This special packaged eight stories from Dragon Tales and Clifford. The stories had a theme of new beginnings / new friendships and in order shown were:
Clifford - "Clifford Grow's Up"
Clifford - "Welcome To the Doghouse
Dragon Tales - "One Big Wish"
Dragon Tales - "A New Friend"
Clifford - "New Dog in Town"
Clifford - "Cleo Comes to Town"
Dragon Tales - "To Fly With a New Friend Pts. 1 and 2"moreless
Cleo and T-Bone are staring at a giant sign on a new store on Birdwell Island. It features a huge dog and they wonder what dog other than Clifford could be that big. Then, a voice coming from a show says that it's him. It turns out that the "big" dog is actually a very small dog. The sign was just made to make him look big. Then, Clifford comes along, sees the sign and wonders where the really big dog is. Cleo has fun letting Clifford wonder for a bit and then introduces him to the new dog, whose name is Frankie. Frankie thinks that Clifford is very big, while Clifford thinks that Frankie is very small. They ask if he wants to play with him and he agrees. So they go to the forest to play hide-and-seek, although Frankie has a little trouble getting atop Clifford to ride him. At the forest, Cleo is "it." She quickly finds Clifford (who can never hide well due to his small size) and she finds T-Bone quickly as well. Frankie, however, is hiding up in a tree and so Cleo can't find him. Clifford can, however, since the tree is about right at his eye-level. Frankie says that Clifford is a great finder and he wishes he could be like him. They all go over to Clifford's, where they get a drink of a water from Clifford's huge dish. Clifford has no problem lapping out of it and Cleo and T-Bone are able to reach it too. But Frankie is so small that he just can't seem to get up to it to drink out of it. He ends up falling into it and starts swimming around it. Afterwards, everyone has to go home for dinner. The next day, Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone return to the shoe store, hoping to play with Frankie. T-Bone and Cleo bark to get his attention, but it's not until Clifford barks that he finally hears them and comes out. He asks if he seems any taller and we see that he's wearing some makeshift stilts. He explains that he wants to be big like Clifford so he can run fast and be good at hide-and-seek and other things. The gang's not really sure why he needs to be like Clifford, but they think they know a way to make him bigger. Sheriff Lewis got T-Bone some new dog food which is supposed to make dogs big and strong. They'll have hi eat a whole bunch of that. They go over to Sheriff Lewis's, but since Sheriff Lewis isn't there, they have to try to squeeze in through a partially opened window. Clifford certainly can't do it and Cleo and T-Bone can't fit through either. It would seem that only Frankie can. He squeezes in and goes in and eats a whole bunch of the dog food. He eats so much that when it's time to exit again out the window, it's a tight squeeze. It would seem that the dog food did make him bigger- in the belly. They discuss the situation and tell Frankie that he doesn't need to be big like Clifford. He's good at a lot of things, like hide-and-seek and squeezing through small windows. He's just the right size for him.
"Getting to Know You"
Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are playing freeze-tag. Cleo is determined to win and eventually she does, but it takes her longer than usual. As they talk, Clifford and T-Bone remember a time when they had difficulty playing together. It was when Clifford first came to the island. They had made friends with each other, but they weren't sure how to play with each other. On the first day, when they went to play fetch, Clifford was so fast that T-Bone kept getting left behind. And when T-Bone tried to show Clifford a shortcut, Clifford couldn't fit through. They eventually made it, but their fetch game proved problematic. Clifford got a huge stick which there was no way T-Bone could fetch. Then, T-Bone asked him to throw it far and he threw it way farther than T-Bone could reasonably be expected to go. So T-Bone had a try at it, but his stick was really small and he couldn't even throw it the length of Clifford himself. Next, they tried to go to the beach. But they weren't able to really do anything because Clifford went way far out into the beach, whereas T-Bone couldn't