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"Sick as a Dog"
Season/Series: 1
Number in season: 18B
Original Airdate: United States October 30, 1996[1]
Canada January 29, 1997[2]
Germany January 7, 2002[3]
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Jean Charles Fink
"Arthur's Chicken Pox"
"D.W. Rides Again"
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"Sick as a Dog" is the second half of the eighteenth episode in the first season of Arthur.


When Pal gets sick, Arthur refuses to believe it has anything to do with all the snacks he's been feeding the dog and blames D.W. instead.


After Arthur gives some playful commands to Pal, he explains to the viewers that Pal hasn't been his dog for very long, but already, he's learned many things from Arthur.

Arthur then mentions how Pal learned that he shouldn't slip out of his collar during a walk. He remembers the time during a walk where Pal had tried to get in touch with another dog, but had run backwards and slipped out of his collar. Arthur had called out for Pal to stop, but Pal didn't until both he and Arthur found a guard dog that eventually chased after them.

Arthur then explains that Pal has also learned that David's garden hose is not a chewing toy. Arthur scolds Pal for chewing four holes on it and tries fixing it on his own with duck tape. When David starts it up, water gushes out of the teeth marks and sprays into his face. When he angrily calls Arthur's name, Arthur then turns to Pal and asks him if he wants to go for a walk.

Sick as a Dog

One morning at breakfast, Arthur is feeding a few bites of his pancakes to Pal; D.W. notices and tells their mom. Jane explains to Arthur that Pal has his own food. For the rest of the morning, Arthur goes to his tree house with Pal to read a book. He asks if Pal is done with the page he's reading, and Pal barks, which Arthur takes as an agreement. Arthur offers Pal some jelly worms that were from his Halloween candy bag. Arthur explains the chewing of gummy candy to Pal, and then Arthur throws gummy balls into both their mouths.

At lunch, Jane tries to warn Arthur about feeding Pal from his plate, but he claims he wasn't doing so. D.W. asks for Arthur to hear a joke. However, after she says "Knock, knock!", Pal takes hold of D.W.'s food. Arthur tries to command Pal to stop, but Pal and D.W. still continue a tug-of-war over her hot dog, causing D.W. to fall backward. Pal only eats the wiener from the hot dog. D.W. complains about Pal and wants to teach him a lesson.

As Arthur is in his room playing with his toys, he finds Pal not looking so well. He suddenly collapses on his side, groaning. He explains the troubles to Jane and David, who advise Arthur to let Pal rest. He may have to go to the vet if he isn't feeling better at all after his nap. The news spreads to his friends. Francine tells Arthur that her aunt's chameleon fled from the vet after climbing up on the wall and into a vent, through the grills, leaving him as a stray. (Right when she finishes talking about this, the chameleon runs by unseen in the foreground.) Buster then explains to Arthur that Pal cannot mutate colors or slide into a vent like the chameleon. Brain tells Arthur that the vet will find out what Pal's symptoms are. He explains to Arthur that vets know how to talk to pets. In Arthur's imaginary appointment, Pal tells the vet that his tongue hangs out and he groans. The vet assumes that he should perform surgery. He turns on a circular saw that frightens Pal.

Buster tells Arthur that Pal may not need to go to the vet if he feels better immediately. Arthur agrees. Later, Arthur sees an ill Pal who refuses to go for a walk. Arthur explains to David that a walk is Pal's favorite thing. D.W. thinks chewing on the hose was Pal's favorite thing (which is not true). Arthur then gets worried what will happen next with Pal.

David and Arthur decide to go to the vet, and Pal is ushered to the doctor. The Amazing Larry offers Arthur his sympathies for Pal, and explains that the reason he is there is because his snake Victoria tied herself into a big knot. Sue Ellen explains to Arthur that her snail (who is also groaning) has been acting sluggish. David comes back into the waiting room and explains to Arthur that Pal will have to stay at the vet overnight. Arthur is devastated. He tells his dad how he and Pal have never been separated like this, but David explains that this is the way for Pal to get the best treatment. Arthur sadly reassures Pal that he'll be fine. Arthur gets emotional, but he blames his symptoms on an allergy.

At dinner, Arthur is still in a bad mood, and he hardly even eats his food. D.W. thinks of getting a new dog, which makes Arthur annoyed. While Arthur is in the living room, D.W. apologizes to Arthur for annoying him at the dinner table. She wonders how Arthur is feeling. She then explains that she had the same bad mood when her bird died, hoping this would help, but it just makes Arthur more upset.

