|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|Season 2, Episode 38b|
|Air date: December 7, 1997|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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Rhonda's Glasses is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.
Rhonda Wellington Lloyd is one of the "cool" kids in school. That is why she is sitting in front in the bus and the geeks have to sit in the back. It is an unwritten rule which everyone respects although the geeks are not happy about it at all. Eugene Horowitz, for example is getting sick in the last row all the time, so that he has to throw up almost every morning. However, it looks like that rule is going to change now: Sheena's aunt Shelley who works as nurse at P.S. 118 notices that Rhonda is short sighted and thus needs glasses.
When Rhonda enters the bus on the next day, everyone is laughing at her. Even worse: she has to sit in the last row from now on. Although Eugene, Sheena and the others welcome her with open arms and try to cheer her up, Rhonda is desperate. She pretends to be sick so that she doesn't have to go to class. Eventually nurse Shelley sends her back to class, where Helga makes fun of her because Rhonda has gum on her shirt and toilet paper on her shoe — which Rhonda didn't notice because of her short-sightedness. She is so annoyed that she stalks away — and crashes into the door; now she also has to wear a patch on her nose. As if that were still not bad enough, Rhonda breaks her glasses. Eugene helps her out and repairs her glasses with adhesive tape. At lunch Rhonda asks her new friends why they have to sit at the old, damaged table.
Sheena and Eugene explain to her that the good ones are always taken by cooler kids. Later, when the geeky kids want to play Four Square during the break and Brainy is given a flat ball, Rhonda is outraged. Eugene explains to her that they are allowed to keep the ball only because it is flat. In that moment a group of other kids takes over the place which Curly had been reserving for them. Now Rhonda has enough: She is about to start a revolution because geeks have feelings, too!
When Rhonda enters the bus the next time, she refuses to sit in the last row. The geeks are impressed. Eugene refuses to go to the back of the bus as well.Some sixth grade girl tried to make the geeks sit in the back but fortunately, that didn't work.
Finally the rule of the last row is abandoned and everyone can sit where they want.
- The story is almost similar to the story of the late civil rights activist, Rosa Parks. On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, Parks refused to obey bus driver James Blake's order that she give up her seat to make room for a white passenger. Her defiance and the events that followed sparked the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
- The speech Rhonda gives involving geeks being the same as everyone else mirrors Shylock's speech about Jews being the same in Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice’.
- Sid's name is shown in the captions but he doesn't speak in any of these two episodes.
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