go very far at all without the water being too deep for him. Then, Clifford had to leave to pick up Emily Elizabeth from school. They agreed to play with each other the next day. As T-Bone is walking along, he runs into Mac. Mac says that he's seen T-Bone playing with the new dog, Clifford. He doesn't understand how they can play together, with Clifford being so big. They're just so different from each other. In any case, he doesn't have time to worry about it, as he's going to a dog show. He's after the prize of "best tail in show." As Mac walks on, T-Bone thinks about what he said. He and Clifford are different and so maybe they should try different ways of playing. So, the next day, they play fetch again, only this time when Clifford throws the stick, T-Bone hops on his back and rides most of the way to it and then T-Bone goes after it. And they go to the beach, T-Bone rides on Clifford and pretends to be a ship captain. Back in the present, Cleo comments that their story would make a great book. Then, Sheriff Lewis comes out with a giant tire. He says he's sure they'll all come up with a good way to play with it together.moreless
T-Bone is watching TV with Sheriff Lewis. Sheriff Lewis is about to switch it off to read T-Bone a book, but he sees that T-Bone is enthralled by the music playing on the music station that he has on. T-Bone gets up and dances. He fantasizes about being part of his own band. The next day, T-Bone is over with Clifford's. He tells Clifford about how great the music is and how he wants to form his own band. He's even started writing a song. Clifford says that sometimes Emily Elizabeth has that music channel on also and he likes the music as well. Cleo comes also and they all start working on the band. Clifford wants to play drums and Cleo is dancing. Then, Mac comes along. He wants to join in too and T-Bone, Clifford and Cleo are more than happy to let him in. He even comes up with a name for the band: the "Pack Street Dogs." (A parody on the name of the Backstreet Boys.) At first, Mac tries to join in as a singer. But he's bad at singing, really bad. He claims he's just not suited to sing the type of song they're singing. So they try moving him over to the drums with Clifford. But he beats the drums completely out of tune and that doesn't work out. Then, everyone has to go home for dinner. The next day, they start work on the band again. This time, Mac tries to join Cleo in dancing. But he's not matching Cleo's moves and his trying to do his own dance and it's just not working. He's beginning to think he doesn't fit into the band and suggests maybe he shouldn't be a member, but Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone aren't about to let him out that easily. If he wants to fit into the band, they'll find a place for him. As it turns out, T-Bone's been having trouble writing more lyrics for their song. But it turns out that Mac is great at lyrics and so he becomes their songwriter. They practice hard and then give a concert for all the dogs on the island. All sorts of dogs have turned out, including K.C., Rexington and Artie. Even kittens Billy and Betty are there. They sing a rather long song about caring about your friends and everyone loves it.
"Guess Who's Coming to Birdwell"
T-Bone is at the beach, working on a sand castle. Clifford and Cleo are there too and in Clifford's enthusiasm to fetch something, he accidentally buries T-Bone's sand castle. Fortunately, Clifford is able to blow away the excess sand, saving T-Bone's castle. But then, Mac comes bounding up and nearly ruins it again. He's holding a poster in his mouth. He exlains that world-renowned dog champion Oscar Owens "Bright Like the Sun" is coming to Birdwell Island. When nobody even knows who he's talking about at first, Mac elaborates. Oscar Owen is a big-time show dog who's won all sorts of awards, including best-in-show five years in a row. Now everyone realizes who he is, or at least seems to. They'd all like to meet him, but Mac saws that Oscar isn't any ordinary dog. If they want to meet him, they have to be special. Everyone goes along, except T-Bone, who doesn't understand why they aren't special just the way they are. So everyone except T-Bone starts doing different things to try and make themselves special. Cleo thinks that her fluff is special and so she works at making herself especially fluffy. Mac thinks his best attribute