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Part Time Friends
Part Time Friends
Season 1, Episode 19a
Written by: Joseph Purdy
Air date: November 30, 1998
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Part Time Friends is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


In need of money, Arnold and Gerald get a job at Mrs. Vitello's flower shop. When Mrs. Vitello is injured, she leaves Gerald in charge, and the boys' friendship is put to the test, as Gerald bosses Arnold around, without helping him out. Eventually, Arnold becomes fed up, and quits, and the two vow never to speak to each other again. That night Grandpa Phil learns about Arnold and Gerald, and tells Arnold a story about how when he was younger, he and his childhood best friend Jimmy Kafka broke up their friendship over a similar argument, and to this day, they never made up. Later, Arnold has a nightmare about how he meets Gerald 70 years later, and the two are still not talking to each other, only now they don't even remember what it was they fought about. Then they are taunted by a zombie Grandpa Phil. Arnold wakes up in horror, realizing that he must make amends. He finds Gerald at the shop, struggling to keep up with the customers' demands, and they put their argument aside to work together to get through the demand.


  • Friday night has been Checkers Night for Arnold and Gerald since they were 7 years old.
  • The Vitello flower shop has existed since Phil was a kid, as shown in the flashback.  However, unlike the current flower shop (which is located across the street from the boarding house), the shop was located on the same side of Vine Street as the boarding house back in the 1920s.
  • Quigley Stadium was built in the mid 1920s.
  • Arnold can skillfully sculpt shrubbery.
  • This episode was produced in Season 1 but was held over for some unknown reason and aired two years later as part of Season 3.
  • A sign by the cash register reads "a flower a day -- chases the blues away".
  • During a dream sequence in this episode, Arnold imagines himself as an old man boarding the bus only to find Gerald sitting; the two begin to bicker. At the end of the sequence, a zombie version of Phil with green skin and double toned voice appears in the back of the bus to deliver a cryptic message to Arnold before having his jaw fall to the bus floor. This scene is commonly considered one of the more frightening moments of Hey Arnold by most fans.


  • When Gerald puts money in the cash register, it's green, but when Mrs. Vitello gives Arnold and Gerald their pay, it's brown.

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