"D.W.'s Furry Freak-out"
Season/Series: 12
Number in season: 10b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 24, 2009[1]
Flag of the United Kingdom April 30, 2009[2]
Written by: David Steven Cohen
Storyboard by: Elie Klimos
Elise Benoit
"The Perfect Game"
"The Great MacGrady"
"D.W.'s Furry Freak-out" is the second half of the tenth episode in the twelfth season of Arthur.


D.W. finds a stray kitten and begs to keep it. But the unbearably cute kitten soon turns out to be a lot more than D.W. can handle.


Arthur and Buster are playing football in the park. While a cat was hunting some birds, a tree branch snapped and the cat fell into Buster's hands. Meanwhile, at the Read house, D.W. was playing around with a xylophone.

The cat came over to D.W. and she falls in love with the cat. D.W. wants to keep the cat, but her dad says that her owner might miss the cat and Arthur explains that what would happen if your pet is lost. D.W. is so much in love with it that she did not care about if Pal or her dead bird Spanky were lost also.

Arthur and Buster post signs all over the neighborhood, while D.W. plays with the cat. D.W. learns that night that her cat is not all the cute and glamour. She learns that cats have bad breath (Tuna Breath), sand paper tongues, and a lot of energy, and they like stay up all night (Nocturnal).

That morning she gets a run down from her mom and Arthur tries to help by asking her to train the cat. D.W. tells the cat to sit but Pal sits, she the cat to roll over, but Pal rolls over, and finally D.W tells the cat to ignore her, and the cat does so. Dad says maybe they should take the cat for a checkup so the vet can look after her untill the owner comes. D.W. gets upset and holds the cat in her arms while the cat fights her way to her food. Emily comes over and D.W. wants to show her the new cat.

D.W. finds a long rope of yarn. They follow the yarn to the basement of the house where at the other end was an attached to scratched up doll. D.W. freaks out at the doll and throws it to Emily, when the cat jumps out of the corner and right into D.W.'s arms.

Emily is so scared that she wants to go home. The next day, D.W. wakes up finds the cat a sleep on the blanket on the floor. She grabs her teddy bear and finds that it and all her stuff in the room scratched up.

That night the cat used her dolls and stuffed animals as a scratching posts. That day Arthur and D.W. was at the video store D.W. tells Arthur that the cat is not real. Arthur says that she is just "Frisky," when she grows up she will settle down.

D.W. sees a poster for another movie called The Cat Strikes at Night. Arthur tells her that it is not a movie she would like to see, as it is a horror movie. That night, D.W. had a nightmare where the cat was a giant and had hug claws and it was about to attack her when she woke up, she saw the cat on her bed and she ran away to the living room, hiding behind the piano. The kitten jumps onto the piano keys, and appears to be "playing the piano."

Then, Arthur and D.W."s parents rush into the living room, after hearing her screams. After coming out from behind the piano, D.W, tell them that she was in a scary cat movie. While trying to comfort D.W, the doorbell rings. Dad answers the door. It is Dr. Fugue. He asks Dad if by any chance, they had found a missing kitten. Dad says that they had and invites Dr. Fugue into the house.

Everyone is surprised to find out that the kitten belongs to Dr. Fugue. His response is "Yes, though she is not the finest piano student.  Are you, you Fur Elise?" He then explains that the kitten is named after a piece of Beethoven's. He begins playing the piano and mentions of visiting the Mozartan academy in Austria. He had returned that night and found Fur Elise missing.

D.W. states that Furry, the kitten's nickname, is the most scary, crazy kitty. Dr. Fugue agrees with her, but says that he finds music can soothe the savage beast, Fur Elise's particularly. D.W. then realizes that Fur Elise had first come to her when she was playing her xylophone. She begins playing it again and the kitten comes to her. Dr. Fugue says she even likes out of tune toy music.

When Dr. Fugue is about to leave with Furry, D.W. puts up a slight protest until David tells her that Furry already have a home and it wrong to take her from her home. Dr. Fugue solves this by saying D.W. could visit the kitten whenever she wanted, but only if she could learn how to play her xylophone more "melodiously".

D.W. begins playing again, a little better this time. Dr. Fugue sighs and says, "It's a start."

The screen then zooms out, Dr. Fugue's piano and D.W.'s xylophone still being able to be heard in the background.



Episode connections

  • "D.W.'s Furry Freakout" is another Season 12 episode where it shows D.W.'s love for cats. The last one was D.W.'s Stray Netkitten.
  • Buster saved a cat, again; the last time was Buster Baxter, Cat Saver.
  • Arthur expressed a strong hatred for cats in Francine and the Feline; in this episode, he's hardly bothered by Fur Elise while she's living with them, possibly meaning he changed his mind.




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