History Headscratchers / HeyArnold

22nd Aug '16 2:02:59 AM ChrisDen
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** [[http://www.whsv.com/home/headlines/The-True-Cost-of-a-False-Alarm-207622621.html Pulling a fire alarm on purpose when there is no fire is actually illegal.]] In the real world, the authorities likely would've gotten involved, and if they could prove he did it maliciously, Eugene would've been facing several hundred dollars in fines, at the very least. Curly, who pulled the fire alarm ''a second time'' at the end of the episode, is lucky he wasn't arrested.



* Did the Thanksgiving special seem like a BrokenAesop to anyone else? The general message is a fairly ordinary sort of "The grass is always greener" situation combined with some "Be nice to your family" sort of thing. The problem to me seems to be that the message is delivered to both Arnold... and ''Helga.'' While Arnold's TrueCompanions are genuinely likeable people, quirks aside (even Oskar isn't entirely the product of his own laziness), Helga's parents... really aren't good people. Although the special gives them a PetTheDog moment, the fact still remains that, 99% of the time, Bob is a self-absorbed money-grubbing man with almost no regard for the rest of humanity--even his own daughter most of the time--and her mother is [[TheAlcoholic perpetually sloshed and hungover.]] Their concern almost seems... out-of-character, considering how little they care for her otherwise. And even if it's sincere, shouldn't they be treating her as nicely ''all'' the time? (Olga's fine, and her worries are almost certainly truthful--but, [[ParodySue that's to be expected of Olga.]]) We're supposed to see Simmon's family as little better, but unlike Helga's family (of whom we have multiple instances of their negligence), we only see them once, and the implication (especially from Mr. Simmons himself) is that they're really very nice; they're just not party people.

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* Did the Thanksgiving special seem like a BrokenAesop to anyone else? The general message is a fairly ordinary sort of "The grass is always greener" situation combined with some "Be nice to your family" sort of thing. The problem to me seems to be that the message is delivered to both Arnold... and ''Helga.'' While Arnold's TrueCompanions are genuinely likeable likable people, quirks aside (even Oskar isn't entirely the product of his own laziness), Helga's parents... really aren't good people. Although the special gives them a PetTheDog moment, the fact still remains that, 99% of the time, Bob is a self-absorbed money-grubbing man with almost no regard for the rest of humanity--even his own daughter most of the time--and her mother is [[TheAlcoholic perpetually sloshed and hungover.]] Their concern almost seems... out-of-character, considering how little they care for her otherwise. And even if it's sincere, shouldn't they be treating her as nicely ''all'' the time? (Olga's fine, and her worries are almost certainly truthful--but, [[ParodySue that's to be expected of Olga.]]) We're supposed to see Simmon's Simmons's family as little better, but unlike Helga's family (of whom we have multiple instances of their negligence), we only see them once, and the implication (especially from Mr. Simmons himself) is that they're really very nice; they're just not party people.
22nd Jul '16 11:37:15 PM KittyKaxx
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*** Furthermore, social services only get involved if it appears that a child is in actual danger of their lives. Helga lives in a big, clean house, has clean clothes, has spending money(because she doesn't have a job where else would she get it?), and she (usually) has enough food to eat. On top of that Bob and Miriam never ''physically'' abuse Helga, or even verbally. You can't take a child away just because their parents don't pay enough attention to them.

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*** Furthermore, social services only get involved if it appears that a child is in actual danger of their lives. Helga lives in a big, big clean house, has clean clothes, has spending money(because she doesn't have a job where else would she get it?), and she (usually) has enough food to eat. On top of that Bob and Miriam never ''physically'' abuse Helga, or even verbally. You can't take a child away just because their parents don't pay enough attention to them.
4th Jul '16 11:32:09 AM KittyKaxx
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*** Furthermore, social services only get involved if it appears that a child is in actual danger of their lives. Helga lives in a big, clean house, has clean clothes, has spending money(because she doesn't have a job where else would she get it?), and she (usually) has enough food to eat. On top of that Bob and Miriam never ''physically'' abuse Helga, or even verbally. You can't take a child away just because their parents don't pay enough attention to them.
24th May '16 2:46:11 PM ThorfinnRowle
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** I think it's a case of DependingOnTheWriter. Remember that he's also been pushed around by fifth grader mooks before despite being 2-3 years older than them. Torvald on the other hand (undeniably 13) shoves them around like they're nothing and even makes Wolfgang uneasy.



