School Picture Day is just around the corner, and Muffy wants to make sure Francine has a photo to be proud off, unlike last year's. However, she doesn't seem interested in the rush and is in fact interested in a kickball game.
Arthur and his friends are horrified when they learn that their third grade teacher will be the infamous Mr. Ratburn. He is described by Prunella as a cruel vampire with hypnotic powers who eats nails for breakfast without milk. Arthur and Buster, along with Francine, try to investigate.
Arthur practices for the spelling bee and competes against Prunella and the Brain, last year's winner and the smartest kid in his class, respectively. Even with the support of his family, he is nervous.
On a hot summer day, D.W. and her preschool class go on a field trip to the aquarium. When a shark swims by, her classmates hide while she teases it, but when an octopus appears, she is the only one afraid. The Reads go to Bear Lake to escape from the summer heat and everyone is having a wonderful time, except for D.W. who won't swim because she thinks there are octopuses there.
Mr. Ratburn's make a long-awaited field trip to a Rainbow Rock State Park. On his own, Buster discovers a fossilized dinosaur footprint and takes it home. Despite it being against museum rules, he doesn't want to relinquish his find.
D.W. has a new imaginary friend named Nadine who follows her everywhere. When Arthur and Buster find out about a new amusement ride at Wonderworld, they don't want her to come along and embarrass them because she would bring Nadine.
Everyone loves the Scare-Your-Pants-Off book series and the new addition is coming out. Arthur is the first to borrow it along with many other books at the same time, but when he collects the ones scattered around the house, he can't find it.
Arthur wants a dog very badly but his parents will not allow him to have one until he proves he is responsible enough. He starts his own pet business to prove it, which includes watching over Mrs. Wood's unfriendly dog, Perky.
Francine, who has been friends with Arthur since preschool, is mad at him for telling everyone she looks like a marshmallow when she wears a white sweater. Mr. Ratburn assigns them to work together on a project on heroes. With her still mad at him, they go to the library together to research their project and get locked in for the weekend. As they try to find a way out, they realize their friendship.
Arthur is in charge of the fundraiser for the Elwood City Fire Department. He leaves a bag of quarters from it for Mrs. MacGrady, who is distracted by a phone conversation. When she doesn't receive them, Arthur is accused of stealing them, giving Buster his first case as a Private Eye.
Arthur and his friends go to Camp Meadowcroak where everything is a competition between boys and girls. The final day arrives and they must work together to compete against Camp Horsewater in order to win the all-camp scavenger hunt.
Arthur wants Moon Boots and tries different ways to get money to buy them. His mom wants him to clean the garage for $2. As he is doing so, Mrs. Tibble comes by, thinking there's a yard sale and buys a necklace, giving him enough money to buy the Moon Boots.
Arthur thinks that babysitting is the easiest job in the world until D.W. volunteers him to her friends, the Tibble Twins. Prunella describes her sister's only time babysitting them as an experience that still gives her nightmares. Naturally, Arthur is nervous, but he eventually lays things down with them.
Francine has often had bad roles in school plays where she gets injured. She finally gets a safer role as the lead, when Mr. Ratburn decides they will dramatize the story of Thomas Edison. While she is trying to make the best of a good opportunity for her to shine, she alienates her friends as she studies for the role and bosses them around.
Arthur tells the story of when his mom was pregnant with his baby sister, Kate. He was nervous, wondering what it would be like to have a new baby in the house. When Kate was brought home from the hospital, he was worried that she hated him, as she always cried when he was around. It wasn't until he was forced to watch her that he realized how wrong he was.
Arthur tells D.W how she acted when Kate was born, starting after she was brought home from the hospital in "Arthur's Baby". D.W. is excited but frustrated when she doesn't get to help with Kate. Kate's crib is moved into D.W.'s room but D.W. soon finds drawbacks to sharing a room with her. D.W. soon becomes jealous over the attention Kate is getting. She tries lots of things to get rid of her.
Arthur needs to write a story for homework, so he decides to write about how he got Pal ("Arthur's Pet Business".) He is afraid that no one will like it after D.W. informs him that it's boring. He begins fictionalizing the events and revising the story using advice from different people, as he tries to write a good one.
It's Downtown Day in Elwood City and the Reads are attending the event. They pass Pickles the Clown giving out balloons. Kate begins to cry and no one knows why, except for Pal who knows she wants one. He runs off after Pickles to get one, but Arthur thinks he's running away from him.
D.W.'s pet bird, Spanky, dies. She leaves a can of flowers on his grave after his funeral but finds a toad in there. Arthur takes her to the pet store to buy a new pet to replace Spanky, but they don't find one. The toad reappears several more times, following her, but she hates it since it won't leave her alone. When it doesn't reappear, she realizes that she misses it.
Arthur and Buster are doing a project together, but Buster doesn't seem to have the time for it, Arthur, or anyone else. All he does is talk about his new friend, Mike. Arthur decides to return everything related to Buster. At Buster's house they become friends again and he finds out Mike isn't just another kid to replace him.
Arthur is addicted to a new computer game, "Deep, Dark Sea", playing it even when he shouldn't. When he gets to a new area he's excited about, he calls up Buster. When it appears that they have broken the computer, they look for the Brain to help them fix it, but he can't find the problem.
Muffy and Francine were best friends since second grade, when Muffy was a new student. They decide to study together for an upcoming math test, but Muffy continually procrastinates, claiming that she knows her addition and subtraction. When the test day comes, she cheats off of Francine's test and claims that she would never do so, getting Francine into trouble.
Arthur wants to go back to Camp Meadowcroak (from "Arthur Goes to Camp") with Buster for the summer and tries to get out of the family vacation to the beach. He changes his mind with the mention of lobster and after several impediments, they finally make it there. They lose their hotel reservation and stay in a leaky rundown hotel as it rains for days. Things eventually start to get better.
Arthur and D.W. go to visit Grandpa Dave who lives on an old rundown farm. It has been in the family for 150 years and he doesn't want help running it. Arthur and D.W. are concerned by the state of things there and try to help him fix it up with the help of his friend, Ed Billings.
Arthur finds an entry form for a jingle writing contest for Crunch Cereal and he's determined to win the year's supply of it. He starts a band with some of his friends, Mrs. McGrady, and Grandma Thora, but he has nothing for them to play. Without a tune, he hears D.W. singing a song about Nadine and plagiarizes it. He feels guilty as he is about to mail it.
D.W. wants to take gymnastics after seeing a gymnast on TV, but her mom gives several examples of her never finishing what she wants to do. She gets her way and goes to her first class. Emily is there and D.W. doesn't like her because she seems to do everything perfectly. D.W. is determined to be better than her and ends up making a new friend.
Muffy bets Francine she can't be nice to everyone for a whole week and she can't tell anyone about why she's being nice. Arthur and his friends are worried when she starts acting nice for no apparent reason and are worried she may "pop" if she continues bottling up her anger. They try fruitlessly to diffuse her.
Arthur and Buster sit at the only available table with the Tough Customers. Buster claims that Arthur is the world's greatest "gleeper" to stop the teasing, only to find out later that "gleep" means "steal." He lets the lie grow into a schoolwide rumor.
Arthur gets the chicken pox. While he hopes he recovers in time for a family trip to the circus, D.W. is jealous of the attention and extra freedom he gets while Grandma Thora is taking care of him. In an attempt to regain the lost attention she fakes having chicken pox. In the end she. catches them from him and ends up missing the trip to the circus, but she doesn't mind, due to her finally having them.
Arthur feeds Pal things other than dog food, like pancakes and old gummy worms. He gets sick as a result. Arthur thinks D.W. had something to do with it. Then he finds out from the vet that it's the food Pal has eaten.
Arthur and his friends are trying out for the baseball team and everyone wants to be the pitcher. Arthur makes it but he's the worst player. He and Francine, who can't pitch, work together to improve their skills.
Arthur and his friends are assigned to write about what they do over Saturday, but it rains and ruins plans. Arthur and D.W. are sent over to Grandma Thora's house. Without anything better to do, they help her clean out her attic and find some interesting things, including old home movies.
Grandma Thora can't cook. When she decides to bake cookies for the bake sale, Arthur tries to think up ways to stop her bad cooking from ruining it. He decides to buy all of her cookies before anyone else can. When Mr. Morris, the janitor, finds them in his closet, Arthur has to tell the truth.
