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"Swept Away"
Season/Series: 11
Number in season: 1a
Original Airdate: United States June 25, 2007[1]
Canada September 5, 2007[3]
United Kingdom December 3, 2007[2]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Jean Lacombe
"Buster's Special Delivery"
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"Swept Away" is the first half of the first episode in the eleventh season of Arthur.


It is summertime! Arthur, D.W., and Buster are spending several days at the beach where they discover the simple joys of building sand castles. But can they save their beloved creation from the inevitable ocean tides?[4]


The intro begins with Arthur asking how so many people have different senses of time and proceeds to show instances of this. In the car, D.W. was being impatient, much to Arthur's annoyance. At The Sugar Bowl, Arthur tried to remind Buster it is still breakfast, but Buster wasn't paying attention. Back at the clock tower, Arthur explains that time goes fast, like a carnival ride. After Mr. Ratburn gives him sheets of paper, Arthur explains that time goes slow. He also explains that you can't stop time (or can you?), and tried to give an example, but it is not working.

At the beach, Arthur, Buster, and D.W. are about to go into the water when the lifeguard blows the whistle and points to the red flag. They look to see the ocean tides are rough and they can't go into the water yet. While waiting to go into the water, the trio are busy playing cards. Soon, Arthur, Buster, and D.W. choose to build a sandcastle.

First, D.W. wants it to be a fairy princess castle, but Arthur and Buster refuse it to be that since it's too girly, so they agree to just make a regular sand castle. They spend hours building it even as the lifeguard blows the whistle, letting everyone know they can go in the water. Soon, they are done completing the castle and Grandma Thora suggests to give it a name. D.W. wants "Princess Misty's Mermaid Mansion", but Buster and Arthur say no. Buster finds a starfish and suggests they call it "Starfish Enterprise", but D.W. mentions she can hardly say that word until Arthur points that she just said it perfectly. D.W. still doesn't like that name suggests and "Castle Starfish", which they all agree on. 

It is soon time for them to go to sleep. When they return to the beach the next day, they find the castle is partially damaged, but still intact, so they then make a moat and make slight improvements to the sand castle. Arthur's mom then takes a picture of the sand castle along with Arthur, Buster, and D.W. posing for the picture. To make sure the tide doesn't damage the sandcastle, they add a huge piece of wood to block the water. The next morning, they see the sand castle mostly gone and they try to rebuild it, but the sand is too wet to do so. Then, they have to leave the beach. They then come back to the location some time later to find the sand castle, but they don't see any remains of it around, although D.W. finds a seashell from the castle. Arthur's mother calls out to the kids and tells them to hurry up, as she doesn't want them starting school with a cold. The three kids then walk back towards the van.







Cultural references

  • When Arthur and Buster want to call the castle the "Starfish Enterprise", it is a reference to the Star Trek spaceship Enterprise.
  • In the dream sequence, the seahorse Seabiscuit is named after a famous racehorse.

Production notes

  • This is the first and only episode to feature Ryan Ehrenworth as the voice of D.W., after the departure of Jason Szwimer and before Robert Naylor made his debut.
  • Scenes from this episode and other episodes appear in the full length PBS Kids Go! music video Get Up Get Out and Go performed by the american punk rock band Boys Like Girls.

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