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"D.W.'s Stray Netkitten"
Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 3a
Original Airdate: United States October 20, 2008[1]
Canada January 26, 2009[3]
United Kingdom April 8, 2009[2]
Germany November 16, 2012[4]
Written by: Matt Steinglass
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
"The Frensky Family Fiasco"
"Bats in the Belfry"
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"D.W.'s Stray Netkitten" is the first half of the third episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


D.W. asks Arthur and Emily to babysit her Netkitten since a virus gets onto the Reads' only computer.


The episode opens with D.W.'s Netkitten on the ground; Pal comes towards it and sniffs and barks at it, then Arthur tells him to calm down and that it is just D.W.'s Netkitten. He tells D.W. she left her Netkitten out in the yard again. Arthur tells the audience that D.W. has her own Netkitten and is very excited-- in fact, everyone D.W.'s age has one. Her's is a purple kitten named Tickley.

D.W.'s Stray Netkitten

While D.W. is showing Arthur Tickley's house online, Arthur notices that Tickley's food bar is low; D.W. had forgotten to feed her, so she does so. Next she gets Tickley ready to round up some cattle when Emily's cat Prince Shiny comes in, inviting her to a dance contest; D.W. declines as Tickley is a cowgirl, not a dancer. However, when it is time to give the computer to Jane, the computer freezes, Jane tries to fix the error but instead it makes the screen black. The computer repairman comes by, but after falsifying the problem for a disk cleanup, the computer ends up with a "Scary Clown" virus. Because of the virus, the computer has to be taken to the shop for a few days of repair. Mrs. Read is worried as she will not be able to get her work done and D.W. is worried she can not feed Tickley. She interrupts a baseball game between Arthur and Buster by serving cookies to them so Arthur will babysit Tickley, he is displeased but does it anyway. While Arthur is babysitting Tickley at school, Mr. Ratburn gets in on the act and changes Tickley's "cowgirl" setting to the "baseball" setting.

When the computer comes back, D.W. is excited to nurture Tickley again but becomes cross with Arthur because Mr. Ratburn has changed the settings and got a bunch of items that she never approved of. They fuss over the computer for a short time and it suddenly gets a "Scary Pirate" virus. Unfortunately, this is worse than the last virus, which means the computer needs to go back to the shop. Instead of asking Arthur, she asks Emily to babysit Tickley. Emily gladly agrees, she asks D.W. when and what she feeds Tickley. D.W. says just kitten food, even though there are more food options like fish and liver. Next, Emily invites D.W. to watch Prince Shiny win a dance contest. Afterwards, she offers D.W. some clothes Tickley could wear, but D.W. says no. That night, D.W. is worried that Emily will change Tickley's settings but Jane assures D.W. that Emily is responsible and will take good care of her. D.W. then dreams that Tickley has left her and changes to liking dance and staying with Emily. Upon waking up, D.W. panics but finds Tickley on the bottom of her bed. D.W. calls Emily and says that her taking care of Tickely is no longer necessary as the computer is fixed. Later she sobs, believing that Tickley has died due to not having been fed. Arthur tells D.W. that Tickley is fine, and comes to her bedroom to inform her that it is indeed fine after having checked on it himself. Emily is happy that Tickley is back to normal, but wonders if Tickley will dance with Prince Shiny. D.W. is okay with it for one time.






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  • NetKittenz is a parody of Webkinz which was a popular virtual online game at the time.
  • In D.W.'s dream sequence, D.W. hopping out of the window onto the no-wheeler, the chase scene through the NetKittenz city and D.W. and Nadine going into the club are references to a similar scene in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones, where Obi-Wan jumps out a window and onto a speeder with Anakin and the pair of them chase bounty hunter Zam Wessel into a club.
  • When the computer repairman turns on the computer for the first time, the Nintendo Game Boy boot-up sound can be heard for a brief second.


  • When Arthur says it is 5:05, D.W. says she is missing Mary Moo Cow, but in "The Last of Mary Moo Cow," she says the show is on at 3:30. However, the time that the show is on could have changed between episodes.
  • The computer repairman in this episode uses random computing terms (such as "hard drive", "bat files" and "mainframe"), and they are used incorrectly. However, in other episodes, computer jargon is used correctly.