For the Birds / Ungifted

Season 12, Ep 4, Aired 10/27/08
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  • Episode Description
  • #120401 "For the Birds" Brain is delighted when he learns that the green-tailed grebe, a bird previously believed to be extinct, has been sighted in the forests of Elwood City. He's determined to be the first to take photographic evidence of it, but becomes worried when Mr. Ratburn starts a bird-watching club. He tries to hide his growing obsession, concerned that someone will beat him to the punch. #120402 "Ungifted" When Buster discovers a model kit in his home, he has a lot of fun assembling it. He gives the completed model to Arthur as a present and Arthur later trades it for a signed Dark Bunny poster. When Buster learns what Arthur did, he is upset, wondering just what Arthur's done with the Arthur presents he's given him in the past.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joe Purdy

    Written By - "For the Birds"

  • Michel Carraneau

    Storyboard - "For the Birds" (with Gerry Capelle)

  • Gerry Capelle

    Storyboard - "For the Birds" (with Michel Carraneau)

  • Susan Kim

    Written By - "Ungifted"

  • Ivan Tankushev

    Storyboard - "Ungifted"

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Arthur: Are you sure you don't mind spending half your allowance on a new model? Buster: Are you kidding? We can build something really cool together. It'll be fun. Arthur: Hey, how about this one?! It's the Dark Bunny mobile! Buster: I was thinking more of this combine. Look-- it even has a haylift attachment!

    • Buster: You gave my thresher to Binky? Arthur: Um, yeah. But technically it was my thresher, right? Buster: But I gave it to you. It was a present. Do you know how many hours I spent making it? Arthur: You said it only took you one hour. Buster: That's not the point! How about all of those other presents I've given you over the years? Have you given those away, too?

    • Arthur: What's that? Buster: A thresher called The Grain Reaper. It's a model of a machine from the 1960s that separated grain from stalks of wheat.

    • Brain: Buster, what are you doing here? Oh, wait, you must be trying to get footage of the "Skunkamunkah." Buster: Actually, no. I, uh, heard he left this area. I guess you're still looking for the green-tailed grebe. Mind if I tag along? Brain: Well, if it's just you, sure. I can use the company.

    • Buster: Hey, Brain, what do you think? Is it a woodpecker? Brain: Is it pecking at the wood? Buster: Yeah... Brain: Then it's a woodpecker. Now keep it down...

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    Trivia (7)

    • Goof: When Arthur and Mr. Ratburn are talking in the museum, Mr. Ratburn refers to Brain as Brain when he usually refers to him as Alan.

    • Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from New York, New York. Pascale, a nine-year-old girl says that the town has a huge population. There's many places that have a lot of litter, but she knows a place just down the street with very little litter-- Central Park. She points out areas that have just nature and animals, and encourages viewers to throw away any litter they see. The second postcard comes from Carli of Sebusco Estates, Maine. She goes out on a boat with her friends and lobster fisher. He pulls up lobster traps and throws one back that's no good because it's too small. Later, they go to the beach and find sea creatures such as moon snails and periwinkles. The postcard concludes with Carli eating lobster, stating "The best part about catching lobster is eating it."

    • Binky reads the title card for "For the Birds." It's the one where a giant egg cracks open containing Buster, Francine, Arthur, Muffy and the Brain and then they flee as a giant bird shows up. Binky also reads the title card for "Ungifted." It's the one where Buster neighs like a horse, and Arthur pats him on the shoulder and laughs.

    • The title of the second story originally appeared in schedule listings as "I Owe You One" and the plot information given referred to Buster paying back Arthur for various favors by doing favors for others. In "Ungifted," however, Arthur upsets Buster by giving away something that Buster gifted to him.

    • Muffy has a new digital camera in "For the Birds" called The Imp. She has evidently upgraded since "The Law of the Jungle Gym," in which she was excited about her new Zubeeza XQ-360.

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