Franklin and Bear have been making homemade cookies for a while now and this time, they've made their biggest batch ever. They want them to last a long time, but are tempted to eat them all up at once. After Bear literally gets his paw caught in the cookie jar, they find the cookies to be the least of their worries.
Franklin is sure that he won't like anything spinach, or lots of unfamiliar foods in general. Bear seems to agree with him, but the two find themselves facing this issue head-on when Beaver organizes a picnic and those in change of bringing the food announce plans to bring some pretty strange-sounding things.moreless
Franklin and Beaver discover an impressive piece of quartz, but problems with its shared ownership creates problems with their friendship. When Franklin and Beaver realize how unpleasant their quarrelling is to others, they decide to give their rock specimen away.
During a soccer match, Snail deflects the ball and scores the winning goal, but the victory comes at the cost of a cracked shell. Despite Franklin's advice, Snail refuses to tell his parents about the injury for fear of being pulled from the team. Putting his friendship on the line, Franklin gives Snail one more chance to tell his parents or he will have to do it for him.moreless
Mr. Turtle misses the call of the loons from camping in the wilderness, so he takes Franklin and Bear on a camping trip, encouraging them to be "voyageurs." Although enthusiastic about the trip, they begin to think for a while that it's less fun than they thought it would be.
Franklin's class has been assigned to do an interview with someone they consider special. Beaver takes Franklin's parents, but Franklin can't seem to find anyone that he wants to interview. After looking all over for a subject, he finally finds the perfect one someplace that he even looked.moreless
Everyone in Woodland has been looking forward to spring, but a late snowfall make it seem like it's taking forever. Franklin decides to celebrate the first day of spring by creating a holiday based around it, with special traditions such as having waffles for breakfast. On the day of the big celebration, melting snow and heavy rains cause an unfortunate flood, but Franklin and his family still find reason to celebrate after receiving help from a certain animal family who's well-equipped to deal with the problem.
"Franklin Plays Golf"
When Franklin sees his Dad warming up for golf season, he becomes interested in the game as well and soon agrees to an outing at the golf course with Mr. Turtle. Bear is worried that the outing will conflict with a soccer game, but Franklin feels that he'll have plenty of time for both events. When Franklin finds that golf not only takes a long game, but he isn't as good as it that he thought, he enlists Bear's help in an ill-advised plan to speed things up.moreless
When Rabbit tells Franklin and his friends about the "Gee Whiz Challenge," a contest to do something fun for 24 hours and get in a magazine, everyone jumps at the chance to become famous. They soon find that not only is it harder than they think, but there are other things that are more important.
"Franklin Can't Wait"
Franklin and his friends are going to the circus and he told all his friends to come early - but didn't tell his parents. They all soon become very bored by the long wait. When one friend arrives later than all the rest of them, they show that they can still have a good time, even with the long wait.moreless
Franklin and his friends have always enjoyed watching the annual Woodland parade, but this year, some of them are actually going to be in it, riding their bikes. At least, that was the plan, until Franklin thinks big and suggests that they create their own float. They create the Mothership One and load it up with gimmicks, only to find that it won't even move.
"Franklin's Party Plans"
When Franklin finds Skunk crying and learns that she's moving, he tells some of his friends about it and they decide to put together a surprise party to cheer her up. They create a number of items for her to remember them by, but when it comes time for the surprise party, it turns out to be Skunk who surprises them.moreless
Franklin finds himself caught in a difficult situation when he promises to support Bear during his big-kid baseball game and attend Beaver's art-show, both of which are happening at the same time. Bear is best friend and he did promise him first, but he wants to honor his commitment to Beaver because he's always dodged attending her events in the past. Not wanting to hurt either's feelings, he tries to make himself visible at both events without Bear or Beavers' knowing, but quickly finds the juggling act harder to maintain than he thought it would be.
"Franklin's First Star"
Franklin and Bear are big hockey fans and have a favorite professional player - Coyote. They take part in outdoor hockey games against Beaver and Fox and Mrs. Muskrat stops by often to provide encouragement and hot chocolate. One day, Mr. Turtle takes them to see a hockey game and they get to meet Coyote. They tell him about how great they think he is, but his response brings them to have a new respect for someone else entirely.moreless
Franklin and his friends are out playing baseball when the Churchill Bears, a visiting team on their way to a big tournament, roll onto the baseball field. Mr. Mole knows them and invited them to stop by. He arranges for a big game between them and Franklin's team, but when Franklin and his friends see how well the Bears play, they try to back out of the game, worried that they'll get "murgalized."
"Franklin's Reading Club"
Mrs. Goose at the Woodland library announces a summer reading contest to Franklin and his friends: anyone who reads thirty or more books will receive a nifty reading club t-shirt. Franklin and Bear like the look of the t-shirt and decide to try and read really fast so that they can get their t-shirts before anyone else. When they find that their friends are getting great enjoyment out of reading, while they can't even remember what they read, they question the wisdom of their idea.moreless
Franklin is having a campout in his backyard and he and Rabbit hatch a plan to stay up all night. Originally, all members of the sleepover are on board, but then they fall asleep one-by-one until finally Franklin and Rabbit are the only ones who make it until morning to see the sunrise, but not without a few setbacks.
