|"For Whom the Bell Tolls"|
|Number in season:||8b|
|Original Airdate:|| November 12, 2001|
January 9, 2002
|Written by:||Kathy Waugh|
|Storyboard by:||Stéphanie Gignac|
"Rhyme for Your Life"
"The Good Sport"
During dinner one day in May, D.W. and the family were sitting around the table talking. Or at least, listening to D.W. talking to them. Suddenly, her voice becomes harder to hear, and is very hoarse. Later, as Arthur is watching Dark Bunny, Jane Read comes in and informs Arthur that D.W. has lost her voice. Dark Bunny says, "Did I hear that correctly? She's lost her voice? WHOO-EE! No more 'I don't like that show! It's scary! I want to watch Mary Moo Cow!'. Kids like have spoiled the ratings. Well? What are you waiting for?" Dark Bunny grabs Arthur by his shirt and pulls him into the TV. Arthur finds himself sitting in Dark Bunny's car, and a parade begins. There is some dialogue between Arthur and Francine, who is standing on the sidewalk; she says Arthur is "mean, M-E-A-N, mean". The car becomes airborne, and it goes to the title card.
Arthur enjoys D.W.'s lost voice... for a while. With more work for her accounting job at the moment than usual, Jane places most of the responsibility of catering to D.W. on Arthur, and he is soon waiting on her hand and foot. Arthur tells Francine later that he might have to be D.W.'s slave, then imagines himself as exactly that, while also speaking for her during his fantasies of talking to Emily and a dinner party. After the fantasy ends, Francine says, "She can't be that bad if you understand her."
Arthur replies, "That's just it. Except for Mom, I'm the only one who does. Oh, what if she never gets better? What if I have to spend my whole life speaking for D.W.?"
Francine, however, turns and begins walking away while saying, "That's what you get for being mean, Arthur. Don't say I didn't warn you."
As he gets a glass of juice (along with a crazy straw), Arthur remarks to Pal, "Francine's right, Pal. I am being punished. I guess I shouldn't have been so happy when she lost her voice."
At that moment, Arthur catches D.W. talking out loud to herself, so he runs to Jane telling D.W.'s little secret. Mom doesn't believe him, though, and D.W. is a lot more careful about speaking.
Arthur is at Francine's house later, talking with her. Arthur says Francine is also mean. She looks as if she is thinking, and Arthur says "Surely you can remember being mean at one time." Francine says she was trying to remember. They get a call on the phone, and it is D.W. calling with a bell. After the call is over, Arthur tells Francine what she said. Francine remarks that "it's time for drastic action."
Arthur, Buster, Brain, and Francine set up a trap to trick D.W. into speaking. They mute the TV, unplug the phone and do other various things to make everything quiet. D.W. comes in, falling for the trap, and finally screams that she has gone deaf. Mom comes in, and realizes that Arthur was telling the truth. D.W., Francine and Mom leave the room, while D.W. says hello to different things in the house.
- D.W. says, "Hello, computer!" However, the room she left with Arthur, Buster and Brain still in it housed the family computer.
- This episode took place around May 5, as seen on the calendar.
- The crazy straw seen in one scene is a nod to the episode "Arthur's Chicken Pox."
- The title is a reference to the Ernest Hemingway's novel of the same name.
- D.W. tells her doll that it will need stitches. D.W. needed stitches in "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles."
- D.W. loses her voice in this episode. She mentions losing her voice in "Double Tibble Trouble."
- This episode's original title was "The Great Pretender."