Rumors are circulating about the new family that has moved to Elwood City and Buster thinks that they may be aliens, even after he met Sue Ellen. When his mom invites them over for dinner, he finds out that Sue Ellen isn't an alien, but just a kid who has lived in various places around the world.
The Brain is spending the weekend with the Reads because his parents are going to an ice cream convention. Arthur thinks this will be like having a brother around, but he is neat, finishes his homework early, and reads to D.W., making Arthur look bad. However, Arthur discovers that he is not so neat when he invites him over to his own house, and he has to be polite as he is the houseguest.
D.W. kept a snowball in the freezer from the best day of her life, but it disappears. Buster, as a detective, investigates, listening to biased accounts of those present the day it did so. They argue and accuse each other but everyone, except D.W., lets the incident go as the first snowfall of the year appears.
Arthur, Buster, and Francine are assigned to do a group project on Ancient Rome. They discuss how they're going to do it, each coming up with their own idea and eventually decide to draw a comic book. Each has their own idea of what to draw and after a failure to communicate have a mismatched one. They argue over this and finally realize that they need to work together to finish it.
Binky has a reputation for being a bully. He bullies Sue Ellen, who is still a new student ("Sue Ellen Moves In"), and she demands that he apologize to her. When he doesn't, she challenges him to a fight to settle it. He gets nervous when he finds out she knows Tae Kwon Do. He decides to beat her at music but loses, so he apologizes to her so they wouldn't have to fight.
For her half-birthday, Prunella's big sister, Rubella, gives her a cootie catcher. Rubella claims that it can tell the future and the answers it gives do come true. Arthur and his friends begin following the its advice. When it goes missing and turns up ruined by the washing machine, they realize that they don't need it to run their lives.
Arthur has a loose tooth, but he is the only one in his class that hasn't lost any of his baby teeth yet. He unsuccessfully tries various ways to get it out so that Francine will stop calling him a baby. She, later, unintentionally knocks it out.
D.W. wants earrings because her friend, Emily, has some. She asks her mom and dad, but they claim her ears will turn green. After her persistence, Mrs. Read takes her shopping for earrings only if she approves of them. While at the All In One Mart, she wanders off when her mom is distracted. Lost, she runs into Emily, whose ears have turned green. Emily proceeds to direct her back to her mom.
At Aunt Lucy's wedding, Arthur is the ring bearer and their dramatic diva cousin, Cora, is the flower girl, but D.W. is too little to do anything. However, when the wedding ring gets lost in the pipe organ, D.W.'s size helps gets it back.
Arthur and Buster are playing Frisbee in the park when it lands in a polluted fountain. Arthur's dad overhears him and Buster talking about the park and he involuntarily becomes the leader of a cleanup crew of kids. His friends aren't pleased and don't help him. But with the help of Francine's dad and a few volunteers, they manage to clean up the park.
Mr. Ratburn's class is going on field trips to several of the students' parents at work to learn about careers. Francine is embarrassed by her dad's job as a garbage man, but her classmates don't seem to think so.
Muffy is allergic to the new carpets in her house, so she decides to stay with Francine while it is being removed. She brings some of the things from her room with her including TVs, wardrobes, and sculptures. During her stay, Francine can't deal with her spoiled attitude and she can't handle the less-than-wealthy condition in which Francine's family lives.
Mr. Ratburn loses his voice and his sister, Miss Ratburn, substitutes for him. Initially, the class is excited by the easiness of the lessons, doing things such as reciting the one times table and that yellow and blue make green. They are soon bored and are excited when Mr. Ratburn returns the next day.
Fern is the only person who volunteers to enter the Poetry Competition, which is will be judged by Jack Prelutsky. When the others start making fun of her, she reveals a new side to her quiet character, and challenges them all to write poems for the competition. If they don't succeed, they will be roped into a year's membership of the School Poetry Club.
Arthur and his friends create a club to stop D.W. from bothering them. When they can't agree on its rules it splits. This leads to more disagreements and more clubs created. They eventually come back together, under D.W..
Arthur has a sleepover with Buster and the Brain, even when all they talk of is UFOs. D.W. wants to join them so that she can take a picture of one. They don't agree. She plays a prank on them with fake UFOs in retaliation and vice versa.
Arthur has never stayed up until midnight on New Year's Eve. His friends all have their theories on what occurs when the new year comes. He tries to stay up until New Year's Eve to find out what really happens at midnight.
When Francine makes fun of Fern, she draws a comic humiliating her, which everyone finds amusing. Other comics about her are drawn. During the school carnival, those teasing her are convinced by Mrs. MacGrady to dump green slime on her. As they prepare to do so, they realize how much they hurt her feelings.
Arthur and Buster have to work with Binky on an art report, but they believe he will make them do all the work. He wants to do it on an abstract painting he believes is hanging sideways. To avoid embarrassment, Arthur and Buster make an agreement with him to do separate reports. Ironically, he is the only one who does any of the work and turns out to be correct.
Arthur's luck begins to change after he finds a pencil right before the stop of a rainstorm. After several lucky breaks, he and his friends are convinced that it is lucky. As it gets shorter, he is more conservative with it. Even with an upcoming history test, he won't let anyone use it, not even himself.
D.W. doesn't get along well with Kate and is sent to her room for ten minutes after threatening to pinch her. She thinks that her parents only love Arthur and Kate. While she watches Kate for the rest of her punishment, she realizes that she has been a horrible sister.
Binky rips his pants in class, revealing his underwear. Arthur can't stop laughing every time he thinks of it, but he's getting nightmares in which he doesn't have any pants. He tells Buster about this, who tells everyone else, which embarrasses him. Inevitably, he does rip his pants and has to deal with it.
Francine goes for horseback riding lessons and her sister, Catherine, has to bring her there. Catherine is better than Francine! Feeling over shadowed by Catherine, Francine considers quitting but returns and remembers why she wanted to take horseback riding in the first place.
Buster gets a cat down from a tree with his ice cream and his mother publishes a story on it. When people start calling him a hero, this goes to his head and he starts acting important and retells the story with embellished details. Arthur, Francine, and the Brain make a fool out of him to humble him, but he ends up saving Arthur and Francine from a runaway piano.
D.W. is still playing her "Crazy Bus" CD (since "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver") and Arthur is already annoyed by it. She surprises him with four tickets to "Crazy Bus Live". He is embarrassed to be there but finds Buster enjoying the show. When the CD goes missing, she accuses him of taking it, but their parents have done so by mistake.
Binky has a night light. He tries to go without it when Arthur has to spend the night because his parents are stuck out of town. When Arthur finds out about it, he believes Arthur may use this against him, although Arthur isn't particularly interested. Even so, he eventually musters the courage to tell everyone before Arthur does.
The school band has a recital on Friday. Everyone except Arthur is worried and practicing. He is confident that he knows everything well enough until a nightmare makes him worry he may miss a note. In a subplot, D.W. has hiccups that won't go away.
Francine and the Brain have an argument over soccer practice that carries into class and through the next match. They may not make it to the playoffs if the argument continues. Arthur uses D.W.'s idea of writing an early letter to Santa to resolve things between them with fake apology letters.
After school, Arthur is supposed to take the bus to the public pool for his swimming lesson, but he falls asleep and misses his stop. Then he ends up at the edge of town but luckily, the bus driver helps him find his way home.
Arthur has a to-do list for the summer, but he can't find it and summer's nearly over. He finds out everyone else had a great summer. He finds his list and D.W. accidentally helps him realize that he did all the things on it and had a great time too.
Mr. Haney gives Arthur an envelope to give to his mom. He is worried about its contents, thinking that it's about him, so he comes up with a way of giving it to her without her opening it. It turns out to contain Mr. Haney's tax documents.
Arthur and D.W. are planning a surprise party to show their appreciation for Grandma Thora. She unexpectedly shows up early when her car breaks down and they must finish their last minute preparations without her noticing.
Fern's mother wants her to invite some girls over for a slumber party to which she reluctantly agrees. Everyone thinks she is boring and bring their own entertainment, but she later manages to impress them with her detective skills.
The Brain and Francine use fake love notes to get revenge against Muffy after she puts them down at the science fair. Their joke has unintended consequences and they must fix it before things get worse.
D.W.'s overzealous safety patrolling and whistle blowing is annoying everyone. Arthur and his friends worry she may ruin the upcoming soapbox derby. During it, she finds herself in an unsafe situation when she is stuck at the top of a large pine tree after she climbs it to get a better view.
