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Nerves of Steal (Arthur)

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Not to be confused with the Kick Buttowski episode of the same name.

Nerves of Steal (Arthur)
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Moral: If someone you know steals something, you can be held liable for no reason.
Series: Arthur
Part of Season: 5
Episode Number: 2b
Air Date: October 2, 2000
Writer: Bruce Akiyama
Director: Greg Bailey
Previous episode: Kids are from Earth, Parents are from Pluto
Next episode: It's a No-Brainer

Nerves of Steal is the second half of the second episode in the fifth season of Arthur.


Buster hates being the only kid without a CyberToy, so he plans to "borrow" one from the store...until his own conscience catches him.

Why It Doesn't Have Nerves Of Steel

  1. Buster is a terrible friend to Arthur in this episode, as he not only used Arthur as a mule to steal the toy but he gets Arthur in trouble and in his original draft of the apology letter to the store, he blatantly puts Arthur’s name in the letter when describing how the toy was stolen, therefore implicating Arthur as the thief and forcing Arthur to change the letter.
  2. The way Buster steals the toy is absolutely pathetic. He drops it in Arthur's backpack while he's not looking.
  3. Arthur ends up getting told off despite doing nothing wrong in the episode.
    • David states that Arthur covered up the crime, yet Arthur was simply just trying to get Buster to give the toy back.
  4. Plot Hole: How does the shopkeeper even know Buster and Arthur's phone numbers?
  5. Bad moral: If someone you know shoplifts by dropping the stolen item into your bag, you get to be punished along with the criminal.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The lesson is true that no one should steal.
    • Even if someone goes back to give back what they stole, they shouldn't be able to get off scot free for the damage already done.
    • Furthermore, Arthur's parents do make a point that it would've been better if Arthur would've had a talk with them when Buster did the deed.
  2. The entire imagination sequence, where the police storm the Reads' household and later try to find Buster after Arthur calls him out.
    • Then the line "I went on a field trip... to the police station!"
  3. Some of the later scenes where Buster becomes paranoid.
    • "Francine: Go for third!
      • Buster: No, put it back - it's not worth it!"



  • Recess had a similar episode to this one called "Gus and Misdemeanors" where Gus was incited to steal from a drug store.
    • In that episode, even though the men who incited Gus didn't get punished, the episode did a better job of explaining why stealing is wrong.


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