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Downtown as Fruits

Season 1 Episode 1

Downtown as Fruits Title

On October 7, 1996 Hey Arnold! premiered on Nickelodeon as one of their brand new Nicktoons. The episode Downtown as Fruits is the official pilot episode for the Nickelodeon debut, and it has remained a classic Hey Arnold! episode since then. In this episode we get introduced to the students of PS 118 in the midst of their preparation for the school play on the food groups, as put on by the one and only Helga Pataki. While this episode does show a good number of the characters, it mainly focuses on introducing the viewers to the main three, namely Arnold, Gerald, and Helga. A wise move as the rest of the show’s episodes tended to be focused in some form on these three characters.

Episode Synopsis

The episode opens with Arnold surfing an awesome wave on what seems to be a very pleasant day out at the beach. He is immediately snapped back to reality by Helga who is obnoxiously yelling at him to get off the stage. The students of PS 118 are preparing for a play on the food groups, to premiere that night, and Director Helga isn’t happy about their progress. She bosses and bullies the students around, clearly taking pleasure in her position of authority. None of the students make any attempt to stand against her, showing that they are all quite fearful of her threats. That night, Arnold dressed as a banana and Gerald dressed as a strawberry board the city bus to get to the school. It’s during this ride, where they are given many weird looks, that Gerald has the brilliant idea to *miss* the stop for the school and a few stops after that in order to get out of performing in the play put on by Helga. After a brief internal moral dilemma, Arnold decides to go along with it. At the school, Helga is informed by Phoebe that Arnold and Gerald are missing, thus causing her to yell Arnold’s name and Arnold to hear her angry cry all the way on the bus across town. They quickly reach the end of the bus line in downtown and are forced to get off. With no money and a disconnected pay phone, they begin to realize how serious their situation is.

 

Downtown as Fruits

We're stuck...downtown...as fruits.

That is, until a mysterious person tosses them a bag full of cash, telling them to take it as they know what it is. They gladly take it commenting on the kindness of downtown people and rush off to purchase some actual clothing. The viewer sees after Arnold and Gerald that two goons dressed as the same fruits were supposed to have received the money, showing that Arnold and Gerald just got mixed up in a case of mistaken identity. With the newly gained cash, Arnold and Gerald purchase some funky rags, eat some delicious street food, and dance and play pool at a downtown bar.

Meanwhile back at PS 118, Helga’s play is beginning to fall apart. It seems that Helga is about to go into an angry tirade about Arnold not being there, however her tirade quickly turns into a beautiful speech regarding her beloved. The classic back and forth of “I love you’s” and “I hate you’s” is said by Helga and Brainy is punched for the first time on the show.

Arnold and Gerald’s fortune takes a quick spiral downward when they are discovered by the goons and are chased out of the bar. They land in a fortune teller’s den who asks them if there is someone they have wronged. Gerald thinks back to Helga and answers no, but Arnold becomes horrified at the fact that they have wronged Helga and he yanks Gerald away while yelling that they have to make everything right again.

Things seem to be getting dire at the play and Helga goes on stage to announce a change of program as the fruits are absent. At this Arnold and Gerald leap on stage fully costumed and sing an adorable song about fruits. They are joined by the rest of the class in song as Helga watches from the side with an adoring look at Arnold. The audience gives the students a roaring ovation and the episode ends with Helga knocked down by the falling curtain with a bouquet of roses thrown at her face as she happily sighs, knowing that her play was a success and that Arnold had indeed shown up.

 

We're Fruits

It's fruits! It's fruits that really make us toots!

Characters, Traits, Etc.

Seeing as how this episode is the start of everything for the show’s Nickelodeon run, we learn A LOT. We first learn that Helga isn’t at all who she appears to be on the outside. She is seen by the other students as a condescending bully who is to be feared and tread carefully around when in actuality she can be quite poetic and secretly harbors a crush on Arnold. We do not actually see the depth of this crush and initially regard it as a regular school girl crush. Arnold is shown to be a boy with good moral character as he initially does not want to skip the play and ends up being the one to decide that they have to return to the school when they do end up skipping. Gerald is introduced as Arnold’s best friend who is willing to break the rules and doesn’t mind wronging the school bully at all. We also get a brief glimpse at Phoebe’s character, who is displayed as more of an assistant to Helga at this point in the show. Phoebe also looks up to Helga as when Helga cries due to her play being ruined, Phoebe begins crying too.

