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Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 4a
Original Airdate: United States October 25, 2010[1]
United Kingdom January 24, 2011[2]
Germany March 4, 2013[3]
Written by: David Steven Cohen
Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Elise Benoit
François Brisson
"The Play's the Thing"
"The Great Lint Rush"

"Falafelosophy" is the first half of the fourth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.


At the urging of author Neil Gaiman, Sue Ellen tries her hand at writing and illustrating a graphic novel. When Sue Ellen needs inspiration and encouragement, she turns to Neil - who pops up in unexpected places! - and to the philosophy lessons of her local falafel vendor!


Arthur talks to the viewers about how great it is to be appreciated, but that a lot of famous people didn't get a first round of applause, using examples such as Galileo. After talking for a while, D.W. gets Arthur to start the show.


The episode starts with Neil Gaiman speaking at a book signing. Afterwards, he signs everyone's books.

At the park after Binky leaves, Sue Ellen goes to get a falafel from a food stand and the man who works there talks about how some people are round like falafel sandwiches and some are pointy like pizza slices. This inspires Sue Ellen with a plot for her graphic novel: a war between circles and triangles. Circles were happy, bouncy and whole, while triangles liked arguing and having a point. How can they get along? When she gets writer's block, her "inner Neil Gaiman" shows up and gives her inspiration to keep going.

At first, her friends don't get it, but at the Sugar Bowl, inner-Neil tells her that she should not write for other people, but for herself, and that her friends would come around in time. After much writing and imagination throughout the episode, she is left with a great graphic novel that her friends enjoy.








  • Arthur is absent in this episode except for the opening and the title card.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Sue Ellen's story bears much resemblance to Harry Nilsson's The Point!


  • In Sue Ellen's story, she starts a chapter by saying "On a night with no moon...," then later in the chapter, she says "The moon reminded him that much in the world is circular...," even though she just wrote that there was no moon.


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