Recap: Hey Arnold!

This is a list of episodes from the series Hey Arnold!, which ran from October 1996 to June 2004 with 100 episodes and a movie overall. This list is on the production order, not the order Nickelodeon aired them on.

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    Season One 
  1. Downtown as Fruits / Eugene's Bike: Arnold and his Black Best Friend, Gerald, ditch the school play (directed by Helga Pataki, a female bully who's secretly in love with Arnold) and go to the bad side of the city in their fruit costumes, where the duo are given a sackful of money by a seedy man who thinks they're criminals waiting for their cut; Arnold cheers up Eugene, a nerd with a nasty streak of bad luck after his bike gets wrecked in a freak accident.
  2. The Little Pink Book / Field Trip: Helga loses her journal, which is filled with love poems about Arnold; after a field trip to the aquarium, Arnold and his demented grandmother break in to free a sea turtle who's been in captivity for a long time.
  3. Arnold's Hat / Stoop Kid: Arnold loses his baseball cap; Arnold helps an abandoned teenager (voiced by Danny Cookseynote ) venture away from the stoop he calls home.
  4. Helga's Makeover / The Old Building: When Rhonda doesn't invite Helga to her party because she isn't girly enough, Helga decides to prove her wrong; Arnold is torn between helping Ernie destroy an old theater and helping his grandma save it.
  5. 6th Grade Girls / The Baseball: Arnold and Gerald become the dates to two sixth grade girls who want to make their boyfriends jealous; Arnold's baseball idol Mickey Kaline is about to retire so he and Gerald go to his final game.
  6. Heat / Snow: The kids go insane during a heat wave; Arnold tries to enjoy a snow day, but his grandfather wants him to do chores.
  7. Operation Ruthless / The Vacant Lot: Arnold tries to get close to a sixth grade girl named Ruth MacDougal at a carnival, and Helga tries to break up Arnold and Ruth; Arnold and his friends clean up a dirty lot to play baseball on, but when the adults find the lot, they take it over and use it for themselves.
  8. The List / Haunted Train: Arnold has a list of things to do to have a perfect Saturday, but everything goes wrong; Grandpa Phil tells Arnold and his friends the tale of "The Haunted Train". Curiosity gets the best of Arnold, Gerald and Helga, so the three go to the abandoned railroad tracks to look for it.
  9. Mugged / Roughin' It: Arnold takes karate lessons after a petty thug robs him on the bus; Arnold, Gerald, Grandpa Phil, Helga, and Big Bob go camping.
  10. Door #16 / Arnold as Cupid: Arnold is entrusted with a package for a mysterious boarder; Arnold tries to mend ties between Oskar, a freeloading, Eastern European boarder, and his wife, Suzie.
  11. Das Subway / Wheezin' Ed: Arnold, Gerald, Phoebe, Harold, and Helga get stuck on a subway car with an old blind man and his Seeing-Eye dog, a claustrophobic and her therapist, and a homeless man who thinks the subway car is his house; the kids venture into a cave said to be haunted by a wheezing gangster.
  12. Benchwarmer / Cool Jerk: Arnold begs his coach to let him in the game; Arnold befriends a cool, older kid who wants to use him for a robbery.
  13. Tutoring Torvald / Gerald Comes Over: Arnold tutors an underachieving teenager who's been held back in the fourth grade; Gerald visits Arnold's boarding house and meets the eccentric boarders.
  14. Spelling Bee / Pigeon Man: Arnold competes in a spelling bee to win money for a keyboard while Helga is forced to compete in a spelling bee by her father, who wants her to be like her older sister, Olga; Arnold meets a homeless man who lives on the roof of an old abandoned building and cares for pigeons.
  15. Olga Comes Home / Sally's Comet: Olga, Helga's perky, perfect, college-aged sister, comes home for college break and Helga turns her into an emotional wreck by planting a "B+" in her straight-A report card; Arnold and Gerald try to make everyone in the city turn off their lights so they can see Sally's Comet.
  16. Abner Come Home / The Sewer King: Abner, Arnold's pet pig runs away; Arnold loses his grandfather's pocket watch in the sewer, where it's kept as a treasure by a man who lives under the city.
  17. False Alarm / World Records: In this homage to 12 Angry Men, Eugene is accused of pulling the school fire alarm and, while everyone else thinks Eugene is guilty, Arnold thinks he was framed; Arnold rallies the town into helping him break a world record.
