History Fridge / HeyArnold

23rd May '16 2:27:50 PM SaraJaye
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** Another one for that particular episode: Arnold sinks into a deep depression and feels incomplete without his hat. A flashback shows his parents giving him the hat when he was a baby, [[spoiler:and later, we learn that Arnold's parents have been missing in action since he was a baby, and just how much he misses them. He probably didn't realize at the time that's the main reason he felt all wrong without the hat!]].
8th May '16 1:49:35 PM nombretomado
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* The series takes on a new life if you look at Helga as the main character and Arnold as the DecoyProtagonist. "HeyArnold" could be her trying to get his attention.

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* The series takes on a new life if you look at Helga as the main character and Arnold as the DecoyProtagonist. "HeyArnold" ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' could be her trying to get his attention.
23rd Apr '16 6:47:48 PM TheFarmboy
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* It was mentioned that a female boarder was meant to have a crush on Arnold. It is surprisingly a good thing Nick put the kibosh on it. Imagine having Arnold's grandparents not realizing that a potential child molester was living right under their noses.
3rd Feb '16 1:48:29 PM RayAP9
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* In one episode, Helga tells Olga that the bow that Olga thought was "new" was the same bow Helga's been wearing since she was three years old. Helga's bow is the first thing that Arnold mentioned when he showed interest in Helga during their time together in kindergarten, so she's worn it ever since because she knows Arnold likes it.

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* In one episode, Helga tells Olga that the bow that Olga thought was "new" was the same bow Helga's been wearing since she was three years old. Helga's bow is the first thing that Arnold mentioned when he showed interest in Helga during their time together in kindergarten, preschool, so she's worn it ever since because she knows Arnold likes it.



* In "Pre-teen Scream" Phoebe's favorite pop singer Ronnie Matthews is revealed to be a fraud who lip syncs like MilliVanilli. The brilliance is that she finds this out at a GreasySpoon. He's so cheap and a fraud that he doesn't take her and Helga to a better restaurant.

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* In "Pre-teen Scream" Phoebe's favorite pop singer Ronnie Matthews is revealed to be a fraud who lip syncs like MilliVanilli.Music/MilliVanilli. The brilliance is that she finds this out at a GreasySpoon. He's so cheap and a fraud that he doesn't take her and Helga to a better restaurant.



* Not outright scary, but the home life of the Pataki family on ''HeyArnold'' gets a lot creepier when you think back to it years later with a better understanding of how much AbusiveParents can screw a person up. Her most {{tear jerk|er}}ing [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] was where her heartbreaking FreudianExcuse was shown in full. On her first day of preschool, her parents were so enamored with [[ParentalFavoritism Olga's]] piano playing that they didn't realize they had to take Helga to preschool, so Helga had to walk there herself; on the way, it began to rain and her lunch was stolen by two rottweilers. [[Heartwarming/HeyArnold Then Arnold gave her his umbrella, possibly the first kind action toward her in her life.]] So if that's how neglectful her childhood was, how was [[TheAlcoholic her mom's]] pregnancy and her overall infancy?

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* Not outright scary, but the home life of the Pataki family on ''HeyArnold'' ''WesternAnimation/HeyArnold'' gets a lot creepier when you think back to it years later with a better understanding of how much AbusiveParents can screw a person up. Her most {{tear jerk|er}}ing [[ADayInTheLimelight day in the limelight]] was where her heartbreaking FreudianExcuse was shown in full. On her first day of preschool, her parents were so enamored with [[ParentalFavoritism Olga's]] piano playing that they didn't realize they had to take Helga to preschool, so Helga had to walk there herself; on the way, it began to rain and her lunch was stolen by two rottweilers. [[Heartwarming/HeyArnold Then Arnold gave her his umbrella, possibly the first kind action toward her in her life.]] So if that's how neglectful her childhood was, how was [[TheAlcoholic her mom's]] pregnancy and her overall infancy?



* Helga was totally willing to chainsaw a parrot. Just... think about that for a minute.

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* Helga was totally willing to chainsaw a parrot. Just... think about that for a minute. It really speaks to just how afraid she is of anyone knowing that she has feelings for Arnold.


