Big Bob's Crisis is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


After Big Bob has a heart attack, he tries to become nicer.


Big Bob is at his Beeper Emporium, where a woman wants a refund because the beeper she has is broken. He says no refunds. She says that her 83 year old mom needs one for emergencies. He just tells her to go before he calls the cops. An orphan then walks up and asks for a donation. She says the money will send poor kids to summer camp for a week. He says he has a business to run and tells the kid to scram. Bob's worker tells him that he put the orders in alphabetical order, but Bob says he wanted them in order of how much money they spent. He goes to redo it but knocks over a water container, causing Bob to become angry and fire him. The worker says he has a wife and 8 kids to feed, but Bob doesn't care and throws him out the door. When Bob is ready to leave, a hippy named Earth Flower tells him that he can help Bob find inner peace. Bob doesn't care and shoves him into a puddle.

Bob, Miriam, and Helga are at a Texas-style restaurant. Bob tells what happened and Helga says that he is brutal. Bob says that is how he became the beeper king by not putting up with mistakes or lip. A waiter arrives with Bob's rack of lamb for two. Bob is about to eat, but starts feeling pain in his chest. He thinks he's having a heart attack and passes out. He wakes up to find himself as an angel. He sees the woman he yelled at earlier give the beeper to her mom and saying hopes she doesn't fall and break her hip again. He then sees the orphan talking to a nun. She says Bob was her last hope and the orphans will have to stay in the abandoned warehouse next to the waste dump. The employee he fired thinks he will have to put the kids to work until he can get another job.

Bob realizes that he's a monster and Earth Flower tells him to find inner peace. Bob wakes up in a hospital. Helga tells him that he really had a gas attack. Bob says that he is going to make some changes. He tries to talk to Earth Flower, but he runs away in fear leaving a magazine, books, and incense. Bob takes his magazine and uses it. He starts doing hippy related stuff, such as playing a sitar to "Welcome the Sun" saying it is all about inner peace and purifying himself. He makes a hut in the yard where they will meditate. He sells everything including the house. He says they will soon walk barefoot to Oregon to live in a commune. Olga says he has gone completely crazy and begins crying.

Miriam and Olga try talking to him, but they fall under his ways. Helga takes matters into her own hands. She tries using Bob's favorite foods, but he says they smell bad. She tries putting on his favorite show, "The Wheel", but he refuses to watch it. She tries destroying the hut, but he thinks it's a sign to rebuild it together.

Helga decides to give up, speaking to her locket, until the real Arnold arrives. He says that she should just talk to him. She says that he would just convert her. He recommends that she try another way to snap him out of it. Helga tricks Bob into coming with her to the Beeper Emporium. He says he was a monster, but Helga says she liked the old dad and misses him. She says she wants her real dad back before leaving. Bob meditates to take everything in. The next morning, Bob comes back with all the stuff. He tells Helga that he thought about what she said. He decides to go back to normal with a few exceptions such as working less, having a veggie garden and keeping the meditation hut. Helga is happy to have her real dad back.



  • This was the last episode of Hey Arnold! to feature all the members of the Pataki family together. There was a plan to give them their own spin-off series called "The Patakis" but the series was never picked up by any TV network.
  • At the end of the credits, a Special Thanks was dedicated to the voice actors of each member of the Pataki family: Mo, Kath, Nika, and Franny.
  • During the scene where Big Bob wakes up in the hospital, if one listens closely, he farts once.
  • Actual sound effects from Wheel of Fortune are heard when Helga tries to bring the rest of her family back with television.


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