"Tipping the Scales"

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Tipping the scales

Season/Series: 9
Number in season: 1B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States December 20, 2004
Flag of Canada May 3, 2005[1]
Flag of Germany December 31, 2007[2]
Written by: Alan Silberberg
Storyboard by: Robert Yap
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"Tipping the Scales" is the second half of the first episode in the ninth season of Arthur.


The school choir is excited about singing in Crown City, but they aren't so excited about Ms. Krasny's replacement, Dr. Fugue.


Arthur and his friends have been preparing for their concert at Crown City. Binky even mentions Finkelmeyers. Then Mr. Haney mentions Dr. Fugue will be their substitute. After school, Binky develops a plan. The next day they practice for their concert in Crown City. At lunch, Arthur and Buster sang to each other. It took a few days of practice, and then they are ready. On their way to the concert, the road was closed, so they took a detour to a diner. At 4:00 they sang. Then Buster tries a pie, and it was good. Then they go home, finishing the episode.







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Cultural References

  • The Lakewood Elementary Choir sings In the Good Old Summer Time during a snowstorm which impeded them from getting to Crown City. This may be a reference to the 1930 Laurel and Hardy short Bellow Zero in which the characters attempt to earn money as street musicians by singing the song on a cold winter day.


  • When the kids are done singing, the waitress brings them the pie. There is ice cream on the plates beside the pie, but when she puts the pie on the table gives it to the kids, the ice cream disappears. But when the shot is a close up of Buster and Binky that are eating the pie, the ice cream reappears.
  • Lisa appears in the cafeteria, but she's in Elwood City Preschool and not Lakewood Elementary School.


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