When Bear buys a neat detective kit at Mr. Mole's shop, Franklin is disappointed to learn that they're all sold out, but Bear tells him that he can get a "Super Snooper Spy Kit," however, he'll have to get it before it's sold out. Franklin checks his savings and finds that he doesn't have enough money. Hoping to earn the money, he decides to strike a bargain with his Dad to get it by doing an extra chore. He first deals around doing the dishes and then fails keep up his end of the bargain after agreeing to a different chore.moreless
As part of "Bus Safety Month," Bear is named "bus patrol officer" by Mr. Owl. Bear is familiar with the rules and seems to be good at the job, but when he ends up ticketing his friends for violations, they become upset with him. Franklin ends up commenting about how he'd do things if he became bus patrol officer and then regrets it when that's exactly what happens. Both he and Bear learn a lesson.
"Franklin and Wolvie"
Wolvie, the son of one of Mrs. Turtle's friends is coming to visit Franklin and pretty soon Franklin and all of his friends are on their guard when Wolvie's play turns out to be a little rough for them. Wolvie seems to be rough, rude and just not fun to be around. It turns out, though, that there's a reason for Wolvie's behavior and he can change if need be.moreless
Franklin and Bear have been growing a huge pumpkin in the hopes of entering it in the county fair and winning first prize. As they run an errand to help Mrs. Muskrat, they tell her of their pumpkin and learn about the amazing things she does with seemingly useless broken glass. When their pumpkin suffers an unfortunate accident, Mrs. Muskrat shows them how they too can make something great out of something seemingly useless.
"Franklin's Jug Band"
Franklin's friends Beaver and Bear have started a band and Franklin wants to join too, but he finds that his sister Harriet has taken possession of the instrument he wants. It's up to his friends to show him that his own imagination and creativity is all he needs to have the perfect instruments to play.moreless
Harriet has a favorite book called The Happy Green Frog and she wants Franklin to read it to her over and over. Franklin is okay with reading it at first, but when she keeps asking to hear it and ignoring all of her other books, he grows tired of it and hides it under a pile of newspapers. Later, the newspapers are taken out to the recycling... and the book exits with them! Franklin and Bear launch on a wild hunt throughout Woodland in the hope of finding another copy of the book to read to Harriet, but end up with a very creative solution to the problem.
"Franklin and Betty"
Beaver's cousin Betty is in town and Franklin is the first of the Woodland kids other than Beaver to meet her. The two quickly become friends with each other, Betty identifying with Franklin's interest in sand-castle building and also wanting to get away from Beaver, who is obliviously centered on her own interests. As more of the kids in Woodland get to know Betty, they also notice the friendship between Betty and Franklin and two try to turn it into a joke --- that the two of them are in love! Franklin gets some help from his best friend Bear in dealing with this awkward situation.moreless
When Franklin learns that Bear has taught his little sister, Beatrice, to count up to five, he decides it's time to start teaching Harriet things himself. He sets up a school session for her, complete with lessons on counting, painting and more. He soon begins to despair when it seems like Harriet isn't learning anything from his lessons.
One day, when playing with Bear, Franklin begins sneezing. Noting that the sneezing fits don't seem to happen all the time, his friends diagnose him as having an allergy and after some tests, conclude that he's allergic to Bear! Franklin and Bear try to find new ways to play together that won't cause Franklin to sneeze, but it turns out that the cause of Franklin's allergic reaction isn't exactly what they thought.moreless
"Franklin Meets Ermine"
When Franklin and his friends race paper boats, Franklin's boat gets stuck in a tree branch in the stream. Everyone goes on ahead, while Franklin tries to rescue his boat. But then a kid Franklin's never seen before, wearing glasses, accidentally tumbles onto Franklin's boat while trying to rescue it. Upset at what he's done, he runs off. Franklin's annoyed, thinking he wrecked his boat on purpose. He goes back to his friends and explains what happened. They all wonder why they never saw him. Later on, Franklin and his friends are flying kites. Suddenly the wind dies down and everyone starts running to keep their kites in the air. Franklin tells them that they're just impatient, if they wait, the wind will come back again. But they run off, leaving Franklin alone. Suddenly a new kite appears in the sky. It's the one of the kid from earlier. But then, his kite accidentally bumps into Franklin's kite, knocking it into a tree. Upset once again at what he's done, he runs off. When his friends return, Franklin tells them about what happened, but this time they don't believe him so quickly. He convinces a couple, but Beaver quips that he must have an imaginary friend. Sometime later on, Franklin and his friends are playing baseball. Bear hits the ball way back and it goes into some bushes. Franklin goes to get it, only to see the kid from earlier once again. He gets the ball for Franklin, but when Franklin confronts him about wrecking his kite and boat, he runs off, much to Franklin's disappointment, as he's once again disappeared when he wanted his friends to see him. Finally, when Franklin is walking through the woods, he sees the new kid with his grandmother, who is trying to rescue Franklin's kite. Ermine explains to his grandmother that he doesn't think he's going to make any friends here. He's just too shy. So Franklin introduces himself. He apologizes for getting angry at him, now understanding what happened. He agrees to introduce the new kid, Ermine, to all of his friends. And he does, but not before playing a little joke on them first, by pretending that he can't see anyone when they all point to Ermine. Then he tells him that he's just kidding, since they had all thought Ermine was invisible. They ask Ermine what he'd like to play and he says hide-and-seek, since he seems to be good at that. Everyone laughs.
