"The Wheel Deal"

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

Summary

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.

Plot

Buster and Francine report from the Lakewood Elementary Gymnasium where Brain is practicing throwing hoops for a charity fundraiser against Mighty Mountain to raise money for the library. Brain falls over a banana peel that Buster threw away.

The Wheel Deal

At the hospital, Brain learns that he will have to sit in a wheelchair for a week. During physical therapy, he meets a girl named Lydia, who is permanently in a wheelchair and plays in a wheelchair basketball team. She challenges him to throw hoops with her. At first Brain refuses, but when he has difficulty getting around in his wheelchair, Lydia helps him. She turns out to be as good at physics as Brain is.

Brain accepts Lydia’s challenge, and they meet the next morning at the Lakewood basketball court. Brain warns Lydia that he is good, but he has never thrown from a sitting position and so Lydia beats him easily. She offers to coach him so he can compete in the fundraiser.

Over the next days she makes Brain throw hoops and lift weights. She also teaches him the physics of throwing. Brain invites her to his parents’ ice-cream shop. They come to a high curb and Lydia teaches Brain to ask help from people who are not in a rush.

The doorway of the ice-cream shop proves too narrow for Lydia’s wheelchair, so they go to the Sugar Bowl instead. They meet Francine there who recognizes Lydia from watching her play. Francine offers to do the fundraiser for Brain, but Lydia assures her that Brain will win.

The night before the fundraiser, Brain dreams that he throws horribly and that the library is demolished as a result.

At the fundraiser, Brain does well, but the Mighty Mountain champion takes the lead in the last round. Lydia takes over for Brain and wins the game for Lakewood.

A few days later, Brain is on crutches and the Powers have enlarged their door, so Lydia can go through. Lydia challenges Brain to a game of chess. Brain warns her that he is good, but Lydia just remarks that she has heard that before.

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Cameo

Trivia

  • 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.

Cultural references

Episode connections

  • Buster’s reaction to a squirrel references his fear in the episode “The Squirrels”.

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.

Gallery

Main article: The Wheel Deal/Gallery

References


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