|"The Short, Quick Summer"|
|Number in season:||9B|
|Original Airdate:|| October 30, 1997|
December 4, 1997
February 5, 2002
|Written by:||Joe Fallon|
|Storyboard by:||Denis Banville|
"D.W. Goes to Washington"
As summer vacation draws to a close, Arthur wonders where the time went.
The introduction shows the last minutes of the school year. While Mr. Ratburn does one more math problem and Mrs. Fink’s class sings a song, Arthur shows a list of the things he plans to do that summer, like playing with Buster, going to the beach and looking at clouds. Finally, the bell rings.
When his mom reminds him that school starts in a week, Arthur is shocked. He searches for his list, because he feels he has not done enough, but he cannot find it.
When Arthur complains to Buster about not having done anything all summer, Buster reminds him that both of them saved the carousel at the park. After learning from the operator that Mr. Crosswire had bought the carousel and wanted to rip it down, Buster organized a protest. Grandma Thora showed Mr. Crosswire an old photo of him riding the carousel as a toddler, and Mr. Crosswire decided to keep the carousel running. Arthur feels that this was something Buster did- not him.
Binky tells Arthur how he took his bike apart to clean it, though he did not manage to put it back together. He also invented the "mud sled", which did not quite work, but he enjoyed the mud.
Arthur talks to Brain who spent the summer teaching science and soccer at summer school.
When Arthur passes Prunella's house again, the girls have filled up the hole, but still feel they had a lot of fun. Arthur thinks that everybody had a great time except him.
Arthur returns to his room and finds the list stuck to the back of the door. D.W. makes him read it and Arthur discovers that he actually did everything he had planned. He "had adventures" by reading adventure books and imagining himself as part of the action. He "explored space" by playing astronauts with Buster. He "learned to fly" by riding his bike over a ramp. Happily, he throws away the list. D.W. feels that she has failed as a little sister, because she had intended to make Arthur feel rotten for not accomplishing what he had hoped.
On the last evening of summer vacation, Arthur, Buster and Francine toast marshmallows in the Reads’ yard. They imagine being cowboys around a campfire and Arthur remarks that school will be relaxing after all the adventures he had.
- Norman Hedgehog
- George Lundgren
- 3rd Grade Female Aardvark
- 3rd Grade Male Dog
- 3rd Grade Female Cat (Number 2)
- Mrs. Fink
- Beulah McInnerny
- Paul Jacobs (Miscolored)
- The three books referenced by Arthur's imagination are:
- "The Long, Dull Winter"'s title is a reference to this episode's title. Not only that, both episodes have their title card read out by Binky.
- Fern cannot stop rhyming. In "Rhyme for Your Life", Binky has exactly the same problem.
- D.W. said that Kate said her first word, even though it technically wasn't a word. However, D.W. also states that Kate had already said her first word in "The Perfect Brother".
- The deck of cards Mr. Ratburn uses has three black aces, when it should only have two.
- Arthur's list is not visible hanging on the back of his door until the very end of the episode.
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