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Season 11 Episode 1

Swept Away / Germophobia

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Jun 25, 2007 on PBS
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#110101 "Swept Away"

Arthur, Buster and D.W. enjoy summer vacation at the beach. When it becomes unsafe to swim, Grandma Thora suggests building a sandcastle and they quickly become immersed in this pastime. When the tide threatens to sweep away their castle, Arthur isn't ready to let it go.

#110102 "Germophobia"

Buster friends are getting tired of his unclean habits --- he plays hide-and-seek in trash cans, eats food that's been on the ground and doesn't always wash his hands. They've decided he needs to clean up, or they're not coming to his pool party. When they teach him about germs, however, he begins to fear them everywhere. Now, he's afraid to touch anything and is seeing swarms of imaginary germs wherever he goes.moreless

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  • In the first story, Buster, Arthur and D.W. go on vacation to a beach and make a sand castle. In the second story, Buster becomes afraid of germs.

    The first story was well done. The whole bit with Arthur, Buster, and D.W. trying to make a sand castle that would last a long time was nice and the last part with it being in the newspaper made for a very nice ending. D.W. has a new voice too.

    The second story wasn't too good unfortunately. It felt very boring at parts and overall, the way Buster suddenly got so afraid of germs was stretching it and it just got annoying after a few minutes. So the first story was good but the second one was really disappointing. A decent start to season 11 though I was hoping for something better.moreless
  • Well finally they started playing new episodes again in a long time.

    It seems like they have not played a new episode of Arthur in 40 years but it actually been four years. I like the storyline's for both episodes but D.W ruins the script. Because she just doesn't fit it to the show. She would fit in if Arthur and D.W got along together and I thought this show was about teaching children how to get along with each other rather than copying Arthur & D.W. I like the idea for the second episode in this segment. So the name D.W? that does not fit in to the script at all I just with they would call her by her real name "Dora".moreless
Arthur Holden

Arthur Holden

Mr. Nigel Emil Ratburn

Bruce Dinsmore

Bruce Dinsmore

David Read / Binky Barnes

Cameron Ansell

Cameron Ansell


Danny Brochu

Danny Brochu

Buster Baxter

Jessica Kardos

Jessica Kardos

Sue Ellen Armstrong

Joanna Noyes

Joanna Noyes

Grandma Thora Read

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The proper term for an abnormal fear of sickness is hypochondria. Buster is also apparently slightly obsessive-compulsive in that he tries to clean himself several times.

    • Binky reads the title card for "Swept Away." It's the one where Arthur swims after Pal underwater and shouts "Yeah!" Francine reads the title card for "Germophobia." It's the one where Buster searches around the title circle, then sticks his head in so that appears really large and shouts "Hey!"

    • Postcards from You: Also featured on the Arthur spin-off series Postcards from Buster, this feature replaces the "And Now a Word from Us Kids" segment aired in-between Arthur stories. Two postcards are featured. The first is from Kyler Hart and Benjamin Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia and shows them trying out for the Drew Charter School golf team. In the second, kids from Edmunds Academy in Des Moines, Iowa do the limbo and play steel drums from Trinidad.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Francine: Okay, Buster, here's the deal. We don't want you to be slobby, but we don't want you to be a nervous wreck either.
      Muffy: We just want you to be like us.
      Francine: So come out here and have some fun.
      Buster: Ahhhh! Don't touch me. I am having fun. I just don't want to touch anything.

    • Francine: Great, now you've turned your best friend into a nervous wreck.
      Muffy: Yeah, and you've probably ruined a perfectly good pool party.
      Arthur: Huh?

    • Arthur: You know, Buster, you don't have to be that clean.
      Buster: Well, are there germs or aren't there?

    • Muffy: (to Arthur) You are going to tell Buster that he's got to clean up his act and stop being so disgusting all the time.

    • Buster: It's a miracle.
      Arthur: It's not a miracle, Buster. We must have built it right above the high tide mark.
      D.W.: But I chose the spot and I didn't even know what a tide was.
      Buster: She's got a point.
      D.W.: See? Some people see the glass as half full. Other people just have glasses.

    • D.W.: This is a terrible vacation. Why couldn't we go to Paris, like Emily?
      Grandma Thora: You know what I used to do when I couldn't swim? Build a sandcastle. Once, we built one as big as a bed. It was even in the newspaper.
      D.W.: Okay, but Arthur has to dig. I don't like sand under my nails.

    • Buster: I'll have the Harry Mills Meatball Experience.
      Arthur: Buster, it's only 9:00 in the morning. It's breakfast time.
      Buster: I've already had breakfast. This is lunch.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Peter K. Hirsch is the writer for "Swept Away" and Jean Lacombe is the storyboard artist. Dietrich Smith is the writer for "Germophobia" and Elie Klimos, Elise Benoit and Nick Vallinakis are the three storyboard artists.


    • Buster: Hey, look. (He picks up a starfish.) We should call it the Starfish Enterprise.
      D.W.: Enterprise. I can't even say that word.
      Arthur: You just said it.

      The three debate calling their sandcastle the Starfish Enterprise before finally deciding to call it Castle Starfish. They reference the Starship Enterprise, the name given to the vessel featured in the television classic Star Trek and later in Star Trek: The Next Generation (which featured the Enterprise NCC 1701-D.)

    • Arthur: What's he saying?
      Buster: I haven't a clue. Fetch the seahorse whisperer.

      In "Swept Away," Arthur has a dream in which he and Buster are the founders of a sea village of sorts. A seahorse tries to inform Arthur of an impending calamity, but he can't understand it, so he calls for D.W., who turns out to be the "seahorse whisperer." This is a reference to The Horse Whisperer, a 1998 film about a man who could listen to and understand the thoughts of horses.