Season 4 Episode 5

The Blizzard / The Rat Who Came to Dinner

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Oct 04, 1999 on PBS



  • Trivia

    • The ending to The Blizzard is recycled from D.W.'s Snow Mystery (the scenes of Arthur and D.W. having fun in the snow, and then D.W. bringing in her infamous snowball to save in the freezer.) The music is different, and D.W.'s lines were redubbed by Oliver Grainger (compared to Michael Caloz voicing her in the original.)

    • When Muffy asks her Dad to fix the power he says "There are some things money can't buy," but theoretically they should at least have a generator. It seems odd that they have so many expensive things, but no independent generator.

    • During the blizzard, Arthur's dad calls the Crosswires when they are without power. Though they have no electricity, Muffy's dad answers on a cordless phone, something that would usually require power to operate.

  • Quotes

    • D.W.: (the Read house's power has suddenly gone out) We...have no power! This is the most horrible time of my whole life! We're all gonna die in a heap!
      Mr. Read: Thank you for that vote of confidence, D.W. I can still cook on the camp stove outside and in the fireplace.
      D.W.: Oh good, we won't starve. We'll just freeze!

    • Muffy: Daddy, my hairdryer is broken, and the TV is broken, and the light in the kitchen is broken.
      Mr. Crosswire: Nothing's broken, Muffin. Our electricity is out. (Flicking light switch)
      Muffy: Make it be fixed, Daddy!
      Mr. Crosswire: I can't, Poochyface.
      Muffy: Haha, very funny. Make it be fixed, Daddy! Pay someone!
      Mr. Crosswire: This is something money can't fix, Honeywallet.

    • D.W.: (Watching flashing lights out her window as power lines fall) Mommy! Daddy! The town is exploding and it's very pretty!

    • Arthur: You know what this is a picture of? (A polar bear eats a marshmallow in the snowstorm.) Give up? It's a polar bear eating a marshmallow in a snowstorm.
      D.W.: (to Arthur) Did you see a polar bear eating a marshmallow out here?
      Arthur: Don't be silly! There are no polar bears in this part of the world. (A penguin rolls across the snow.) I've been hoping for snow but this is ridiculous.

    • Weatherman: (On TV as the electricity has just turned back on) If your power's out, keep watching this station and we'll tell you when to expect it to be turned on again!

    • Arthur: Good night, Mom. Good night, Dad.
      Mrs. Read and Mr. Read: Good night, Arthur.
      Arthur: Good night, Mr. Ratburn.
      Mr. Ratburn: Good night, Arthur. Good night, D.W.
      D.W.: Good night, Mr. Ragberp.
      Arthur: Good night, Pal!
      (Pal barks good-night.)
      Mr. Ratburn: Good night, Pal. Will there be more cake tomorrow?!

    • (Mr. Haney and Mr. Ratburn are locked in the school basement with only frozen food and beans)
      Mr. Haney: Oh, I hate school!
      Mr. Ratburn: (scoldingly) Mr. Haney! (to the school) He didn't mean it!
      Mr. Haney: I wanna go home. Beans!!!

  • Notes

  • Allusions

    • The Waltons

      In The Rat Who Came to Dinner, when the outside of Arthur's house is shown, the family and Mr. Ratburn are all saying "Goodnight" to each other. That is an obvious reference to the Walton family saying "Goodnight" to each other in the classic drama series, The Waltons.