Arthur keeps losing at the new "No Guessing!" board game and other things as well, so he starts cheating to win. His friends are annoyed by his "sore winner" attitude and use Binky to make him lose, because Binky has no qualms about cheating.
Arthur and the Brain are afraid of the new crossing guard who charges them $10 per trip and will send his goons after them if they don't pay. They try to figure out ways to circumvent crossing the intersection before they realize his true intent.
Arthur and D.W. use a thesaurus to aid in calling each other names until he calls her "Dora Winifred" and she is upset. She later has a strange dream with him, Walter (from "D.W.'s Deer Friend"), and the Thesaurus.
Arthur, Binky, and the Brain find a key in the grass while looking for a baseball. They each think it's for something they would like and argue over who gets to keep it before they find out what its real use is.
Buster is coming home and Arthur is excited. He is also afraid that Buster will have changed too much, so he reads up on all the places Buster had visited. His fears worsen when Buster doesn't call back or come over.
Art Garfunkel guest stars as a guitar playing moose who sings "The Ballad of Buster Baxter". Buster has returned to Elwood City. He's surprised by how much has changed and feels left out because of the things he didn't get to experience while he was away. Arthur decides to throw a party for him.
D.W. wants to prove to the Tibble Twins that she can read so she picks up one of Arthur's books and makes up a story because the twins can't read either. They are impressed as she rehashes events from the last two seasons into a sci-fi/fantasy adventure story about her.
Sue Ellen and the Brain are assigned to work on a project together (same assignment as "Arthur Goes Crosswire"). Francine and Buster say it will be easy as the Brain does almost all of the work by himself. Sue Ellen wants to help, but he doesn't let her. This turns into a struggle that nearly ruins their project.
Mr. Ratburn's class is asked to research their ancestors. Muffy and Francine try to one-up each other with who theirs were, even after each find nothing interesting. Even though Muffy is eventually caught lying about hers, Francine continues with her lie.
The Magic Toolbox is coming to Mr. Ratburn's class to put the kids on TV! The kids prepare for stardom, all practicing their various talents. The Brain is the only one not interested in appearing on the show, but when it turns out that the segment is not what the others expect it to be, they need his help.
Arthur and Buster are sorting potato chips and find a big green one. D.W. eats it so they trick her into think it's poisonous. Binky eats one, too, and they both make the best out the last days of their lives.
D.W. does not like to be reminded of the events in "The Chips are Down". Throughout the day, all of the kids and adults tease her about the green chip incident. She is furious that this went public, and blames Arthur but finds out it was her mom who told other people. She apologizes, but D.W. is upset again and runs off when her mom starts telling the story to someone else.
When graffiti stating "Binky Rules" mysteriously appears on the walls of the school, everyone thinks that Binky wrote it. Buster and Fern, who are well known for being good detectives, attempt to prove that he didn't do it. After more investigating, they realize that it was done by an unknown band called Binky to promote themselves. Värttinä guest stars as Binky.
Binky, the unknown band from "Binky Rules", has their first concert. Arthur gets to visit them backstage and struggles with whether or not he should bring his friends along and decides to do so at the last minute. They get to meet Binky backstage because Arthur's father is catering for them. When they meet them, they realize that they are actually holograms. Värttinä guest stars as Binky.
Arthur brings a cake his dad made to a party in his class celebrating Galileo's birthday. Everyone likes the cake so he asks his dad to make another one, but this makes him run behind on his other orders. He realizes this after the Brain's mom starts bringing ice cream to the school. A subplot has Mr. Ratburn attempting to get Mr. Read's cake by pretending to try to give anyone who is having one a schedule of Spring Reading, but his final attempt doesn't work when it turns out that Arthur and his dad aren't having cake; they're making ones for other people.
Francine accidentally takes her sister Catherine's backpack to school and discovers a magazine called "Popular Girl". Reading it convinces Sue Ellen and Fern to change their personality to become more likable.
Buster has never been mad at anyone for long, but he holds a grudge against Binky for telling the joke he was going to tell. This culminates to an onstage rant during a school talent show and Arthur has to set things right.
Mr. Ratburn's class is at a medieval fair competing for a trophy against a class from Glenbrook Academy led by Mr. Ratburn's former teacher, Mr. Pryce-Jones. During the competitions, Arthur is sidetracked by the sword in the stone and his classmates fear that Mr. Pryce-Jones may replace Mr. Ratburn if they lose.
The Tibble twins watch an episode of Terrific Turbo-Trooper Toy T-Bot Team and start dressing and acting like the T-Bots, a duo of crime-fighting robots (who bear a striking resemblance to the Power Rangers). They play roughly while pretending to fight crime and end up hurting D.W..
George becomes more popular with his ventriloquist dummy, Wally, and starts a short-lived ventriloquism fad at school. He starts acting less rationally as Wally starts falling apart, because before Wally, nobody noticed him.
Francine's family gets a new cat that Francine renames Nemo after her sister, Catherine, named him Rose Petal. Arthur is a dog person and doesn't like him, thinking he is trying to kill Pal. He dislikes him so much that it may end his friendship with Francine.
D.W. isn't as excited about her fifth birthday as her previous ones because according to Emily, after she turns five, she will no longer be a kid. Arthur goes over past events (from previous episodes) with her to cheer her up. This works and she goes on to her birthday party to make a wish.
Having had enough of D.W., Arthur angrily punches her for tossing his model airplane (that he worked on for a long time) out the window and breaking it, but nobody sees his side. Worse, when the Tough Customers hear about this, they dare Binky to hit him the next time he sees him.
Arthur and his friends find a snake and decide to keep it in a box in his room without telling his parents. It escapes and he and his friends are worried when they can't remember if it was a venomous coral snake (Micrurus) or the similarly-colored, but harmless king snake (Lampropeltis Triangulum).
Muffy and Francine are best friends, but Muffy does not like practicing soccer and Francine does not like shopping. Since Francine and Jenna like soccer, Muffy searches for a new best friend who likes what she does.
When D.W. has a brush with poison ivy, Buster tells a story about his asthma. When he learns he has it, his friends start treating him differently, thinking that he needs special attention. He educates them about it.
Muffy and Francine play several pranks on Arthur, Buster, Binky, and the Brain and invite them to a party at a haunted house. The boys decide to retaliate at it and Muffy and Francine are ready with another prank. They call off all pranks when they discover a real ghost.
Buster is entering the TV Schedule Magazine's contest for writing an episode for The Andy and Company Show. His friends decide to enter too with their stories styled like South Park (Buster), Beavis and Butt-Head (Muffy), Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (Arthur), WWF (Francine and Binky), and Dexter's Laboratory (the Brain) amongst other things. Five years later, they are 13 and watch for the winning episode only to find out a girl named Holly Holland from Canadian, Oklahoma has won.*
D.W. becomes interested in science after she watches an episode of Nova (ironic considering both it and Arthur are on PBS). When Arthur won't take her along to the Exploratorium, she makes her own museum with false explanations of real-life occurrences, such as why the sky is blue or what the formula for water stands for. She challenges Arthur and the Brain to "prove it" when they say she is wrong, only to have to take her to the Exploratorium.
After his roof caves in from snow, Mr. Ratburn stays at Arthur's house. Arthur is afraid that it will be non-stop homework and teaching, only to find out Mr. Ratburn is more fun than he thought. However, at school, his friends start calling him a teacher's pet.
Arthur and Buster are into the Vegemorphs series which they think is better than Scare-Your-Pants-Off. D.W. says she can tell a better story than the Vegemorphs to which Arthur disagrees. She retells The Odyssey to prove him wrong. Note: "Vegemorphs" is a parody of the Animorphs book series. Also, there is such thing as the Vegemorphs spoof series in the real world; it is published by Troll.
Prunella gets two Polly Locket dolls and dismisses the second one, which was from Francine. Later, she thinks that Francine spoiled the party by not joining in on the festivities. That night, The Ghost of Presents Past takes her through time to clear things up in a way similar to A Christmas Carol.
Binky is doing a project on butterflies and becomes obsessed with catching "Big Blue", a rare blue one. He eventually manages to catch it but lets every butterfly go when he is horrified by how they are kept in collections.
When Francine enters the talent show, her friends try to tell her she is horrible when she sings and drums at the same time, even though she is a good drummer. After she hears a recording of herself, she realizes her friends had been right, but at the talent show, she surprises them without her drum set as she sings very well.