Other students briefly introduced and seen include Harold, Sheena, Eugene, Curly, Pea Pod Kid (who gets his name from his pea pod costume in this episode), Stinky, Rhonda, Nadine, Iggy, and Park.

Two last things to note. First, how awesome were Arnold and Gerald’s funky rags?! I totally agree with Gerald, too. Arnold’s banana shoes totally pulled his outfit together. Secondly…why did we have to see Helga’s underwear? This is the only time we ever see them, but it’s pretty random that we do. Oh the random things that go on with this show.

 

Funky Rags

Two suave looking nine year olds, ready to hit downtown!

Gags!

There are the start of so many recurring gags and minor characters in this episode because, well doi! It’s the pilot episode! Recurring gags are a major component of Hey Arnold! and are part of what make it such a memorable show. Noteworthy gags that get their start in this episode include Monkeyman, the animals running out the Sunset Arms door as Arnold opens it, Arnold being the only one to hear Helga angrily yell his name across town, Brainy punches, Eugene’s clumsiness, and Helga’s confessions of love to the locket photo of Arnold. Love all the gags!

 

First Brainy Punch

The first ever punch from Helga that Brainy receives on the show!

Lessons Learned

We learn several important lessons in this episode. Firstly, treat your peers with respect. Helga abuses her position of power as director and writer of the food groups play, thus leading to Arnold and Gerald skipping out. If she had treated her peers with respect and directed them kindly, she probably wouldn’t have found herself in the compromising position of watching her play fall apart right before her eyes.

 

Love Hate

If only Helga could be her kind self all the time, but then we'd miss her awesome temper!

A minor thing we learn is a new word! We are basically told by Helga that legumes means beans, which personally, I didn’t know when I was watching the show as a precocious nine year old. Oh Helga and Arnold, you guys taught us so much vocabulary it’s ridiculous.

 

Legumes

"Legumes? I thought we were beans!"

Another lesson learned is to always do the right thing. Arnold opts to miss the stop for the school, even though he knows it’s not the right thing to do. Even though he and Gerald end up having a great time downtown initially, the night nearly ends in disaster as they are almost caught by the gang. If Arnold had pulled the rope and gotten off at the correct stop, he might not have had the best time, but he would have stopped a whole lot of grief from happening.

 

Moral Dilemma

Even the most morally upstanding of us are susceptible to immoral behavior.

Finally, two wrongs don’t make a right. The main drive behind Arnold and Gerald deciding to skip out on the play was because they were really ticked off with the fact that they were doing this play for Helga, a big school bully. By deciding to tick her off by skipping, Arnold and Gerald end up nearly having a disastrous night of their own. This is summed up when they go visit the fortune teller who asks if they have wronged anyone as they have disrupted their karmic energy field. Gerald is fine with having wronged Helga, but Arnold realizes that disappointing Helga was not the solution to their problem and finally mans up and returns just in time to complete the play.

 

Are you kidding?!

Gerald you gotta be kidding! Think of Helga, and her play, and all the kids back at school who we're letting down!

Overall this is a wonderful episode and is an instant classic. No fan can resist this episode, especially with that adorable “It’s Fruits!” song at the end!

Really Boss Quotes

“Do vegetables have souls?” -Curly

“Slow down! This strawberry really chafes!” -Gerald

Helga: “First the legumes.” Pea Pod Kid: “Legumes? I thought we were beans.” Helga: “You are, genius!” -Helga and Pea Pod Kid

Gerald: “The journey is the destination man.” Arnold: “What’s that mean?”      Gerald: “I don’t know, I heard it in a hippy movie.” -Arnold and Gerald

“Wow, people downtown are really nice!” -Arnold

Helga: “If I ever get my hands on that Arnold I’ll…I’ll…soothe his fevered brow. Oh my poor lost sweetheart. How I love you, and yet I hate you! And yet I love you! And yet I hate you!” Brainy: “Breathe breathe breathe.” Helga: *punch* -Helga and Brainy

“Come on, we’ve got a karmic energy field to fix.” -Arnold

It’s fruits, it’s fruits, that really makes us toots;
It’s fruits, it’s fruits, that give us all a hoot!
It’s not like other food gorups aren’t important;
In fact, you need us all to make your fingernails and eyes and organs-
Fruits, it’s fruits, you gotta have your fruits;
That’s what the folks with scurvy say;
‘Cause it’s fruits, us fruits, that really makes us sing;
This is the end of our play! -Students of PS 118

