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Post by leilistories on Sat Jun 26, 2010 8:49 am

I thought of this while watching The Simpsons episode, The Fat and the Furriest.

So, we all know that even though Harold thinks of himself as a big strong bully, he's actually very soft on the inside (usually noticed when he runs away, screaming "MOMMY!"). Once in a while he's been made fun of by people because of this (mostly Helga).

So, how about this. Somehow something embarrasses or scares Harold (like another Bully or an angry dog) so much that he humiliates himself in front of a ton of people. Afterwards, they don't take him seriously, and Harold finds himself becoming "wimpier" the more he's taunted. (i.e., crying to his mom more often, not able to stand up for himself, wearing footie pajamas to school...)

So, Harold attempts to get back to his bully self. He could come to Arnold for help... or, because Arnold isn't a bully, he could go looking for help from Helga or Wolfgang Razz
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Re: Harold Toughens Up

Post by Meganium on Sat Jun 26, 2010 11:31 pm

Actually...that sounds like a really good idea. =O I always thought that issue needed to be addressed. I mean, why in the world is everyone scared of the kid who literally once wet his pants within the course of the series?...XD
I think it would be REALLY funny if Harold first went to Arnold for help, then Arnold is like, "Violence is never the answer, Harold," and Harold goes, "Awww, that's so USELESS!" and then seeks answers from Helga. XDXD
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Re: Harold Toughens Up

Post by Retromanka on Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:51 am

Great idea! I love it!! Very Happy
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Post by RoseThorn on Sun Jun 27, 2010 1:02 am

Meganium wrote:
I think it would be REALLY funny if Harold first went to Arnold for help, then Arnold is like, "Violence is never the answer, Harold," and Harold goes, "Awww, that's so USELESS!" and then seeks answers from Helga.

I agree that this is a great episode idea.

And I like Meganium's idea that Harold would totally blow off Arnold's advice and go beg Helga to help "toughen him up". Of course, Harold wouldn't want anyone to know he went to a GIRL for advice, and of course Helga wouldn't be initially willing to help out Harold unless there was something in it for her. This gives a lot of opportunity for comic potential...

Harold approaches Helga tentatively in the hall at school and and accidentally bumps into her.
Helga: "Watch where you're going, you big Oaf!"
Harold: "Actually, Helga, I need some advice..."
Helga: *rubbing it in and relishing the moment* "Well, well, well, if it isn't the big BABY of P.S. 118 come to get advice from a girl!"
Harold: "Shut your trap Helga, or I'll pound you!"
Helga: "You're not exactly in the right position to be making threats, Pink Boy. So spill it; why should I help you? What's in it for me??"

And they could then strike some kind of bargain where Helga gains something trivial, like money/candy, and she in return gives Harold secret "toughness" lessons. Of course, since Helga's getting paid periodically along the way, she doesn't put much effort into Harold's training, and ends up leading him astray- i.e. her lessons aren't really helping- at which point Harold could learn a valuable "Hey Arnold-esque" lesson. (While still staying true to his original nature of course.) I think if maybe in the end Arnold gave him some wise advice and then Harold misconstrues it, that would work...

Arnold: "Harold, real strength doesn't come from lessons or mean words; real strength is inside."
Harold: "...yeah... I get it now... So what you're saying is if I believe I can pound someone, then it doesn't matter how physically strong I am! Aw thanks Arnold!"
Arnold: "...That's... not really what I meant at all Harol-"
Harold: "Shut up Auh-nuld, I don't need to listen to you!" *runs off laughing*
Arnold sighs.

Also, let's not forget that this episode would have great potential for Harold to call Helga "Madame Fortress Mommy" under his breath!
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Re: Harold Toughens Up

Post by peachcake21 on Sun Jun 27, 2010 6:50 am

Well I was just thinking, if Helga's reason to bully or for being tough is because she wants everyone to think she hates Arnold's guts and/or not have a soft side, then, what's Harold's?

I mean all bullies have a reson of being cranky, mean, or tough, right? Well what could be his.?
What if Helga say theirs a secret of being though?(she says something like ,Reason Of Toughnes! (I just noticed it becomes ROT!)
What if he asks her her reason? Wink

(this scene takes place in her room)
Harold: Helga what is your RO-
(Helga gives him the look)
Harold: I mean reason of toughnes?
Helga: My RO- I mean reason of toughnes?
(looks around nervously and then spots her doll, the doll with red hair)
Helga: Doll!... Yes! DOLLS! I hate dolls! (chuckles nervously)
Harold: Then why do you have this doll in your room?
Helga: well, well because I hate dolls so much I use them as a way to pracrice! You know, give 'em the ol' one two! and what nots.
Harold: really?
Helga: yeah! It helps me remind my self to be tough.
(does some sort of tough looking action)

The end!

