When Rhonda predicts (110 times) that Arnold will marry Helga,
Arnold and Helga have vastly different ideas as to how life
would be like if they really were married to each other
Written by Steve Viksten
Storyboard Direction by Aldin Baroza
Animation Direction by Frank Weiss
Storyboard Artists: Kelly James, Ted Seko
Arnold - Spencer Klein
Helga, Sheena - Francesca Smith
Gerald, Peapod Kid - Jamil Smith
Phoebe, baby - Anndi McAfee
Rhonda, baby - Olivia Hack
Lila, baby - Ashley Buccille (credited as "Buccile")
Eugene - Blake Ewing
Brainy, minister, Earl (man who fished Lila out of the water) -
Big Bob Pataki, loading dock supervisor - Maurice LaMarche
Miriam Pataki - Kath E. Soucie
Uncredited: Stewardess on Air Force One
- Eugene isn't particularly
happy to hear that he's going to marry Sheena (at least not
as happy as Sheena is), which is strange as they seem to be
a "couple" in other episodes.
Notice the one couple Rhonda
didn't predict - Gerald and Phoebe?
The two times you can read
something on Rhonda's "origami marriage predictor", it says
"Helga" - in two different places (once, she lifted up a
flap, and another., she didn't), once in block letters and
once in cursive.
Usually, these things have numbers, words, or something
on the four outside flaps and the top of the eight inside
ones, but the way Rhonda did it, they weren't needed.
The first time Arnold tries
it, he says five, but Rhonda actually makes six moves; the
second time, Arnold says three, but Rhonda counts off four.
What if more than
eight people asked? You can't fit more than eight
names into a fortune teller (well, maybe if each flap had
one boy and one girl, so you didn't run the risk of somebody
getting married to somebody else of the same sex).
Take notes: Arnold's favorite
number is five, his favorite color is blue, and he was born
on the 7th of the month (they never do say which month).
Technically, Arnold really was
born on the 7th - somebody pointed out that October 7, 1996
was the day the first episode aired.
In Arnold's dream, Eugene
plays a Zepplin organ, and Helga has a Purdyvision TV.
In Helga's dream,
Stinky appears with a full head of hair and a goatee when
Helga and Arnold leave, but when he and Harold are dragging
Lila away, he has a "buzz cut" and is clean shaven.
(Speaking of which, President Helga looks after her friends;
Stinky and Harold are Secret Service agents, and Iggy and
Curly are in the airborne troops - and all four of them are
seen dragging Lila away at one point or another.)
In Helga's dream,
her parents have gray hair, but in Arnold's, they look the
way they do now.
Yes, I wanted to
see more of Phoebe's version of Arnold and Helga's future as
apparently somebody thought we were seeing too much of
Phoebe; in the scene where everybody is entering the school,
right after Arnold talks to Lila, Phoebe literally
disappears while she's on-screen.
"How do you make
one of those 'origami marriage predictors', anyway?"
Here's how (although it's hard to explain without graphics):
First, start with
a square piece of paper - it only works with square paper.
I'll call the corners A, B, C, and D, with A and C being on
one diagonal and B and D on the other.
Fold the paper so
one corner touches its opposite diagonal one (A touches C).
Repeat with the other pair (B touches D). Note this
makes it easier to find out where the center of the paper
Fold all four
corners in so they meet at the center.
Turn the paper
Fold these four
new corners in so they meet at the center.
Unfold these four
folds; you will see a square and four triangles. The
triangles are the "inside" of the predictor; you write down
the "results" (in Rhonda's case, the names) here.
Refold these four folds.
Turn the paper
You will notice
the paper appears to have four squares. Fold the paper
in half lengthwise (so two squares are on top of two other
squares), then unfold, then fold in half widthwise (so two
squares are on top of two other squares again).
This is the
hardest part to explain...WIth the paper folded in half,
make sure the paper is turned so the fold is lengthwise with
the fold on top. Grab the two top corners and push
down so the paper folds itself into what looks like a
four-pointed star when looked from above. Now pull out
the four "leaves" from the center of the "star" and then
turn it over.