|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Downtown as Fruits|
|Season 1, Episode 01a|
|Air date: Monday, October 7, 1996|
|IMDb • TV.com|
Don Del Grande's
Downtown as Fruits is the first episode of the Hey Arnold! TV series.
It’s embarrassing, and on the bus Gerald moans about how there is nothing they can do about being humiliated in front of the whole school; unless, they “forget” to pull the cord for the bus to stop. Arnold is reluctant because it would ruin the play, but Gerald reminds him of how Helga made fun of him during rehearsals. Arnold is about to pull the cord to stop the bus, but at the last split second decides not to and they decide to get off at the next stop.
Back at PS 118, Helga gives a speech before the show to the cast but then realizes that Arnold and Gerald haven’t turned up. This causes her to have an angry outburst.
On the bus, Arnold notices that the bus hasn’t stopped for a while but Gerald doesn’t care. Suddenly, the bus comes to a sudden halt and the driver departs. They both realize that they have reached the end of the line and are stuck downtown… as fruits.
Just then, a car screeches by and drops them a bag. When they open it, they find it’s full of money. Arnold and Gerald then leave the street while another two men wearing strawberry and banana costumes turn up and wait for the bag of money, unaware that they have already missed it. The boys then begin to hit the town, buying new wears and eating out.
Meanwhile, Helga’s play is ongoing and is having to time stretch in order to wait for Arnold and Gerald.
Finally, Arnold and Gerald find the downtown pool hall and things appear to be going well. That is until the original men waiting for the money find them and chase them out of the pool hall. Arnold and Gerald lose them down the alleyways and hide out in Zamboni Jones' Psychic Palace.
There, they meet Zamboni Jones who “senses a disturbance” and suggests that they have wronged somebody. Gerald immediately thinks of Helga but then denies it. Arnold then reminds Gerald about the other kids in the play and how they have let them down. They then both decide to go back to the play and hand over the rest of the cash to a stuck family whose car had broken down. Meanwhile, Vic, Morrie, and the strawberry man get arrested.
Helga’s play has fallen apart and she decides to go center stage to announce that the fruits scene won’t be going ahead.
Just have she’s about to finish, Arnold and Gerald run on stage, sing their number and finish the play in style.
- The so-called mystic, Zamboni Jones, is named after a big machine that smooths the ice in an ice-skating rink.
- This episode aired on October 7th, the day often considered Arnold's birthday in the fandom. However, the series finale, "The Journal" threw this into doubt.
- Hey Arnold! was launched the same day the Fox News Channel was launched.
- A running gag in this episode is that a bag of money is thrown at a couple of people, and they would reply, "Well, people downtown sure are friendly!"
- The first line of the series is spoken by Helga. Fittingly, the first thing she says is "Hey Arnold!"