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"Muffy Goes Metropolitan"
Season/Series: 7
Number in season: 2B
Original Airdate: United States October 9, 2002[1]
Canada January 8, 2003[2]
Written by: Matthew Lane
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
"Francine's Split Decision"
"Ants in Arthur's Pants"
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"Muffy Goes Metropolitan" is the second half of the second episode in the seventh season of Arthur.


Muffy finally gets to visit the big city when Sue Ellen invites her to Crown City for a weekend, and the realities of city life turn out to be nothing like her fantasies.


The introduction shows Muffy enjoying life in a big city while a parody of a 1960s sitcom theme song plays.

Muffy Goes Metropolitan

During lunch, the third-graders discuss their plans for the three-day weekend ahead of them. Sue Ellen’s dad is taking her to Crown City where they will stay with Sue Ellen’s old sitter, Carla. The other kids all speak fondly of Crown City, but Muffy seems sad.

In art class, Muffy keeps talking about Crown City to Sue Ellen. Sue Ellen guesses that Muffy has never actually been there and somewhat reluctantly invites her to come.

When Mr. Armstrong and Sue Ellen pick her up, Muffy shows them a to-do list including a fancy dinner, a shopping spree, and a cultural event.

Muffy is disappointed that Carla lives in a fairly poor part of town. They go to eat in an Ethiopian restaurant where Muffy is horrified that people eat with their hands and there is only one waiter. Sue Ellen promises they will go shopping the next day.

They go shopping at an open-air market and in a cheap boutique, where Carla shows Muffy a cowskin beret that Muffy calls “passé” but buys anyway. They buy lunch at a hot dog stand where Carla announces that they will go to René’s that night.

Muffy images René’s as a modern art gallery where she meets Andy Warthog and Keith Herring. In fact, René is a small club where a poetry slam is going on. After sitting on old gum, Muffy gripes loudly about Crown City in the manner of a free-style poem. The audience applauds.

When Carla and the girls enter a subway station, Muffy is heartbroken. She cheers up when she notices how pretty the old station is. There are jazz musicians and a pretzel stand. Muffy sees a poster for a Moonlight Lantern Parade and Carla offers to take the girls there. Muffy puts on the cowskin beret and goes to buy a pretzel.

In the end, they come out of another subway station singing the Crown City song.







Cultural references

Episode connections

  • The second day in Crown City is stated to be May 25th. According to the book "Arthur's Birthday", that is Arthur's birthday. In both book and episode, Muffy and Sue Ellen are present at his party on that day.
  • One of Muffy's imaginary outfits shares the same color scheme and pattern as the abstract painting seen in "Binky Barnes, Art Expert."
  • Arthur mentions the game Tower of Cows from "Double Tibble Trouble."


  • During the drive to Crown City, the car passes a sign reading "Crown City 100", meaning it is either 100 miles (if in the United States) or kilometers (if in Canada) away from that point. However, Sue Ellen says, "We're heading into the city now." seconds after they pass the sign.

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