Sheriff Lewis and T-Bone are playing with a jiggly rope. Sheriff Lewis calls him a sweet puppy and rubs his tummy. Then T-Bone notices a squirrel and starts barking at it. He chaes it up a tree and continues barking as he returns to Sheriff Lewis. Sheriff Lewis calls him a "tough dog," but then says that he couldn't scare a fly off a jelly donut. The phone then rings indoors and Sheriff Lewis has to go inside. T-Bone's left to think about Sheriff Lewis's comment. He doesn't like it at all. He fantasizes a jelly donut with a fly on it. He barks at the fly, but it waves him off and then continues eating the jelly donut. He's worried that he's not tough enough and goes to see Clifford and Cleo. On the way, he runs into Mrs. Diller. She calls him "sweet." As he reaches the beach where Clifford and Cleo are, he decides to try his "tough" act. He runs up to them barking, but they're not scared at all. In fact, they didn't even notice that he was trying to scare them. T-Bone explains. He's a bulldog and bulldogs are supposed to be tough. But he's not. Clifford says that everyone likes him the way he is. T-Bone doesn't care though, he still wants to be tough. He tries making tough faces, but only succeeds in making faces that look silly or cute and even one that's both silly and cute. Cleo decides that she's going help T-Bone. All he really needs to be tough are strong muscles and a tough-guy face. She starts out by having him try to move a gigantic rock. T-Bone tries, but he can't budge it. Then all of a sudden it budges. We see though that it was actually Clifford who moved the rock, without letting T-Bone know it. Now thinking he's strong, T-Bone says that he needs a drink. As he heads for the water, a frog blocks his path. He tries to budge it using his newfound strength, but it won't move. He tries bravado, telling it that if it doesn't move, he's going to have to move it, but it stays put. So T-Bone revs up for a kick, but before he can kick it, it hops away and T-Bone ends up with his face on the mud near the water. He wants to give up. Being tough is hopeless. Cleo, however, isn't done. She figures that if she can just get T-Bone a "tough-guy" face, then that's the most important thing. So she has T-Bone try some out until she and Clifford decide on they think is "perfect." To test it, she's going to have T-Bone scare the toughest crab on the beach. If he can scare it, he can scare anyone. T-Bone sees a crab and manages to scare it off. He thinks that he did it, but Clifford tells him that's not the one that Cleo was talking about. They show him the actual one. It's mean and tough. T-Bone tries to scare it, but it just covers its ears. Then T-Bone gets spooked and ends up in the claw of the other crab he scared earlier. He declares himself a failure. He thanks Clifford and Cleo for trying, but apparently he's just not tough. He heads home, where he sees that there's some lady he's never seen before sitting in the bench outside outside his door. He decides to try and show her how tough he is. But he only succeeds in making her think that he's mean. That's not what he wanted. The lady (Martha) calls out Sheriff Lewis and says that there's a mean dog in the yard. Sheriff Lewis says that it's just T-Bone. He doesn't know what got into him. T-Bone finally gives up the tough act once and for all. Martha's not so scared of him now, noticing that he doesn't seem so mean. In fact, he's quite nice. T-Bone realizes that Sheriff Lewis loves him just the way he is.
"Stars In Your Eyes"
Emily Elizabeth and Clifford are playing a game of "fetch the stick" at the beach. Emily Elizabeth throws the stick, but when Clifford returns, he's brought her a stick much larger than the one she threw. (It's gotta be the Puppy Chow.) Charley comes up and shows Emily Elizabeth his new telescope. It's really neat. He explains that you can't see very much during the day, but at night you can see stars and planets and maybe even a spaceship. Jetta comes up. She doesn't see how Charley's going to see much with a toy telescope. Charley clarifies that it's a real telescope and you can see real planets with it, including the big red planet, Mars. Jetta tries out the telescope. She looks and thinks the sees the big red planet. But it's just Clifford, the big red dog. Emily Elizabeth thinks that the telescope is really neat and to celebrate it, they should have a telescope party that night. They'll have all sorts of neat stuff. Clifford and Emily Elizabeth leave to set up for the party. Jetta ends up covered in sand. With Emily Elizabeth and Clifford gone, Jetta talks to Charley. She tells him that if she had a real telescope, she wouldn't bring it to a party. He could get sand in it and ruin it. Charley says that he just won't bring it then. Jetta says that wouldn't be a good idea, since everyone is expecting him to bring the telescope. If she were him, she wouldn't come to the party at all. Over at Emily Elizabeth's, Emily Elizabeth and her Mom are setting up the party. They've got ballons and a planet mobile, which is hanging off of Clifford. Mrs. Howard comments that someday Emily Elizabeth may travel in space. Clifford fantasizes about riding in the rocket. The scene changes to that night, where everyone is at the party watching the shooting stars, the moon and more using cardboard telescopes. Everyone's there, including Dan and and Mary. About the only one of Emily Elizabeth's friends who isn't there is Charley. We see Jetta doing "moonwalking." Actually, it's simulating moonwalking, with Jetta hanging on strings off of Clifford. Emily Elizabeth wonders where Charley is. The scene cuts to Charley, who's bored. Back at the party, Emily Elizabeth presents "rockets," which are actually food. They're not going to eat them though. They're going to launch them to the moon. This consists of throwing the "rockets" into Clifford's mouth. Mary has a try at this. Emily Elizabeth wonders again where Charley could be. Jetta tells her that he's probably not coming. Emily Elizabeth quickly realizes what Jetta is up to. She counters that it doesn't matter whether Charley can bring his telescope or not. He should just be at the party. Everyone agrees and Jetta comes around too. They use Clifford as a "big red spaceship" to go and pick up Charley. Charley sees them coming, Clifford with all sorts of lights attached to him. They pretend that they're aliens, calling for Charley to come aboard their "big red spaceship." Then Emily Elizabeth drops down and tells him not to be scared. It's just them. She tells him that they want him and don't care about the telescope. However, it turns out that there's a way he can bring the telescope after all. He says they can use it, so long as they keep it in the "big red spaceship." Back at the party, everyone enjoys looking through the telescope. Charley says that maybe one day they'll travel to other planets. Emily Elizabeth concurs. Her, him and their big red spaceship.moreless