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"Play it Again, D.W."
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 6b
Original Airdate: United States October 27, 1997[1]
Canada December 1, 1997[2]
Germany January 31, 2002[3]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Harry Rasmussen
"Buster Baxter, Cat Saver"
"Arthur's TV-Free Week"
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"Play it Again, D.W." is the second half of the sixth episode in the second season of Arthur.


D.W. suspects Arthur as the perpetrator when her favorite kid CD, which she plays relentlessly, disappears.


As the episode starts, Arthur explains to the viewers that it's no big surprise when D.W. does something annoying. There was one time when she beat him at checkers, and spent the whole year telling everyone about it. But nothing ever in the entire history of Arthur's whole life has ever been as bad as D.W. playing "Crazy Bus" over and over again.

Play it Again, D.W.

D.W. is still playing her "Crazy Bus" CD repeatedly (since the previous episode), and Arthur is getting annoyed by it. She plays her CD constantly over and over again, and brings the CD player with her everywhere she goes, and when she's not listening to it she's humming the song and playing with its merchandise, making Arthur get even more annoyed by it.

While Arthur is reading his Bionic Bunny comic book in his bedroom, D.W. surprises him with four tickets to Crazy Bus Live, which he has to attend against his will. Arthur is embarrassed to be there and wears a silly elephant trunk and straw hat disguise under the alias "Steve" to avoid being seen by his friend's younger brothers and sisters. He then finds Buster enjoying the show, much to his fear. Arthur later imagines that he is trapped in the Crazy Bus with all of his friends and family who are happily singing the song nonstop, except for him, and he screams and bangs on the window in the back of the bus.

One night while Arthur is trying to doing his homework, D.W. plays the song yet again and at full volume. Arthur is so annoyed, angry and frustrated, he furiously threatens to wreck D.W.'s "Crazy Bus" CD, scaring D.W. While their parents are searching for music to listen to at a high school reunion, D.W. tells on Arthur for telling her what he would do to her CD.

Arthur gets in trouble for threatening to wreck D.W.'s CD and his punishment is no TV, possibly for the rest of the day or a week. But then, a little later, D.W. screams painfully and throws a tantrum when she discovers that her CD is missing. She accuses Arthur of taking it. Arthur tells D.W. and his parents that he didn't take D.W.'s Crazy Bus CD.

The next afternoon, Arthur goes on a rowboat with Buster and Francine at the Mill Creek River while his family are out on a picnic. Arthur discusses the Crazy Bus CD incident with his two friends, and says he doesn't have the CD, but Francine doesn't believe him. Buster claims that an ancient race of squids took it to their hidden grotto beneath the sea. The Squid People who live at the bottom wonder if they have the CD and are singing the Crazy Bus song.

Later that week, Francine's older sister Catherine is asked to babysit for the kids while their parents go to their high school reunion. D.W. spies on Arthur, trying to catch him with the CD. Then when Arthur walks to the computer holding a disc, D.W. pops out of a trunk scaring Arthur. D.W. jumps from the trunk and she and Arthur fight for the disc. Then Catherine comes in and tells them "Time out, I'm trying to do my homework", and "what's causing this vexation?" D.W. and Arthur freeze and look at Catherine, and D.W. tells her, "We're not on vacation; we live here." Then Catherine says "vexation: it means 'trouble'" and then asks what's the trouble, then D.W.'s hands slides off the disc and she tells Catherine the trouble is that Arthur has her disc. Arthur says it is not her disc and that it was a computer game he borrowed from Brain Then Arthur puts it in the disc drive and starts playing it. Catherine watches him play it but D.W. walks away saying "I know he has it." Later, Arthur is holding D.W.'s plush purple possum, and he goes over and takes it to her closet. D.W. is waiting in the closet, and accuses Arthur of returning "to the scene of the crime". Arthur tells her she left her possum outside, and he was putting it away in her closet. D.W. ends up destroying Arthur's room in an attempt to find her CD. Arthur loses his patience, forcing Catherine to improvise. She puts a line of tape down in the den and forces the two kids to opposite sides of the room.

