Arthur (season 2)

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Arthur (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20 (40 segments)
Original channel PBS
Original run September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22) – May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)
Home video release
DVD release date 1–10: November 3, 2008 (R2)[1]
11–20: March 23, 2009 (R2)[2]
Season chronology
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The second season of the television series Arthur was originally broadcast on PBS in the United States. The season was released on DVD in Europe only, like Season 1.


No. in
No. in
Title Written by Storyboard by Original air date
31 1 "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers / Draw!" September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
Arthur Meets Mister Rogers: Mister Fred Rogers is visiting Mr. Ratburn's class and staying at Arthur's house. Arthur is scared of telling anyone that he's staying because his friends believe that his TV show is for younger kids.
Draw!: When Francine offends Fern, Fern draws a comic humiliating Francine, which everyone finds amusing. Other comics about Francine are drawn. During the school carnival, those teasing Francine are convinced by Mrs. McGrady to dump green slime on Francine, but they eventually decide not to after hearing they hurt her feelings. Mrs. McGrady tells the children "treat people the way you want to be treated" and Francine gets her friends back and realizes that she hurt Fern as well.
32 2 "Binky Barnes, Art Expert / Arthur's Lucky Pencil" September 29, 1997 (1997-09-29)
Binky Barnes, Art Expert: Arthur and Buster have to work with Binky on an art report, but they are worried about humiliation when Binky makes claims that a certain picture is framed in the wrong position and end up copying from the museum booklet.
Arthur's Lucky Pencil: After days of bad luck, Arthur feels he is "cursed" until he finds a pencil. Suddenly, his pencil starts to change his luck: it buys him a free soda, better school lunches, and soon his friends all want to use it.
33 3 "D.W. the Picky Eater / Buster and the Daredevils" October 6, 1997 (1997-10-06)
D.W. the Picky Eater: D.W. won't eat anything other than peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. At a restaurant, she throws a fit over eating spinach for dinner. Arthur and his friends come up with some ideas to get her to try new foods. At the end of the episode, D.W. discovers she likes spinach.
Buster and the Daredevils: Arthur and Buster befriend two daredevils and try to ascertain their skating tricks. Buster begins to follow what they say and Arthur knows that they're making a fool out of Buster for their own amusement.
34 4 "Arthur Makes a Movie / Go to Your Room, D.W." October 13, 1997 (1997-10-13)
Arthur Makes a Movie: Arthur and his friends are too young to watch a James Bond movie because it is rated PG-13, so they decide to make their own James Bond movie. Although the movie does not come out as planned, they have fun filming it.
Go to Your Room, D.W.: D.W. grows impatient when she must serve a punishment in her room for 10 minutes after threatening to pinch Kate while playing with her dolls.
35 5 "Arthur's Underwear / Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider" October 20, 1997 (1997-10-20)
Arthur's Underwear: Arthur can't stop laughing after Binky accidentally rips his pants in class, but then, he is having nightmares where he does not have any pants. He tells Buster about this, who tells everyone else, which embarrasses him. Arthur rips his pants in front of the whole school and has to deal with the fact that everyone gets embarrassed.
Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider: Francine goes for horse riding lessons and her sister, Catherine has to take her there. Catherine decides to take lessons too and becomes better than Francine. Feeling overshadowed by Catherine, Francine thinks about quitting but returns and agrees to let Catherine be her riding teacher.
36 6 "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver / Play it Again, D.W." October 27, 1997 (1997-10-27)
