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Hey Arnold!: Arnold’s Christmas

Episode Summary

A quest for long-lost daughters and designer snow boots. Guests: Anthony Caruso (Tis the Podcast), Matt Eurich (TGI Podcast). Find show notes at

Episode Notes

🎄 It’s 1996, and we’re holding our football-shaped heads high on a quest to find our neighbor’s long-lost daughter… but first, a pair of highly sought after Nancy Spumoni snow boots! Join us for a very special Christmas episode that solidified Hey Arnold! as an unforgettable Nicktoon.  


🎙 Guests:  

Anthony Caruso (Tis the Podcast, @ACaruso929).  

Matt Eurich (TGI Podcast, @MattEurich).  


💬 Topics & Tangents:  

1. The story behind the iconic Vietnam Episode of ‘Hey Arnold!’ (NBC News, 2021).  

2. Arnold’s Claymation origins: Arnold Escapes from Church, 1988.  

3. Arnold Uses His Imagination on Sesame Street.  

4. Helga in Nickelodeon All-Star Brawl.  

5. The “Pollyanna,” Philadelphia’s hyper-local Secret Santa.  

6. Mr. Hyunh’s banana wallpaper.  

7. Mr. Hyunh’s flashback includes the iconic helicopter image from the Fall of Saigon.  

8. One-Legged Bob, the Affable Railroad Tramp.  

9. Hey, grown-ups, remember dot matrix printers?  

10. Hiep Thi Le’s life could’ve been a movie; instead the refugee became a star playing someone else (Los Angeles Times, 2018).  


📼 Retro Commercial Break:  

Talkboy Voice Recorder from Home Alone 2: Lost in New York.  


“Hey Arnold!” and “Arnold’s Christmas” © 1996 Viacom International, Inc.  

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Theme song by Bronwen’s Ghost.  
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