T-Bone's gone over to Cleo's but Cleo seems to be out for the moment. She does, however, have what seems to be some extremely delicious dog food in her dish. T-Bone tries to hold himself. He figures he can sit, wait for Cleo to get back and then he'll ask to taste her new dog food. It's a good idea, but it's almost like the dog food is calling him (the bowl appears to glow) and pretty soon he decides he'll take just one more small taste. Taking his small taste, however, he actually ends up consuming the entire dish! Mac comes and wants to know what's in the bowl. He sees that it's empty and comments that it smells like something really good was in there. Clifford and Cleo show up and Cleo offers to let them try her new dog food... only to find that it's gone! Cleo's pretty mad about this. She wonders who took it. Mac decides that there must have been a crook who took it. T-Bone decides to go with this. Thinking fast, he says that he saw a dog heading down towards the docks. He tries to get them to forget it, saying that it was a pretty big dog, but that argument is quashed quickly, after all, what dog is bigger than Clifford? They go out in search of the "kibble crook," while T-Bone tags along, noting grimly to himself that they're not going to find anything. Down at the docks, they search and T-Bone hears some sort of barking. It's coming from some crates. They open the crates, but find that they only contain stuffed toy dogs. Obviously they aren't the kibble crooks. T-Bone suggests that they give up, after all, it was only a little dog food. Cleo doesn't want to forget it. It was her dog food and she wants to find who took it. Based on a tip from Mac, they head for some caves. Mac notes that a crook needs a good hiding spot. Cleo and Mac start to head in, but then T-Bone convinces them that he should go in after the kibble crook himself. T-Bone goes in. Outside, Clifford starts to worry and begins pacing. He feels that they should go in after T-Bone. But Cleo and Mac just get annoyed at his pacing and wish he'd calm down. Inside the cave, T-Bone is left alone with his conscience, as well as a bad cartoon echo effect. He knows that he's the one who ate the dog food and so he's not going to find anyone in there. Just as the others are about to come in after him, he comes out and he admits that he is, in fact, the "kibble crook." He apologizes and Cleo is upset, but only for about two seconds. Then she forgives him. All she really wanted was an apology. Cleo offers to take the dogs back to her to her house to try her new dog food. T-Bone gets excited again and his stomach rumbles. Everyone laughs.
"Screaming for Ice Cream"
Emily Elizabeth and Charley are playing hockey by Samuel's restaurant. It's a makeshift "street hockey" game, using broomsticks and a garbage-can lid. They lid flies toward Clifford, who sends it back in, narrowly missing Samuel, who's just coming out of his store. Samuel tells Charley that he has to go to see Dr. Miyoris. Seems he needs new eyeglasses. Charley offers to watch over his ice cream shop while he's gone. Samuel's reluctant at first, but finally agrees and tells him that if he has any problems, he should ask Pedro for help. After Samuel leaves, customers start coming. Emily Elizabeth thinks maybe they should turn them away until Samuel gets back, but Charley says that it's no problem, he's helped operate the ice cream machine before and knows how to use it. Suddenly, a whole busload of tourists appear. Charley's exciting, now they're going to "do some business." He enlists Emily Elizabeth's and then the dogs' help to keep up with the stream. Cleo delivers the ice cream on a tray and T-Bone collects the money (all coins) in a hat. Clifford uses his ear to fan the patrons, since it's a hot day. Then something goes wrong with the ice cream machine. The stick used to operate gets stuck in place and the ice cream starts pouring down. Charley doesn't know what to do, but one thing he doesn't do is ask Pedro. The ice cream starts flowing like crazy, covering the entire dock area. Clifford and friends try to help out by consuming the ice cream, but the flow is so massive that even they can't keep up. Emily Elizabeth tries to get Charley to get Pedro, but Charley says that he can deal with it on his own. Emily Elizabeth calls for Clifford, but even all of Clifford's strength can't push the lever down. Charley then tries to collect the ice cream in a garbage-can lid, but it's way too much and that overflows almost instantly. Samuel gets back and is really annoyed with what he sees. Mainly, he wants to know why Charley didn't ask Pedro for help. The ice cream machine has malfunctioned this way before and all you have to do is push the handle upwards a bit and then push it back down. Pedro would have known that, but Charley wouldn't, since Samuel's never shown him. Charley's learned his lesson, but there's still the ice cream to clean up. He and Emily Elizabeth are handed a mop and bucket. The dogs try to help too, although they're absolutely stuffed with ice cream. It would seem that Clifford's the only one who's not stuffed. In fact, he kind of hoped they would spill some more. When Samuel notes that Emily Elizabeth and Charley missed a spot while cleaning up, Clifford is quick to lick it up.moreless
