Miss Spider's Sunny Patch Friends

Master Mantis; Bug-Versity

Season 2, Ep 22, Aired
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  • Episode Description
  • Master Mantis: While out on a field trip with Bounce, Squirt, Wiggle, Dragon and Pansy, Mr. Mantis endeavors to teach them more about handling dangers. He informs them that the more they know about a danger, the safer they'll be. When he announces that they're going to take an up-close look at Venus Flytrap, the kids are scared as they have heard that these plants are monsters. To calm their fears, he tells them the tale of the wise Master Mantis, who once rescued Princess Honey Bee from one of these plants. Later, the kids use what they've learned to help a friend.Bug-Versity: Hug-a-Bug Day is coming, a day in Sunny Patch when the bugs celebrate what is unique about each other. Mr. Mantis assigns the kids the task of finding another bug to dress up as and learn about. When Wiggle and Bounce can't think anyone, they decide to pair together to help find somebuggy. When it seems like all of their choices have already been taken, Miss Spider comes up with an inspired idea.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Catherine Gallant


  • Alexandra Lai


  • Ezra Perlman


  • Julie Lemieux


  • Kristin Davis

    Miss Spider

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (11)

    • Wiggle: We still don't know what kind of bugs to be Bounce. Do you think Mr. Mantis will be mad at us? Bounce: No, he hardly ever gets mad.

    • Miss Spider: (to Bounce and Wiggle) You know, all bugs are special in their own way. In fact, I'd have to say you're both special too.

    • Bounce: Everybuggy has a bug to be but you and me. Wiggle: I'm ready to cry uncle. (gasps) That's it! Uncle Gus! Bounce: Yeah, yeah! You can be an asparagus beetle! Wiggle: Me? Bounce: It was your idea! Come on!

    • Bounce: What is a Hug-a-Bug Day? Mr. Mantis: It's a bug appreciation day --- a time for everybuggy in Sunny Patch to learn what makes each bug unique and then embrace those differences! Pansy: Unique means different or special. And embrace means hug!

    • Bounce: Mr. Mantis, Mr. Mantis! Your tushy's glowing. Mr. Mantis: Why, so it is, Bounce. Kids: (giggling) Mandrake: So silly. Pansy: Why are you wearing a costume, Mr. Mantis? Mr. Mantis: Tomorrow is Hug-a-Bug Day. We're all going to dress up as other bugs and put on a pageant.

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    Notes (5)

    • In the United States, this episode premieres on Noggin on Sunday, August 25, 2007.

    • In "Bug-Versity," Mr. Mantis gives his students the assignment to dress up as another type of bug and learn about that bug. The bugs chosen are as follows: Squirt: an asparagus beetle Wiggle: a bedbug Pansy and Snowdrop: butterflies Dragon: a cricket Bounce: a spider Mandrake: a stinkbug Eddy: a praying mantis Mr. Mantis: a firefly

    • Scott Kraft is the writer for the first story, Neil Affleck is the director and Robert Clark is the storyboard artist. John Van Bruggen is the writer for the second story, Lynn Reist is the director and Jun Nasayao is the storyboard artist.

    • The episode number and original airdate of this episode on Treehouse TV is unknown at this time. However, in "Bug-Versity," Dragon decides to dress like the cricket Scratch for Hug-a-Bug Day. So within the show's timeline, the events of this episode take place sometime after "Moon Music and Sun Songs."

    • Mr. Mantis reads the title display for "Master Mantis" and Wiggle reads the title display for "Bug-Versity."

    Trivia (2)

    • Dragon has a different voice in this season. But in "Bug-Versity", when Dragon sees Wiggle and Bounce running, he says "Hey. Wait for me" with his voice from the first season.

    • In "Bug-Versity," Pansy and Snowdrop briefly reprise the "La La Ladybugs" song from "Sing It Sister."

    Allusions (1)

    • The way Master Mantis looks and acts is similar to Mr. Miyagi in the movie The Karate Kid.

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