History TearJerker / HeyArnold

25th Aug '16 5:38:37 PM ironballs16
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** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, except this time [[HarsherInHindsight she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool]].

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** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, except this time [[HarsherInHindsight [[CerebusRetcon she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool]].
25th Aug '16 5:38:09 PM ironballs16
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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess (her father was a blowhard who cared more about his beeper store than his family, her mom gave up being a parent and has become a covert alcoholic, and her college-aged sister moved out so she can have a better life--despite that she's painfully naïve to the darker side of humanity)... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it evaporated.
** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, except this time she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool.

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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess (her father was a blowhard who cared more about his beeper store than his family, her mom gave up being a parent and has become a covert alcoholic, and her college-aged sister moved out so she can have a better life--despite that she's painfully naïve to the darker side of humanity)... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged preschool-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it evaporated.
** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, except this time [[HarsherInHindsight she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool.preschool]].
14th Aug '16 8:53:17 PM ANewMan
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* In a tears of rage-inducing way, the climax of ''Arnold Betrays Iggy.'' One can only imagine all the kids watching the show who felt for sure that things would work out for the best and Arnold would avoid needless public humiliation at the last minute only to be horrified and possibly scarred to see things not play out that way at all, instead being treated to a gut-wrenching, drawn out scene of Arnold walking down a red carpet out of his home and back, all while unsettling somber music plays, crowds of people laugh cruelly at Arnold's humiliation (that's ''being broadcast on live TV'' as well), and Iggy has a GodWhatHaveIDone meltdown, which proves not enough for him to be redeemed or forgiven for what he brought about, by both Arnold and the audience.

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* In a tears of rage-inducing way, the climax of ''Arnold Betrays Iggy.'' One can only imagine all the kids watching the show who felt for sure that things would work out for the best and Arnold would avoid needless public humiliation at the last minute only to be horrified and possibly scarred to see things not play out that way at all, instead being treated to a gut-wrenching, drawn out scene of Arnold walking down a red carpet out of his home and back, all while unsettling somber music plays, crowds of people laugh cruelly at Arnold's humiliation (that's ''being broadcast on live TV'' as well), and Iggy has a GodWhatHaveIDone MyGodWhatHaveIDone meltdown, which proves not enough for him to be redeemed or forgiven for what he brought about, by both Arnold and the audience.
14th Aug '16 8:52:01 PM ANewMan
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* In a tears of rage-inducing way, the climax of ''Arnold Betrays Iggy.'' One can only imagine all the kids watching the show who felt for sure that things would work out for the best and Arnold would avoid needless public humiliation at the last minute only to be horrified and possibly scarred to see things not play out that way at all, instead being treated to a gut-wrenching, drawn out scene of Arnold walking down a red carpet out of his home and back, all while unsettling somber music plays, crowds of people laugh cruelly at Arnold's humiliation (that's ''being broadcast on live TV'' as well), and Iggy has a OhGodWhatHaveIDone meltdown, which proves not enough for him to be redeemed or forgiven for what he brought about, by both Arnold and the audience.

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* In a tears of rage-inducing way, the climax of ''Arnold Betrays Iggy.'' One can only imagine all the kids watching the show who felt for sure that things would work out for the best and Arnold would avoid needless public humiliation at the last minute only to be horrified and possibly scarred to see things not play out that way at all, instead being treated to a gut-wrenching, drawn out scene of Arnold walking down a red carpet out of his home and back, all while unsettling somber music plays, crowds of people laugh cruelly at Arnold's humiliation (that's ''being broadcast on live TV'' as well), and Iggy has a OhGodWhatHaveIDone GodWhatHaveIDone meltdown, which proves not enough for him to be redeemed or forgiven for what he brought about, by both Arnold and the audience.
14th Aug '16 8:50:55 PM ANewMan
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* In a tears of rage-inducing way, the climax of ''Arnold Betrays Iggy.'' One can only imagine all the kids watching the show who felt for sure that things would work out for the best and Arnold would avoid needless public humiliation at the last minute only to be horrified and possibly scarred to see things not play out that way at all, instead being treated to a gut-wrenching, drawn out scene of Arnold walking down a red carpet out of his home and back, all while unsettling somber music plays, crowds of people laugh cruelly at Arnold's humiliation (that's ''being broadcast on live TV'' as well), and Iggy has a OhGodWhatHaveIDone meltdown, which proves not enough for him to be redeemed or forgiven for what he brought about, by both Arnold and the audience.
13th Aug '16 11:24:56 PM maxwellsilver
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** Arnold's neighbor Mr. Hyunh, trying to escape the Vietnam War with his toddler daughter Mai, ran to the American embassy only to find one more person was allowed on the last helicopter going to America. After giving up Mai to the Americans, he came to Arnold's city to find her but couldn't do it. At the end, as everyone is exchanging Christmas gifts and Arnold feels terrible for not being able to find her, the doorbell rings...to reveal Mai, who was found by one of Arnold's friends. Ten years later and the tears come out every time it comes on TV.

