Arthur (season 3)

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Arthur (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 15 (30 segments)
Original network PBS
Original release November 16, 1998 (1998-11-16) – January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
Season chronology
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The 3rd season of the television series Arthur was originally broadcast on PBS in the United States from September 21, 1998 to May 31, 1999 and contains 15 episodes. This season, like seasons 1, 2, and 4, was released on DVD in Europe only. This season had a fair amount of episodes involving D.W and the Tibble Twins, especially in the early half.

This was Michael Caloz's last season voicing D.W. Read, due to his voice changing after the end of the season.


No. in
Title Written by Storyboarded by Original air date
51 1 "Buster's Back / The Ballad of Buster Baxter" Joe Fallon Gerry Capelle
Stéfanie Gignac
November 16, 1998 (1998-11-16)
Buster's Back: Buster returns to Elwood City and Arthur is excited. However, he is afraid that Buster has changed too much, so he reads up on all the places Buster has visited.
The Ballad of Buster Baxter: Art Garfunkel guest stars as a moose with a guitar who sings about Buster's return to Elwood City. Buster is surprised by how much has changed and feels left out because of the things he didn't get to experience while he was away. Arthur decides to throw a surprise party for him.
52 2 "D.W. All Fired Up / I'd Rather Read It Myself" Peter K. Hirsch
Joe Fallon
Stéfanie Gignac
Robert Yap
November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17)
D.W. All Fired Up: D.W. is scared of the upcoming fire drill in her preschool, so her family name her a fire warden and run fire drills in their house.
I'd Rather Read It Myself: D.W. wants to prove to the Tibble twins that she can read so she picks up one of Arthur's books and makes up a story. The Tibbles are impressed as she references events from the last two seasons into a sci-fi/fantasy adventure story about D.W. (called B.W. in the story).
53 3 "Arthur Goes Crosswire / Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurous" Chris Moore
Chris Moore & Ken Scarborough
Nick Rijgersberg & Jeremy O'Neill
Robert Yap
November 18, 1998 (1998-11-18)

Arthur Goes Crosswire: Arthur and Muffy are paired up for a class project but Arthur starts to follow her footsteps, so it's up to Buster and the others to turn Arthur back to himself.
Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurous: Sue Ellen and the Brain are assigned to work on a project together. The others say it will be easy as Brain does almost all of the work by himself. Sue Ellen wants to help, but the Brain refuses to let her. This turns into a struggle that nearly ruins their project.

