|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Season 5, Episode 88a|
|Air date: November 11, 2003|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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Ghost Bride is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.
A group consisting of Arnold, Helga, Gerald, Harold, Stinky, Eugene, Sid and Curly are passing by the cemetery. Sid brings up the story of the Ghost Bride. Curly wants to tell the story, but the kids all agree that Gerald is a better storyteller.
Gerald begins to tell the story of a woman who was in love with her fiance and was going to marry him. On their wedding day, the groom never showed up. It turned out that the reason why the groom didn't show up was because he fell in love with the bride's sister. The groom wound up marrying the bride's sister a day later. The following night, the bride put on her wedding dress, went down to the basement, and grabbed a large, sharp axe. The bride went over to her sister's house and cut her sister and her ex-fiance to pieces. When the police arrived, they found the bride sitting in the rocking chair humming the wedding march. The bride then committed suicide by jumping out the window so she couldn't be arrested. She was buried in the city cemetery (her name is revealed to be Cynthia Snell). Every anniversary of the murder/suicide, the ghost bride returns to the graveyard looking for more victims.
Everyone claps for Gerald, but Curly interjects saying that he could have told a better story; he also states that Gerald left out the fact that tonight was the anniversary of the ghost bride and angrily leaves. The group all agrees to meet at sundown at the cemetery. Helga asks what time the group should meet and is told that it is a boys only thing. Helga is infuriated and rushes home and finds an old white dress and plans to pretend to be the ghost bride to scare the boys.
That night all of the boys show up at the cemetery. As soon as they enter, Helga locks the door behind them. The boys check out Cynthia's gravesite, but then, decide to go home, thinking that the legend isn't true. When they return to the front gate, they find the locked door and panic, thinking that Cynthia Snell really has risen from the grave as her undead alter ego and picked them to be her next victims. Arnold calms everyone down and leads them to the north gate to see if that is open.
As the boys are walking through the cemetery, Harold begins to hear the wedding march. Arnold once again tries to calm the group down, but things only get worse when Helga (as the ghost bride) stands on top of a tombstone brandishing a hammer. The group flees toward the north gate, but she already closed it and locked it. she then makes the gate shake to scare the boys even more.
While the boys are struck with fear trying to think of a way to get out of the cemetery (except Arnold and Gerald), Helga appears yet again to chase the boys away. She snickers at the fact that anyone can believe in a ghost bride. After she finishes that sentence, the sound of the wedding march is heard and the real ghost bride makes her presence known by standing on a tombstone behind Helga. She screams with terror and runs away.
She eventually catches up to the boys and confesses that it was her, that she was just joking, and there is a real ghost bride. The Kids are furious at her and refuse to believe her until the ghost bride appears right behind them. The whole group runs away and takes refuge in a tomb. The ghost bride continuously circles the tomb waiting for a chance to attack. Minutes pass and Arnold decides that he should at least try to leave and get help. Gerald decides to go with him. Arnold and Gerald leave the tomb and the ghost bride comes into view; they duck into the bushes. As the ghost bride passes Arnold takes notice of something and follows her. The ghost bride picks up an ax and begins hacking away at the tomb door. Just as she gets the tomb door open, Arnold walks up behind her and takes off her veil, revealing the ghost bride as Curly. The group is aggravated at Curly, who explains that his reason behind performing this stunt is because he wasn't able to tell the story. Sid suggests that they should lock him in the tomb and leave him; everyone agrees and gang up on Curly.
As the group is leaving the cemetery, Arnold reveals that he knew it was Curly because as he walked by, Arnold took notice of his red striped socks and knew that's what Curly was wearing earlier that day. The group leaves the cemetery and also leave Curly trapped in the tomb tied up. The episode ends with him hearing the wedding march being hummed and asking if it's Helga. He then screams madly as the episode ends. So more likely, this humming is from the actual ghost bride.
- The moment when Arnold notices Curly's red striped socks when Curly was dressed up as the Ghost Bride and unmasked him is known as a "Scooby-Doo moment". This is when the gang from the Scooby Doo show retrace clues and events from during an episode and unmask the monster.
- Helga and Curly both got revenge on the others in the same way but for different reasons: Helga got revenge for the boys not letting her come to the graveyard and pulled ghost pranks on them but saw Curly dressed as the Ghost Bride and proved she pulled all the gags, then the real Ghost Bride was unmasked as Curly because he wanted to tell the story.
- This episode has Scooby-Doo gags all over it: Helga shuts the south and north gates making it look like a ghost actually did it and shook the north gate by ropes. The axes that Curly and Helga were using were mallets disguised as axes. Plus, Arnold noticed that the socks the second ghost was wearing were Curly's. Helga confessed she scared the boys when Curly was unmasked; Curly explains why he did the same thing. Helga and the boys lock Curly in the tomb.
- When the boys are at the Ghost Bride's grave, Arnold reads the words on her tomb stone. It says "Here lies Cynthia Snell. She lived her life and went straight to..." the last word wasn't seen because it was hidden in dirt.The last word is most likely "hell".
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