"Spoiled Rotten!"

Spoiled Rotten!

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Season/Series: 11
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States September 6, 2007[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom January 4, 2008[2]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Wolfram Breuer
Storyboard by: Stéphanie Gignac
"D.W. on Ice"
"Big Brother Binky"
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"Spoiled Rotten!" is the second half of the ninth episode in the eleventh season of Arthur.


Accused of being spoiled by her friends, Muffy sets out to prove them wrong by being the most charitable person around.


The episode begins with a fairy tale about Muffy as a princess. The narrator introduces it as the poor little princess who is ironically rich. She is called poor because she feels poor because her subjects hate her believing of greedy and selfish. She says it is for them which shocks the narrator. She is also trying to entertain them. He suggests calling her the little princess. Muffy threatens to fire him after hearing that remark. The narrator grumbles that he wishes of having listened to Snow White. Muffy tries poorly to get him to come back as he closes the book.

Spoiled Rotten!

While at the mall, Francine sees a pair of shoes she likes but is disappointed over the price. Muffy shows up and insults them. Francine tells her about them but complains about the availability. Muffy asks her friend about which shoes to buy only to decide both. Muffy offers to buy them but Francine declines saying she will do it herself. After saving her allowance she returns to buy them only to find there gone. Muffy shows up and reveals that she bought them. Francine quickly gets jealous. Muffy asks if there are more to which Francine lashes out by saying no. Muffy realizes shes in an awkward situation with Francine, who is not in a joking mood. She says she might give her them but says she has a foot fungus. Francine then calls Muffy spoiled.

The next day, Muffy asks Arthur and Buster if they think she is spoiled. After she demands an answer, the boys say she is not. Muffy asks Buster why he has an overcoat when it is not winter which he pulled a rotten sandwich out of earlier. He says it is for a donation drive. Arthur asks if Muffy is going to donate. She refuses and insults them, causing Buster to change his mind about her being spoiled.

That night, Muffy asks Bailey if she is spoiled to which he says the attitude. While drinking milk she asks how she can convince them she’s not spoiled. She gets an idea.

The next day, she arrives with a bag of clothes to donate only for Francine to point out they were useless as they have price tags. She says she has made sacrifices to Francine. Later the two have an argument about the situation. She demands Muffy donate. Muffy puts her bow in which does not impress Francine. She then drops her coat in the bin next. After school, she tells Bailey to wait while she gets something. She digs in the donation box to get her stuff back. Then Francine then arrives and smuggly tells Muffy that she was right.

That night Muffy asks Bailey if she’s spoiled again, which he says a poem which she doesn’t understand. He leaves unsure himself and concerned. That night, she dreams the two of them are archaeologists in Egypt at a pyramid. They enter a tomb and see a lot of treasure. Some hieroglyphics catch her eye and she asks what they mean. Bailey translates them and says anyone who steals anything will be cursed. She thinks its nonsense and as the two are about to go out she sees a golden pair of shoes and takes them. Later, she complains about the desert when she starts to sink. Her butler says it might be quicksand and throws a rope as she cries for him to pull. He says of gotten heavier which offends her. She then realizes that it is the shoes pulling her in and the warning was serious and cries for help. She wakes up from her nightmare.

She decides to donate after all but finds the box gone. Arthur and Buster tell her the box was collected. She says she wanted to donate but Buster thinking she hasn't changed says she could return it. She enters a struggling shop. The owner asks how much a belt is worth. She tells him about a price for it. ahe realizes its also a charity building. The owner asks about the shoes she brought. She gives advice about valuable stuff and uses a bag as an example. The owner introduces himself as Buzz Valette. A while later, the store having gone under a make over has people coming like crazy. Francine says she knew Muffy would find out about the place and complements the new design. She shows Muffy of getting the shoes she wanted. Buzz, now a bit richer, comes out and thanks her before going to give a check to a local soup kitchen. The two reconcile and Francine asks about if the fungus thing was made up, to which Muffy then groans.






Cultural references

  • The intro parodies Muffy as Marie Antoinette.
  • The brand of jacket that Muffy wears, Patagucci, is a parody of the American outdoor clothing company Patagonia and the Italian luxury fashion brand Gucci. The logo on the windbreaker is very similar to Patagonia's mountain logo in real life.
  • Bailey quotes from “The Realm of Fancy” by John Keats. The poem is about things losing their glamor when they become too familiar. "Spoiled" is used in the sense of "flawed," not "pampered."
  • Loco Chanel is a reference to Coco Chanel.


  • In one scene, Muffy is buying with a credit card. This is unrealistic, since at her age, she shouldn't be allowed to use a credit card until she is around 13 years old, although to her family, they likely trust her more with such things.

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