Arthur's Baby / D.W.'s Baby

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 11/18/96
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  • Episode Description
  • #11101"Arthur's Baby"Viewers are taken back, as Arthur and D.W. recollect what happened when Baby Kate was first-born. D.W. is excited with anticipation, but Arthur is very worried. His worries are only made worse when his friends tell him about all the awful stuff that's going to happen when the baby comes. Still, Arthur, is determined to be a good big brother, but ends up thinking that the baby hates him!More Info - ECDC#11102"D.W.'s Baby"D.W. was excited to have a new little sister, but when she doesn't get to help much and the baby moves into her room, things don't seem so great. Kate stinks and makes a lot of noise. D.W. hatches a plan to get rid of her, but finds that maybe being a big sister isn't so bad after all.More Info - ECDCmoreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jodie Resther

    Francine Alice Frensky

  • Arthur Holden

    Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

  • Michael Yarmush

    Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)

  • Sonja Ball

    Janet Read

  • Bruce Dinsmore

    David Read / Binky Barnes

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  • Quotes (21)

    • (The class is doing wrestling in the gym, and Binky pins Arthur down...)
      Binky: You'd better buy some earplugs! Babies never stop crying. (cackles)
      (Arthur imagines the new baby at the dinner table with the family constantly bawling, so loud it's causing her bowl to melt!)
      Arthur: Pass the salt, please!
      Mom: (shouting) WHAT?
      Arthur: I said, PASS THE SALT!
      (A fire engine speeds by outside the house, and the firefighters put their fingers in their ears to drown out the baby's crying; she's worse than the fire engine's siren! Back to reality...)
      Binky: So you can forget about sleeping! (laughs)

    • Arthur: (While watching a video of him as a baby) Is that me? Mrs. Read: Yes. You were such a cute little baby. D.W.: Yeah, what went wrong?

    • D.W.: My sister Kate needs me. There's no way I'm gonna let Arthur show her how to do things.

    • Grandma Thora: I think Kate will miss you. D.W.: She's just a baby. Babies don't miss.

    • D.W.: This family isn't working out. Nadine: Where are you going? D.W.: I'm going to live a happy life on an island that has everything I need. Nadine: (not leaving, and not thinking this is a good idea) Bye, D.W.

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    Notes (10)

    • "Arthur's Baby" is based off the book by Marc Brown by the same name. Many of the elements of the book were adapted in the episode. Similarly, the book also introduced Kate into the book series, but the adaption was done as a flashback episode, since Kate was already seen in the show.

    • Kate's keeping D.W. awake with her crying inspired a song that was included on the original Arthur album --- Arthur And Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD. The song, titled "Go to Sleep," was a loud rock number with D.W. and the help of a band that came into her room. Although the loud, raucous lyrics ("Count some sheep! / Go to sleep! / Don't make a peep!") seemed to be exactly what wasn't needed, it managed to get Kate to sleep. The lyrics for this song are avaialble at the Songbook at the official website and you listen to the song at the Music Box.

    • "D.W.'s Baby" reveals that there's an island near Elwood City named Button Island and it's within boating distance of the town.

    • The flashback events of "Arthur's Baby" begin around six months before Baby Kate was born, placing Arthur at approximately 6 1/2 years old and D.W. at approximately 3 years old. However, in these scenes, both act about as they normally do on the show and neither look any different.

    • A young version of Mr. Ratburn is seen in "Arthur's Baby." He is called Emil by is Mom, but later in the series is referred to as Nigel.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Kate's crying is completely different in these episodes, compared to how Kate usually cries in the series (the same stock baby crying sounds typically used for Kate are also often used for other babies on the show, such as Binky's future adopted baby sister Mei-Lin.)

    • In "D.W.'s Baby," when D.W. plays with her toy truck, it is brown. When she offers it to baby Kate, it is blue.

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