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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
Mr. Ratburn's roof collapsed, so he's staying at Arthur's house much to his shock. He feels scared, so he tries to distract him reluctantly. But then, Mr. Ratburn asks Arthur to put on Spooky-Poo, which Jane hadn't seen since she was 10. Later, he did a magic trick, to Arthur and D.W.'s shock. He teaches it to his family to their surprise. Later, they watched more Spooky-Poo. During dinner, David made Mr. Ratburn chocolate cake. At bedtime, Arthur decided Mr. Ratburn wasn't bad after all. The next day, Arthur's friends find out that Mr. Ratburn's stay last night was good, so they treat Arthur differently. When Arthur got home, he told his parents about it. The next day at lunch, Mr. Ratburn gave Arthur news that he's staying at each of his friends' house, ending the episode.
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[[Arthur Read|Arthur]] has a nightmare in which his family is replaced with clones of [[Nigel Ratburn|Mr. Ratburn]]. After waking up he remarks how bad it would be to have your teacher live at your house. Just then, Mr. Ratburn actually comes into his room.
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Sometime earlier Mr. Ratburn talks to a [[Gunky|roofer]] about cracks in his ceiling caused by a heavy layer of snow. Just as the roofer assures him the roof will hold, part of it falls in.
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Arthur prepares for a relaxing weekend when his [[Jane Read|mom]] tells him that Mr. Ratburn will be staying at their house until his roof is fixed. Arthur is horrified but cannot talk his parents out of it. Arthur imagines that Mr. Ratburn will permanently quiz him.
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Arthur borrows books and a poster from [[Alan Powers|Brain]] to make his room look more impressive. When Mr. Ratburn arrives, [[D.W. Read|D.W.]] asks him whether it is true what Arthur says that Mr. Ratburn hates all children.
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Mr. Ratburn turns out to be quite casual out of school. He has brought [[Spooky Poo]] videos which the whole family enjoys. He also teaches Arthur a magic trick and is delighted when [[David Read|Mr. Read]] bakes a cake for him.
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On Monday, however, Arthur gets an A in a test and all of his friends are angry, because they believe Mr. Ratburn is giving him special treatment.
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At home Arthur tells his parents and Mr. Ratburn overhears. Arthur suggests that Mr. Ratburn give him an F, but Mr. Ratburn works out something different.
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The next day when Arthur’s friends tease him, Mr. Ratburn tells the kids that he will take turns staying at their homes. At first, everyone is shocked. Then they ask Arthur what it was like. He tells them not to mind if people call them “teacher’s pet”, and that they should like Spooky Poo.
   
 
==Characters==
 
==Characters==
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*[[David Read]]
 
*[[David Read]]
 
*[[Kate Read]]
 
*[[Kate Read]]
 
 
===Minor===
 
===Minor===
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*[[Gunky]] (as the roofer)
 
*[[Pal]]
 
*[[Pal]]
 
*[[Buster Baxter]]
 
*[[Buster Baxter]]
 
*[[Fern Walters]]
 
*[[Fern Walters]]
*[[Alan Powers]]
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*[[Alan Powers|Brain]]
 
*[[Francine Frensky]]
 
*[[Francine Frensky]]
 
*[[Muffy Crosswire]]
 
*[[Muffy Crosswire]]
 
*[[Binky Barnes]]
 
*[[Binky Barnes]]
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===Cameo===
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*[[George Lundgren]]
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*[[Patrick]]
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*[[Fletcher]]
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*[[4th Grade Male Rabbit]]
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*[[Norman Hedgehog]]
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*[[Jack Weasel]]
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*[[3rd Grade Male Rabbit]]
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*[[3rd Grade Male Dog (Number 3)]]
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*[[Jessica (3rd grader)|Jessica]]
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*[[Alex]]
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*[[Maria Pappas]]
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*[[Mary (3rd grader)|Mary]]
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*[[Billy]]
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*[[Rattles]]
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*[[Jenna Morgan]]
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*[[Nancy]]
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*[[3rd Grade Male Dog]]
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*[[3rd Grade Female Aardvark]]
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*[[3rd Grade Female Cat (Number 2)]]
   
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
*Arthur's phone only has 9 buttons.
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*Arthur's phone has only nine buttons instead of twelve.
*A running gag throughout this episode is that D.W. is constantly butchering Mr. Ratburn's name (saying Mr. Ratburn's name incorrectly), and Mr. Ratburn ignores her.
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*A running gag throughout this episode is [[D.W. Read|D.W.]] saying Mr. Ratburn's name incorrectly in different ways.
 