is his award-winning smile, so he works on an over-exaggerated grin to show to Oscar. Clifford's not sure what's special about him. Cleo says that she doesn't know any other dog who's close to two-stories tall. So Clifford decides to work on accentuating his tallness. The ferry comes with Oscar aboard it and Cleo, Clifford, T-Bone and Mac are at the docks waiting for him. They all try to get his attention, but only T-Bone seems to be able to do it, just with some friendly barking. Mac says that he heard Oscar would be staying at Dr. Dihn's, so they all head there, hoping to meet him. When they get there, they all try impress him, all except T-Bone. Cleo asks if he wants to meet her groomer, Mr. Kibble and maybe get a free bath. But Oscar doesn't want to, he doesn't need a bath. Mac wants to invite him to see all of his trophies and medals, but that doesn't interest Oscar either. Clifford, trying to make his voice sound really deep, says that he'll show him all the tall places around the island. But Oscar doesn't want to. Then, to Clifford, Cleo and Mac's shock, T-Bone comments on the ball that Oscar has and asks him if he wants to go to the beach to play with it. Oscar says that he'd like that, but he wonders if T-Bone's friends would be interested in that. T-Bone explains that they were just trying to impress him. So they all go to the beach and play ball. Cleo, Clifford and Mac admit that they were just trying to impress him and Oscar says that they did impress him, once they started being themselves.moreless
Emily Elizabeth and her friends are all very involved with soccer. Their team, the Birdwell Island Birds, is on a roll and the big soccer championship is coming on Sunday morning. Emily Elizabeth has to tell Clifford some bad news. She can't give him his Saturday bath until Sunday afternoon because of the soccer championship. Clifford understands. Still, he sees how busy he is and wants to help her out. So he gets out the garden hose so he can give himself a bath. Cleo and T-Bone come along and see what he's doing. But at first, they think that the hose is attacking Clifford and try to attack it back. Then, Clifford tells them what he's doing. Cleo says that she can help out, as no one knows more about her than baths. She sees three bottles set out on a table in the yard. We saw earlier that these are bottles of tie-dye paint that Emily Elizabeth and Charley are using to make t-shirts for the soccer team. But the dogs don't know this. They think that they're some kind of new shampoo that Emily Elizabeth was going to use on Clifford. So Cleo puts on the first one, which is blue, very blue. She thinks that it must be the shampoo. T-Bone and Cleo rub it all over him and now Clifford's back-end is blue. Cleo says that's the way it's supposed to be and it'll go away once she puts the "slippery stuff" on. She goes for the second tie-dye color, which is yellow. Clifford says that it tickles. But now, instead of being just blue, Clifford's back-end is blue and yellow. Cleo says now that it'll go away when she applies the third bottle, which is the "fruity, stinky, smelly stuff." But it's just green tie-dye, which makes Clifford's back end a tie-dye combination of blue, yellow and green. Clifford sees it and realizes that although he was trying to help Emily Elizabeth, he's just created more work for her. Not wanting to upset her, though, he decides to try to hide it until Sunday evening. Charley and Emily Elizabeth return and do the tie-dye t-shirts. Later on, every time that Emily Elizabeth calls Clifford, he comes up with different ways to keep her from seeing the tie-dye. When she calls him to eat his dog food, Clifford scurries over with his doghouse on top of him to eat it and then scurries back when he's finished. Emily Elizabeth finds this funny. Finally, on the morning of the big soccer match, Emily Elizabeth calls Clifford over to her and the soccer team. Clifford tries to keep anyone from seeing the tie-dye, but he's so big that it just can't be avoided. Emily Elizabeth realizes that Clifford must have gotten into the tie-dye paints. She's not sure how he got tie-dyed like he is now, but says that there isn't anything she can do to help him. He's just going to have to wait for his fur to grow out in a few weeks. Everyone seems to like the tie-dye, though and so Clifford is enlisted as a mascot for the Birdwell Birds soccer team.
