"D.W. Beats All"

D.W. Beats All

D.W. Beats All - title card

Season/Series: 9
Number in season: 9A
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 7, 2005[1]
Written by: Raye Lankford
Ken Scarborough
Storyboard by: Jeremy O'Neill
"Emily Swallows a Horse"
"Buster the Myth Maker"
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"D.W. Beats All" is the first half of the ninth episode in the ninth season of Arthur.


When the Tibble Twins get a set of drums and decide to perform the Summer Serenade Festival, D.W. wishes that she has an instrument of her own to play, and ultimately creates her own instrument.


D.W. discovers that the Tibble Twins got a set of drums for the Summer Serenade D.W. wants to try it out, but Tommy will not let her. After that, D.W. dreams of her getting her own drum set set and messing up all of Elwood City. However, Jane says no, then D.W. dreams about everybody making fun of her at the Summer Serenade. When she sees Arthur and his friends playing their instrument, she imagation herself playing each one which would amaze them and make the Tibbles jealous. However, as each tried one, reality kicks in when she found out she not good or doesn't know how to play them. So she started to play on Francine's drums but she played it loud enough that Arthur and his friends can hear them. Francine said that D.W. almost broke them, and Fern said there's a difference between music and loud noises and Francine played a solo as an example to show D.W. that you have to practice an instrument so you can be good at them.

While swinging Kate on the swing, D.W. laments to herself how she realize all instrument even the easy to make sounds like drums take practice and now have nothing to play on Saturday. With a little help from Kate, D.W. realizes that she doesn't needs musical instrument, since she heard random noises that sound like music. So she decides to come up with her own type of instrument. She gathers all of the things she needs, some of them being:

  • Kitchen Timer
  • A Metronome
  • Pogo Stick
  • Sand Paper
  • Spoons
  • Hammer
  • Cheese Grater
  • Fan
  • Rubber Ducky
  • Newton's cradle
  • A Toy ferris wheel
  • Princess Sneeze-and-Wet
  • A Bicycle Bell
  • Glass Bottles
  • Kate's Rattle
  • A can of soda 
  • Moo cans 
  • Prunella's old See 'n Say 

Finally, she combines them into one thing and is prepared to go to the Summer Serenade. However, because of the Tibble Twins playing randomly, many people are leaving. But when D.W. starts, the audience takes a liking to it. At the end of the song, D.W. shakes the soda can; the soda sprays everywhere, and the timer ends. Everybody is amazed and applauds her, wanting her to take another bow.

The Tibble Twins then want D.W. to teach them how to play her instrument. D.W. offers to give them her bottles since she plans to make a bigger creation next time (which causes Dad and Mom to look at each other in surprise).






  • The drums the Tibble Twins are playing are the same two colors as their neckerchiefs.
  • There is an online game on the PBS Kids website that is based on this episode
  • D.W. says that the sound of her door would make a good instrument, despite the door being too big for her to bring to the festival.

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