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"Thanks a Lot, Binky"
Season/Series: 8
Number in season: 2b
Original Airdate: United States September 16, 2003[1]
Canada November 26, 2003[2]
Germany December 18, 2007[3]
Written by: Peter Egan
Storyboard by: Julian Harris
Pearle Jarvette (uncredited)
Annette Laverse (uncredited)
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"Thanks a Lot, Binky" is the second half of the second episode in the eighth season of Arthur.


When Rattles doesn't seem to appreciate him for saving him from a dangerous stunt, Binky swears off good deeds — until one day he is shown what life would be like without any acts of kindness.


Binky is watching Uncle Slam Wilson on TV and doesn't take his eyes off for a second. He even tells his mom to move just when she's handing him his dinner. At the end of the match, Uncle Slam Wilson states to his fans he wants them to watch him tomorrow, and Binky complies.

Thanks a Lot, Binky

After the title card, at Lakewood Elementary School, Rattles tells Binky he's going to make Lakewood History, by jumping over ten bicycles using roller blades. He fantasizes himself doing it successfully, even doing flips in the air. Binky warns him that's crazy and he could really hurt himself. Rattles responds, "Greatness requires great risks." He even offers Binky to join him, and he declines. Rattles and Slink call him a chicken, and Binky first storms away, but then imagines Rattles performing his stunt, but hiting a pebble and flying into the air, falling, and then (off-camera) hitting the bikes, and injuring himself.

Worried, Binky runs to get Mr. Haney. When the stunt begins, Rattles actually hesitates. As he begins, Mr. Haney yells at Rattles to cease immediately, and sternly orders him and Slink into his office. He also wants to see Binky, but he protests he didn't do anything wrong. Mr. Haney explains he wants to hear Binky's side of the event, although Binky says wrestling is on in 20 minutes. He sits outside of Mr. Haney's office, just as Rattles and Slink leave with their mothers. On the way, Rattles insults Binky as a "squealer". Then, Mr. Haney calls Binky into his office.

Later on, Binky and his mom come home. Binky runs frantically into the living room, only to find wrestling just ended, leaving Binky very upset. Binky's mom tells him he should be proud of himself for doing the right thing, saving Rattles' life. Binky doesn't think so, but his mom tells him she's sure deep down, Rattles is glad that Binky stopped him.

The next day at school, Rattles angrily states he's not glad deep down because he and Slink got detention for a month. Then they leave, and Binky is angrier than ever. Later when Binky's mom picks him up, Binky tells her that she was wrong, and there's no point in doing a good deed if he doesn't even get a simple "thank you".

Sometime later, Binky is out walking, picks up a piece of litter, and people nearby just keep walking. He writes in his notepad saying "7 pieces of litter picked up. 0 thank you's." He even mows a huge lawn, which takes him a long time, only to find the house is empty and up for sale. At a swimming pool, Binky finds clothes lying around and turns them into the lost and found. Binky feels proud until he hears a little boy saying to his mom that someone stole his clothes while he was in the shower. Binky sneaks away feeling very awkward. After dinner, Binky offers to wash off his dish, and his mom finally says thank you. Binky leaves, and his mom asks if he's going to do the rest. Now Binky is furious, saying "No more Mr. Nice Guy" and he goes to bed.

That night, Binky has a dream that Uncle Slam Wilson comes into his room and takes him on his flying motorcycle; it turns out Slam wants to show Binky what he's getting himself into by not doing nice things anymore. He first takes Binky to a flashback of him at the lake when he caught a butterfly he worked so hard to catch and then let it go. Slam states that the butterfly never thanked him, so why did he do it? Binky says he just wanted to. Then he shows Binky when picked litter up at the park, and played his clarinet so peacefully. He also even gave part of his snack to a hungry dog outside The Sugar Bowl. Binky never knew what a nice guy he was. Slam then shows him what the world would be like without him — such as litter blowing all over the park, for example. But the worst thing of all Is seeing Rattles in the hospital, in a full body cast. Without Binky to stop him, Rattles performed his stunt, likely breaking every bone in his body.

Then Slam tells Binky there's someone who works 24/7 and almost never gets a thank you. Binky wonders who, and they fly to his house. It's Binky's mom; Binky dismisses she has to do all that stuff. Then, Slam shows him what it'd be like if she was "No more Mrs. Nice Guy." The house is a mess and Binky's clothes are falling apart. Binky's parents are going on "another" cruise, without him. His mom tells him there wasn't enough money in his college fund for three tickets. They leave and there's no food in the house. Binky regrets his choice, pleading and crying for Slam to come back.

Binky then wakes up. He rushes down to the kitchen, relieved everything is back to normal. When his mom comes in, Binky says he just wanted to get some water. She offers to make him some hot milk but Binky declines and tells his mom to go to back to sleep.

Early in the morning, Binky tidies up the table and makes a card for his mom. She comes downstairs and reads the card, which just says "Thanks.", much to her joy. Binky secretly watches this and happily goes back to bed. The episode finishes with the rev of a motorcycle outside, which Binky hears and says, "And thank you, Slam Wilson!"






Episode connections[]

  • The events of "Binky Barnes, Wingman" are shown in a flashback.
  • In his dream, Binky is surprised that his parents are going on another cruise. This may be a reference to how Binky imagines them going on a cruise after abandoning him in "Waiting to Go."
  • Binky makes his mom a butterfly card to tell her thanks for everything she's done for him. He previously gave her a butterfly card for her birthday in "Rhyme for Your Life."

Cultural references[]


  • The video description refers to Slink as "Snake".
  • Possible: Slink got punished by Mr. Haney as well, despite the fact that he wasn't the one doing the stunt; Rattles was. Although it's possible that he got into trouble for helping Rattles with the stunt.


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