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"D.W. Goes to Washington"
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 10A
Original Airdate: United States October 31, 1997[1]
Canada December 5, 1997[2]
Germany February 6, 2002[3]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"D.W. Goes to Washington" is the first half of the tenth episode in the second season of Arthur.


D.W. gets lost during a family tour of the White House and is rescued by a polite employee with a great office ... who looks somehow familiar.


The episode starts with Arthur on the swing ranting about D.W. Arthur then has a flashback of his family having a picnic. Arthur is flying a kite and D.W. insists of not playing. What Arthur insists on saying is that D.W. always whines even if the activity is very exciting. Arthur goes back to reality and him and D.W. are in a box, imaging the box as a submarine. D.W. gets out, knocking the box over. Arthur rolls out, into a tree and D.W. whines as she goes in the house.

D.W. Goes to Washington

David and Jane are reading books. David says that he does not have to cater any parties this weekend, revealing that they have the time to travel somewhere for the weekend, and David suggests that they do so.

Arthur is about to suggest Bionic Bunny Playland, but when Jane turns that down, Arthur then suggests Washington, D.C. as he mentions that he has been learning about government in school and David makes a pun saying "That's a capital idea!" and chuckles. The family takes a vote on where to go. D.W. thinks that they should go to Ponyland since she saw the commercial on TV. Arthur reminded David and Jane what happened the last time they went to a place D.W. saw on TV. The flashback shows D.W. wanted to go to Santa's Igloo where you get to share a sundae with Santa, but it turned out to be a rip-off because the place doesn't look anything like the commercial, and the Santa actor wanted a sundae that visitors had to bring to him. D.W. says that maybe it won't be as much fun as Santa's Igloo, but says that she must go to Ponyland. David asks her how she would feel if they went on a trip to Washington, D.C. instead, but D.W. still insists on going to Ponyland.

Everyone tries to convince D.W. that Washington, D.C. is a good place to visit, but she doesn't care. The next day they start to drive and driving past the countryside D.W. comments "Pony," whenever she sees a pony.

When Arthur spots the White House he has a dream sequence where he meets the president of the United States. He enters reality again and D.W. comments "Yeah, maybe if we walk long enough we'll be so tired we won't notice how BORED we are." They park the car and visit the Washington Monument. D.W. whines that they were "down there" and looked "up here", now they're "up here" and they are looking "down there", and asks what the point is.

Arthur then enters another dream sequence where he meets the president, is the head of a construction project, and is walking with President Bill Clinton. They visit the Library of Congress, where the tour guide says that it contains many books. D.W. asks how many there are about ponies, the tour guide says he doesn't know, and D.W. responds by saying "You're fired." They go to the Lincoln Memorial and D.W. states "Boy, look at the size of those feet. Where did he ever buy his shoes?" and "Was he the only giant president?", Mrs. Read tells D.W. that Lincoln wasn't a giant, and that the statue is much larger than he was. D.W. whines that it's finally something interesting that's a fake, David tells D.W. that she should relax and enjoy what's here. D.W. thinks that she'll get to see the Statue of Liberty, but David says that's in New York City.

They leave the memorial and spot the White House, visiting it. Arthur says "What if we meet him [the president] and become friends?" For the third time, he has a dream sequence where he plays mini golf with the president, and drinks soda at The Sugar Bowl. He wakes up from his father saying "Arthur!"

They enter the White House and D.W. starts wandering off saying "I'm just trying to find the government." Arthur gets her thinking if he doesn't the president will become mad at him and getting kicked out of the white house.

D.W. wanders off once again and attempts to open a door, but it is locked. Secret service agents then attempt to find her, in a stealth way, hiding behind plants, using binoculars, looking out windows, etc., but they weren't searching very well.

D.W. looks at a painting and is awed by it. The President shows up behind her and says "Beautiful painting, isn't it?" The president tries to help her find her way back to her family, and with his assist, finds them.

The president asks D.W. and her family to eat dinner with him, pizza, in his office. Arthur tries to be a show-off to the president saying how he won a spelling bee and played piano in a recital. When D.W said she won't vote for him, Arthur gets mad and covers his eyes with his hands.

While the family is going home, D.W. says that she wants to become president to give ponies to every family; and "National Little Sisters Rule Day."






  • Except for the introduction, all of the Reads except Kate wear different clothes than they usually do.
  • Maryann, Amanda and Sarah appear in the Ponyland commercial.
  • Arthur gets nervous about D.W. changing the USA National Anthem to Crazy Bus.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of the second version of the ripple effect used for fantasy and flashback sequences. However, it is only used once when Arthur and D.W.'s Atlantis fantasy ends. The other sequences in this episode use the first version of the effect. The second version (which lasts through Season 8) does not become permanent until D.W.'s Deer Friend.

Episode connections

  • As promised in this episode, in "D.W.'s Deer Friend" D.W. does get to choose where the next family trip goes to. Arthur thinks it will be Ponyland, but she chooses to go camping.
  • D.W. is disappointed that she will not get to see the Statue of Liberty. The Read family and Buster travel to New York in "Postcards from Buster", though it is not revealed, whether they visit the Statue of Liberty then.
  • D.W. decides to become president. She is actually seen as president in “Revenge of the Chip”, though only in a fantasy, of course.
  • Arthur reminds D.W. about going to Washington and meeting the president in "D.W.'s Perfect Wish".
  • In Arthur's imagination, the president recalls that he won the school spelling bee (in "Arthur's Spelling Trubble") and played a piano solo (in "Arthur vs. the Piano").

Cultural references

  • When D.W. names the ponies she passes, she names two ponies "Dasher" and "Dancer," which are also the names of Santa Claus' reindeer.
  • The president resembles Bill Clinton, and has a voice similar to Jimmy Carter. Bill Clinton was president when this episode aired.


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  • When David says "no" in D.W.'s bedroom, D.W. was mouthing David's word.
  • In one scene, Arthur's right arm was the same color as his shirt.

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