Season 10 Episode 1

Happy Anniversary

Aired Daily 4:00 PM May 15, 2006 on PBS
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"Happy Anniversary"

Mr. Ratburn shows a film about perspective and then assigns the class an essay about it. Arthur and Buster are disappointed to have homework on the weekend of the big Bionic Bunny / Dark Bunny special (in which everything will be revealed), but vow to complete it before the start of the special. Arthur, however, struggles with the assignment. Mr. and Mrs. Read are celebrating their tenth anniversary at a fancy restaurant. They're dropping Arthur off for Buster's sleepover and D.W. at Grandma Thora's. But car troubles leave everyone stranded. Things seemingly go from bad to worse when Arthur and D.W. get locked in a storage room in an old diner. They're disappointed, and a bit scared, but find inspiration in an old radio drama called "Kid Carter and his Sidekick Mistral."moreless

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Carol Greenwald is promoted from Executive Producer to Executive-in-Charge. Stephanie Simpson is now an Executive Story Editor, along with Peter K. Hirsch.

    • Real-Kids Segment: The segment is changed from "And Now a Word from Us Kids" to "And Now a Word from Buster" for this episode. Buster presents the top ten reasons that were sent in for why kids like the show. In the order presented --- it's about friendship and family, Arthur has a wild imagination, Pal is a good dog who doesn't bite anyone, Buster eats a lot and reminds me of my cousin, I look like him, D.W. is my favorite because she's funnmy, he's an active kid, he teaches kids how to deal with everyday life and some of the characters are real. The top reason was he makes me laugh and cheers me up. Throughout this segment, some of the actual letters that were sent were shown. If you pause (or read quickly), you can read the full contents.

    • Francine reads the title card. It's the photo of Arthur's family, with an animated "10" logo indicating the show's tenth anniversary. In fact, this logo appears on all the title cards for this season. Maybe it's a reminder to look for hidden 10's as part of the Crazy 10's Scavenger Hunt.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Arthur: (as Kid Carter, singing) End of the line / We're stuck in a mine / Just a matter of time before we're fryin'. (yodels)

    • D.W.: Tell me a story about the "Moronic Bunny" special you missed.
      Arthur: It's Bionic Bunny. And how could I tell you about the special if I didn't see it?
      D.W.: You can make it up. Here's what could have happened. (fantasy sequence music plays) Bubonic Bunny and that other bunny turn out to be twins who were separated at birth. One was stolen by an evil witch. The other was taken by a robot.

    • Arthur: What if I miss the opening of the special? That could be when all is revealed.

    • D.W.: (regarding Arthur's anniversary "present") That's it? All you're giving them is a card? Did you even make that yourself?

    • Buster: We're just specks of dust floating in space. (droops head and moans) My great works have all been for nothing.
      Arthur: Great works?
      Buster: Yeah. Like those eighteen hot dogs I ate at a fair. I won first place. Oh yeah --- and I also saved a cat.

  • NOTES (5)


    • When Arthur comments to D.W. that twenty minutes isn't all that long, she notes that it's "two time-outs." This references the story "Go to Your Room, D.W." in which she was sent to her room for a ten-minute timeout.

    • This episode make reference to a "Chuck Greenwald" at the Caribou Lodge. Carol Greenwald has been with the show-staff since the beginning, although whether or not she actually has a relation named "Chuck" is unknown.