“Wait till I get my hands on you Arnold, you…beautiful creature.” -Helga

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Before I delve into this topic, let me briefly introduce myself. My name is Jill, and I’m a 21 year old pre-med college student who rediscovered Hey Arnold! in August 2010. Since then I’ve fallen back in love with the show and have realized how much more I appreciate it as an adult! I’m thrilled to be able to critically analyze it here as it is so complex and rich with story and development. My goal is to update this at least once a week, but it may be more or less so bear with me! My other major fandom is Harry Potter which I also write for on occasion. If you want to know anything else, just ask! Okay on to the topic of this post!

Motifs of Helga and Arnold

April Fool Tango

To begin, let’s first define motif for those of you who don’t know. A motif is a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc. It is clear to see that the show has quite a few motifs surrounding the explosive relationship of Helga and Arnold. Whether or not you believe they are soul mates which you totally should because it’s true is totally up to you. However, allow me to shed some light on the motifs used for them.

1. Arnold Hears Helga

Tendra has already discussed this one in a prior post, however it is clearly a big motif within the show. First started in the first episode on Nickelodeon, “Downtown as Fruits”, it has remained a quintessential gag. The first one went like this:

Helga: Hey! Where are the fruits?!

Phoebe: They’re not here Helga. They never showed up.

Helga: What? *blinks* Arnoooooold!!

*cut to wide city view then to bus*

Arnold to Gerald: Did you hear something just now?

Gerald: No.

This gag continues throughout the series, most notably in “Helga Blabs it All” and “Buses, Bikes, and Subways” where Arnold is the only one to notice that Helga is missing from the school bus. While many people seem to find this to just be a gag or just meaning that Arnold is possibly so fearful of Helga that he can sense her anger, there is a camp of people who believe that it is a sign of Helga and Arnold being meant for each other. It’s a common cliche in romantic films for the male to sense when his female companion is in danger, so it is logical to conclude that the purpose of Arnold being the only one to hear Helga scream his name, or just scream, is to show that they are meant for each other. Furthermore, while some may argue the fear of bullying end, think of this. In an episode of How I Met Your Mother, soul mates Lily and Marshall discuss how connected they are to the point where if Lily eats ice cream, Marshall gets ill because he is lactose intolerant. So why else would the writers make this gag except to push the idea forward that Helga and Arnold are soul mates? Furthermore, in the episode “Magic Show” where Helga experiences a dream world where she no longer exists and is not missed a la It’s a Wonderful Life, whenever Helga screams in her dream world, Arnold does not hear her as she doesn’t exist and therefore cannot be his soul mate. I don’t know if I’m going to far with that bit, but eh I’ll note it.

2. Disguises

Throughout the show, Helga dons a variety of disguises around Arnold. The only time he doesn’t know that it’s her though is when she is disguised as Cecile in “Arnold’s Valentine”. Through her disguises, pivotal moments occur and important lessons are learned. The first time that Helga dons a disguise around Arnold is in the aforementioned episode. Initially, the disguise fails as Helga nearly reverts to her bullying mechanism and abrasiveness when Arnold notes that Helga really bugs him. Furthermore, Helga is so fearful initially that Arnold will figure out its her that she is unable to relax and let her true personality shine through. The initial disguise also isn’t very good as it is quite, erm, gah there were no words. However, after she vomits her cervelles braisees avec les oeufs brouilles, which she was kindly informed was calves’ brains and eggs, she relaxes, allows her soft side to shine through, and even cheers Arnold up after he realized how vapid Ruth really was. Her disguise even becomes more feminine and softer and she does somewhat confess to liking Arnold. Through this disguise, Helga was able to show Arnold the side of her that only Phoebe ever saw and gains confidence in their compatibility as he really likes what he sees. Here’s a listing of her various other disguises through out the show’s run and their pivotal moments and lessons.

“Arnold’s Halloween”: Alien

 

Arnold's Halloween

Arnold basically saves Helga's life, or at least from great bodily injury, as he runs up and attempts to persuade her father that he is not holding an alien, but his own daughter.

 

“Helga’s Boyfriend”: Stinky’s Girlfriend

 

Helga's Boyfriend

Helga disguises herself as Stinky's girlfriend in a failed attempt to get Arnold jealous. She believes it has worked when Arnold tells her that a friend has something important to say to her, however the friend turns out to be Stinky. Lesson learned through this episode is that deceit will not get you what you want and someone will get hurt.

