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"So Funny I Forgot to Laugh"
Season/Series: 16
Number in season: 10a
Original Airdate: United States May 10, 2013[1]
United Kingdom April 25, 2013[2][3]
Australia December 21, 2012[4]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Allan Jeffery
"Sue Ellen Vegges Out"
"The Best Day Ever"
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"So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" is the first half of the tenth episode in the sixteenth season of Arthur.


Arthur thinks his jokes about Sue Ellen's new sweater are all in good fun but Sue Ellen's feelings are hurt. Has Arthur become…a bully?[6]


Sue Ellen writes in her diary about the yak wool sweater that her Tibetian pen pal Tenzin recently sent her. And yet, she looks at the sweater differently now. Instead of pride, she now looks at it as a means for how mean people can be (foreshadowing what is to come).

So Funny I Forgot to Laugh

After the title card, Sue Ellen unveils her new sweater on a cold day at school for the first time. For some reason, Arthur cannot help joking about the sweater, saying that it makes Sue Ellen look like a giant sheepdog. Although it is simply slight, mild teasing at first, Arthur can't seem to let it go — he frequently continues picking on Sue Ellen over and over with one 'sheepdog' line after another, even after Buster, Francine, Muffy and the others have since stopped laughing. Arthur even draws a picture of Sue Ellen's head on a sheepdog's body (with the words "Happy Sheepdog Appreciation Day") and tapes it to her locker.

Later, as class is dismissed for the day, Arthur is surprised when Mr. Ratburn makes him stay behind. Mr. Ratburn tells Arthur that he is actually being a bully to Sue Ellen because he is continually teasing her even after she told him to stop. Then, he is forced to write Sue Ellen an apology letter, and is not happy about the situation at all (because he doesn't believe what he did was bullying and he is worried that he'll probably fail the history test). The letter turns out to be extremely backhanded and makes Sue Ellen look like it is her fault because Arthur mentioned he is sorry for her overreacting manner. After Francine, Muffy and Buster read Arthur's letter, they all agree to stop talking to Arthur until he gives Sue Ellen a real apology.

At lunch, Arthur is wondering why his friends are not speaking to him. Buster accidentally speaks to him, but then stays quiet again and writes on a piece of paper about Arthur's letter to Sue Ellen. Arthur doesn't understand it, thinking he did a good job with the letter. Muffy and Francine agree to go sit at another table because they think he has become a bully and leave. Arthur still doesn't get it until Buster finally says that his letter to Sue Ellen was terrible because Arthur sounded like he wasn't sorry at all and also leaves the table, which shocks Arthur.

Afterwards, Arthur tries explaining himself to Sue Ellen again, but he is unable to keep himself from thinking that she overreacted. Buster fails to keep from talking to Arthur, but he tries his hardest to not pay any attention to him, much to Arthur's frustration.

That night, Arthur photo-shops a picture of a sheepdog's head onto Sue Ellen's body and then e-mails it to her. However, he appears to feel a little pang of remorse after doing so.

When Sue Ellen sees the picture on her computer, she cries, and we go back to where the episode started, with her writing in the diary. Sue Ellen puts her sweater in a bag and goes to talk to her mother about something important.

The next day, Sue Ellen donates her yak sweater to the school's clothing drive. Arthur tries owing her an apology once again, but she still doesn't think that he really means it, replying "You thought I overreacted. I know. You've told me." and turns her back on him.

Later at lunch, Francine and Muffy angrily confront Arthur, telling him that Sue Ellen wants to switch classes, for very obvious reasons.

Unable to catch Sue Ellen before she goes home, Arthur sees and takes her sweater from the clothing bin, surprised it is still there. Arthur then starts reminiscing about all of his repeated teasing and finally realizes that he has been a bully, how much it was bothering her and that it isn’t funny anymore (and possibly wishes that Sue Ellen and his friends warned him that if he didn't stop his joke, she was going to want to switch classes).

The next morning at the school entrance, Arthur is anxiously waiting for Sue Ellen. He finally makes a heartfelt and sincere apology, confessing that (and possibly explaining that he had realized) she didn't overreact and that he has been a bully. He begs her not to switch classes because, among other things, he doesn’t want to lose one of his best friends. Then, Arthur reveals that he is wearing Sue Ellen's yak sweater now and he vows to do so for the rest of the year, and never pick on her again if she forgives him. Sue Ellen accepts, but adds that she will take her sweater back. Arthur admits the sweater is "the warmest thing [he's] ever worn," Sue Ellen adds “And soft, right?” Sue Ellen then jokingly adds that it makes him look like a mouse. "Squeak, squeak!"







Cultural references

  • Sue Ellen is working on a report on Canadian athlete and cancer research activist Terry Fox when she receives Arthur’s email.

Episode connections

Production notes


  • When Buster says "Bye Arthur" his eyes briefly stretch out as he realized the mistake.
  • The clothes donation bin in still around during the winter, but in the episode "Spoiled Rotten" it was already picked up during the fall before winter came; Muffy found that out when she was going to donate her sneakers, and Buster said the donation bin was picked up.

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