Prunella wants Flash Pants and thinks she is getting them for her birthday, only to be disappointed by a watch instead. Arthur is afraid of being teased when wearing his dad's old Mr. Puffy jacket because he has outgrown his old winter coat. Together, they realize that they don't have to hide because of what they wear.
Arthur and his friends separately find the same metal bobbin but do not know what it is. It happens to fit exactly what they need at the moment it appears. They argue over it and find out that it is Mr. Ratburn's and learn what it is at his puppet show.
Buster is funny but wants to be good at something else, and Arthur wants to be vice versa. They end up acting like each other. This annoys their friends and they realize that they are fine the way they are.
The library is looking for a musician to perform for the children's show later in the week. D.W. suggests that they find the guy who wrote "Crazy Bus", her favorite song. Arthur and his friends are immediately annoyed, so they choose to find a musician. Francine's father suggests that they hire Joshua Redman, her uncle and a jazz musician. But then Grandma Thora takes D.W. to a concert, and she decided the one she wants is Yo-Yo Ma. Yo-Yo Ma and Joshua Redman guest star as themselves.
Arthur is put in an awkward situation, when, after arguing with D.W. because she watches Mary Moo Cow, a baby show, she tells him that the real baby show is The Love Ducks. Intrigued, he watches an episode and becomes hooked on it! He tries to hide it from his friends, which isn't easy, because it clashes with Dark Bunny, the show they are all hooked on and always talking about. When they find out initially, they tease him for it. In the end, however, they all admit they like The Love Ducks.
Season 5: 2000
This is the first season to have three guest stars, which are Alex Trebek, with Caroline Botelho and Kenny Yates.
Arthur, Buster, Francine, and the Brain resent the large amount of homework they are assigned, which culminates in a large number of dares issued to skip school. However, the next morning, everyone agrees to call off the plot due to guilt (personified by a giant clam). Francine fails to receive the message and carries on with it.
Lakewood Elementary is having an open house and Arthur and his friends are embarrassed by how their parents will act judging from the previous year's open house. This prompts Sue Ellen to ask her parents to act more "normal".
Buster wants the new CyberToy, but they're too expensive, so while he's at the drugstore he slips one into Arthur's backpack without him noticing. He feels guilty later, so he and Arthur try to return it without getting into trouble.
Buster beats the Brain at a class Mathathon, so the Brain gives up on his studies and Buster must represent the class. Buster realizes that he can't do so and comes up with several plans to turn the Brain back to the way he is.
Arthur, Buster, Binky, Sue Ellen, and the Brain are excited that Arthur's dad is going to take them some place better than Aqualand. Although disappointed that they're brought to the beach, he tells them about Ocean Zone and leaves them to find it. They have fun at the beach and realize that it is Ocean Zone.
Mr. Ratburn's class takes a field trip to some caves in Palisades Park. Arthur is afraid of going into the caves, but inside, he's not the one that's spooked the most. He uses what his dad told him and gets everyone out of there calmly.
When Muffy gets lice, she is nervous about how her friends will feel. However, it ends up spreading to everyone at school, forcing them to be checked everyday and instead of doing homework, are forced to stay up late and have their parents take nits out of their hair.
Mr. Ratburn's class holds a class election. Muffy takes the candidacy for class president seriously and a competitive campaign against Arthur ensues. However, they both lose to Binky and learn about elections and campaigning in the process.
Buster believes its his destiny to go to Pizza Paula's Pizzaland and win the pizza-eating contest for free pizza for life. While he is there, he goes back to the hotel room to sleep early for the contest, except he can't fall asleep.
Francine pays Binky to look after Nemo for the weekend, but he doesn't take a look at her written instructions. When Nemo acts strangely at the mention of her, Binky keeps him away from her, thinking she is a bad owner.
Arthur and D.W. don't want to spend time with Grandpa Dave because all he does is play checkers and sleep. He tells them about a buried family treasure, but they don't want to wait up for him so they take the map and look for it themselves.
Muffy hangs out with Francine's sister, Catherine, because Francine is not mature enough. Catherine's friends don't receive her well and ridicule her because she uses "Mature Miss" as her guide for acting mature.
Season 6: 2001
This season has a remixed version of the Arthur theme for the end credits.
Sue Ellen and her friends continuously lose against an anonymous player on an Internet game, "Virtual Goose". When she finds herself obsessed with winning against that player, she makes a promise not to play for a week.
Note: It was the first episode that they use digital ink and paint animation and the first episode that Arthur was voiced by Justin Bradley, Although Mark Rendall voiced Arthur in the redubbed version.
Arthur and his friends stop playing "Virtual Goose", due to the fact that D.W. always wins, and move onto "Virtual Goose v5.0", a six-player multiplayer game where only one will win. The Brain loses and is challenged as to whether or not he could survive out in the wild, so he starts a camping trip. However, his friends, and even Mr. Ratburn, seem more interested in the internet.
Arthur gets a new piano teacher, Dr. Frederique Fugue, who is not only one of the best teachers but also one of the strictest. When he fails to practice sufficiently, Dr. Fugue "fires" him. Wanting to be rehired, he begins practicing the piece he was supposed to.
Buster is fundraising for the school band by selling chocolates, but he ends up eating some of them and giving others away. Since he does not have the money to pay for them he opts to make some, which he calls Buster Clusters, but they are only worth of being joke ones.
Prunella is excited to get her new monogrammed limited edition Henry Skreever book in the mail, but finds that it is in Braille. When she goes to the library to get it with words, she meets a blind girl named Marina, who is looking for it in Braille, and they become friends.
Kate and Pal can understand each other, but older people like the rest of the Reads can't. When David can not find the figurine that goes on top of the wedding cake he made (which D.W. has mistaken for one of her "delicate" toys), Kate and Pal work together to get it on top of the cake before it gets to the wedding.
Muffy's dad is the new soccer coach and has the team do drills named after car parts. Muffy is not enjoying it since he is tougher on her and even makes her the goalie. The team doubts his coaching methodology until they finally tie a game.
The Young Person's Orchestra is going to hold tryouts at Lakewood Elementary. Everyone in the band thinks Binky is the best. However, since he can't perform well with his malfunctioning clarinet and can't afford a new one, he starts a scheme with the rest of the Tough Customers to get rid of music.
Buster thinks he saw a UFO, but no one believes him because he said that too many times. He borrows Muffy's telescope and finds a comet headed for Earth. No one believes him, but this time he has proof. They discover that the telescope is malfunctioning.
Francine is head of the new school newspaper after shadowing Buster's mom at work and taking a front-page picture. She takes potentially embarrassing photos and publishes them out of context with embarrassing captions.
D.W. grabs the wrong backpack when it starts to rain at the community pool. She goes in search of the mysterious "_OM__ ___BLE" who she believes is a backpack thief. She uses things she found in it (i.e. a pair of panpipes, an Eiffel Tower figure, a Great Wall snowglobe, etc.) and concludes that "_OM_____BLE" wears the pipes to hide his sharp pointy teeth, and lives in a snowy section of China. It turns out that the mysterious "_OM_____BLE" is none other than Tommy Tibble.
George has trouble reading and does not want anyone to think he is dumb. He takes Binky to be his mentor to teach him to be tough so no one will tease him, but realizes he was not cut out for being tough. He finds out that he has dyslexia and works his way around it.
D.W. is excited to be getting an allowance, but is discontent once she learns that Emily and the Tibble Twins have already been getting one and have more money. When she fails to get a bigger one, she pretends that she gets more than they do.
Arthur is overjoyed that D.W. lost her voice, but is not so excited when he has to do what she wants him to. When he discovers that she is better but continues faking, he gets his friends to come up with a plan to expose her lie.
Michelle Kwan is presenting the Athlete of the Year Award, but Francine is upset when it goes to Jenna. She rubs in the fact that she thinks she should deserve it by giving Jenna unwanted attention. Michelle Kwan guest stars as herself.
Arthur has a crush on his new babysitter, Sally. He is devastated when he discovers that she has a boyfriend named Corey. He tries to avoid her by going to Buster's only to find that she is there to babysit him.
Muffy's new marbles prompt Arthur and his friends to start playing marbles. Arthur signs up for a marbles tournament after he gets trained by Grandma Thora. When he discovers that he has to compete against her in the tournament, he plays poorly on purpose, but she loses first when she finds out what is happening.