"Franklin's Funny Business"
Franklin tells jokes on the school bus that amuse everyone. But when Rabbit tries to tell jokes, they fall flat. Everyone's heard them before. On the way home that day, Rabbit asks Franklin for help on being funny. Franklin tells him that he actually got all of his jokes out of a book from the library. So they go to the library where they find a great new book with practical jokes. With the new book, Franklin and Rabbit play a series of practical jokes on their friends. Everyone finds them funny, except the person that the joke is on. Finally, tired of being the butt of Franklin and Rabbits' jokes, Franklin and Rabbits' friends play a practical joke on them. However, nobody's laughing, not Franklin, not Rabbit and nobody else either. It's hard to find such a joke funny when you know how it feels. Franklin realizes that jokes are only funny when everybody is laughing together, not at someone.moreless
As Franklin and his Dad are at a store searching for things to fix up their old shed, Franklin spots a sleek looking new sailboat. Franklin wants it, but Mr. Turtle doesn't think he should buy it. He already has his old boat, the S.S. Snapper at home. But Franklin doesn't think much of the S.S. Snapper. It's a really old boat. Mr. Turtle thinks that he should give it a chance. With a little fixing up, it could be a great boat again. He promises to help Franklin with this. Back at home, Mr. Turtle starts work on the shed. Franklin's worried because there's a boat race on Saturday and at the rate Mr. Turtle is going, there's no way the S.S. Snapper will be ready by then. A practice is held for the race and Franklin doesn't have anything to race. Convinced that the S.S. Snapper isn't going to be ready, Franklin springs for the expensive new boat at the store. But when he tests it out, it's a dud. Instead of racing like it's supposed to, it goes crooked, then sinks. Now what is he to do? He searches for his old boat with Bear, but it's nowhere to be found. Then, he searches the shed. There, he finds the S.S. Snapper, but not as he knows it. It's been completely revitalized! Surprise! While Franklin thought Mr. Turtle was cleaning up the shed, he was actually repairing Franklin's boat. Franklin thanks his Dad and says that he wants to help him do something in return - clean the shed! On the day of the race, the Snapper races like a dream and Franklin takes first place. For repairing his sailboat (and being the best Dad ever) Franklin presents Mr. Turtle with a trophy, made out of the boat he bought at the store.
Mrs. Turtle is talking with Mrs. Bear (who's just leaving) and although he can only hear his Mom's end of it, Franklin overhears enough of it to know that there's some sort of secret that's being kept from him. He asks his Mom to tell him, but she won't as it has to do with Bear and she knows that best friends can't keep secrets from each other. Franklin says that he'd keep it a secret, but Mrs. Turtle still won't tell. Then, Mrs. Bear calls and thanks to Mr. Turtle, Franklin learns that the secret is Bear's birthday present. Now, he wants to know what it is. He's not told, but sometime in the future, while looking for his baseball glove in the closet, Franklin spots a gift bag. He peeks inside and sees the contents: a Power Pal. Later on, Bear and Snail are playing baseball. But Bear can't catch the ball because his glove is too small. Snail jokes that this is a good excuse. Franklin comes He knows what Bear's getting him for his birthday and asks him to guess. Franklin is shocked when Bear gets it correct on the first try and isn't able to hide it. Now, he's upset because he's spoiled Bear's surprise. Franklin and Snail try to coach Bear on acting surprised at his party, but he's a bad actor. On the bus, though, Franklin figures that maybe such a bad thing that they know what Bear's getting for his birthday. He and all his friends get together and decide to buy him accessories to go with his Power Pal. On the day of Bear's party, Franklin and Mrs. Turtle are about to leave. Franklin catches Mrs. Turtle as she nearly forgot Bear's gift. She thanks him for saving her an extra trip and pulls a box out of a nearby cabinet. Franklin comments that it isn't Bear's gift. It doesn't look at all like the one in the closet. Uh oh. Rewind the tape. Looks like Franklin saw his birthday gift. Now he knows what happens when you snoop. Franklin realizes that there's something he has to do. At the party, Bear unwraps all of his friends' gifts, which all Power Pal accessories and then opens his Mom's gift. At first, he just acts surprised, but then is really surprised when he sees the gift - a baseball glove! He's really surprised, but now everyone is giving Franklin dirty looks. Franklin says that there's one more gift and it's from him. Bear opens it - it's a Power Pal! Turns out that this birthday is full of surprises, which is just how it should be.moreless
Franklin and Bear are having a great time playing in fallen fall leaves. They pretend that Bear is a ship captain, Franklin is first mate and that a pile of leaves is the "Red Sea." Then, Jack Rabbit, an older kid, comes along. He comments that he used to play in the leaves, when he was younger. Franklin and Bear say that they weren't playing in them, they just fell in them, by accident. Jack Rabbit, who tells them to call him "Jack," talks with them for a while. Franklin tells him that he's been doing the exercises he's shown him and gotten stronger. Eventually, Jack tells them that he has to leave to go do his paper route. They ask if they can come along and help and Jack agrees. So they tag along as he does his paper route. As they go along, we see that they've taken to wearing their caps backwards, like Jack does. They finish and when Franklin gets back home, he asks his parents if he can have his own paper route. His parents don't think he's ready for it though. They say that maybe he can do it when he's older. One day, Franklin and Bear are playing "Knights" when they see Jack coming. Not wanting to look like dopey little kids, they quickly take off their costumes and hide them. Jack Rabbit comes up and notices that they're still wearing their shinguards. They say that they were skateboarding. But they left their skateboards at home, so they were practicing falling. They talk some and Jack Rabbit says that he has to leave, as he's leaving for the weekend and he needs someone to do his paper route on Saturday. Franklin and Bear tell him that they'll do it. They know his route, so it shouldn't be a problem. Jack agrees, just so long as they get their parents' permission. Back at home, Franklin begs his parents again. They seem a bit more willing this time and ask what Bear's parents said. Bear arrives and says that his parents said yes. So Franklin's parents agree too. Saturday comes and Franklin and Bear find their papers to deliver. Already there are two problems: the Saturday paper is a lot heavier than the Tuesday paper and also, there's a whole bunch of flyers that they first have to bundle in with the papers before they can deliver them. They get to work, but not without a few problems, as the wind starts blowing the papers around. They finally get everything ready, but then find the papers are too heavy to carry. Bear suggests using a wagon. Franklin says that Jack would never use a wagon and that they shouldn't either, as they would look like little kids. Bear reminds him of something: they are little kids. So they use Franklin's wagon to deliver the papers, while their friends are out flying kites. Tired, they're pleased when they've finished the route and Mr. Turtle shows up and offers them a ride home in the car. On the way home, Mr. Turtle asks if Franklin still wants his own paper route, but Franklin is fast asleep, as is Bear. The scene changes and it's another beautiful day. Franklin and Bear are out flying kites. They're back to wearing their hats forwards instead of backwards. Jack comes and they thank him for giving them the kites. Jack says that he wanted to do something nice for them after they did such a good job with his paper route. He says that if they still want their own routes, he can put in a good word for them. But Franklin and Bear tell him that they've decided to wait until they're older. Jack says that he hasn't flown a kite in a long time. He asks if he can and Franklin lets him use the one he gave him. Jack calls it "neat," instead of "cool," the word he usually uses.