Emily Elizabeth's class is having a talent show. Jetta was the winner of the previous year's talent show and she's working hard on perfecting her baton-twirling act for this year. Emily Elizabeth is singing, Dan and Charley are doing a comedy routine and Vaz is going to perform magic tricks. There's only one person in Emily Elizabeth's class who hasn't signed up to do something: Mary. Ms. Carrington asks her if she wants to sign up, but Mary says she'd rather not. Emily Elizabeth wonders why Mary doesn't want to sign up. Jetta says that Mary is just to shy to sign up. She tried to play the piano last year, but she wasn't able to do it. Later, Emily Elizabeth is walking along when she hears some beautfiul music. She investigates the source and finds that it's coming from Mary's house. Mary stops playing and Emily Elizabeth encourages her to keep going. She tries again, but starts playing off-key. Emily Elizabeth and Mary talk. Mary says that she'd like to perform in the talent show, but she gets nervous because of all the people watching. Emily Elizabeth says that she knows what it's like. She used to have stage-fright too. But her Dad told her to just imagine that she's performing for one friend instead of the entire audience. So now she imagines that she's just performing for Clifford. She offers to partner up with Mary. They would be great together, Emily Elizabeth could sing and Mary could play the piano. Finally, it's the evening of the talent show. Jetta twirls her baton expertly. Charley and Dan do their comedy routine, which is the old routine between a waiter and a cusotmer with the line about the fly doing the backstroke. Vaz comes on and does his magic. He makes a bird appear and then asks for a volunteer. Emily Elizabeth volunteers. He locks her in a box and makes it look like she's been cut into three pieces. His performance ends and he heads of stage, wheeling off Emily Elizabeth, still in the box. Now offstage, he makes a startling discovery, he can't find the key to unlock the cage! This is bad, as Emily Elizabeth and Mary have just been called to perform. Emily Elizabeth encourages Mary to go on without her. At first, Mary doesn't want to, but Emily Elizabeth reminds her to just pretend she's performing in front of one friend. So she goes out and at first starts slow. But then she picks up playing the piano and also begins singing. It's the "If I Ever Need a Friend" pop song from "Fan Mail." She sings well, well enough to earn the first place trophy. Jetta comments that next year, she'll just have to twirl two batons.moreless
Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are watching one of the favorite TV programs on a store television. It's The Adventures of Rexington: Dog of the Yukon. The content of this program is pretty typical of this type of program. Rexington is a hero dog, who's always saving the day. He does this at the end of this episode. After the show, an advertisement comes on. It's for "Mighty Snackies," the dog food that Rexington eats on the show. Once again, it's fairly typical of that type of advertising. The advertising promises that the dog food has a "fireworks of flavor" and that by eating it that your dog can have the same mighty power as Rexington. Clifford and T-Bone are hooked pretty quickly when they hear this line. Cleo is a bit more skeptical, but she's quickly hooked when she sees the dogs on the ad who are having such fun eating the dog food. As if all of that weren't enough, there's also a parody jingle of some dogs singing "Mighty Snackies, Mighty Snackies, Mighty Snackies," so on, so on. Also, there's a billboard for the new dog food right near the store. Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone all head to Clifford's (which is rather close to the store), where they see that Mr. Bleakman next door is watching TV. The commercials are on it and it just so happens to be the dog food commercial again. The jingle plays once again. Really excited about this food, the dogs all start thinking about ways to get some. So when Emily Elizabeth comes out, they lead her towards the billboard and Cleo and T-Bone sort of point towards it. Emily Elizabeth quickly catches on that they want to try the dog food. So, she says she'll ask for parents if it's okay. It is okay and it's not long before the order comes in. The truck arrives and Clifford's huge dish is filled with the stuff. The dogs, all very excited, quickly dig in. At first, they're still excited. T-Bone says that he now has "mighty power" and tries to fly. But instead, he just ends up hitting the ground. He wonders if maybe he needs to eat more of it. But the dogs are beginning to catch on. They really don't feel any different then they do eating normal dog food. Worse, it doesn't really taste any better than regular dog food either. They wonder why they would say all of that stuff on the commercial if it's not true. They also wonder about the fact that Rexington eats it and he's so powerful. They decide that maybe Rexington is just powerful anyway and the dog food doesn't really do anything. They just said those things on the commercial to get them to buy it. They decide that from now on, they'll think about what's being said before they get excited about something just based on a commercial. That, however, still leaves the problem of the dog food. Emily Elizabeth's parents bought something like two tons of the stuff. Clifford decides that they'll just eat it. After all, it's not bad. It's just not any more exciting than regular dog food. As they continue to eat, Clifford burps. Cleo asks if he burped and Clifford says that perhaps it was an "explosion of flavor." But he's just kidding, it really was a burp.