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** The episode "24 Hours to Live" occurred very early in the series, so Arnold may not have been as popular/respected as he was by the time "Cool Jerk" aired.
3rd Feb '16 1:25:06 PM kyatollah
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* Helga's complete infatuation with Arnold. What are his qualities? He's thoughtful, diplomatic, selfless, altruistic, compassionate and can admit when he's made a mistake. BASICALLY, HE'S EVERYTHING BIG BOB ISN'T (and everything Helga goes out of her way not to be in public.)
3rd Jan '16 7:49:12 PM Upgrader
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* Miriam's "Smoothies": Miriam probably came up with "smoothies" as a code word so no one in the family (Helga and Olga namely) would ever know that she's an alcoholic, much like the show writers came up with "smoothies" as a code word so the censors wouldn't notice that they were referencing alcoholism. In fact, Helga could probably casually say her mom sleeps after drinking smoothies... and it doesn't look that bad.
* Lila and Olga sing "Moonlight Bay" in "Big Sis" when they go sailing. Lila learned the song in Mr. Simmon's class a few episodes earlier for the school concert.

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** Lulu might be a way for Arnold's subconscious to tell him that having Lila like-like him might not be a good idea after all.
* Miriam's "Smoothies": Miriam probably came up with "smoothies" as a code word so no one in the family (Helga and Olga namely) would ever know that she's an alcoholic, much like the show writers came up with "smoothies" as a code word so the censors wouldn't notice that they were referencing alcoholism. In fact, Helga could probably casually say her mom sleeps after drinking smoothies... and it doesn't look sound that bad.
* Lila and Olga sing "Moonlight Bay" in "Big Sis" when they go sailing. Lila learned the song in Mr. Simmon's Simmons's class a few episodes earlier for the school concert.



* In "Oskar Can't Read" during one scene in Oscar's apartment we see their TV in the background and the screen is broken. Oskar and Susie do struggle financially, and this could be due to them fighting and Susie throwing things (like in "Arnold as Cupid" and "Gerald Comes Over")

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* In "Oskar Can't Read" Read?" during one scene in Oscar's apartment we see their TV in the background and the screen is broken. Oskar and Susie do struggle financially, and this could be due to them fighting and Susie throwing things (like in "Arnold as Cupid" and "Gerald Comes Over")



* In "Helga On The Couch" Helga's sent to see a counselor after she's caught hitting Brainy. The therapy seems to have worked because other than the movie (which she shuts the sewer lid which he's in on him) she isn't seen hitting him in the face anymore.
* The fifth grader Wolfgang is much bigger than the fourth graders, despite being a year older than them. It's possible he's been held back a couple years, hence why he's bigger.
* The shed with the pigeons Helga crashes through in "Arnold's Hat" is most likely Pigeon Man's.

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* In "Helga On The Couch" Helga's sent to see a counselor after she's caught hitting Brainy. The therapy seems to have worked because other than the movie (which she shuts the sewer lid which he's in on him) she isn't seen hitting him in the face anymore.
* The fifth grader Wolfgang is much bigger than the fourth graders, despite being a year older than them. It's possible he's been held back a couple years, like Torvald, hence why he's bigger.
* The shed with the pigeons Helga crashes through in "Arnold's Hat" is most likely might've belonged to Pigeon Man's.Man.



* A couple episodes "Helga and the Nanny" and "The Beeper Queen" shed light on the problems Miriam's alcoholism have caused. In the former Bob mentions she'll be late for her community service job, and he hires a nanny to take care of things while she's away. In the latter Phoebe asks if she's gotten her license back. It's implied here she has a DUI, and she got it prior to "Helga and the Nanny." She still hadn't gotten her license back by the time "The Beeper Queen" aired, hence Phoebe's comment.

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* A couple episodes "Helga and the Nanny" and "The Beeper Queen" shed light on the problems Miriam's alcoholism have caused. In the former Bob mentions she'll be late for her community service job, and he hires a nanny to take care of things while she's away. In the latter Phoebe Arnold asks if she's gotten her license back. It's implied here she has a DUI, and she got it prior to "Helga and the Nanny." She still hadn't gotten her license back by the time "The Beeper Queen" aired, hence Phoebe's Arnold's comment.



* So we have the episode "Hooky", wherein Arnold and Gerald play hooky from school, have a miserable day, and return to school to find that there was a "surprise carnival day" at school. Early on in the episode, Arnold and Gerald were discussing hooky and Principal Wartz accuses them of planning to play hooky. The boys insist they were talking about ''hockey''. Perhaps Wartz knew Arnold and Gerald were lying and pretended to believe that they were indeed talking about hockey, later planning the surprise carnival day to teach them a lesson.