The Brain does not believe in superstitions and goes on to try to prove this by doing things superstitiously believed to bring bad luck, like breaking a mirror. Counter to his hypothesis, a streak of bad luck strikes.
D.W. is grumpy because one of her socks is missing. Pal investigates and stumbles upon the sock market, which supposedly helps the economy. He and Kate team up to play the sock market to get D.W.'s sock back.
Francine's bowling tournament and her cousin Seth's bar mitzvah being held at the same time. Her friends try to help her so that she can attend both at once, but she is eventually caught by her parents.
Arthur is doing a science project on ants to prove that he has PANTS by being patient, attentive, nosy, thoughtful, and systematic. However, all but one make it into the ant farm. After he tries various ways to collect them, he accidentally ruins Francine's project.
Muffy is starting an advice column and dreams of becoming famous like Hoprah Linseed but everyone is listening to another advice-giver. After she finds out that it is Molly, Muffy starts acting like her so that she can rival her in giving advice. Molly advises Muffy that she needs to be a better listener in order to be a better advice giver.
When the Tibble Twins' constant lying lands them in constant trouble, they promise to tell only the truth. But is telling every truth any better? They try to be honest before they lose all their friends—and each other.
Binky and the Brain collide on the soccer field, breaking the Brain's new watch and nearly breaking their friendship. Could things get any worse? Well, yes - the other kids' rides co and go, leaving them behind. Will they spend the next 50 years sitting in the parking lot waiting for theirs?
Lakewood Elementary has been chosen to put on a musical tribute for Elwood City's centennial. However, Francine hasn't arrived and a prop is accidentally destroyed. In the interstitial, Arthur and a few of his friends talk to Larry King about their centennial production. In Part II, the show goes on without Francine. When she arrives with the destroyed prop, Buster, in a makeshift alien costume, enters onstage unscripted and entertains much of the bored audience. The entire production is deemed ruined as he accidentally tears the backdrop, but it goes on better than expected as they realize that the audience enjoyed his stunt.
The Reads have to replace their car because it would cost too much to fix. Arthur is attached to it and fights to keep it from being sold to the mechanic. He makes a call to Car Talk, hoping they know how to fix it. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (the Car Talk guys) guest star as Click and Clack Tappet from Car Talk.
D.W. is sick of being the younger one. In a dream, she travels through time and changes it so that she is born first and Arthur second. After a time travel mishap, she realizes how much she appreciates having an older sibling.
After a field trip to Amish country to see how they live, Buster wants to live like them. However, his Amish lifestyle clashes with that of the city and he has only himself to help him with that lifestyle.
Binky had already failed Mr. Ratburn's class once and went on the sleepover at the Science Museum. This year, they're going again and he's just as bored as he was the first time. Interested in a new unopened exhibit, he sneaks in when everyone else is asleep.
Arthur and D.W. face the ultimate challenge when their mom gets a bad cold and then (gulp!) gives it to their dad! What if Arthur has to take over his dad's catering business and how would D.W. be an accountant if she can't count past ten? And most importantly, how will they raise Kate all by themselves?
D.W. finds that her snowball has returned (from "D.W.'s Snow Mystery"). She keeps it at bedside to prevent it from being stolen again, but it starts to melt. When Arthur doesn't answer accusations to his snowball theft, D.W. tricks the Brain to come over and investigate, only to discover that wasn't actually her snowball.
It's April 9, but the day goes awry when a fire destroys Lakewood Elementary. Buster is devastated that he didn't go through it. The kids are sent to Mighty Mountain School. Binky pulls the fire alarm because of his fear of the flames at the burning school. When Arthur fakes an illness, his dad finds out that he is worried about him because he was trapped in the school during the fire. He helps him see that it's his job to worry about Arthur. Sue Ellen gets a new diary from Muffy. Soon, the kids return to Lakewood.
Season 8: 2003
This is the final season in which Mark Rendall voices Arthur.
This is the final season produced by Cinar. Starting with Season 9, Cookie Jar produced the show.
Arthur decides to write to a Turkish boy named Adil who is looking for a pen pal after reading his dad's letters from Japan. He isn't sure what life is like in Turkey, so to give him an idea, he looks at Buster's comics set there. However, these give him a stereotypical picture of there, and Adil is confused when Arthur asks him about his camel, tent, or the taste of lamb's eyes. Arthur finds Adil's email address and they find out that they are alike in many ways.
Mr. Frensky takes several of the girls on a mountain trail hiking trip at Moose Mountain. Fern believes that it's where her hero, Zutzut, went to. She and Francine clash personalities on the way up and end up getting separated from the group. They have to learn to work together and end up as the only ones that make it to the top of the mountain.
After saving Rattles from getting hurt in a dangerous stunt and not getting thanked for it, Binky is shown in a dream, what the world would be like if he decided to never be nice again with Uncle Sam the wrestler. It ends with his parents leaving on a cruise without him, and without leaving him money, food, or water. Realizing that his mother does a lot of things without getting thanked, he decides to do her chores for her and alongside a thank you card.
Arthur begins a snow shoveling business to make some extra money. He allows Buster to join but he hardly does any work and expects to earn more money. They argue and Buster decides to start his own snow shoveling business and they have to compete to keep their customers.
The Brain has a dream in which he becomes a bug to see how his friends really see him (as someone who bugs them all the time). He decides to never speak or to help them again, but soon learns that that might not be the best solution to his problems.
Fern tries to write a story that matches up to Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein. She completes it and when she reads it to her friends they are horrified and frightened while refusing to talk to her, fearing another story as fear inspiring.
D.W. and Binky are paired up together for a school project. He teaches her how to dance, but thinks she is not doing well. Molly and Rattles then wants to learn "Kung Fu Young" (ballet). This time, they both point out Binky's mistakes. After days of practicing with a reformed curriculum, he teaches D.W. how to spin, but he ends up with a twisted ankle. She has to do the recital herself, although she does not have enough courage.
Francine and her friends pick on George due to his constant nosebleeds. But when she suddenly vomits in the cafeteria during lunch, she learns a hard lesson about teasing others when she and George discuss their embarrassment.
The Sugar Bowl is going out of business and a fast-food chain called Chickin Lickin' is trying to buy it. Sue Ellen immediately goes to the Sugar Bowl's defense, but her friends ignore this crisis. She, Binky, and Buster protest at the new location opening at the mall but with no avail.
On a super-hot day, Arthur and his friends get into a complete war over each other's desks involving the seats by the fan. Everyone except George fights over with consequences. After Mr. Haney gets slapped by a moldy sandwich, they clean up the room and goes to Muffy's pool party.
D.W. sells Arthur's teddy bear, Stanley, at the garage sale. He regrets this decision and goes on a search. Later, after the commotion, he gives him to Mrs. Tibble, who has a room full of stuffed animals.
Muffy tries to build a beach house for her dolls. Owing inspiration from an exhibition of the work of Arthur Ganson, she and Bailey build kinetic sculptures. The exhibition is a success and Ganson shows up to install "Machine with Wishbone", whom was bought by Mr. Crosswire. He sees Muffy's beach landscape and tells her that it is art.
Emily tells D.W. how she felt when a boy kissed her on vacation, and D.W. begins to wonder what it feels like. When James kisses her, though, she realizes that she may be too young to fully appreciate it, and Emily told her that it was a kiss on the hand.
D.W. overhears a curse word said by a teenage boy, but she's afraid if she says it, something will break. The Tibble Twins tell her if she says it, anyone will become her zombie servant. She tests this on Vicita, only to get in trouble, but her mom does not punish her because she did not know what it meant. She then decides to talk to her friends about cursing.
The tree house collapses under the weight of snow on the roof. After meeting Frank Gehry at the Sugar Bowl, Arthur and his friends come up with different ideas to build a new one. The only design they agree on is the original, which they rebuild. Frank Gehry guest stars as himself.
The school choir is excited about singing in Crown City, but they aren't excited about Ms. Krasny's replacement, Dr. Frederique Fugue. All goes well until the road is closed and the trip is canceled. They stop at a diner and sing anyway.
After being unable to fit into a suit for his play (and instead, is given a "husky" suit for the role), Arthur looks at a variety of diets. He finds that exercise is the best way of keeping fit, as opposed to diets.
