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"D.W.'s Imaginary Friend"
Season/Series: 1
Number in season: 4a
Original Airdate: United States October 10, 1996[1]
Canada January 9, 1997[2]
Germany December 12, 2001[3]
Written by: Ken Scarborough
Storyboard by: Sylvain Proteau
"Buster's Dino Dilemma"
"Arthur's Lost Library Book"
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"D.W.'s Imaginary Friend" is the first half of the fourth episode in the first season of Arthur.


D.W. has a new imaginary friend named Nadine who goes with her everywhere. When Arthur and Buster find out about a new amusement ride, they don't want D.W. to come along and embarrass them because she would bring Nadine along, too.


Arthur and his family are having spaghetti with cauliflower. Jane and David get things prepared, including burning rolls. D.W. shares her cauliflower with her imaginary friend, Nadine.

David comes in with a stack of trays until D.W. sees him standing on Nadine's tail. Her father begins shaking about and, in reaction, D.W. stands up, but begins to lose balance. David grabs her foot to help and D.W. accidentally throws her bowl of spaghetti high into the air.

It begins to land on Arthur, but it stops in midair before it hits. At this moment, Arthur explains to the viewers that if they don't have a younger sibling, it would probably be nice.

Arthur explains how D.W. sometimes gives tours of his room to her friends and talks about his stuffed bear, Stanley, and his secret box. Arthur claims that now that she has an invisible friend, it's much worse. Just then, the bowl of spaghetti lands on his head. D.W. scolds Nadine for what she did to him.


After the mess is cleaned, D.W. tells her father that Nadine apologizes for what happened. Her father forgets about it and has her finish dinner. After he leaves, Nadine appears and thinks she shouldn't come anymore, for she thinks Arthur hates her.

D.W. denies this and tells her friend that Arthur likes her and that he hung a picture of her on his wall. This turns out to be wrong, for Arthur tears up the picture of Nadine and cleans the spaghetti off his head.

But before he finishes, the telephone rings, which causes Arthur to frantically dash down the stairs and answer it. It's Buster, who tells him to quickly go to channel 4 on the TV.

He does so and sees a commercial about a new Wonderworld ride called the Hurl-a-Whirl with motion sickness bags provided. Arthur is excited and begs his father to let them go to the opening. At first, David isn't sure about it, but Arthur is determined and D.W. wants to go too.

Eventually, David agrees. D.W. asks if Nadine can come too. He agrees to that too, which shocks Arthur. At the cafeteria the next day, Buster claims that it's bad enough that D.W. is going, but with Nadine it will be much more terrible.

Arthur imagines him and D.W. going on a horror ride. D.W. says that Nadine is frightened and screams to have the ride stop. The ride does stop and the top of the chair she was sitting in flies off, and then bumps into the decorations of the ride, which causes a chain reaction.

D.W. scolds Nadine for what happened. Francine and Muffy, who are behind them and see that D.W. has an imaginary friend, call Arthur a baby and think Arthur's acting like a baby and is a baby. Back at the cafeteria, Buster offers his library card to Prunella for half of her piece of cake, and then shares his chocolate swirls with Arthur. This gives Buster an idea.

After school, they train D.W. on the school merry-go-round by spinning it around as fast as the boys can. This doesn't seem to affect D.W., but it affects Buster. D.W. then tries to go down the slide a hundred times and even tries to do some headfirst, while Arthur tries to recover Buster from his dizziness.

They train D.W. more by having her hang upside down on the jungle gym. D.W. notices it's getting late and reminds Buster that he has to go home. Walking home, D.W. thanks Arthur for training him and that she's ready for the new ride, which she mispronounces as 'Twirly Whirl'.

Arthur asks her how she could ride on something if she can't even say its name correctly, yet she is tough and tells her brother that she is trained enough. Arthur admits that she can come. D.W. claims that Nadine will be so scared that they will stop the ride for her, which worries Arthur.

On Saturday morning, Buster calls Arthur and thinks D.W. might forget about it. Arthur sees that this is false, for he sees D.W. outside lying on a chair, waiting to go to Wonderworld. Buster then tells him that the only thing left he can do is to pretend to be sick, yet the other kids might think that he's scared, but Arthur has a different idea.

While waiting to go, D.W. has Nadine spin around and around for practice. Arthur comes up, but D.W. warns him not to "try anything funny", for she will go no matter what.

