Mr. Fix-It Franklin / Franklin Has the Hiccups

Season 4, Ep 2, Aired 5/15/00
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  • #40201"Mr. Fix-It Franklin"Franklin is good at doing things such as repairing things with tape. However, he wants to fix something complicated. He tries to help Mr. Turtle with fixing the washing machine, but Mr. Turtle says there isn't enough room for the two of them. In his room, seeing that his clock is broken, Franklin decides that it can be his repair project and he takes it apart. But he has no idea how to put it together and blames Goldie for not stopping him. His parents come in and help him out. Then, Mr. Turtle shows him how to use basic tools, such as a wrench and hammer. However, when Franklin wants to do a really big repair job, Mr. Turtle says that he doesn't have enough experience. Using his hands, he shows Franklin how much experience he has and how much he would need to do the big job. It's a large difference. Not daunted, Franklin goes outside to find his friends. He finds Bear, who has a wobbly wheel on his bike. Using the tools Mr. Turtle gave him, he fixes the wheel. The two find Snail, who's having a problem with his dump truck. It won't dump. Franklin fixes this too. Then, he finds Beaver, who can't get her easel to stay on its stand. Beaver's skeptical that Franklin can repair it. But Franklin does, and then heads home, saying there are things that need to be repaired there and he has lots of experience. While he's at home, things go wrong for his friends. Bear's wheel comes loose again, causing him to go flying. This sends him towards Beaver and her easel gets knocked off the painting stand, which wasn't on there so well after all. Bear, Beaver and Snail all end up with paint on them. They head for Franklin's house and tell him that he didn't do such a good after all. But they're willing to give him a second chance. With Mr. Turtle's help, Franklin fixes things, this time the right way.#40202"Franklin Has the Hiccups"Mr. Owl's class is playing chess. However, most of them have trouble even just remembering the names of the pieces. One incorrectly calls the knight a "horse" and Goose says that she confuses her "brooks" and "ponds." Franklin, however, doesn't seem to have such confusion. He likes the game. He likes to think of himself as a coach and the chess pieces as his team. Using this strategy, he checkmates Beaver. He's now checkmated everyone in the class. So Mr. Owl says that he has a new opponent for him. Since he's the chess champion of this school, he's to play the champion of Cedar Brook school tomorrow. As Franklin and his friends head home that day, his friends cheer him on. They think he's the best and so he won't have any problems practicing. Then, Franklin gets the hiccups. His friends try some standard strategies to get rid of them and they seem to work, but then they come back again. Bear helps Franklin to practice chess playing, but Bear can't concentrate because Franklin keeps hiccuping. Franklin can't believe how bad Bear is doing. He tells Bear that he needs him to play like he's the best from another school. Bear complains that he isn't the best from another school and that playing chess with Franklin used to be fun. He leaves. Franklin goes over to his Granny's to play, but he keeps hiccuping and he keeps losing too. Then, the hiccups seem to go away again. Granny thinks that it's odd that his hiccups start and stop again. She waves a checkered cloth in front of his face and he starts hiccuping again. She realizes that he's just nervous about the match and that's the source of his of hiccups. That night, Franklin has a bad dream. He's surrounded by chess pieces and caught in tornado of them and his friends cheering him on. The next day, Franklin still has the hiccups when he sees a checkered pattern. Inside the school, Franklin starts hiccuping again. Mr. Owl suggests that Franklin go and get a drink of water. As Franklin gets his water, the kids from Cedar Brook arrive and head inside. But Franklin notices one of them sitting nervously on the stairs leading up to the school. He asks him what's wrong and he says that he has to play the chess champion from this school. He's heard that he's the best in the world. When Franklin asks who told him that, the kid, Marmot, tells him that the kids in the school did. Franklin tells him that he's not the best in the world, he's just someone who likes playing chess. Marmot says that he's been getting a stomachache thinking about the match. Franklin tells him that he gets the hiccups. So they agree to just go inside, play their best and have fun. After all, playing chess should be fun, not something to get all worked up about.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Newman

    Mr. Turtle

  • Shirley Douglas


  • Noah Reid

    Franklin Turtle

  • Julie Lemieux

    Various (Uncredited)

  • Luca Perlman


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  • Quotes (23)

    • The following quotes are from "Mr. Fix-It Franklin".

    • Narrator: Franklin could count by twos and tie his shoes. He could fix a torn page with tape and he could fix himself a snack. But one day, Franklin wanted to fix something with real tools.

    • Mr. Turtle: There's only enough room for one repairturtle on this job.

    • Franklin: I can't get this thing back together. Goldie, why didn't you tell me not to do this?

    • Mrs. Turtle: Uh uh. Lefty, loosey, right-tighty. Remember?

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    Trivia (2)

    • Franklin and Mr. Owl both agree that the fact that Beaver can't move her king anywhere without Franklin capturing it must be checkmate. However, this could also be a stalemate condition.

    • When Beaver asks what types of repair things Franklin has done and Bear says "Lots. He fixed my bike...," close-captioning credits the line to Franklin.

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