  18. Magic Show / 24 Hours to Live: Arnold chooses Helga to be an assistant for a magic trick, but an accident sends Helga into an alternate universe where she's never born and everyone is better off without her; Arnold accidentally angers school bully Harold and is challenged to fight him.note 
  19. Part-Time Friends / Biosquare: Arnold and Gerald have to temporarily take over Mrs. Vitello's flower shop, but tensions soon run high between them; for a class project, Arnold and Helga spend 24 hours together in a greenhouse.
  20. Arnold's Christmas: It's Christmas in the city. While Helga goes searching for the perfect Christmas gift for her crush, Arnold helps his neighbor, Mr. Hyunh find the daughter he gave to a helicopter pilot during the Fall of Saigon.

    Season Two 
  1. Helga's Boyfriend / Crush on Teacher: Helga hires Stinky to be her boyfriend to make Arnold jealous; Arnold develops a crush on his substitute teacher.
  2. Hall Monitor / Harold's Bar Mitzvah: Phoebe is assigned hall monitor and, under Helga's tutelage, becomes a jerk; Harold runs away after learning that his bar mitzvah is his rite of passage into manhood.
  3. Coach Wittenberg / Four-Eyed Jack: Arnold and his friends get Coach Wittenberg to be their new bowling coach; Gerald and Arnold find a pair of glasses said to have belonged to a former boarder who died.
  4. Tour de Pond / Teacher's Strike: Arnold competes in a toy boat race; the kids celebrate when school is called off due to a teacher's strike.
  5. Arnold's Valentine: Arnold sets up a date with his crush, Ruth MacDougal on the same night he's supposed to meet his French pen pal, Cecile — and learns that Ruth may not be the girl of his dreams. Meanwhile, Helga poses as Arnold's French pen pal so she can once again steal Arnold away from Ruth.
  6. Runaway Float / Partners: After creating an idea for a parade float, Arnold is confident of it showing up in a parade; a lounge singer moves into the Sunset Arms after firing his songwriter, who also moves there.
  7. The Big Scoop / Harold's Kitty: Helga and Arnold argue over how the school newspaper should be (Helga wants to tabloidize it, while Arnold wants good, honest journalism); Harold adopts a kitten that belongs to an old woman who yelled at him.
  8. Arnold Saves Sid / Hookey: After Arnold saves Sid from an injury, Sid devotes himself to paying Arnold back with unending kindness; Arnold and Gerald decide to ditch school for the day, but their day is ruined by their fear of being found out.
  9. Save the Tree / New Teacher: Arnold and his friends attempt to save "Mighty Pete", the oldest living tree in their neighborhood; Arnold's 4th grade class gets a new teacher after Miss Slovak resigns, but they end up breaking the sweet, sensitive new teacher and are forced to deal with a Drill Sergeant Nasty.
  10. Ransom / Ms. Perfect: Timberly's stuffed toy goes missing, so Arnold and Gerald play detective to find out who stole it; a new girl named Lila comes to school and the other girls decide to bully her...until they learn that her life after school isn't as cheery as her personality.
  11. Monkey Business / Big Caesar: An organ grinder's monkey kisses Helga, and Helga freaks out when she learns that the kiss may be fatal; Arnold and Gerald set out to catch a legendary fish.
  12. The High Life / Best Friends: Gerald gets rich quick selling cheap watches; Rhonda and Nadine fall out over working on a project at school, leaving Arnold to work with both of them separately.
  13. Longest Monday / Eugene's Pet: Schoolyard tradition has it that on the first Monday of June each year, the fifth graders throw the fourth graders into trash cans. So, Arnold and Gerald try to make a run for it. As more people are thrown into trash cans and the fifth graders know all the routes, Arnold and Gerald find out eluding the fifth graders is harder that they thought; Arnold tries to make it up to Eugene, this time for killing his pet goldfish.
  14. Mudbowl / Gerald Moves Out: Arnold and the other 4th graders play an American football game against Wolfgang and the other 5th graders; Gerald becomes tired of dealing with his family's antics and moves into the boarding house.
  15. Freeze Frame / Phoebe Cheats: Arnold and Gerald think they've found a conspiracy to do with a planned crime; Phoebe copies an obscure poem so she can win a poetry contest, but the guilt soon gets to her in the form of her Emily Dickinson trophy talking to her.
  16. Helga's Love Potion / Gerald's Secret: Sick of being tormented by her crush on Arnold, Helga buys a love potion from a fortuneteller said to erase any and all romantic feelings; when Gerald reveals that he can't ride a bicycle, Arnold teaches him how.
