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"D.W., Bossy Boots"
Season/Series: 10
Number in season: 7b
Original Airdate: United States May 23, 2006[1]
Canada September 26, 2006[3]
United Kingdom November 14, 2006[2]
Germany May 2, 2008[4]
Written by: Raye Lankford
Storyboard by: Stéphanie Gignac
"Binky vs. Binky"
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"D.W., Bossy Boots" is the second half of the seventh episode in the tenth season of Arthur.


D.W.'s friends stop playing with her because she is too bossy.


In the beginning of the episode, Arthur points out that one thing about being a child is having lots of bosses. He uses Brain's Boss-O-Meter to measure how bossy people are. When his father loads the dishwasher and tells Arthur to load the bottom while he loads the top, Arthur points out that his bossing is tough, but fair.

His mother asks him to push Kate on the baby swing for a minute as she just loves it. Arthur points out that her bossing is by acting otherwise, so she barely registers.

In Mr. Ratburn's class, Arthur has no trouble deciding who the boss is. Finally, he measures "the bossiest boss of all" (D.W.), who orders him to get out of her way. In fact, she is so bossy (over 10 on the scale) that the Boss-O-Meter blows up.

D.W., Bossy Boots

D.W. shops with her mother to buy a birthday present for her friend Emily. She begs her to buy a Marie Antoinette doll, though it is a little pricey.

When D.W. gets to the birthday party and gives her present to Emily, she asks her if she is going to open it. Emily refuses because of a schedule, involving 35 activities to do, and that she opens the presents last, much to D.W.'s disappointment.

During a cabaret dance, D.W. claps unenthusiastically. She gets bored when a mime performs. As the kids watch a French silent film, D.W. complains that it is grayscale (except for a yellow balloon) and nobody talks. D.W. impatiently blows out the candles on an Eiffel Tower-shaped cake before Emily can do it and demands that she "hurry up already before [she] turn[s] six." Finally, after Emily has neatly opened a present consisting of a mask, D.W. shoves James out of the way and rips off the wrapping paper on her present.

Just after giving Emily her present, D.W. takes it away to test the doll's pullstring. On the way home, D.W. declares that Emily does not know the first thing about opening presents.

At home, D.W. calls Emily and James to see if they would like to come and play, but they decline because they have to "practice conjugating French verbs" and "dust [his] stamp collection" respectively. Seeing the Tibbles pass, D.W. asks to play with them, but they just shout and run away. D.W. asks herself, "What's gotten into them?"

As Arthur visits the library, D.W. goes with him, not knowing Emily had lied to her to get out of playing with her (as Emily is bouncing on a trampoline with another kid). She then finds James and the Tibbles playing in James's pool and Tommy pretends to scare Timmy and James, saying he is D.W., who is "even scarier [than a monster]."

D.W. sourly says she does not want to play with her friends anyway, and later that she does not need any. She tries playing ping-pong by herself, only to find it boring. Back in the house, D.W. sees that Arthur and Buster are watching a horror movie called Children of the Beans, which Arthur advises her not to watch, but she dismisses the warning.

After D.W. asks why nobody wants to play with her, Buster reminds her of the time James came over: D.W. was being bossy and demanding James act as a prince the right way, but she did not give any tips on how to improve. Back in the present, D.W. says she can not help it if people make mistakes.

Arthur reminds her of a time in gymnastics class when she did something wrong too: when D.W. had been called to take a turn on the balance beam, she lost her balance (due to the Tibbles fighting), and she refused to count it. She shoved the Tibbles out of the way to do it again and was told to apologize. Unaware of whom the teacher was talking to, the Tibbles apologized, but they were reassured that they had not done anything wrong.

D.W. denies that the mistake was her fault, but Arthur tells that she has to be fun in order to have fun and that if she continues acting the way she has been lately, other kids (such as her friends) are not going to want to continue hanging out with her. She says everyone else is no fun because they are not like her.

D.W. ends up falling asleep, and a kid asks her to come out and play, but will not allow her to get on the slide, telling her she can not help it if she does it wrong. The kid is revealed to be a clone of D.W., and acts just like her; she asks another clone if she can play in the sand, but the clone will not let her. More D.W. clones surround and boss her around until Arthur wakes her up, telling her it is time for her gymnastics class. Realizing how her friends felt, D.W. tries to change.

Emily, the Tibbles, and James complain over D.W.'s arrival. She calls to tell them something, but they say they know: "her first," and they began to walk away saying she can have the balance beam for herself. But not this time; with a little courage from Arthur, she was going to say "Me last," because she always goes first. Nobody believes her at first, but Emily reluctantly takes her turn.

D.W. tells Emily that her attempt to cross the balance beam was "so... close to being perfect" and she just needs more practice. She advises her to hold her hands out more, which works. D.W. refuses her turn, insisting on going last and keeping her promise. Emily and the others are happy that D.W. is now trying to be less bossy but it leads the Tibbles to fight over which one should go last since they say how they can be nice, too.






  • The Tibble twins are well behaved throughout the episode, until the end, when they start arguing.
  • Two third graders, many fourth graders, and even D.W.'s cousin are seen at Emily's birthday party.
    • This gives a strong indication that many of the older kids have younger siblings at this party.
  • Muffy, who makes a cameo appearance, is also bossy herself.
  • The working title for this episode was "Bossy Boots, Inc."
  • Most of the D.W. clones wear clothes that D.W. wore in previous episodes, e.g. the red polka dot skirt from "The Chips are Down." Some can also be found wearing the same clothes that match one another and another clone is seen wearing her signature outfit.

Episode connections[]

  • D.W. dreams multiple clones of her everywhere, which can be found similar to her having millions of clones in "Water and the Brain" and "Arthur's Toy Trouble."
  • A flashback in this episode shows that while D.W. was playing make-believe with James, she had him play the part of a prince. In "Kiss and Tell," she thought of James as her "Prince Charming."

Cultural references[]

  • Marie Antoinette was the wife of King Louis XVI of France. She is best known for living a luxurious life and being beheaded along with her husband during the French Revolution. A historically inaccurate story has her saying "Let them eat cake" when told that the French subjects did not have enough bread (The Marie Antoinette doll comes with a cake.)
  • The can-can is performed by dancers at Emily's party.
  • The film The Yellow Balloon is a parody of Albert Lamorisse's The Red Balloon.
  • The movie title Children of the Beans, the horror film Arthur and Buster watch, is a parody of Stephen King's Children of the Corn. The movie itself is a parody of Village of the Damned.


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