*** This is Arnold we're talking about. The kid probably did know who Phil was talking about but shrugged it off.



** Nobody is going to tell HELGA off for doing that lest they answer to Old Betsy.



** TruthInTelevision. A lot of bullies and thugs back off if their target intends to fight back.



And even if they managed to piece together that the bird was about to say "Helga," there's no way anyone would jump to the conclusion "Helga is madly in love with Arnold." She tortures him on a regular basis and doesn't really like anyone except Phoebe. So in all likelihood, no one's gonna think about it based on the fact that the bird was maybe about to say a name that sounds like Helga's.

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And even if they managed to piece together that the bird was about to say "Helga," there's no way anyone would jump to the conclusion "Helga is madly in love with Arnold." She tortures him on a regular basis and doesn't really like anyone except Phoebe. So in all likelihood, no one's gonna think about it based on the fact that the bird was maybe about to say a name that sounds like Helga's.Helga's.
** Yeah I agree, they'd probably more likely think it was a joke or something.
24th Apr '16 6:57:43 PM Kinola
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*** Mr. Smith moved out.
24th Apr '16 6:56:12 PM Kinola
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** Other people use Gerald Field; maybe on those days when they were playing baseball in the street, the field was being used by another team (or teams) for practice or a ball game.
24th Apr '16 6:54:49 PM Kinola
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** I think it wandered off.
24th Apr '16 6:48:08 PM RayAP9
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** Helga was nervous in general and probably didn't think about that. Once she realized that she had nearly spelled the world right, she had to think fast and probably just said the next letter that she thought of after that. As for no one batting an eyelash, perhaps it's because it's HIllwood's golden boy that won, no one would care, or maybe because of her reputation as a bully, some automatically assumed that she was dumb anyway.

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** Helga was nervous in general and probably didn't think about that. Once she realized that she had nearly spelled the world right, she had to think fast and probably just said the next letter that she thought of after that. As for no one batting an eyelash, perhaps it's because it's HIllwood's Hillwood's golden boy that won, no one would care, or maybe because of her reputation as a bully, some automatically assumed that she was dumb anyway.



* This question is in regards to "Helga's Parrot." Arnold brings said parrot to Show and Tell, where it recites one of Helga's love poems, containing her name. Right before [[spoiler: the monitor lizard eats it]], the parrot clearly gets the first syllable of Helga's name out. The gulp/slurp of the monitor lizard could easily be read as "gah." So, why did none of the kids figure out Helga's secret, or say anything about it?

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* This question is in regards to "Helga's Parrot." Arnold brings said parrot to Show and Tell, where it recites one of Helga's love poems, containing her name. Right before [[spoiler: the monitor lizard eats it]], the parrot clearly gets the first syllable of Helga's name out. The gulp/slurp of the monitor lizard could easily be read as "gah." So, why did none of the kids figure out Helga's secret, or say anything about it?it?
** Could be one of those things that you don't notice unless you know to look for it. We know that the identity of whoever wrote the poem is a huge secret, but everyone else didn't. They probably weren't listening as closely-- for all they know, it could have been anyone's name that the parrot was about to say. Like Hel... en of Troy.\\\
And even if they managed to piece together that the bird was about to say "Helga," there's no way anyone would jump to the conclusion "Helga is madly in love with Arnold." She tortures him on a regular basis and doesn't really like anyone except Phoebe. So in all likelihood, no one's gonna think about it based on the fact that the bird was maybe about to say a name that sounds like Helga's.
24th Apr '16 6:15:20 PM EnglishGuruLady
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** He could've been held back a couple years.

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** He could've been held back a couple years.years.
* This question is in regards to "Helga's Parrot." Arnold brings said parrot to Show and Tell, where it recites one of Helga's love poems, containing her name. Right before [[spoiler: the monitor lizard eats it]], the parrot clearly gets the first syllable of Helga's name out. The gulp/slurp of the monitor lizard could easily be read as "gah." So, why did none of the kids figure out Helga's secret, or say anything about it?
25th Jan '16 2:22:18 AM thecarolinabull01
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** I'd say this is likely true. I'm no expert on mental illnesses but based on what we see on screen she definitely does not have bipolar disorder. She does, however, have some symptoms related to [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Borderline Personality Disorder]] a disease that is often mistaken for bipolar disorder.

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** I'd say this is likely true. I'm no expert on mental illnesses but based on what we see on screen she definitely does not have bipolar disorder. She does, however, seem to have some symptoms related to of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Borderline_personality_disorder Borderline Personality Disorder]] a disease that is often mistaken for and misdiagnosed as bipolar disorder.
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