Clifford's found a new toy, a large ship ring thingy. It's multi-functional, as it can be a ring or a frisbee. He wants Emily Elizabeth to play with him, but she doesn't seem to be around anymore. He looks in her bedroom and she's not there. He tries looking in the living room, but she's not there either. His next destination is the park. The park, however, is entirely empty. Then he sees that the ferry has come in and wonders if everybody went down to watch it come in. The scene changes to down at the docks, which is where Emily Elizabeth is. She's thanking Victor and Pedro for getting her this huge bunch of balloons. Then, she sees that Clifford is coming. This isn't good, as the balloons are for Clifford. She passes them off to Victor and Pedro to hide. They work quickly, covering them inside a crate. Clifford bounds up and makes it obvious that he wants to play with Emily Elizabeth. She tells him that she's too busy to play, while trying to hold down the balloons. Clifford keeps trying, whimpering and rolling around, but Emily Elizabeth tells him again that she can't play right now. So Clifford heads off, hoping to maybe play with Cleo and T-Bone. The scene changes to Cleo and T-Bone. They're wheeling a wagon containing a very large bone with a bow around it. Cleo comments that this was a great idea of hers. T-Bone reminds her that it was both their ideas. Just then, Clifford's toy comes rolling around the street. Cleo and T-Bone wonder what it is. T-Bone goes up and sniffs it. It's Clifford's! Cleo tries to hide the wagon, but without realizing it, she sends it hurtling down the street. T-Bone tries to tell her, but Clifford comes up and she covers his mouth. When Clifford asks what she's doing, Cleo tells him that T-Bone had onions for breakfast. They make his breath all stinky. Clifford asks if they can play, but Cleo says that they have to go home and get T-Bone's teeth brushed so his breath won't smell anymore. Clifford leaves, dejected. Cleo uncovers T-Bone's mouth and notices that the wagon is gone. Cleo asks T-Bone why he didn't say anything. Clifford continues looking for stuff to do. He wonders if there's any fun to be had down at the dunes. We see that Charley and Samuel are down at the dunes, carrying a large, bone-shaped cake for Clifford. They see Clifford and manage to hide in time, but Samuel ends up with frosting all over himself. Clifford ends up down by the shore. He's bored. There's nothing to do. Then he starts playing with his toy and finds that he can have fun on his own. He hears Emily Elizabeth calling him. When he doesn't find her in front of his house, he hears her call again and finds her in the back. She leads him around the back, where there's a huge party going on. She explains that's why she couldn't spend time with him earlier and wishes him a happy birthday.
"The Ears Have It"
It's Founder's Day on Birdwell Island and everyone is getting ready for the festivities. Sheriff Lewis (T-Bone with him) is on his way to set up for the fireworks, when he notices a car parked in front a fire hydrant. That's not good, as he really doesn't want to have to write any tickets on Founder's Day, but the car is definitely in violation. Clifford and Emily Elizabeth come up. Sheriff Lewis asks if Clifford could do him a favor. He has Clifford pick up the car and move it to a legal parking spot. He thanks Clifford and asks Emily Elizabeth if she could do him another favor. He's going to be setting up the fireworks. However, T-Bone is afraid of loud noises and he was wondering if he could hang around her for today. Emily Elizabeth has something else to do, but she says that T-Bone could hang around Clifford. Elsewhere on the island, Mrs. Diller and Cleo are leaving Mr. Kibble's. Cleo is all dressed up for Founder's Day. She has lots of colorful bows and ribbons her. Mrs. Diller comments that she's going to outshine the Founder's Day fireworks. Cleo goes off and joins T-Bone and Clifford. Clifford comments on all of her bows. She repeats about how Mrs. Diller said that she would outshine the fireworks. T-Bone whimpers. Clifford explains to Cleo that she oughtn't mention the fireworks. T-Bone's afraid of loud noises. Cleo asks T-Bone why he didn't tell them that he was afraid of loud noises before now. T-Bone explains that he thought they would think he's a scaredy-cat. He says that he doesn't want to be scared of loud noises, since he'd really like to see the fireworks. Clifford and Cleo decide to help him. They take him to a construction site. T-Bone tells them that he doesn't like all the noise. Clifford says that he doesn't like it either. Cleo explains her strategy for dealing with it, she's going to make noise right back. She says that if you're scared of something, you should scare it right back. She howls and then has T-Bone join in. Then, she asks Clifford to join in. At first, Clifford's extremely loud howling disturbs the