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"World Girls"

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Season/Series: 10
Number in season: 9B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States May 25, 2006[1]
Flag of Canada September 25, 2006[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom November 20, 2006[2]
Written by: Hilary Illick
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
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"World Girls" is the second half of the ninth episode in the tenth season of Arthur.


The girls anticipate the grand opening of World Girl World, which sells dolls from every country.


Muffy has become obsessed of Worlds Girls-dolls. Each doll is dressed in the national costume of a particular country/contient/territory, and comes with accessories related to that particular, along with a book accompanying each doll. Sue Ellen has one World Girl-doll, Pema (from Tibet). When they discover a World Girl World store is opening, Muffy and Sue Ellen invite Francine to come along with them and plan on havig a slumber party at Muffy's house later on.

However, nothing really works out for them (except Francine):

  • Sue Ellen's keen on getting a particular accessory for her doll, but when she goes to the customer service desk, Sue Ellen's informed that the accessory she's looking for (a Tibetan yak-weaving loom) has been discontinued, along with the entire Tibet-collection. When Sue Ellen questions on why it was discontinued, the man helping her explains that the Tibet-collection didn't generate enough sales for the company.
  • Francine (after being given some money by Muffy) goes to the World Girl Sports Hall of Fame and becomes interested in a doll Babe Didrikson Zaharias. A woman working in that part of the store explains how Babe was instrumental in introducing women into the world of golf and how the book that comes with Babe's doll includes the history of golf and the introduction of women into the sport. Francine ultimately ends up buying the doll, with Muffy gets excited about when she finds out.
  • Muffy's very keen on getting a doll from each section of the World Girls-line as well as getting every single accessory of each doll. When Sue Ellen comes up to her and Francine explains the situation about the Tibet-collection to them, Muffy and Francine suggest they go to the store's "Doll Hospital" and check if they have any extras of the accessory that Sue Ellen's looking, However, while there, the girls sneak into the back of the hospital that turns out to be a secret factory that produces all the World Girls-dolls so quickly, and Muffy discovers just how many other dolls (from some countries that she's never even heard of) are being produced, she realizes that she's going to need a lot more room/space to be able to truly complete the entire collection. The girls ultimately end up leaving World Girl World after that.

Later on, while at Muffy's house for the promised slumber party, Muffy's going through what she has of her World Girl-dolls collection and informs Francine and Sue Ellen that she's planning on giving away at least half of her collection to charity, planning on only keeping the dolls (and accessories) that she really likes. While going through them, Muffy discovers a Pema-doll that she has no recollection of even buying. When Sue Ellen that Muffy's Pema-doll is holding the yak-weaving looming she was looking for, Muffy gives the doll to Sue Ellen to keep. However, Sue Ellen notices that the loom Pema has is green, and claims that the loom should be brown. When Muffy explains that she's never touched the doll since she took it out of the box and Francine suggests looking through the book that came with Pema, Sue Ellen notices that the picture of the yak-weaving loom in the book is brown and not green.

Later on, the girls are dressed in their pajamas and are sitting on Muffy's bed while making accessories for their dolls: Sue Ellen paints the loom brown to cover up the green, Francine's making a putting green for her doll of Babe Didrikson Zaharias, and Muffy appears to be making a dress for one of her dolls. While they're doing this, Muffy suggests that the three of them could start their own line of dolls called "Universe Girls" and make a fortune. Francine and Sue Ellen then instigate a pillow fight with Muffy, ending the episode.






Cultural references

Episode connections


  • Even though Muffy says she does not even have the Estonian doll, she somehow has the book.
  • Although there is a Hawaiian doll, Hawaii is like a country, it is a state of The United States since August 21, 1959.
    • However, the Hawaiian doll might specifically represent a Native Hawaiian girl. As Pema, the Tibetan doll, is from Tibet, which is part of China, World Girls might also do dolls for ethnic minorities found in certain countries.
  • There is a World Girl doll from Antarctica, but Antarctica is not a country, nor does it have any permanent or indigenous population. Sled dogs are also come with the doll, but dogs in Antarctica are only used by explorers and scientists, and are not actually native to Antarctica.
  • As seen in the very beginning of the World Girl World scene, D.W. Read is seen on the roller coaster without her parents.

Production notes

  • The song used in the World Girls TV comercial is re-used again as the song played outside the Yumbobo ice-cream shop in Brain Freeze.

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