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"The Squirrels"
Season/Series: 10
Number in season: 2a
Original Airdate: United States May 16, 2006[1]
Canada September 20, 2006[3]
United Kingdom October 31, 2006[2]
Germany January 11, 2008[4]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
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"The Squirrels" is the first half of the second episode in the tenth season of Arthur.


After watching the classic horror movie The Squirrels, Arthur and his friends are scared to step out onto the playground—or just about anywhere else.


After watching a horror movie called The Squirrels on TV, Arthur, Buster, and everyone (except Binky who did not watch it), becomes scared of squirrels. Binky wonders why everyone runs home, and refuse to go outside during recess.

One day, Arthur goes to a video store, and rents a baby show about people in squirrel costumes (with the cashier saying a lot of people are getting baby shows about squirrels lately since the movie), hoping it will take his fear away from squirrels; this doesn't work.

The next day, Mr. Ratburn explains to the class what squirrels are really like; they do not eat people (as that was just in the movie), and that they really eat nuts, fruits and berries. However, this also does not work.

Arthur realizes that he will have to face his fears, and calls Buster, who comes over. They sit by Arthur's front door, and feed some squirrels acorns. The squirrels charge at them, and Arthur and Buster quickly run into the house and trip, and the squirrels scamper around them, but luckily Mrs. Read takes notice, and chases them off with her broom. When Arthur and Buster get up, they see one squirrel who has hurt its leg.

They take the squirrel to the animal shelter, where its leg gets treatment. The veterinarian explains to Arthur and Buster that squirrels are harmless creatures, and they are more afraid of people than people are afraid of them. He also adds that he can understand that they were afraid, and reveals that he gets a lot of calls about squirrels every time the movie The Squirrels shows on TV.

The next day, Arthur and Buster take the squirrel to Mr. Ratburn's class, and explain what happened to it. Everyone except Binky is scared until they take a closer look at it, and they soon feel better.

Later that day, Binky goes inside the same video store Arthur had visited, and sees a DVD copy of The Squirrels. He wonders if it is any good, so he rents it.

The next day, Arthur, Buster, and the other kids let the squirrel go free in the park. Buster mentions that The Birds is on that night, and they all agree to watch it, leaving viewers to think they will be scared of birds next. Binky walks by, and Francine asks if he wants to play. He says no, and when a squirrel walks up to him, he screams and runs home.






  • The beginning of this episode was one of the clips that played on the former PBS Kids GO! website game "Binky's Facts and Opinions".
  • One of the Silly Squirrels DVDs Arthur rents and watches reuses a background from Love Ducks (albeit colored differently) as seen in "That's a Baby Show!"
  • After watching The Squirrels, the characters developed what is called Sciurophobia, which is the fear of squirrels.


  • When Arthur and Buster turn off the lights after The Squirrels is over, the subtitles say that Buster is imitating a squirrel chattering, when it's actually Arthur who is doing the squirrel chattering.

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