A drought comes to Elwood City, so residents are asked to conserve water. Due to their families' bad habits of wasting it, Francine and Arthur make a bet on whose family can use less water in one week. However, Francine soon finds that someone in her home doesn't seem to be living up the challenge, but she's not sure who. It becomes a sort of rivalry between Arthur and Francine, but despite Francine's best efforts, she finds herself losing.
Arthur and Grandma Thora are fans of the show Treasure Caravan, so when it's announced that the show is coming to Elwood City, everyone begins rummaging for their most valuable possessions. Arthur has high hopes that an old chair found in Thora's attic, very similar to one that fetched a high price on the show, will be just as valuable, or more. Meanwhile, Muffy is eager to show off a necklace that's been passed down in her family, but it is in for a surprise.moreless
Binky reads the title card for the first story. It's the one where Francine gongs it, startling Arthur. Francine reads the title card for the second. It's the one where D.W. interrupts Arthur while he's talking a bath.
Real-Kids Segment: A group of kids test how well various materials work at cleaning water by placing a coffee filter into a glass and pouring clean water through it.
Arthur: So, after a whole week, the moment of truth has arrived. The Reads used 10,500 liters last week. How about the Frenskys.? (Francine shows Arthur her graph.) 34,000 liters! Francine, do you run a car wash in here?
Arthur: We can't let her have a $5,000 apron.
Muffy: It's so sad when money gets in the way of family.
Appraiser: Well, the first thing that you need to know is that these sapphires are actually simulants.
Muffy: Ooh, sounds expensive.
Appraiser: They're imitations. (crowd gasps) It's costume jewelry.
Grandma Thora: This is our chance to be on Treasure Caravan. I'm gonna call and get us tickets.
Arthur: But we have to find something good to take. I don't wanna be one of those people who brings in a piece of junk.
Appraiser: However, at auction, this could possibly bring...
Arthur: A thousand dollars?
D.W.: (crosses her arms in annoyance)
Grandma Thora: It's got teeth marks. I'm going to say 500.
D.W.: You've got to be kidding.
D.W.: For that old thing?
Grandma Thora: $10. Who knows how much it's really worth.
D.W.: It's just an ugly chair.
Arthur: That's what you think.
Appraiser: I would say it was made sometime in the 1790s.
Grandma Thora: It's a Federal-style chair.
D.W.: So what?
Arthur: Have you ever noticed how when you're looking for one thing, you often find something else instead?
Girl: (in Real-Kids segment) We're using gravel. I think that it's going to make dirtier water.
Boy: It's cleaner. The gravel filtered out most of the flour, but it's kind of dirty, too.
Francine: 3600 liters a day! What happens if the number just keeps rising? (Fantasy sequence music plays and Francine imagines a doomsday scenario.)
Francine: (stepping into the boys' room at school) Ha, I knew it! You can't save water at home and waste it somewhere else, Arthur! I'm calling a twenty liter penalty!
Arthur: Oh yeah? Well, I call a 200 liter penalty on that certain shower you took at a certain friends' house!
Francine: (gives a dirty look to Muffy, who was listening in)
Muffy: Sorry. It slipped out.
D.W.: It's called water conversation.
Arthur: You mean conservation. And what it's really called is "annoying your brother."
D.W.: Miss Morgan says if you use up all the water, there'll be none left for my generation.
Arthur: You're the same generation and I'm not using up all the water.
Arthur: Water supply is dwindling fast. A water balloon?!
Binky: Shh. Don't tell anyone. You'll spoil it. Hey, Buster!
D.W.: (after Arthur gives apron back to Kate) He'd never be that nice if we weren't on TV.
"Feeling Flush" introduces the Frensky family's apartment manager, Mr. Sanders.
Joel M. Barkow is credited as Joel Barkow.
The title of the show Treasure Caravan is a play on the popular program Antiques Roadshow. This long-running program provides appraisals for antique objects as well as history. It airs on PBS in the United States and is also seen in Briain and Canada.
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