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"Matchmaker, Match Breaker"
Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 6b
Original Airdate: United States April 20, 2009[1]
Canada February 20, 2009[3]
United Kingdom April 21, 2009[2]
Written by: Allan Neuwirth
Storyboard by: Zhigang Wang
"The Cherry Tree"
"War of the Worms"
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"Matchmaker, Match Breaker" is the second half of the sixth episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


Francine and Muffy scheme to set up their teenage siblings Chip and Catherine, but their plans do not turn out well.


When Muffy's brother, Chip, comes back from college for a visit, Muffy plans to have a dinner party and invites the Frensky family over. During the dinner, Catherine and Chip mingle. Francine and Muffy see the teens and go too far thinking that they will become sisters if Chip and Catherine were to get married.

They agree to go to the theater and ask Chip and Catherine to take them. During the movie, Muffy gets unhappy at Francine for Catherine not sharing the armrest with Chip, and Francine gets offended at Muffy because of Chip not getting Catherine a drink. They stay calm and overhear Chip asking Catherine to hang out after the movie. Muffy comes by with good news, saying that they are going to hang out at the Chickin Lickin the next afternoon.

Francine and Muffy disguise themselves and observe Chip has brought along Angi, one of Catherine's friends. They start to disagree and blame each other for the incident at the theater, then leave. At home, Francine chooses to write a letter to Catherine from Chip saying that he is moving to Alaska, whereas Muffy makes Bailey call Catherine for a "survey" and later edits the call to make it sound like Catherine is saying she hates Chip. Chip and Catherine receive the messages and plan to go to each other's homes. The pair realizes that it was Muffy and Francine, and notify them that they are just good friends. Muffy and Francine decide that if they can not be sisters, they will settle for being best friends.







  • This is the debuting episode of Chip Crosswire on screen. Previously, he was just mentioned.
  • In real life, Muffy and Francine would be distant marital relatives if anything were to take place, although that they would have been sisters may just be a mistaken belief on their part.
  • Arthur only appears in the opening, otherwise he is absent from the episode itself.
  • In U.S. markets, this is the first Arthur episode to use the 2009 WGBH Kids logo at the end of the credits and thus replacing 1992 WGBH logo. This change wouldn't occur until the middle of Season 14 for non-U.S. markets.

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  • During the "Welcome Home dinner", Laverne is not present at the table, but she is later seen conversing with Millicent in the living room.


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