Postcards from Buster

The Music Mystery (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Season 1, Ep 25, Aired 1/6/05
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  • Episode Description
  • Buster visits New Orleans and learns about some traditional African celebrations and rituals. He attends a funeral parade and meets the director of a choir. He also learns about messaging through drumming and dancing on stilts. All of this serves as useful material for mystery novel that Fern is writing.

  • 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 (6)

    • Buster: It must be really hard to dance on stilts. Zara: Not too hard. You just need balance.

    • Buster: Phew. He's working hard. I hope there's a drum signal for "please don't step on the drummer."

    • Buster: These agents make the world a safer and more musical place.

    • Buster: Here's the signal for "take it from the top," but it could also mean "top secret." The choir's mission --- to protect and to sing.

    • Buster: What does it take to get into this choir? Do you have to pass some kind of secret test?

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    Notes (5)

    • Buster declines to sing in the choir in this episode, saying that he's not much of a singer. He must be being modest, as his singing was quality in the "U.F.O. Song" and "Baxter Day" tracks available on the Arthur CDs.

    • Show Promo: Repeat of the cold, snowy places / winter sports promo first shown in "The Giant Pumpkins"

    • Hey! I forgot to tell you something I learned in New Orleans: The French Corner in New Orleans is even older than the United States itself. It's a great place to listen to jazz music.

    • PBSKids GO! - Oral Report - Repeat of a segment first shown in The Giant Pumpkins"

    • The word "mystery" in the title appears in all capital letters in some online listings.

    Allusions (3)

    • Fern: Buster, we have to be realistic. Think Agatha Christie or Dashiel Hammett.
      Fern gives the name of two real-life authors of mysteries when dismissing Buster's idea of including aliens in a future story. The late Agatha Christie is so popular as to be virtually a household name. Dashiel Hammett is a bit less well-known, but still renowned for his works.

    • Colin: In Africa, they use different calls for different things. They use it for serious matters.
      Buster's new friend Colin tells him about the uses of African tribal drums. They can send important signals such as calling for gatherings or sounding an alarm.

    • Colin: This is Congo Square.
      The Congo Square in New Orleans is a sort of "hot-spot" for African-American cultural presentations, such as music and theater.

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