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Arthur Needs Space
Episode Five, Season One

Original air date: 12-13-2001

Arthur Needs Space

This episode is one of my favorites from the short-lived live Tick series. Arthur runs into a girl he had a crush on in high school, and she agrees to date him. Arthur wonders if it is wrong to date her since she just seems interested in his superheroism, while Tick has no clue what's going on.

Meanwhile, Captain Liberty is trying to keep nude photos of herself out of Peek-a-boo magazine (unsuccessfully) with the help of Batmanuel. While Arthur gets more serious with Stacy, it falls upon Captain Liberty and Batmanuel to explain sex to Tick, which is a scene that has to be seen to be believed (it is probably the funniest 30 seconds in the entire series - here's the audio clip).

Eventually, Tick manages to learn nothing, and he become convinced that Stacy has eaten Arthur and he tries to rescue him by prying her jaws open, much to her dismay. I know she won't appear again (I've seen all the episodes but The Terror which will now never air) but I wonder if they planned to make her a recurring character.

This episode features these Superheroes:
The Tick
, Arthur, Batmanuel, and Captain Liberty.

This episode features these Supervillains:

Stacy Waxman

Arthur's Date; Stacy Waxman

The Batmanuelmobile!

The Batmanuelmobile!


The Tick:
What is it, chum? Realize the vastness of the Universe?
I say let tomorrow's white collar criminals stare well into the Teats of Justice!
Forgive me, Arthur, but I find her proportions to be rather normal…

It's going to be a whale of a time…Ahoy, matey's!
Let's not keep her waiting; she'll only perspire and alarm the neighborhood kids.
Of course; mine as in we…
We don't bobsled enough!
You timehoarding wench!
Sex! Well, that sounds familiar…actually, no, it doesn't.
We're all doin' it, chum. That's what we do. We do it. Do what? Therein lies the mystery!
This poor fella's got bosoms!
What is 'it'? Is Arthur doing 'it'? Is 'it' doing Arthur?

Herein you see the power of the suit. Women cannot resist the suit. Men cannot resist the suit. Dogs…
I am only talking to you because of the suit.
Then, my friend, wear the suit. Wear two suits!
Batmanuel understands the fallen honor of a woman.
Together we shall see that no eyes rest on your national monuments.
Batmanuel is a jealous ex-lover. If he cannot see you naked then nobody can.
Batmanuel has finished the Big Gulp, now he must water the bushes…
I'm impressed! I didn't know the Pentagon read Peek-a-Boom.
Tick, you don't by any chance have super hearing? (Tick) What?
Would it be appropriate for Captain Liberty to be photographed in anything less than the nude? In fact, isn't it an insult that she's not naked right now?!
Janet, you don't by chance have any hand puppets, do you?

Captain Liberty:
My rear admiral!
I am employed by the United States government to be a symbol of all that is good and right. Now, they were mad enough when I went into detox and they're sure as hell not gonna love this.
If it's weird and it's him [The Tick] the answer is yes.

The only time she talked to me in four years was when I was hit by a car. By her…her car. I threw up I was so happy.
Now please let me get to the laundromat. I haven't taken this suit off in a week and it's starting to smell like a giant sock!

Stacy Waxman:
Where did you get the inspiration to be The Rabbit?
With or without the blue guy? 'cause he creeps me out.

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