"Is That Kosher?"

Is That Kosher

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Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 1A
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 6, 2008[1]
Flag of Canada January 23, 2009[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 7, 2009[2]
Flag of Germany November 15, 2012[4]
Written by: Allan Neuwirth
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
"Big Brother Binky"
"Never, Never, Never"
"Is That Kosher?" is the first half of the first episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


Francine makes a bet with Catherine of fasting through Yom Kippur with her family, but Arthur's pizza party is on the same day.


At the beginning, Francine's family gets ready for the big Jewish holiday; Yom Kippur. Catherine makes Francine dust the furniture. She thinks she has it all hard, but Catherine says she has it hard by fasting. Francine thinks she can fast better than Catherine so they both make a bet. Then Bubby arrives and greets everyone. After that she takes the duster out of Francine's hand.

At school, Muffy is surprised that Francine's family won't drink or eat on Yom Kippur, Arthur mentioning afterwards that his Turkish pen-pal, Adil Akyuz, also fasts a whole month during Ramadan. Arthur gives Francine Adil's e-mail address, which is follow by Buster eating Francine's desert to help her train. At home, Arthur gets a call from Pizza Paula's, saying he is having a pizza party with his friends and they will be taking a picture of everyone eating the pizza. Arthur sends an e-mail to Francine about the pizza party.

Francine is excited, but remembered she made a bet with Catherine with fasting on Saturday. She goes to Bubby and hangs her head. Bubby thinks Francine is sick so she gets a thermometer, but Francine says Arthur's having a pizza party on Yom Kippur and that it is too late to change the date. Catherine tells Francine that she wouldn't be able to fast on Saturday, but Francine tells her that as long as Catherine's not eating, she's not eating.

At the Congregation Shaaray Shalom, Francine tells Catherine that she is going to be able to fast. Her dad compliments her and she sticks her tongue out at Catherine. The next day is Yom Kippur and Francine wakes up not hungry at all, making her think that it is going be easy. But Catherine, who is brushing her hair nearby, gives expressions that relate to food, which Francine simply ignores while stating that she will be able to fast. At the synagogue, her stomach growls and makes Bubby think a dog is in the temple, so the two of them go home.

At home, Francine watches T.V., but all the shows have food advertisements. She decides to read, only to find that most of the books have titles relating to food, but Francine's finds "Little Dorrit" by Charles Dickens. However, while she reads, the sentences have food listed so the lies back with her stomach growling. Then she e-mails Adil for advice and he says that during Ramadan, he tries not to think about food by visiting friends.

Francine thinks Arthur and his friends are done with the pizza so she visits him for company. It turned out that Arthur had pizza in his hand. Arthur invites Francine in and sees everyone eating pizza. Soon, it was time to take pictures of everyone eating pizza. The camera lady gives a slice of pizza and Francine accidentally devours some of the slice, shocking her friends. As she walks home, Francine imagines Catherine and Bubbie have found out she ate on Yom Kippur, which is represented by little angels with their heads on the sun. She goes disappointingly until she finds Bubbie eating in Yom Kippur too. But Bubbie knew she ate some of Arthur's pizza because she had a mushroom on her shirt.

Francine thought she was a failure, but Bubby explains that you're not supposed to fast on Yom Kippur until you're at least 13. She sees Catherine eating something, but really she was making cake for Francine for fasting. But she knows the truth and tells Catherine that she ate Arthur's pizza, but Catherine admits that she didn't make it her first time fasting on Yom Kippur, and offers Francine a lick of the spoon afterwards.

Then for dinner, no one ends up fasting and they all have pizza. Bubby, like in the scene where she accuses Francine of failing to fast in the cloud like an angel, says grandfather would be so proud of Francine and Catherine before the end of the episode.






  • The pizza party that Arthur had was mentioned in "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album".
  • When Bubbie talks to Francine, she mentions that Francine isn't required to fast until she's 13 years old, meaning that Francine and her family practice Reform Judaism.

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