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In this episode, we learn that Francine's grandfather died of cancer.
Francine reads the title display. It's the one in which Arthur falls behind in a race, so he hops on the back of D.W.'s tricycle to try to catch up.
And Now A Word From Us Kids: The kids talk about their school principal Mr. Springer, who has cancer and they talk about how they dealt with it. Notably, this segment was broadcast following the episode, rather than in the middle, splitting into two-parts as had been done with past double-length stories.
In "No Acting, Please", Fern said all she ever played was a tree in the Arbor Day Extravaganza. However, she did appear in school plays in "Francine Frensky, Superstar" and "Elwood City Turns 100".
Of course, those were school plays. Not really independent productions.
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.
Goof: When Arthur and Mr. Ratburn are talking in the museum, Mr. Ratburn refers to Brain as Brain when he usually refers to him as Alan.
Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from New York, New York. Pascale, a nine-year-old girl says that the town has a huge population. There's many places that have a lot of litter, but she knows a place just down the street with very little litter-- Central Park. She points out areas that have just nature and animals, and encourages viewers to throw away any litter they see. The second postcard comes from Carli of Sebusco Estates, Maine. She goes out on a boat with her friends and lobster fisher. He pulls up lobster traps and throws one back that's no good because it's too small. Later, they go to the beach and find sea creatures such as moon snails and periwinkles. The postcard concludes with Carli eating lobster, stating "The best part about catching lobster is eating it."
Binky reads the title card for "For the Birds." It's the one where a giant egg cracks open containing Buster, Francine, Arthur, Muffy and the Brain and then they flee as a giant bird shows up. Binky also reads the title card for "Ungifted." It's the one where Buster neighs like a horse, and Arthur pats him on the shoulder and laughs.
The title of the second story originally appeared in schedule listings as "I Owe You One" and the plot information given referred to Buster paying back Arthur for various favors by doing favors for others. In "Ungifted," however, Arthur upsets Buster by giving away something that Buster gifted to him.
Muffy has a new digital camera in "For the Birds" called The Imp. She has evidently upgraded since "The Law of the Jungle Gym," in which she was excited about her new Zubeeza XQ-360.
Sue Ellen, Fern and Prunella are on the list of names for Mr. Ratburn's bird-watching club. Fern and Prunella are not seen until later on, however, and Sue Ellen is never seen as part of the bird-watching group, even though her name was at the top of the list.
In "For the Birds," Brain searches for a rare bird called the green-tailed grebe. This bird was first mentioned in the seventh season story "Elwood City Turns 100!"-- Brain was reading about this species of bird in a book and added it to a play about Elwood City's centennial. At one time, Elwood City was a swampland and many more of this bird existed.
Postcards from You: The first postcard comes from Sara West of Falmouth, Massachusetts. She talks about her pet cats and shows them doing tricks. The second postcard is from sister and brother Alec and Jake Tucker of Augusta, Kansas. They show off their school, Garfield School (home of the Garfield Grizzlies), play in a field with their pet dog and also introduce viewers to their pet cat, who will eat anything.
Binky reads the title card for "D.W.'s Stray Netkitten." It's the one in which D.W. drops down as a fairy and uses a magic wand to change Arthur's head into that of a frog. Muffy reads the title card for "Bats in the Belfry." It's the one in which D.W. disturbs Arthur while he's taking a bath.
Schedule listings refer to D.W.'s toy as being a "Netkitin." Both the story title card and closed-captioning, however, use the spelling "Netkitten."
Postcards from You: This episode's postcard comes for the kids at the Dorchester Youth Collaborative (DYC) in Boston, Massachusetts. Tristan, Sheldon, Janovi, Wallace and Otto talk about why they like biking, show off their bikes and do some bike tricks.
Muffy reads the title cards for both stories. The one for "Room to Ride" is the one with Arthur being passed up by his friends in a race before hopping on the back of D.W.'s tricycle. The one for "The Frensky Family Fiasco" is the family photo of the Read family.
"Room to Ride" features Lance Armstrong voicing himself. A character like Lance Armstrong was featured in the tenth season story "Binky vs. Binky," however, that character was referred to as Vince Legstrong.
In "Is That Kosher?," Arthur suggests that if Francine has trouble with fasting, she should contact his friend, Adil, who fasts for a whole month during Ramadhan. Adil is a pen-pal of Arthur's who was introduced in the eighth season story "Dear Adil." Francine ultimately does write to Adel, who suggests that being with friends could help. Francine takes his advice, but ends up being at Arthur's when his pizza party is in full-swing.
Something to note, however, is that the monthly fast of Ramadhan is only observed during the hours from sunrise to sunset-- not actually going without food for a full month.
Postcards from You: The first postcard is from Madeline ("Maddy") of Oceanside, California. She visits a farmer's market with her family, where they pick out various fruits, vegetables and flowers. The second postcard is from Katelyn in Franklin, Massachusetts. She shows viewers her method for making and decorating cookies.
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