When Arthur starts acting oddly at school, he's sent to the nurse who finds he has a fever and sends him home. The next morning, he wakes up with chicken pox and is worried he won't be able to attend the circus that's coming to town. D.W. is delighted at an opportunity to torture him, but soon becomes jealous at all the attention he's getting.
"Sick as a Dog"
Despite his parents' warnings, Arthur has been letting Pal eat a lot of things he shouldn't --- everything from stale gummi worms from a Halloween possibly long past to a hot dog snatched directly from D.W.'s bun. Pal then starts looking ill and making a weird noise and ends up having to go to the vet and stay the night. Arthur is very worried, as Pal's never been away from him that long before. Worried about what's going to happen to Pal, he tries to shift the blame to D.W., convinced that she's done something after her statement that she would "teach that dog a lesson he'll never forget."moreless
Francine Alice Frensky
Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn
Voice of Arthur Timothy Read (1996-2001)
David Read / Binky Barnes
The magician guy at the vet with the snake is known as The Amazing Larry. He appeared in the book "Arthur's Pet Business." He was a human in that book, but in this episode, he's a rabbit-type person. The same is generally true of other characters who appeared as humans in the original books, as the Arthur TV show features only anthropomorphic characters.
When D.W. has her bath after pretending to have chicken pox, her shadow can be seen on the shower curtain. At this point, her hair looks as it normally does, but when Grandma Thora pulls the curtain back, it's straight because it's wet.
Grandma Thora: (seeing that all the spots have been washed off) D.W, what happened to all your spots?
D.W.: I got better?
GrandmaThora: Dora Winifred! I'm very disappointed in you!
Arthur: What a ridiculous dream. Pal doesn't even know our phone number.
Arthur: (to D.W.) Francine's your lawyer.
Buster: Hi, I'm the jury. Does the jury get snacks?
D.W.: I want you to know I understand how you feel. I felt the same way when my bird died.
Arthur: (whimpers) Mommmmm!
D.W.: What? What did I say?
Arthur: Goodbye, Pal. You'll be fine. (sniffles) I must be allergic to something.
Mr. Read: (offering Arthur a hanky) Yeah.
Arthur: Mom! Dad! Pal doesn't wanna go for a walk and that's his favorite thing.
D.W.: I thought eating the hose was his favorite thing.
D.W.: I'll never let go! Never! .... Some day, I'm going to teach that dog a lesson he won't forget.
D.W.: Give it back! I don't eat your dog food, do I?
Arthur: Want some jelly worms?
Arthur: I can't remember if they're from this Halloween or last year.
Mrs. Read: Now, D.W., I want you to be a big girl and...
D.W.: I have chicken pox! I have my very own chicken pox!
D.W.: Daddy, it's not fair. How come Arthur gets chicken pox and I don't?
D.W.: What about when I was born?
Grandma Thora: I think I was in Florida then.
D.W.: If you're a good little boy and don't scratch, I'll bring you a balloon from the circus.
D.W.: Arthur has polka dots!
TV Announcer: Call now and you too can own this genuine imitation leather cowbell.
Mrs. Read: Huh?
TV Announcer: That's right. Just pick up the phone. That one right there on the couch. Remember, it's not available in stores, so call right now.
Mrs. Read: (gasps as she sees D.W. reaching the toy phone sitting on the couch)
Arthur: Sometimes I wished I lived in a quieter place.
D.W.: (singing) The circus is coming!
Arthur: Like the middle of the desert, or Mars maybe.
"Arthur's Chicken Pox" is based in part on a book by the same name by Marc Brown.
"Arthur's Chicken Pox"
Title Card: D.W. Chases After Toady and Pal With a Newspaper
Card Reader: Binky
"Sick as a Dog"
Title Card: Arthur Swims by and Says "Hi!"
Card Reader: Francine
And Now a Word From Us Kids: A group of schoolkids covers themselves in red dots as if they had chicken pox. They also talk about having chicken pox and being sick in general.
"Sick as a Dog" means: very sick; suffering miserably without an ailment.
It got started because a dog is a commom household pet that often eats things it shouldn't and gets sick.
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