|This article is about the episode set during the summer. You may be looking for The Blizzard.|
|Number in season:||8a|
|Original Airdate:|| April 22, 2009|
February 23, 2010
April 29, 2009
|Written by:||Cusi Cram|
|Storyboard by:||Jeremy O'Neill|
"I Owe You One"
"Mei Lin Takes a Stand"
The Read Family struggles with a heatwave and a blackout. Their neighbors, the Molinas, shows them ways to deal with both.
The next morning Arthur is woken by the smell of frying food. He is disappointed to learn that the blackout is tillon and the family is having cold cereal. But then Alberto and Vicita invite the Reads over for arepas.
The Molinas use a gas grill and have buried a metal pail under a tree, which can be used a refrigerator. Since blackouts are relatively common in Ecuador, they also have supplies stored in the basement including cans, batteries and a hand-crank radio. Mr. Molina gives the Reads a tour.
Back home Mr. Read suggests doing something together. Arthur, D.W. and Buster lie down in a paddling pool, but Pal bites into it and deflates it. Mr. Molina fills a bowl of water for the kids to put their feet in, like his grandma used to do. He relates how in Ecuador people would have fiestas during blackouts. D.W. suggests having one.
The Reads, Molinas and Baxters prepare the fiesta using the large ham and tomatoes from the community garden. During the fiesta the electricity comes back on, but Mr. Molina simply turns the electric lights off and the neighbors continue partying.
- Arthur Read
- D.W. Read
- Jane Read
- David Read
- Buster Baxter
- Ramon Molina
- Mrs. Molina
- Alberto Molina
- Vicita Molina
- Arepas are cornmeal patties and ají is a spicy sauce. Both are specialties from northern South America.
- D.W.’s comment “Things have a way of disappearing in that freezer” refers to the snowball that dissapeared in "D.W.'s Snow Mystery".
- There are references to Dr. Jake's wrong predictions and having fun in the snow in “The Blizzard”. “The Blizzard” and “The Blackout” both show the neighborhood working together to master a crisis.