- In general, when D.W. isn't being a Bratty Half-Pint or causing people to bang their head against the wall, she is a walking CMoF most of the time. Case in point, every one of her lines from "Arthur the Wrecker", where she repeatedly worries about Mom getting mad at her and Arthur for accidentally breaking her computer.
- She can also be stealthily smart and a bit of a Little Miss Snarker. For instance, during "Arthur's Knee," she watches Arthur and Brain try to build a replica of an ancient Roman chariot. When Arthur gets hurt during a test drive, she comments, "Did the Romans need lots of bandages when they travelled?"
- The whole "Crazy Bus" song!
- CRAZY BUS. CRAZY BUS. RIDING ON THE CRAZY BUS. RIDING UP. RIDING DOWN. AND DRIVEN BY A FUNNY CLOWN.
- WACKY, GOONY, GOOFY, SPOONY, HIGH AS A PLANE OR A BALLOONY, CRAZY BUS. COME WITH US AS WE RIDE RIDE RIDE RIDE RIDE!
- And there's the lyric about "A flat tire is no problem because it's only flat on the bottom".
- This show's treatment of The Odyssey uses it for the Sirens' song.
- It becomes even more hilarious when set to clips of real-life buses crashing.
- When Arthur shouts "THERE'S NO SUCH WORD AS BUS-A-LOOEY!"
- Arthur trying to help D.W. reminisce about all the nice things that happened to her when she was four. D.W. is not impressed with his examples
Arthur: You did plenty of great stuff, D.W.
D.W.: Yeah? Like what?
Arthur: Like you fooled the tooth fairy and got money, and besides that, you taught us all about fire drills, and you got to go to the hospital and get stitches.
- Fern's title card, which simply shows her silently scribbling out a story on her desk, compared to the more "exciting" title cards of the other characters. Fits perfectly with her introverted personality.
- "Francine's Bad Hair Day" from S1: "It's not a good idea to drink six cans of soda and then have your picture taken." Accompanied by Buster letting out a monstrous belch as he gets his picture.
- In the same episode, Arthur smiles for the camera, only to be blinded by the camera flash due to his glasses.
- We also see Prunella's hair frizzle due to static electricity, and Binky sneezing himself off the stool due to having worn a flower on his suit.
- From S1's "Arthur and the Real Mr. Ratburn:"
Buster: Arthur, we have to choose: face horrifying scary danger...or do our homework.
Arthur and Francine: HORRIFYING SCARY DANGER!
- The Aardvark Rap. What makes it funnier is Arthur's dance, culminating in the "Arthur Roll", where his dad joins in.
- In "Sue-Ellen moves in" Binky unable to figure out how to dial anyone while everyone else is talking about Sue-Ellen over joint phone lines. After getting frustrated he calls this number:
Binky: Hey, did you hear about the new girl?
Mr. Ratburn: *annoyed* Who is this?
Binky: Oops, wrong number. *hangs up*
- From "The Ballad of Buster Baxter" we end the episode with this gem:
Arthur: Mom! There's a singing moose in front of the house!
- Arthur talking to Buster about famous landmarks. He says "The Great Wall of China [is] located in, umm... China!"
- The moment at the start of "D.W.'s Imaginary Friend" when Dad accidentally throws a bowl of salad at Arthur and it's about to land on him when all of a sudden it freezes in mid-air.
- In "Francine Frensky, Superstar", Francine gets the lead in the school play about Thomas Edison and quickly lets her "stardom" go to her head. After Arthur fails to talk some sense into her, the kids retaliate by sabotaging the dress rehearsal, which is spectated by the kindergarteners. The performance includes Arthur the phonograph reciting automated telephone messages, Buster the light bulb spraying Francine with water, and ends with everyone kicking their legs in a chorus line as Francine gets chased by the closing curtain, all with the kindergarten audience in hysterics.
- S1's "Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe" is full of wonderful bits in-between the actual story (Arthur's trying to avoid his cousin Mo at a family reunion), but probably the best ones revolve around his Uncle Seannote who's an unsuccessful writer and somewhat of a snooty academician (and proto-hipster) to boot.
: My latest project is an original mystery. It's about a man haunted by his past, on the run from a dreaded enemy. He's hunted everywhere he goes. It seems like there's no escape! Great-Grandma
: Oh! You mean like The Fugitive
? Or Les Misérables
? Or just like The 39 Step- Grandma Thora
: Mother! Uncle Sean
Well, uh, yes, but completely different!
- And later, the same uncle is playing charades, and his turn lasts half an hour, and all anyone can guess is that it has to do with bridges. He finally gives up and says:
D.W.: [after Sean falls over] "London Bridge Is Falling Down"?
Uncle Sean: Honestly! On The Bridges of Medieval Paris. A record of early 14th-century life by Virginia Wylie Eggbert!
Aunt Bonnie:note We said, "Pick a popular book."
Uncle Sean: Well, all my friends have read it!
- At the end of "Arthur's Birthday", no one can break the pinata. Mr. Read decides to give it a try, but also fails. Determined, he hits it with a hammer, but still nothing. Finally, when everybody else is enjoying the party inside, Mr. Read has taken the pinata outside, while revving up a chainsaw.
- "D.W.'s Baby": When D.W. is trying to get Kate in trouble, because of jealousy.
: GAH! How did my new shoes get in the dishwasher!? D.W.
: Kate did it! I SAW HER. David
D.W., go to your room and think about what you just told me.
- Another scene in one of the "baby" episodes is when D.W. has put diapers on all the toys to practice diapering. Arthur shouts "GET THAT DIAPER OFF MY BIONIC BUNNY TOY RIGHT NOW!!"
- The increasingly crazy rewrites in "Arthur Writes A Story."
- Arthur trying to wheedle his way out of a family vacation.
Arthur: If I'm old enough to take out the trash, aren't I old enough to choose my own vacation?
Jane: You didn't really think that was gonna work, did you?
Arthur: It was worth a try, wasn't it?
Jane: That's an idea, though...
(Arthur gasps and looks up hopefully)
Jane: You could take out the trash!
