|"Desert Island Dish"|
|Number in season:||3A|
|Original Airdate:|| May 17, 2006|
November 1, 2006
|Written by:||Daisy Scott|
|Storyboard by:||Jeremy O'Neill|
"Fern and Persimmony Glitchet"
"The Secret About Secrets"
After trying to survive for a while on junk food alone, Arthur and the gang learn about the importance of a balanced diet.
The intro starts at sea during a horrible storm. Arthur and his friends are lost on a ship, and the ocean shows no sign of calming. Suddenly, their parrot shows up carrying a coconut, so they know that land is near. The ship crashes into a small island. The weather is much nicer there and the friends are eager to explore it.
Desert Island Dish
It's the end of the school year at Lakewood Elementary. The whole class is excited for summer vacation, but there is still one more hoop to jump through: Mr. Ratburn's giant end-of-the-year assignment. Mr. Ratburn wants his students to imagine themselves stranded on a desert island. They can bring an unlimited supply of one kind of food and should explain why they chose what they did. Brain is surprised and asks, "That's it?"
At soccer practice later that day, Arthur, Buster, and Francine think about the food they'd bring with them on the island. Francine chooses barbecue potato chips, Arthur chooses Cotton Candy Crunch cereal, but Buster can't make up his mind. He imagines having donuts, chocolate, and mayonnaise, but can't pick a favorite.
At school the next day, the students start to talk about the foods they picked. Buster ends up choosing ice cream, but Mr. Ratburn doesn't accept. He also doesn't like Francine's chips (too salty) or Arthur's cereal (too sugary). Brain couldn't come up with an answer, shocking the class because he's supposed to be the smartest. Mr. Ratburn gives them the coming weekend to decide on better foods. Brain goes all out this time, searching through many nutrition books to find the perfect food. Still struggling, he has a daydream about the food pyramid. A figure runs up the pyramid's steps as samples from all five food groups swirl in a vortex.
Arthur, Buster, and Francine share a new solution with Brain. They pick yucky foods they're supposed to eat instead of what they want to eat. Buster picks plain oatmeal, Francine picks Brussels sprouts, and Arthur chooses eggs. But Brain still thinks their choices are incomplete, and he continues searching for his one perfect food.
That night, Brain dreams he is running through the aisles of a supermarket. He can't find the perfect food so he asks a store worker, who says there is no such thing. The worker turns around, exposing a prosthetic hook and Brussels sprouts. It is Mr. Ratburn, who starts to laugh maniacally. The next morning, Brain wakes up with a sudden idea. He calls Arthur, Buster, and Francine, explaining his new "risky" plan.
The four friends present this idea to the class on Monday. They talk about how no one can survive for long on a single food, and about how they decided to group together to pool their resources. With something from each of the food groups, they are sure that they can live a long time on their desert island. Mr. Ratburn accepts their presentation and rewards their success with a special desert dessert for the whole class. A game of capture the flag will follow (against Miss Sweetwater's class).
- D.W. Read
- Fern Walters
- Mr. Powers
- Muffy Crosswire
- Binky Barnes
- Sue Ellen Armstrong
- George Lundgren
- 3rd Grade Male Rat
- 3rd Grade Female Cat (Number 2)
- Beulah McInnerny
- 3rd Grade Male Rabbit
- 3rd Grade Male Dog
- Maria Pappas
- Jenna Morgan
- 3rd Grade Male Cat
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark
- 3rd Grade Male Monkey
- 3rd Grade Male Rabbit (Number 2)
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark (Number 3)
- This episode takes place at end of the school year, but later episodes show the kids are still in the third grade.
- On Buster’s calendar, June 15th is a Friday. That was the case in 2001 and 2007.
- The tropical bird Francine finds carrying a coconut in the opening scene is a reference to a running joke in the comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- The USDA's MyPyramid is prominently featured in this episode. The MyPyramid icon was introduced in 2005 as an update to the traditional food guide pyramid, and has since been replaced with MyPlate in 2011.
- In one scene where Buster is explaining to the class that he would bring ice cream, Maria has red hair.
- Like all episodes of Season 10, this episode included the number '10' hidden in various places. For a list of them, see ARTHUR Season 10 Scavenger Hunt.
- Main article: Desert Island Dish/Gallery