T-Bone is anxiously waiting for the ferry to come in. His friend, Hamburger, is coming to visit the island. T-Bone and Hamburger were friends before T-Bone ever met Clifford, but Burger moved away. Cleo comes and T-Bone tells Clifford and T-Bone about how Burger moved away. We're taken back to the past, where Burger and T-Bone are playing. One of their favorite games is to try to sneak up on each other without the other one seeing. Hamburger is a palette swap of T-Bone, he looks like T-Bone except his fur is white with patches like T-Bone's. As theyr'e playing, they hear Hamburger's human, Deputy Wilson, talking to Sheriff Lewis. Sheriff Lewis says to Deputy Wilson that he can hardly believe that he and Hamburger are going away. But since T-Bone and Hamburger don't hear everything, they think that Hamburger and Deputy Wilson are just going to be going on vacation or something. T-Bone comes to a new part of the story, when they found out the truth. The two are playing at the sheriff's office/prison. Sheriff Lewis and Deputy Wilson are out for the time being. T-Bone is small enough that he's able to go in and out of the prison bars by simply going through the cracks between them. Hamburger tries this too and is able to get through. But when he tries to get out, he's stuck. So they both have to wait until Sheriff Lewis and Deputy Wilson get back. When they return, Hamburger is freed. Apparently, this is something that has happened before. Then, Sheriff Lewis and Deputy Wilson talk about Deputy Wilson's moving away. This time, Hamburger and T-Bone hear the whole conversation. Upset by the thought of having to leave each other, they come up with a plan. T-Bone says that Hamburger can come and live at his place. This works okay, until Hamburger realizes that he'd be without his human and he doesn't want to do that. So T-Bone suggests that he go with Hamburger. But that doesn't work either because he doesn't want to leave Sheriff Lewis. The two come up with a new plan, to try to hide Deputy Wilson's suitcase. He can't leave without that. But in trying to hide it, they inadvertently end up delivering it right into his hands. Out of options, the two accept their fate. On the day that Deputy Wilson and Hamburger leave, T-Bone can't find Hamburger anywhere and he worries that he won't have one last chance to say behind. But then Hamburger sneaks up on him from behind, just like always. Deputy Wilson promises T-Bone that they'll come back and visit. Deputy Wilson and Hamburger leave on the ferry. As they leave, another ferry comes in. It's carrying Clifford. Hamburger comments on how big Clifford is and T-Bone's flashback sequence ends. He says that he thought he'd never make any new friends after Hamburger left, but he did, Clifford and Cleo. Finally, the ferry arrives and T-Bone doesn't see Hamburger anywhere. He's worried that maybe he didn't come. But then Hamburger sneaks up on him from behind, just like old times.moreless
Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are walking along when they notice a dog they've never seen before digging a hole in a yard. They go and talk to him and ask if they can play with him. They notice that the gate's closed and so maybe his owner doesn't want him leaving the yard. But he says that his owner probably just closed it by mistake and asks Clifford to dig a hole so he can get out. He says that his owner is visiting the island for a job. When asks his name, he gives them the name "Artie." Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone all tell him their names, but Artie seems more interested in calling them slick nicknames, such as "Curly" and "Red." Artie's human comes out of the house and he's not happy about Artie being outside of the yard. But Artie plays nice and his human says that "dogs will be dogs." Later, Artie comes to play with Clifford. Clifford agrees and looks for T-Bone and Cleo, but neither are around. Over at Cleo's house, Artie notices one of Cleo's porcupine squeak-toys and takes it, without Clifford seeing. He goes to the park with Clifford and then shows Clifford the toy. Clifford tells him that he shouldn't have taken the toy without asking Cleo. But Artie reasons that Cleo would have let him borrow the toy. The only reason he didn't ask was because she wasn't there. It's okay just as long as they return it before Cleo gets back. He convinces Clifford of this and they play with it. The plan goes wrong, though, as Cleo returns home before they're able to put it back. She starts looking for it and Clifford says to Artie that they should tell her that they were playing with it. But Artie doesn't want to do this. Instead, he hides the toy behind a tree and then says that he "found" it. Not knowing that Artie took it, Cleo thanks him for finding it. Clifford whimpers to himself. Later, Clifford finds Artie at a construction site. There's a big hole there and Artie tells Clifford that they should dig it up and make it even bigger. Clifford doesn't want to, but Artie talks him into it, saying that there could be some big bones down in it. So they start digging, but Clifford hits water, creating a huge, muddy mess. Then, the construction workers return to the site. Artie leaves, leaving Clifford there to take the blame and also covered in mud. Clifford talks with Cleo and T-Bone. T-Bone doesn't like Artie. Cleo tries to defend him, until Clifford tells her that he didn't find her hedgehog toy, he took it. Clifford's upset that he let Artie talk him into doing all the bad things. As they talk, Cleo and T-Bone are giving Clifford a bath. Artie comes and tries to them into turning on all the sprinklers in the yard, drenching it. Clifford lays down the law, saying that there are rules he has to play if he wants to play with them. At first, Artie leaves, calling Clifford a bore, but then he returns, thinking that maybe playing by the rules might be fun after all.