Arthur aces five quizzes in a row. But his luck runs out when his mom takes a new job. At first, he and D.W. get all worked up over this change at home, but they learn that they'll always be priority #1.
The community pool is closed for repairs, but Arthur and D.W. can use the MacDonalds' pool. Arthur discovers that James' older sister is Molly. Eventually, they get along but avoid each other in public because their friends won't approve.
Grandma Thora finds a stray dog named Killer. She is a ferocious dog that barks at and bites other people and pets. Grandma Thora finds out that she has been in and out of the pound several times and changes her mind after leaving her there. She rethinks her behavior toward others.
The Brain and Francine feel that their soccer team is doing stuff that is much too easy for them, so they join the Elwood City All-Stars. They practice hard, until they have a soccer game against their old team, but they become extra players for it.
D.W. finds a ball, drops it, and finds Emily holding it. Emily tries to make up an excuse to keep it instead of D.W. She lies but it keeps getting bigger as she tells more lies, such as when she said Marie-Hélène had a terrible disease called halitosis. She has a dream and tells Marie-Helene and D.W.
The Brain is convinced that his parents' Breezy Listening Blues CD is the reason why he didn't do as well as usual on a test. He also has to find some music that will suit everyone to play in their ice cream shop.
It is Arthur's parents' 10th anniversary and for their special dinner, they're going to a special restaurant but Arthur needs to go to Buster's house to sleepover, write a report about perspective, and watch the Bionic Bunny 10th Anniversary Special while D.W. needs to look for tin. All gets worse when Grandpa Dave needs to go to the Fireman's Ball and the car is stuck in the middle of the road. The entire Read family comes to understand that spending time together is indeed the most valuable celebration of all.
Tonight on TV is a special film that freaks Arthur and Buster out was called The Squirrels. Everyone except Binky sees it and they (except him) start becoming afraid of squirrels, but they find that knowledge is the key to overcoming their fear.
Fern's favorite author is Persimmony Glitchet. One day, she wants to write her own story and gets advice from him. When her story under the name "Agatha Shelley" gets published and it is a disaster, she realizes that her old writing style suites her better, so she writes as she normally would and it is a hit.
As a year-end assignment, Mr. Ratburn's class is to find the "ideal food", that is, if they were stranded on a desert island, they'd have to decide on a food to bring an unlimited supply of and why. The Brain researches many food items, but comes to the conclusion that a variety of foods is the best way to survive.
D.W. is jealous because everyone seems to have been told a secret except her. When she learns one which could cause her friend, James, real embarrassment if she ever told it, she discovers that having one isn't all it's cracked up to be.
D.W. dreams of becoming an astronaut and being the first person to set foot on Mars. The only problem is the Tibble Twins keep talking about it being the home of martians and purple blood-thirsty aliens, she decides it is scary, until her dad shows her "The War of the Worlds" and Mars in the planetarium. She learns that it is anything but the Tibbles' descriptions, and decides that she wishes to do her career project about being the first to set foot on there.
Buster and Arthur are falsely accused of breaking a cake plate that Mr. Read ordered. He now needs proof that they didn't do it: Arthur and Buster must go around and collect clues to determine that they aren't at fault.
After the Elwood City Grebes lose their lead in the World Championships, Buster believes that he is "The Curse of the Kid", a curse that was put on them 86 years ago, but later believes otherwise after meeting three famous players at the market. Edgar Rentería, Mike Timlin, and Johnny Damon guest star.
After saving up the funds to buy the GX Trailblazer 10,000 bike and having purchased one, Arthur is hesitant in riding it for fear that it will become damaged. However, after a dream, he decides that the best way is to enjoy riding it, hence the purpose of having purchased it.
The kids have split into groups who all have their own special, made-up language. Muffy and Francine refuse to let Arthur and Buster learn theirs, so they decide to make up their own. George wants to learn it, but struggles, and therefore tries to invent his own sign language. The ensuing confusion convinces everyone that their original one is the most practical.
Muffy has become obsessed with World Girls. Each is dressed in the national costume of a particular country, and comes with accessories related to that country - there is also a book accompanying each one. Sue Ellen is interested in purchasing an accessory for hers, but when it goes out of production, she decides on another solution.
The big cooking competition is coming up and everyone is making a dish of their choice. Arthur decides to make a chocolate cake. Everything goes wrong when he accidently uses baking soda instead of baking powder, but he learns making mistakes in cooking may lead to the creation of a new recipe. Ming Tsai guest stars as himself.
Mr. Haney has decided to choose the very first student mail carrier. Buster accepts the job with great enthusiasm. He starts not liking it, but eventually, some assistance teaches him to perform it better.
Arthur and his friends are making home videos to send to "Postcards From You", hosted by Matt Damon. Arthur doesn't have anything interesting to enter and accidentally deletes his entry. Buster gives Arthur credit on his video about Arthur's life. Although they don't win, Matt is interested in making a television series about Buster's video. Matt Damon guest stars as himself.
Francine and George are not excited about dancing classes as Muffy and Binky are, but they are chosen to represent the class in a dancing contest. They have fun but don't win. Meanwhile, Muffy and Binky become jealous of them and plan to get them to drop out of the competition.
Buster is annoyed by the Brain because he always seems to be right, even about Buster's present for his mom. Buster tries to find something the Brain is wrong about but fails. He confesses what he's been doing. The Brain finds out he was wrong about something and Buster finds a present he knows his mom will like.
Mr. Ratburn assigns essays to his class and asks them to write a paper on a Thanksgiving topic. Francine plagiarizes an essay from the Internet and turns it in as her own work, only to discover she might be suspended from school.
Accused of being spoiled by her friends, Muffy sets about to prove them wrong by being the most charitable person around. But Francine is unimpressed by Muffy's token efforts - that is, until a used clothing store helps Muffy discover her true talents, and the true meaning of charity.
D.W. has too many toys in her room and her mom wants to send some to charity. She decides that she will give all of them to the people who love her most, forgetting that her mom said that she only needed to get rid of the ones she doesn't use. The Tibble Twins falsely say they love her more than ever, while Emily declines.
Binky watches a tape of Lance Armstrong, and decides to bike. Unfortunately, he hits a pothole and gets injured. He, Arthur, Buster, and the Brain start a campaign to put in more bike lanes for the city.
The episode begins with everyone arguing about who it should be about until Binky rolls the tape. Francine realizes that her family isn't spending enough time together and makes every Tuesday family night.
The Brain eats breakfast when he hears talk on radio about sightings of a rare bird and he unsuccessfully attempts to spot it so he can win a prize after he signs up for a bird-watching club. He is angry when Buster talks about it at school and disguises as a monster so he can scare away the remaining club members.
Buster builds an old model harvester (called the Grain Reaper) bought by his Uncle Stu after he stumbled upon it in his closet. He hands it over to Arthur, who trades it for Binky's Bionic Bunny poster, who then gives it to the Brain, who donates it to Lakewood Elementary, who then puts it in the school sale.
After a lecture, Arthur prints out some images of the famous Native American Sitting Bull and a tree on the site where he performed in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Arthur's friends are not interested, and Buster starts making a tour called the "Derek Montaigne Tour" after Arthur asks what historic events were done in Elwood City.
Francine is excited about designing a model city for class until she starts the project and obsesses on the baseball stadium for her favorite team, the Elwood City Grebes. Eventually she forgets about the whole project devoting everything to the stadium.
Mrs. MacGrady is diagnosed with cancer and the kids react differently. Arthur and D.W. rush to her support, Francine is scared, and Muffy is initially unaware of the symptoms, but jumps to action when she realizes how to help. Lance Armstrong guest stars as himself for the second time.
George wonders whether anyone would notice if he just disappeared, and so vows not to speak until someone notices him. Of course, his friends do notice, and they decide to cheer him up with a surprise party.
Fern volunteers to help an elderly neighbour, Tony Wu, with his household chores, and then discovers his past life as a Kung Fu celebrity. Suddenly she imagines herself as his student, and she will soon be a Kung Fu master herself! But will she be disappointed to learn that dish cleaning and laundry folding are not really part of some special martial arts training? Or can she learn a valuable lesson in acceptance and friendship?
Buster finds a piece of paper with names of his classmates and numbers beside them. He, Arthur, and Francine believe it's a class ranking system based on behavior, and Francine tries to find ways to have a higher rank.
