|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Season 2, Episode 33a|
|Written by: Jonathan Greenberg|
Story by: Megan Blumenreich
|Air date: October 1, 1997|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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Longest Monday is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.
Arnold and his classmates try to avoid getting thrown in dumpsters and trash cans as part of an annual ritual.
During lunch at P.S 118, everyone is nervous because it's the first Monday in June, otherwise known as "Trash Can Day." Eugene asks what Trash Can Day is and Sid and Gerald explain that it's a tradition where the 5th graders all over the city put 4th graders into trash cans. It's always on the first Monday in June because the trash is picked up the next day, so there are plenty of cans outside. Arnold tells everyone they will be fine as long as they stick together. Meanwhile in another part of the school, Wolfgang prepares the 5th graders to trash can the 4th graders. He tells them the most effective way is to pick them up under the armpits and drop them in the can feet first. Edmund, Wolfgang's sidekick, is too dumb to trash the 4th graders but learns how to do it anyway. Arnold prepares a group of his 4th grader friends, consisting of Gerald, Sid, Stinky, Helga, Harold, Phoebe, Iggy, Curly, Eugene, and Joey, to avoid being trashed by telling them to go to the flower shop, which is eight blocks away, and then to his house. Eugene tells them they could hide in Park's safehouse instead because it's closer. Arnold says it's a good idea because they can wait there until the coast is clear.
At three o'clock, when Trash Day is supposed to start, everything seems clear. That is, until the 5th graders corner the 4th graders in the hallway and one of them brings a trash can. Harold panics and yells for everyone to fend for themselves, causing chaos. Some kids aren't lucky and are put into trash cans, including Curly, Joey and Iggy. Phoebe and Stinky avoid capture by hiding: Phoebe hides in a locker and Stinky dives into an empty trash can and puts the lid on (to which he mutters "Talk about ironic!"). A few 4th graders are able to escape out the front door and run off. Arnold, Gerald, Sid and Eugene run into the basement. They climb onto a table to look out the window and watch plenty of 4th graders being dumped into trash cans and dumpsters. Harold sprints down with a pair of 5th graders chasing him and bumps into the table which causes it to shake. Arnold, Gerald, Harold and Eugene manage to escape through the door, but Sid jumps onto a generator and is caught from behind by a 5th grader. Arnold and Gerald watch helplessly as Sid is picked up kicking and screaming before being dropped into a trash can. The four of them run out of the playground and down an alley toward a high fence they can't climb. Arnold sees a hole in the bottom of the fence and crawls through it as Wolfgang and Edmund appear. Gerald crawls through next followed by Harold, who pushes Eugene out of his way to escape first. Eugene nearly makes it, but Wolfgang grabs his ankle and starts to drag him back. Gerald grabs Eugene's arms and tries to pull him free, but loses his grip. Wolfgang throws Eugene into a trash can and makes the hole in the fence bigger so he can get through. Arnold, Gerald and Harold get into a bus to get away, but discover that three 5th graders are on it. Arnold stops the bus and he and Gerald escape, but the door closes on Harold and he's caught.
Arnold and Gerald are chased by Wolfgang and Edmund for a few blocks. As the two 5th graders round a corner, they see their prey is gone and keep walking. As it turns out, Arnold and Gerald hid in the sewer underneath them. They crawl out of a sewer pipe into an empty junkyard where Park's safehouse is located. They both go inside and see every kid who was put into a trash can thus far and other kids just hiding there for safety. A few kids hose down Eugene, and Harold tells Helga what happened to him after he was caught in a mock-therapy session. Everything is calm until Wolfgang breaks the safehouse door, leaving Park and the others wondering how they found it. Wolfgang throws a trash can in and the rest of 5th graders come down. Arnold, Gerald, Helga and Sid manage to escape, but apparently the rest of the 4th graders in the safehouse are put into trash cans again.
Helga and Sid run off in another direction while Gerald and Arnold wonder what they can do because the streets are filled with 5th graders. The two are greeted by the mysterious Mickey the Weasel, who has agreed to help them at a cost. Arnold gives him a yo-yo and dog toy and he accepts them. Mickey leads Arnold and Gerald through the streets and they constantly hide from Wolfgang, Edmund and the other 5th graders. Mickey finds a wooden dolly in one of the buildings and has Arnold and Gerald lie on it with a sheet covering them. Mickey wheels them to another location and when the sheet is taken off, Arnold and Gerald find that he's led them straight to Wolfgang and the 5th graders! Arnold yells at him for tricking them and Mickey replies with a laugh, "They don't call me the Weasel for nothing!". Wolfgang picks up Arnold and Gerald to put them in a trash can. Arnold tries to reason with Wolfgang, saying he'll just be continuing the vicious cycle that's been there for generations and adds that he'll be seen as a hero if he stops Trash Can Day. Wolfgang doesn't listen to them: he throws Arnold and Gerald into a trash can, tips it over and rolls it down the hill. As Arnold and Gerald climb out covered in garbage, they agree that it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be. Three 3rd graders nearby laugh at them, but Gerald says it will be their turn next year. The 3rd graders fearfully ask if they'll do it, but Arnold says they won't. However, he thinks they should still keep up the tradition next year. They leave to go get cleaned up and Stinky is shown hiding in another empty trash can.
- This episode introduces Wolfgang, Edmund, Mickey the Weasel, and the other 5th grade bullies. Wolfgang is voiced by Toran Caudell, who voiced Arnold in the first season only. The reason for that is because Toran went through puberty, causing him to lose his "Arnold" voice.
- Trash Can Day has been a tradition for 3 years by the time of the episode.
- The episode derives its name from Cornelius Ryan's book The Longest Day, a chronicle of D-Day which was later made it a film.
- It's possible that Helga and Phoebe were the only 4th graders that managed to escape getting thrown in a trashcan. Phoebe locked herself in her locker, though how she'd manage to get out is never shown. Helga isn't seen being thrown in a trashcan in the beginning and managed to escape when the 5th graders found the secret hideout and wasn't seen afterwards.
- Iggy and Curly are thrown into trash cans right away. However, they are seen with a few other 4th graders escaping through the front door and they aren't covered in garbage.
- When Arnold's class is watching the clock, Nadine's hair is brown. In addition, Mr. Simmons' face is much darker than it usually is.
- Before Wolfgang trashes Arnold and Gerald, they re-appear laying on the wooden dolly in another shot, even though they've already stepped off.
- After being put in a trash can and rolled down the hill, Arnold gets out and says "you know, that wasnt as bad as I thought it would be". This is somewhat inconsistent because Arnold and Gerald have both already been in trash cans before this episode. Arnold in "Stoop Kid" and Gerald in "Gerald's Secret". Though he could be referring to being put into a trash can and rolled down a hill as opposed to just being in a trash can..