Season 11 Episode 1

Swept Away / Germophobia

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Jun 25, 2007 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • 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

    • 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

    • 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.

  • Allusions

    • 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.

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