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"Jamie O in Love" is an episode in the Hey Arnold! TV Series.

Synopsis

Jamie is being used.

Plot

Gerald's brother Jamie O repeatedly bullies Arnold and Gerald. After knocking over their clean dishes, collapsing their house of cards and stealing the remote control, Gerald grows frustrated and openly wishes he had a "normal" older brother. Arnold suggests he tell Jamie O how he feels, but Gerald believes his brother will never change. Moments later, they enter the kitchen to find an unusually chipper Jamie O baking a pie for them. He happily announces that he finished Gerald's chores, cleaned his room and bought three tickets for them to see "Gladiators on Ice" the following weekend. Jamie O leaves in a hurry as Arnold and Gerald discuss possible reasons for his strange kindness. They quickly decide to follow him.

Jamie O skips to the movie theater after purchasing flowers and chocolates. According to Gerald, the featured movie is a "chick flick" and a film in which Jamie O would have no interest. The growing list of oddities is soon explained when a girl greets Jamie O at the theater. Arnold figures he's just on a date, but Gerald is convinced his brother is in love. He concludes that as long as Jamie O has a girlfriend, he'll continue to treat them exuberantly nice.

In the following days, Jamie O maintains his sunny disposition. He continues to do the house chores and bake for Arnold and Gerald in addition to buying them gifts and food. After being dropped off at a diner with some cash for lunch, the two friends agree that things couldn't be better. Arnold notices that Jamie O's girlfriend, Cherice is also at the diner. Both he and Gerald overhear her and her friend Patrice making fun of Jamie O. She thinks his eagerness to please her is pathetic, though she plans to "milk him for all he's worth." Arnold suggests that Gerald tells Jamie O what's going on, but Gerald reminds him how terrible things were before and convinces him to stay out of it. 

Arnold and Gerald make the most of Jamie O's kindness, though it becomes clear Cherice is draining him financially. Eventually, the errands and favors grow too overwhelming. When Jamie O becomes hysterical after ruining one of Cherice's cashmere socks, Gerald tells Arnold he plans on telling him the truth. Arnold agrees, but asks if they should wait until after attending "Gladiators on Ice." Gerald says no. He finds his brother running himself ragged before he orders Jamie O to stop blubbering and hear him out. Gerald tells him about what he heard from Cherice and advises him to stop.

Jame O refuses to believe it at first and leaves. He goes to meet his girlfriend until overhearing Cherice talking to Patrice himself when he arrives on her doorstep. He then realizes that his little brother was telling the truth and becomes angry at being used.

Expecting to be bullied again, Gerald is surprised when Jamie O thanks him for looking out for him and promises to be nicer to him "from time to time." He asks if that means they're still seeing "Gladiators on Ice." Jamie O scoffs and says he needs to scalp the tickets to make up for the money spent on Cherice. Despite the disappointment and reemergence of Jamie O's old attitude, he takes Arnold and Gerald out for ice cream. Arnold then remarks that Gerald got what he wanted in an older brother, something he agrees with and they leave with him.

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