(Note:Both episodes take place at the same time as they all have the same project)
54 4 "Background Blues / And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids" Peter K. Hirsch
Joe Fallon
Robert Yap
Stéfanie Gignac
November 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)
Background Blues: The class is asked to research their ancestors for a school project. Muffy and Francine try to best one another with who their ancestors were, even after each find nothing interesting. Even though Muffy is eventually caught lying about her ancestors, Francine continues with her lie.
And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids: The Magic Toolbox show is coming to Ratburn's class to put the kids on television. The kids prepare for stardom, all practicing their various talents. Brain is the only one with no interest in appearing on the show, but when it turns out that the segment is not what the other kids wanted, they need Brain's assistance.
55 5 "The Chips are Down / Revenge of the Chip" Joe Fallon
Dietrich Smith
Stéfanie Gignac
Mario Cabrera
November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)
The Chips are Down: Arthur and Buster trick D.W. into thinking that the big, green potato chip she ate was poisonous. Binky eats one, too, and the both of them make the best out the last days of their lives.
Revenge of the Chip: D.W. does not like to be reminded of her being tricked into thinking that the green chip she ate was poisonous. Throughout the day, all of the kids and adults tease D.W.'s incident. D.W. is furious that this went public, and blames Arthur but finds out it was their mom who told other people. Jane apologizes for embarrassing her, and D.W. apologizes for blaming Arthur, but D.W. is upset again and runs off when Jane inadvertently tells the story to someone else.
56 6 "Binky Rules / Meet Binky" Sandra Willard Robert Yap
Jeremy O'Neill & Larry Jacobs
November 23, 1998 (1998-11-23)
Binky Rules: When graffiti stating "Binky Rules" mysteriously appears on the walls of the school, the faculty thinks that Binky was responsible for it. Buster and Fern, who are well known for being good detectives, attempt to prove that Binky did not do it. After more investigating, they realize that the graffiti was done by a radio station to promote a band called Binky, who sung the song. The episode features a song performed by Värttinä.
Meet Binky: Binky, the unknown band, has their first concert at Elwood City. Arthur gets to visit them backstage and struggles with whether or not he should bring his friends along and decides to bring them. The gang get to meet Binky backstage because Arthur's father is catering for them. When they meet Binky, they realize that they are actually holograms.
57 7 "Arthur Rides the Bandwagon / Dad's Dessert Dilemma" Peter K. Hirsch
Sandra Willard
Robert Shedlowich & Mario Cabrera
Jeremy O'Neill & Alex Greychuck
November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24)
Arthur Rides the Bandwagon: Arthur does not approve of a new toy called the Woogle, but when everyone else has a Woogle, he tries to get one. Frustrated after several failed attempts, he starts playing with a bottle cap and starts a new fad.
Dad's Dessert Dilemma: Arthur brings a cake David made to a party in Mr. Ratburn's class celebrating Galileo's birthday. Everyone gives positive feedback about the cake so Arthur asks his dad to make more, but this makes him run behind on his other orders. A subplot has Mr. Ratburn attempting to get Dad's cake by pretending to try to give anyone who is having cake a schedule of Spring Reading, but his final attempt does not work when it turns out that Arthur and David are not having cake; they are making cakes for other people.
58 8 "Popular Girls / Buster's Growing Grudge" Sandra Willard
Joe Fallon
Jeremy O'Neill
Robert Yap & Daniel Decelles
November 25, 1998 (1998-11-25)
Popular Girls: Francine inadvertently takes Catherine's backpack to the community center and discovers a magazine called "Popular Girl". After taking a personality quiz, Sue Ellen and Fern change their personalities to be more likable.
Buster's Growing Grudge: Buster has never been mad at anyone for long, but he holds a grudge against Binky for telling a joke in class that Buster was intending to tell. This culminates to an onstage rant during a school talent show and Arthur tries to console him after taking it too far.
59 9 "Arthur's Treasure Hunt / The Return of the King" Stephen Krensky
Peter K. Hirsch
Mario Cabrera & Rich Vanatte
Mario Cabrera
November 26, 1998 (1998-11-26)
Arthur's Treasure Hunt: After Buster finds an arrowhead in his backyard, Arthur wants to dig around his house to see what he can find. When he gets too involved, he starts digging but makes too many places to dig. He and D.W. find an old box of digestive biscuits.
The Return of the King: Mr. Ratburn's class is at a medieval fair competing for a trophy against a very intelligent class from Glenbrook led by Mr. Ratburn's former teacher, Mr. Pryce-Jones. During the competitions, Arthur is sidetracked by the sword in the stone and Mr. Ratburn's class fear that Mr. Pryce-Jones may replace him if they continue their losing streak.
60 10 "Attack of the Turbo Tibbles / D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy" Joe Fallon Robert Yap
Stéfanie Gignac
November 27, 1998 (1998-11-27)
Attack of the Turbo Tibbles: The Tibble twins watch a TV show that is not suitable for them and start dressing and acting like the characters they've seen there: a duo of crime-fighting robots. They play roughly while pretending to fight crime and end up hurting D.W. Note : This is one of the three episodes that are rated TV-Y7, the others are "Arthur's Underwear" and "Arthur's Big Hit."
D.W. Tricks the Tooth Fairy: D.W. wants a tooth pulled out so that she can get money from the tooth fairy. When her plans do not work, she sets up a devious plan: trick the Tooth Fairy with a fake tooth. Arthur then tries to replace the tooth with his money.
61 11 "Double Tibble Trouble / Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival" Peter K. Hirsch
Joe Fallon & Ken Scarborough
Stéfanie Gignac
Robert Yap
December 28, 1998 (1998-12-28)
Double Tibble Trouble: Tommy Tibble is sad and less active because Timmy is sick. Although D.W. and Emily would like to have the Tibbles less hyperactive, they try to help Tommy out by playing like a Tibble, but they are not as hyperactive as the twins.
Arthur's Almost Live Not Real Music Festival: Arthur and all of his friends have an imaginary music festival featuring them in songs based on their lives, themselves, and the library. Features the songs Library Card, Jekyll and Hyde, Leftovers Goulash, Homework and Library Card: Reprise from the 'Arthur and Friends: The First Almost Real Not Live CD (or Tape)' soundtrack record.
62 12 "What Scared Sue Ellen? / Clarissa is Cracked" Bruce Akiyama
Sandra Willard
Stéfanie Gignac
Bulent Karabagli & Marcos Da Silva
December 29, 1998 (1998-12-29)
What Scared Sue Ellen?: Sue Ellen is one of the bravest people in the 3rd grade, but is frightened by a mysterious howl in the woods which she thinks is a Baba Yaga, kappa or banshee. She enlists the help of Arthur, Buster, and Binky to investigate the ruckus.
Clarissa is Cracked: D.W. borrows Grandma Thora's porcelain doll, Clarissa, and she cracks the doll before Grandma Thora stops by the house for a visit. Arthur asks Mr. Ratburn to fix the doll.
63 13 "Arthur's Dummy Disaster / Francine and the Feline" Peter K. Hirsch
Sandra Willard
Mario Cabrera
Robert Yap
December 30, 1998 (1998-12-30)
Arthur's Dummy Disaster: George's new ventriloquist's dummy, Wally, makes him popular and starts a short-lived ventriloquism fad at school. He starts acting less rationally as Wally begins falling apart, because before Wally, nobody noticed him.
Francine and the Feline: Francine's family gets a new cat that Francine renames Nemo after her sister named him Rose Petal. Arthur loves dogs and does not like Nemo, thinking he is trying to threaten Pal. He dislikes Nemo so much that it may end his friendship with Francine.
64 14 "Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight / D.W.'s Perfect Wish" Joe Fallon Robert Yap
Stéfanie Gignac
December 31, 1998 (1998-12-31)
Mom and Dad Have a Great Big Fight: D.W. and Arthur overhear their parents arguing and fear that it will split their family for good. It turns out that it was an argument over spilled milk.
D.W.'s Perfect Wish: D.W. is not excited about her fifth birthday as her previous birthdays because according to Emily, after she turns five, she will no longer be a young child. Arthur goes over past events (from previous episodes) with D.W. to cheer her up. This works and she goes on to her birthday party to make a wish.
65 15 "Arthur and D.W. Clean Up / The Long, Dull Winter" Anne-Marie Perrotta & Tean Schultz
Joe Fallon
Robert Yap & Jeremy O'Neill
Jeremy O'Neill
January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)
Arthur and D.W. Clean Up: Arthur and D.W. need to clean their rooms and work together to get things done quicker. However, each is fussy about what stays and what goes and how it all goes together.
The Long, Dull Winter: Arthur and his friends are feeling different, but can not put a finger on it. They eventually realize that they have not had a holiday in a while, so they make several attempts in making a new one. The episode references "A Charlie Brown Christmas" as "The Kid who got Clothes for Christmas".


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