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Breezy Listening Blues

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"Breezy Listening Blues"


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Season/Series: 9
Number in season: 10B
Original Airdate: United States April 8, 2005[1]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
"Binky Goes Nuts"
"Happy Anniversary"
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"Breezy Listening Blues" is the second half of the tenth episode in the ninth season of Arthur.


Brain gets the lowest grade he's ever had on a test (a B-) and wonders whether the new "breezy listening" background music at the Ice Cream Shop is sapping his intelligence.


Mr. Ratburn is handing back test papers. He questions if Alan was feeling okay when he took the test. Brain is shocked to see that his grade is a B-, and immediately asks if this is correct. Mr. Ratburn tells him it is, and tells him not to take it too hard. Arthur and Buster try to tell him that a B is a good grade, with Buster wishing he had gotten one (he got a C). Brain freaks out because that is only one grade above a C+ and he hasn't ever gotten a B- before. Arthur shrugs and tells him that he will do better next time. Brain again freaks out saying that he might not do better and instead will do worse and worse, until he becomes like Buster. He proceeds to fantasize himself as Buster, confusing a dirigible with a UFO and eating a cupcake out of the garbage. Back in the classroom, he says that this could be the start of something very bad.

Breezy Listening Blues

As Buster and Arthur are getting their milkshakes at Brain's Ice Cream Parlor, Arthur inquires what Brain did the day before the test. Brain goes through the events of the day and realizes the music in the ice cream shop has changed. Arthur says that the music sounds familiar (and is in fact an easy listening remix of the Arthur theme song). The Brain then discovers that the Breezy Listening CD is the problem and tests this on the Tibbles with horrible results. He later listens to it while having a dream about a mall. He later reports to his parents that the Breezy Listening CD is affecting his brain, so they put Brain in charge of the music. First he tries Koko Taylor, but it made Buster lose his appetite. Molly suggests Mutakrude, but it does not work. Muffy then tries Carmen, but Molly turns it off. Francine then puts on U Stink to Muffy's frustration. Arthur and Buster then sing the We Stink song while Muffy replays Carmen, but Brains turns it off saying that it is an ice cream shop, not a jukebox, and declares silence, leading to everyone going to the Sugar Bowl. The next day, Brain dreads what the grade on his next test will be, due to having played the Breezy Listening CD again yesterday, but he gets an A+. Later, he made a CD of the customers' favorite songs called the Sundae Hits, finishing the episode.






  • Moral: Dont overreact over a grade for your own benefits.

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Cultural references[edit]

  • In the Chickin' Lickin' in Brain's dream, the clerk asks "Would you like to megasize that for only ten cents more?". This refers to McDonald's controversial |supersize option between 1992 and 2004.
  • During Brain's dream, he finds a library where Miss Turner shows him that books have been replaced with simpler versions called "bookazines." An Arthur doll is seen reading Call of the Mild, a spoof of The Call of the Wild by Jack London. Paige Turner is seen reading Peace, a spoof of War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy.
  • The Breezy Listening music Brain plays in the shop is a muzak version of the Arthur theme song. Arthur mentions that he "knows that tune from somewhere."


  • During the 2019 Arthur Marathon voting, this episode's title was misspelled as "Breezy's Listening Blues."
  • When Brain looks at his paper with a B-, he has Mr. Ratburn's sleeve.
  • Possible: In the opening, Mr. Ratburn corrects Muffy by telling her that Congo is a country, not a dance. But when he hands the paper to her, it's graded A. However, that could've been the only question she got wrong, so all it did was bump her down from an A+ to an A.
  • In reality a B- is a good grade.

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