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Post by leilistories on Sun Jun 27, 2010 12:16 pm

Well, Helga says herself that she isn't a bully be cause of Arnold, but that's "just who she is." Howeverrr, you have a really good point. Smile
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Post by Meganium on Sun Jun 27, 2010 4:31 pm

Hmmm, if Harold hung around Helga too much, maybe he'd catch her with one of her Arnold relics, and he'd be like, "What? Why is there a figure of Arnold made of noodles in your math book?" And Helga would be like, "Uhhh well I need something to practice with, y'know, in preparation for (she pounds a fist into an open hand) beatin' up the real thing!" And Harold would be like, "Oh okay; that makes sense." XD
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Post by peachcake21 on Sun Jun 27, 2010 10:05 pm

I wonder what he'd carry around. Wink

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Post by Meganium on Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:56 pm

Hmm, I dunno XD Maybe he'd make an Arnold doll to practice pounding as well, and Helga would see it and be like, "...*facepalm*" XDXD Okay, I admit, that's ridiculous. But it seemed funny when I thought of it. XD
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Re: Harold Toughens Up

Post by Retromanka on Wed Jun 30, 2010 3:25 pm

Ahah...not for nervous dudes...
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Post by leilistories on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:27 pm

Hahaha, Meganium, I actually like that idea. xD
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Post by Meganium on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:33 pm

XD Really? Thanks! Well, we can use it if you want...XD

Also, I have a random thought that is not pertinent to the storyline but which would be funny. If this episode idea ever makes it to the art stage, if Harold's room is shown, there should be a photo of Cupcake (a.k.a. Thirsten...that cat from Harold's Kitty) on the wall somewhere. XD

Oh! And maybe Helga sees it and is like, "Okay, first step towards being tougher? DON'T have pictures of kittens on the wall! *tears down photo and puts up wrestling poster*" And Harold's like, "HEYYY BE CAREFUL WITH THAT!! *holds photo of Cupcake almost reverently*" XDXD

Wow, I actually made it relevant to the storyline. XD
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Post by peachcake21 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:33 pm

Helga would steel it and be like "WHY!"

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Post by peachcake21 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:34 pm

oh sorry I menat the Arnold doll

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Post by Meganium on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:44 pm

I assumed. XD And you know you can edit posts, right? ^ ^;
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Post by peachcake21 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:48 pm

=P
Aw well maybe next time!

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Post by Meganium on Wed Jun 30, 2010 7:53 pm

Okay, so. Helga seems like the kind of "coach" that would give Harold "rules" for being tough (the first of which would be: Don't hang pictures of kittens in your room. XD). What are some other "rules" she could have for him? Some should be actually applicable, and others should just be funny and circumstantial, like the kitten one.

So, like, an actually useful one could be...

"Don't run away; stay and make them pay!"

...Or something. XD

Oh, and of course, at the end, Harold should actually have to use her "rules." But for a good purpose, so the audience feels like Helga did a good thing. XD
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Post by peachcake21 on Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:18 pm

or in some rules he completly misinterperets them!

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Post by Meganium on Wed Jun 30, 2010 11:10 pm

Well, yes, in typical Harold fashion. XD He'll end up doing something heroic, but then at the very end, when Arnold congratulates him, it'll be like RoseThorn said and he'll just take it to mean that if he believes he can beat someone up, he can. XD And Arnold will be like, "But that's not the--!! [sigh] ...Forget it." XD
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Post by peachcake21 on Fri Jul 09, 2010 3:44 am

Yeah, he messes it up!

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Post by leilistories on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:09 am

Hmm... So, what exactly should Harold do to completely humiliate himself? Something that has to do with the Harold x Patty pairing? Something to do with crying out for his mommy? What? Very Happy
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Post by peachcake21 on Thu Jul 15, 2010 3:53 pm

A series of wimpy events? XD

He gets beaned?

He gets beat up by campfire lasses after he eats ALL their chocolate turtles?
lol Not exactly beat up but something un-man-ly?

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Post by Meganium on Fri Jul 16, 2010 2:44 am

Hmmm...I'm thinking maybe he runs away from a dog who bites out the seat of his pants. XDXDXD Of course, that wouldn't be a very good reason to toughen up-- what's he going to do, beat up the dog for revenge? XD

But yeah. I think we should work in the dog thing. I like peachcake's idea of it not being one event that leads up to this decision to toughen up, but several humiliating instances.

There could be a part where a little girl pushes him down after he takes a lollipop from her or something. XD

Aaand of course we could maybe work in something with older thugs roughing him up if we wanted.
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Post by peachcake21 on Fri Jul 16, 2010 5:11 pm

I like it!
lol the little girl pushing him down!, I think it would be funny if it where Timberly!

I guess it should be Wolfgang, (then he has to find a tutor) XD

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Post by Meganium on Sat Jul 17, 2010 2:31 am

XD! I love the idea of Tim pushing him down. "Take that, you big bully!" XD
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