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==Plot==
 
==Plot==
The episode starts out when we see Arthur's football going down and then Arthur catches it. Then he goes into the garage and tells his dad let's play then it turns out it's not David, It's Mr Ratburn then as he turns we see him, Arthur looks surprised and tells him Hi and then he tells him he's looking for his Dad, then Mr Ratburn tells him to drop the football and help him stuff turkeys for the Crosswires' big party, Arthur then goes to the kitchen and tells his mom that he went to the garage to talk to Dad but he's Mr. Ratburn, Then Jane turns and it's not Jane, It's Mr. Ratburn again and then he tells Arthur "He was out there a minute ago." Then Arthur steps backward and then bumps into D.W. which is not D.W. either, It's Mr. Ratburn, After Arthur bumps into him he tells Arthur "Watch where you're going." Then Arthur is now shocked and scared and asks "Where's my family?" Then Mr. Ratburn as David comes to the living room and says "Arthur Ratburn stop fooling around and get to work." Then Arthur looks down at Pal which is not Pal and it's Mr. Ratburn and he just barks and then Arthur screams and then the picture fades into Arthur's eyes which was he was having a bad dream, Arthur wakes up and gasps and then he picks up Pal and realizes that it is Pal, Then Arthur puts him down and tells us "What could be worse then dreaming that your teacher lives into your house?" Then Arthur looks up and sees Mr. Ratburn in pajamas saying "Arthur, if you don't hurry, D.W. and I will all the delicious blueberry waffles your dad made." Then Arthur stares at Mr. Ratburn and then he looks at us then we see the title card.
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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.
   
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, and remarks that teachers can be sort of normal. 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 of staying at each of his friends' houses, finishing the episode.
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Title Card
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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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*[[Kate Read]]
 
*[[Kate Read]]
 
===Minor===
 
===Minor===
*[[Roofer (The Rat Who Came to Dinner)|Roofer]]
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*[[Gunky]] (as the roofer)
 
*[[Pal]]
 
*[[Pal]]
 
*[[Buster Baxter]]
 
*[[Buster Baxter]]
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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.
 
*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===
*The episode's title is a play on the famous play ''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Man_Who_Came_to_Dinner The Man Who Came to Dinner]''.
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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]''.
 
*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.
 
*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.
 
*''[[Spooky Poo]]'' is a parody of the television show ''[[wikipedia:Scooby-Doo|Scooby-Doo]]''.
 
*''[[Spooky Poo]]'' is a parody of the television show ''[[wikipedia:Scooby-Doo|Scooby-Doo]]''.
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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]''.
   
 
==Gallery==
 
==Gallery==
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TheRatWhoCameToDinner 006.jpeg|Nightmare come true
 
TheRatWhoCameToDinner 006.jpeg|Nightmare come true
 
0405b_03 Roofer.jpg|The roofer
 
0405b_03 Roofer.jpg|The roofer
Theratwhocametodinner_-_binky_snowball.jpg
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0405b_04 Snow Fort.jpg|Snow fort
The Rat Who Came to Dinner.JPG
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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?"
Muffy and Buster mad (Rat who came to Dinner) 1.png
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The Rat Who Came to Dinner.JPG|"I don't always dress like I’m going to school."
Muffy and Buster mad (Rat who came to Dinner) 2.png
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0405b_07 Mr. Ratburn and Kate.jpg|Mr. Ratburn and Kate
Muffy and Buster mad (Rat who came to Dinner) 3.png
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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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Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 4.20.57 PM.png|"But what would you think if you were a kid?"
 
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"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]
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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.

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MajorEdit

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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.

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