- In "Arthur's Chicken Pox", D.W. is sitting on the couch playing with a toy telephone when an advertisement comes on the TV saying "pick up the phone. That one right there on the couch. Order this Genuine Imitation Leather Cowbell."
- The part after Grandma Thora tells Arthur's birth story and D.W.'s already extremely jealous of the attention Arthur's getting for his chicken pox.
D.W.: What about when I was born?
Grandma Thora: I think I was in Florida then.
- In "Sick as a Dog", Pal steals D.W.'s hot dog. She was holding it below her waist, and her voice actor is a boy.
D.W.: The dog's got my wiener! The dog's got my wiener!
- In 'Arthur's Almost Boring Day', a bored Arthur and D.W. are stuck inside the house and can't go to the park because of rain, and so they are are told to draw pictures as an activity:
D.W.: What did you draw?
Arthur: (holds up drawing of a dog) A dog, and he's bored. What did you draw?
D.W.: (holds up drawing of a straight line) A stick.
Arthur: (incredulous) A stick?!
- It's obstructed by other sounds, but Arthur replies with "I didn't promise you anything!
- Also, this:
Grandma Thora: I was just starting on (cleaning the attic) when your dad begged me to - um, when I decided to invite you over!
- Before they walk into Grandma Thora's house, it's still raining outside like it has been the whole day. She makes the comment that it's only good enough weather for ducks...only to cut to a family of anthropomorphic ducks riding bikes in the weather, remarking it as a lovely day.
- When D.W. is investigating who took her snowball in "D.W.'s Snow Mystery", she is told to recall what happened just before it got stolen. She remembers Grandma Thora came over, and proceeds to tell the story as if Grandma Thora favored her over Arthur. Arthur obviously contests this, and it sounds almost convincing...and then he adds in a bit where Grandma Thora says about D.W. "Get me an aspirin, she's giving me a splitting headache!" Grandma Thora recalls both of them as angelic children, but the best account has to be Mrs. Read's — she imagines them making crazy noises and horseplaying up to the front door. It has to be seen.
- In S1's "D.W. Gets Lost", the public address system is a fountain of hilarity:
"Welcome to All-in-One Mart! The store big enough to swallow your town!"
"All-in-One Mart values all our customers. But if you break something, you buy it. Tough luck!"
"Today's special in our sportswear department: pre-worn sneakers for lazy people."
"If you've lost your child, come to our lost child department, located behind the toy department. And on the way, why not buy a new toy for that poor, frightened child that you lost?!"
"Attention all shoppers: free samples all day at our water fountain."
"Big sale in our book department: books without vowels now half price!"
"Who needs expensive air conditioning when army surplus jet turbines are on sale in our wind department?"
"Who doesn't like the satisfying flavor of fresh, warm carbonated milk? The late night drink that lulls you to sleep and burps you, too!"
"Don't forget today's sale on chocolate-covered cabbage. It's the dessert that makes you go 'Blecch!'"
"Right now in our free sample department, everything is half price."
- S1's "Arthur's Substitute Teacher Trouble" has two similar funny moments:
- Near the beginning of the episode, Mr. Haney delivers the news to Arthur's class that Mr. Ratburn has laryngitis and will be out for the rest of the week. As soon as he leaves the room, the entire class begins cheering; Mr Haney opens the door again and glares at them, and they immediately fall silent and try (unsuccessfully) to look innocent and absorbed in work.
- At the end of the episode, when Mr. Ratburn returns early, the students, having been driven almost insane by the mind-numbingly easy work given to them by Mr. Ratburn's sister, begin cheering, complete with flag-waving and hat-tossing (said hats including a top hat, a straw hat, and a graduation cap).
- The spelling bee in "Arthur's Spelling Trubble" sees the Brain take the first question, clearly overcome with stagefright. The first word he gets? Fear. The Epic Fail that befalls him is remarkable.
Brain: "Fear". F-E-R-E. "Fear".
Mr. Haney: I'm sorry. That's incorrect. (Crowd groans)
Brain: Are you sure? What dictionary are you using??? (Leaves stage)'
- Arthur's Painful Rhyme in "I'm A Poet":
Listen, my children
As I tell you
About a duck and a chicken
on a bus to Oklahomoo
- There's also Binky's Poem:
Binky: People think I can't write a poem.
But they are so wrong! I can write a poem!
I wrote this one, I wrote this poem...
And I gave it the title BINKY'S POEM
! So shut up!
Muffy: That's not a poem! He rhymed "poem" with "poem" four times!
- In "Draw!", Ms. Sweetwater follows Ms. Tingley throughout the school, playing her guitar and singing to cheer her up.
- The "cows are female" incident.
- The "The Giant Slime Who Came to School" comic, especially when Buster eats said giant slime mistaking it for lime.
- Francine and Katherine's Bubbe, played by Joan Rivers, is hilarious. Apparently, the voice director said "Here's your topic! Go!" and let Rivers go off in the booth. The result is comedic gold.
- Though "Is There a Doctor In the House?" is a bit of a Tear Jerker, this line in the Imagine Spot was funny.
D.W.: "It's hard to be an accountant when you can't count past ten".
- This rather infamous scene from "D.W. the Picky Eater":
: (picking up undesirables from her salad)
Cucumbers, yucky. Mushrooms, yucky. Onions, yucky AND smelly. Hey....this isn't lettuce! What kind of a salad IS this
: (looking at the audience)
, she's gonna pop
: This is SPINACH! Waiter
: IIIIIIiiis something the matter? D.W.
: This is spinach.....and I! HATE!!! SPINACH!!!!!! (she repeatedly bangs her fists on the table and then her fork pushes down on her plate and sends the bowl on it in the air, landing on the waiter's head) Crowd
: (gasps) (Beat) D.W.
: Uh-ooooooooh......! Waiter
: THAT'S IT, I QUIT! Jane
: (bracingly) Dora! Winifred! Read!
- And this conversation from the beginning of the episode.
D.W.: Mom, I hope you got me a red lollipop, cause I only like the red ones!
Arthur: Orange and purple are good, too.
D.W.: But red tastes better!
