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"D.W.'s Backpack Mishap"
Season/Series: 6
Number in season: 6b
Original Airdate: United States October 29, 2001[1]
Canada January 10, 2002[3]
United Kingdom April 15, 2002[2]
Written by: Cusi Cram
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
"Citizen Frensky"
"The Boy with His Head in the Clouds"
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"D.W.'s Backpack Mishap" is the second half of the sixth episode in the sixth season of Arthur.


Someone takes off with D.W.'s backpack, but leaves a different one in its place, and she uses the objects in it as clues to try to puzzle out the identity of the thief.


One summer day, D.W. and Arthur go swimming at the local pool. D.W. wants to play with Arthur, but he refuses, making the former play with her own friends. However, D.W. realizes it'll be a while, as Emily is beginning to eat lunch, and the Tibbles are putting on suntan cream before getting into a small tussle. Frustrated at her own boredom due to the situations mentioned, D.W. wishes something would happen, and coincidentally, it starts to rain. Everyone leaves in a hurry, and they grab their backpacks. D.W. soon realizes she grabbed the wrong backpack, and she thinks someone stole hers.

D.W.'s Backpack Mishap

The backpack D.W. has belongs to someone named "OM_BLE". D.W. is concerned because all of her important stuff was in her backpack — her glitter, her Mary Moo Cow doll, and her Crazy Bus cassette tape.

D.W. asks Arthur to look up "Omble" in the phone book, but Arthur says that it is a fake name. D.W. thinks it must be because Omble doesn't want to reveal their real name. She calls Omble sneaky.

D.W. doesn't think it is Emily or the Tibbles, as Emily is nice, and the Tibbles aren't smart enough to pull it off. She plans to look for clues by taking out the contents of the backpack. She finds a clay sculpture of the Eiffel Tower, and thinks that it is a unicorn horn, but concludes that unicorns don't steal. She also finds panpipes, and she thinks they are fang hiders. Finally, she finds a snow-globe of the Great Wall of China, and she thinks it is where Omble lives. She also thinks that her Mary Moo Cow doll will become a plastic hamburger if Omble isn't stopped.

D.W. also thinks that Omble flies around in a blimp, looking for backpacks to steal. After he steals one, he leaves an ugly backpack in its place. Emily tells D.W. that she needs to find out more about the items in Omble's bag. D.W. takes it to Brain, and he tells her that the first item is a clay sculpture which looks like the Eiffel Tower. D.W. wants to bike to France to catch Omble, but Arthur says she can't, so the pair goes to Buster, who has been to France. Buster says it is the Eiffel Tower, and when D.W. asks about the so-called fang hiders, Buster says he has never seen them in France. They go to Sue Ellen, who says they are panpipes, an instrument from the Andes, a mountain range in South America. She also says that the snow-globe is a souvenir from the Great Wall of China. D.W. concludes that Omble has been everywhere.

Arthur and D.W. bike to the pool, because D.W. believes that the criminal always returns to the scene of the crime. D.W. asks the pool cleaner if he knows Omble, whom he obviously doesn't. She then observes the Crosswire Blimp, thinking it is Omble's. She observes someone running off, thinking it is Omble. It turns out to be just the Tibbles, who are playing in the mud. D.W. then tells Arthur that she really wants to meet him, because he sounds like an interesting person.

The next day in preschool, the Tibbles show D.W. their clay sculpture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and they're building the monuments of the world. Tommy tries to show D.W. his Eiffel Tower, but ends up pulling D.W.'s Mary Moo Cow doll out of his backpack. It turns out that Tommy has D.W.'s backpack, and, later, she gives him back his backpack, which she and Jane had dropped off at the pool's lost and found. D.W. says that "None of this would have happened if you have written your name on it instead of 'Omble'." They learn that some of the letters have rubbed off, and it really said "Tommy Tibble". Tommy then says that his mom got him the snow globe, and the panpipes are for his folk music lesson. Emily then comes to the pool on her bike, revealing her beret has been misplaced. Instead of her name, the beret she has says "Dry Clean Only". D.W. then says she will find the culprit; "Dry Clean Only" is "out there somewhere."







  • Tommy and D.W. are revealed to have identical backpacks, with the only differences being whose names are on which backpack and the fact that, according to Timmy at least, D.W.'s backpack is much cleaner than Tommy's.
  • While Muffy is absent from this episode, her voice is heard in the title card and her last name is seen on the blimp D.W. thinks Omble owns.
  • This is the only Season 6 episode to not be released on Home Video.

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