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Season 2 of Arthur premiered in the United States on September 22, 1997 on PBS.The season was released to DVD in Europe only, like season 1.

Episodes

Screenshot Title Number Episode Original Airdate
2x01a "Arthur Meets Mister Rogers" 61 1a September 22, 1997
Fred Rogers is visiting Mr. Ratburn's class and staying at Arthur's house. Arthur is afraid of telling anyone the latter because he doesn't want to be called a baby. It's not so bad when they find out.
2x01b "Draw!" 62 1b September 22, 1997
When Francine makes fun of Fern, she draws a comic humiliating Francine, which everyone finds amusing. Other comics about Francine are drawn. During the school carnival, those are teasing Francine are convinced by Mrs. MacGrady to dump green slime on Francine. As they prepare to do so, they realize how much they hurt Francine's feelings.
2x02a "Binky Barnes, Art Expert" 63 2a September 29, 1997
Arthur and Buster have to work with Binky on an art report, but they believe Binky will make them do all the work. Binky wants to do the report on an abstract painting he believes is hanging sideways. To avoid embarrassment, Arthur and Buster make an agreement with Binky to do separate reports. Ironically, Binky is the only who does any of the work and turns out to be correct.
2x02b "Arthur's Lucky Pencil" 64 2b September 29, 1997
Arthur's luck begins to change after he finds a pencil right before the stop of a rainstorm. After several lucky breaks, Arthur and his friends are convinced that the pencil is lucky. As the pencil gets shorter, Arthur is more conservative with his pencil. Even with an upcoming history test, he won't let anyone use it, not even himself.
2x03a "D.W., the Picky Eater" 65 3a October 6, 1997
D.W.'s reluctance to eat unfamiliar food will keep the whole family from celebrating Grandma Thora's birthday at a special restaurant unless Arthur can persuade her to be more open-minded.
2x03b "Buster and the Daredevils" 66 3b October 6, 1997
Buster begins keeping bad company in his eagerness to learn his new "friends'" skating tricks. Arthur realizes that they are just having Buster make a fool of himself for their own amusement.
2x04a "Arthur Makes a Movie" 67 4a October 13, 1997
Arthur and his friends are too young to watch a James Hound movie. They instead decide to make their own James Hound movie. Although the movie doesn't come out as planned, they have fun filming it.
2x04b "Go to Your Room, D.W." 68 4b October 13, 1997
D.W. doesn't get along well with Kate and is sent to her room for ten minutes after threatening to pinch Kate. She thinks that her parents only love Arthur and Kate. While she babysits Kate for the rest of her punishment, she realizes that she has been a horrible sister.
Arthur's underwear "Arthur's Underwear" 69 5a October 20, 1997
Binky rips his pants in class, revealing his underwear. Arthur can't stop laughing every time he thinks of it, but he's getting nightmares where he doesn't have any pants. He tells Buster about this, who tells everyone else, which embarrasses him. Inevitably, Arthur does rip his pants and has to deal with it.
Francine Frensky Olympic Rider "Francine Frensky, Olympic Rider" 70 5b October 20, 1997
Francine goes for horse riding lessons and her sister, Catherine has to bring her there. Catherine is better than Francine! Feeling over shadowed by Catherine, Francine considers quitting but returns and remembers why she wanted to take horseback riding in the first place.
2x06a "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver" 71 6a October 27, 1997
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, this goes to his head and he starts acting important and retells the story with embellished 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.
2x06b "Play it Again, D.W." 72 6b October 27, 1997
D.W. is still playing her "Crazy Bus" CD (since "Buster Baxter, Cat Saver") and Arthur is already annoyed by it. She surprises Arthur with four tickets to "Crazy Bus Live". Arthur is embarrassed to be there but finds Buster enjoying the show. When D.W.'s CD goes missing, she accuses Arthur of taking it, but their parents have taken it by mistake.
2x07a "Arthur's TV-Free Week" 73 7a November 3, 1997
Arthur and his friends are going TV-free for a week. Arthur's family also goes without TV in support of the idea. Everyone tries to resist the temptation of TV while they go through their week.
2x07b "Night Fright" 74 7b November 3, 1997
Binky has a night light. He tries to go without it when Arthur has to stay over because Arthur's parents are stuck out of town. When Arthur finds out about it, he believes Arthur may use this against him, although Arthur isn't particularly interested. Even so, he eventually musters the courage to tell everyone before Arthur does.
2x08a "Arthur vs. the Piano" 75 8a November 10, 1997
Arthur's music class has a recital on Friday. Everyone except for Arthur is worried and practicing. Arthur is confident that he knows everything well enough until a nightmare makes him worry he may miss a note. In a subplot, D.W. has hiccups that won't go away.
2x08b "The Big Blow-Up" 76 8b November 10, 1997
Francine and the Brain have an argument over soccer practice that carries into class and through the next soccer match. They may not make the playoffs if the argument continues. Arthur uses D.W.'s idea of writing an early letter to Santa to resolve things between Francine and the Brain with fake apology letters.
Lost! 001 Arthur Crying "Lost!" 77 9a December 8, 1997
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.
2x09b "The Short, Quick Summer" 78 9b December 8, 1997
Arthur has a to-do list for the summer, but he can't find it and summer's nearly over. He finds out everyone else had a great summer. He finds his list and D.W. accidentally, helps him realize that he did all the things on the list and had a great time too.
D.W. goes to washington "D.W. Goes to Washington" 79 10a December 15, 1997