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** Arnold's neighbor Mr. Hyunh, trying to escape the Vietnam War with his toddler daughter Mai, ran to the American embassy only to find one more person was allowed on the last helicopter going to America. After giving up Mai to the Americans, he came to Arnold's city to find her but couldn't do it. At the end, as everyone is exchanging Christmas gifts and Arnold feels terrible for not being able to find her, the doorbell rings...to reveal Mai, who was found by one of Arnold's friends. Ten years later and the tears come out every time it comes on TV.



-->'''Helga''' ''(smiling tearfully)'': Merry Christmas, Arnold.
-->'''Roll Credits'''.

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-->'''Helga''' --->'''Helga''' ''(smiling tearfully)'': Merry Christmas, Arnold.
-->'''Roll --->'''Roll Credits'''.
13th Aug '16 11:24:12 PM maxwellsilver
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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess (her father was a blowhard who cared more about his beeper store than his family, her mom gave up being a parent and has become a covert alcoholic, and her college-aged sister moved out so she can have a better life--despite that she's painfully naïve to the darker side of humanity)... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it [[CerebusRetcon evaporated]].
** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, [[HarsherInHindsight except this time she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool]].

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* Helga revealing how much her family life sucks on "Helga on the Couch." Earlier in the series, it was somewhat funny how Helga's family life was a mess (her father was a blowhard who cared more about his beeper store than his family, her mom gave up being a parent and has become a covert alcoholic, and her college-aged sister moved out so she can have a better life--despite that she's painfully naïve to the darker side of humanity)... but when Helga reveals that she's been ignored since she was pre-school-aged in favor of Olga, any humor that could be mined from it [[CerebusRetcon evaporated]].
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** The running gag of Bob calling Helga by her sister's name by mistake returns, [[HarsherInHindsight except this time she's just a confused 3-year-old girl in preschool]].preschool.



---> '''Bob''': Yeah, yeah, in a minute, [[MaliciousMisnaming Olga]]. (goes back to paying attention to Olga)

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---> '''Bob''': Yeah, yeah, in a minute, [[MaliciousMisnaming Olga]].Olga. (goes back to paying attention to Olga)



---> '''Helga''': ...[[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe There was someone]].

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---> '''Helga''': ...[[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe There was someone]].someone.



** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents. Even [[CloudCuckoolander Arnold's grandma]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness stops acting insane]] when she realizes [[RealityEnsues how serious the situation has become]].
** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said, and rushes to apologize to Arnold for her father's thoughtlessness.

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** The scene at dinner, where Arnold, after overhearing Bob Pataki refer to him as "orphan boy", explains that he doesn't want to go back to the tournament, as it's only for children and their parents, and while he DOES love his grandparents, they aren't actually his parents. Even [[CloudCuckoolander Arnold's grandma]] [[OOCIsSeriousBusiness grandma stops acting insane]] insane when she realizes [[RealityEnsues how serious the situation has become]].
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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] feelings and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]].comment. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said, and rushes to apologize to Arnold for her father's thoughtlessness.



