"The Shore Thing"

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Season/Series: 5
Number in season: 3b
Original Airdate: United States October 9, 2000[1][2]
Canada January 10, 2001[3]
Written by: Bruce Akiyama
Storyboard by: Zoran Vanjaka
"It's a No-Brainer"
"The World Record"
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"The Shore Thing" is the second half of the third episode in the fifth season of Arthur.


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.

Tite Card: Arthur Swims

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.

Arthur tells his friends about how cool the park looked on his dad’s home videos. In the end Brain, Buster, Binky and Sue Ellen come along with Arthur, D.W. and Mr. Read.

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. Sue Ellen 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, trapping them 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 the ocean zone is where they have been all day. They see a beautiful sunset with jumping dolphins.






  • Sue Ellen mistaking Mr. Ratburn for a shark could be a reference to the show's intro.
  • Arthur's laugh is used from the "Buster Makes Sounds" title card.

Episode connections


  • When the sun goes down, David's skin briefly changes to the same color as Brain's.




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