they all did yesterday. Everyone mentions that they raked (or, in Muffy's case, watched their gardener rake). Buster says that he had help from Arthur, which took half an hour to do and Francine asks him what is he going to do for Arthur. Buster says he does not understand as Arthur did not ask for anything. He mentions he did tell Arthur that he owed him one, but Arthur never collects. After his friends explains to him what interest is, Buster realizes that he does owe Arthur, and the next day, Buster is busy raking Arthur's yard much to the surprise of Arthur, who had already raked it.

Buster tells him that he is returning all the favors he owes him and Arthur tells him he is more interested in the book he is reading and closes the door. Buster is at the park and Binky approaches him and asks what is he doing. Buster asks Binky if he has ever owed anyone any favors, and Binky replies to him that he has not. Binky adds that Arthur is an example of someone who owes favors; Binky lent Arthur his hockey stick after Arthur had broken his, and Binky babysat D.W. for six hours once. Soon, Buster does Binky a favor by cleaning up his yard and his room along with turning in several books to the library. Buster even saves Binky a place in line for a movie.

Then, Buster is doing favors for Francine, Muffy, then George, Brain, and many others. Arthur and Buster go to a movie. Just as they get there, Buster's phone rings and he leaves seconds after getting to the theater, much to Arthur's dismay. Arthur then catches up to Buster and asks what is going on and Buster reveals that he is paying back all the favors he owes him. As Buster's phone rings, Arthur falls into a small puddle and Arthur tells Buster he is not doing any more favors and says that he wants Buster to do his chores on time. Then they shake hands with each other.







  • During a talk with Buster, in one shot Francine's jacket turns completely black; the sleeves of her jacket then return to their normal white color in her next shot.
  • Buster’s window to his room is facing the backyard when he looks outside at the leaves he needed to rake, but in other episodes such as "Sue Ellen Moves In" Buster's bedroom window is facing the front yard.
  • This episode takes place in the fall (around October or November}, yet Buster doesn't wear his long sleeve shirt under his jacket when he gives it to Arthur, despite it probably being a bit cold outside.
    • It is possible that the weather was not actually cold, or Buster did not feel cold enough to wear his long sleeve shirt.
  • At first, the leaves are dark brown. In the next shot, it is a light brown. Then a few shots later, it is back to dark brown.
  • Some sources incorrectly list this episode under Season 12 twice, one of which is shown to be paired with For the Birds. PBS Kids once took this mistake further and made the two available as separate videos on the Video App.


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