 

“School Play”: Juliet

 

School Play

After manipulating Rhonda, Sheena, and Phoebe into dropping out of the role of Juliet, Helga confesses her secret to Lila in order to score the part. The major pivotal event that occurs is that Helga gets her deepest desire; a kiss with Arnold. She later attributes the kiss's length to good acting.

 

“Dinner for Four”: Sophisticated Helga

 

Dinner for Four

In order to impress Arnold, Helga holds a dinner with her friends at Chez Paris to show that she is sophisticated. There is a moment after Helga says, "Lovely little bistro, n'est-ce pas?" where Arnold has a stunned look on his face, as though he realized something. Arguably, he may have flashed back to Cecile. Another important thing of note, Arnold shows that he is impressed with Helga when she does the right thing and acts like herself.

 

“It Girl”: Model

 

It Girl

As a model, Helga learns that having everything doesn't necessarily mean happiness. Furthermore, it's shown that her abrasiveness is as much a personality as her soft side.

 

“Helga’s Masquerade”: Lila

 

Helga's Masquerade

Seeing how Arnold reacts to Lila's innocent and sickly sweet personality, she emulates her during a costume party. Thus she and Arnold hang out and have a great time during the party, until he accidentally calls her Lila. Once she reverts to her normal appearance, Arnold becomes disinterested. Helga learns that it is better to be herself than to act like someone else. Furthermore, she learns that Arnold does like her, and in her eyes that means she's halfway there to him liking her liking her.

 

“Summer Love”: Babewatch Lifeguard

 

Summer Love

As a Babewatch lifeguard, Helga seizes her opportunity at a second kiss with Arnold by shoving aside the other actress and saying, "Move over Barbie, I've got this one."

 

“Hey Arnold!: The Movie”: Deep Voice

Hey Arnold!: The Movie
As Deep Voice, Helga sacrifices great personal gain in order to secretly help Arnold save the neighborhood. She also confesses her secret to Arnold, albeit in a crazed manner. Lesson learned? Happily ever after in romance doesn’t always happen as she takes back the confession and returns to normal.

3. Storms

Whenever something major happens between Helga and Arnold, it always seems to happen during a storm. It’s almost as though the storm is a metaphor for their relationship. Storms are unpredictable, wild, and exciting. They also provide what is needed for life to grow and the eye of the storm is extremely calm. Thus as I see it, if Helga and Arnold were to indeed become a couple at some point, their relationship would be filled with their highs and lows, however they would balance each other out and provide the other with what they need.

One notable moment that occurs during a storm is their first meeting during the flashback in “Helga on the Couch”. After Helga has walked by herself in the storm to school, it’s Arnold who shades her from the storm with his umbrella. This moment is then repeated outside of Helga’s home in “Beaned”, where Arnold again shades her from the storm and even takes her arm to walk her to school. In fact, the episode actually starts with a storm where Helga watches as he assists Rhonda from the bus while she ends up having to get soaked in the rain.

4. Crash into Each Other

It always seems that when one of them is rounding a corner, the other is rounding it at the same time leading them to crash right into each other. This is continually done throughout  the show. One fan fiction, entitled “Arnold on the Couch” brought the light the idea that this continuous literal crashing into each other could be the universe’s way of pushing them together. It’s not an illogical idea and certainly one under consideration. Another sign that they’re soul mates? I believe it is.

Before Crash
Whenever Arnold and Helga are rounding a corner at the same time…
After Crash
…they crash into each other, as though the universe is pushing them together.

5. Arnold Nearly Hearing Helga’s Secret

On quite a few episodes, Arnold surprises Helga by showing up near her during one of her soliloquies about him. She always manages to recover her cool and cover up her moment with some excuse to which Arnold generally responds to with “Whatever you say, Helga.” Now while it’s not really that major of a motif, it’s something worth noting as it’s quite amazing that Arnold has never heard or realized Helga’s secret during these intrusions. Odd, but then again he didn’t figure out that Cecile was Helga, even though it was fairly obvious.

