|"The Shore Thing"|
|Number in season:||3b|
|Original Airdate:|| October 9, 2000|
January 10, 2001
|Written by:||Bruce Akiyama|
|Storyboard by:||Zoran Vanjaka|
"It's a No-Brainer"
"The World Record"
Arthur and D.W. beg Dad to take them to Aqualand—the coolest water park ever! But Dad knows an even better place—Ocean Zone. The kids explore the ocean and find all kinds of cool sea stuff by the seashore.
In the introduction, Arthur gives examples of getting something better than what you expected.
Arthur and D.W. want to go to an amusement park called Aqualand. Their dad instead promises to take them to Marine World which he used to visit as a boy.
Mr. Read drives to an ordinary beach explaining that Marine World has been gone for years. He tells the kids to form groups and look for “Ocean Zone”.
Brain and Buster find crabs, sea hares, and other aquatic life forms in the tide pools.
The girls look for shells when D.W. is “attacked” by kelp, which she mistakes for an octopus and panics, but Sue Ellen helps her get free. Sue Ellen then meets Mr. Ratburn and sees a dolphin.
Arthur and Binky float to a rock in an inflatable chair. The chair floats off and the tide comes in, leaving them stranded on the rock. Mr. Read rescues them using an air mattress. Then the kids use the mattress to surf on the tide.
In the evening they talk about their adventures and realize that Ocean Zone is where they have been all day. They see a beautiful sunset with jumping dolphins.
- This episode was pulled from the PBS rerun rotation and Amazon after March 2021, likely due to its sister episode, "It's a No-Brainer", featuring a depiction of a noose in a lighthearted context.
- Sue Ellen mistakes Mr. Ratburn's nose for a shark, just like Brain always does during the theme song.
- D.W. mistakes kelp for an octopus and panics. Her fear of octopuses was first shown in "D.W. All Wet."
- D.W.'s inflatable shark Sharky returns again from "Arthur's Family Vacation."
- Brain does not mind wading in the pool or the ocean, but he does seem nervous about swimming. His fear of water was explored in "Water and the Brain".
- Buster mentions Jule Verne's novel 20.000 Leagues Under the Seas. A fantasy shows Captain Nemo.
- When the sun goes down, David's skin briefly changes to the same color as Brain's.
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