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"Cast Away"
Season/Series: 7
Number in season: 1a
Original Airdate: United States October 8, 2002[1]
Canada January 6, 2003[2]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"Cast Away" is the first half of the first episode in the seventh season of Arthur.


Arthur is thrilled that a weekend of fly-fishing with his dad means no D.W. for two days—but then a change of plans forces them to include her.


Arthur and Mr. Read are going to the new science museum, and D.W. wants to go too. Arthur refuses, saying only he and their dad are going. But Mrs. Read makes them take D.W. with them, because Kate is ill and Mrs. Read needs some work to be done. At the museum, D.W. becomes scared and wants to see a unicorn exhibit instead. Her father goes with her, much to Arthur's disappointment.

Cast Away

After the title card, Mr. Read observes how sore Arthur is, and he offers to take him to Whale Lake on the weekend to teach him how to fly-fish.

He promises D.W. that he will take her where she wants to go the weekend afterward. Unfortunately, there is a change when he gets a phone call and discovers he might have to work next weekend. Arthur is okay with this, until D.W. points out that it's not fair how she doesn't get next weekend while Arthur has this weekend and the other weekend. Arthur and Mr. Read realize she is right and the plans cause him to take everyone to Whale Lake. D.W. wants to go fishing, but her father refuses saying he's only teaching Arthur to fish. When teaching Arthur how to fly-fish, matters go wrong when Arthur's hook repetitively gets caught on a tree while casting. When he successfully does so, he drops his rod in the water, and Arthur falls and slips and twists his ankle while trying to get it.

When Arthur is forced to stay at camp, his dad takes D.W. fishing. Much to Arthur's surprise, D.W. actually caught fish, thanks to her Mary Moo Cow CD. However, Arthur enviously believes his dad caught them, but his dad explains to him properly that D.W. actually caught them and has the evidential photos.

It rains the next day, and Arthur and his father wear ponchos to try to catch fish. When they get back, they learn that D.W.'s Mary Moo Cow CD caused other fish to leap out of the water, much to Arthur's dismay.

When Arthur returns to the lake, his dad tells him he did a nice thing by being nice to D.W. When they are about to leave, Arthur spots the legendary whale in the lake that his dad always wanted to see. D.W. is upset that she didn't see the whale, but she catches a glimpse of it as the family drives off, and remarks "Wow."






Episode connections

  • Arthur mentions that D.W. freaked out when he and their dad caught a fish in "D.W.'s Deer Friend."
  • This is the third time Arthur has displayed resentment towards D.W. for her natural talents at quite a young age. The first was in "Arthur and the Crunch Cereal Contest," where he was resentful over her songwriting abilities, and later in "D.W. Tale Spins," when she told a story that he wished he was better at than her.

Production notes

  • This is the first episode for a few things:
    • The first episode where Pierre L'Abbé and Joey Vekteris are post-production directors.
    • The first episode in which Mario Choquette is the sound effects editor.
    • The first episode in which Lucie Touchette is the production accountant.

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