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** In the farmhouse, a photo of a young Thora holding [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSueEllenClarissaIsCracked Clarissa]] can be seen.

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** In the farmhouse, a photo of a young Thora holding [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSueEllenClarissaIsCracked [[Recap/ArthurS3E12WhatScaredSueEllenClarissaIsCracked Clarissa]] can be seen.


** Arthur and Buster play checkers together, which they were already shown to enjoy in "[[Recap/S3E1BustersBackTheBalladOfBusterBaxter Buster's Back]]".

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** Arthur and Buster play checkers together, which they were already shown to enjoy in "[[Recap/S3E1BustersBackTheBalladOfBusterBaxter "[[Recap/ArthurS3E1BustersBackTheBalladOfBusterBaxter Buster's Back]]".


** In the farmhouse, a photo of a young Thora holding [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSuellenClarissaIsCracked Clarissa]] can be seen.

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** In the farmhouse, a photo of a young Thora holding [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSuellenClarissaIsCracked [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSueEllenClarissaIsCracked Clarissa]] can be seen.

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* EarlyBirdCameo: Aunt Minnie has a minor role in this special. Come ''WesternAnimation/AnArthurThanksgiving'', and one sub-plot completely revolves around how D.W. isn't familiar with her.


''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special that aired on PBS on January 20, 2020, and the fifth special to be aired for the show.

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''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special that aired on PBS Creator/PBSKids on January 20, 2020, and is the fifth special to be aired created for the show.


* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}, as this special [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler:D.W. was named after Theo's sister, whose full name was also Dora Winifred Read"]]. At the end, [[spoiler:D.W. also names Bernice the llama's cria "Dora"]].
* TheReveal: This special reveals the origins behind D.W.'s name:[[spoiler:she was named in honor of Theo's sister, who passed away before D.W. was born.]]

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* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}, as this special [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler:D.W. was named after Theo's sister, whose full name was also Dora Winifred Read"]].Read]]. At the end, [[spoiler:D.W. also names Bernice the llama's cria "Dora"]].
* TheReveal: This special reveals the origins behind D.W.'s name:[[spoiler:she name: [[spoiler:she was named in honor of Theo's sister, who passed away before D.W. was born.]]]]
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* ComicBookTime: Arthur comments that it feels like 3rd grade has gone on forever. Interestingly, D.W. is implied to be 5 in this special, making this an aversion; she stuff has the puffin toy she got for her 5th birthday in "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday."

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* ComicBookTime: Arthur comments that it feels like 3rd grade has gone on forever. Interestingly, D.W. is implied to be 5 in this special, making this an aversion; she stuff still has the puffin toy she got for her 5th birthday in "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday."

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* NeverTrustATitle: While Arthur is a major character in this special, it mainly focuses on D.W. and Buster.

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* ComicBookTime: Arthur comments that it feels like 3rd grade has gone on forever. Interestingly, D.W. is implied to be 5 in this special, making this an aversion; she stuff has the puffin toy she got for her 5th birthday in "D.W. and the Beastly Birthday."

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* HomesicknessHymn: Buster doesn't feel like he belongs at the family reunion, while D.W. is bored. They sing a song about how they want to go home, but midway through, realize how cool the reunion is and that they'll stay for a bit longer.


* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}, as this special [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler:D.W. is named after her deceased great-niece, whose name was also "Dora Winifred Read"]]. At the end, [[spoiler:D.W. also names Bernice the llama's cria "Dora"]].
* TheReveal: This special reveals the origins behind D.W.'s name: [[spoiler:she is named after her deceased great-niece, who was also named "Dora Winifred Read"]].

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* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}, as this special [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler:D.W. is was named after her deceased great-niece, Theo's sister, whose full name was also "Dora Dora Winifred Read"]]. At the end, [[spoiler:D.W. also names Bernice the llama's cria "Dora"]].
* TheReveal: This special reveals the origins behind D.W.'s name: [[spoiler:she is name:[[spoiler:she was named after her deceased great-niece, in honor of Theo's sister, who passed away before D.W. was also named "Dora Winifred Read"]].born.]]


''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special that aired on PBS on January 20, 2020, and the sixth special to be aired for the show.

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''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special that aired on PBS on January 20, 2020, and the sixth fifth special to be aired for the show.



