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The Sewer King
Season 1, Episode 16b
Written by: Keith Kaczorek
Air date: November 27, 1996
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The Sewer King is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.


Arnold accidentally drops his Grandpa's watch into a manhole, and goes in it to get the watch back. There he and Gerald meet the Sewer King, who wants to keep the watch as his "royal icon". After going through the trouble of retrieving the watch (using games of chess) and evading capture by a vengeful Sewer King, Arnold gets the watch back to Grandpa, only for Grandpa to accidentally drop it down the drain. The Sewer King, depressed at the loss of his "royal icon" is pleasantly surprised to have it land in his hands, while Arnold is dejected to learn that Grandpa keeps a drawer full of spare watches just in case one gets lost.



  • At breakfast, Arnold is eating something from a box marked "Bacon And Eggs", which has "recommended daily allowance" of "Sludge Factor 7".
  • In the jeweler's glass case is a display of "Squatch" watches.
  • This appears to be the first episode in which someone outside of the Pataki family says the word "criminy", in this case, Grandpa utters it near the end of the episode when he drops the watch down the drain.
  • Grandpa is seen skinning potatoes in this episode.  In "Veterans Day", he is seen skinning potatoes during the WWII flashback.
  • David Lander is the voice of the Sewer King.
  • The Sewer King isn't just a one-time Hey Arnold! villain. He also appears in one of the chapter books called "Return of the Sewer King".
  • Chess champion Boris Spassky was mentioned in this episode.
  • While playing chess with the Sewer King in order to win Grandpa's watch back, Arnold reveals himself to be a first-rate chess player, swiftly beating the Sewer King multiple times.
  • When Gerald and Arnold run out of the sewer tunnel into the street, there is graffiti on a wall across the road that reads MR. BIG.
  • This episode aired the same day that Bill Clinton was inaugurated for his second term as U.S. President.
  • Coincidentally enough David L. Lander (voice of the Sewer King), Francesca Marie Smith and Sam Gifaldi (who were credited as additional voices with Sam doing a minor role as an unnamed boy ant and Francesca doing a blueberry scout) had minor roles in the 1998 animated film "A Bug's Life".

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