|"Adventures in Budylon"|
|Number in season:||2a|
|Original Airdate:|| November 12, 2013|
November 12, 2013
October 24, 2013
April 24, 2013
|Written by:||Craig Carlisle|
|Storyboard by:||Cilbur Rocha|
"Dog's Best Friend"
"Ladonna Compson: Party Animal"
In the episode intro, D.W. is trying to explain what viewers might need to watch an episode of Arthur, with Bud interrupting her. First, she says that a TV is required, until Bud points out that the show could also be watched on phones and computers. Bud then says that the viewers will need someplace to sit, and a giant couch appears under D.W. The next item on Bud's list is "something to munch on", and pretzels appear in front of D.W.--until Bud declares them boring and replaces them with crawfish poppers. Bud adds a few other items to the list, like a stuffed dinosaur who's also an imaginary friend and your four-houses-down-neighbor. D.W. says that with Bud, even something as simple as watching TV is an adventure.
Ladonna and Arthur are in Arthur's kitchen, working on a diorama with a giant mountain as the centerpiece. Just then, Bud's stuffed animal Rapty flies out of nowhere and crashes into the mountain, popping it. D.W. and Bud appear, pointing fingers at each other and shouting "he/she did it!" Ladonna scolds them, saying she told them not to play around the diorama and that now the mountain has caved in. Bud looks confused when she says the name of the peak, and Arthur says that it is a mountain in Peru called Huascaran, climbed by Annie Smith Peck, a famous mountaineer whom they are doing a project on. Ladonna says one of the mountains in the range was named after Annie, to which D.W. comments that she would like something named after her as well. Arthur tells D.W. that in order for this to happen, she has to be a famous explorer or discover something new. Ladonna, sensing an opportunity to get the kids out of the house and away from their project, convinces them to explore the backyard, describing in detail the lush and dangerous scenery. At first, D.W. and Bud only see the backyard, until Ladonna helps them realize that they must use their imaginations. The two run outside, leaving Ladonna and Arthur to finish their project. In their tent, D.W. packs up sandwiches, juice boxes, a rope for mountain climbing, an umbrella for walking in the rainforest, and an inflatable bed, while Bud packs water, raisins, a sleeping bag, playing cards, Rapty, and a safari light. Then they go explore the rainforest in their imaginations and discover a statue from an ancient civilization. Back in reality, it was Ladonna reading. That night, Bud suggests that he and D.W. play "Crazy Nines." D.W. tries to explain it's called Crazy Eights, but Bud likes Crazy Nines because it is crazier. Then they hear a noise and see it is a raccoon, to which they panic. D.W. asks Bud where his sister is, and we see Ladonna is watching TV. Bud asks D.W. where her brother is, and we see Arthur is at Buster's condo. D.W. and Bud are still panicking, and then the raccoon takes off. Then Arthur and Ladonna check on the pair and go to sleep with them in the tent. The next day, Arthur and Ladonna go in the house with D.W. and Bud, finishing the episode.
- David Read (indirectly)
- Jane Read (indirectly)
- Rufus Compson (indirectly)
- Cisely Compson (indirectly)
- This episode was loosely adapted into the online game D.W. & Bud's Backyard Adventure on the PBS Kids website.
- In the introduction, Bud mentions the ride from Louisiana in "Based on a True Story."
- Ladonna is mesmerized by the television, which is explained in "Based on a True Story" by the fact that her family no longer has one.
- Ladonna says the same quote that Muffy does in "Arthur Sells Out": "You don't sell the steak...you sell the sizzle!".
- Budylon's name is a parody of Babylon.
- Arthur and Ladonna are making a diorama of the Huascarán mountain in Peru based on the expeditions of Annie Smith Peck. Arthur also mentions the Matterhorn in Switzerland.
- The kite-flying show is set in Port Welshpool, Australia.
- When Bud points out to Ladonna the spot where the tent must be placed in order to be in the imaginary jungle and D.W. turns to look that way, the pupil of her left eye disappears.
- Main article: Adventures in Budylon/Gallery