Francine and the Brain are competing for Student of the Month. He is in the lead and Muffy wants her to win. Francine and Muffy frame him into doing a bad deed, so Francine becomes Student of the Month. They continue to frame other students in fear of being caught from their first plan.
Binky introduces Emily into wrestling when he babysits her. Her personality changes from being nice and polite to being loud and rough. He changes her back to her normal self when she begins to hurt other children in result of her behavior.
The final volume of the Henry Skreever series, "The Knights of the Bouillabaisse", is released at last. Prunella and Marina compete to see who will be first to finish it, but they soon learn that speed reading does not always pay off.
George meets a new friend named Carl, who has Asperger's syndrome—a form of autism. George is unsure about how to act around him, but the Brain helps put autism in perspective for him so he can understand some of Carl's mannerisms.
Arthur, Sue Ellen, and Binky find a woodland oasis near their homes and vow to keep it a secret. Soon they start to find evidence of human habitation and wonder if they've discovered an ancient civilization.
Fern and Muffy start a greeting card business. Muffy paints the covers and Fern writes the poems. All the work makes Fern lose interest in writing, so she tries to figure out how to get make it interesting again.
To boost school pride, Arthur and his classmates form the Lakewood Pride Committee, which seems to pressure and brainwash students to have pride for their school. Sue Ellen and the Brain don't join the group and are accused of not loving their school.
Arthur is dismayed when he learns that the energy drink endorsed by Dark Bunny, his favorite superhero, is unhealthy. He goes in search for a new superhero who doesn't sell out from their principles, and ends up making his own named Supernova.
George plans on doing a report on Buster. While waiting for Buster to get back to his house, his mother gives George a CD with pictures of him on it. Buster thinks that George will write an embarrassing report on him, but it is the contrary.
After watching a reality show about crazy weddings, D.W. wants to have her own dream wedding with unicorns. She gets help from Emily, who helps her plan the wedding at the Crosswire Estate. She is confused when she finds out that she needs somebody to marry.
The Brain starts to give people nicknames, but becomes frustrated when he is always being asked to give one to someone. When Binky started making fun of Arthur, the Brain gave him the nickname "Stinky Binky," which caused a chain reaction of other mean names. He resolves this by giving everyone soccer nicknames.
The kids abandon the playground to look at Muffy's mySmartPhoney. The Tough Customers get angry because there is nobody to pick on. Binky persuades Muffy to get everybody to use the playground again by turning it into a theme park.
After Francine and Alberto get their soccer balls mixed up at the park, his "El Boomerang" ball travels around Elwood City, and eventually the world. Meanwhile, George is setting up a domino line, and is frustrated when Francine accidentally sets it off...twice.
Muffy becomes addicted to blogging after chronicling her holiday to Costa Rica on her blog. However, after Francine suggests she should spend less time gossiping about everybody, they begin feuding online.
Muffy tries to come up with fashion trends after watching fashion icon Capri de Vapida on TV, but her ankle purses, edible scarves, and fluffy armings don't catch on. Instead, Sue Ellen's old hat grabs the attention of everybody.
While at a barber shop, D.W. gets her hair cut too short and the Tibble Twins begin teasing her about it, calling her "Dennis", so she asks for advice on comebacks from Grandma Thora and Mrs. MacGrady.
Chiekh, the Brain's cousin from Senegal, moves to Elwood City. After being embarrassed that she doesn't know anything about Africa, D.W. is helped by the Brain to remember all the countries in there and something about them by making them into a song.
After seeing footage of the Moon Landing, Buster decides to build a model rocket ship, and recruits Arthur, George, Carl, Francine and Muffy to help him. However, chaos ensues until he receives advice from guest star Mike Fincke.
Deciding he performed disappointingly in a running race, George decides to walk from Crown City to Elwood City to raise money for autism research. Meanwhile, Arthur's pen pal, Adil, finds Alberto's "El Boomerang" soccer ball, which, after traveling around the world and into space, is returned to him on his birthday.
Australian air dates
Season 14 began screening on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's iView service and ABC2 on September 27, 2010. The episode order does not agree with the list above, but is in accordance with the episode titles listed on IMDb. The episodes that have not been scheduled to air in the U.S. from October 2010 to April 2011 will be aired as season 15.
I Wanna Hold Your Hand: Binky becomes afraid George will tell their classmates and Binky's fellow Tough Customer gang members that he still holds his Mom's hand.Whistling in the Wind: Timmy Tibble becomes frustrated when he discovers that his brother can whistle, but he can't.
Buster's Garden of Grief: Fritz, who runs the Elwood City community garden, breaks his ankle and asks Buster to look after the garden. When Buster goes on vacation, he asks Arthur, Francine and Muffy to water it, but they fail to. Buster then gives up, until he receives a helping hand.Through the Looking Glasses: Arthur can't find his glasses, so he gets a new pair. After thinking his classmates will laugh at him, he actually receives praise about them, but becomes overconfident with his new look.
S.W.E.A.T.: The third grade students at Lakewood Elementary are stressing about their upcoming S.W.E.A.T. aptitude tests, including Sue Ellen, who panics that she doesn't have any #2 (HB) pencils, and Brain, who worries he will do bad after he accidentally skips a question on the practice test. To Eat or Not to Eat: Buster investigates a new candy bar, Big Boss. He finds a chemical called 'tri-enzomated zorn jelly'. This happens when his classmates become hyperactive after eating it, while also imagining himself as a detective in a classic crime film setting.
Muffy's Classy Classics Club: Muffy makes her own book club, but doesn't want to read books others suggest after her own suggestions prove unpopular.Best Enemies: D.W. and Jane's client's daughter W.D., despite being the same age, are opposites and don't get along until they pretend to fight to avoid spending a weekend together, however, they both find it was the most fun they had together.
Trouble with Trophies: Muffy wants Fern to admit she wants a trophy after George wins a class award for most improved student.The Butler Did... What?: When resident Crosswire butler Bailey disappears, Muffy realizes she doesn't know anything about him when she tries to find him.
Buster's Secret Admirer: Buster receives chocolates in the mail from a "secret admirer" and tries to uncover who it was sent by, asking everyone from Arthur to Molly.The Last King of Lambland: James is sent a stuffed toy lamb based on a legend by relatives in Scotland, but his classmates don't like it when the Tibble twins treat him like a king because of it.
George wins a contest to appear on a radio quiz show, "15 Minutes of Fame" to earn money for his school. Arthur forgets his class report on Michelangelo to help the class get the 15 merit points to get his class a No Homework Day, and after overhearing, Pal and Kate try to help get it to him. But when Nemo takes the "report" and Nadine says that the "report is an ingredient to remove imaginary friends, things get complicated.
Buster the Lounge Lizard: After seeing an advertisement for a "Dark Buggy" on TV and bringing it to school, Buster accidentally gets the wayward electronic toy car lost in the teacher's lounge, so he tries to find a way to get it back with help from Binky.Cents-Less: Mr. Ratburn challenges the class to avoid spending money for a weekend. Muffy learns how to barter to get a World Girl doll.
Grandpa Dave's Memory Album: Arthur and D.W. learn Grandpa Dave has Alzheimer's after he forgets he was playing hide-and-seek with them, so Arthur receives help from Francine's grandma Bubby to aid his memory (Joan Rivers in her second voice appearance after "Is That Kosher?").Buster's Carpool Catastrophe: To attend a cooking class run by famous chef Francois Puffeau, Muffy has to carpool with Buster and Arthur after the Crosswire limousine breaks down. After initial squabbling, however, all three find they enjoy the carpooling.
What's in a Name?: Muffy threatens to reveal Binky's real name, Shelley, after she thinks his winning the class award for most improved student is undeserved.Prunella the Packrat: Prunella receives help from friends to clean out her closet after it comes to light she has stored everything, even insignificant items, since she was a baby, but she resists and still tries to save what she can.
When picking out a tie for a clarinet recital, Binky holds his mom's hand. George sees it, and Binky tells him not to tell anybody. Meanwhile, the Tough Customers are trying to find out what Binky's secret is.
The third graders at Lakewood Elementary are stressing about their upcoming S.W.E.A.T. aptitude tests, including Sue Ellen, who panics that she doesn't have any #2 HB pencils, and the Brain who worries that he will do bad when he accidentally skips a question on the practice test.
Arthur and Prunella are assigned to work together for the upcoming Earth Day fair at school, but he learns that she has kept several beloved items (including an old sock and birthday cards) over the years and they have been piling up in her closet. While he and Rubella try to help her learn to let go, she resists and still tries to save what she can.
