"The Last of Mary Moo Cow"

The Last Of Mary Moo Cow 1

The Last of Mary Moo Cow Title Card

Season/Series: 5
Number in season: 8a
Original Airdate: October 23, 2000[citation needed]
Flag of Canada January 10, 2001[1]
Written by: Dietrich Smith
Storyboard by: Zoran Vanjaka
"Pet Peeved"
"Bitzi's Beau"
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"The Last of Mary Moo Cow" is the first half of the eighth episode in the fifth season of Arthur.


When D.W.'s favorite show is canceled, she starts a petition to try to force her show to go back on the air.


At 3:30, Arthur resets all of the clocks to say it's 4:00 instead and he sits down to watch Dark Bunny. D.W. comes in and tells him that 3:30 is her T.V. time and he claims it's 4:00, not 3:30. However, she doesn't buy it and sits down to watch Mary Moo Cow. Arthur explains that it's not best to come between D.W. and Mary Moo Cow and proceeds to show instances of this. At the store she rushes her mom, in the sand box she stops playing immediately, and runs inside, and even the television repair man is rushed until she grabs the screw herself and quickly fixes it. Arthur then says D.W. would probably go crazy if she didn't have Mary Moo Cow to watch; or rather, even crazier. Within seconds the Mary Moo Cow theme restarts, and Arthur shouts, "What are you waiting for? Quick! Go to the title card!"

The Last of Mary Moo Cow

One day, D.W. begins screaming throughout the house and everyone comes to see what happened. D.W. says that Mary Moo Cow is coming to Elwood City, and an announcer says that she is coming on Thursday at Mill Creek Mall and Friday at Petey Pete's Pizzeria. Mary says she could hardly wait. D.W. then goes into a fantasy of Mary and herself as they sing to each other before flying to Mary's barn. After the fantasy, D.W. chooses a dress and says that she will stay with Mary during summer and with her family for the rest of the year, while Arthur is in school. Arthur says that they won't put her in the show, to which D.W. says Mary surely will. Mrs. Read points out that a lot of kids are going to be there to see Mary. But D.W. already knows this, mentioning that this is why she doesn't want anybody to know she is related to Arthur. After she leaves, Arthur and Buster cheer and begin to watch Dark Bunny!

At the Mill Creek Mall, they observe a string of children all walking away in tears. D.W. tries to comfort them saying "Mary can't see everyone." Finally, they reach the door, where Mom apologizes and tells D.W. that Mary Moo Cow's visit to the Mill Creek Mall was cancelled.

Meanwhile, back at the house Arthur and Buster are about to watch Dark Bunny, but the intro gets interrupted when D.W. forcefully changing the channel to the Mary Moo Cow Show. After Buster and Arthur question this, D.W. soon chimes in with a harsh voice of explanation. "Mary couldn't come! All right, the party's over! It's my turn!". She also steals their popcorn, to their surprise. Then Mary announces that this is their final episode, and Buster and Arthur cheer that Mary Moo Cow is cancelled!

That night, Mom and Dad try to comfort D.W. as Jane explains that cancellation eventually happens to all television shows. While Dave reminds her that she owns a few of the VHS tapes too. D.W. asks her parents if they were going to punish Arthur, but Dave leaves with the parting advice of "Think of all the other fun things you can do now at 3:30!". In her fantasy, D.W. is sitting at the TV, flipping channels but all she finds is static. She walks outside, and we see that everything now has a sad face. The inanimate objects around her explain to her that things would not be the same now that Mary Moo Cow has been cancelled and that the only TV show to watch would be Dark Bunny, to their disgust.

The next day, Arthur plops down in the chair in front of the television with a bowl of popcorn, hoping to watch Dark Bunny. However, D.W. comes up and explains, "Mom says that I get to keep this time until I recover from my trauma!" Arthur comes out with his usual response—he starts screaming for Mom. The program that's replaced Mary Moo Cow is the first edition of Stock Market Today; which discusses financial matters. D.W's imaginary friend Nadine tries to get her to let Arthur watch television considering how boring this show is anyway, but D.W. claims it's still her time even if the new show isn't that great and that "If D.W couldn't watch Mary Moo Cow, Arthur couldn't watch Dark Bunny".  Eventually, the new show gives D.W an idea: When the anchorwoman mentions "concerned citizens obtained five hundred signatures on a petition.", she makes a petition to bring back the show by getting her friends from preschool, sets up a booth to charge people 5 cents to sign the petition and even tries to enlist the help of Arthur to sign. However, he quickly decides not to since he is not a fan of Mary Moo Cow and D.W instead gets Baby Kate to sign with her handprint. D.W. mails the petition, and sometime afterward a response arrives in the mail. D.W. wants to know what it says. Arthur claims that it says that "Mary Moo Cow is still canceled. So you should let your brother watch Dark Bunny because it's still on the air." D.W. snickers at this as Mom begins reading the letter.

