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"D.W. Tale Spins"
Season/Series: 4
Number in season: 6A
Original Airdate: United States October 12, 1999
Canada January 24, 2000[1]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Stéphanie Gignac
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"D.W. Tale Spins" is the first half of the sixth episode in the fourth season of Arthur.


The combination of Greek mythology and D.W.'s imagination results in a fantastic tale.


In the introduction, D.W. puts on Arthur’s glasses and does an unflattering imitation of her brother. She claims she can do anything Arthur can, but Arthur points out that she cannot read.

D.W. Tale Spins

Arthur has invited Buster to read Vegemorphs books. He is happy to have something that he does not have to let D.W. join in. D.W. angrily claims that she can make up better stories than in the books. Arthur takes her by her word, but D.W. cannot write.

Grandma Thora tells D.W. how cavemen used to pass on stories by word of mouth without writing.

Arthur and Buster are reading in the tree house when D.W. comes and tells them the story of the warrior queen O-D.W.-eus.

The queen stole Poseidon’s (Francine) unicorn, so he crashes her ship on a cliff. The crew, made up of Nadine and some preschoolers, survive.

The next morning the crew, except O-D.W.-us, eat strange plants that make them forget everything. All are caught by a cyclops (Buster) who takes them to his cave and eats the Tibbles. O-D.W.-us blinds the cyclops by tying his ear around his head. Then she yells that the crew is escaping. The cyclops opens the cave entrance and they all run out and escape in the cyclops’ boat using his sock as a sail.

When they pass three sirens singing “Crazy Bus”, O-D.W.-us becomes enchanted and has to be tied to the mast.

Then they have to pass between a monster named Scylla (Muffy) and a whirlpool named Charybdis (Arthur). They toss the cyclops’ sock in one of Scylla's faces and escape. In the sight of their home island, the ship is destroyed by lightning from a single black cloud. O-D.W.-us washes ashore and runs home to tell her friends about her adventure.

D.W. finishes. At first, Arthur pretends that the story was not as good as Vegemorphs. D.W. tells him that he cannot recognize a good story, since she was retelling the Odyssey which Grandma Thora told her. Arthur and Buster ask her to tell it again, especially the parts about Charybdis and the cyclops.




Characters in her story[]


  • At the end of the 2000 rerun intro on PBS Kids before this episode, Arthur’s crashing sound changes to pots and pans.

Cultural references[]

  • D.W.'s story is based on the first part of Homer's epic poem The Odyssey. Many of Arthur's and D.W.'s friends are featured as different characters in the story, as listed:
  • In addition to the characters mentioned above, the story also features the island of lotus-eaters and the sirens.
  • The name "O-D.W.-eus", is a spoof of the name "Odysseus" from the original version of The Odyssey.
  • While the Vegemorphs book series is a parody of the Animorphs books, there is an actual "Vegemorphs" book in real life.

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  1. Arthur. TVO. Archived from the original on July 19, 2013.