"The Wheel Deal"


S14E01a Title Card

TWD Intertitle

Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 1a
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 11, 2010[1]
Flag of Canada October 20, 2010[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom January 6, 2011[2]
Flag of Australia October 8, 2010[citation needed]
Flag of Germany December 26, 2012[4]
Written by: Raye Lankford
Storyboard by: Daniel Miodini
"The Secret Origin of Supernova"
"The Buster Report"
"The Wheel Deal" is the first half of the first episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.


Brain is put in a wheelchair after a leg injury and copes with the encouragement of Lydia, a handicapped girl who uses a wheelchair too.


Brain suffers a leg injury, and also sprains his ankle, while practicing for a basketball game against the Mighty Mountain team. The incident occurred when Buster tossed a banana peel into the trash, but it accidentaly missed the trash can and landed on the floor, causing Brain to slip on it when he wasn't looking.

The Wheel Deal

After the title card, Brain is then placed in a wheelchair at the hospital. He has difficulty coping with it, until he meets Lydia, who is also in a wheelchair because she was born unable to walk.

When playing basketball with Lydia, Brain doesn't do well, so Lydia helps Brain improve his skills while in the wheelchair. After a few days of training, Brain and Lydia go to the Ice Cream Shop, but discover that it is not wheelchair accessible.

They instead go to The Sugar Bowl, and while talking to each other there, Francine approaches and tells Brain that she could take over for him in the basketball game. Lydia assures her that Brain will do great.

The next day at the game Brain does well, but he doesn't have the confidence to finish the game, so Lydia takes over and manages to score plenty of points to secure the win. Afterwards, the Ice Cream Shop is made wheelchair accessible and Brain and Lydia head off together to play chess.






  • This episode also reveals the name of one of the kids from Mighty Mountain during the beginning of the episode.
  • This episode could take place before "April 9th," because Buster said in that episode that he knew a kid that lost his cast in three weeks.

Production notes

  • This is the first episode outside the U.S. to be in 16:9 widescreen and high-definition.
  • This is also the first episode where the title cards are changed to a scene from the episode.
  • This is also the first episode since "When Carl Met George" to have two title cards.
  • In the U.S., this episode is the first and only episode to use the Brain variant of the Slot Machine title card.


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