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"The Great Lint Rush"
Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 4b
Original Airdate: United States October 25, 2010[1]
Canada November 10, 2010[3]
United Kingdom January 25, 2011[2]
Germany March 4, 2013[4]
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Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Louis Piché
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"The Great Lint Rush" is the second half of the fourth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.

Summary

Mr. Toad is back! And he is ready to corner the Sock Market, leaving everyone in Elwood City barefoot and bereft.

Plot

In the introduction, D.W. accuses Arthur of stealing her socks, but Arthur and Mr. Read are also missing all of their socks.

Pal brings a sack of socks to the Sock Market, only to find out that the market has crashed, because Mr. Toad bought up all the socks.

The Great Lint Rush

Pal and Amigo consult Ben St. Bernardky, who warns them of a possible Chilly Toe Scare. Amigo remembers tales from his great-grandfather about the last scare, which meant cranky owners with smelly feet.

Pal wants to get a sock back. He and Kate ask Toady, Mr. Toad’s wife and D.W.’s former pet, for help. She promises to make Mr. Toad see Pal.

Mr. Toad offers to loan Pal one sock, but Pal has to pay back ten socks after a week. Pal accepts, after Mr. Toad also offers him wieners.

Back at home, Pal confesses to Kate that he promised Mr. Toad the house should he not be able to get ten socks. Toads start appearing in the Read house, because Mr. Toad is certain that Pal will not be able to pay. Pal suggests getting something that Mr. Toad wants more than socks. He, Amigo and Kate decide to trick Mr. Toad into thinking that lint is valuable.

Pal, Kate and Amigo collect lint. They ask Killer to pretend that she likes lint. Killer agrees after Pal offers to play with her.

Some time later, Mr. Toad notices several animals talking about lint. At home, Toady asks him why their friends have lint, but they don’t. Mr. Toad dismisses lint as worthless, but after feeling his employee’s lint hat, he admits that it is soft and smells nice.

When Mr. Toad comes to collect, Pal and Kate admit that they do not have the socks and therefore will move their lint out of the house. Mr. Toad offers them anything they want in exchange for the lint.

Later, the pets reopen the sock market with Toad’s sock collection. Pal and Amigo agree that Mr. Toad’s lint is not worthless, as long as it does not get wet. Just then, a thunderstorm approaches.

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Episode connections

  • This episode serves as a sequel to "The Great Sock Mystery." Pal saying that he ruined them again is a reference to him losing all the Reads' socks at the sock market in that episode.

Cultural references

  • The "Lint Rush" is an obvious parody of a gold rush.
  • Ben St. Bernardky references Ben Bernanke, who was chairman of the Federal Reserve when the episode was made.
  • The Great Chilly Toe Scare of 1929 refers to the Wall Street Crash of that year which started the Great Depression.
  • The Wart Street Journal refers to the Wall Street Journal.

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