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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]
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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!.

Summary

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.

Plot

The episode begins at the Read's residence, D.W. does not get along well with Kate as Kate keeps trying to take her toys, and is sent to her room for a ten-minute time out as a punishment after threatening to pinch Kate when she would not give one of her toys back and for trying to take the toy away from Kate by force.

She thinks that her parents only love Arthur and Kate and is angry that they would ever try to punish her. While waiting for the clock to change, she thinks that time has stopped, and imagines everything as having been frozen into place as she runs around the house, unaware that it's all just in her imagination (while D.W. is running around).

Her father snaps her out of her bizarre behavior and she is sent back up to her room. D.W. then tells her imaginary friend Nadine about all the horrible things that have happened to her (even though these things never 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 avoid him telling their mom on her.

She also "recalls" when she could not attend her Aunt Lucy's wedding because her mom made her stay home and work like a slave, and then she told her that they liked Kate better than her. Angry at these false recollections, she thinks of ways to run away from home, such as running away to Grandma Thora's by calling a cab.

She then thinks of how Thora would defend D.W. and have her folks punish Arthur instead. She tries to run away by climbing down the drain pipe of her house, only to find it is way too far away for her. D.W. is forced to babysit Kate for the rest of her punishment, and blames her for her punishment.

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, or stealing her dolls.

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. This makes D.W. realize that she has been a horrible sister, and it was her who was being bad, not Kate. She has been pretty mean to her lately, and apologizes for her behavior.

D.W.'s punishment is finally over and Jane asks if she is ready to come downstairs, but she proceeds to play "Lifeboat," where she saves her dolls from being eaten by sharks. Jane says "suit yourself." When dinner finally comes a while later, 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.

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Trivia

  • In this episode, D.W. imagines enjoying Grandma Thora's cookies, but in "The Half-Baked Sale," she does not like her cookies due to the latter's poor cooking skills.
  • D.W.'s time out punishment is from 4:30 to 4:40, which is 10 minutes long. Due to her inability to read at a young age, she misinterprets the minutes as "hours" as most kids her age cannot tell time.

Episode connections

  • The plot is somewhat similar to “Arthur’s Big Hit”. D.W. overreacts to her younger sibling breaking something, and for most of the episode does not understand what she did wrong.
  • 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 party likely refers to Cinderella.
  • The cab company in D.W.'s fantasy is likely a reference to the television sitcom Taxi.

Errors

  • 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 sulking 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 put 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 doesn't sound like her, as it sounds older. The voice sounds similar to Rosie from Caillou, another Cinar/Cookie Jar show.
  • In the wedding flashback, the family took the catering van, not the station wagon, and Grandma Thora did not go to the wedding, 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.

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