The Reads go to Washington D.C. over a holiday vacation. They tour the popular landmarks and at the White House, D.W. separates from the tour group and meets The President.
Arthur's Mysetery Envelope "Arthur's Mystery Envelope" 80 10b December 15, 1997
Mr. Haney gives an envelope to Arthur to give to his mom. Arthur is worried about the contents of the envelope, thinking that it's about him, so he comes up with a way of giving it to his mom without her opening it. The envelope turns out to contain Mr. Haney's tax documents.
D.W.'s Deer Friend "D.W.'s Deer Friend" 81 11a January 19, 1998
When D.W. goes camping with her family, she befriends a deer. She names him Walter and wants to take him home.
Buster Hits the Books "Buster Hits the Books" 82 11b January 19, 1998
Buster needs to write a book report, but he has never finished a book. His friends try to find a book he can finish.
Arthur's Faraway Friend "Arthur's Faraway Friend" 83 12a January 28, 1998
Arthur and Buster start writing their own adventure book based on Buster's book choice from "Buster Hits the Books", but Buster is leaving for a couple of months.
Arthur and the Square Dance "Arthur and the Square Dance" 84 12b January 28, 1998
Arthur's 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 afraid of getting "cooties" and finally solve the problem.
Water and the Brain "Water and the Brain" 85 13a February 7, 1998
Muffy is throwing a party at a water park and everyone is excited except Brain. 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 "Arthur the Unfunny" 86 13b February 7, 1998
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 his piano.
Sue Ellen Lost Diary "Sue Ellen's Lost Diary" 87 14a February 14, 1998
Sue Ellen loses her diary in the library. Muffy, Francine, Binky, and Arthur find it, wondering what's inside and whether to open it or return it unread.
Arthur Knee "Arthur's Knee" 88 14b February 14, 1998
Arthur accidentally hurts his knee at the dump while retrieving a wheel to fix his school project. He hides the injury and makes D.W. promise not to tell anyone because he was told not to go to the dump.
Grandma Thora Appreciation Day "Grandma Thora Appreciation Day" 89 15a March 9, 1998
Arthur and D.W. are planning a surprise party to show their appreciation for Grandma Thora. Grandma Thora unexpectedly shows up early when her car breaks down and they must finish their last minute preparations without her noticing.
Fern's Slumber Party "Fern's Slumber Party" 90 15b March 9, 1998
Fern's mother wants her to invite some girls over for a slumber party to which she reluctantly agrees. Everyone thinks Fern is boring and bring their own entertainment, but she later manages to impress them with her detective skills.
Love Notes for Muffy "Love Notes for Muffy" 91 16a March 16, 1998
The Brain and Francine use fake love notes to get revenge against Muffy after she puts them down at the science fair. Their joke has unintended consequences and they must fix it before things get worse.
D.W. blows the whistle "D.W. Blows the Whistle" 92 16b March 16, 1998
D.W.'s overzealous safety patrolling and whistle blowing is annoying everyone. Arthur and his friends worry she may ruin the upcoming soapbox car race. At the race, D.W. finds herself in an unsafe situation when she is stuck at the top of a large pine tree after she climbs to get a better view.
Francine Redecorates "Francine Redecorates" 93 17a March 23, 1998
Francine and her older sister, Catherine, share a room and cannot stand each other's tastes in decor, so Catherine moves out of the room. Francine finds her room to be empty without her sister in it.
ARTHUR LOSES "Arthur the Loser" 94 17b March 23, 1998
Arthur keeps losing at the new No Guessing board game and other things as well, so he starts cheating to win. His friends are annoyed by his "sore winner" attitude and use Binky to make Arthur lose, because Binky has no qualms about cheating.
CrossingGuardWarning "Arthur vs. the Very Mean Crossing Guard" 95 18a April 27, 1998
Arthur and the Brain are afraid of the new crossing guard who charges them $10 per trip and will send goons after them if they don't pay. They try to figure out ways to circumvent crossing the intersection before they realize the crossing guard's true intent.
D.W. Very Bad Mood "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood" 96 18b April 27, 1998
Arthur and Francine try to find out why D.W. has been in a bad mood for days.
D.W.'s Name Game "D.W.'s Name Game" 97 19a May 18, 1998
Arthur and D.W. use a thesaurus to aid in calling each other names until Arthur calls D.W. a "Dora Winifred" and she is upset. D.W. later has a strange dream with Arthur, Walter (from "D.W.'s Deer Friend"), and the Thesaurus.
Finders Key-pers "Finders Key-pers" 98 19b May 18, 1998
Arthur, Binky, and the Brain find a key in the grass while looking for a baseball. They each think its for something they would like and argue over who gets to keep the key before they find out what its real use is.
How the Cookie Crumbles "How the Cookie Crumbles" 99 20a May 25, 1998
Muffy is having trouble coming up with a recipe so her friends make a joke recipe, which turns out to taste good and she takes all the credit.
Sue Ellen's Little Sister "Sue Ellen's Little Sister" 100 20b May 25, 1998
Sue Ellen feels lonely not having a sibling, so she opts for one of her friends, but they each have their flaws.

Trivia

  • This season is notable for Buster leaving on a vacation with his dad midway through the season and, with the exception of a few cameos, not returning until the premiere episode of the following season. The reason for Buster's extended absence remains unknown.
  • In the latter half of this season, possibly in an attempt to conceal Buster's absence, there were more episodes that focused on characters other than Arthur and his family, such as Francine, Sue Ellen, and, most notably, Fern.

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