constructon workers. But then he howls again and this time the howling is set to background music. Everyone starts dancing as Cleo and Clifford howl. Finally, they stop. However, they see that T-Bone is cowering on the ground. This time, it was Clifford's loud howling that scared him. That didn't work, so they try something else. Their new idea is to get him used to loud noises slowly. Clifford says "boo" to him and it doesn't scare him. So they try quiet windchimes. That works, but when they make the windchimes a bit louder, T-Bone's scared again. Clifford bangs cymbals, but it's stil not working. Finally, Clifford picks up a large crate. T-Bone's scared, as he knows it's going to make a loud noise when it drops. Clifford drops it and it crashes, but T-Bone doesn't seem to be scared. Their hard work payed off. Then the ferry horn blasts and T-Bone gets spooked. He runs away, all the way to his dog house. Clifford and Cleo try to convince him to come out. They explain that they don't think he's a scaredy-cat. Cleo says that everyone's afraid of something. For example, she's afraid of the dark. That's why she has a glow-in-the-dark hedgehog toy. And Clifford admits that he's afraid of spiders, even though he knows they're really friendly. T-Bone thanks them. He says that if they want, they can watch the fireworks, while he stay homes. Cleo's okay with this and she starts to walk off, but Clifford puts his foot in front of her path, stopping him. He says they're going to stay right there and watch the fireworks from T-Bone's house. So they do. They're beautiful and T-Bone wears earmuffs so he doesn't have to hear the noise. The fireworks continue, the last one we see being one of Cleo, Clifford and T-Bone.moreless
Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are playing the park. It's fall and they're all having fun jumping in leaf piles. Clifford and Cleo both jump and then ask T-Bone why he isn't jumping in his pile. T-Bone explains that he's trying to create the biggiest, crunchiest leaf pile ever. His pile isn't big enough yet. He needs more crunchy leaves. So Cleo and T-Bone help in gathering up more leaves. Cleo makes a comment about it being a perfect way to spend a Saturday. This sets off a bell in T-Bone's mind. He realizes that he's supposed to be playing fetch with Sheriff Lewis today. He asks Clifford to watch the pile of leaves while he does that. Clifford agrees and T-Bone heads off. Now alone, Cleo and Clifford consider the leaf pile. Clifford thinks that it would really be great to jump in it. Cleo agrees at first and then realizes what Clifford is thinking. He doesn't want to jump in it, right now, does he? Cleo reminds him that he promised T-Bone to watch it. Clifford acknowledges this, but then he just can't help it and before Cleo can stop him he's jumped in the pile. Then, shortly after, a stiff wind blows away all the leaves. Cleo figures that they can just create a new pile. This doesn't work for Clifford though. He promised T-Bone to take of that leaf pile. Cleo notes that the leaves must be all over Birdwell Island by now. Clifford decides that they'll just have to go and find them all. They head off. They find one of them underneath a van. They find another stuck on a compass on top of a house. Some time passes and they head over to Clifford's with a bagful. One of the leaves flies into Mr. Bleakman's yard and into a trash can he's keeping leaves in. While Mr. Bleakman's turned the other way, Clifford grabs the trash can to get the leaves. Mr. Bleakman turns around and silently wonders what happened to the trash can. Clifford and Cleo get the leaf and then return the trash can without Mr. Bleakman noticing. So he's suprised when he turns around and there it is again. Finally, Cleo and Clifford head for the docks. There's the just one leaf left and they manage to claim it after it falls into a bowl of chips being eaten by a customer at the edge of the dock. Down by the shore, Clifford and Cleo are relieved that they've finally collected all the leaves. Then, suddenly, the wind blows one of them away. Despite Cleo's protests, Clifford bounds after it. He finally catches it, at the end of the docks, but then loses his balance and falls into the water, soaking the lady eating her chips and Cleo. They return to the beach once more, this time with all the leaves for certain. Back at the park, they dump them out, reforming the leaf pile. Clifford then says that he just wants to take one tiny jump. He promises. Cleo reminds him of what happened the last time he made a promise. Clifford admits that she's right and goes back to watching the pile. T-Bone returns. He's happy they watched the pile for him. Another wind comes, but Clifford protects the pile. T-Bone notes that the wind knocked down about a "million more leaves." He, Clifford and Cleo gather them up in the crunchiest pile ever. Then, to thank Clifford for watching the pile, T-Bone lets him jump in it. It's a tremendous crunch. The leaves are scattered again, but they don't mind. They'll just pile them back together. Clifford promises it'll be great.
