Postcards from Buster

The Mitten of Mackinac Island (Michigan)

Season 2, Ep 2, Aired 12/4/06
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  • Episode Description
  • When Los Viajeros perform in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Buster gets to visit his Dad's favorite vacation spot --- Mackinac Island. Bo is pleased at the idea of being able revisit some old favorites, such as the Grand Hotel and the island's several fudge shops, but the place seems more like a ghost-town then a bustling city. It turns out that since its' not tourist season, most of the major attractions have closed up for the winter. Buster is initially disappointed, but he and Bo are soon taken in by the family of a boy named Lou Clark. It turns out that Lou and his friends are amateur film-makers. Buster learns that they school they attend is very small --- it serves grades K-12, but only has 67 students, with a combined 2nd and 3rd grade class that has only eight kids. Together with one of Lou's friends, Scott, the group puts together a movie that recalls the War of 1812. Buster is bummed about being assigned the position of second camera, but doesn't know that they have a surprise for him. Buster also worries that his friends at home are getting tired of his video postcards when a dropped cell-phone connection causes him to misunderstand something said by Arthur.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Cameron Ansell

    Arthur

  • Glenn Coulson

    Carlos of Los Viajeros

  • Marcel Jeannin

    Bo Baxter

  • Stephanie Martin

    Mora of Los Viajeros

  • Tony Daniels

    Jack Rabbitson

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • Carlos and Mora: (singing) What Buster saw Buster: That's me! Carlos and Mora: in Mackinac / Buster: Oh yeah! Carlos and Mora: Was a lot of snow that wouldn't thaw / Buster: Come on, guys! Carlos and Mora: Just you wait / This island's great! Buster: Yes, it is! Carlos and Mora: Don't you withdraw from Mackinac.

    • Bo: I know you and I know Arthur and it would take a lot more than a few thousand miles to come between a friendship like that.

    • Jack Rabbitson: (in fantasy sequence) And the award for Best Second Camera goes to Buster Baxter, for The Mackinac Mitten. Buster: (sighs happily) It could happen.

    • Buster: Second camera. He probably just made it up so I wouldn't feel left out.

    • Francine: (tossing Buster's video postcard in trash in fantasy sequence) I know what to do. I won't tell if you won't. (fantasy sequence ends) Buster: (wakes up) What a terrible dream.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Postcards from You: Ava of Maple Glen, PA, discusses her cat named Henry. She adopted him from the SPCA. Both she and the cat are five years old. She says that she really loves him.

    • The proper pronunciation for "Mackinac" is to pronounce it as if there's a "w" at the end, i.e. "Mackinaw." During the fantasy sequence in which Francine throws Buster's video postcard in the garbage, she mispronounces it with a hard "c" at the end.

    Allusions (1)

    • Buster: Historic Fort Mackinac. The British used this fort in the Battle of 1812 and they left some pretty cool stuff. In this episode, Buster pays a visit to the island of Mackinac in Michigan. He and a group of kids visit Fort Mackinac, an important historical site. It was built as a British outpost and was not relinquished by them until fifteen years after the United States gained its independence.

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