  17. Steely Phil / Quantity Time: Arnold's grandpa competes in a Chinese checkers match; Helga's dad clumsily tries to bond with Helga.
  18. Eating Contest / Rhonda's Glasses: Arnold trains to compete in an eating contest; Rhonda becomes an outcast after the optometrist prescribes her glasses for her poor eyesight.
  19. Eugene Goes Bad / What's Opera, Arnold?: Eugene becomes a bad kid after learning his favorite action star called "The Abdicator" is a wimp; Arnold's love life is reimagined as the Bizet opera, Carmen.
  20. Arnold's Halloween: In this parody of the panic caused by Orson Welles' adaptation of "The War of the Worlds," the whole city mistakes a Halloween prank set up by Arnold and Gerald as an actual alien invasion.

    Season Three 
  1. The Aptitude Test / Oskar Gets a Job: Helga's and Harold's aptitude test results get switched; Oskar gets a job as a paper delivery man.
  2. Curly Snaps / Preteen Scream: The ball monitor job at recess was mistakenly given to Sid, so Curly steals all of the school's kickballs and takes over Principal Wartz's office; Phoebe wins a radio contest where the winner meets pop-singing sensation Ronnie Matthews (voiced by Bronson Pinchotnote ) — and, during a diner meal, learns the secret behind Ronnie's fame.
  3. Stinky Goes Hollywood / Olga Gets Engaged: Stinky is chosen as the new spokesman for Yahoo Soda, and discovers that the executives only like Stinky because he's a stupid hick; Olga comes home with a new fiance and news that she's going to drop out of school and get married...and when Helga learns that Olga's fiance is a phony who has a girlfriend and is planning on spending all of Olga's money, Helga must choose between letting reality beat her sister down, or saving her from a life of ruin.
  4. Crabby Author / Rich Kid: Arnold meets his favorite children's book author, who turns out to be a bitter, old woman who lost her childlike whimsy years ago and lives alone; Arnold tries to help a rich kid act like a kid instead of a mini-adult.
  5. Helga Blabs It All / Harold the Butcher: While under the influence of laughing gas from the dentist, Helga lets it slip that she's madly in love with Arnold; Harold gets a job as a butcher's assistant after getting caught stealing ham (which Harold can't eat anyway, since he's Jewish).
  6. Arnold Betrays Iggy / Helga and the Nanny: Arnold accidently tells his classmates Iggy's secret, so now he tries everything in his might to get Iggy's forgiveness; Helga's parents hire a new nanny, and, as usual, Helga doesn't like her.
  7. Dangerous Lumber / Mr. Hyunh Goes Country: Arnold thinks his baseball bat is cursed; Mr. Hyunh becomes a country singer.
  8. Arnold's Room / Helga vs. Big Patty: Sid uses Arnold's room as his room to impress a cool kid; After Helga gets caught making mean jokes about Patty, she is threatened.
  9. Career Day / Hey Harold!: Arnold has to work with the Jolly Olly Man on Career Day, and gives him a lesson in kindness; when Harold goes to Rhonda's party, he ends up befriending Patty.
  10. Casa Paradiso / Gerald's Tonsils: Grandpa decides to sell the boarding house and live in an upscale retirement home; Gerald's singing voice is compromised after a tonsillectomy.
  11. Phoebe Takes the Fall / The Pig War: Helga wants Phoebe to lose the school's quiz bowl on purpose so she can win instead; Arnold, Grandpa Phil, and their pet pig Abner participate in a war re-enactment.
  12. Best Man / Cool Party: Coach Wittenberg wants Arnold to be the best man at his wedding to Tish; Arnold gets invited to Rhonda's party, but finds that it isn't all that great, especially since his other friends weren't invited.
  13. Sid's Revenge / Roller Coaster: Sid uses voodoo on Principal Wartz after he is punished for something he didn't do then fears he killed the principal; Arnold and Eugene get stuck at the top of a roller coaster.
  14. Grandpa's Birthday / Road Trip: Arnold's grandpa thinks he's going to die on his birthday; Miriam tries to bond with Helga while on a road trip.
  15. Arnold and Lila / Grand Prix: In a lovestruck daze, Helga writes "Arnold Loves Helga" on a wall, but when she hears Rhonda and the others coming, she changes it to "Arnold Loves Lila", which causes rumors to sprout; the kids participate in a go-kart race.
  16. Arnold's Thanksgiving: Arnold is fed up with the bickering amongst the boarders and sets out to find the true meaning of the holiday.