Emily Elizabeth and her friends are playing soccer at school. Clifford is the goalie, but Charley manages to get the ball past him for a goal. Recess ends and their teacher announces that coming up Monday is "Silly Sports Day." She has the class draw for their acitivity to do on that day. Emily Elizabeth draws and gets the Feather Pillow Toss. Jetta draws and gets the Cream Pie Long Jump. At first, she doesn't want to do it, but then when Emily Elizabeth says that she got her picture in the paper for doing it last year, Jetta changes her mind and says it'll be perfect for her. Charley gets Jiggly Juggling. He's supposed to juggle three bags of jiggly gelatin. However, he says that it sounds to easy and that he's going to try to juggle six. Later that day at his Dad Samuel's restaurant, Charley is busy preparing gelatin. Samuel jokes that it's a lot of gelatin to eat and Charley explains that it's for "Silly Sports Day." He tries to demonstrate the juggling, but ends up spinning around too fast and dropping the bag on the floor, causing the gelatin to splatter. Samuel thinks Charley will be great at Jiggly Juggling, outside. Sometime later in the week, Emily Elizabeth is practicing the Feather Pillow Toss. She keeps throwing the pillow, but it just keeps blowing in her face. Then, she throws the pillow and it not only doesn't blow back, it sails way afar. Emily Elizabeth looks behind her and realizes that Clifford is blowing on the pillow. She tells Clifford that she appreciates it, but she wants to do this on her own. Then, Mary comes wheeling in, shouting that Charley is going to demonstrate Jiggly-Juggling. Charley gives a demonstration. He first does it with one bag, then two. However, when he gets to three bags, he ends up dropping them all. He tries a couple more times, but only succeeds in getting gelatin on himself. Charley continues to practice, but he just keeps dropping the bags. At one point, when Samuel comments that he's looking forward to Charley's event, Charley says that he's decided not to do it. It's too hard. Samuel says that juggling is rather hard. He then tries juggling some stuff himself and ends up cracking an egg on his head. He says that he never could master it himself. But it doesn't really matter because it's fun. Charley agrees that he's right and decides not to quit. The next day, Charley is practicing juggling down by the shore. Clifford is watching. He seems to have gotten pretty good with three bags, although he still drops them occasionally. He thinks for a moment about quitting again, but Clifford encourages him to continue trying. As Charley juggles, Clifford throws in a fourth bag. Charley stumbles at first, but then realizes that he's able to juggle four bags. Finally, the Silly Sports Day comes. Everyone watches as Charley juggles the three bags. Then Clifford tosses in a fourth one. Charley does okay with this, so Clifford tosses in a fifth one. Everyone's amazed as Charley retains his control with this. Then, Charley asks Clifford to toss in a fifth bag. Clifford's reluctant at first, but Charley tells him it's okay. The scene goes to slow-motion as Clifford tosses the bag. It lands in Charley's hand and now he's juggling six bags. Pretty soon, he loses control, but not before juggling them for a decent amount of time. He bows, saying "how's that for silly?" Then, someone notes that Jetta is doing the Cream Pie Long Jump. Everyone heads over to watch. Jetta successfully completes the jump, but wonders where the newspaper people are. Then, Clifford licks some of the cream off of her. Emily Elizabeth says that Jetta has one really big fan, Clifford.moreless
Doug's Cookin': Doug and Patti are both paired up in a cooking class competition. When Patti tells Doug she can't cook, Doug invites her over to his house to practice some easy recipes and decide what to cook for their class.
Doug Loses Dale: Doug is nervous because he is given the job of babysitting Skeeter's younger brother, Dale, when the Valentines leave for a trip. So he asks all his friends for advice on babysitting, but Doug finds out you can't always rely on other people's advice. But while Doug is cleaning Dale sneaks off and then Doug has to search everywhere for him.