Arthur Recap Season 14 Episode 2 Part 2 D.W. Unties the Knot
This is a recap request so I figured I’d go a little out of order and do this one. Someone else asked for “Bugged” and I’ll do that because Brain is super annoying but then I want to get back and finish “Waiting to Go” where Brain is also annoying but Binky is there too and they’re funny.
We get to see a clip of the in-universe show, Dark Bunny. Dark Bunny is fighting an anthropomorphic banana peel and I have to winder why exactly the kids abandoned Bionic Bunny for that.
A news anchor poses the question “Can children resist imitating from what they see on TV?” as Buster and Arthur try to reenact the fight scene from that Bionic Bunny clip.
D.W. enters and announces that today’s episode will be about how Arthur copies TV but Arthur interjects that D.W. is the one who is copycatting.
Wait, didn’t we already do an episode about the dangers of copying what you see on TV? It was the Tibbles and they copied some Power Rangers-esque cartoon and learned that they were getting carried away. Aren’t we re-learning a lesson here?
And people wonder why Arthur is moving up a grade.
Arthur and D.W. argue over their “TV Time” and D.W. insists that her show isn’t over. Arthur huffs away and D.W. turns her attention back to the TV, where a Say Yes to the Dress/Bridezilla/Four Weddings/any mash up of reality wedding show ever comes on.
D.W. is entranced by the promises that a wedding is a fancy party where all her fantasies can come true so she asks David if she can have one. He tells her that when she’s older and for D.W., “older” means just waiting an hour before she goes to recruit Emily to be her bridesmaid.
Oh that D.W.. What a knee slapper.
D.W. and Emily make up their wedding to do list: 1) Get an onion (to cry on cue) 2) Find a fancy dress (D.W. picks one of Marie-Helene’s discarded dresses for this) 3) Find a guy in a tux to make people say “I do” and 4) Find a palace to hold the event in.
D.W. decides Muffy’s mansion is a good stand-in for a palace and Muffy offers to plan the whole party herself when she hears it’s a wedding. However, she doesn’t know that she’s planning a four year old’s wedding. D.W. lies and claims it’s for her friend “Dee Woo” and tells Emily that if they admit the truth, Muffy will tell Arthur who will ruin everything.
By “ruin everything”, I thought D.W. was going to say that Arthur would tell their dad, who would make them cancel the whole thing but D.W. is referring to the time Arthur was a ring bearer and accidentally knocked the wedding rings into the organ and D.W. had to retrieve them.
D.W. is not going into a dirty organ on her wedding day, y’all.
Muffy asks what the theme will be and since D.W. is a super girly four year old, she naturally responds with “Unicorns!” Although there are adults who still do unicorn weddings too.
D.W. recruits one of the Tibbles to be the minister aka the guy in the tux who makes people say “I do” and James to be her groom since he’ll be easy to boss around.
Muffy shows the girls the invitations and tells them she can’t wait to see “Dee Woo” and James celebrate their eternal love.
Muffy explains to the girls that getting married means vowing to love another person and live together forever. The fancy reality show did not tell D.W. about this and she knows that even though she could boss around James for the rest of her life, she does not want to live with him forever.
D.W. decides to just skip the wedding instead of calling it off except David asks D.W. to help him cater the event. D’oh!
At the Crosswire mansion, Muffy is confused why there’s just a bunch of four year olds and only a bunch of four year olds at a wedding while James tries to make a run for it after he finds out that he’s the groom at this event.
D.W. admits that she is the one getting married and actually…she doesn’t want to do it anymore. She runs off crying, James makes his escape, and Muffy saddles David with the bill. “It’s customary for the father of the bride to pay,’ she says. “Don’t worry: I subtracted the catering.”
I really hope David didn’t actually pay for anything.
In the end, D.W. decides that she shouldn’t watch wedding reality shows and stick to being a kid. That’s D.W. untying the knot!
Grade: C- (I really didn’t like this episode. It’s very below average. I mean, first of all, we’re already going into familiar territory and what’s worse is that we don’t really have anything fresh or exciting to say. I think the concept of ‘D.W. tries to get married without realizing what it actually means” could have been really funny but this just feels really weak. The jokes aren’t even that funny and the pacing is super rushed. Maybe this episode would have been better if D.W. gets caught u in the wedding planning and shows up on the day of and realizes she forgot to get a groom completely. And then Muffy could have explained that weddings aren’t just big parties and D.W. decides she’s not ready to be married and they just enjoy the unicorn cake or something.)
Rating: 2% intense. Planning a wedding is intense.