Jane: Help me put away the groceries. Then you can have a red lollipop. (hands D.W. a whole fish)
D.W.: Errrgh! GROSS! It's looking at me! You're not gonna feed us a dead fish, are you?!
Jane: You've eaten fish before, haven't you?
D.W.: Well, it's never looked at me before (turns away from fish) Ugh!
Arthur: (in a mocking, singsong voice) D.W.'s scared of a fishy!
D.W.: I am not scared! It smells funny and I hate food that smells funny! (Jane hands her olives) Are these green eyeballs?
Arthur: No, they're olives. And they're not looking at you.
D.W.: (looking in the shopping bag) Cucumbers, yucky, tomatoes, yucky, mmm, peanut butter and jelly! Yummy!
Arthur: My sister D.W. is what you might call a picky eater.
- In "Arthur Makes a Movie", where the gang tries to make a James Bond-ish type movie, they shoot a scene in the library where The Brain ("IQ") is pretending to put in a code to stop a missile. He's typing at a library computer with Arthur ("James Hound").
Arthur: You've got to hurry up, IQ! The missile will hit in ten seconds!
Camera pans to librarian at desk
Librarian: I don't know what's wrong, Ms. Turner. The computer won't let me check out these books!
Ms. Turner: I guess we'll just have to do it by hand.
Back to the kids
The Brain: According to my calculations, the last digit should be a 1 or a 2. But which is it? 1 or a 2?
He presses a button, and then all the lights go out.
Arthur: ...I guess it was a 2.
- And later in the episode, it shows Brain trying to fix the lights, with Buster being very unhelpful.
The Brain (from inside a closet)
: There! Did that make the lights go on? Buster
: I don't know, it's too dark to tell! Get it? (bursts out laughing)
Too DARK to tell? (notices Brain giving him a Death Glare)
No, still off, keep trying!
- "Play It Again, D.W." where DW won't stop playing the Crazy bus song.
- Later when the disc goes missing, and D.W. suspects Arthur of stealing it. As Jane and David are at their High school reunion, leaving Catherine (Francine's older sister) in charge, D.W starts spying on Arthur. D.W's way of stalking Arthur is genuinely funny (such as: using her toy telescope to spy on him from the hallway). Eventually, Arthur loses patience.
Arthur: D.W.'s haunting me.
D.W. (popping up from behind Catherine's chair): MAYBE IT'S YOUR GUILTY CONSCIENCE THAT'S BOTHERING YOU!!!
- Then as Catherine tries to tranquilize the argument by taping down in the den and forcing the kids to opposite sides of the room. Unfortunately, as soon as Catherine leaves the room, her method doesn't do any good as the two then start doing a tug-a-war over Arthur's jacket.
: Gimme my jacket! D.W.
: It was on my side! Why else would you want it so badly unless my Crazy Bus is in it?! Arthur
: For the last time, I DON'T HAVE YOUR STUPID BUS!!! D.W.
: It's not "Stupid Bus", it's Crazy Bus! Stupid Bus is a lame puppet show!
- When Jane and David discover that they had the disc all along! When Jane phones DW that they accidentally took the disc, the other guests can be seen dancing to the Crazy Bus song!
- In "D.W. Goes to Washington," D.W. gets lost and when speaking to the secret service agents, Mom and Dad for some reason are unable to come up with "Dora Winifred" and just tell them "D.W."
Secret Service Agent: That's it? Initials? Didn't you give the kid a whole name?
- Also, Arthur's Imagine Spot of D.W. convincing then-President Clinton to pass "The D.W. Law", which makes it illegal for citizens to NOT own a pony.
- Oh, and the national anthem has been changed to "Crazy Bus."
- Also from the Washington episode, Arthur's prediction that D.W. "probably broke the Constitution or something!"
- And this from D.W. while she's lost in the White House:
"This government is way too complicated. No wonder Daddy's always complaining about it!"
- Arthur imagining that D.W.'s vacation choice would be to "Ponyland" in "D.W.'s Deer Friend". He is sitting in a chair surrounded by kids and ponies dancing in a circle singing the Ponyland theme over and over.
Arthur: MY BRAAAIN IS MEEELTING!!
- From "Arthur's Knee":
Then I can give Arthur his Tetris
- In "D.W's Very Bad Mood," Arthur tells his friends at school that the previous night, D.W. slammed so many doors he thought the family would get arrested. Cut to an Imagine Spot of a show titled Tantrum 911, where a SWAT team is called in to deal with D.W.; she begins throwing a tantrum as they try to read her rights. When the spot is over, Binky says in awe, "Cool! When is that gonna be on?"
- "Arthur is a dodo brain!"
- Arthur complaining about D.W. keeping him up all night.
Arthur: What if she never lets me go to sleep again?
- Binky's obsession with bananas in "How the Cookie Crumbles".
- There's also Buster imagining Muffy being "more famous than a doughnut".
- In "Sue Ellen's Little Sister", Sue Ellen gets SO bored by Arthur looking at his trading cards that she lets out the funniest snore ever.
- D.W.'s imagine spot in "D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy," where the Tooth Fairy puts on a concert featuring Arthur, Buster, Francine and the Brain with their teeth dancing and falling out to the tune of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3.
- From "The Ballad of Buster Baxter" where Art Garfunkel has a guest appearance. He follows Buster and his friends around, singing songs and strumming his guitar, acting somewhat like a Greek chorus. No one seems to notice him, until one scene in particular, which shows Buster watching TV in his chair, feeling depressed because he believes his friends have changed while he was away. Then Art Garfunkel pops in...
Art: (singing cheerfully) "He's a sad, sad bunny! A sad, sad bunny! TV isn't funny when you're a sad, sad, bunny!" Yee-haw!
Buster: Hey! That's not very sad music!
Art: (singing slowly and sadly) "He's a sad, sad, bunny... a sad, sad, sad, sad, bunny..."
Arthur: Moooommmm! There's a singing moose in front of the house!
- In "Hide and Snake", Arthur says that he has to go because Binky is counting on him. The next scene starts with Binky actually counting.
- Basically all the meta-jokes in "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids" (not to be confused with "And Now, a Word from Us Kids", the recurring segment that plays at the halfway point of each episode).
