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"Go to Your Room, D.W."
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 4B
Original Airdate: United States October 23, 1997[1]
Canada November 27, 1997[2]
Germany January 29, 2002[3]
Written by: Kathy Waugh
Storyboard by: Alex Szewczuk
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"Go to Your Room, D.W." is the second half of the fourth episode in the second season of Arthur. It was later adapted into the book D.W., Go to Your Room!.


Sent to her room for an excruciatingly long ten minutes, D.W. spends the time reliving her tragic childhood, wondering why no one seems to understand her, and planning an escape.


D.W. does not get along well with Kate, as Kate keeps trying to take her toys. When Kate won't give D.W. one of her toys back, D.W. tries to take the toy away from Kate by force and threatens to pinch her. For doing this, Jane sends D.W. to her room for a ten-minute time out.

Go to Your Room, D.W.

D.W. is surprised that her actions actually have consequences and thinks that her parents only love Arthur and Kate, and is angry that they would ever try to give her a time-out. Her imaginary friend Nadine says that the time-out is only for a little while, but D.W. simply blames Kate for it. Just then, Jane enters the room, and D.W. thinks that she can come out of her room, only for Jane to explain that D.W.'s timeout has just started and that when her 10 minutes are up, she can come out of her room. Unconvinced, D.W. makes excuses of not wanting the time-out by complaining about her hunger and being forgotten. D.W. then clings onto Jane's leg, annoying Jane. Jane then sets the clock for 10 minutes, but D.W. talks back by crying in her pillow saying that she isn't loved. Jane, however, ignores this because what D.W. is saying in her pillow is not even true as D.W. instantly stops sobbing once Jane is out of earshot. As Jane leaves the room, Nadine appears again, saying that the time-out is really for 10 minutes only. While impatiently waiting for the clock to change, she thinks that time has stopped, and imagines everything as having been frozen into place. Although worried for a while, she suddenly cheers out of the blue as she runs around the house, and takes advantage of the moment to steal Arthur's cookie and give Pal to the Tibbles, unaware that it's all just in her imagination. When D.W. says "You booby-faced baloney-heads!" to the Tibbles, David snaps her out of her bizarre behavior, saying "WHAT are you doing?" to her. D.W. tries to explain that the clock has stopped (even though it's working), but David does not want to hear about it and she is sent back up to her room, much to her frustration. D.W. dramatically exaggerates, and even tells Nadine about all the horrible things that have happened to her such as Arthur getting a cold and how D.W. had to stay up all night and take care of him, fulfilling his selfish requests to make him feel better.

She also "recalls" when she could not attend her Aunt Lucy's wedding because Jane made her stay home and work like a slave, and then she told her that they liked Kate better than her. Angry at these "sob stories", D.W. thinks of ways to evacuate her home and to Grandma Thora's home by calling a cab. (even though none of these things never have happened to her)

D.W. leaves her room again to beg Jane to end her punishment, but to no avail. She then thinks of how Thora would defend D.W. and have her folks punish Arthur instead (even though Arthur is generally good, more mature and well-behaved, and that D.W. is not allowed to walk to Thora's house by herself). She tosses a suitcase in order to sneak out the window by climbing down the drainpipe of her house, only to remember how gravity works while finding out it is way too far away for her. D.W. leaves her room for the fourth time in 10 minutes to find the Reads playing happily without her. D.W. is forced to babysit Kate for the rest of her time-out (which is how the events all started in the first place), and blames her for her time-out, which D.W. managed to spend entirely outside of her room.

Kate starts cuddling up to D.W. but D.W. recollects how Kate made the day difficult for her, such as causing their mom to notice that D.W. tried to steal a doll from the store, falling asleep while D.W. tried to finish a pony ride in the store forcing her to leave immediately, or stealing her dolls (the only backstory that was true).

However, Nadine points out to D.W. that Kate does not mean to do those things because she is just a baby. Then Kate starts hugging D.W. and gives D.W. her rattle. As she does this, D.W. realizes that she has been a mean sister, and apologizes to Kate for her bad behavior. Just then, Jane enters the room, and she, Kate, and D.W. make up.

While they hug, the clock beeps, meaning that D.W.'s time-out is up (though D.W. was actually in her room for approximately five minutes). Jane asks D.W. if she is ready to come downstairs, but she proceeds to going back to playing "Lifeboat," where she saves her dolls from being eaten by sharks, and Jane says "Suit yourself". When dinner arrives, Kate is asleep, but D.W. does not want to leave her room, having too much fun with her dolls, and instead, wants to stay five more minutes.






  • In this episode, D.W. imagines enjoying Grandma Thora's cookies, while in "The Half-Baked Sale," she does not like her cookies since the latter has poor cooking skills.
  • D.W.'s time out is from 4:30 to 4:40, which is 10 minutes long. Since D.W. is at a young age, she has an inability to read, thus, she misinterprets the minutes as "hours" as most kids her age cannot tell time.
  • The estimated time would be that D.W. has received 20 minutes in her room, after the title card finishes, her mom comes in the room and tells her 10 minutes more, so she may have had previous 10 minutes long before that, and her punishment ends at 4:40, so it's possible that she got sent to her room at 4:20.
  • D.W. states that Grandma Thora would defend her, but that is not necessarily true, because in "Arthur's Chicken Pox," Thora got disappointed with D.W. for faking having Chicken pox just to get an oatmeal bath and juice, and reprimanded her for doing so.
  • Morals:
    • Don't take things that don't belong to you.
    • Don't blame others for your own mistakes.
    • Always be nice to your siblings.
    • When your parents punish you, it is out of love, not out of being mean.

Episode connections

  • D.W. overreacts to her younger sibling breaking something, and for most of the episode does not understand what she did wrong. This idea would be revisit again in "Arthur's Big Hit" when Arthur hits D.W. for breaking his model plane after being told not to touch it.
  • This episode mentions the events of "D.W. Thinks Big." D.W. thinks she did not attend the wedding in this episode. She is apparently making up stories on what would have happened if she did not get her own way.

Cultural references

  • D.W. sweeping the fireplace while her family goes to a wedding likely refers to Cinderella.
  • The cab company in D.W.'s fantasy is likely a reference to the television sitcom Taxi.


  • D.W. refers to Lucy as her cousin, but Lucy is actually her aunt. However, she did correctly refer to her as her aunt when sulkingly claiming that her mom only appreciates other family members.
  • When D.W. says "It's no good, Nadine", the clock says 4:30.
  • D.W. tries to hide a Princess Sneeze-and-Wet doll in the cart. D.W. already has this doll in the earlier episode "D.W. the Copycat."
    • It is possible that this episode takes place before that one.
  • When D.W. fusses with Kate over her doll at the beginning, the voice given to Kate when she whines is unique, instead of her usual stock baby sound effects.
  • In the wedding flashback, the family took the catering van, not the station wagon. In the same flashback, Grandma Thora went to the wedding, but in reality, she didn't, because Lucy is Jane's sister and those two women are daughters of Grandpa Dave. Also, Arthur wore a teal tuxedo, not a blue one.
    • However, what happens in the wedding flashback is obviously not true as Nadine said to D.W. once the wedding flashback came to a stop "But, you went to the wedding, D.W."
  • Towards the end of the episode, after D.W.'s time-out comes to a stop, the ripple effect is used as the scene changes, despite not transitioning to a fantasy or flashback.

Differences from the Book

  • In the original edition, the entire sequence where D.W. runs away from home was removed from the book. (which was likely to make it more moralic) In the revised 2012 edition, parts of this scene were added alongside several other parts that were new and previously missing.
  • Nadine Flumberghast is completely absent from the story.


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