When Arthur tries to retrieve his jacket from D.W.'s side, she says her CD is in the jacket and she tries to take it, and they end up arguing over it. After Arthur calls D.W.'s CD "Stupid Bus," D.W. retaliates by saying that "Stupid Bus" is a lame puppet show.

At the reunion, David puts on for his friends "the songs" they "danced to in High School", only to discover that he accidentally took the Crazy Bus CD. "D.W.'s CD!", Jane and David cry. Jane calls the house, and when D.W. takes the phone from Catherine and answers it, she lets go of the jacket and causes Arthur to fly backward into the open closet and have clothes land on him. As soon as D.W. answers the phone, Jane tells her that David took the CD by accident, not Arthur (David's friends really like the Crazy Bus Music).

As Catherine helps Arthur take a hanger off his left foot, D.W. takes off the tape, and says that the only way for two people to stop fighting is for one of them to say "stop". However, she doesn't apologize to Arthur for accusing him of stealing the disc. Then Arthur gets up with a boot on his right hand, saying "This is a trick, I know this is a trick." Then Catherine asks D.W. if she was happy that they found her CD. Arthur is very angry that D.W. still isn't giving him the apology she clearly owes him, but D.W. only smiles bashfully at her mistake.

Later that night, Jane and David give the CD back to her, and tell her that it's okay to listen to her song, but not to the point that it annoys everyone. Surprisingly, D.W. says she doesn't want to listen to it anymore.

Instead, she watches a Crazy Bus videotape that she received from Grandma Thora. Arthur then realizes that he spoke too soon. He runs off in annoyance and frustration once again, shouting "Mom!" and finishing the episode from there.







  • This is the first episode where the quote, "Life is so unfair" is used. D.W. says that quote while crying in this episode. It was used again in "The Lousy Week, where Muffy says that quote also while crying.
  • "Vexation" does not mean "trouble," but it's a synonym for trouble and it usually means "something that causes annoyance" or "the state of being annoyed."
  • Arthur's "Steve" disguise and D.W.'s comment on the fake trunk being "a big improvement" is likely a reference to Arthur's original design in Arthur's Nose.
  • Arthur's screaming sound effect in the prologue is reused from "Arthur's Chicken Pox."
  • When they go to the Crazy Bus Live show, Arthur wears a disguise so as not to be embarrassed by his friends’ younger siblings. Yet, all of his immediate friends are either only children or have older siblings (with the exception of Binky's adopted sister Mei Lin who does not appear until Season 11's "Big Brother Binky")
  • The episode never fully explains how D.W.'s dad accidentally took her CD.
  • This is the second time David wore earplugs. The first time was in Arthur's Lost Dog.

Episode connections

Cultural references

  • The episode's title is a play on "Play it again, Sam", a misquotation from the film Casablanca. It is also similar to the Peanuts special, Play It Again, Charlie Brown.
  • The Read parents’ CD Avi Winkler’s Greatest Hits refers to Arthur character designer Avi Winkler.
  • Another CD, The Bubblegums, could be a reference to bubblegum music, which was popular during the late Sixties and early Seventies.
  • The parents' CD 1978 - Songs You Can't Believe You Liked shows a spoof of John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever, a 1977 movie featuring disco music.
  • Catherine mentions Solomon, a biblical king famed for his wisdom.
  • At the dance party, everyone is dancing the "Macarena" to Crazy Bus.


  • While Catherine is doing homework, she is first seen writing with her left hand, even though she is normally right-handed like her sister Francine; but in the next few seconds, she switches to her right hand. This could mean she is ambidextrous.
  • When Catherine tells D.W and Arthur not to bother each other, the tape in the stairs disappears.
  • When D.W. and Arthur are holding the jacket, a teddy bear is seen on the sofa. When D.W. says, "It’s not stupid bus," the teddy bear is darker in color.

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