Season 12 Episode 5

The Chronicles of Buster / On This Spot

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Nov 03, 2008 on PBS
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"The Chronicles of Buster"

Buster is enthralled by the new Collector's Edition of The Chronicles of Amayzzia, so much so that it seems like it's all that he can talk about. When Mr. Ratburn starts the on rock-climbing, he soon spots that Buster has a natural talent for it. He pairs Buster with Arthur, but Buster keeps skipping practice to watch the special features on his DVD. Arthur becomes upset, worried that they're going to miss the trip to Mt. Krakauer.

"On This Spot"

Arthur is excited when he discovers that the famous Native American, Sitting Bull, once performed in Elwood City. Spurred on by a vision, he begins an effort to have a memorial plaque created. He gets the help of Mr. Ratburn and a local history effort, but finds his friends more interested in the affairs of modern-day celebrities.moreless

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from kids at the King Phillip Middle School in West Hartford, Connecticut. They make a meal for homeless men. The second postcard comes from Brian and Cassie of West Jordan, Utah. They pretend to be secret agents.

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Arthur: Are there any Native Americans living today in Elwood City?
        Sitting Bull: Oh, sure. In fact, that Ratburn fellow looks a lot like a Cheyenne I used to know named Tahmelapachme. That means "dull knife." (chuckles)

      • Sitting Bull: It's not easy to make people listen. Who's Derek Montaigne?
        Arthur: Just some goofy teenage actor. You're way more important than he is.
        Sitting Bull: You're darn right, I am. Hmm, a plaque to commemorate me would look very nice right here. See what you can do.

      • Arthur: And I'm pretty sure this is where the old fairground was. This tree looks like the same one in this photo I found online.
        Muffy: And now it's on the edge of a parking lot of the biggest mall in Elwood City. Now that's what I call progress.

      • Buster: (in a fantasy sequence) Arthur? You're the one turning all the televisions into stone? But why?
        Arthur: Because they were getting in the way of our friendship. All you ever do is watch that silly DVD.

      • Buster: Okay, Arthur, I promise I'll make it this Saturday.
        Arthur: You say that every week! And then every week, I come to the gym, and...
        Buster: You know, there's a scene in Amayzzia just like this. Endengorn is drowning in...
        Arthur: Enough with Amayzzia already!

      • Arthur: This is the fourth time you haven't shown up. We really need to practice as a team, or we won't get to go to Mount Krakauer.
        Buster: Don't worry, I'm coming. (He hangs up the phone and turns up the TV volume.)
        Will Nobody: On the day we shot this scene, I had a tuna sandwich for lunch. No, wait, I think it was ham and cheese.

    • NOTES (0)

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Buster: (as his tour group deserts him) Hey, wait! I can show you some other things! (indicates Arthur's house) Mr. Rogers once stayed there!
        Arthur: Guess you should have checked your facts first.

        Buster may have been wrong about the supposed sighting of a star from the film Summer School Musical, but he was correct about Mr. Rogers. Fred Rogers, the late host of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood stayed at the Read house in the second season story "Arthur Meets Mr. Rogers."

      • Buster: You know the actor Derek Montaigne?
        Muffy: (gasps) The star of Summer School Musical?
        Francine: And Buccaneers of the Bahamas Part IV?
        Buster: He was sitting on a bench outside the Sugar Bowl just last week. Our mailman saw him.

        Summer School Musical is a spoof to the wildly popular series of Disney films, High School Musical, while Buccaneers of the Bahamas spoofs the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

      • Announcer: Now, for the first time on DVD, the Super-Extended Collector's Edition of the blockbuster, ten-part fantasy epic, The Chronicles of Amayzzia.

        The title of the film set that Buster watches references The Chronicles of Narnia, a book series created by author C.S. Lewis, which to date has been adapted into two feature films. What Buster watches, however, is only vaguely similar to Narnia. Buster's set contains 1,001 hours of footage, including the film and a massive amount of special features. While the four-disc set released for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe was unusually large, it was nowhere near this amount.