6. Moral Dilemmas

Whenever one of them has a dilemma of some sort, the other tends to step up and help the other. This happens more with Arnold helping Helga out rather than the other way around. For instance, in “Olga gets Engaged”, Arnold points out that Helga taking pleasure in her sister’s probable bleak future is wrong, leading Helga to scare off her sister’s horrid fiance. Arnold does have his dilemmas too. In “Deconstructing Arnold”, it’s Helga who shows Arnold that even though they sometimes find his helping them solve their problems to be annoying, it’s something they need and something he does better than her. Overall, without each other, they may have gone down very dark paths, especially Helga.

7. Connection

It is rare that Arnold and Helga connect over something, but when they do it’s a very beautiful thing. The biggest example of this is “Arnold’s Thanksgiving”, where they spend the day with each other venting about their dysfunctional families and the fact that neither have had a normal Thanksgiving. Also of note, while Arnold is standing outside Helga’s home watching her happily sit at the table surrounded by her family, he says, “Happy Thanksgiving, Helga” in almost the same tone as Helga said, “Merry Christmas, Arnold” in “Arnold’s Christmas”.

8. Subconscious

Via daydreams, dreams, and nightmares, the psyches of Arnold and Helga are explored and reveal many interesting things. Helga often daydreams of futures with Arnold, such as their wedding, him seeing her as sophisticated, etc. Her dreams and daydreams are typical girl stuff, with her personality thrust into it such as her dream in “Married”. For Arnold though, the motif of the subconscious reveals some interesting things about him. For instance, in “Arnold visits Arnie”, Arnold has a dream/nightmare about visiting his cousin Arnie where everyone in the town is the exact opposite of the person he knows at home. The only exception to this is Hilda, the country version of Helga. Arnold believes that he is seeing Helga’s opposite, however Hilda’s personality is very similar to Helga’s when she is not being a bully. He in fact falls for Hilda, and thus this episode is considered strong evidence of a future for the two. Furthermore, at the end of his nightmare in “Married”, dream Helga confesses her love for him just as his alarm rings, suggesting that deep down he understands her and cares for her. The only other notable dreams are the ones they have during Carmen in “What’s Opera, Arnold?”.

 

 

Hilda

In "Arnold Visits Arnie", Arnold dreams of everyone in Hillwood as their opposite. He falls for Hilda, whom he believes is the opposite of Helga. However her personality is basically what Helga's is when she's not in bully mode.

 

9. Helga’s Trinkets

An interesting motif is the one where something of Helga’s that could reveal her love for Arnold ends up in his home. Helga thus goes to great lengths to retrieve these items and keep her secret safe. Items that she had to retrieve include her little pink book of Arnold poems with her name in it, a confessional voice message, a parrot that had memorized an Arnold poem with her name in it, and her locket with an inscription of love. Each time Arnold gets very close to learning the secret before Helga successfully retrieves the object. It’s a wonder as to why Helga never learns her lesson to not put her name on these items!

10. Sacrifice

The final motif that I could think of is the multiple times that Helga and Arnold sacrifice something in order to make the other happy. While this is done more on Helga’s part, there are several instances where Arnold sacrifices too. Helga’s sacrifices tend to be huge too. An excellent example of this is in “Arnold’s Christmas” where she gives up the one thing she wanted for Christmas, the difficult to find Nancy Spumoni snow boots, in order to find Mr. Hyunh’s daughter and preserve Arnold’s belief in miracles. Through doing this, Helga learns the true meaning of Christmas and preserves Arnold’s good heart and positive outlook. Arnold has sacrificed things too in order to make Helga happy.

 

 

Christmas

By sacrificing her brand new snow boots, Helga preserves Arnold's positive world view. Also notice that she is wearing the Cecile dress.

 

In “Beaned” when he thought that Helga still had amnesia, he sacrificed his reputation and time with his friends in order to make sure Helga was safe and to help Helga regain her memory. He was even going to miss out on a big baseball game in order to make sure Helga got home safely. There are many more examples of sacrifice, but to go into them all would require another post entirely.

Closing Remarks

Overall, the running gags and motifs of this wild pair drives home the idea that they are meant for each other, and that Arnold will one day figure it out. If only The Jungle Movie had been made! *shakes fist* Gah!

 

Beaned

Whether or not you believe they are meant for each other, they still have one of the most complex relationships on the show.

 

 

Arnold: “Did… you hear something just now?” 

(Only the sound of Helga finding out that you just screwed her over, Arnold.)

Gerald: “Nope.”

