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Recap / Arthur S 1 E 28 Im A Poet The Scare Your Pants Off Club

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I'm a Poet

  • Mr. Ratburn tells the class that only one kid has entered the local poetry contest: Fern. When Binky and Rattles start to mock Fern at lunch for entering, she says they couldn't write a poem if they tried. Eventually, Fern challenges everyone in her class to write a poem for the contest in several days.

Tropes for this episode include:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Fern loves Binky's poem, which is pretty simple and rhymes "poem" with "poem" four times. She applauds and cheers him.
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  • Adam Westing: Jack Pretlutsky appears as himself and the judge of the poetry contest.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: In the Cold Open, Arthur reads out "My Sister is A Sissy" and finishes it as D.W. comes to jump on his bed.
  • The Bet: Fern tells everyone to write a poem for the contest and if they fail, join the poetry club for a year. Everyone manages to write a poem, though Arthur comes close to missing the contest.
  • Beware the Quiet Ones: Arthur and Buster are impressed when Fern stands up to Binky, the local bully. She also cows them all later when they argue about who can and can't write poems.
  • Big Word Shout: When the kids start arguing, Fern shouts "QUIET!!" This even sets off a car alarm.
  • Cold Open: It features Arthur reading the Jack Prelutsky poem "My Sister Is A Sissy" and picturing D.W. as the "sister".
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  • Exact Words: No one has to write a great poem for the contest; they just have to write it. Fern applauds everyone for doing that and says Binky's poem is great.
  • Plagiarism in Fiction: A variant; Arthur and Buster look at other poems to borrow their structure. Arthur tosses out his attempts, and Buster doesn't get farther than two lines. Fern encourages them to instead write about what they would like.
  • Rhyming with Itself: Binky's poem rhymes "poem" with "poem" for four out of its five lines.
  • Spit Take: Arthur spits out his juice at lunch when Brain says he already finished his poem.
  • Sweet and Sour Grapes: Everyone wins the bet so no one has to join the poetry club. They decide to join anyway because they had so much fun.

The Scare Your Pants of Club

  • Arthur is rushing to the library to get the new Scare Your Pants Off book. He and his friends find out that a group called P.A.W.S. has removed all the Books from the shelves. They engage in a counter-campaign to get their books back, and get unlikely help.
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Tropes for this episode include:

  • Acid Reflux Nightmare: Muffy's father accidentally scapegoats this to get the Scare Your Pants Off books banned. When he realizes what happened, he apologizes to the kids and Ms. Mcword.
  • Actually, I Am Him: Arthur asks a woman who's gardening to sign the petition and tells her that it's to save the Scare Your Pants Off books. She forgets to sign but stands up and says she'll help. It turns out she's the author and knows Muffy's father, the head of P.A.W.S., personally because she was his teacher.
  • "Begone" Bribe: Muffy tries to get her friends to drop their petition drive by taking them to a party at Wonder World. After they learn what it is, no one takes her up on it.
  • Book Dumb: Mrs. Mcword mentions that Mr. Crosswire never did like to read books because he was her student.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: After Mrs. Mcword reads one of her stories and it turns out they didn't give Muffy nightmares, Mr. Crosswire admits that he overreacted and should have read the books first. He agrees to give the books back if Mrs. Mcword reads another book.
  • Dare to Be Badass: When Arthur tells his parents about the bribe Muffy offered, his mother says you have to make sacrifices for what's right, and his dad says to never be afraid to look ridiculous.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In this episode, the Scare Your Pants Off books in the series all have identical covers, featuring the series logo (a kid screaming). Other episodes, including "Arthur's Lost Library Book" in this season (which was presumably meant to air after this episode did but was aired Out of Order), have each Scare Your Pants Off book have its' own unique cover relating to the story it contains.
  • Foreshadowing: When the other kids offer Muffy some ice cream, she refuses, saying they give her bad dreams. Later, it turns out this was the real culprit for Muffy's nightmares, not the Scare Your Pants Off book.
  • Hippie Teacher: Ms. Mcword (a.k.a. E.A. DePoe), Mr. Crosswire's old English teacher, is also a hippie.
  • Knight Templar Parent: Muffy's parents, who are set to ban books for being weird and scary enough to supposedly give Muffy nightmares.
  • Pen Name: It turns out that E. A. De Poe, the author of the Scare Your Pants Off books, is the pen name of Mrs. Mcword, Mr. Crosswire's old English teacher.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Muffy eating her dad's specialty ice-cream caused her to get nightmares, which in turn led to her parents creating P.A.W.S.
  • Wham Shot: The television showing Muffy's parents as the head of P.A.W.S. which reveals who is the real mastermind.
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