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"Pigeon Man" is an episode of Hey Arnold!.


Arnold brings his sick pigeon to the mysterious Pigeon Man, who miraculously cures the bird. To show his gratitude, Arnold convinces the Pigeon Man to come down off his roof and walk around the old neighborhood.


Arnold's carrier pigeon, Chester, is sick. The only one who can help is the Pigeon Man. But, nobody has seen this mysterious man, so that only rumors circulate about him. Gerald then tells the rest of the Legend of the Pigeon Man. The scary story does not intimidate Arnold and he goes to the Pigeon Man.

He turns out to be a lonely hermit who simply prefers the company of pigeons to that of humans. He asks Arnold to leave Chester at his place for a night, and to come back tomorrow. Back at the boarding house, Arnold tells his friends about his trip. Nobody can believe that Arnold has actually met and spoken to the legendary Pigeon Man. The next day, Arnold comes to the Pigeon Man to see Chester. He looks healthy again. The Pigeon Man, whose real name is Vincent, gives Arnold some special berries Chester must be given every four hours.

Vincent tells Arnold of his childhood in the neighborhood, and how he was in Miss Slovak's class. He also tells him how much he always was interested in birds. However, his friends thought it was weird and they stopped talking to him. In the end, Arnold invites the Pigeon Man to eat a pizza at Antonio's Pizzeria. The two of them chat over their pizza.

Harold, who witnessed the scene with Stinky and Joey, comes up with an idea to go to the Pigeon Man's roof, while he's in the pizzeria sitting and make a little prank. The mischief ends up being worse than planned, and the whole place is accidentally destroyed whilst the three boys flee the scene being scared off by the frenzied pigeons. As Arnold and the Pigeon Man come back to the roof, Arnold is totally appalled and Vincent is disappointed in humans.

Vincent then decides to leave the city, but reminds Arnold of how much his kindness has helped him regain faith in some people, and hopes wherever he goes there is another kid like him. Vincent's pigeons gather around him and finally take him away, flying toward the setting sun.

Home Media


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


  • Hey Arnold!: Volume 2


Sometime in the mid-to-late 2000s or early 2010s, an online rumor surfaced, claiming that this episode originally had a different ending where Pigeon Man committed suicide by jumping off the building after seeing his home wrecked, and that Nickelodeon executives rejected this ending due to it being too morbid and depressing. Some even theorized that this episode's actual ending was an allegory for suicide, claiming that Arnold's view of Vincent flying off was his mind blocking out the suicide.

Craig Bartlett himself has gone on and debunk this Internet myth. He's clearly stated several times that there's absolutely no truth to this theory and that the Pigeon Man was never meant to kill himself. This is the main reason why he was added in Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie.


The episode is a favorite among fans for its portrayal of loners and outcasts, along with its emotional tone and is often considered one of the best of the series. In particular, Pigeon Man's speech and him flying off into the sunset is considered one of the most beautiful, saddest, and memorable moments of the series.

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