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"The Short, Quick Summer"
Season/Series: 2
Number in season: 9B
Original Airdate: United States October 30, 1997[1]
Canada December 4, 1997[2]
Germany February 5, 2002[3]
Credits
Written by: Joe Fallon
Storyboard by: Denis Banville
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"The Short, Quick Summer" is the second half of the ninth episode in the second season of Arthur.

Summary

As summer vacation draws to a close, Arthur wonders where the time went.

Plot

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.

The Short, Quick Summer

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, Buster reminds him, that both of them saved the carousel at the park. After learning from the operator, that Mr. Crosswire had bought it and wanted to rip it down, Buster organizes a protest. Grandma Thora shows Mr. Crosswire an old photo of him riding the carousel as a toddler, and Mr. Crosswire decides to keep the carousel running. Arthur feels that this was something Buster did.

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.

At home, D.W. reminds Arthur, that Kate said her first word that summer. D.W. called the exited parents, only to tell them that the word was “bloodge agwa”.

Arthur meets his friends at the Sugar Bowl. Fern went to poetry camp and is now unable to stop rhyming. Sue Ellen spent the summer learning a difficult card trick from Mr. Ratburn.

On the way home, Arthur meets Francine and Prunella, who have been digging a hole all summer to look for minerals that can tell the future.

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 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 intended to make him feel rotten.

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 those adventures.

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Trivia

Cultural references

Episode connections

  • "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.

Errors

  • 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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Gallery

Main article: The Short, Quick Summer/Gallery

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