Hey Arnold!: Season 1, Episode 14

Spelling Bee/Pigeon Man (20 Nov. 1996)

TV Episode  |  TV-Y7  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy
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The first episode is "Spelling Bee", It's time to crown the spelling champ of the whole city, and P.S. 118 has two contenders for the $500 prize. In one corner, Arnold. In the other, Helga.... See full summary »


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Episode credited cast:
Arnold / Seymour / Contestant (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Spelling Bee Moderator (voice)
Chester the Pigeon (voice)
Joey (voice)
Sam Gifaldi ...
Sid (voice)
Angie Jaree ...
Seymour's Mother (voice)
Big Bob Pataki (voice)
Arnold's Grandma / Miss Slovak (voice)
Phoebe Heyerdahl (voice) (as Anndi L. McAfee)
Vincent (voice)
Harold Berman (voice)
Francesca Smith ...
Helga Pataki / Marcy (voice) (as Francesca Marie Smith)


The first episode is "Spelling Bee", It's time to crown the spelling champ of the whole city, and P.S. 118 has two contenders for the $500 prize. In one corner, Arnold. In the other, Helga. The second "Pigeon Man", Arnold's prized pigeon takes ill, and only one person can help-the creepy recluse Pigeon Man. But when Arnold visits him in his rooftop roost he find they're birds of a feather. Written by Tiff Banks

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"Be sure to always wash your berries before you eat them. And fly towards the sun..."
17 May 2012 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

"Q.U.A.L...X?" I learnt how to spell phlegm because of this! The first segment of this Hey Arnold episode is fun and sort of informative at the same time. I like the stories involving Helga when she's a little softer. Heh, her dad, Big Bob, looks just like my own father, who also happens to be called Bob! In the story, if I would have been in Arnold's shoes, I would have totally done the "wrong" thing and taken the money. I'm a fairly well-moralled person, but not that much! Arnold was such a saint. I'm only really here for the second story, so... :::2::: These things sure don't seem so short when you're ten. It's great the way it is, but I wish they'd have devoted the entire half hour to this story, as everything feels a little condensed and rushed, and it's a far stronger tale then Spelling Bee. Some of my favourite episodes of this show were the ones when all the kids would sit on some doorstep (stoop) and tell one of their neighbourhood folk tales. I like how when they're telling the legend of Pigeon Man one version of it happens to be the correct one-except for the chicken costume! This is my favourite feature that I've ever "seen" Vincent Schiavelli in. I was/am a huge fan of him, and I was very shocked and saddened to recently discover that he had actually died. What a shame, he just seemed like one of those actors that had been, and would be around forever. I loved his charmingly strange face. I never thought he had some kind of bone disorder, I just thought that was the way he looked. Odd, but not deformed. I like the actors who aren't much to look at and know it, because they are likely to be down to earth and not pretentious and full of it. I like him here because he has played a lot of hilariously worked-up characters, but here he plays a really peaceful soul. As well as being named after him, the character he voices is clearly designed in his image, having his trademark melancholy features. :::3::: I always thought the ending, where Pigeon Man is carried away by the pigeons, to be a bit over the top. I don't mean to poke holes in such a tender final scene, but for a second there he looks almost Christ-like as he rises from the ground. But it's not about what you literally see, is it? It's symbolic of hope and being free. Arnold was always helping out people whom others had deemed outcasts. It's easy to write people off, label them as no good, or weird or whatever. But there's good and bad in everyone, and one of the things this sweet little animation tries to teach is that sometimes people can and do surprise you. I think the final image is probably the most impressive the entire series ever produced. Also the music is so uplifting. Beautiful. Rest in peace, Vincent Schiavelli.

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