Season 12 Episode 3

D.W.'s Stray Netkitten / Bats in the Belfry

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Oct 20, 2008 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from Sara West of Falmouth, Massachusetts. She talks about her pet cats and shows them doing tricks. The second postcard is from sister and brother Alec and Jake Tucker of Augusta, Kansas. They show off their school, Garfield School (home of the Garfield Grizzlies), play in a field with their pet dog and also introduce viewers to their pet cat, who will eat anything.

    • Binky reads the title card for "D.W.'s Stray Netkitten." It's the one in which D.W. drops down as a fairy and uses a magic wand to change Arthur's head into that of a frog. Muffy reads the title card for "Bats in the Belfry." It's the one in which D.W. disturbs Arthur while he's taking a bath.

    • Schedule listings refer to D.W.'s toy as being a "Netkitin." Both the story title card and closed-captioning, however, use the spelling "Netkitten."

  • Quotes

    • Arthur: (observing the house Mr. Read has built for the bat) Look, there's two going in there!
      D.W.-Bat: Okay, how about you get that half, and I get everything to the door.
      Arthur-Bat: But the door's the best part. Maybe we should do a timeshare.

    • D.W.: Arthur, look. It's a mouse with wings.

    • Arthur: Grandma Thora gave us her attic to use as a clubhouse and we're trying to figure out how to divide it.
      Muffy: That's easy. Do a timeshare.
      D.W.: But I can't tell time.

    • D.W.: What is this anyway?
      Arthur: I think it's called a lava lamp.
      D.W.: A lamp filled with lava? (gasps) Sounds like a fire hazard.

    • Arthur: I've learned that if something seems too good to be true, it's because it usually is.

    • Emily: And what does Tickly eat?
      D.W. Net Nibbles.
      Emily: No liver? No fish?
      D.W.: You can get liver on the website? Ew!

    • Arthur: Mr. Ratburn, could I use the school computer for something? Ours is broken.
      Mr. Ratburn: Sure. I'll just get you started. Now where is that "on" switch?
      Arthur: I think it's just asleep.
      Mr. Ratburn: Computers sleep?

    • Mrs. Read: Oh, that's odd. The computer's frozen.
      D.W.: Frozen? But it's not cold in here. Should I put a blanket on it?

    • Arthur: D.W., you left Tickly again. Poor little kitty... What am I saying?! It's a stuffed animal!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • D.W.: That's a bat? You mean like Starry Moony?
      Arthur: Who?
      Buster: We might be too late! Be gone, evil vampire! (He starts sprinkling garlic salt on D.W.)
      D.W.: Hey, I'm not a pizza. Starry Moony is a book mom read to me. It's about a cute little bat who lived with her bat sisters. Then, one day, Starry Moony got lost. But, lucky for her, a nice chipmunk came along and adopted her.

      Starry Moony is a thinly-veiled reference to Stellaluna, a picture book by Janell Cannon, published originally in 1993, about a bat who is adopted by a bird. Stellaluna was also adapted as a Scholastic film.

    • Arthur: Every kid I know D.W.'s age is obsessed with these toys.
      D.W.: Netkittens are not toys. They're "virtuable" pets.

      The closest real world equivalent to Netkittens is most likely Webkinz. Created by Ganz, these toys come with a secret code that allows users care for their "pet" online. As with the NetKittens, Webkinz users can participate in an online community and earn virtual cash to spend at an online store.