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Post by GrebeGoddess on Fri May 09, 2014 7:00 pm

twitter.com/ArthurRead/status/464891342078742528

Yay! This is from the official Arthur Twitter. Now I wonder what kind of episode it will be...
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Post by BionicBunny on Fri May 09, 2014 7:11 pm

Maria's own episode? I'm a tad bit skeptical,they really need to do this right,make it an introduction episode of sorts,like maybe lampshade some stuff(sorry for my TVTropes speak),like why she's never talked,but I swear,if they screw this up,I'm going to barge into WGBH and demand a rewrite.Just don't let Dietrich Smith touch the script,please? But then again if it's considered landmark it will more than likely be written by current head writer Peter K. Hirsch.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri May 09, 2014 7:46 pm



Wow, thanks for the sharing this epic discovery!
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Post by BionicBunny on Fri May 09, 2014 7:50 pm

Wait,this is the thread for Maria episode right? Just double checking cause the link wouldn't work and I had to read recent tweets

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri May 09, 2014 8:55 pm

The Twitter link works just fine for me.

I can only imagine what Maria's personality will be like. Most fans, myself included, picture her as a quiet, down-to-earth bookish type based mostly on the fact that we never hear her talk (individually) or see her doing anything mischievous. They could surprise us, of course, and make her either an insufferable jerk or a complete goofball... Razz 

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Post by BionicBunny on Fri May 09, 2014 8:57 pm

I bet they'll diagnose her with a disease/disorder of the week.That seems to be all that they do with new characters anymore,sans Ladonna and Company.Of course,I'm sure Kerry would have a hell of a laugh if Maria ended up preggo.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri May 09, 2014 9:11 pm

Yeah, it does seem that almost everyone has been tagged with some type of disability or allergy over the years.  Buster has asthma, Binky's allergic to peanuts, Muffy's allergic to dust, Jenna wets the bed and is lactose intolerant, George has dyslexia, Carl's autistic...the list goes on.  I have a strong suspicion that Ladonna shows signs of early-onset schizophrenia.  In fact, I've been planning on starting a topic dedicated to that for a while now.  

But if Maria does get assigned a disability, hopefully it'll be epilepsy.  That way, we can see teh bunneh wiggle.


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Post by GrebeGoddess on Fri May 09, 2014 9:13 pm

For some reason, all this time I pictured Maria as an extremely quiet, sheltered girl growing up in a strict religious household.
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Post by BionicBunny on Fri May 09, 2014 9:31 pm

Probably religion,or at least one that isn't Christian/Jewish,won't be brought up,even the two I mentioned up above are not used as plot devices frequently.Not that I have anything against religion,I am a devout Christian and attend church regularly,but I just don't see religion happening again unless she's a one shot character.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Fri May 09, 2014 9:40 pm

I can also see her being from a very religious household.  That overly-long skirt that makes her seem like a little nun. That, plus the fact that the name Maria has strong Catholic roots and connotations.

Interestingly, it seems like most of the devoutly Christian/Catholic girls I knew during school looked almost exactly like Maria, even down to the sandy blonde cropped hairstyle.
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Post by BionicBunny on Fri May 09, 2014 9:44 pm

They're haunting you,Lotta.You just don't know it yet.

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Post by Kerry9Story on Sat May 10, 2014 1:53 am

gotta have it gonna do it gonna gittit gittit on!


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Post by GrebeGoddess on Sat May 10, 2014 2:02 am

Yeah I definitely see the Catholic look, or even Mormon.
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Post by Nope on Sat May 10, 2014 2:35 am

I always felt the long skirt was another leftover from 80s/90s conformity, along with the modest shirt - an age where kids wore clothes that actually fit. If I had a dollar for every butt-crack I've seen in recent years...

Anyways, will have to tune into this episode and see how it turns out.

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Post by Rummy on Sat May 10, 2014 4:48 am

Maria really has her own episode? I wonder what adventures our beloved silent protagonist will experience.
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Post by BionicBunny on Sat May 10, 2014 9:31 am

So if there is going to be a Maria episode,will there be an Alex episode as well,or will they share the spotlight?

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Post by GrebeGoddess on Sat May 10, 2014 9:10 pm

I hope both separate and shared episode happen. I always thought those two could really be cousins...
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Post by BionicBunny on Sat May 10, 2014 10:01 pm

They really deserve their own spinoff.

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Post by A Lotta Moms on Mon May 12, 2014 11:28 pm

I suspect Maria's signature episode will consist entirely of her silently observing everyone else doing various things that don't involve her in any way, ending with an extreme close-up shot of her face and subsequently cutting to the credits just as she opens her mouth to say something.
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Post by GrebeGoddess on Tue May 13, 2014 1:48 pm

BionicBunny, you have given me an idea...and Lotta Moms if she does have dialogue she won't have to open her mouth as they'll consist of voiceover thoughts.
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Post by CMSAB11 on Tue May 13, 2014 7:51 pm

This is pretty late, but WOW, Maria in her own episode? That's great, I can't wait to see it! I really hope seasons 18 and 19 will be featuring Maria and Alex more. That seems to be where the show is heading. In my opinion, it's a good change of focus for the show, it'll make things more interesting. I don't think I've ever seen as many background characters getting their own episodes on any other show besides Arthur. Even if only for a few seasons, they got their turn in the spotlight; I mean, George, Jenna, most of the tough customers, probably more that I'm forgetting at the moment, and now, it's Maria's turn. Alex is sure to be next after her. I've always loved the fact that Arthur doesn't forget about its background characters.
Well, except for Jenna.
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Post by A Lotta Moms on Wed May 14, 2014 4:29 am

That's a clever idea, using strictly voiceover thoughts for Maria.  I can only imagine the secrets she's kept to herself all these decades years.  I'm also looking forward to Alexsaurus Rex.

Megne, good to see you around these parts again!  Syphilis Girl was asking about you.   Cool  Regarding background characters, it's great that they really utilize them in Arthur since some of the most well-loved characters (and my personal favorites) were, at one time, virtual nobodies like Maria.  Molly, Fern, George, etc.  

With certain minor characters, there's just a something about them that really strikes a chord.  Take Cousin Mo, who appeared in a single episode nearly two decades ago and had almost no dialogue, yet still manages to resonate so strongly with the Arthur fanbase.
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Post by CMSAB11 on Wed May 14, 2014 7:12 pm

Yeah, life just caught up to me Razz
Exactly, it's amazing how popular some of those minor background characters are. Even Mr. Sipple, who's long gone from the show.
I really can't wait to hear Maria's voice and possibly Alex's, too.
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Re: And let the heavens rejoice!!!

Post by A Lotta Moms on Thu May 15, 2014 7:57 am

Life on the loose again, eh?

Aside from the very soft gasp we hear in All Thumbs, you can sort of make out her voice in the "We don't believe it!" clip by process of elimination.  Alex is clearly Arthur Holden (Ratburn), and you can also hear Holly's softer voice in there for Fern, too.  That leaves a third, much deeper and more mature female voice which can only be attributed to our Maria.  She sounds like an assertive adult.  Of course, it's unlikely they'll use the same voice for her on a regular basis, but so far it's the only Maria voice we have on record.  
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Re: And let the heavens rejoice!!!

Post by Snowth Poogle on Sun Jun 08, 2014 2:46 pm

I will be scared shitless if Maria's episode turns out to be about her being withdrawn and reclusive because she was once molested... and I will be scared even shittierless if Bailey turns out to be the perp.

On a serious note though, I doubt it, that's way too heavy and serious a topic for ARTHUR to deal with.

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