Downtown as Fruits

Common Characteristics

– Whenever Helga finds out that Arnold is, in some way, responsible for putting her in a bad situation (e.g. such as getting her chased by a large angry mob in “Arnold’s Halloween”), she will fiercely scream Arnold’s name out in the open – so loud that it echoes and can even be heard across Hillwood City!

– In this gag, Arnold may or may not know that he is responsible for Helga’s misfortune. 

– The not-good-for-Helga ploys that Arnold carries out in these gags are usually done with Gerald, and the plan is usually Arnold or Gerald’s.

– Helga usually throws both her fists in the air as she shouts.  Nobody better be in her way or POW!

– Lucky for Arnold (and Gerald), he isn’t with Helga when she has just been given the bad news. 

– As Helga’s shout echoes through the air, the scene usually zooms out to a larger scenery (e.g. to outside of P.S. 118 in “Downtown as Fruits”), then immediately switches to Arnold and Gerald.

– It is usually Arnold, out of the many people, who happens to hear Helga’s fury.  One HA! fan, Seraphimkiss, once said she interprets it as proof that Arnold and Helga are soul mates because he intuitively knows that Helga just yelled at him. 

– Upon hearing Helga’s scream, Arnold usually asks Gerald if he heard it as well.  The line he usually asks is: “Did… you hear something just now?”  The “did” part is usually stretched out (i.e. saying “diiiiid” instead of “did”).  I just chose to use ellipsis (…) instead of writing additional “i’s” for the “did” part simply for aesthetic reasons.

– In response to Arnold’s question, Gerald always answers “no”.  What, nobody else heard it?

– There have been rare instances where it is Gerald hears Helga’s scream, and not Arnold.  And the Gerald x Helga shippers go wild.

Arnold's Halloween

Examples of when the “ARNOOOLD!! Gag” is Used

  • “Downtown as Fruits”
  • “Arnold’s Halloween”

If you see any more episodes that have this gag, please feel free to write a comment to this post and let me know!

-Wheeze wheeze-  POW!  -thud-

That is, without a doubt, the classic Brainy gag.  You’d think that a guy named Brainy would be smart enough not to sneak up on Helga like that…

Helga's love potion

Common Characteristics

  • Brainy is typically found sneaking up behind Helga
  • Poor Brainy always gets hurt somehow; usually it’s a smack between the eyes by one of Helga’s fist (it’s usually her left fist)
  • If you hear wheezing behind your back, you should immediately know that it’s Brainy.  Brainy always wheezes when he’s sneaking up on his crush.
  • Helga is usually alone before Brainy appears
  • Brainy usually shows up while Helga is thinking about Arnold, be it in the form of a soliloquy or just one of her lovesick swoons
  • Helga’s mood whenever Brainy sneaks up behind her tends to be that of annoyance and/or anger; she never seems to care that she created a wheezing mess on the floor

If you’ve written a story that involves a character rushing to the hospital upon learning that they (might) have caused the injury of another, you might want to consider the hospital gag.  It usually involves the visitor mistaking a patient in a full body cast for the person they intended to visit. 

Visitor: “Is that you?  Are you okay?!  I’m really, really sorry! – continues to apologize profusely and express remorse –  ” 

Patient: “… do I know you?”

(Of course, the patient can’t talk, but you know what’s going through his head…)

Sid's revenge

Common Characteristics

 – The visitor is a person who tends to overreact, meaning they are able to jump to conclusions (that the guy in the full body cast is the one they hurted) by themselves.  This means that people like Arnold may or may not be eligible for this type of gag, depending on how the dialogue is written.

– The visitor immediately rushes to the hospital after hearing that they might have caused the injury of another.  No time to think it over rationally!

– The visitor tends to touch the patient in the body cast, causing him even more pain.  What a great day for that guy, huh?

– The general attitude of the visitor is usually apologetic (e.g. “Are you okay?  Can I do anything for you?  I’m really, really sorry!”) and/or remorseful (e.g. “If I did this, then you wouldn’t have gotten hurt”) .

– If you are showing this gag visually (i.e. w/ pictures), there is usually a small scene where we look at the visitor from the patient’s point of view (i.e. through the slits of the patient’s bandage).

Examples of When the Hospital Gag was Used

  1. Sid mistakes another patient for Principle Wartz in “Sid’s revenge”
  2. Helga mistakes another patient for Phoebe in “Phoebe breaks a leg”

Phoebe breaks a leg