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"When Carl Met George"
Season/Series: 13
Number in season: 6a
Original Airdate: United States April 5, 2010[1]
Canada February 24, 2010[4]
United Kingdom March 8, 2010[2][3]
Germany December 10, 2012[5]
Credits
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
Nick Vallinakis
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"When Carl Met George" (or "George and the Missing Puzzle Piece") is the first half of the sixth episode in the thirteenth season of Arthur.

Summary

George is excited about spending time with his new friend, Carl, who seems to understand all kind of cool facts about trains and about... well, lots of things! Then George learns that Carl has Asperger's Syndrome - a form of autism that makes Carl see the world differently than most people. Can George and Carl remain good friends - and perhaps even learn from each other?

Plot

The episode starts with George drawing a lion. Carl tells him that lions used to live around the world. He also tells George that he hates brown. George says that one of the reasons he likes Carl is that he is really honest, and is an amazing artist. George then shows the viewers a picture of a train that Carl drew by himself. Carl explains that it is a steam locomotive nonstop. George then says once you get him talking about trains, it can be hard for him to stop. George then plans to tell the story of how he met his friend Carl, who has Asperger's Syndrome.

After the title card, George is sent by his dad to get more glue. In one of the classrooms, he meets Carl. At first, George does not understand about Carl's disorder, and George thought something was strange because he does not understand if Carl liked him or not. Later, George goes to visit Carl again and shows his blue backpack and his dummy Wally. Carl is unexpectedly terrified of Wally, which causes him to panic. It is then revealed by Carl's mother that he has Asperger's Syndrome.

George later goes to Brain for advice on what Asperger's Syndrome is, and Brain tells him all about it in the form of imagination. George then understands what Carl is going through, and chooses to bring him a book about trains (Carl loves trains). George also gives Carl the puzzle piece that accidentally fell into his pocket the first time they met.

We return to George in his bedroom, with Carl sitting at his table (just like he was at the beginning of the episode) still going on about his train picture. He asks Carl if he wants to get juice in a box, not a bottle. He agrees to it, and then he says to the viewers "It was nice to meet you" and George explains how he taught Carl to say that, and how Carl taught George to understand his behavior by speaking quietly, being clear, and not to take it personally if he ignores him. He also says that maybe Carl might teach him to draw a better lion.

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Trivia

  • This is the first episode since "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn" to have two title cards.
  • Arthur is absent from this episode himself except the title card and in George's fantasy.
  • In the pre-title card sequence, Carl notes that the steam locomotive belonged to the Great Western Railway (or the GWR) in the United Kingdom. This is a reference to the railway company of the same name, which was formed in 1833 (though its first train did not operate until 1838). Eventually, as a result of the 1923 Grouping Act, the railways of the UK were grouped into four large operating companies, of which only the GWR retained its former name; the others becoming either the London and North-Eastern Railway (LNER), the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) or the Southern Railway (SR). All four railways lasted until 1948, when they became nationalized to form 'British Railways' (later simply 'British Rail').
    • However, the railway's name is once again in use as of 2015, as there is currently another company called the GWR that employs modern diesel or electric locomotives, as opposed to the steam traction of its parent company.
    • In addition to this, there is a vast range of ex-GWR steam locomotives at various heritage railways across the UK.

Cultural references

  • This episode's title, "When Carl Met George," is a reference to the film When Harry Met Sally.
  • Carl often states that he likes to have his apple juice "in a box, not a bottle." Not only is this one of Carl's quirks of his Aspergers' Syndrome, it is also a partial reference to James Bond's preference for vodka martinis: "Shaken, not stirred."

Production notes

  • This is the first Arthur episode aired in the 2010's.
  • This episode has an alternate title in some regions and platforms, "George and the Missing Puzzle Piece." On Amazon, On Demand, iTunes, and Netflix, "When Carl Met George" is still used.

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