  17. Girl Trouble / School Dance: Arnold deals with his issues regarding Helga; Arnold asks Dino Spumoni to sing at P.S. 118's school dance.
  18. Helga's Show / The Flood: Helga is shunned by several students after her comic impressions of them offend them; The fourth-graders are trapped in school during a flash flood.
  19. School Play: After Arnold is casted as Romeo in the school play "Romeo and Juliet", Helga does everything she can to get the part of Juliet so that she has an excuse to kiss him.
  20. Parents' Day: Arnold competes with his grandparents in a Parents Day Tournament, but soon feels torn about his parents' abandonment and is unsure if he should keep participating or not.

    Season Four 
  1. Eugene's Birthday / Stinky's Pumpkin: Arnold is determined to give Eugene a good birthday party; when Stinky feels like he doesn't amount to anything, he (with Arnold's help) decides to try growing a pumpkin for the fair.
  2. Dinner for Four / Phoebe Skips: Helga wins a free meal at a fancy French restaurant, and wants to take the opportunity to prove her sophistication to Arnold, but ends up going to the wrong restaurant; Phoebe gets to skip ahead to the sixth grade because she's doing so well in school, but soon finds herself missing the fourth grade.
  3. Full Moon / Student Teacher: Harold, Stinky, and Sid moon Principal Wartz, and when he wants Arnold to tell him who did it, Arnold is unsure about tattling on the others; Olga becomes a temporary student teacher at P.S. 118.
  4. Big Gino / Jamie O. in Love: Sid befriends a loan shark, and is torn between his loyalty to him and his loyalty to Arnold; Gerald's brother gets a girlfriend, and starts being much nicer, but when Arnold and Gerald find the girl doesn't really love him, they have to decide whether or not to tell him the truth.
  5. The Beeper Queen / Oskar Can't Read: When Big Bob breaks his back, the usually scatterbrained Miriam steps in as the owner of Big Bob's Beeper's and proves to be a stellar businesswoman; Arnold helps Oskar learn to read.
  6. Headless Cabbie / Friday the 13th: Gerald tells the legend of the Headless Cabbie, and soon everyone believes for it to be true; Arnold and Gerald think they're stuck with bad luck and tries to appease it.
  7. Helga's Parrot / Chocolate Turtles: Big Bob's parrot overhears Helga romantically gush about Arnold in her sleep, and repeats it, to Helga's chagrin; Gerald's sister Timberly eats all the Chocolate Turtles he and Arnold were going to sell, so now they must make new ones.
  8. Love and Cheese / Weighing Harold: Arnold asks Lila out to the Cheese Festival, and Helga tries to sabotage their date; Harold needs to lose weight.
  9. It Girl / Deconstructing Arnold: Helga is chosen to be a model and is admired for her bad-girl image; Arnold stops giving advice after several of his classmates say they don't want it when it turns out they actually need him.
  10. Grudge Match / Polishing Rhonda: Big Bob and Grandpa play a game of golf to decide who pays for the damages when their cars crashed into each other; Rhonda goes to polishing school and is failing, so she begs help from Patty, who is taking the same class.
  11. Veterans' Day: Grandpa Phil tells the story of how he fought the Nazis during World War II.
  12. Back to School / Egg Story: Arnold's grandpa goes back to school to get the grade school diploma he never got; Arnold and Helga are stuck with a team work assignment.
  13. Weird Cousin / Baby Oskar: Arnold's cousin Arnie visits him, who everybody finds creepy; Oskar and Suzie take care of a baby named Oskar.
  14. Helga Sleepwalks / Fighting Families: Helga's snacking on pork rinds causes her to sleepwalk to Arnold's house; Arnold and his family get picked to go on a Double Dare-style game show.
  15. Monkeyman! / Buses, Bikes and Subways: Andy Dick guest stars as a crazy man who thinks he's a superhero; Helga and Harold get left behind during a field trip and must find their way home.
  16. Grandpa's Sister / Synchronized Swimming: Phyllis Diller guest stars as Grandpa Phil's sister, who hasn't forgiven her brother for letting their pet run away; Arnold joins the swim team.
  17. Helga's Masquerade / Mr. Green Runs: Helga decides to act more like Lila to make Arnold like her; Arnold helps Mr. Green run for City Council.
  18. Helga on the Couch: Helga is sent to therapy, where she befriends her therapist and tells her the story of how she became a bully and how she fell in love with Arnold.
  19. Dino Checks Out: Frank Sinatra-esque crooner Dino Spumoni fakes his death so his albums can sell better, but his family and friends (who believe he's dead) are the ones reaping his fortune.