After Binky gets Muffy in trouble for using her cell phone in class, she learns that his real name is Shelly, and threatens to use this information as revenge against him. He is upset at first (because his parents never told him that was his real name), until his mother tells him about how his great grandfather and namesake, Shelly Barnes, saved the circus.
Mrs. Read's new client has a daughter D.W.'s age named W.D.. However, they are complete opposites and don't get along. After learning that the Reads have been invited to spend the week at W.D.'s house, they come up with a plan to cut the visit short.
Fritz injures his ankle while staying at the Shady Pines Retirement Home and asks Buster to takes over. He finds out that it is a big responsibility, but he can handle it. All is going well until he finds out that he and his mother are going camping.
Grandpa Dave is moving closer to the family and the kids are thrilled. But something isn't quite right; he's forgetting all sorts of things. Joan Rivers, reprising her role as Francine's grandmother, Bubby, is on hand to help the kids understand that he loves them just as much as he always has, even if he has trouble with his memory.
Muffy, Arthur, and Buster are carpooling to their cooking class. Buster wants this to be the best carpool ever, but his rolling party on wheels turns into a disaster. Can the kids stop fighting long enough to see the sights right in front of them?
Season 16: 2012-2013
This is the first season where Jake Beale voices D.W.
Beginning this season, over 14 seasons later, there was a new Back to Arthur logo at the end of A Word From Us Kids.
When Muffy posts a goofy video of Francine on the Muffington Post, Francine worries she will become the laughing stock of the entire school. Can Francine regain her dignity? Or will she have to swap her cleats for clown shoes?
It's the 1st Annual Lakewood Derby and Muffy is revved up! But when she enlists her dad to help her make the winning car, he completely takes over. Can she hit the brakes on this runaway project? Or will she be left in the dust?
When Emily gets the starring role in the preschool play, D.W. is beside herself with jealousy. She should be Little Red Riding Hood, not Tree #2! Undeterred, she appoints herself Emily's understudy (just in case!). But when the big moment arrives, can she handle the spotlight?
D.W. and Emily are upset when they get stuck with the blocks at playtime. But apathy turns to obsession when they begin building their dream house. Forget snacks and naptime! They've got a palastle to build!
Everyone loves HUGO-the new interactive whiteboard that claims to be 100% accurate. If only Mr. Ratburn knew how to use it. After a crash course from the Brain, Mr. Ratburn embraces the high tech teaching tool; that is, until HUGO corrects him in front of the class. Let the battle of rat vs. machine begin!
Mei Lin can say "hello" and play the piano?!? Kate can't even wave! Worried about her sister's future, D.W. enlists the help of the Brain to determine if Kate is above average, below average, or (gulp!) just average-average. Meanwhile, Kate and Pal are puzzled by D.W.'s odd behavior and vow to find a "cure".
The Tibble Twins are having their first sleepover! The lucky victim...err, guest: James. Will they lock him in the dark basement, strap him to the terrifying Flatter Fling, and serve him cupcakes and cookies for dinner?!?
It's Grebelings season and George can't wait to play! After all, no one knows more about baseball than him. But when he realizes knowledge of sinkers doesn't guarantee success in the field, will he throw in the towel?
When the Brain gets teamed with Buster and Binky in the annual Arithmattack competition, he immediately enrolls Buster in binomial boot camp. Can the Brain transform Buster into a mathematic marvel? Or will he be forced to eat humble pi?
Lakewood Elementary has just instituted IRP: a program where kids can earn points (and prizes!) for reading. Buster is thrilled and gets to work straight away! But will he earn enough points for a skateboard?
The unthinkable has happened! Fern has writer's block! Fortunately, Ladonna is full of stories. Faced with a tight deadline, Fern decides to "borrow" the tales and simply change the names. Has Fern confused write and wrong?
Arthur agrees to watch Amigo while Alberto is away at camp. At first Pal is thrilled to have the company! (He even teaches Amigo his coveted table begging secrets!) But when Arthur appears to favor Amigo during a game of catch, Pal begins to worry that he's lost his place as top dog.
Apple picking, bake sales, craft classes...there's so much to do in Elwood City in the fall! And Ladonna is determined to do it all. But when you're juggling so much at once, you're bound to drop a ball...or five.
Alberto discovers that he has a natural talent for golf and begins competing at the local country club. But will his dad's over-enthusiastic and embarrassing cheers cause him to give up the sport altogether?
The unthinkable has happened! Buster has lost his flair for funny, and the harder he tries to make people laugh, the worse it gets. Fortunately, comic legend Vince Ruckles is on hand to teach Buster the true secret to comedy.
Tired of doing chores, Arthur and his friends decide to invent their own country: Kidonia. But when there are no rules, no laws, and no chores, someone's bound to ruffle a few feathers. Will this kid-ruled utopia flourish or descend into anarchy?
The local creek is polluted! The culprit: pesticide run-off from neighborhood lawns. Francine is determined to get the word out at the annual Earth Day rally. But will a crippling fear of public speaking derail this aspiring environmental activist?
There's a mouse loose in the Reads' house! And D.W. wants it gone...NOW! When traps fail, Arthur enlists the help of an expert mouse catcher...a fearless hunter who laughs in the face of danger: Nemo??
While playing in the park, Binky, Muffy, and Ladonna stumble upon an abandoned kite. After failing to find its owner, they decide to take joint custody of it. But sharing it is easier said than done...
After meeting his hero, Hollywood director Tufton Sinclair, George is inspired to make a movie of his own. He enlists his friends as crew and Muffy as his producer. The problem is, everyone wants to be the director! Will George stand his ground or is his budding film career a flop?
Muffy is thrilled when mega producer J3 chooses her family for his latest reality TV project. After all, she was born to be star! But when she's asked to amp up the drama between her and Bailey, she worries that she's being portrayed as a spoiled brat. Is it possible reality TV isn't as realistic as she thought?
Buster has just won the best young artist award at the Elwood City Arts Festival. Sensing his work might be worth something someday, Muffy hires him to paint her portrait. But can he satisfy his critical client?
Everyone loves the Bang on a Can All-Stars, a funky experimental music group that's touring around Elwood City. Everyone that is, except Binky. A musical purist, he thinks their nontraditional sound is just a bunch of noise and sets out to prove it. Will he succeed or is he headed for treble?
A new ice cream shop has just opened up across the block. With whimsical flavor names, futuristic furniture, and a cute mascot named Puk-Puk, it is threatening to put the Powers' shop out of business. It's gonna be a rocky road...
It's Catherine's 16th birthday, and Francine has been cordially uninvited to the party. With the help of her friends, she whips up the perfect present for her big sister...a sneaky surprise with a side of payback!
When Rattles' mother starts dating Archie Vanderloo, Rattles finds himself spending lots of time with Archie's twins. The problem is, he doesn't have anything in common with them! Can this blended family learn to get along?
Arthur is looking forward to Christmas and is hoping that it will be perfect. Muffy is having a Christmas party but Francine can't come because her family is celebrating Hannukah. D.W. wants Tina the Talking Tabby, but got Quackers instead. Buster wants to create a new holiday. Binky forgets to read directions when making desserts. George's family is Swedish and celebrates Saint Lucia Day.
After Muffy and Francine watch a Backstreet Boys music video, Francine decides to host auditions for a rock band which doesn't work out very well and Muffy daydreams about meeting Nick Carter. Muffy eventually joins the band as manager. In the end, the band dissolves and Muffy still hasn't met the Boys.
D.W.’s fifth birthday doesn’t go the way she’d always imagined it would, and she decides to escape to the magical island of Ukubonga. Meanwhile, Arthur has skipped her birthday party to go on a school trip to the planetarium – but instead of transporting him into outer space, it transports him four years in the future.
While trick-or-treating, Francine meets an elderly woman with a very mysterious past, while Binky finds himself at Mr. Ratburn's amazing haunted house (that's scarier than math class!). And as for Arthur, Buster and Ladonna? Their treehouse sleepover seems to be haunted.
Pal goes missing after Arthur leaves for his friends' water balloon fight because Arthur has forgotten to feed Pal. (Note: This Arthur episode is 1 hour, and is the first episode to be made using CGI as opposed to the traditional hand drawn episodes. It is computer animation with a few different looks and voices and is from the Lionsgate company).