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* So we have the episode "Hooky", "Hookey", wherein Arnold and Gerald play hooky hookey from school, have a miserable day, and return to school to find that there was a "surprise carnival day" at school. Early on in the episode, Arnold and Gerald were discussing hooky hookey and Principal Wartz accuses them of planning to play hooky.hookey. The boys insist they were talking about ''hockey''. Perhaps Wartz knew Arnold and Gerald were lying and pretended to believe that they were indeed talking about hockey, later planning the surprise carnival day to teach them a lesson.



* In "Preteen Scream" Phoebe's favorite pop singer Ronnie Matthews is revealed to be a fraud who lip syncs like MilliVanilli. The brilliance is that she finds this out at a GreasySpoon. He's so cheap and a fraud that he doesn't take her and Helga to a better restaurant.

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* In "Preteen "Pre-teen Scream" Phoebe's favorite pop singer Ronnie Matthews is revealed to be a fraud who lip syncs like MilliVanilli. The brilliance is that she finds this out at a GreasySpoon. He's so cheap and a fraud that he doesn't take her and Helga to a better restaurant.



** More Fridge TearJerker than horror, but the episode where Helga wakes up in a world where she never existed. The entire town is celebrating her disappearance complete with a parade in her 'honor.' Her parents are actually happy and loving to each other. Phoebe has a new, more caring best friend, Gloria. And Arnold is now world famous for 'getting rid of her' (i.e. making her disappear as part of a magic act) and engaged to [[RomanticFalseLead Ruth]] (the SatelliteLoveInterest for Arnold up until the Valentine's Day episode where he finds that Ruth was boring and not very bright). Helga then wakes up and realizes it was all just a dream, then goes to apologize to all the people she's hurt or bullied over the years. Seems simple enough, but think about it. That whole episode was all in Helga's mind, which means that at least on a subconscious level, she truly believes the world and everyone she knows would be better off without her.



* In Olga's Fiance, Olga fell for someone who appears to be a sociopath that would have ruined her life and came way too close to marrying him.

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* In Olga's Fiance, Olga Gets Engaged, Olga fell for someone who appears to be a sociopath that would have ruined her life and came way too close to marrying him.



* Pookie's {{Flanderization}} over the course of the series from an eccentric but still respectable adult figure in Arnold's life to a crazy old lady is due to senile dementia. It also explains why she's a total nutjob and does they crazy antics she does. It does make them more depressing than funny or cool. And much like Miriam and her alcoholism, the writers of the show probably were told by the Nick censors not to allude to the fact that Pookie had dementia (either a BS&P rule against mentioning mental illness on children's TV shows or they were afraid parents would write in and complain).

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* More Fridge TearJerker than horror, is the episode "Magic Show", where Helga wakes up in a world where she never existed. The entire town is celebrating her disappearance complete with a parade in her 'honor.' Her parents are actually happy and loving to each other. Phoebe has a new, more caring best friend, Gloria. And Arnold is now world famous for 'getting rid of her' (i.e. making her disappear as part of a magic act) and engaged to [[RomanticFalseLead Ruth]] (the SatelliteLoveInterest for Arnold up until the Valentine's Day episode where he finds that Ruth was boring and not very bright). Helga then wakes up and realizes it was all just a dream, then goes to apologize to all the people she's hurt or bullied over the years. Seems simple enough, but think about it. That whole episode was all in Helga's mind, which means that at least on a subconscious level, she truly believes the world and everyone she knows would be better off without her.
** To get more specific: the dream proves that Helga knows deep down that her mean behavior is not well-received by her friends and classmates. It also hints that Helga might actually blame herself for the dysfunction in her family (which [[TruthInTelevision does really happen to kids with problematic families]]) and that she is fully aware that mistreating Arnold will eventually destroy her chances to be with him.
*** That last point gets more depressing the more you think about it: it's very possible Helga believes that her bullying front could very well ruin any chance she had to be with Arnold, and that she will have to watch Arnold date (and eventually marry) another girl, and ''she will only have herself to blame for it''.
* Pookie's {{Flanderization}} over the course of the series from an eccentric but still respectable adult figure in Arnold's life to a crazy old lady is could be due to senile dementia. It also explains why she's a total nutjob and does they crazy antics she does. It does make them more depressing than funny or cool. And much like Miriam and her alcoholism, if this is indeed the case the writers of the show probably were told by the Nick censors not to allude to the fact that Pookie had dementia dementia, much like with Miriam and her alcoholism (either a BS&P rule against mentioning mental illness on children's TV shows or they were afraid parents would write in and complain).



