Postcards from Buster

Buster's Lucky Year (San Francisco, California)

Season 1, Ep 31, Aired 1/14/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Buster is exhausted and hungry after a long trip to San Francisco. He then has a streak of bad luck that puts him in low spirits. After a visit to Chinatown, he hooks with Hayley Cu and Carrie, two girls from Chinese families. They introduce him to the Chinese New Year Celebration and show him how to turn his luck around. He learns all about the traditional Chinese New Year's meal and the big parade held in San Francisco.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Marcel Jeannin

    Bo Baxter

  • Norman Groulx

    Carlos of Los Viajeros

  • Elizabeth Diaga

    Mora of Los Viajeros

  • Cameron Ansell


  • Stephanie Simpson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Buster: You can't tell which kind of luck you're having when you're actually having it. Carlos: That's kind of profound.

    • Buster: Are those firecrackers? Mora: Oh yeah. There's gonna be lots more. Buster: Yeah, I love explosions! The louder, the better.

    • Buster: You know, Mora, if it were me, this would be the Year of the Pizza.

    • Buster: Hi, Hayley! Mora: Shh. We'll talk to her after the rehearsal.

    • Mora: Okay, Buster, we've had our donuts, but now we've gotta hurry.

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    Notes (3)

    • This is the second of two San Francisco episodes, the first being "Beats By the Bay."

    • Wait! I forgot to tell you something I learned in San Francisco: Buster explains that the Chinatown in San Francisco is the oldest one in the United States. It's also where fortune cookies were invented.

    • # PBSKids GO! - Puppy - Repeat of a segment first shown in "A Sense of Direction"

    Allusions (3)

    • Carrie's Mom: It's the largest celebration in California, maybe in the United States, of Chinese culture.
      Each year, a massive Chinese New Year's Day Parade is held in San Francisco, California that stretches nearly two miles long.

    • Mora: Look! Another dragon!
      Buster: It looks pretty fierce.
      Mora: Well, they've got to be fierce to scare away the evil spirits and get rid of bad luck.
      Dragons are a big part of Chinese culture. Some are said to symbolize bad luck, and others are said to ward away bad luck.

    • Carrie: This is the Chinese New Year and they go by a calendar called the lunar year.
      The Chinese mark their years on a twelve-year cycle that is marked by various animals. The Chinese New Year usually takes place in January on the Gregorian calendar and the Year of the Monkey was 2004. Therefore, the events of this episode were filmed sometime around January 2004.

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