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Deconstructing Arnold
Deconstructing Arnold
Season 4, Episode 69b
Written by: Michelle Lamoreaux
Air date: September 18, 1999
Don Del Grande's

Deconstructing Arnold is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


While Arnold is on the bus, Sid is prank calling on Lorenzo's phone, which he stole, and the others giggle. Helga tells Arnold to mind his own business. Rhonda writes a fake love letter to Curly, and again Helga tells Arnold to mind his own business. Finally, Stinky and Harold tamper with Eugene's bike, and yet again Helga tells Arnold to mind his own business. So Arnold decides to stop his reputation of giving advice.

All the pranks did not go as expected. Eugene's Bike did not fall apart and crashes in the neighbor's vicious dog, leaving him seriously injured and Harold and Stinky racked with agonizing guilt. Curly finds out that Rhonda wrote the love letter because Rhonda used the same pen on a history essay as she used for the letter. Furthermore, a kid throws a paper airplane at Sid, causing him to drop Lorenzo's phone. When everyone wants advice, Helga takes it upon herself to fix their problems.

However, her advice just makes their problems worse. When Sid was at Lorenzo's locker to put the phone inside, Lorenzo was right behind and saw his phone broken and wanted to kill Sid. What Rhonda said to Curly just made him say "give daddy some sugar!" and kiss. Helga told Stinky and Harold to blame the bike on someone else, but Stinky and Harold blamed it on each other and accidentally pushed Eugene's wheelchair down the stairs.

Helga then feels unbearably guilty for causing Arnold to stop giving advice. She then persuades Arnold to resume giving out advice.



  • Curly is voiced by Haley Joel Osment, instead of Adam Wylie, for this episode only.
  • In reality, tampering with someone's bike is a felony, yet Stinky and Harold merely got off by apologizing.
  • In this episode, Harold says that "If she wasn't a girl I'd pound her." In the episode "Helga's Show" Harold threatened to pound her despite her gender.
  • The title could be a reference to the Woody Allen comedy Deconstructing Harry.
  • Kibitzer is a non-participant person, offering (often unwanted) advice or commentary.


  • When Eugene first walks to his bike, Sid has a full head of hair, but when Eugene gets on, Sid's hair is stringy.

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