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"Waiting for Snow"
Season/Series: 17
Number in season: 6b
Original Airdate: United States April 21, 2014[1]
Canada December 24, 2013[4]
United Kingdom November 7, 2013[2]
Australia April 28, 2013[3]
Written by: Scott Gray
Storyboard by: Cilbur Rocha
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"Waiting for Snow" is the second half of the sixth episode in the seventeenth season of Arthur.


Ladonna can't wait to experience her first blizzard. Skiing, sledding... SNOW DAYS! If only the weather would cooperate. Can Arthur and Buster help make her snowy dreams a reality?[5]


In the introduction, Ladonna claims that blizzards are fun and you can build snow cities and giant snowmen. Arthur has to correct her several times. She admits that she had never been in a blizzard.

Waiting for Snow

Arthur and Buster are glad that enough snow has thawed so they can ride their bikes again. Ladonna on the other hand is delighted because the weatherman has predicted a blizzard.

Instead of a blizzard, Elwood City only gets a light dusting of snow. Ladonna is disappointed. Bud wants to throw a snowball at D.W., but he does not make it right. D.W. takes him to the park to teach him the correct way. She also warns him not to get as attached to a snowball as she did.

Arthur and Buster want to cheer up Ladonna. They ask Brain for help, who launches a small rocket that sprays water into the cold air. It works, but only produces a few snowflakes.

Arthur and Buster ask Muffy for help. She suggests snow machines, but they are too expensive.

Arthur and Buster remember a Bionic Bunny movie that used soap suds for snow. They lead a blindfolded Ladonna to a huge pile of soapsuds on the playground. However, the suds are no good for making snowballs or a snowman.

Bud makes a snowball and calls it Bally, to D.W.’s dismay. Bud empties the kitchen freezer to make room for Bally, which annoys his mother. Then, he tries to preserve it with duct tape. Meanwhile, Ladonna is unhappy, because the weather stays warm.

One morning, Ladonna opens the door to find the city covered with snow, contrary to the weather forecast. She, Arthur and Buster play in the snow and are delighted when Brain tells them that school has been closed for the day. Bud gets over Bally, who melted, by having a snowball fight with D.W.






Cultural references

  • Just like "Waiting to Go," the episode's title is a parody of Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot.
  • Brain’s line “let’s light this candle” is generally assumed to have been coined by his namesake, NASA astronaut Alan Shepard.

Episode connections

  • When Ladonna claims that blizzards are fun, Arthur probably whispers to her about the events of “The Blizzard”, causing her to realize that “during a blizzard it's not fun”.
  • D.W. is seen riding her tricycle. In "D.W. Rides Again," it is seen that she didn't learn how to ride a bicycle until the springtime.
  • D.W. once again mentions her snowball from "D.W.'s Snow Mystery."
  • The weatherman first predicts a huge blizzard, then that it was the last snow of the season. This continues the running gag of him being nearly always wrong (“The Blizzard”, “Arthur’s Snow Biz”).


  • Just before Buster asks Ladonna about a robotic Buster, the background changes for a split second before Buster appears.
  • The Compsons moved to Elwood City while there was already snow on the ground, as seen in "Based on a True Story," so Ladonna's strong desire to see snow in this episode is unfounded.


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