"The Big Dig"

The Big Dig

The Big Dig Title Card

Season/Series: 5
Number in season: 9b
Original Airdate: Flag of the United States November 20, 2000[1][2]
Flag of Canada January 11, 2001[3]
Written by: Kathy Waugh
Storyboard by: Elie Klimos
Angus Bungay
Guylaine Seguin
Eric St. Gelais
Zhigang Wang
"Just Desserts"
"Arthur's Family Feud"
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"The Big Dig" is the second half of the ninth episode in the fifth season of Arthur.


After Grandpa Dave shows them a secret map, Arthur and D.W. hunt for buried treasure and learn some family history.


Grandpa Dave is sleeping and Arthur and D.W. are getting upset that they aren't having fun. When he wakes up he tells them about a treasure. It belonged to a pirate with bad breath, who was the most fierce pirate to sail the seven seas, but Arthur (who is the cabin boy in the story) steps in and says "Actually, there are eleven seas, sir". Blacktooth turns to him and breathes into his face, which causes Arthur to fall overboard.

Arthur takes the map while Grandpa Dave is asleep and convinces D.W. to take an oath, which she refuses. They find the treasure should be by the tree house, but they can't find it. Grandpa Dave shows and tells them there was no treasure, and that it was just a story. The kids are sad about this, and Grandpa Dave follows them home.

At home, the kids are still disappointed. Grandpa Dave is still feeling bad, and tells the kids the truth. The two forgive Grandpa, and he tells them the story about their Great-Uncle Matthew. Matthew and his crew, according to Grandpa, were in a lifeboat when a storm came; all they had was water, a compass and a checkerboard. When Arthur asked if this story was true, Grandpa said that it was, and then remarked that "Matthew was a fiend for checkers, just like me".

The episode finishes on a good note.





Episode connections

Clarissa Big Dig

The scene in which Arthur finds the doll head

Production notes

  • This episode was originally titled "Grandpa Dave's Great Big Fib".[5]
  • As of June 2014, this episode holds the record for most storyboarders for a single episode, with 5.

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