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"My Fair Tommy"
Season/Series: 9
Number in season: 4b
Original Airdate: United States December 30, 2004[citation needed]
Canada May 12, 2005[1]
Germany January 3, 2008[2]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Stéphanie Gignac
"Buster's Green Thumb"
"Lights, Camera... Opera!"
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"My Fair Tommy" is the second half of the fourth episode in the ninth season of Arthur.


D.W. needs to teach Tommy manners in order to uphold her bet with Emily by the Parent-Visiting day. However, this is a big challenge for D.W. In the end will Tommy have good manners, or will he just go along with Timmy? 


It is Friday and it is time to announce the winner of the Good Behavior Award. D.W. wins the award and gets a chocolate cupcake, but before she can eat it, the Tibble twins launch a rocket that ricochets off the walls of the classroom, shreds through D.W.'s picture on the wall, and crashes into her cupcake.

My Fair Tommy

Ms. Morgan then puts Tommy in a time-out first. When it is time for Timmy's time-out, Timmy switches scarfs with Tommy to confuse Ms. Morgan. Later that night, Timmy tells Tommy he is better at taking time-outs. At first, Tommy takes it as a compliment, but a few seconds later, he gets in a fight with Timmy, and their grandmother comes in to find the two rumbling.

The next day at school, Tommy approaches D.W. and Emily and asks them to teach him to be good. At first, the two girls take it as a joke and laugh, but then think about what it would be like if the Tibbles were good. With that thought, Emily and D.W. make a bet that if D.W. can make Tommy good, Emily will do all of D.W.'s snack time clean ups for a month.

D.W. gives Tommy a task, and if he does it right, he gets Gummy Slugs. One morning, when Timmy wakes and does not find Tommy in bed, he heads downstairs and sprays the kitchen with a water gun, but ends up spraying his grandmother. After cleaning up the mess, Timmy heads over to D.W.'s house to find Tommy getting a Gummy Slug, then starts chasing him through the house.

Eventually, D.W. gives up on teaching Tommy to be good, but then Tommy grabs D.W., then quickly lets go of her and apologizes. All of the students are surprised by this, and D.W. chooses to give Tommy another chance. After lots of teaching, Tommy learns to behave like a good child.

On Parent-Visiting day, D.W. thinks that if Tommy can get one parent to say, "What a well-behaved boy!", he will succeed and officially be a good person. During the day, Tommy does good things such as giving Ms. Morgan a watermelon (which is much bigger than an apple), picking up the splattered watermelon after Timmy pushes it off the desk on purpose, pouring punch for people, complementing people's clothing, taking responsibility for smearing paint on the blackboard (even though Timmy did it), and resisting to fight Timmy when he tries to pick a fight. Then Mrs. Terracini (Sara's grandmother) says, "What a well behaved boy!" and pulls on Tommy's cheek.

On the day of the Good Behavior Awards, Tommy wins a vanilla cupcake. This angers Tommy, as he dislikes vanilla cupcakes, and wants a chocolate one instead. He takes the cupcake, throws it on the ground, and stomps on it angrily. Following this, Timmy cheerfully shouts "He's back!" Outside, D.W. and Emily are building a sand castle. Tommy asks the girls if he and Timmy can destroy it. He then lets Timmy destroy it first. The episode ends with the twins running off laughing, and D.W. and Emily saying "Tibbles" in unison.






Episode connections

  • This is the first time Gummy Slugs are seen. The second is in "Binky Goes Nuts."
  • D.W. teaches Tommy how to behave and learn proper manners, which is somewhat similar to both of the Tibbles learning their manners in "Mind Your Manners."

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a parody of the Broadway musical and 1964 movie My Fair Lady, which was based on George Bernard Shaw's 1913 play Pygmalion. The plot of the episode is also loosely based on the musical: A character accepts a friend's challenge to make a rough person more presentable, uses sweets as bribes and presents the new and improved student at a social event.


  • When Tommy starts eating a flower, there are flowers and a bucket. When D.W. yells "That's it, these lessons are over!", there is no bucket or flowers.