  20. Summer Love: Arnold and Helga, along with their respective families, go to the same resort, and the two find themselves in a love triangle with another girl.

    Season Five 
  1. Sid the Vampire Slayer / Big Sis: Sid becomes paranoid that Stinky might be a vampire; Olga becomes a big sister figure to Lila, which makes Helga jealous.
  2. Gerald's Game / Fishing Trip: Gerald becomes obsessed with a Dungeons & Dragons-style game; the kids and their families go on a fishing trip, and everything that can go wrong does go wrong.
  3. Bag of Money / Principal Simmons: Arnold, Gerald and Sid find a bag of money in a garbage can that they decide to return to the police, and Arnold holds onto it for the time being, but he loses it by a mix-up and soon Sid believes that he used up all the money that causes everyone's reliance on Arnold to falter; Principal Wartz leaves P.S. 118, so Mr. Simmons becomes the new principal, but his overly-lenient leadership leads to chaos.
  4. New Bully on the Block / Phoebe Breaks a Leg: Arnold and his classmates deal with fifth-grader bullies who steals their vacant lot; Phoebe breaks her leg because of Helga, and keeps on faking it after getting cured so Helga can keep on doing favors for her.
  5. Stuck in a Tree / Rhonda Goes Broke: Arnold, Eugene and Harold gets stuck in a tree and fear they will be there forever; Rhonda goes broke and has to deal with living at the boarding house.
  6. Helga's Locket / Sid and Germs: Helga loses her locket with Arnold in it and it winds up in Arnold's possession, which Helga tries to get back; After seeing a documentary about the danger of germs in school, Sid becomes ridiculously germophobic.
  7. Beaned / Old Iron Man: Helga gets amnesia by Arnold who accidently hits her with a ball, and when she regains it, she still fakes it so she can spend time with Arnold who feels he owes her; Grandpa Phil and his old rival participate in a triathlon, and Arnold is worried for their safety.
  8. Ghost Bride / Gerald vs. Jamie O.: Gerald tells the legend of the Ghost Bride, and soon the tale seems to be real; Gerald and Jamie O. are involved in a love triangle when a girl Gerald likes ends up falling for Jamie O.
  9. Suspended / Ernie in Love: Harold gets himself suspended by his own free will, but realizing how boring it is, he tries to get back into school; Ernie gets a girlfriend, but she doesn't like him.
  10. Arnold Visits Arnie / Chocolate Boy: Arnold visits Arnie only to discover different personality counterparts of his classmates, including Lila (Lulu) and Helga (Hilda); Arnold tries to help Chocolate Boy get over his addiction to chocolate.
  11. Harold vs. Patty / Rich Guy: Harold gets beat by arm wrestling by Patty and gets teased about it, so he asks her for advice on how to become a better arm wrestler for the Arm Wrestling Tournament; Arnold meets a rich man after saving him at a hockey game.
  12. The Racing Mule / Curly's Girl: The boarders buy a mule to race him and enlists Arnold's help; When Rhonda gets into trouble, Curly offers to get her out of it, but only if she pretends to be his girlfriend for a week.
  13. On the Lam / Family Man: Harold, Stinky and Sid steal rockets out of the science lab at school and set them off outside of an old Police Station; The deli shop where Mr. Hyunh works has a new owner and he's looking for a new head chef whose a real family man.
  14. Grandpa's Packard / Phoebe's Little Problem: Grandpa Phil takes his car to a roadshow, where it ends up getting stolen; Phoebe accidentally farts on stage while accepting an award, and the other students won't let her live it down.
  15. A Day in the Life of a Classroom / Big Bob's Crisis: Mr. Simmons' class stars in a documentary; Big Bob has a heart attack and tries to change his attitude.
  16. Married: By a marriage prediction by Rhonda, Arnold and Helga find out they will get married in the future. Having very mixed reactions to it, they wind up having a nightmare and a wonderful dream about it, respectively.
  17. Timberly Loves Arnold / Eugene, Eugene!: Timberly develops a crush on Arnold, much to his embarrassment; the children of P.S. 118 participate in a musical with Eugene as the head star.
  18. April Fool's Day: Arnold temporarily gets Helga blind by an April Fools Prank, but after regaining eyesight she still fakes it so Arnold, who feels he owes her, will spend more time with her, as well as take her to the April Fools Prom.
  19. The Journal: Phil reads a journal Arnold's father wrote when they were on their expeditions.

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  1. Hey Arnold!: The Movie note