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"Opposites Distract"

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Season/Series: 17
Number in season: 4a
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States November 14, 2013[1]
Flag of Canada November 14, 2013
Flag of the United Kingdom October 30, 2013[2]
Flag of Australia April 26, 2013[3]
Credits
Written by: Matt Hoverman
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"Opposites Distract" is the first half of the fourth episode in the seventeenth season of Arthur.

Summary

Arthur and Buster are best friends. But when a leaky roof forces Arthur to study in Buster's room, they discover that they make better friends than roommates.[3]

Plot

Arthur goes over the things he needs before he can study; his pencil, a ruler, and light. As he is ready to work, the roof starts leaking water.

Opposites Distract

While eating breakfast, Arthur learns that the leak could take a week to repair. He attempts to study in the living room, although Jane's call with Ed distracts him. He is unable to study with D.W., and his papers blow away when he works in The Tree House.

Arriving at school, Arthur tells Buster about his room; Buster suggests that Arthur study in his room instead. Muffy and Francine advise against it, citing when Muffy stayed in Francine's house for a week. Arthur and Buster are still confident that they can work together, imagining that they will get twice as much done.

Arthur is annoyed by Buster's messy room, including piles of dirty clothes, and him working on a "United Nations of Vegetation" report where he bites food to look like states. Arthur remembers Muffy's words that "75% of friends who work together don't stay together." He arrives early the next day to clean up Buster's room while Buster is at a club meeting. Buster is disappointed that Arthur ruined his "system," and remembers Muffy's comment of "This is so not going to go well."

Arthur, saying that they will be more productive, starts cleaning his glasses. Buster is annoyed by this, as well as his habit of saying "done" when finishing a math problem and spraying air freshener.

Jane runs into Bitzi at the mall, and asks how Arthur and Buster are getting along. Bitzi compares it to "that old sitcom."

Arthur is annoyed by Buster's messiness, and in an outrage, Buster decides to leave. He attempts to stay with Muffy and D.W., while Bitzi and Arthur have spaghetti marshmallow balls. Buster and Arthur apologize, but Arthur is outraged once he learns that Buster is using the map he made to hold the desk up. He storms out of the room, only for the doorknob to break.

Bitzi breaks the door down after Arthur and Buster scream for help, and it turns out that they have calmed down while playing Monster Surgery. The leak in Arthur's roof has been fixed, and Arthur and Buster now work in their own rooms while talking to each other on walkie-talkies, agreeing to come over after they've finished their homework. Buster screams as his roof starts leaking.

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Trivia

  • This is the first time Arthur has taken off his glasses since 9 Story Entertainment began animating the show.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title is a play on the phrase "opposites attract."
  • D.W. thinks the repairmen on the roof are Santa Claus and his reindeer.
  • Buster imagines being able to make a timeline of the War of 1812.
  • Bitzi compares the situation between Arthur and Buster to "that old sitcom." This is a reference to The Odd Couple, and a portion of the show's theme music plays during the imagination spot.
  • When Buster speaks with D.W. in her room, she is sitting in a chair which slowly rotates and reveals her stroking a stuffed bunny in a scene reminiscent of The Godfather movies. 
  • Buster eats various foods into the shapes of countries.
  • Monster Surgery is a parody of Operation.

Episode connections

  • Francine and Muffy compare Buster and Arthur sharing a room to their own experience in "Poor Muffy."
  • Buster learns that foil hats can supposedly block mind control rays. He has previously demonstrated this in "Phony Fern."

Production notes

  • In the episode, it is proclaimed that the roof started leaking on November 13, which is the day before the North American air date.

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