Crush on Teacher is an episode of Hey Arnold!.


When an attractive substitute teacher named Miss Felter takes over (for Miss Slovak), Arnold develops a crush on her quickly. He scribbles her name on his math homework, daydreams about her giving him a milkshake after being flattered by his homework, and is so distracted the next day that he misses the bus and runs several blocks after a car he thinks is Miss Felter's. At school, he believes he sees signs that Miss Felter returns his affections. She chooses to read the class a romantic poem written by Matthew Arnold, and keeps calling on Arnold himself. He becomes increasingly distracted by his fantasies, including one where Miss Felter hands him his A+ marked math homework in a wedding dress. He shares his crush with Gerald, who is skeptical until he overhears her talking about a dinner she has planned later that night for "Arnold."

Gerald dresses Arnold up for his supposed dinner, teaches him flirty lines, and tells him to watch out for signs indicating Miss Felter is serious about a relationship. He also provides him with a walkie-talkie in case he needs help. Arnold heads for Miss Felter's house. As the signs Gerald told him to look out for manifest (fancy napkins, lit candles and romantic music), Arnold gets increasingly nervous, and hides in the bathroom. Feeling he is in over his head, he begs Gerald to help him escape. The doorbell rings suddenly and in comes Arnold Skelter, Miss Felter's fiancé and the Arnold she really meant when speaking of her dinner. Miss Felter introduces the two Arnolds and says she and Skelter will be married in June. After acknowledging Arnold's misunderstanding, she tells him that she likes him nonetheless, and encourages him to continue being himself. Sad, but relieved, Arnold collects Gerald from the alley and goes home. Skelter is heard using one of the lines Gerald and Arnold had rehearsed earlier.



  • The side of Miss Felter's apartment building has a billboard for "Lowtwait Natural Waters". Steve Lowtwait is a layout designer for the show.
  • The poem Miss Felter recites in class is the last stanza in Matthew Arnold's "Dover Beach."
  • Nothing in this episode is said about Miss Slovak being sick.
  • Arnold Skelter shows up to Miss Felter's house wearing an almost identical outfit to Arnold's. He also appears to be carrying the same type of flowers Arnold gives Miss Felter earlier in the evening. 
  • This marks the first of many jokes regarding Arnold's mysterious lack of a last name.


  • When Miss Felter writes her name on the board, it says "Miss. Felter". However, "Miss" is not an abbreviation, so there shouldn't be a period after it.
  • While doing his homework, Arnold turns the answer 11 into the letter M, which he then continues as "Miss Felter." However, when he turns every answer into "Miss Felter," the M's have become cursive, and rounded instead of straight.
  • When Arnold is looking at his "Long Division Assignment" the dots over the i's are missing.

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