"Speak Up, Francine!"

Speak Up, Francine!

Speak Up, Francine! Title Card

Season/Series: 17
Number in season: 6a
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 21, 2014[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom November 6, 2013[2]
Flag of Australia April 28, 2013[3]
Written by: Jon Greenberg
Storyboard by: Allan Jeffery
"Waiting for Snow"

"Speak Up, Francine!" is the first half of the sixth episode in the seventeenth season of Arthur.


The local creek is polluted! The culprit: pesticide run-off from neighborhood lawns. Francine is determined to get the word out at the annual Earth Day rally. But will a crippling fear of public speaking derail this aspiring environmental activist? [4]


Arthur is trying to do the intro on stage, but Francine is trying to get away from Muffy and Buster, who brought her to the stage for a speech. Francine then faints in Arthur's arms. He explains there has been some technical difficulties and thanks the viewers for their patience. Then he shouts for the show to start.

After the title card, Arthur, Francine, Buster, and Muffy are having a picnic when Buster sees some dead fish floating in the creek, which Francine discusses with her father that evening at home.

The next day at the Sugar Bowl, they watch a video on pollution which Muffy uploaded on YouWhoTube. Mr. Frensky plans for a public speaker at the Earth Day rally. Arthur and Buster vote for Francine, to Muffy's humilation.

At school, Francine tries to do a report about Luxembourg, but has a fear of public speaking. Later, Muffy tries to listen to Francine, but she quits. Then Ladonna arrives and offers to help, and gives her a pen. Then Buster arrives and takes the pen from her.

Francine and Ladonna practice hard, and then Francine has to speak to an audience! Disappointed, Francine goes back inside. Buster doesn't care much. Ladonna tries to encourage Francine, but she suggests that Ladonna do it.

She tries at the rally, but the speech flies away. Francine tries, and she does it. Ladonna says it's better than the written speech. Francine doesn't remember what she said. Fortunately, it turns out that Muffy filmed and uploaded it to YouWhoTube with hopes of Francine being invited to speak. Francine refuses and runs off with Muffy chasing her saying "But you're so good at it!" ending the episode.



Cultural references

  • YouWhoTube is a parody of YouTube.
  • In Francine's fantasy when she's holding the ship together, her and Buster's uniforms are parodying Star Trek, and Buster's accent is based off of the Star Trek character Scotty.

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