"Never, Never, Never"

Never, Never, Never

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Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 1B
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States October 6, 2008[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 6, 2009[2]
Flag of Germany November 14, 2012[3]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Gerry Capelle
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"Never, Never, Never" is the second half of the first episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


D.W. has too many toys, so she has to give some to charity. She instead plans to give them to someone who really loves her, but Emily doesn't play along, and the Tibbles end up with the toys.


After D.W. presented a play about love, Grandma Thora came with a new toy for her. D.W. was about to put it in the closet, when all her other toys fell on her. Mom plans to make D.W. give some of her toys away. D.W. gets upset thinking that her mom doesn't love her, and says that she will give all of her toys to someone who really loves her, to show to her mom. At the play school, D.W. announces that she is donating all of her toys, and also before they get them they have to say how much they love her.  

The Tibble Twins then started to kiss up to D.W., but Emily was ashamed of how silly D.W. was acting, and refused to take part. The Tibble Twins got all of D.W.'s toys, but when she saw how they were playing with them, Emily catches D.W. crying over by the play structure and asks her what happened, D.W. says a very harsh thing to Emily like she cares and Emily didn't like that at all which was very rude, then D.W. storms off and doesn't take back for what she said to Emily, so she went to Arthur for help, who refused. D.W. tried to get back the toys that were not broken, but the Tibbles took them away. Arthur come to get D.W. and she tearfully tells Arthur that the Tibbles are destroying all of her toys. Then he goes inside the Tibbles house get her toys back, and does so, but Arthur's glasses were damaged. D.W. then learned that love isn't something you buy or say, but the things your friends and family are willing to do. She hold a yard sale to earn some money for Arthur's new glasses and sees Emily. D.W. apologizes to Emily for being rude and for what she said to her last week, then she promise to never to do something like that again. 






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Cultural references

  • Many of the elements in this episode are borrowed from William Shakespeare's King Lear: Lear and D.W. choose untrustworthy inheritors over reliable ones; Emily and Lear's daughter Cordelia refuse to play along with games to prove their love; both Lear and D.W. rage angrily against storms; and the declaration "never, never, never, never, never" features prominently in both stories.

Episode connections

  • D.W.'s half birthday was mentioned in this episode. This means that this episode occurred in September, because her birthday is March 1. D.W.'s half birthday party is celebrated later during this season in "Do You Believe in Magic?"
  • In "D.W. Flips," the Tibbles asked if they could have D.W.'s toys if she didn't make it across the balance beam.


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