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Season/Series: 15
Number in season: 5b
Original Airdate: United States October 14, 2011[1]
Canada February 15, 2012[3]
United Kingdom November 17, 2010[2]
Germany December 20, 2012[4]
Written by: Claudia Silver
Storyboard by: Daniel Miodini
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"S.W.E.A.T." is the second half of the fifth episode in the fifteenth season of Arthur.


It's time for the kids at Lakewood Elementary to take the Stoddard-Wilkins Elementary Aptitude Test, or "S.W.E.A.T." But with anxiety running high, it becomes clear that the kids need to learn some relaxation techniques.[1]


Arthur is walking onto the school's stage, and is explaining to the third grade about what stress is. As he is telling them, Arthur gets sweaty and Buster tries to help him by cooling him off with a huge fan. Arthur scolds him while Buster apologizes, and claims he was trying to help because Arthur looked sweaty. Arthur continues his speech by saying that we can all get stressed out sometimes. Before he can finish his next sentence, Buster finishes it for him, much to Arthur's annoyance, since he was going to say "test", but his sentence was finished by "bear." Arthur tells Buster that he is not being very helpful. But suddenly, a bear appears and chases a screaming Arthur off the stage and out of the school, therefore finishing the assembly. D.W. saves Arthur by lowering a ladder from a helicopter she is piloting. Shocked, Arthur asks D.W. when she learned to fly a helicopter, which makes D.W. irritated, due to her thinking it was a ride. She punches the quarter slot to try to get her quarter back, but ends up killing the rotor blades instead. Then, the helicopter slowly falls to the ground.


After the title card, Mr. Ratburn explains to his students about what the Stoddard-Wilkins Elementary Aptitude Test (S.W.E.A.T.) is, and he has them take some practice tests to help them prepare at home.

Later, Arthur and Buster are at The Sugar Bowl doing some math problems together. Sue Ellen then shows up, and she comments about of the vocabulary tests. After Arthur notices some extra marks, scribbles, and doodles made by a different type of pencil, he proceeds to tell Sue Ellen that she did not follow the directions on the test; they are not to make any extra marks and to use a #2 pencil and not any other one. Sue Ellen takes a dislike to the pencil when Arthur offers her one, and asks what would happen if she used a different pencil than that one. Suddenly, Binky appears behind them and says that she would either have to retake it or they would just fail her, and that he has seen brave third-graders cry like preschoolers when they face the S.W.E.A.T., due to them folding under pressure. He speaks in a phony pirate accent, leaving the trio bewildered.

Back at home, Arthur tries to take a practice test, but is distracted by many annoying things: Mr. Read using his leaf blower, D.W. watching Mary Moo Cow, Mrs. Read grinding apples, and a drippy faucet in the basement.

One morning at Sue Ellen's house, Sue Ellen is sleeping and her alarm clock beeps, causing her to wake up and remember it is S.W.E.A.T. day. Her pet pencil leaps on her bed excitedly, but Sue Ellen regretfully tells it to stay home. Disappointed, the pencil writes her a note that says "Why not?". Sue Ellen replies that it is because it is not a #2 pencil. Sue Ellen looks for the one Arthur gave her, and goes into a panic when she can not find it. She runs out of the house in her pajamas, and then runs into an army of giant #2 pencils that erase everything in sight. Sue Ellen wakes up, and realizes it was just a nightmare.

At The Tree House, Buster is acting out a math problem with dolls and action figures, while Arthur can not concentrate on his practice test. Sue Ellen comes in and offers the boys #2 pencils. Then, Brain comes in. Panicked, Sue Ellen offers him pencils, too. Arthur loses his temper over all the noise, to which Brain tells him to relax about the S.W.E.A.T. Arthur and his friends quote some stuff Binky said about the S.W.E.A.T, at which Brain scoffs.

At the school cafeteria, Mrs. MacGrady notices that the students are acting more nervous than usual, and she knows that it must about the S.W.E.A.T.

She then offers a relaxation class to everyone, which makes them feel better, but Brain finds the class unnecessary, so he naps through the whole thing instead, and then leaves, reading his book.

The morning of the S.W.E.A.T., Brain is doing sit-ups, and then does a practice test. When he is checking the answers in the back, he goes into a panic when he realizes he had skipped a question.

When his test arrives at school on his desk, Brain gasps. Then, his next panic is that he does not have a pencil. Sue Ellen gives him a spare, and Brain chews on it nervously. Buster asks Mr. Ratburn if they can have a moment, and he allows one. Buster then gives Brain a relaxation tutorial, until Mr. Ratburn cuts in when Buster is starting to go off-topic. Brain feels better, and says that he could not have asked for better relaxation tutors. Mr. Ratburn then starts the tests, and the episode finishes.






Episode connections[]

  • S.W.E.A.T. is the second acronym featured prominently in an episode. The first was P.A.N.T.S. in "Ants in Arthur's Pants."

Cultural references[]


  • Brain says phalanges instead of toes, even though phalanges are finger and toe bones and thus cannot be relaxed.
  • In the intro where Arthur gives his speech, Buster can be seen in the crowd. However, a few moments later, he is on the stage.

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