Adventures from the Book of Virtues

Season 3 Episode 7


Aired Unknown Jan 01, 1998 on PBS

Episode Recap

Zach is leaving his old school because he has graduated and is starting at a new one. He goes back to his old school to look at it, and his teacher, for the last time. Zach will miss going to his old school, but his teacher is sure he'll do well once he starts at his new one. Tomorrow is orientation.

The next day at his new school, Zach gets pushed around a little as he looks around to find some of the s. Two big boys mislead Zach in directing him to orientation. Zach ends up going to the wrong room. Zach finds that things at his new school may turn out more strict than he thought.

Meanwhile at Plato's Peak, Sock plans on taking Ari with him to sneak some honey from a beehive. Ari doesn't think it's a good idea. Unlike Ari, Sock has never been stung by a bee. Besides, Ari is no fool when it comes to bees. Zach comes over with Annie telling her how foolish he had felt on his first day at his new school. The big boys may have sent him to the wrong room on purpose. The school and everything in it--the students and the ooms--seemed so big that Zach isn't sure if he could take it. What if nobody likes him, and what if he isn't smart enough? Sock tells Zach he's already smart, and Aurora adds that he is facing new challenges. She tells Zach that he needs wisdom--a virtue that helps us know how to act in the right way and to give us a sense of doing the right thing when called for. Plato tells Zach a story which takes place in Uganda and deals with wisdom. It is called The Story of the Two Friends.

Once there was a potter and his wife who had a son--their pride and joy. As the boy grew, he became more quiet and withdrawn from his parents, and his mom and dad became more and more worried. They tried figuring out why the boy wouldn't speak. Finally, the potter thought the boy just wanted to sit and think. So, he went to the Village Elder. But the only advice the Village Elder gave to him was to do nothing. There was nothing wrong with the boy, he stated, and they mustn't hope for anything worse to occur. Sometimes different children grow up to be great men and women. Time will determine if the boy is foolish or wise.

The next day, the boy left his home to see if he was a fool or full of wisdom. As he roamed through the jungle, he met a lion. The boy asked the lion if he was a wise man or a fool, and the lion said he was definitely a fool. The lion added that wise men are more concerned about helping their village. And so, the boy asked other animals if he was wise or foolish. During his journey, he learned that a wise man is always greatful and to try being a good friend. Also, a man shows how wise he is by how he acts and how hard he works. When the boy found he was far from his home and foolish, a hare came by. The hare took the boy to his home so he can stay for the night. The hare knew that the animals were right about the boy being foolish. The boy must do more than just think to gain wisdom. The boy must do some good work. Since the boy's father was a potter, the boy decided that he himself could be a potter too. The hare reminded the boy to do his work well. He also taught the boy an encouraging song to help him as he does his work. After hearing the song, the boy did his work for all the people in the village. That's how the boy became a wise man and a great potter.

Zach is not sure how the boy in the story got wise, and Plato explains that he gained wisdom through learning from others. Zach decides to get wise by getting back at the boys who fooled him, but Annie says that the animals in the story didn't say anything about getting even to gain wisdom. Wise people know how to be greatful, friendly, and do good work. Ari tells Sock that his plan for sneaking the honey from the bees isn't wise, it's wreckless. Besides, wrecklessness is not at all a virtue. Zach knows that work, gratitude, and friendship are some of the many virtues, especially those shown in previous episodes of the series. Learning about these kinds of virtues helps us be wise. That kind of knowledge could help Zach gain wisdom to face new challenges.

Zach still isn't sure about starting at his new school. He feels the same way Annie felt when she fell on her face during a track race. She flashes back to that time. (For more info on what happened, click here.) Even though Annie was scared to run again, courage helped her get back on the track. Theseus himself needed courage to face that monster, the Minotaur. Zach has to face his own monsters. Annie tells him that he can make it through. She is sure of it. Annie is a real friend to Zach who will make new trustworthy friends at his new school. He sure saw through Annie's untrustworthy friend, Sarah West, . Annie recalls the time when Sarah dumped her because of a change of plans she made for going on a canoe trip because a girl named Ashley had a better canoe than she had. See recap. Zach knows that real friends care about each other like in the story about Waukewa who took care of the baby eagle until his wing got better and he set him free. In return, the eagle saved Waukewa's life from the raging rapids. Well, Zach went along with Annie for their own canoe trip. Plato tells Zach that difficult tasks also need wisdom. You have to keep trying. Plato shows Annie and Zach the objects they found during the time they hiked up to the top of Plato's Peak back in the episode, "Perseverance". Back then, Annie had quit karate and Zach quit his guitar lessons. Zach thought playing the guitar was too hard until he heard the story of Ulysses and the Cyclops. Ulysses never gave up on escaping that monster. Annie is glad she stuck with karate. Now she's a green belt. As for Zach, he is playing in a band. It took just as much as determination as it did the time he and Annie tried getting out of the woods when Zach hurt his ankle during a bike accident. See recap. Since Plato wasn't around, they told each other stories he once told them.

Zach has already gained wisdom during those past episodes. Day by day, he is earning more and more wisdom with everything he learns, especially from grown-ups like his parents. Now if only Sock would listen to Ari. Well, Sock did manage to sneak some honey--except for one bee who followed him. As the sun sets in the west, Plato tells Annie and Zach that the old day must come to an end so a new one can start. Zach finds that he must leave his old school to start at his new one. Plato knows Zach will have the wisdom to make a new start at his new school.