* BirthdayEpisode: This episode takes place on great-uncle Theo's 85th birthday.



* MusicalEpisode: Four songs are sung throughout the course of the special.



* TheReveal: It is revealed in this special that [[spoiler:D.W. is named after her deceased great-niece, who was also named "Dora Winifred Read"]].

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* TheReveal: It is revealed in this This special that [[spoiler:D.reveals the origins behind D.W. 's name: [[spoiler:she is named after her deceased great-niece, who was also named "Dora Winifred Read"]].


* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Cousin" Miles being a rabbit rather than an aardvark is an early hint that he is not actually related to the Reads.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Cousin" Cousin Miles being a rabbit rather than an aardvark is an early hint that he [[spoiler:he is not actually related to the Reads.Reads]].

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''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' is an ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' special that aired on PBS on January 20, 2020, and the sixth special to be aired for the show.

The Reads are going to a family reunion at their great uncle's farm for his birthday, and also bring Buster along. Arthur is excited to see his cousin Ryder after four years, but upon actually meeting him, he discovers that he and Ryder don't have as much in common as he thought. Meanwhile, D.W. continuously runs into a lizard she's scared of, and Buster feels like he doesn't belong at the reunion due to not being a Read.

!!''The Rhythm and Roots of Arthur'' contains examples of:
* AreWeThereYet: D.W. asks this during the trip to the farm, and even gets a song about her boredom.
* BrutalHonesty: During the trip to the farm, D.W. rather bluntly asks why Buster was brought along to the family reunion, since he's not a Read and doesn't even look like one.
-->'''D.W.''': I'm not being mean! I'm just telling the truth.
* CallBack:
** D.W. still has her [[WesternAnimation/DWAndTheBeastlyBirthday puffin toy]] and [[Recap/ArthurS23E2WhenDutyCalls Rapty]], both of which she brings with her to the reunion.
** Buster's mom packs an inhaler for him for the trip due to [[Recap/ArthurS4E3BustersBreathlessTheFrightStuff his asthma]].
** When Great Uncle Theo asks D.W. if she likes spinach, [[Recap/ArthurS2E3DWThePickyEaterBusterAndTheDaredevils she sticks out her tongue in disgust]].
** Arthur and Buster play checkers together, which they were already shown to enjoy in "[[Recap/S3E1BustersBackTheBalladOfBusterBaxter Buster's Back]]".
* ContinuityNod:
** After Buster's bag falls off of the roof of the Reads' car, a racoon finds his [[Recap/ArthurS1E3DWAllWetBustersDinoDilemma bathing cap]] in it.
** In the farmhouse, a photo of a young Thora holding [[Recap/S3E12WhatScaredSuellenClarissaIsCracked Clarissa]] can be seen.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Cousin" Miles being a rabbit rather than an aardvark is an early hint that he is not actually related to the Reads.
* FurryReminder: D.W. telling Buster that he doesn't look like the Reads is a possible one.
* GlowingEyesOfDoom: The owl in the barn that Arthur and Ryder sleep in has these, which unnerves Arthur so much that he is unable to sleep. {{Subverted|Trope}} since the owl isn't actually dangerous, just creepy.
* LampshadeHanging: When Ryder tells Arthur and Buster that he's entering fourth grade soon, Arthur asks if it feels like [[NotAllowedToGrowUp third grade has gone on forever]].
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: The unnamed old woman's line "Hey Lorraine, [Buster] is on some show called ''Arthur''!"
* NeverSayDie: {{Averted|Trope}} when Theo outright tells D.W. that his sister died before D.W. was born.
* NoNameGiven: The older woman at the reunion who has hearing problems isn't named in the special.
* OminousOwl: The owl in the barn has scary glowing eyes and unsettles Arthur with them and its cooing so much that he is unable to sleep.
* OneSteveLimit: {{Averted|Trope}}, as this special [[TheReveal reveals]] that [[spoiler:D.W. is named after her deceased great-niece, whose name was also "Dora Winifred Read"]]. At the end, [[spoiler:D.W. also names Bernice the llama's cria "Dora"]].
* TheReveal: It is revealed in this special that [[spoiler:D.W. is named after her deceased great-niece, who was also named "Dora Winifred Read"]].

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