* In the episode Curly's Girl, Rhonda takes her mother's fur coat without permission and gets it dirty, so Curly offers to clean it in secret before she can be found out. The catch, however, is that she must "date" him until Friday. When Friday comes, Rhonda very publicly and harshly "dumps" him and is seen as completely heartless by her peers, leading her to restart the act so people will like her again. While Rhonda was definitely in the wrong for her original deed, the whole situation becomes terrifying when looked at from an adult point of view; a [[StalkerWithACrush clearly disturbed man]] taking advantage of the woman he's obsessed with, then ''her'' being called heartless for telling him off. It's worse considering ''everyone'' in the school knows that Curly is insane, creepily obsessed with Rhonda, and possibly dangerous. The whole thing is ...disturbingly reminiscent of real life stalking and domestic violence.
* The end of "Ghost Bride" heavily implies that [[spoiler:Curly may have been KilledOffForReal by the Ghost Bride herself. Making it worse is that was his final appearance in the series.]] However, given his [[AxCrazy usual behavior]], he may be considered an AssholeVictim.
** He can be seen in the background in several scenes in "Phoebe's Little Problem," which aired after "Ghost Bride."
* Helga was totally willing to chainsaw a parrot. Just...[[MoralEventHorizon that]].
* WordOfGod states that Arnold's teacher Mr. Simmons is gay. In a few episodes like "Aptitude Test" Big Bob Pataki is a jerk to him and refers to him as a throw pillow. Bob's not the nicest guy in the world but here he comes across as homophobic.

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** It should be noted that this theory might not be true, since there are a few hints that Pookie's actually ObfuscatingInsanity. For example, [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness getting serious]] in "Parents Day", and escaping for jail and driving a bulldozer in ''Hey Arnold! The Movie''.
* In the episode Curly's Girl, "Curly's Girl", Rhonda takes her mother's fur coat without permission and gets it dirty, so Curly offers to clean it in secret before she can be found out. The catch, however, is that she must "date" him until Friday. When Friday comes, Rhonda very publicly and harshly "dumps" him and is seen as completely heartless by her peers, leading her to restart the act so people will like her again. While Rhonda was definitely in the wrong for her original deed, the whole situation becomes terrifying when looked at from an adult point of view; a [[StalkerWithACrush clearly disturbed man]] taking advantage of the woman he's obsessed with, then ''her'' being called heartless for telling him off. It's worse considering ''everyone'' in the school knows that Curly is insane, creepily obsessed with Rhonda, and possibly dangerous. The whole thing is ...disturbingly reminiscent of real life stalking and domestic violence.
* The end of "Ghost Bride" heavily implies that [[spoiler:Curly may have been KilledOffForReal by the Ghost Bride herself. Making it worse is that was his final appearance in the series.]] However, given his [[AxCrazy usual behavior]], he may be considered an AssholeVictim.
** He can be seen in the background in several scenes in "Phoebe's Little Problem," which aired after "Ghost Bride."
abuse/violence.
* Helga was totally willing to chainsaw a parrot. Just...[[MoralEventHorizon that]].
think about that for a minute.
* WordOfGod states that Arnold's teacher Mr. Simmons is gay. In a few episodes like "Aptitude "The Aptitude Test" Big Bob Pataki is a jerk to him and refers to him as a throw pillow. Bob's not the nicest guy in the world but here he comes across as homophobic.



* In "Arnold's Thanksgiving" Arnold and Helga think their Thanksgivings are subpar, but we see Mr. Simmon's is worse. What about someone like Lila? Considering her father had problems with unemployment, it's possible they spend their holiday at a soup kitchen.

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* In "Arnold's Thanksgiving" Arnold and Helga think their Thanksgivings are subpar, but we see Mr. Simmon's Simmons's is worse. What about someone like Lila? Considering her father had problems with unemployment, it's possible they spend their holiday at a soup kitchen.