* Lila may be [[TheScrappy widely disliked in a lot of fan circles]], but her situation in her first appearance (where she's living in a rundown apartment, her mom isn't around, and her father is unemployed and desperately looking for a job to support his daughter) was heartwrenching.
** Add to that Helga, Phobe, Rhonda, Nadine and Sheena bullying her and making her cry. Really, Lila was a flat-out [[TheWoobie Woobie]] in her debut.
* The episode "Curly's Girl," in which Rhonda repays a debt to Curly by pretending to be his girlfriend for five days. She dumps him as soon as they agreed it would be over, and everyone hates Rhonda (even her best friend Nadine) for breaking his heart. To win back her popularity, Rhonda tells Curly to pretend to be his girlfriend again, but then HE dumps HER after hearing her in the bathroom talk about how disgusting she thinks he is (after he forcibly kissed her). As a result, people feel sorry for Rhonda and she's popular again. Then Rhonda goes to Curly's house to thank him (she thinks it was an act), and he's sitting on his front steps with his glasses off (for perhaps the only time ever in the series), eyes wide and full of tears. He didn't look like the little psychotic freak he always is-- instead, he's just a depressed little boy with a shattered heart due to his [[AllLoveIsUnRequited unrequited love]].

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* Lila may be [[TheScrappy widely disliked in a lot of fan circles]], circles, but her situation in her first appearance (where she's living in a rundown apartment, her mom isn't around, and her father is unemployed and desperately looking for a job to support his daughter) was heartwrenching.
** Add to that Helga, Phobe, Phoebe, Rhonda, Nadine and Sheena bullying her and making her cry. Really, Lila was a flat-out [[TheWoobie Woobie]] Woobie in her debut.
* The episode "Curly's Girl," in which Rhonda repays a debt to Curly by pretending to be his girlfriend for five days. She dumps him as soon as they agreed it would be over, and everyone hates Rhonda (even her best friend Nadine) for breaking his heart. To win back her popularity, Rhonda tells Curly to pretend to be his girlfriend again, but then HE dumps HER after hearing her in the bathroom talk about how disgusting she thinks he is (after he forcibly kissed her). As a result, people feel sorry for Rhonda and she's popular again. Then Rhonda goes to Curly's house to thank him (she thinks it was an act), and he's sitting on his front steps with his glasses off (for perhaps the only time ever in the series), eyes wide and full of tears. He didn't look like the little psychotic freak he always is-- instead, he's just a depressed little boy with a shattered heart due to his [[AllLoveIsUnRequited unrequited love]].love.



* In "Weighing Harold," it seems like [[FridgeLogic everybody is suddenly making nasty comments about Harold's weight.]] His weight loss cruise fails because he was afraid the other participants would think he was fat, and ate to counteract the stress. If that's not enough of a TearJerker, Arnold volunteers to help Harold lose weight, but Harold initially can't do it. He breaks down crying while explaining to Arnold that everyone around him has been ''saying'' he was fat, decimating his confidence.

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* In "Weighing Harold," it seems like [[FridgeLogic everybody is suddenly making nasty comments about Harold's weight.]] weight. His weight loss cruise fails because he was afraid the other participants would think he was fat, and ate to counteract the stress. If that's not enough of a TearJerker, Arnold volunteers to help Harold lose weight, but Harold initially can't do it. He breaks down crying while explaining to Arnold that everyone around him has been ''saying'' he was fat, decimating his confidence.



* "Grandpa's Sister" has the title character visit the boarding house, and the two of them are constantly at each others' throats. Arnold helps rekindle their relationship by getting to the heart of the problem: [[spoiler: As children, they had a pet Scottish Terrier named Pooter, who they loved dearly. One day he got out of the yard and was run over by a milk truck. And for 70 years ([[RunningGag 71]]) Phil and Mitzi blamed the other for Pooter's death.]]

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* "Grandpa's Sister" has the title character visit the boarding house, and the two of them are constantly at each others' throats. Arnold helps rekindle their relationship by getting to the heart of the problem: [[spoiler: As children, they had a pet Scottish Terrier named Pooter, who they loved dearly. One day he got out of the yard and was run over by a milk truck. And for 70 years ([[RunningGag 71]]) (71) Phil and Mitzi blamed the other for Pooter's death.]]