Buster: Hey! (It looks like we're looking at the end of the opening, this time with Buster sitting in the circle, until he eventually falls out of the TV)
D.W.: I knew there were little people in the TV! Moooooom!
- The season 3 episode "Revenge of the Chip" ends with a priceless look on Molly's face when Binky bites into her potato chip costume.
- The story of D.W. thinking a green potato chip would kill her makes it into the paper, thanks to Bitzi's Slice of Life column. Jane starts telling the story all over town and while D.W. looks on, horrified, she stuffs clippings of said story into envelopes while explaining over the phone that of course she's sending it to all the relatives. As we watch, Jane's bright red lips disengage from her face and begin to say the relatives' names very fast while suspended in midair. Her teeth show too, making it look like the lips are engaged in a wicked smile, until D.W. cries, "MOOOOM!"
- D.W. trying to prove her maturity.
D.W.: (wheeling a loud wagon into the library)
Well, D.W., you're failing so far.
- Later, after picking the biggest book in the library:
Arthur: That doesn't prove you're mature. You can't read.
D.W.: I'll have Mom and Dad read it to me as a bedtime story. I'm interested in the subject. What is it again?
Arthur: (sigh) Macroeconomics.
- In "Dad's Dessert Dilemma" there's Ratburn's increasingly flimsy excuse of "I thought you might like the spring reading list- oh are you having cake?" culminating in him randomly showing up at Arthur's house for it.
- In the episode's intro, David greets the audience and tries to call for Arthur.
David: Oh hello, are you looking for Arthur? Arthur! He must be doing his homework. (scene cuts to Arthur in the kitchen stuffing his face full of cookies)
- David proceeds to tell the audience about his "misunderstood experiments" all of which result in Arthur and D.W. going "bleah"!
- "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight", Arthur and D.W. fear their parents may be getting a divorce and worry that they will be abandoned. Cue Oliver Twist-inspired Imagine Spot.
Arthur: We have to avoid going to an orphanage at all costs, especially one set in the 1800's.
- Preceded by one of the show's stupidest puns when Arthur, with a really forced british accent, tries to do the typical "Please sir, may I have some more?" line, but pronounces it " 'ore". Cue Ratburn literally giving him an oar and going into hysterics at his own sadistic joke.
- From the same episode, D.W. gives us what is quite possibly the greatest comeback ever.
D.W.: You...You wear glasses!
- To which Arthur retorts with,
Arthur: Mom and Dad are not fighting because I wear glasses.
- For an episode about something as scary as parents fighting, the episode is full of hilarious imagine spots, such as DW having to walk back and forth at a miles long table to tell her parents "Merry Christmas" from each other because they're not talking anymore, to DW apparently thinking that cleaning the house by themselves because their parents aren't there will be just like Disney's Snow White.
- Towards the opening of "D.W.'s Library Card", D.W. is with Binky at a table in the library and he's reading to her from a biography about Frederic Chopin, the famous romantic composer. Arthur approaches, telling her to quit bothering Binky, and D.W. objects, saying that Binky was reading to her about Chopin. Binky quickly covers the biography with a book featuring a cover with a picture of a guy doing a karate kick and says that he was reading about "Choppin'", a karate master. Arthur leads D.W. away and Binky goes back to reading his Chopin biography.
- In the same episode, Arthur's narration.
Arthur: "I love the library. There's so many books to read and great things to find out. But the best thing about the library is (whispers) it's quiet."
Arthur (fed up): "Except on days when I have to bring D.W.!"
D.W.: "What does this word say?"
Arthur: "'the'. Another great thing about the library is I can check out all these books."
Arthur: "What is it now?"
D.W.: "What does this word say?"
Arthur: "'red'. To take books outta the library, you need a library card. But it's easy to get one of those. All you have to do is..."
Arthur: (angry) "What?!"
D.W.: "How about this word?"
D.W.: "If I can't read 'The Red Dog', how do expect me to read that sign?!"
- "Arthur's Big Hit"
- "I told you.......NOT....TO.....TOUCH IT!!".
- Despite what it leads up to, Binky's attempts at avoiding Arthur were genuinely funny.
Binky: (pacing around outside the bathroom)
Brain: (walks out)
Binky: Is Arthur in there?
: (walks in)
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sue Ellen (who has spotted Binky in the bush): "Binky? What are you doing?"
Binky: "Avoiding Arthur. If I don't see him, I don't have to hit him."
Sue Ellen: "Oh. Why would you wanna hit Arthur?"
Binky: "I don't. That's why I don't wanna see him."
Sue Ellen: "Hmm. (walking away) Boys."
- This bit from "Buster's Breathless":
Binky: (pretending to suffocate) Can't breathe! Tell the nurse! I think I have plasma!
Buster: Don't you mean asthma, Binky?
Binky: Stupid words, too many consonants all smushed together.
- Also from "Buster's Breathless":
Binky: (watching Buster use his inhaler) See? He's not sick at all! He's just playing the kazoo!
And then later on...
Binky: So does that mean you don't have to use that kazoo anymore?
- The best part is, Binky says this even after finding out Buster is using an inhaler and not playing the kazoo.
- The TV show parody Imagine Spots in "The Contest".
- From "The Blizzard", the power all over the city is going out due to transformers exploding. D.W. then gives us this gem:
D.W.: Mommy! Daddy! The town is exploding and it's very pretty!
- From the same episode we also have these little gems involving Mr. Morris the school janitor, Mr. Ratburn and Mr. Haneynote :
Mr. Morris: By the power vested in me by Local 12 Maintenance Workers and Gym Teachers Union, I'm declaring janitorial law!
Mr. Haney: Why eat beans when we have all this food?
Mr.Morris: I wouldn't eat that junk if I was you. Besides, it's all froze.
: (frustratingly tries to open a frozen pack of hot dogs with no success) I. Hate. SCHOOL!
Mr. Ratburn: (aghast) Mr. Haney! (looks up towards the ceiling) He didn't mean it!
Mr. Haney: (whining) I wanna go home... (scornfully) Beans!