"Franklin's Shell Trouble"
Franklin is out playing with his friends when Beaver notices something wrong with the back of his shell. It seems to be peeling or something. They think perhaps that maybe it's just something normal. Bear says that some of his fur comes out every time he brushes it. But Franklin doesn't think that it's normal and says he'd better go home and tell his Mom. At home, Franklin is trying to solve the problem by using bandages. But it's not working. Mrs. Turtle says that she called Dr. Bear and she'll see him without an appointment. At first, Franklin doesn't want to go to the doctor, but after Mrs. Turtle says that the problem might spread, Franklin thinks that maybe it's not such a bad idea. Dr. Bear diagnoses the problem as "carpace eczema." She says that it's commonly known as "shell-flake" and it's easy to treat. However, Franklin doesn't like the treatment: a purple ointment that has to be rubbed all over his shell and is very smelly. Worse, it could take up to two days for it to work. What is he going to tell his friends? The next day, Franklin and his friends are out berry-picking. But Beaver, Bear and Raccoon are off picking berries in one area, while Franklin is all by himself in another area. His friends wonder why he's all by himself. He's been avoiding him all day. Beaver decides to go over and talk to Franklin. The first thing she notices is the awful smell. Then, as Franklin tries to run off, some the purple ointment comes off on a leaf. Beaver notices it and thinks that there's some kind of fungus growing on the berries. She warns everyone not to eat the berries and Bear thinks that he's doomed, as he's already eaten a hundred. Franklin tells them the truth, that the purple stuff is actually the ointment he has to have on his shell. His friends all try to backpedal, saying that maybe it doesn't smell so bad after all, but Franklin leaves, as he knows that it smells bad. Later, Franklin is in his backyard, playing with the garden hose. Bear comes and Franklin asks if he's alone. Bear asks why and Franklin shows him: if he wants to play in the water, he has to wear this bright red shell cap. He doesn't want anyone to see it, so he can't go swimming in the pond. Bear says that he'll clear everyone out of the pond and Franklin can have it all to himself. Bear comes back and tells Franklin that the pond is all clear. So Franklin comes back, but is startled when he hears his friends returning. Worse, it would seem that Bear is in on it too! Franklin turns around and looks at his friends: they're all wearing silly shower caps! Now they look just as goofy as him! They tell him that they're his friends and they never minded that he looked different. He's just Franklin to them. They proceed to have a splashfight, but not before Franklin covers his shell back up completely.moreless
Franklin is good at doing things such as repairing things with tape. However, he wants to fix something complicated. He tries to help Mr. Turtle with fixing the washing machine, but Mr. Turtle says there isn't enough room for the two of them. In his room, seeing that his clock is broken, Franklin decides that it can be his repair project and he takes it apart. But he has no idea how to put it together and blames Goldie for not stopping him. His parents come in and help him out. Then, Mr. Turtle shows him how to use basic tools, such as a wrench and hammer. However, when Franklin wants to do a really big repair job, Mr. Turtle says that he doesn't have enough experience. Using his hands, he shows Franklin how much experience he has and how much he would need to do the big job. It's a large difference. Not daunted, Franklin goes outside to find his friends. He finds Bear, who has a wobbly wheel on his bike. Using the tools Mr. Turtle gave him, he fixes the wheel. The two find Snail, who's having a problem with his dump truck. It won't dump. Franklin fixes this too. Then, he finds Beaver, who can't get her easel to stay on its stand. Beaver's skeptical that Franklin can repair it. But Franklin does, and then heads home, saying there are things that need to be repaired there and he has lots of experience. While he's at home, things go wrong for his friends. Bear's wheel comes loose again, causing him to go flying. This sends him towards Beaver and her easel gets knocked off the painting stand, which wasn't on there so well after all. Bear, Beaver and Snail all end up with paint on them. They head for Franklin's house and tell him that he didn't do such a good after all. But they're willing to give him a second chance. With Mr. Turtle's help, Franklin fixes things, this time the right way.
