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"Gerald Comes Over" is an episode of Hey Arnold!.



When Arnold spends the night at Gerald's again, Gerald notices that Arnold has slept over at his house many times, but Gerald never got to spent a night in the boarding house. When he asks Arnold about it, his friend avoids him by pretending to be too tired to talk. Gerald keeps talking and eventually Arnold gives in: Gerald may spend the night over at his house at the next weekend.

Before both of them enter the boarding house, Arnold warns Gerald that he might see some things in there that could scare him, but Gerald insists that it can't be worse than his own family. At first they meet Grandma in the kitchen. "Buana", equipped with a fly swatter and a sun helmet, is apparently hunting her prey, namely a fly. Gerald seems to be slightly confused already when they see Grandpa drying his hands with a cat. Grandpa reminds Arnold that he has to collect the rent as it's the first of the month.

So Arnold and Gerald visit Mr. Purdy who appears to have chickens in his apartment although this is not allowed in the boarding house. When Arnold asks him about the rent Mr. Purdy tells him to come back the next day because he doesn't have the money right now.

After that the boys visit Ernie who's working for a demolishing company and collects the foundation stones of houses he has torn down. Arnold wants to get the rent but Ernie is reminiscing. He takes a liking to Gerald and recommends him to join the destruction profession but when he starts to swing his hammer, Arnold and Gerald get scared and flee.

The next one is Mr. Smith, the mysterious boarder living in Room #16. The only thing they find in his safe is an IOU note.

So they go to Mr. Hyunh. He's willing to pay the rent but only if Arnold repairs some things in his apartment first. So Arnold and Gerald cope with the blocked drain, they re-tile the linoleum in his kitchen (16 times!) and repaper his living room. As reward for their hard work both get 10 cents each. As for the rent, Mr. Hyunh says he will have it the next day.

The last boarders from which to collect the rent are the Kokoshkas, who are arguing again. Suzie is throwing dishes and Arnold tries to catch them. When the other boarders come to join the arguing, Arnold runs into the kitchen to chime the gong for dinner. Immediately everyone is friends with each other again.

When the boys finally go to bed Gerald says how much he likes Arnold's house. Arnold agrees and they fall asleep on the boarding house roof.

Home Media


  • Hey Arnold!: Season 1
  • Hey Arnold!: The Complete Series
  • Hey Arnold!: The Ultimate Collection


  • Hey Arnold!: Volume 1

External links

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