- "The Rat Who Came to Dinner":
- "My Music Rules", is worth watching just for D.W.'s lines:
D.W.: Do I have any choice in this?
Jane: None whatsoever.
D.W.: (feigned enthusiasm) Oh boy, a concert.
- D.W. tells Yo-Yo Ma (to his face) that she thought that the concert would stink, and was pleasantly surprised.
- She also misconstrues "Yo-Yo Ma" as "yo mama". It was practically gift wrapped.
- That leads to what might be the funniest thing she ever says:
: (to Arthur)
Well it's too
says he's coming!
- The Love Ducks from "That's A Baby Show". Every time they are on TV. So weird, yet appealing in a way.
- "Double Dare": The whole opening with Arthur explaining to the audience how big catastrophes can occur from the smallest incidents.
: Like how a guy no-one ever heard of records a song in his bathroom, and it becomes... (cut to Imagine Spot of D.W. singing "Crazy Bus" in the living-room, as a deranged-looking Arthur sits on the sofa with two cushions over his ears.) Arthur:
Stop it. Stop it before I go crazy and EAT THESE CUSHIONS! (Imagine Spot ends) Arthur:
Or... (groans as he tries to pull something offscreen through the bathroom window)
how D.W. can manage to have a tantrum over nothing? (cut to Imagine Spot of D.W. opening the Reads' front door to reveal a sunny spring day) D.W.:
of sunshine! Sun, sun, all the time sun! How about some rain around here? Is that too much to ask!? IS IT?!
- "Kids Are From Earth, Parents Are From Pluto", when Mr. Frensky is shown falling asleep during a presentation at the last parents' night, and wakes up yelling "Forty-four! Is that correct?". Francine has an Imagine Spot where he does the same in Mr. Ratburn's class, and Mr. Ratburn makes him write lines on a chalkboard.
- Also, Sue-Ellen's Imagine Spot where her mother shows up in an elaborate dress and everyone laughs at her.
- D.W. enjoying the stock market show that replaced Mary Moo Cow in "The Last of Mary Moo Cow". Also a minor Heartwarming Moment when it's revealed that the boring reporter who did that show was none other than Mary Moo Cow's actress herself.
- In "Arthur's Family Feud", when David's souffle falls on the floor and gets ruined, Arthur and D.W. each claim the other one is responsible for what happened. Mr. and Mrs. Read each give the kids a chance to explain what happened to the souffle. When Arthur begins to tell his side of the story, however...
Arthur: I'll tell you exactly what happened. I was in the den, sitting on the couch-
D.W.: Liar! You were in the chair!
- And in the same episode, D.W. uses toys to act out what happened. She uses Mary Moo Cow in leiu of Pal and then is interrupted by this.
Arthur: "That doesn't look anything like Pal! And it's a female!"
- In "Best of the Nest", two of the game's goose characters (Silly and Plain Goose) resemble Buster and Arthur who play as them respectively.
- On the drive to the campsite, Buster said his mom made him stop playing since it would ruin his eyes and then mistakes Mr. Ratburn for Prunella.
- When Binky asks Brain if it will be cold over the summer because his father told him he'd buy a computer when it snows in July.
- At the end, Francine states that neither she or Muffy won the game since the only way to scare off a bear is to "Do the Hokey Pokey". Binky finds that solution ridiculous. A bear can be heard roaring in the distance. Binky immediately starts doing the Hokey Pokey and everyone else joins in.
- Just the fact that "Do the Hokey Pokey" is an option in ALL challenges.
- In "Buster's Sweet Success" he tries to resist eating them. Then one morning, he wakes up realizing he ate the chocolate in his sleep. What really made it priceless was his scream that followed.
- Buster reading the box wrong when trying to sell chocolates.
Buster: Hello Mrs. Johnson! Wana buy some... mouse-watering detestable chocolates?"
- In "Brother, Can You Spare a Clarinet?", Binky is sent to the principal's office for not bringing his clarinet to school. He tells the principal he's a doofus. The principal then, looking through the student files, says, "There's no A Doofus here."
- Another gem from Thora, in "Arthur Loses His Marbles", she has him polish the floor as part of his marble training to extend his reach, but mutters under her breath that the floor hasn't been waxed in years.
- Buster mistakenly reading "Director" as "Dr. Ector" in "Elwood City Turns 100!"
- And his improvised segment in the play along with his Yankee Doodle parody.
Buster: Or it's a real alien!
Arthur: Buster, what are you doing?!
Buster: Buster? Who is this "Buster" you speak of? I am...Dr. Ector! Behold my claw! I come from the planet...Corn! and have traveled millions of miles to deliver a message to you, which will be sung in the tune you earthlings call "Yankee Doodle". (starts singing as music plays) Dr. Ector came to Earth in a flying saucer, had a message to deliver, be a...be a frequent flosser! Floss your teeth every night, floss your teeth all day, floss your teeth with all your might and you won't have tooth decay!
- After pressing Brain to write a UFO sighting into the script, the UFO prop is accidentally ruined. So Brain makes some hasty rewrites as the play is going, handing Binky notes to explain away the UFO as Ball Lightning... of course, since Brain s writing these, it quickly becomes a scientific explanation of various natural phenomenon.
George: Gee willikers! Is that a flying saucer in the sky?
- "Pick a Car, any Car": Jane Read fantasizes about having a two-seater convertible to herself, and leaves her family in her dust.
Sorry, no room! (tires screech)
- In 'Bitzi's Break-Up', Buster has an Imagine Spot where his mom gets a new boyfriend, a boring telemarketer. He comes out of the dream yelling "I hate Martin Spivak!", and Arthur, very confused, asks "Who?".
- "Arthur Weighs In":
That's your after school snack? No wonder you need husky pants!
- From "Germophobia", after Buster is declared a slob:
Arthur: Haven't you ever been sick?
Bitzi: (in thought bubble) No school for you today, Buster.
Buster: (dreamily) Yeah...
Arthur: Okay, wrong question.
- "S.W.E.A.T." features Binky participating in International Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Binky: Once me palms were so sweaty, I dropped me clarinet on me big toe. And I've got the scar t' prove it!