"Franklin Has the Hiccups"
Mr. Owl's class is playing chess. However, most of them have trouble even just remembering the names of the pieces. One incorrectly calls the knight a "horse" and Goose says that she confuses her "brooks" and "ponds." Franklin, however, doesn't seem to have such confusion. He likes the game. He likes to think of himself as a coach and the chess pieces as his team. Using this strategy, he checkmates Beaver. He's now checkmated everyone in the class. So Mr. Owl says that he has a new opponent for him. Since he's the chess champion of this school, he's to play the champion of Cedar Brook school tomorrow. As Franklin and his friends head home that day, his friends cheer him on. They think he's the best and so he won't have any problems practicing. Then, Franklin gets the hiccups. His friends try some standard strategies to get rid of them and they seem to work, but then they come back again. Bear helps Franklin to practice chess playing, but Bear can't concentrate because Franklin keeps hiccuping. Franklin can't believe how bad Bear is doing. He tells Bear that he needs him to play like he's the best from another school. Bear complains that he isn't the best from another school and that playing chess with Franklin used to be fun. He leaves. Franklin goes over to his Granny's to play, but he keeps hiccuping and he keeps losing too. Then, the hiccups seem to go away again. Granny thinks that it's odd that his hiccups start and stop again. She waves a checkered cloth in front of his face and he starts hiccuping again. She realizes that he's just nervous about the match and that's the source of his of hiccups. That night, Franklin has a bad dream. He's surrounded by chess pieces and caught in tornado of them and his friends cheering him on. The next day, Franklin still has the hiccups when he sees a checkered pattern. Inside the school, Franklin starts hiccuping again. Mr. Owl suggests that Franklin go and get a drink of water. As Franklin gets his water, the kids from Cedar Brook arrive and head inside. But Franklin notices one of them sitting nervously on the stairs leading up to the school. He asks him what's wrong and he says that he has to play the chess champion from this school. He's heard that he's the best in the world. When Franklin asks who told him that, the kid, Marmot, tells him that the kids in the school did. Franklin tells him that he's not the best in the world, he's just someone who likes playing chess. Marmot says that he's been getting a stomachache thinking about the match. Franklin tells him that he gets the hiccups. So they agree to just go inside, play their best and have fun. After all, playing chess should be fun, not something to get all worked up about.moreless
Mr. Groundhog has hurt his foot, so Franklin and his friends are helping him with chores around his garden. Mr. Groundhog says that they should take a break, but Franklin wants to pick just one last pumpkin. As he goes to pick the pumpkin, a reporter for the newspaper, Mr. Coyote comes along. He does a story on how the kids are helping Mr. Groundhog. He takes their picture, but Franklin doesn't get back in time for it. The story is published in the paper, with the picture. However, Franklin's not in the picture and although he's mentioned in the article, they accidentally print his name as "Frank." Nobody's going to know that's him. So Franklin tries doing a series of good deeds so he can get in the paper. But nothing works, the newspaper reporter always leaves him out. Then, while walking in the woods, Franklin finds a wallet that somebody lost. He checks and it belongs to Mr. Beaver. He races to return it and ends up bumping into Mr. Groundhog. Franklin notices Mr. Groundhog's trash bag and jokes that he must have had a very large lunch. Mr. Groundhog explains that it's actually litter; he picks up whenever he goes for a walk in the forest. Franklin tells him that he should do that someplace where people can see him, but Mr. Groundhog explains that he doesn't care about that. He just does it because it makes him feel good. It gives him a "special feeling." Franklin continues on to return the wallet, but nobody's home. So he just drops it in the mailchute. When Mr. Beaver returns home, he's pleased to find it, but doesn't know who to thank. He decides to write a letter to the paper to thank the person who returned his wallet. Sometime in the future, Franklin comes to the forest to help out Mr. Groundhog with his picking up of litter. He puts his hand on his heart and asks Mr. Groundhog if you usually get that "special feeling" right there. Mr. Groundhog says that indeed, he believes you do.
Franklin's selling of some of his old toys. Why? He's raised $4.50 and if he can raise $4.50 more, he can order a submarine through the mail. Bear sees what he's doing and says that he'll chip in the other half, since Franklin is his best friend. That way, Franklin doesn't have to sell his toys. Franklin waits and waits for the submarine to arrive, but it takes weeks. Finally the mail-carrier has a package for him. It's his submarine. But how can it be? It's just small little package. When Franklin opens it, he's shocked: it turns out it's just a cardboard submarine. Beaver tells him that he should send it back and get his money back. So Franklin tries it, but he doesn't have enough money for the postage. So he sets up another toy sale, when Bear comes along and says he has a strange feeling he remembers this happening before. Franklin breaks down and shows Bear the cardboard submarine. But Bear's not so upset about it. It may be cardboard, but it has a real periscope. They go ahead and assemble it and turn out to have actual fun, using their imaginations.moreless
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
"Franklin and the Puppy"
Franklin and Bear are playing when a field, when a small puppy comes up to Franklin. They play catch with it and find that it's pretty good at it. Bear notices that he doesn't have a collar. Franklin, thinking that it might be a stray, decides that they can't simply leave it out its own. He's going to take it home with him. Bear's not sure it's a good idea, but he does agree that it shouldn't be left out to fend for himself. So Franklin takes the puppy home and explains the situation. His parents agree to take the puppy in, but with a caveat- they're going to search for the puppy's rightful owner. Franklin begins caring for the puppy and the puppy is a lot of work. One morning, Franklin is leaving for school. He wants to say goodbye to the puppy, but he can't find it. It turns out that the puppy snuck into Franklin's backpack. Franklin doesn't find this out until the puppy pokes out of his backpack on the bus. When Franklin gets to school, he tells the puppy to wait for him outside. But the puppy follows him inside unseen and creates quite a commotion running around the oom. Mr. Owl finally catches him and asks who he belongs to. Franklin admits the puppy is his and apologizes for the mess. But Mr. Owl doesn't mind, saying that it's not often they start their mornings with that much excitement. The search for the puppy's owner continues, but Mr. and Mrs. Turtle also buy a collar and leash for him. Then, one day, Franklin is at his house with Bear, when someone comes knocking at the door. It's the owner of the puppy! Franklin panics. He's grown attached to the puppy and doesn't want to give him away. So he tries to sneak out of the house with Bear, who definitely doesn't think this is such a good idea. But then he hears the puppy's owner talking about how much she misses the puppy. He decides to do the right thing and return the puppy. The owner's mother explains that they have the puppy stay at her Granny's place, but Grandma isn't much for dogs and she's also getting up in years and so that's how the puppy got loose. Franklin volunteers to watch the puppy from now on when they go away and the owners agree.
