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"Shelter from the Storm"

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S18E10tc

Season/Series: 18
Number in season: 10[1]
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States September 8, 2015[2]
Flag of Canada July 23, 2015[6]
Flag of the United Kingdom June 1, 2015 (Part 1)[3]
June 2, 2015 (Part 2)[4]
Flag of Australia April 28, 2015[5]
Credits
Written by: Peter K. Hirsch
Storyboard by: Allan Jeffery
Wayne Lee Pack
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"Shelter from the Storm" is the tenth episode in the eighteenth season of Arthur. It is a two-part episode.

Summary

When a powerful hurricane hits Elwood City, everyone gets affected. Ladonna's dad is summoned by the Army Corps of Engineers. Muffy relocates to a shelter, while Arthur struggles to reunite lost pets and owners and Brain seeks the help of a therapist to help manage his anxiety.[2]

Plot

Part 1

The show begins at the Ice Cream Shop with Brain showing his weather globe to Ladonna. Arthur Read, Buster Baxter, and Muffy Crosswire join in the discussion about hurricanes and preparations, since Hurricane Sadie is approaching.

Later on, Brain and his father are shown boarding up the Ice Cream Shop. They notice how Brain left his weather globe inside the shop, but he replies that he will pick it up tomorrow. During the hurricane, Brain is seen recording Sadie's winds.

Meanwhile, the Crosswires are having a hurricane party. The electricity goes out, but Bailey turns it back on with a generator.

At the Compsons' house, Rufus Compson receives a call for him to report to duty in the middle of a game of Charades. As a member of the Army Corps of Engineers, he is needed to help reinforce the overflowing Katzenellenbogen River. This means that he might miss Ladonna's birthday party.

The morning after the storm, Muffy is upset to find out that the electricity is down. As she walks down the stairs, she is surprised to discover that the first floor of her house is flooded. Arthur's house, on the other hand, is dry but he is deeply distraught upon watching the news about abandoned pets. As for Ladonna, she decides that she might skip her birthday if her father does not come, which Bud finds surprising and "against the laws of Nature." The Ice Cream Shop was damaged by a fallen tree, which Brain finds shocking due to the fact that the other shops on their street were still intact. This affects him greatly: he is scared of the wind and becomes anxious.

At school, Buster suggests Arthur to help out at the pet shelter. Muffy tells Brain that her house was "destroyed" and that she has to stay at a hotel. Brain discovers in class that he forgot his textbooks at home.

After school, Ladonna video calls her father, which doesn't go so well due to bad connection. The Crosswires found out that their hotel and others are all booked and are thus forced to stay at a shelter. This is where Muffy meets Kaylie. Ladonna has a bad dream about her father missing many important events in her life. Meanwhile, Brain cannot sleep at all due to the winds and tree shadows. His parents become concerned.

Part 2

Ladonnas Bday Shelter P2

Muffy is at the shelter and cannot sleep due to the snoring. She then meets Kaylie, the "mayor of the shelter," who gives her tips on coping in the shelter. They both have a bit of fun.

Brain and his parents visit Dr. Paula, a therapist. He and Dr. Paula have a one-on-one discussion about his anxieties and they practice breathing deeply.

Arthur is trying to raise funds for the animal shelter. His initial efforts do not go so well. He then makes a website with help from his mother. The website becomes a success and Mr. Ratburn invites him to share it with the class.

Bud is still concerned about Ladonna not having a birthday party, to which D.W. suggests he persists in throwing her one anyway.

Muffy and Kaylie visit Kaylie's house, which was destroyed. Muffy realizes how fortunate she is and invites Kaylie and her mother to live with the Crosswires, which Kaylie politely declines as the Lamotts will be living with Kaylie's uncle in Florida for a while. They agree to be friends.

On the day of Ladonna's birthday, Buster asks Ladonna to help him fix the treehouse, to which she agrees. This turns out to be a surprise party, with another surprise: her father comes back. Brain took a shortcut to the party and overcomes his fears. He comes and gives her a repaired weather globe as a present.

At the Ice Cream Shop's re-opening, Arthur, Muffie, and Kaylie are eating ice cream together, along with Kaylie's new dog Sadie. Ladonna, Bud, and their father are eating ice cream at another table. Brain and Dr. Paula are having smoothies.

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Quotes

  • "I like all things sweet and frozen." -Dr. Paula

Trivia

  • Idina Menzel is a guest voice.[2]
  • The show's "And Now a Word from Us Kids" has been made freely available in the videos section of the show's official PBSKids website and through the PBSKids video app.
  • The episode is part of programming initiative that also includes the episode “A Storm in the Neighborhood / After the Neighborhood Storm" from the series Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood.[7]
  • When Brain is trying to fix his globe on his table, the globe changes color from blue and green to black and gray.
  • The name of the hurricane, Sadie, is similar to the name Sandy, the name of the hurricane that affected the Northeast region of the United States in 2012, close to the same area that the Arthur universe takes place in.

Cultural references

  • The United States Army Corps of Engineers is a real agency.
  • "Shelter from the Storm" is the name of a Bob Dylan song from his 1975 studio album Blood on the Tracks.
  • Dr. Paula's quote, "I like all things sweet and frozen," is a reference to the 2013 movie Frozen where her portrayer played the role of Elsa.

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