Buster Baxter, Cat Saver: Buster gets a cat down from a tree with his ice cream and his mother publishes a story on it. When people start calling him a hero, he lets it go to his head and he starts acting supercilious (i.e. cutting everyone in line for a new movie, and getting away with it) and retells the story with exaggerated details. Arthur, Francine, and the Brain make a fool out of Buster to humble him, but he ends up saving Arthur and Francine from a runaway piano.
Play it Again, D.W.: D.W. is still playing her "Crazy Bus" CD (since "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver") and Arthur is absolutely basaluni annoyed by it, even going to threaten her that he will break it. When the CD goes missing, D.W. blames Arthur for taking away the CD. At the end of the episode, it turns out that their dad accidentally took D.W.'s CD to a party.
37 7 "Arthur's TV-Free Week / Night Fright" November 3, 1997 (1997-11-03)
Arthur's TV-Free Week: Arthur and his friends sign a petition at school to survive one week without television. Everyone tries to resist the temptation of TV while they go through their week. Buster also signs up for TV-Free week, but gets frustrated when he wants to watch Bionic Bunny.
Night Fright: Binky has a night light and tries to go without it when Arthur has to stay over because Arthur's parents are stuck out of town. Binky goes through another nightmare and that's when Arthur finds out about it. He believes Arthur will tell everyone his secret, though Arthur is not particularly interested. Even so, Binky eventually gets the courage to tell everyone before Arthur does in class.
38 8 "Arthur vs. the Piano / The Big Blow-Up" November 10, 1997 (1997-11-10)
Arthur vs. the Piano: Arthur's music class has a recital on Friday and everyone except for Arthur is worried and practicing. Arthur is confident that he knows everything well enough until a nightmare makes him worry that he may miss a note.
The Big Blow-Up: Francine and the Brain have a dispute over soccer practice that carries into class and through the next soccer match. They may not make the playoffs if it continues. Arthur and Buster use D.W.'s idea of writing an early letter to Santa to resolve things between Francine and the Brain with fake apology letters.
39 9 "Lost! / The Short, Quick Summer" Kathy Waugh
Joe Fallon
Gerry Capelle
Denis Banville
December 8, 1997 (1997-12-08)
Lost!: After school, Arthur is supposed to take the bus to the public pool for his swimming lesson, but he falls asleep on the bus and misses his stop. Then Arthur ends up at the edge of town but luckily, the bus driver helps him find his way home for free. Note: An alternate title for this episode is Arthur Gets Lost.
The Short, Quick Summer: Arthur loses a to-do list he planned for the summer, and the first day of school is quickly approaching. As summer ends, he feels upset that his friends did fun things and he didn't. But on the last day of summer vacation, Arthur finds his list and realizes he did everything on the list.
40 10 "D.W. Goes to Washington / Arthur's Mystery Envelope" December 15, 1997 (1997-12-15)
D.W. Goes to Washington: The Reads go to Washington, D.C. over a holiday vacation. They tour the popular landmarks and at the White House, but D.W. abruptly separates from the tour group and meets the President.
Arthur's Mystery Envelope: Mr. Haney gives an envelope to Arthur to give to his mom. Arthur is worried about the contents of the envelope, thinking that he is in big trouble so he comes up with a way of giving it to his mom without her opening it. As it turns out, the letter was paperwork for his mother that had nothing to do with him and he is relieved that he had nothing to worry about.
41 11 "D.W.'s Deer Friend / Buster Hits the Books" January 19, 1998 (1998-01-19)
D.W.'s Deer Friend: The Reads spend the weekend camping and D.W. befriends a deer. She names him Walter and wants to take him home but learns that it's wrong to take away an animal from its habitat.
Buster Hits the Books: Buster needs to write a book report, but he has never managed to finished a book. The closest thing Buster did to completing a book was watching movies that he believed were adaptations of books. His friends try to find a book that is easy for him to read.
42 12 "Arthur's Faraway Friend / Arthur and the Square Dance" Joe Fallon
Peter K. Hirsch
Brian Anderson
Gerry Capelle
February 2, 1998 (1998-02-02)

