Mr. Owl is discussing ways with his class to help out in the community. He asks them for suggestions, but the only one they come up with is picking up litter. They just suggest different locations for doing it. Mr. Owl decides that the best way to learn about helping out in the community would be to actually go out into the community. So he sends everyone out, calling it a "field trip." Once they're outside, Mr. Owl says that he wants everyone to do different jobs. So they all decide to split up. Franklin thinks that he's doing a great job - picking up litter. But then, Beaver comes along. What's Franklin doing taking her job? She's picking up litter. Then Rabbit comes. He's been picking up litter too. He suggests having a race. Whoever can get their litter into the trash can first gets to keep the job. Beaver and Franklin don't like this at all. Rabbit's faster than the both of them and would surely win. Then Bear shows up and he's picking up litter too. They all get into a big argument about who should keep the job until Fox comes. He tells them all that they shouldn't be putting their stuff in the trash can. A lot of it is recyclable and should go in the recycle bin. Franklin decides that maybe Fox should get the job, as he knows what stuff should be recycled and what shouldn't. So he gets the job and is left holding everyone's litter. Franklin goes out in search of another job and comes across Mr. Groundhog. He's hurt his paw and not only that, but there's a huge tree branch in the way of his path. It's apprently been there a long time, but nobody from the community has done anything about it. Franklin sees that he has a job to do. He tries to move it, but he just can't get it to budge. Seeing Beaver, he decides she would be perfect for the job. She can gnaw the tree into many small parts and then clear it from the path. Beaver thanks him for finding her a job. Franklin continues along. He thinks that's great, but he still hasn't found a job. He finds Mrs. Muskrat, who's delivering hot meals. Asking if he can help out, Mrs. Muskrat gives him one to deliver to Mr. Groundhog. She comments that she always delivers his first, as he gets annoyed if it gets cold. Franklin heads for Mr. Mole's. He runs into Rabbit, who tells him that Mr. Groundhog is down by the pond. He wanted to soak his sore paw. Franklin's worried, as the pond is in the opposite direction and he'd never make it before the hot meal got cold. Rabbit's quick, though. So Franklin entrusts him to get it to Mr. Groundhog in time. Franklin resumes his wandering, noting that that if just wandering around doing nothing was a job, he'd be good at it. He finds Mr. Mole, who's trying to move a bench under some tree so that he can get some shade. He tries to help Mr. Mole, but the bench is too heavy. Bear shows up and Franklin has him try lifting the bench. He's strong and is able to move it. Mr. Owl arrives on the scene. It would seem that everyone's done a job, except Franklin. But then Fox, Beaver, Rabbit and Bear all tell Mr. Owl about how Franklin helped them find their jobs. Mr. Owl tells Franklin that do something to help the community: helping his friends find the perfect jobs for them.
"Franklin's Missing Snacks"
Franklin and his friends are playing, when suddenly Bear wants to break for a snack. Everyone's starting to get annoyed as it seems like everytime they get a game going, they have to stop and head home to get snacks. Then, Bear has a neat idea. What if they all brought some snacks from home and stashed them in a basket up at the tree fort. That way, they wouldn't have to keep heading home every time and wouldn't have that much of a break in their game. They all think that's a great idea. They return with their snacks. There's lots of neat things, except Fox has brought these awful apricot bars. Nobody likes them, as they get stuck to their teeth. Asked where he got them, Fox admits that he got them trick-or-treating, which was eight months ago. In any case, the idea seems to work. Later on, they're playing a game, when Bear suddenly says that he just remembered he has to go home. So they're left without a catcher for their baseball game, but they play on anyway. Fox hits the ball way, way back. Franklin runs after it. After a fair amount of time, he's still not back. Fox and Beaver wonder where he could have gotten off to. Maybe he got lost. When Franklin finally returns, Fox and Beaver are pretending to be asleep. Beaver jokes that she doesn't want to get up. Is it morning already? They decide that after that "nap," they're hungry. So they go to the tree fort for snacks, only to find that the basket's missing. At first, they wonder who took it. Then, Fox and Beaver think they know who: it must have been Bear. He likes snacks a lot and the thing about leaving the baseball game early was just a ruse for him to steal the snacks. Franklin protests, saying that Bear would never do such a thing. But, he has to admit that it doesn't look good. Later on, Franklin is playing checkers with his Granny. But he loses three games in a row. Granny wonders if something is wrong and Franklin asks her what you should do if you think your best friend did something that wasn't very friendly. Granny figures out that it's Bear that Franklin is talking about and tells him that although he thinks in his head that Bear did something wrong, he knows in his heart that he didn't. So Franklin returns to the tree fort and does some investigating. Seeing the empty basket in some bushes, he picks it up. Then, Beaver and Fox arrive. With Franklin holding the empty basket, they think now that he's the one who stole the snacks. Bear then shows up and hears what Franklin is being accused of. He tells Fox and Beaver that Franklin didn't do it. They ask how he can be so sure. Bear says that Franklin hasn't done anything rotten like that before. Also, he trusts him. It then comes out that they suspected Bear of stealing the snacks. It was only after they saw Franklin with the basket that suspicion turned to him. They apologize to them both. After looking at things a little more, they see a broken rope and realize that the rope that was holding the basket just snapped. Further investigation finds their snacks in the bush. Bear presents "razzle-dazzle bars," which he bought yesterday with his Mom. That's why he had to leave early. Fox suggests first that they try his apricot chews. They're really not that bad. So, they try them and they really are bad. Fox decides that maybe he'll have a razzle-dazzle bar instead. It's not that he doesn't like the apricot chew. He's just going to save it for later.moreless