Ratburn: (firmly) Binky, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is over.
Binky: (disappointed) Okay.
- One episode featured this gem from D.W., who was talking to Arthur at the time:
D.W.: Some people see the glass as half full. Other people just have glasses.
- "Ants in Arthur's Pants" shows Arthur trying to win extra credit for class with a science project based on PANTS, which stands for Patience, Attentive, Nosy, Thoughtful, and Systematic. The response he and Francine get when discussing PANTS in front of D.W. is priceless.
- The episode "Desk Wars" starts out with Arthur in class attempting to introduce the show, but an argument breaks out amongst his friends (who should be the host of the show?):
- At one point, Binky can be heard yelling, "It's called the Binky Barnes Variety hour! And anyone who doesn't like it can walk!".
- Mr. Ratburn takes over the introduction, and offers to take the viewer to the teacher's lounge to show how adults (unlike kids) don't fight over trivial matters. In the teacher's lounge, we see:
Ms. Sweetwater: I didn't move your cheese!
Principal Haney: Yes you did! Mr. Marco said so!
(both of them look angrily at Mr. Marco, who tries to look innocent)
Ms. Krasny: Alright, who hasn't been washing their coffee mugs?!
(Mr. Ratburn closes the lounge door and looks at the camera, laughing nervously)
- Everybody dropping glass after someone utters a curse word in "Bleep".
- It's Nadine's lampshade that's especially noteworthy. D.W calls her into her room to test out the word. Nadine reacts by standing on her nightstand and throws what looks to be an ancient looking vase onto the floor when D.W curses.
- D.W. repeating the word to Arthur, who just happens to be working on the same plane model D.W. destroyed in "Arthur's Big Hit". Guess what he does when she says it aloud....
D.W.: Arthur! What does *bleep* mean? (Arthur gasps and drops the plane) Whoa! It happened again!
- D.W's Imagine Spot where saying the word in front of her family results in city-wide chaos where everything in Elwood City begins falling and/or breaking; ultimately resulting in the Moon falling out of the sky and landing in town.
- The Tough Customers trying to figure out what Binky's big secret is in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand". They eventually conclude, incorrectly, that it must have something to do with his upcoming clarinet solo. "Maybe he's playing something really romantic, like Debussy."
- The revelation in "The Great MacGrady" that Muffy is so sheltered and pampered that she actually doesn't know how to do dishes by hand, believing that she can get the job done simply by squirting some dishwashing liquid on a sink full of dirty dishes.
- The weird grunt Arthur has at the end of the prologue to "Swept Away". It has to be seen to believed.
- Brain yelling at his TV at all the screwups in the Lost Expy in "Brain Gets Hooked".
"JUST USE THE CODE, IT'S PI!! YOU LEARNED IT IN EPISODE 6!!"
- Ratburn: "Muffy, nice work, although your reference to embroidery as 'Pilgrim bling' felt inappropriate."
- Carl's well-intended assessment of George's drawing in "When Carl Met George":
George: What do you think of my drawing? Do you like it?
Carl: It's brown. I hate brown.
- From the same episode, Imaginary-Arthur's outfit of a stripy shirt, a tutu, and a hat that looks like ice cream. The Brain finds it funny, too.
Commercial: Sweet and fishy, good for kids, Golden Delicious Honey Squid!
Arthur and D.W.: [in unison] Bleah!
- In Arthur's Perfect Christmas, Binky keeps trying to make cookies or other desserts, but keeps making stupid mistakes like making banana bread but forgetting to peel the bananas. (writing) "Peel... bananas." This culminates with Binky appearing in a fantasy sequence in which Arthur being teased for being a doofus and he shows up and starts shouting "Doofus! Doofus!"
Arthur: Binky? What are you doing here? You're not supposed to be in this fantasy!
Binky: Oh, sorry... Try my peach cobbler?
- Buster falling asleep because his mom keeps thinking every day's Christmas and hence waking him up early. It ends up that he falls asleep at Muffy's party and faceplants into his cake slice; Arthur wakes him up and Buster goes "Is it Christmas again?" Arthur responds "No, and you have cake on your face."
- Arthur fantasizing about being awarded the Marc Brown Certificate of Existence◊.
- "One word for you, Brain! Alien invasion!"
- And then their argument about accuracy vs fantasy causes someone in the background to run away.
- The Beatles references in "The Last Tough Customer", especially the song they sing.
- Brain is sitting under a tree, trying to create some sort of plan that will get Muffy into trouble, after he and Francine accuse her of bribing the judges so she could win a science contest. Arthur goes over to confront him about his changing behavior.
Brain: Have you ever realized how frighteningly easy it is to manipulate someone into doing whatever you want?
Arthur: Brain, you're acting kinda weird today...
Brain: (with a crazy look on his face) AM I? MUAHAHAHA!
Brain: (still laughing)
- In "Binky Rules", anytime Buster used that detective lingo:
- "Hey gopher ball, what do yo know about this shenanigan [sic] on Binky?"
- "Brain, you know your goulash, slobber a bid-full or Binky's gonna clutch the gummy!"
- "Hardly, foo-foo. I do my best noodle-work at high altitudes."
- What was even more amusing was Fern's reaction to it. At one point, she asked him to speak English. Later, as they were sitting across from each other at a table at the Sugar Bowl, she reached over and snatched his detective hat off his head.
- The parody of the Mystery! opening at the beginning is hilarious, especially because it uses the real theme.
- From S15's "Buster the Lounge Lizard", when Mr. Ratburn confronts Buster over the Dark Buggy toy he brought into the classroom, he accidentally causes it to fire a suction dart at the ceiling, hoist itself up, and... deploy a spinning coloured light ball accompanied by disco music.
- Arthur, Muffy, and Francine each have an Imagine Spot about what the teacher's lounge is really like. Arthur imagines it as a giant playroom (with Mr. Ratburn playing with dolls), Muffy imagines it as a spa (Mr. Marco is shown in a jacuzzi, fully clothed), and Francine imagines it as a Mad Scientist Laboratory devoted to making tests harder.