At the playground, Brain explains to Arthur that the vet will probably find out what is wrong with Pal and that Pal will be sent home the next day. Buster and Francine agree. Arthur reckons Pal's sickness was caused by D.W., because "she always hated" Pal. Francine and Buster are shocked to hear this and they threaten to punish her. Brain decides to put D.W. on trial.

Later that day, Arthur and his friends decide to play "courtroom" with D.W., where Brain poses as the judge; Francine, the lawyer; Buster, the jury; D.W., the defendant; and Arthur, the plaintiff. Brain accuses D.W. of making Pal sick. Arthur demands that D.W. explain how she made Pal sick, and D.W. gets defensive. Buster angrily assumes that D.W. is really an alien who has been sent to earth to remove dogs in an attempt to make way for an alien invasion because dogs would be able to tell who is an alien and who is not; this makes Arthur, D.W., Brain, and Francine look at Buster in surprise. Brain angrily declares D.W. guilty and Francine demands the proof, saying D.W. is innocent until proven guilty for her "crime". D.W. decides to leave, because the game they're playing is "dopey". Arthur tells her he knows that she made Pal sick and that he will find the proof. Buster then tells Arthur under his breath that she's an alien.

That night, Arthur has a dream: several aggressive dogs surround Pal's cage at the vet's office. D.W. opens the cage and laughs cruelly at Pal. At Arthur's house, the phone rings and Arthur answers, where he hears Pal barking. Back at the vet's office, the vet is tied up and the dogs flee, with one of them carrying Pal in its mouth. A snake uses a saw to break open the window's bars and the dogs escape. Arthur runs quickly to the scene and the vet tells him that the dogs are gone, and no one knows where they are. Arthur realizes that Pal is missing and calls out for him. Arthur then wakes up from his dream, turns on the light and remarks on the dream, calling it "ridiculous", and adds that Pal doesn't know the Reads' phone number.

After Arthur returns to the vet, he waits for a bit, and initially thinks the nurse is talking to him when she says “Your dog — it had puppies.” Arthur corrects her, saying that Pal is a boy dog; the nurse replies that she was talking to Lucy (who is also in the vet lobby), and Lucy leaps up in excitement, saying “Skungie had puppies! Woo-hoo!”

Finally, Pal comes out, and Arthur is glad to see him; Pal seems to feel better. However, the vet explains to Arthur that Pal is still slightly queasy and finally reveals the cause of his symptoms; Pal has gorged on a tremendous amount of food that he is not supposed to eat. When the vet asks what Pal had eaten the previous day, Arthur, feeling guilty, replies, “Pancakes, and two-year-old candy, and some gum. And then he swallowed a wiener whole... with mustard.” The vet gives Arthur a book that explains what dogs are supposed to eat in order to stay healthy. He then states that if Arthur actually ate in the same manner, his stomach should maybe be checked as well.

While Kate, D.W. and Jane are outside the house, Arthur appears with Pal. When D.W. asks what was wrong with Pal, Arthur explains that he made Pal sick by giving him things to eat and explains the differences of stomachs between humans and dogs; Arthur then apologizes to Pal for making him sick. When D.W. reminds him, Arthur apologizes for blaming her, and says that it really wasn't her fault; he also adds that he will try to convince Buster that she is actually not an alien. D.W. accepts his apology before asking why he thought she would do anything to Pal; Arthur replies that she had said she would "teach him a lesson he’d never forget". D.W. says that she still plans to do so.

D.W. then shows a dog training book that she borrowed from the library and makes Arthur read it to her. D.W. will then try to stop Pal from eating foods he shouldn't eat, and to do the things normal dogs are supposed to do. D.W. states to Arthur that, when all the training has been done, Pal will be exactly the kind of dog she's always wanted to have. (As she is explaining this to Arthur, D.W. is walking Pal on his leash. She doesn't notice him slip out of his collar, which goes around a stuffed bunny, leaving D.W. walking the stuffed bunny around rather than Pal.)







  • This is the first time Pal talks, although it is in Arthur's voice, and in his imagination.
  • This is one of the few episodes to show Arthur crying.
  • During Arthur's nightmare, D.W.'s lines, "No, wait" and "I can do it" are recycled from D.W. All Wet and D.W. Thinks Big, respectively.

Episode connections


Pal's eyes goof.

  • In the first shot of Arthur talking to Francine, Buster and Brain, Francine has no hair, but in the next shot she does.
  • When the vet takes Pal (who's feeling better) out to Arthur, Pal has his leash on, but when Arthur picks Pal up, Pal doesn't have his leash on, then when Arthur puts Pal down, Pal has his leash on again.
  • At about 1 minute and 48 seconds, Pal's eyes change for a split second when he barks.

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