Arnold Betrays Iggy (Hey Arnold!)

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Arnold Betrays Iggy (Hey Arnold!)
Oh poor Arnold...
Part of Season: 3
Episode Number: 10a
Air Date: October 19, 1998
Writer: Steve Viksten
Director: Dan Povenmire
Previous episode: Oskar Gets a Job
Next episode: Helga and the Nanny

Arnold Betrays Iggy is an episode from the Nickelodeon show Hey Arnold!.


When Arnold sees Iggy wearing bunny pajamas, he promises he won't tell anybody. But when Sid and Stinky guess, Iggy refuses to forgive Arnold.

Why It Sucks

  1. This episode is extremely mean-spirited and unpleasant compared to the show's otherwise heart-lifting tone, mostly due to how much of a complete jerk everyone (aside from Arnold) is to Iggy.
  2. The infamous scene where Arnold humiliates himself by wearing Bunny pajamas in front of the whole town, just for wanting to win Iggy's forgiveness was one of the worst moments in the entire show.
  3. A horrible ending where Arnold doesn't trust Iggy anymore and many of Arnold's friends laughed at him when Iggy made him wear Bunny pajamas in public.
  4. Grandpa Phil acts very out of character in this episode, one such example is near the end of the episode, he plans on taking pictures of Arnold in Bunny Pajamas for the Album, even though he is supposed to deeply care for him.
    • To be fair, it is possible that Grandpa Phil didn’t know that Arnold was being told to humiliate himself by Iggy to gain Iggy's forgiveness as Arnold never told Grandpa Phil that himself, so in Grandpa Phil's eyes, he likely thinks that Arnold is doing it for fun.
  5. Unexplained plot holes.
    • Biggest plot hole: Why on Earth was Iggy wearing bunny pajamas to begin with? From the way he acts, it's shown that he doesn't like wearing bunny pajamas, and he's obviously not poor enough for these to be the only pajamas he can afford.
    • Why didn't Arnold just tell Iggy that Sid and Stinky were the ones who correctly guessed that he (as in Iggy) was wearing bunny pajamas?
  6. Iggy, Sid & Stinky are completely unlikable in this episode. E.G.: Sid and Stinky correctly guessed what Iggy was wearing and tells the entire school, resulting in Iggy refusing to forgive Arnold, and Iggy himself is a complete jerk to Arnold thinking that he was the one who told on him and refusing to accept his apology, even after Arnold does his chores, causing Iggy to not have another major role and no longer be friends with Arnold for the rest of the series afterwards.
  7. Sid & Stinky are also very out of character as their actions in this episode contrast widely for their personalities.
    • In the case of Sid, while he can be a jerk at times, deep down he is very good-hearted.
    • In the case of Stinky, he is a very gentle character who would never make fun of someone.
      • Adding to this, Stinky also had no reason to act like that to Arnold and go so far as to take pictures of Arnold wearing Bunny pajamas, considering that Arnold helped him on many occasions.
    • They both get off scot-free, despite being out of character and revealing Iggy's secret.
  8. Misleading Title: The title of the episode gives off an impression that Arnold betrayed Iggy by telling everyone that Iggy was wearing Bunny pajamas, but Arnold never exactly betrayed Iggy and never told anyone that (seeing how he never breaks promises) for rather it was Sid & Stinky that correctly guessed it.
  9. Helga is also very out of character, seeing as she too is also at Arnold's humiliation, even though she has a crush on him.
  10. This whole episode tries way too hard to make Iggy look like the bad guy, even though Sid and Stinky were the ones that cause this whole mess to happen in the first place.
  11. Iggy somehow returned after the negative reception this episode has received without still feeling bad for humiliating Arnold.
  12. Everyone else, except Gerald, backstabs Arnold in this episode.
  13. The episode was paired up with "Helga and the Nanny", which was also substandard for the show.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. After Iggy finds out it wasn't Arnold who told everyone his secret, Iggy realizes he went too far, and tries to stop Arnold from humiliating himself, so at least he tries to redeem himself.
  2. Arnold is still a likable character.
  3. Gerald, Grandma Gertie, Mr. Hyunh, Principal Wartz, Olga, and many more were the only characters who were the ones who never attended Arnold's horrible humiliation because Gerald would never make fun of his best friend, Grandma Gertie would never make fun of her own grandson and Lila would never make fun of Arnold either, while 5th grader Wolfgang probably has standards and seeing 4th graders publicly humiliated on TV is too mean-spirited for him and the other 5th graders. Also, Olga's nice and was in college around this time.
  4. There are a few funny moments, such as Helga saying the line "Oh look, boys and girls, it's the Bunny Pajama Boy."


Among fans and critics, this episode is considered to be the worst episode in the series. There was a widely spread rumor (which later became its own urban legend within most cartoon fandoms, including the Hey Arnold! fandom itself) that Craig Bartlett hated this episode so much, he requested Nickelodeon to never air the episode again and forced the staff to apologize to fans. This rumor, however, is false as it was a hoax of unknown origin, that was furthered by sources such as various YouTube Channels (ChannelFrederator was singled out by Bartlett, for their "107 Facts About Hey Arnold" video), and TV Tropes. Craig Bartlett debunked the rumor in a laughing response to fans on an Instagram post, along with debunking the "Pigeon Man suicide metaphor" urban myth, before the Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie aired.



When me and my mom was watching this (so I can show her how bad it was) she said grandpa Phil was pulling Arnold's leg about putting it into the album so he can support him


6 months ago
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What does that mean? Just asking.
Read WIS #4 and you will see


6 months ago
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I don't get how Arnold's grandpa taking pictures is considered him "pulling his leg".

I think I know what your saying, but do you think you can explain to me what that meant? Just asking.
Well my mom was there I saw the part where he said that I said that dosent he care for Arnold? And my mom said he is joking and is just trying to support him and not really do it


6 months ago
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Well ok, I get it now, so what your saying is that Arnold's Grandpa is not going to take pictures of Arnold in bunny PJs. Is that right?


6 months ago
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Oh ok I get it now. Thanks.

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