===Cultural references===
 
===Cultural references===
*''[[Spooky Poo]]'' is a parody of the show [[Wikipedia:Scooby Doo|Scooby Doo, Where Are You!]], since Jane mentioned that she hadn't seen Spooky Poo since she was ten years old.
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*The episode's title refers to the famous play ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Came_to_Dinner The Man Who Came to Dinner]''.
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*In Arthur's imagination, Mr. Ratburn spoofs the "[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/This_Is_Your_Brain_on_Drugs This is your brain on drugs]"-campaign.
*"[[The Blizzard]]" was also a "Snowy" story. It is implied that this episode takes place immediately afterward.
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*''[[Spooky Poo]]'' is a parody of the television show ''[[wikipedia:Scooby-Doo|Scooby-Doo]]''.
*The episode<nowiki>'s title is a play on the famous play ''The Man Who Came to Dinner''</nowiki>.
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*The outside view of the house while everyone says goodnight alludes to ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Waltons The Waltons]''.
   
 
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0405b_01 David Ratburn.jpg|David Ratburn
The Rat Who Came to Dinner.JPG
 
TheRatWhoCameToDinner 004.jpeg
 
TheRatWhoCameToDinner 006.jpeg
 
 
4x05_0209.png|"What's going on?"
 
4x05_0209.png|"What's going on?"
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0405b_02 Pal Ratburn.jpg|Pal Ratburn
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TheRatWhoCameToDinner 004.jpeg|Arthur's nightmare
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TheRatWhoCameToDinner 006.jpeg|Nightmare come true
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0405b_03 Roofer.jpg|The roofer
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0405b_04 Snow Fort.jpg|Snow fort
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0405b_05 This is your brain.jpg|"This is your brain when you watch junky TV."
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0405b_06 hating all children.jpg|"Mr. Ratbite, is it true what Arthur says about you hating all children?"
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The Rat Who Came to Dinner.JPG|"I don't always dress like I’m going to school."
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0405b_07 Mr. Ratburn and Kate.jpg|Mr. Ratburn and Kate
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0405b_08 D.W.s Room.jpg|Arthur in D.W.'s room
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Muffy and Buster mad (Rat who came to Dinner) 2.png|"She means we can all get As if we brought the teacher home..."
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0405b_09 Cartoon.jpg|Fern's cartoon
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Theratwhocametodinner_-_binky_snowball.jpg|"Hey! What's with everybody?"
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Latest revision as of 07:57, March 5, 2020

"The Rat Who Came To Dinner"

The Rat Who Came to Dinner

The Rat Who Came To Dinner Title Card

Season/Series: 4
Number in season: 5B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 11, 1999
Flag of Canada January 21, 2000[1]
Credits
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Maria Astadjova
Jeremy O'Neill
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"The Rat Who Came to Dinner" is the second half of the fifth episode in the fourth season of Arthur. It was later adapted into the book Arthur's Teacher Moves In.

SummaryEdit

When Mr. Ratburn's roof collapses, Arthur's parents invite him to stay at their house, and Arthur is afraid that means his teacher will be grading him every minute.

PlotEdit

Arthur has a nightmare in which his family is replaced with clones of Mr. Ratburn. After waking up he remarks how bad it would be to have your teacher live at your house. Just then, Mr. Ratburn actually comes into his room.

Title Card

Sometime earlier Mr. Ratburn talks to a roofer about cracks in his ceiling caused by a heavy layer of snow. Just as the roofer assures him the roof will hold, part of it falls in.

Arthur prepares for a relaxing weekend when his mom tells him that Mr. Ratburn will be staying at their house until his roof is fixed. Arthur is horrified but cannot talk his parents out of it. Arthur imagines that Mr. Ratburn will permanently quiz him.

Arthur borrows books and a poster from Brain to make his room look more impressive. When Mr. Ratburn arrives, D.W. asks him whether it is true what Arthur says that Mr. Ratburn hates all children.

Mr. Ratburn turns out to be quite casual out of school. He has brought Spooky Poo videos which the whole family enjoys. He also teaches Arthur a magic trick and is delighted when Mr. Read bakes a cake for him.

On Monday, however, Arthur gets an A in a test and all of his friends are angry, because they believe Mr. Ratburn is giving him special treatment.

At home Arthur tells his parents and Mr. Ratburn overhears. Arthur suggests that Mr. Ratburn give him an F, but Mr. Ratburn works out something different.

The next day when Arthur’s friends tease him, Mr. Ratburn tells the kids that he will take turns staying at their homes. At first, everyone is shocked. Then they ask Arthur what it was like. He tells them not to mind if people call them “teacher’s pet”, and that they should like Spooky Poo.

CharactersEdit

MajorEdit

MinorEdit

CameoEdit

TriviaEdit

  • Arthur's phone has only nine buttons instead of twelve.
  • A running gag throughout this episode is D.W. saying Mr. Ratburn's name incorrectly in different ways.

Cultural referencesEdit

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