* Part of the reason that "New Bully On the Block" is so uncomfortable to watch is because of the implications of its ending. Sure, it's a DownerEnding to see the kids getting beat up and kicked off of the field that they built themselves...but what about the last shot of the episode? The football game ends well before sunset, but when we cut to the ending scene of the kids being forcibly hung from the goalposts ''en mass'', it's after dark. How long have they been there, unable to leave? Are Wolfgang and Ludwig just holding them hostage for their own amusement?

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* Part of the reason that "New Bully On on the Block" is so uncomfortable to watch is because of the implications of its ending. Sure, it's a DownerEnding to see the kids getting beat up and kicked off of the field that they built themselves...but what about the last shot of the episode? The football game ends well before sunset, but when we cut to the ending scene of the kids being forcibly hung from the goalposts ''en mass'', it's after dark. How long have they been there, unable to leave? Are Wolfgang and Ludwig just holding them hostage for their own amusement?



* How come the kids still play baseball in the street after the episode "The Vacant Lot?"

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* How come the kids still play baseball in the street after the episode "The Vacant Lot?"Lot"?
10th Dec '15 10:47:01 AM TheMightyHeptagon
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* Part of the reason that "New Bully On the Block" is so uncomfortable to watch is because of the implications of its ending. Sure, it's a DownerEnding to see the kids getting beat up and kicked off of the field that they built themselves...but what about the last shot of the episode? The football game ends well before sunset, but when we cut to the ending scene of the kids being forcibly hung from the goalposts ''en mass'', it's after dark. How long have they been there, unable to leave? Are Wolfgang and Ludwig just holding them hostage for their own amusement?
28th Nov '15 4:29:04 PM Charsi
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** She also bullied Arnold, so while not a psychopath, she wasn't completely harmless to him either.
31st Oct '15 11:13:43 PM RayAP9
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* The episode "Arnold Visits Arnie" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sees Arnold go to his cousin Arnie's house]], where everything is the inverse of Arnold's neighborhood, including backwards caricatures of his friends. Lulu (Lila) is seductive and shrewd, Stumpy (Stinky) is short, well-spoken, and articulate, Fifi (Phoebe) is unintelligent, etc... until you get to Hilda (Helga). Hilda is poetic, creative, and romantic. All of these qualities, however, also apply to Helga (the last of which is probably at least arguable), because the kids in Arnie's neighborhood aren't necessarily the opposite of the kids in Arnold's neighborhood, but actually the opposite of how Arnold ''perceives'' them. This also gives precedence to the fact that Arnold and Helga would get along extremely well if Helga acted more like she's perhaps naturally inclined to, instead of hiding behind her bully facade to avoid being outed as having feelings for Arnold.

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* The episode "Arnold Visits Arnie" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sees Arnold go to his cousin Arnie's house]], where everything is the inverse of Arnold's neighborhood, including backwards caricatures of his friends. Lulu (Lila) is seductive and shrewd, Stumpy (Stinky) is short, well-spoken, and articulate, Fifi (Phoebe) is unintelligent, etc... until you get to Hilda (Helga). Hilda is poetic, creative, and romantic. All of these qualities, however, also apply to Helga (the last of which is probably at least arguable), Helga, because the kids in Arnie's neighborhood aren't necessarily the opposite of the kids in Arnold's neighborhood, but actually the opposite of how Arnold ''perceives'' them. This also gives precedence to the fact that Arnold and Helga would get along extremely well if Helga acted more like she's perhaps naturally inclined to, instead of hiding behind her bully facade to avoid being outed as having feelings for Arnold.
31st Oct '15 11:13:27 PM RayAP9
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* The episode "Arnold Visits Arnie" [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin sees Arnold go to his cousin Arnie's house]], where everything is the inverse of Arnold's neighborhood, including backwards caricatures of his friends. Lulu (Lila) is seductive and shrewd, Stumpy (Stinky) is short, well-spoken, and articulate, Fifi (Phoebe) is unintelligent, etc... until you get to Hilda (Helga). Hilda is poetic, creative, and romantic. All of these qualities, however, also apply to Helga (the last of which is probably at least arguable), because the kids in Arnie's neighborhood aren't necessarily the opposite of the kids in Arnold's neighborhood, but actually the opposite of how Arnold ''perceives'' them. This also gives precedence to the fact that Arnold and Helga would get along extremely well if Helga acted more like she's perhaps naturally inclined to, instead of hiding behind her bully facade to avoid being outed as having feelings for Arnold.
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