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"Love Notes for Muffy"
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 16A
Original Airdate: United States April 13, 1998[1]
Canada September 14, 1998[2]
Germany February 14, 2002[3]
Written by: Sandra Willard
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
"Fern's Slumber Party"
"D.W. Blows the Whistle"
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"Love Notes for Muffy" is the first half of the sixteenth episode in the second season of Arthur. It was later adapted into the book Muffy's Secret Admirer.


When Muffy tries to bribe the judges at the science fair, Francine and Brain plot revenge.


The episode begins with a school science fair, with everyone's projects being judged. Muffy's project, however, contains a secret oven that holds freshly baked pastries, which she uses to bribe the judges. Afterwards, a dejected Francine and Brain laments Muffy's bribery, with Brain swearing revenge against Muffy.

Love Notes for Muffy

During class, Brain is busy drawing revenge plots against Muffy while everyone else is working. However, none of his ideas are satisfactory. Francine pleads for Brain to let it go, saying Muffy might not even win, but he refuses. When they both overhear Muffy talking with Prunella, one of the judges, and dissing Francine's project, Francine decides to team up with Brain instead.

Francine later sneaks a love note onto Muffy's desk, which Muffy discovers. While reading it to Prunella, Fern, Sue Ellen, and Francine, she imagines a handsome, rich man writing the love note. Her classmates are disbelieving, but Muffy is convinced that someone likes her. Fern correctly guesses that Francine and Brain were behind the love note, and confronts Francine about it in the cafeteria. Fern reveals she saw Francine put the love note on Muffy's desk, and that she knew Brain wrote it.

As Francine and Fern walk outside, Muffy comes running to them. She is trying to figure out who her secret admirer is and while she has narrowed it down to twenty possible suspects, she is not successful. Muffy hires Fern as her private investigator, causing Fern to glare angrily at Francine. This causes Francine to imagine herself and Brain as prisoners being put on trial and declared guilty by her classmates.

Francine tries to convince Brain to drop his revenge plans because Fern found them out, but Brain is too focused on his revenge to listen. Francine starts imagining him as an incredibly petty mad scientist who fires missiles that ring Muffy's doorbell just to annoy her.

Fern meets up with Muffy to report her failure to locate the secret admirer, to Muffy's frustration. Both Fern and Francine direct their anger towards Brain, with Francine wishing the love note scheme never happened in the first place. Brain realizes his mistake, saying, "The thrill of revenge seems to be very short-lived." However, while he is rehearsing apologies to Muffy, Muffy comes up and tells them she found out who the writer of the love note is: it's Rattles. She even wrote a response and put it in his locker.

Fearing the worst for Muffy, Brain and Francine rush to get Muffy's response before it's too late. However, instead of a message from Muffy, they find a torn bodybuilder poster, and are caught by Rattles himself. The threat of Rattles beating them up causes both Francine and Brain to confess to thinking up the love note plot... only to see Rattles and Muffy laughing at them. After Rattles leaves, Muffy explains that she overheard Fern talking to Francine and Brain, and then asked Rattles for a "favor" — which is making Brain and Francine confess to their crime.

Francine and Brain both apologize for deceiving Muffy. Mr. Ratburn comes in to announce the winner of the science fair. Thinking he is going to announce her as the winner, Muffy requests for Mr. Ratburn to give the 1st prize award to Brain. While Mr. Ratburn is impressed with Muffy's humbleness, he reveals that she didn't win the project — it was Francine, whose project was about the nutritional value of school lunches vs. bag lunches. Brain is dismayed at how everything turned out in the end.






  • At the end of the 2000 rerun intro on PBS Kids before this episode, Arthur’s crashing sound changes to the Season 5 version.
  • Maria or Jenna can be heard laughing on the merry-go-round.
  • Long before it's announced who won the science fair project award, the beginning of the episode implies that it's Francine, because when the judges are checking Binky's, Arthur's, Brain's and Muffy's projects they are seen checking off their boards but when they check Francine's project they aren't seen checking off their boards.

Cultural references[]

  • Francine makes a reference to the title character in the novel The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux when she says "Brain, you have to let this go or else you'll become some crazy guy living up in the school rafters dropping chandeliers on people!"

Production notes[]

Differences from the Book[]

  • The book begins after the science fair, and recounts Muffy's deeds as a flashback. In the episode, the science fair scenes were shown.
  • The Phantom of the Opera reference is replaced with Arthur telling Brain to be careful, or else his brilliant science career could be ruined before it even started.

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