"Franklin Takes the Bus"
Mr. Owl has a lot of neat toys in his toy chest. One of them is a toy bus, which Franklin really likes to play with. He likes it so much, that he decides he wants to take it home with him. So he takes it, but without asking. He'll just return it the next day. That afternoon, Bear comes over to Franklin's house and sees Franklin playing with the bus. He says that it looks like the bus in Mr. Owl's oom and Franklin says that it is. Bear asks him if he asked if he could take it and Franklin admits that he didn't. He doesn't think that Mr. Owl will mind though, as he never plays with it. Bear's not so sure, but Franklin reassures him that everything will be okay. However, everything isn't okay. The next day, Franklin forgets to take the toy bus with him to school. He hopes that no one will notice that it's missing, but Beaver does. She needed it for the safety demonstration she was going to do today. Franklin starts to admit that he took it, but Mr. Owl cuts him off before he can finish his sentence and Franklin ends up saying that he wants to help look for it. The entire searches for the bus, but naturally they come up empty. That afternoon, Franklin and Bear continue playing with the bus. Franklin says that he's definitely going to return it tomorrow. Then, Franklin and Bear have to leave and they leave the bus, as well as some other toys, in a hollowed log. Beaver and Goose are playing hide-and-seek and Goose hides in the log. When Beaver finds her, she notices the toy bus and Franklin's other toys. She thinks that the toys must belong to the "thief," the one who took the bus. So Beaver takes the bus and the toys to the school and starts talking about a thief. She says that she's going to find out who this thief is. So Franklin admits the truth: there is no thief. He's the one who took the bus. Mr. Owl's not happy that Franklin took it without asking, but he's glad Franklin told the truth. Beaver goes ahead with the safety demonstration, with the help of some of Franklin's other toys. But not before asking Franklin if she can borrow them first.moreless
Franklin and his family watch the magic show of Marten the Magician. They're amazed by his great tricks, which include making things appear out of thin air and making himself disappear. Back at home, Franklin says that he wants to be a magician. His parents demonstrate a couple simple tricks: making a coin appear in one hand when it should have been in another and a "magic paperclip." But Franklin's not impressed and decides to go to the library for information on the cooler tricks, such as making things disappear. He enlists Bear as his partner and they decide on some tricks to perform: the "Chamber of Seven Swords," making a chair levitate and then making Bear disappear. They put on a show in front of their friends, but everything goes wrong. When Franklin attempts the "Chamber of Seven Swords," the lid to the box Bear is inside pops open, revealing that the swords never actually went through him. When he attempts to make a chair levitate, he accidentally pulls down the sheet, revealing that Bear was holding it up the whole time. And when he tries to make Bear disappear, the curtain falls, showing that Bear just went behind the curtain. Back at home, Franklin laments that the show was a disaster. His parents suggest that maybe it was because he tried to start with the hardest tricks. Franklin says that he's quitting magic, but his parents convince him to try some easier tricks. So Bear and Franklin try the show again, with the magic coin trick and the paperclip trick, as well as a new trick: the "magic handkerchief." The show is a success and the even get the audience of Marten the Magician, who compares the performance to those of his early days.
"Franklin Camps Out"
Franklin's going on a camping trip. His father tries to show him how to tie a knot, but he's so excited about what's happening at camp that he doesn't pay attention. This causes problems at camp. Before the fun can begin, there are things that must be done to set things up. Instead of trying to do them himself, Franklin continuously relies on his friends to solve his problems for him. Finally, everyone gets tired of helping him and when they all have to tie a knot before they can play on the swings, everyone finishes except Franklin and Franklin misses all the fun. Franklin complains that they should have helped him, but Bear explains that everyone's tired of helping him. However, he says that he is going to teach Franklin, until he learns how to tie a knot himself. That night, Franklin is the only one awake when a strong wind threatens to blow down their tent. Using what he learned from Bear, he ties down the tent all by himself, to everyone's pleased amazement in the morning. Then, they go canoeing. Franklin tries to do it all by himself, but it would seem he still needs a little help.moreless
Franklin has a fear of thunder and lightning, and does not want his friends to know, since they all think he is fearless. But when a particularly strong thunderstorm forces all of them to wait in the library until it ends, Franklin learns that admitting your fears isn't a problem at all.