We have a new question from the Stumper 2000! "Someone says they always lie: are they lying or telling the truth?" Mr. Haney:
Hmmm, what's the answer? Mr. Ratburn: There isn't one! It's a paradox! Mr. Haney:
Eeeeeexcellent, we'll put it on the next math test and make it worth half their grade for the semester! [Evil Laugh
- Anytime Mr. Ratburn interacts with computers.
- In "Brain Freeze," Brain's mom's ice cream parlor receives competition from a new parlor down the block called Yumbobo, whose mascot is a giant blue penguin, which Brain notices has a little curly pig tail.
Brain: A tail?! Not only are you blue, you're anatomically incorrect!
- A bit of dialog between Francine's dad, the kids' team coach, and Binky in "Arthur Makes the Team":
Mr. Frensky: Remember, if you win the game, I take you all out for ice cream! And if you lose-
Binky: You drive us to the outskirts of town and leave us there?
Mr. Frensky: Nope! I still take you out for ice cream.
Binky: Aw, man. I'm never gonna see the outskirts of town.
- Quackers, the toy that D.W. got instead of Tina the Talking Tabby in Arthur's Perfect Christmas and Arthur's reaction to him.
- The ending of "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver", in which, after Buster saves Arthur and Francine from a "runaway piano", he imagines a movie where he fights pianos in space and braves dangerous, piano-infested waters.
: Buster Baxter: Piano Tamer! Based on a True Story! Arthur
: HOLD IT! This is NOT gonna be a movie! Buster
: It could
: No...way! Buster:
Coming to a theater near you! Arthur:
It IS NOT! Buster:
How about a CD? Arthur:
A video game? Arthur:
Comic book? Arthur: NOOO! (all while the "Here We Go Again" music cue plays)
- The opening to "Clarissa is Cracked." Arthur and D.W. envision what they would have if they were Egyptian mummies. Arthur would have Bionic Bunny action figures, while D.W. is missing her snowball (which Arthur points out won't happen for another 3,448 years). The parents then walk in, finding Arthur inexplicably wearing an Egyptian-style headdress while D.W. is wrapped in bandages.
David: If we walk out quietly, we won't have to ask.
Jane: Good idea.
- The kids trying to teach D.W. how to ride a bike.
Brain: [pulls out a collapsible pointer] Let's start with the basics. This is a bicycle. Its propulsion system consists of an interlocking-
D.W.: I just wanna ride it, not build one.
Francine: Excuse me, Professor Complicated! D.W., everyone knows the most important thing about riding is-
Francine: Going really, really fast!
Arthur: [beat] Let's start with something we all agree on: wearing a helmet. [puts a helmet on D.W.'s head]
Brain: You're putting it on backwards.
Francine: That is not backwards!
Arthur: Francine, it's covering her eyes.
Francine: It's not covering her eyes, it's protecting them!
[the kids argue with each other until D.W. sneaks out from their huddle and whistles]
Buster: [watch beeps] Oops. Gotta get home for lunch.
Brain: Me too.
Francine: Me three.
Arthur: I'll teach you more after lunch, D.W.
D.W.: [on her bike] Arthur! How do I get down?!
- A lot of what goes on "D.W.'s Name Game," from D.W. imagining Arthur eating a cake whole to them pulling faces at each other while complaining about each other to Catherine, to the various terms they get to describe each other from the thesaurus. And then there's D.W. imagining Arthur as her "obedient hypno-brother":
Arthur: I enjoy doing your chores. I enjoy doing your chores.
D.W.: Of course you do.
- And her words for goofy are "silly", "foolish", and "Arthur".
- The mocking "Dora Winifred" chant.
- "Thesaurus" turning into "the Saurus". (a dinousaur).
- They named an episode "Maria Speaks". It's so deliciously meta, and probably a nod to sister show Martha Speaks.
- From "Sue Ellen Moves In", all the kids are running a rumor mill, resulting in a large Split-Screen Phone Call that Binky is having trouble keeping up with.
Binky: Hello? Hello?! WHAT IS EVERYONE TALKING ABOUT?? [everyone hangs up, except for someone who picks up a phone] Hey, did you hear about the new kid?
Mr. Ratburn: Who is this?
Binky: Oops! Wrong number!
- The show has actually parodied Jerry Springer.
- In "Arthur's First Sleepover", we get a little montage of the attendees' dreams the night before the sleepover. Brain and Buster both have alien-related nightmares. Arthur's, on the other hand...
D.W.: Arthur, mom and dad say you have to let me come to your sleepover.
- During the teaser for "Sue Ellen's Lost Diary," Arthur tries to see what others are thinking. He peers inside D.W.'s head while she's sleeping and finds her dreaming about shrinking him to the size of a paper doll. She threatens, "I'll put you in one of my dolly's dresses, and then we'll play HOUSE as Arthur squeaks, "Help me, help me!"
- In the early episode "The Scare Your Pants Off Club," the kids circulate a petition to get their favorite Goosebumps-esque books, which a group of parents had removed, back in the library. Brain's way of soliciting signatures involves giving a long lecture to innocent bystanders. This prompts one to say, "We'll sign if you promise to stop explaining why we should!"
- In the Library Card song, Ms. Turner says "And don't forget the Dewey Decimal System is your friend." D.W. asks "Who's Dewey?" but isn't answered so she repeats the question throughout the rest of the song. It ends with her shouting "WHO...Is...DEWEY??!!". After telling her brother the song won't work, she asks "And by the way...who's Dewey?"
- Prunella's birthday party in "Prunella Gets It Twice" has one of the best cases of Brutal Honesty in birthday song form ever.
The Kids: "On your birthday / you're so special, holy cow! / Now you're older, here's a present / Where's the ice ccream? Feed us now!"
- In the same episode, the Ghost of Presents Past is showing Prunella how hard Francine worked to get her the Polly Locket doll that she scoffed at because she already got one.
The Ghost of Presents Past: "And so she started doing extra chores, including caring for her little brother Tiny Tim"
"Prunella: (Sceptical) Francine has a little brother called Tiny Tim?
The Ghost of Presents Past: "Uuuuh, well..."
Prunella: "Can we please stick to the facts?"