* "The Flood"; Helga falling into the water when the class is trying to save Mr. Simmons is one thing. Hearing her ''scream'' Arnold's name and Arnold's [[BigNo reaction to seeing her fall]] is another thing entirely.

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* "The Flood"; Helga falling into the water when the class is trying to save Mr. Simmons is one thing. Hearing her ''scream'' Arnold's name and Arnold's [[BigNo reaction to seeing her fall]] fall is another thing entirely.



** When Helga finally gets the perfect present combined with the love and attention from her parents (instead of the usual jerkass filled home life), she realises that she has to give it up to [[spoiler: re-unite Mr Hyuh with his daughter]] and then she realises, after spending all that time trying to find the present that would make Arnold fall in love with her, that this would be the greatest thing she could do for them all and make them happiest. So [[ActOfTrueLove she gives it all up and takes no credit for it]], giving them [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a proper Christmas miracle]] and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet again]] ends up with her love for Arnold unrecognised, standing alone in the snow.

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** When Helga finally gets the perfect present combined with the love and attention from her parents (instead of the usual jerkass filled home life), she realises that she has to give it up to [[spoiler: re-unite Mr Hyuh with his daughter]] and then she realises, after spending all that time trying to find the present that would make Arnold fall in love with her, that this would be the greatest thing she could do for them all and make them happiest. So [[ActOfTrueLove she gives it all up and takes no credit for it]], it, giving them [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming a proper Christmas miracle]] miracle and [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption yet again]] again ends up with her love for Arnold unrecognised, standing alone in the snow.



** She even called him out, then told him to just walk away. AND THEN she forged a note from him to prevent her sister's heart from breaking more than she knew it would...*[[SandInMyEyes ''sniff'']]* [[ManlyTears BE STRONG, BE STRONG]]!

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** She even called him out, then told him to just walk away. AND THEN she forged a note from him to prevent her sister's heart from breaking more than she knew it would...*[[SandInMyEyes ''sniff'']]* [[ManlyTears *''sniff''* BE STRONG, BE STRONG]]!STRONG!



* "The Longest Monday", an episode about the 4th graders trying to escape the 5th graders' trashing of them as part of an annual bullying tradition, ends with Arnold trying to talk sense into Wolfgang and his squad of [[TheBully bullies]] about ending this cruel tradition...and [[ShaggyDogStory he gets tossed in the trash anyway]] like his classmates.

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* "The Longest Monday", an episode about the 4th graders trying to escape the 5th graders' trashing of them as part of an annual bullying tradition, ends with Arnold trying to talk sense into Wolfgang and his squad of [[TheBully bullies]] bullies about ending this cruel tradition...and [[ShaggyDogStory he gets tossed in the trash anyway]] anyway like his classmates.
18th Jul '16 7:54:42 PM Kishou
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* In ''Stinky Goes Hollywood'', Stinky, among hundreds of kids (and Oskar) that applied, is picked as the Yahoo Soda kid and instantly gets famous. He's genuinely happy and believes he's found something that he's good at. Then he and Arnold overhear the managers saying they only picked Stinky because of how dopey he talks. Stinky's crushed, and ultimately decides to keep his integrity by refusing a million dollar contract, despite his family and peers dismayed and distraught of the decision. The only person who knows the truth and sympathizes with his choice is Arnold.
16th Jul '16 7:43:00 PM ironballs16
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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.

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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.said, and rushes to apologize to Arnold for her father's thoughtlessness.
16th Jul '16 7:41:51 PM ironballs16
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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, [[EvenEvilHasStandards ''immediately'' admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.

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** Made even more heart-wrenching by the fact that Helga, [[JerkassFacade who rarely shows that she genuinely cares about anyone's feelings]] and is usually apathetic to Big Bob's jerkass tendencies, [[EvenEvilHasStandards ''immediately'' [[EvenEvilHasStandards admonishes him for the "Orphan boy" comment]]. Even the girl who tortures Arnold on a regular basis (albeit to hide the fact that she has feelings for him) was legitimately saddened and upset by what Bob said.
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