"Franklin's Maple Syrup"
Franklin and Bear are inspired by Coach's maple syrup-making techniques and decide to make some themselves, by tapping trees for sap first. But soon it begins to become a big competition against Beaver and Fox just to get some sap, until they learn that doing it together makes it able to be done easier.moreless
Franklin and Bear are playing baseball. It's winter, but they want to get back in practice for the upcoming spring season. Then, they accidentally hit the ball into Mr. Groundhog's yard. Franklin doesn't think it's a problem. They'll just knock and ask if they can go and get the ball. But when they knock, at first no one answers. Then, after knocking a second time, Mr. Groundhog tells them to go away as it's not even February 2nd. Franklin's confused. Bear suggests that they just leave, but Franklin's worried the ball could get buried in snow if they have to wait till February 2nd. He says that he just wants to go and get his ball. Mr. Groundhog, now that he knows what they're actually after, gives Franklin permission to come and get his ball. He's still very grumpy though and gets irritated when Franklin brings up his comment about February 2nd. At home, Franklin tells his parents about how grumpy Mr. Groundhog was. He also tells them what he said about February 2nd. His parents tell him about Groundhog's Day. It's a tradition that if Mr. Groundhog sees his shadow, then there'll be six more weeks of winter. But if he doesn't see his shadow, then there'll be an early spring. They also tell Franklin that if someone acts grumpy towards you, you should never be grumpy back. Sometime later on, Franklin is near the town store. He sees somebody wrapped in scarves, trying to juggle a bunch of groceries. It looks like he needs help, so Franklin offers it. But the scarves end up coming off to reveal that it's Mr. Groundhog. Everyone, seeing Mr. Groundhog, races up and surrounds him and starts telling him what they think he should predict on Groundhog's Day. Some want early winter, some want spring and everybody has different reasons. Mr. Groundhog, very annoyed now, tells everyone to go away and heads off with his groceries. He drops his cocoa and Franklin tries to tell him, but he's already halfway down the street and yells at Franklin to go away. Franklin remembers what his parents said about not being grumpy back and heads for Mr. Groundhog's house. There, he tells Mr. Groundhog that he forgot his cocoa. Mr. Groundhog apologizes for being grumpy with him and tells him to come on in. He can have some cocoa and they'll talk. Franklin says that's okay, they just won't talk about the weather. Inside, Franklin notices all sorts of neat devices that Mr. Groundhog has to help predict the weather. He comments on it and then remembers that he wasn't supposed to talk about the weather. But Mr. Groundhog doesn't mind and tells Franklin all about his devices, some of which are more scientific than others. Franklin then brings up Groundhog Day. Mr. Groundhog details the trouble with Groundhog Day. He doesn't mind predicting the weather, it's just that everyone seems to want a different forecast. And they get annoyed if the foreceast isn't the way they want. He's tired of it and so this year, he's canceling Groundhog Day. They can gather around his house all they want, but he's not coming out. On Groundhog's Day, everyone comes, but Mr. Groundhog doesn't come out. Then, Franklin knocks at his door. Mr. Groundhog, seeing that it's Franklin, lets Franklin in. Then, to his surprise, everyone else that's gathered around comes on in. Franklin explains: he told his parents about what he said and word got around. So they all came to wish Mr. Groundhog a happy Groundhog Day, not because they want anything from him. Franklin then sees his own shadow and asks Mr. Groundhog what it means. Mr. Groundhog tells him that it means he's in the company of a good friend.
Franklin's alarm goes off. Sleepy, he starts to go back to bed. Then, he remembers, it's Saturday! He's going to go bike-riding today. Then, he looks out his window. Looks like rain. Mrs. Turtle comes in and Franklin expresses his disappointment at the fact that it's raining. Mrs. Turtle finds that strange, as it's not raining on the other side of the house. So Franklin goes outside and finds the problem: a faulty sprinkler. Mr. Turtle is trying to fix it. That's not good, as he had promised Franklin he was going to fix his bike. He tells Franklin he'll get to it, just as soon as he fixes the sprinkler. But the sprinkler is a tougher job than he thought and things keep going wrong with it, despite his makeshift attempts at repair. Franklin's friends come and go, as Franklin doesn't have a bike to ride with them. They say they'll come back later. Maybe it'll be fixed by then. Franklin goes inside, where his Mom tries to help him out. She knows things aren't go to plan, but maybe she could make a picnic for Franklin and his friends. Franklin can help. She sends Franklin out to the garden to pick some vegetables. Franklin picks the vegetables, but then sees Mr. Fox. He's carrying a heavy load of stuff that he bought at Mr. and Mrs. Skunk's yard sale and it looks like he's going to drop it. Franklin helps him. It would seem he needs a bit more help though, so Franklin helps him to carry it to his house. Franklin gets back and starts on the vegetable-picking again. But then, Bear, Beaver and Fox arrive. It would seem that Bear fell and scraped his knee while they were biking. So Mr. Turtle gets a bandage and offers him a drive home. First, though, how about a picnic? Mrs. Turtle is finished setting things up. Bear is more than happy to stay for a picnic. Franklin apologizes to Mrs. Turtle, for not keeping his promise of helping with the picnic. She doesn't mind, though, as she knows he had some emergencies to take care of. And now, Franklin understands better why Mr. Turtle wasn't able to take care of his bike right away.moreless
Franklin is going out to ride bikes with Bear. However, his parents don't want him to leave until he's taken down the fort he set up in the backyard. Franklin says that he'll do it later and his parents remind him that's what he said the day before. Mr. Turtle tries to use an analogy about weeds growing to illustrate what can happen if you put things off. But Franklin counters that the fort isn't going grow out of control or anything and ends up getting his way. He's soon back inside, however, as his bicycle tire has gone flat and he needs the air pump. But his parents tell him that he had it last and if he hadn't put off going to Beaver's to get a patch for it, then it wouldn't be a problem now. So Franklin goes back out in search of the pump. Mrs. Turtle comments that she hopes he doesn't look for it in the garden because there's some very big weeds in it. Franklin's hunt for the pump is less than successful. It's fall and there's a whole bunch of leaves in the yard. He looks for the rake to rake them up, hoping to find the pump underneath them. But then he remembers that he used the rake to help hold up his fort. Franklin tries to get the rake, but since he's trying to get just the rake down and not the entire fort, it's causing a lot of problems. Bear comes and finds Franklin fighting to get the rake. He helps Franklin and Franklin finally gets the rake. With it, he's able to find the air pump and get his tire fixed, at least for the time being. He and Bear go off to ride their bikes, but then Franklin sees that a strong wind gust is blowing around everything that he had in his fort. He tries to save everything and finally, with Bear's help, he's able to get the fort down once and for all. Having learned his lesson, he also goes to Beaver's to get the tire patched too. Later on, talking with his parents, he finds that his Dad is pulling weeds. He suggests that it might be a good idea to get the leaves raked up, so they're not a problem later. Mr. Turtle jokingly asks if he can do it later, as he wants to pull weeds right now.
