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Arthur Recap Season 7 Episode 8 Part 2 Is There a Doctor in the House?

Jane is not having a good day.

She’s getting sick, Kate is crying, the kettle is whistling, and Arthur is whining about how he can’t find his softball tee. Jane yells at him to check the laundry room as she cleans up the mess Kate created. The shirt is all wet so Arthur asks if he can wear one of David’s shirts.

Jane is distracted by a tug of war with Pal, who wants to keep the paper towel she was cleaning the baby food with and quickly says yes. To top it off, Mrs. Tibble calls to remind Jane that she needs to pick up D.W..

Jane promises to head right over and with a sigh, dumps out the hot tea she had just prepared into the sink of dirty dishes.

That night, Jane is still not feeling well and the overlapping loud voices of her family at the dinner table make her picture them as clowns. Annoyed, she exclaims, “Can’t we have a little peace and quiet around here?!”

Jane apologizes for her outburst and admits she hasn’t been feeling well. David takes her temperature, which shows she has a fever, and orders her to bed rest. 

In the morning, Jane still isn’t feeling well–at least not well enough to deal with the everyday chaos that his her family life. David promises that he’ll take care of everything when he gets back from catering a tea but privately, D.W. worries to Arthur that David won’t be able to handle things.

“The house will just get dirtier!” she exclaims. “We’ll be living in a pig stew!”

Arthur corrects that it’s a “pig sty” but agrees that they could try to clean the house while David is away.

And of course, since they’re little kids who never seem to have had any chores besides cleaning their rooms, Arthur and D.W. mess everything up. David comes home and has to undo the messes they made: Pal stole and buried David’s shirt in the sandbox because D.W. didn’t pay attention when she was doing laundry, Arthur broke the vacuum because he didn’t pick up the big pieces first, Arthur didn’t scrape the dishes and shut the detergent door when he ran the dishwasher, neither of them changed Kate’s diaper, and D.W. cut a hole in David’s pajamas.

Even more unfortunately, David seems to have caught Jane’s cold. At night, D.W. gets into bed with Arthur and worries that their parents won’t get better. Arthur is confident that everything will be alright when Grandma Thora comes over

However, Arthur has a nightmare where he and D.W. try to do David and Jane’s jobs and take care of their sick parents, but it goes as well as you’d expect. “It’s hard to be in the catering business when you only know how to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches,” says Arthur. “It’s hard to be an accountant when you can’t count past ten,” agrees D.W.

She reveals that she sent Kate to the orphanage since she and Arthur can’t take care of the baby. “If only we paid more attention to all the work Mom and Dad do,” D.W. sobs.

In the morning, D.W. and Arthur bond over their nightmares and are interrupted when Kate wakes them up with her crying. D.W. and Arthur work together to change her diaper.

They also go back and redo all the chores they messed up the other day. When Grandma Thora arrives, she is pleasantly surprised that she doesn’t have to do any work. She tells Jane and David that they raised good kids.

As D.W. and Arthur wash the breakfast dishes, D.W. sighs that she is relieved that they are still healthy enough to do the chores.

Cue Arthur sneezing.

Is there a doctor in the house?

Grade: A+ (This is a personal fave of mine. I just like that you see the responsibilities of the adults and that Arthur and D.W. learn how to handle them. When you’re a little kid, you’re a very “Me, me, me” mode and learning to how to do the big household chores is a part of growing up. I notice that Arthur and D.W. were made extra annoying and extra whiny in this episode which I don’t think was an accident. The first part of the episode was from Jane’s perspective and she was sick, so it makes sense that everyone makes her irritated.)

Rating: 100% intense. Learning how to do chores is intense.