"D.W., Queen of the Comeback"

D.W., Queen of Comeback

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Season/Series: 14
Number in season: 9a
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States April 27, 2011[1]
Flag of Canada September 21, 2011[3]
Flag of the United Kingdom January 11, 2011[2]
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Greg Hill
"All the Rage"
"In My Africa"
"D.W., Queen of the Comeback" is the first half of the ninth episode in the fourteenth season of Arthur.


The Tibbles tease, D.W. fires back, the Tibbles taunt, D.W. has a snappy comeback, and round and round they go! Will it ever end? Perhaps an ancient Indian fable about a turtle and a wisecracking duck will be enough to teach D.W. to just let it go.


The episode begins with Arthur talking about happy moments that he and others would like repeat over and over again, such as - jumping into a leaf pile with Pal, pulling the sword out of the stone at the Medieval Fair, Buster riding a hot air balloon with his father, etc. He also mentions D.W. saving her snowball, only for D.W. to interrupt and talk about the time she got the Tibbles back for teasing her, and says nothing tasted as sweet as revenge. Then she charges into the leaf pile while Arthur smiles.

D.W. is getting her hair cut, yet she is not happy about it one bit, and asks a rude question to her hairstylist, Signore Pelato. Mom scolds her for being rude but Pelato is unfazed and promises D.W. a sugarless lollipop after he is done. Nadine appears to D.W. with a new look, but this causes D.W. to turn and make Pelato cut off a good chunk of her hair. Horrified by his mistake, Pelato shows her new look in the mirror, causing D.W. to scream.

Because Pelato had to cut her hair very short to remedy his mistake, D.W. had to wear a hat to hide her hair out of embarrassment. The Tibbles find her with her hat off while D.W. talks with Emily, and tease her and call her names, even calling her "Dennis", D.W.'s twin brother. D.W. tries to come up with a good comeback in response, and is immensely frustrated when she fails. She later begs Arthur to teach her how to make comebacks to insults, which he does.

D.W.'s first two tries fail spectacularly, so she consults Rattles and Binky for help. Rattles suggests that D.W. ignore the Tibbles, but D.W. explains she came to them because they're bullies, to which Rattles takes offense. However, Rattles and Binky's suggestions for comebacks have the definitions wrong, causing D.W. to leave in a huff.

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Episode connections

  • At the beginning of the episode, Arthur remembers pulling the sword out of the stone during the season 3 episode The Return of the King.
    • Arthur would later bring this story up again in The Best Day Ever.
  • Arthur thinks that Buster's best day might be the day of the hot air balloon ride in the season 4 episode 1001 Dads.
  • Arthur thinks that DW's favorite day might be saving the snowball in the season 7 episode Return of the Snowball.
  • El Boomerang can be seen being kicked by a boy on a webcam.


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  • When the duck is flying off, she flashes red for one frame.


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