Dear D.W.,

Mary Moo Cow is very happy that you cared
enough to circulate a petition on her behalf.
Can you spell 'happy?'

D.W. is very disappointed with this. However, the letter contains an invitation to visit the studios of Channel 12: Home of the Mary Moo Cow Show. Arthur believes that D.W's petition didn't work since the show was still cancelled but D.W proclaims, "You just wait until I have a little talk with Mary!".

Both Mom and Dad take her to the studios of Channel 12 where D.W cries out, "I think you made a wrong turn somewhere! This isn't Mary's barn!" Mom and Dad explain that Mary's barn is part of a set, and this where it is filmed. Inside, while Stock Market today runs its next episode, a tour guide leads D.W and her family on a tour of the studios and points out where Mary Moo Cow always filmed her soft puppet shows. D.W is offered a Moo Cow soft puppet to add to her collection; but isn't very interested. She gets to what she believes is the point of her visit and says to the tour guide, "This is all very nice ma'am, but I do have a lot to discuss with Mary. So if you could just take me to her?" Unfortunately, D.W doesn't get her wish when the tour guide tells her that Mary was very busy and loses it. She cries out that she already had some of the stuff that the tour guide gave her and tells the tour guide "Arthur was right! He said you were just were just inviting me here to tell me it was still canceled!". She then runs off to try and find Mary. D.W then finds the dressing room that Mary Moo Cow used and looks around to find Mary; which is all decorated in cow-print fabric. Suddenly she hears somebody come in. "Mary?" she asks. But its not who D.W expects; its the woman who has been doing the Stock Market Today program who replaces the Mary Moo Cow dressing room sign with a "Patty Jones" sign. She talks to D.W. with  lots of interest. Initially, D.W believes that the woman was responsible for taking Mary Moo Cow off the air by asking Patty "What have you done with Mary?" Patty tells D.W that life works exactly the way that D.W is experiencing it — that sometimes people need a change, and that Mary Moo Cow would return to TV someday. Once Mary did come back on TV, D.W would have the pleasure of knowing that her efforts with the petition helped.

It's at this point that Mom, Dad, and the studio tour guide enter the dressing room. Dad tries to lay down the law by telling D.W that "You don't just barge in to people's dressing rooms". Patty Jones doesn't seem to mind, though. They begin to leave, and Patty, in the voice of Mary Moocow accidentally cries, "Goodbye D.W.!" Then, switching back to her normal voice, "I mean, goodbye little girl." D.W. gasps. They then go home as Patty sings to the tune of "Frère Jaques", "Oh D.W., Oh D.W., I love you, Yes I do."

Later at home, D.W. relinquishes control of the remote to a surprised Arthur, telling him that she'll catch Mary some other time. Pleased, Arthur settles in to finally watch Dark Bunny and changes the channel just in time to hear an announcer state: "The Dark Bunny show has been cancelled so that we can bring you the original classic episodes of every boy and girl's favorite series The Mary Moo Cow Show!" This, of course, does not go well with Arthur, and the episode finishes with him screaming at the television.






  • With the coins that D.W. collected, they come in a variety of the colors gold, silver, and brown, meaning these are the type of coins that Elwood City uses.
  • Arthur's address is revealed to be 562 Main Street.
  • Arthur breaks the fourth wall in this episode by shouting out loud "Well, what are you waiting for? Quick! Go to the title card!" This happened at the end of the opening seconds before the Title Card actually came, which is the Super Sister title card.
  • A running gag is D.W. taking away Arthur's bowl of popcorn and giving it to herself a few times (one time with Buster in the scene).
  • Dark Bunny was replaced with reruns of Mary Moo Cow, despite the fact that they air on different channels, as shown in That's a Baby Show!.


  • When Patty Jones is putting on makeup, her mouth is on top of the powder puff.

Production notes

  • In the "And Now a Word from Us Kids" segment (retitled "And Now a Word from Us Zoomers" for this episode), Caroline and Kenny from Zoom take the viewers behind the scenes of Zoom. Also, there is no Arthur drawing in the "Now Back to" bumper for this episode as Caroline says "And now back to Zoom" by mistake.