"Franklin's Homemade Cookies"
Franklin and his friends are playing a game called "Find the Acorn." Fox has hid the acorn and no one can find it. He points out where it was and everyone gets mad. Not only was it someplace that even Squirrel couldn't find, but he told them that they were "cold" (far away from the acorn) when actually they were "hot" (right by it.) Beaver can't believe that Fox fibbed. Fox promises to play fair from then on. Later on, Franklin is at home. Bear comes to his house and presents him with a paper bird construct that he made. He really likes it and wonders if Franklin likes it too. He asks Franklin if it's the best thing he ever made. Franklin, looking at the thing and remembering that honesty is the best policy, tells him that maybe it isn't the best thing and starts pointing out things that are wrong with it. This only angers Bear, who leaves in a huff. Franklin doesn't have too much time to think about it, as he's baking homemade cookies with his Mom. They're ginger cookies and Mrs. Turtle reminds him to use three shakes of ginger. Franklin thinks to himself that if three shakes make them taste good, then four shakes would make them even better. So he tries this, but accidentally makes the last shake an especially large one. After the cookies are done, he takes them to his friends in the tree fort. He asks them to try them and they all find them disgusting. One says that they don't even think they're cookies. They ask who made them and Franklin tells them that he did. They all try to say nice things about them now, but the damage is already done. When Franklin returns home, he tells his parents about what happened. He has them try the cookies. It's obvious that they too think they're disgusting, but they try to say nice things about them. Mr. Turtle suggests that Franklin try one of them himself. Franklin does and quickly spits it out because it's disgusting. He admits to his Mom that he used more ginger than he was supposed to. His parents explain that sometimes it hurts when friends tell the truth. For that reason, even if you don't like something a friend gives you, you should always try to find something complimentary to say about it. Mrs. Turtle gives an example: a really wild hat Aunt Tortoise gave her. It looks wacky, but she called it such things as "stylish." Franklin realizes that there's something he has to do. He apologizes to Bear for saying mean things about the bird construct he gave him. Bear admits that is kind of funny looking and Franklin tells him that he likes it anyway. Bear says that he likes Franklin's cookies.moreless
For Earth Day, Franklin is excited to get his very own tree. When he receives a small maple seedling, he doesn't understand that it will grow into a big tree and becomes disenchanted. It's up to Mr. Heron to teach him the value of his small plant.
"Franklin the Hero"
Franklin and Snail idolize their favorite comic-book character: Dynaroo. They're very excited when they find out that Dynaroo's going to be doing a signing at Mr. Heron's bookstore. They plan to be the first in line, but on the way there, find neighbor Mrs. Muskrat in need of help. They really don't want to miss the signing, but they can't just leave her there. They learn an important lesson about heroism.moreless
Franklin's friends start to get excited because of Beaver's new toy, a spinning top. Beaver soon becomes convinced that the toy can tell everyone's future. Everyone joins in, except Franklin who spends his time at home, away from his friends because of his disbelief in it. When Franklin finally decides to try it, Beaver comes up with predictions about Franklin's next day, which ends up to be false information.
Franklin deals with his fear of the cellar located in the basement. While him and his friends are playing hide and seek, Franklin faces his fear of the cellar while trying to locate Bear, who is hiding somewhere in the cellar. Later on, Franklin's friends put on super costumes and try get rid of the imaginary monsters one by one in every cellar of each household, just for a game.moreless
In "Franklin's Fossil", Franklin and Bear found a fossil in his backyard and tries to set up a museum. However, they do not know anything about the fossil and decided to give it to Mr. Mole, who happens to know a lot about fossils.moreless
In "Franklin and the Computer", Franklin gets too attached to Beaver's computer game. He had put all his interests aside including his friends. He soon learns there's more to life than a computer game.moreless
In "Franklin's Nature Hike", Franklin & his friends are on a trip... a Nature Hike. However, Franklin becomes over protective of his friend, Snail. He soon learns Snail is able to care for himself.
In "Franklin's Starring Role", Franklin is disappointed he did not get a part in the spring play. Even worse, he has to be the stage manager. He soon learns his role is just important as everyone else's.
In "Franklin and the Two Henrys", Bear looks after Beaver's pet hamster, Henry, for the weekend. However, Henry ends up getting lost and Bear & Franklin must find a way to find Henry before Beaver returns.moreless