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"Revenge of the Chip"
Season/Series: 3
Number in season: 5b
Original Airdate: United States November 20, 1998[1]
Canada September 10, 1999[2]
Germany February 27, 2002[3]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Mario Cabrera
"The Chips are Down"
"Binky Rules"
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"Revenge of the Chip" is the second half of the fifth episode in the third season of Arthur.


People are hearing about the green potato chip incident, and D.W. is quick to blame Arthur for telling them.


Arthur, Buster, and Francine are watching a new episode of You Do the Most Embarrassing Things. On the show, the host asks a young boy about a time he ate a sandwich, only to find half a worm left in it.

When asked what he did, the kids panic and insist that he should've spit it out or been hospitalized, but the boy admits to eating the rest of the sandwich. They then show a live reenactment of the event, prompting Francine to try to turn off the show out of disgust. Buster then cues for the episode to begin, as there are "ten more embarrassing minutes to come".

Revenge of the Chip

During lunch, Arthur and his family are discussing getting Arthur tickets to go to You Do the Most Embarrassing Things Live at Wonderworld, and D.W. wants to go too. Arthur doesn't want to take her, claiming that every time he does, D.W. does something to embarrass him. D.W., of course, denies that she does stuff like that, and makes Arthur "name just one time" she has embarrassed him. Arthur brings up a time he took her to a movie with him and his friends: D.W. noisily ate her popcorn and drank her soda, and Arthur told her to just be quiet and watch the movie. D.W. couldn't see the movie, however, because the person sitting in front of her was blocking her view of it. To see the movie better, D.W. stood up on top of her seat, but quickly lost balance and her bucket of popcorn landed on Mr. Haney's head.

D.W. claims that had happened a long time ago (the previous winter) and makes Arthur come up with something that happened more recently, so Arthur notes how D.W. had thought that she was going to die from eating a green potato chip, which causes the rest of the family to laugh. D.W. tries insisting to her brother that she's mature enough to go to the show and wants to prove it to him, though Arthur's convinced that she won't be able to do so.

Arthur and D.W. go to the local library, where the latter noisily wheels in a squeaky wagon, disrupting the other library patrons. D.W. tries finding a "grown-up" book to check out, and soon finds a humongous book on macroeconomics. Arthur points out that D.W. doesn't know how to read, but she claims that their parents can read it to her as a bedtime story, though she needs Arthur to remind her on what the book itself is about. Later, they go to the ice cream shop that Brain's family runs, and D.W. declines getting her favorite ice cream and instead gets "something vegetarian." While there, Mrs. Powers remarks that she heard the cutest thing about D.W., and is hoping that she is well. Confused, D.W. asks Arthur what that meant as they're walking through the park. At the park, Mrs. Deegan and Mrs. Barnes call to D.W. hoping that she is feeling better, as they "wouldn't want to lose her". From the sandbox, the Tibble twins laugh at D.W., mocking her for thinking green potato chips would kill her.

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Realizing what the others have been talking about, D.W. accuses Arthur of telling people about the potato chip thing to make everyone treat her like a baby, and so that he wouldn't have to take her to the show. Arthur insists he had nothing to do it, but when it turns out that Francine and Muffy know about what happened, D.W. makes a promise to expose Arthur for supposedly telling others about the green chip incident.

D.W. spends the week trying to eavesdrop on Arthur every time he's hanging with Buster, hoping to catch him in the act of telling the green chip story to his friend. However, Buster foils her every time with a jolly "Hello, D.W.!", catching her off guard. Later in the week, Arthur reveals to D.W. that Buster's mom, Bitzi, put the story of the green chip in her "Let a Smile Be Your Umbrella" column in the local newspaper, exposing D.W.'s secret to the entire town. D.W. then has a fantasy of herself as the President of the United States, and is mocked in front of the press by a reporter (who happens to be Francine) for her fear of green potato chips. Desperate, D.W. begs Arthur to help her stop the word from getting out, and he agrees to, but only to avoid her torturing him with her nagging and wailing.

The two go around town collecting every newspaper with the story in it, and send them to the recycling center. Unfortunately, everybody calls for a re-delivery due to the missing papers, ruining D.W.'s plan. Back at home, she says that she's doomed and that she can never show her face again. She grabs a football helmet from the closet and puts it on. Suddenly, Arthur and D.W. overhear their mom on the phone in the kitchen, telling D.W.'s story to a friend while cutting out copies of it from various newspapers, explaining how funny she found the story and how plans on sending it to other relatives. We see Jane's head turn into a big pair of lips that talk quickly as she lists the people she's going to send the story to. Horrified, D.W. bursts in, grabs the phone out of Jane's hand and ultimately breaks down in tears at what her mom did. Jane, not realizing that D.W. found the green chip incident to be embarrassing, promises to never tell the story ever again.

D.W. apologizes to Arthur for accusing him, saying how she is just miserable since everybody is laughing at her about the green chip story. Arthur (though obviously somewhat reluctant) gives her a ticket to show to make her feel better. Jane then asks Arthur to take all the newspapers she had to the recycling center, much to his dismay.

At the lineup for the show, D.W. continues to lie low to avoid embarrassment, as the story is still fresh in everyone's minds. Arthur's friends try helping D.W. feel better by explaining that parents can be embarrassing sometimes and that everyone will eventually forget about the whole green potato chip thing. However, despite Jane's promise, she ends up telling the story to Mrs. MacGrady--distraught, D.W. runs away, but it turns out that Jane was explaining to Mrs. MacGrady that D.W.'s really embarrassed about what happened and that it's best not to bring it up.

D.W. runs to the pier, where she runs into Binky, who's practicing ballet, and she asks him what he does to get people to stop doing something he doesn't like. Binky claims that he stares at them intently and that usually gets them to stop. Jane eventually finds D.W., who's mad at her for going back on her promise about not telling anyone about the potato chip incident. Jane points out that people are probably going to ask about the green chip incident, and she ultimately agrees to not discuss it with others, saying "I can't talk about it because I want to respect my daughter's feelings." D.W. feels better and the two go back to watch the show.

At the show, the host calls out a kid "who ate a green potato chip and thought it was deadly!" Thinking that meant her, D.W. ducks for cover, but it turns out to be Binky, who stares at the audience dead in the eye when they laugh at his experience, shutting them up. Binky then displays his new ballet rendition, Don't Eat the Green Ones! as performed by the Tough Customers. Binky dances with his friends, dressed as potato chips until his friend Molly enters in her green chip outfit. Binky then takes a bite out of the chip, much to Molly's confusion.







  • At lunch, Arthur is seen inspecting his food for any worms, referring to the episode's intro where he saw a kid eat a worm on TV.
  • Binky stretches in an area with a sign that said "Bullies Only."
  • This is one of the few episodes to feature a gun onscreen (however, it was a laser gun), as Arthur's flashback to the movie theater involved an astronaut preparing to fight alien space invaders.

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Cultural references


  • After D.W. has Arthur hold her ice cream cone so she can pull the wagon with the big book in it, Arthur licks the wrong ice cream cone.

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