Arthur asks D.W. if Nadine looks funny to her, but D.W. tells him, "That's a chair. Nadine's over there, spinning". Arthur then wonders if Nadine has spots all over her face and claims that it's the chicken pox. D.W. worries and takes Nadine inside. Arthur says he won't mind if D.W. wants to stay home with her friend, but she denies this.

Arthur's family is finally at Wonderworld, but at the parking lot, D.W. begins to worry about Nadine, yet Arthur rebukes this and says that he lied about that being able to see Nadine. D.W. realizes that Nadine is not sick and demands that they go home to get her.

Arthur disagrees and thinks that only babies have imaginary friends. D.W. complains to David about what he said, and Arthur complains to him that they shouldn't go back. Just then, their father gets an idea and pretends he hears something from the back of their car.

He opens it and says that Nadine is inside. This brightens D.W.'s day, but slightly disappoints Arthur. Their mom arrives and gives Arthur tickets for the Hurl-a-Whirl, but warns him to use them carefully because there is a limited amount of them.

After Arthur meets up with Buster, the boys go and enter the Hurl-a-Whirl. Before the ride starts, they are handed a pair of barf bags, which they seem to adore. The ride begins and they pick the maximum speed known as liquify.

The ride begins to whirl, twist, spin, and turn in a crazy formation, having the boys screaming. After the ride's over, they throw their filled bags into the trash can. They decide to go on it again and end up with the same results.

Just then, Francine arrives and asks if Arthur wants to go on the Hurl-a-Whirl with her. But Arthur is disappointed for they ran out of orange tickets for the ride and only have green tickets left, which are for rides such as the merry-go-round.

D.W., Jane, and David arrive and Buster runs away. D.W. says that Nadine has something for Arthur, but Arthur tries to avoid embarrassment by wanting to go on the merry-go-round. But Francine asks who Nadine is, although Arthur still tries to have Francine and himself leave. Finally, Francine turns to Arthur and asks him what's wrong with him. D.W. shows Arthur orange tickets that they found on the ground and she says that Nadine wanted to give them to Arthur, for she wants to be his friend.

Arthur is touched by this and invites D.W. to ride the Hurl-a-Whirl with them. D.W. already knows she's ready, but admits that Nadine will probably get scared. She also says that they might find tickets for the merry-go-round, for she saw that Arthur wanted to go on it.

Before leaving, Arthur tells her sister that when he gets back, he'll go on any ride with her as she wants. The ride she chose turns out to be the bumper cars and Arthur ends up getting bumped all around.

D.W. is proud of Nadine for being so good and promises her a tour of Arthur's room when they get home. She and Buster both ram Arthur's car simultaneously, which annoys Arthur.






  • D.W.'s friends that she gives a tour of Arthur's room to are in Arthur's school. The two girls (Helen and Nancy) are 4th graders while the boy (3rd Grade Male Dog) wearing the red cap is a 3rd grader.
  • This is the first time Stanley's name is mentioned and the first appearance of Wonderworld and Nadine.
  • Arthur will get chicken pox himself in "Arthur's Chicken Pox".
  • D.W. mispronounces spaghetti as pasghetti.
  • This is the first episode to be written by Ken Scarborough.
  • The episode title is not voiced in the title card scene, but it is when it aired on TV.
  • The male bear kid seen riding the Hurl-A-Whirl in the commercial appears in the Lakewood cafeteria during lunch.
  • The "D.W. Chases Toady" title card is first used in this episode.

Episode connections

  • During a flashback, Muffy wonders who D.W. is talking to, similar to her asking that in "The Friend Who Wasn't There".
  • Arthur lies to D.W. about Nadine getting the chicken pox, which is what he gets himself in "Arthur's Chicken Pox".
  • From the moment they see the Hurl-A-Whirl ad, Arthur and Buster are excited about the barf bags. But when they get on the ride and the attendant gives Buster a barf bag, he has to ask what it is. Buster's lack of intelligence is featured in many other episodes, notably "Buster Makes the Grade".


  • When D.W. is outside watching Nadine spin, David's catering van is blue, but in all other episodes (including an earlier appearance in this episode) it is yellow.
  • The cap D.W. wears at Wonderworld is blue, but when she says they might find more green tickets, it turns green.
  • When Arthur and Buster are upside down on the Hurl-a-Whirl, Buster's ears briefly stick outside of the glass.
  • At the end when Arthur moans, his lips don't move.

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