Arthur's Family Vacation / Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm

Season 1, Ep 15, Aired 12/16/96
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  • Episode Description
  • #11501"Arthur's Family Vacation" Arthur will do anything to get out of going on a family vacation and go to camp, until the prospect of one-upping D.W. convinces him to give it a shot. Everyone has all sorts of exciting dream plans --- Dad's lobster dinner, fun at the beach and an exciting stay at the hotel's Family Fun Suite. From the beginning, though, things go wrong, with the plans plagued by storms, traffic, unplanned pit stops and other assorted hassles. By the time everyone's in the hotel, they're thoroughly soured on the idea of vacation. Arthur, though, comes up with an idea that may just save their plans for a fun trip. #11502"Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm" D.W. and Arthur enjoy visiting Grandpa Dave's farm, but when they get there, they find it in a far different state than they remember. The farm has gone to rack and ruin --- chickens are being kept in the bedroom and things are falling apart all over the place. Grandpa Dave is an independent country type and doesn't want any help, but he's in no condition to fix up the farm on his own. D.W. and Arthur decide that they have to find some way to help Grandpa Dave because, among other things, they want to sleep in separate beds, something they can't do as long as there's chickens in one of the bedrooms.moreless

  • 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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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (21)

    • (The family's car is in a traffic jam, and D.W. notices a bad odor...)
      D.W.: P.U.! What's that awful smell? Did we run over a skunk?!
      Kate: (imitating car motors; the smell is coming from her dirty diapers)
      D.W.: GAS CHAMBER!!! AAAAAAAAAAAH! (her screaming echoes across the highway)

    • Grandpa Dave: (mock serious) Ed Billings, this farm has been in our family for over 150 years... (relaxed) it's about time we got some decent help around here.

    • Grandpa Dave: I can't make you stay here and work. What'll I tell your folks? And besides, this farm has been in our family for... D.W.: Grandpa! We are your family!

    • D.W.: Ed, how come Grandpa Dave can't keep the farm fixed up?

    • Grandpa Dave: Ed, the day I need your help is the day hens give milk. Our family has been keeping that farm neat as a pin for... Ed: 150 years, I know. And that's about how long that henhouse has needed a new roof.

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    Notes (3)

    • "Arthur's Family Vacation" is based in part on a book by the same name by Marc Brown. This book is also available with stickers.

    • "Arthur's Family Vacation" Title Card: Arthur Searches for Umbrella After Freak Storm Card Reader: Binky "Grandpa Dave's Old Country Farm" Title Card: D.W. Chases After Toady and Pal With a Newspaper Card Reader: Francine

    • And Now a Word From Us Kids: The kids write letter to Arthur about his vacation. They also talk about some trips they've taken of their own, visiting places such as Hawaii and New York.

    Trivia (5)

    • After the Reads leave the diner in "Arthur's Family Vacation," Arthur's dad is holding a chocolate bar in his right hand. In the next shot, the chocolate bar is gone and both of his hands are on the steering wheel.

    • The waitress at the diner in "Arthur's Family Vacation", looks and sounds just like the waitress that works in Manny's Diner in the second season story "Lost."

    • Sharky, D.W.'s blow-up shark, is seen again in the second season story "Arthur Makes a Movie."

    • D.W.'s ears are the color of her hair for one frame.You have to be quick to catch this.

    • In "Arthur's Family Vacation", Sharky's fins would off and on change colors.

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