The Ghost of Presents Past: "Alright! Picky, picky!"
- At the end of "The Origins of Arthur", Marc Brown decides to read Arthur one of his stories. The book he chooses? Arthur's Underwear.
- In "You Are Arthur", Arthur is feeling nauseous and contemplating skipping out on a race he signed up for to raise money for a children's reading room at the library. Then, when he imagines what would happen if they didn't raise enough money...
Mr. Haney and the Librarian are standing in the new room, admiring it.
Construction Worker: You were five dollars short, so we had to leave out some features. Like doors and windows.
Mr. Haney looks around to see that he is trapped.
Mr. Haney: Wait! Wait! Don't go! I have five dollars!
Construction Worker: Throw in another ten and we'll give you a roof, too!
It starts to rain inside the Library.
- In "Binky Goes Nuts", when Mrs Barnes forgets that she made the sandwich herself and asks if it has peanuts.
Binky: (reaches out to grab milk but is stopped by Mrs Mac-Grady's label)
Mrs. MacGrady: "Sorry, Binky. That's off-limits. The cook who prepared it once stepped on a peanut."
Binky: (reaches for hamburgers)
Mrs. MacGrady: (pulls a lever which puts a screen over the hamburgers) "Watch it, sonny. The guy who flipped that burger-his middle name is Peanut."
Binky: (looks shocked, then looks at a pie)
Mrs. MacGrady: "And don't even think about the pie. The eggs from that meringue were laid by a chicken who once dreamt about a dancing peanut in a bowler hat."
Binky: "But I'm hungry!!!"
Mrs. MacGrady: (takes him to a table just for kids with allergies) "That's Adam" (points to a boy in a space suit) "He's allergic to nitrogen. The cafeteria's a tough place for him, but he can't get enough of our home-made spinach juice!" (points to two boys with paper bags on their hands, eating from a trough) "That's Ron and Don. They're allergic to their hands, and all utensils."
- In "Tales from the Crib", DW tries to tell Vicita about the time she got her first bed rather than a crib, and how the Tibble Twins tried to scare her with a story about a man-spider that hid under the bed. Vicita misunderstands, leading to this golden bit.
Vicita: Yikes, that sounds scary!
: Oh, Vicita. They were just trying to scare me! Arachnar's just an Irving Legend
Vicita: A what?
D.W.: An Irving legend. It's the kind of story your uncle Irving tells you. It's' really scary, but it never actually happened.
Vicita: I don't have an Uncle Irving.
D.W.: There is no Uncle Irving, Vicita, he's an Irving legend too!
- In "Hic or Treat", Arthur tires to cure D.W.'s hiccups by showing her an episode of Dark Bunny, a show she finds scary. Only problem is: the episode shown on TV that particular day happens to be a crossover.. with Mary Moo-Cow, which makes Arthur shriek in terror and frustration.
- This conversation from "Waiting to Go"
Binky: "No, it doesn't. It looks like a swab without a stick."
Brain: "Concentrate! Surely you see an amoeba!"
Binky: "I don't see an amoeba!"
- The Imagine Spot from "To Tibble the Truth", when an Ancient Greek dude is looking for an honest man. One boy who looks like Arthur says, "I'm an honest man," but then a little girl who looks like D.W. claims he's not because he stole the snowball and lied about it. The Arthur-esque boy then says, "Delta Omega, stop it!!"
- D.W.'s suggestions of additional drills to do following the fire drill in "D.W. All Fired Up," such as a "sudden loss of gravity drill."
- D.W.'s flashback in "The Short, Quick Summer", where she claims Kate said her first word. When she does, D.W. calls up her parents and both are ecstatic to hear the news; Unbeknownst to D.W. it's merely random baby babble, specifically "bluge agua"; David and Jane's deflated expressions are simply priceless, and they leave without saying another word.
- "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers"
Buster: Mister Rogers? Is that really you?
Mister Rogers: It certainly is. What's your name?
Buster: I forget!
- Later when Arthur swears Buster to secrecy.
Buster: I never tell secrets!...Hey, there's Prunella and the Brain!
Arthur: Where are you going?
Buster: I was just going to tell everyone about...Oh. Hey, you're right about me. I cannot keep a secret!
- Buster's conversation at dinner.
D.W.: Oh, brother.
Mister Rogers: King Friday usually stays in Make-Believe, Buster. Except when he flies in the purple jet.
Rubella: Just look at that drooling, idiotic look on his face! They've done something with his brain!
Prunella: I dunno, Rubella. Buster kinda always looks like that.
- When Arthur, D.W. and Mister Rogers are going for a walk, Arthur puts fake beards on himself and D.W. so his friends won't recognise them and laugh at him, Buster sees them and thinks that the two older Read siblings are Dopey and Sneezy from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, because Arthur wasn't saying anything and was acting awkward and D.W.'s beard was making her sneeze.
- When Mister Rogers is singing "Please Don't Think it's Funny" to help D.W. go to sleep, the camera also pans over to reveal Buster is also in the room...with the absolute most hilarious dreamy look on his face. Arthur is none too pleased to see Buster is still at his house and forces him out of the room...
Buster: Aww, what did you do that for!? He was just getting to the good part!
- "Buster Hits the Books"
- Binky catches a glimpse of what Buster did his book report on.
...Hey! I saw that on the Giant Monster channel last night! Big, ugly, misunderstood
- When Buster considers what to do about his book report, his first idea is to have his pilot father fly him out of the country. He decides against it because his mom is making his favorite food for dinner.
- I Don't Want To Go To Afka-Phazoom, the Dr. Seuss-esque book that Arthur believes Buster can finish due its low reading level. Everything perfectly matches Seuss' style, from the art to the nonsense terms. The music is also hilarious.
Piece of the Moon: Why did we stop?
Barringter: Well, nothing happens if no ones reading the book.
Car: And it was just getting exciting!
- Even though "Grandpa Dave's Memory Album" was otherwise a Tear Jerker episode, Francine's talkative grandmother was pretty funny, especially this line.
Francine's Grandma: "Here. Have some water. Your body is 70% water anyway, so it's like drinking more you."