|Episode of Hey Arnold!|
|The Little Pink Book|
|Season 1, Episode 02a|
|Air date: Wed., October 9, 1996|
|IMDb • TV.com|
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The Little Pink Book is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.
Helga likes to keep a secret diary of her poems dedicated to Arnold. However, before exiting the school bus, Helga accidentally drops the little pink book and Arnold finds it.
Desperate, Helga tries to get the book back from Arnold before he reads the last page where she signed her name.
Meanwhile, after finding the little pink book, Gerald reads it out loud for the whole neighborhood to hear, embarrassing Arnold in front of everyone. This leaves Arnold determined to find who his secret admirer is.
While discussing with Gerald about suspects, Arnold suggests that maybe Ruth McDougal might have written the poems, but Gerald is skeptical because of her being in the 6th Grade.
Arnold decides to turn to his pet pig Abner in order to track down girls who might have authored the little book. After letting Abner smell the book cover, he speeds off with Arnold and Gerald following closely behind.
As Arnold and Gerald leave the boarding house, Helga sneaks up onto the roof and manages to clumsily enter Arnold's room via one of the glass roof panels. Helga takes a moment to admire her surroundings, but then spots where Arnold left her book of poems on the top shelf above his stereo. She rushes up to take it, but suddenly hears Arnold coming back in and hides in the closet.
As Arnold and Gerald return, Arnold feels something isn't right. Helga panics as she realizes that she took one of Arnold's socks off the bed. Arnold approaches the closet but before he gets any further, he pulls out his remote and turns on his stereo. Helga is relieved.
Arnold and Gerald take some evidence they had gathered from various girls from P.S. 118. These include Jennifer's drinking cup, Dodie's retainer and Ruth's hair ribbon. After several experiments, all the tests come back negative. The only results they could find were that the suspect as female, lives in the tri-city area, and is aged 8-87.
Arnold decides to try another approach. He suggests trying to match the handwriting from the little pink book to the girls in the P.S. 118 yearbook. After suggesting looking at Ruth McDougal first, Gerald tries to convince Arnold that it was not Ruth that wrote the poems.
Arnold and Gerald spend the whole evening looking through the yearbook before Gerald suggests giving up. Gerald says the next girl on the list is Helga Pataki, sending both of them into a fit of laughter and Helga scowling in the background.
Gerald suggests taking a break with Helga silently cheering in the background. However, Arnold says he wants to go straight to bed. So that she's able to stay the night, Helga instructs Phoebe through a cell phone call to tell her mom that she's sleeping over with at Phoebe's house. Helga then spends the night in Arnold's closet.
In the morning, Helga awakens in the closet hoping to get the little pink book back, only to see Arnold put it in his pocket. Downstairs, Grandpa asks Arnold if he's found out who his secret admirer is, but Arnold says he hasn't. Grandpa tells Arnold he's pretty lucky to have someone looking out for him. Arnold says it is pretty cool. "Obsessive maybe, but cool."
At P.S. 118, Arnold reads out the poems in the pink book to his classmates and they all laugh at them. Meanwhile, Helga walks up to them in a terrible state. Stinky suggests she's been sleeping in a closet, but get shoved into a trash can as a result.
Helga then realizes that Arnold is about to read aloud the last page with her name written on it. Before Arnold can finish the poem, Helga runs up and tears out the page from the book. She then chews it into a spitball and throws it at Arnold.
In the end, Arnold wonders what is up with Helga, while Helga cuddles the lock of hair she was able to rescue from the little pink book.
- In this episode, we learn that Arnold's eyes are green. A possible connection to The Green-Eyed People in the episode "The Journal"?
- Arnold goes to bed at 7PM.
- Ruth McDougal makes her first appearance in this episode.
- This is the first time Helga has been in Arnold’s room.
- A character named Dodie is featured in this episode. Dodie is also the name of one of the main characters of As Told By Ginger which would premiere its pilot two years later.
- When Arnold puts the book on the bookshelf to go collect evidence, he puts it leaning against the potted plant. But when Helga comes in and finds it, it's standing straight up.
- Arnold believed that the hair in the book might be from his crush, Ruth McDougal, but the hair is yellow like his, and Ruth had brown hair, so Arnold should know it wasn't Ruth's hair.
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