Arthur's Faraway Friend: Arthur and Buster start writing their own adventure book based on Robin Hood, but it gets sidetracked when Buster is leaving for a couple of months with his pilot father.
Arthur and the Square Dance: Arthur and Francine's friends think that they are in love with each other, leading both of them to think the other is in love. The two avoid each other because they are afraid of getting cooties and end up solving the problem.

Note: "Arthur's Faraway Friend" is the last episode Buster appears in as a major character until the Season 3 premiere "Buster's Back." However, he does make guest appearances in the episode afterwards ("Arthur And The Square Dance") along with "Arthur The Unfunny" and "Arthur The Loser."
43 13 "Water and the Brain / Arthur the Unfunny" February 9, 1998 (1998-02-09)
Water and the Brain: Muffy is throwing a party at a water park and everyone is invited but Brain refuses to go. Arthur and Binky discover that the Brain is afraid of water and try to help him get over this fear so he can go to Muffy's party.
Arthur the Unfunny: In a letter to Buster, Arthur tells him about how he was determined to be too hopelessly unfunny to be a clown and how he discovered he can be funny using the piano at Muffy's carnival.
44 14 "Sue Ellen's Lost Diary / Arthur's Knee" February 16, 1998 (1998-02-16)
Sue Ellen's Lost Diary: Sue Ellen loses her diary in the library. Muffy, Francine, Binky, and Arthur find it, and are thinking that it contains her opinions about them and whether to open it or return it unread.
Arthur's Knee: Arthur accidentally hurts his knee at the dump while retrieving a wheel to repair his school project. He hides the injury and makes D.W. promise not to tell anyone because he wasn't allowed to go to the dump.
45 15 "Grandma Thora Appreciation Day / Fern's Slumber Party" March 9, 1998 (1998-03-09)
Grandma Thora Appreciation Day: Arthur and D.W. feel sorry for Grandma Thora because she doesn't have cable TV, can't eat any good snacks, and has to keep her teeth in a glass. So they plan a surprise party for her, but they struggle to make things work and they don't want any help planning the party.
Fern's Slumber Party: Fern's mother wants her to host her own slumber party to help Fern make friends. The girls she invites think Fern is boring and they bring their own games. But when Francine's bracelet goes missing, Fern shocks the girls with her detective skills.
46 16 "Love Notes for Muffy / D.W. Blows the Whistle" March 16, 1998 (1998-03-16)
Love Notes for Muffy: The Brain and Francine use fake love notes to get vengeance against Muffy after her science project gets more credit. Their joke has unintended consequences and they must fix it before things get worse.
D.W. Blows the Whistle: D.W.'s overzealous safety patrolling and whistle blowing is pestering everyone. Arthur and his friends try to stop her from attending the upcoming soapbox race. Arthur must bring her to the race and D.W. climbs a tree and they call 911 to help her come down.
47 17 "Francine Redecorates / Arthur the Loser" March 23, 1998 (1998-03-23)
Francine Redecorates: Francine and her older sister, Catherine, have had enough of sharing a room with each other. Catherine moves out to the family living room, leaving Francine alone with their old room. They both struggle with adjusting to their new environments and later decide to compromise with each other as Catherine moves back.
Arthur the Loser: Arthur has a losing streak going on when he continues to be dominated in the new No Guessing board game and other things as well, so he resorts to cheating to win. His friends are annoyed by his sore winner attitude and use Binky to make Arthur lose, because Binky has no doubt about cheating. Arthur then gives up because he images Buster telling him what to do. Subsequently, he tells this to a letter to Buster and he is baffled. Arthur and his friends apologized to each other.
48 18 "Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard / D.W.'s Very Bad Mood" April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)
Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard: Arthur and the Brain confront a new crossing guard who will charge 10 dollars every time someone crosses the street. They try to figure out ways to avoid him.
D.W.'s Very Bad Mood: D.W. has been very upset and angry for several days straight. Francine and Arthur spy on D.W. and they discover that she is upset over not being invited to a classmate's birthday party.
49 19 "D.W.'s Name Game / Finders Key-pers" May 18, 1998 (1998-05-18)
D.W.'s Name Game: Arthur and D.W. make fun at each other, with the aid of a thesaurus. After Arthur calls by her real first name, D.W. has a nightmare and learns that calling people names can really hurt them.
Finders Key-pers: Arthur, Binky, and the Brain find a key in the grass while looking for a baseball they lost in the grass. They each think it is for something they would like and argue over who gets to keep the key before they find out what it's really used for.
50 20 "How the Cookie Crumbles / Sue Ellen's Little Sister" May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)
How the Cookie Crumbles: Muffy is having difficulty coming up with a recipe so her friends make a cookie recipe, which turns out to taste delicious and she takes all of the credit. Her friends are angry and refuse to be friends with Muffy until she gives them the credit for helping her.
Sue Ellen's Little Sister: Sue Ellen feels left out about not having a sibling, so she opts for one of her friends, but they each have their flaws. She learns about the dangers of having a younger sibling and later, she gets a letter from a boy named Tenzin living in Tibet who is her pen pal or de facto brother.


  1. ^ "Arthur - The Complete Series Two (Arthur Meets Mr Rogers & 19 Other Stories)". Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Arthur - Complete Series Three". Retrieved September 10, 2010. 
General references