"Wedding Bell Blues"
Emily Elizabeth's class is gathered outside the classroom window, looking in. When Emily Elizabeth comes, Jetta tells her what it is they're looking at: their teacher Ms. Carrington has a boyfriend. They know because she told them. When they come in for class, Ms. Carrington introduces them to her boyfriend, whose name is Frank Williams. She met him at the beach when he was visiting the island last year. He's a botanist and has done research in places such as South America. He's actually here on Birdwell Island to study plants right now. But his main job is teaching. He's a college professor. Then, Ms. Carrington makes an announcement. They're getting married and she's going to be moving to the mainland. At first, the students think that it's going to be hard for her to have to come on the ferry to teach every day. That's when Ms. Carrington gives them the bad news. She's not going to be their teacher anymore. However, she's already met the new teacher, Mrs. Grumbly and she's a nice lady. She thinks they'll do okay with her. The class isn't so sure, especially with a name like Mrs. Grumbly. After school, talk focuses on what to expect from Mrs. Grumbly. Everyone's thinking seems to be worst-case scenario. Charley thinks that maybe she could be allergic to children. Jetta thinks maybe it's not that bad, but she could be allergic to dogs. Another scenario paints her as a drill instructor. She blows a really loud whistle and makes everyone salute and do what she tells them. Nobody's sure what she'll be like, but they all agree that it probably won't be good. That evening, Emily Elizabeth talks with Clifford in her doghouse. She's still trying to think about what things will be like with Mrs. Grumbly teaching. She finally decides that there's really no way to know until tomorrow. The next morning, everyone is waiting anxiously, watching as Ms. Carrington clears out her things for the classroom. Then, Mrs. Grumbly arrives. Their fears seem to be coming true when she sneezes. But it was just one sneeze and she's not allergic to kids after all. She says that she's still getting used to the fresh island air. She used to teach someplace far, far away. She pulls out a whistle and now it seems like the drill-instructor scenario is coming true. But it turns out she just uses it for soccer. This impresses Charley. Mrs. Grumbly, having talked to Ms. Carrington, is able to figure out who Charley is, as well as Jetta. She also soon figures out who Emily Elizabeth is and asks to meet her dog, Clifford. She does and Clifford, as usual, is a lot of fun. Everyone enters the class, except for Emily Elizabeth, who's staying behind to help Mrs. Grumbly out, since Ms. Carrington had told her that Emily Elizabeth is the best helper in the class. Mrs. Grumbly admits to Emily Elizabeth that she was a bit scared to meet Clifford, as she had heard about how big he was and thought he might be scary. But now that she's met him, she thinks he's a lot of fun. Emily Elizabeth realizes that it wasn't right for all of them to judge Mrs. Grumbly before they met her. And so she and Mrs. Grumbly go inside so everyone can get to know each other better.moreless
Clifford's a big dog and to a lot of people around the island, he's a big help. His large size is often an advantage in helping people out and T-Bone, noticing this, says that he wishes he could be big like Clifford so he can be helpful too. Clifford, however, says that he doesn't think size has anything to do with being helpful. So T-Bone, along with Cleo, start looking around for ways that they can be helpful. They find Mr. Bleakman and start helping him to pack for a vacation he's going on. He's trying to pack a ton of things, but he just can't seem to fit them all in. Cleo and T-Bone are quite helpful, but then a wind gust causes a bunch of Mr. Bleakman's underwear to blow into a tree. Cleo and T-Bone can't reach, so it's Clifford to save the day. Still, Cleo and T-Bone are happy when Mr. Bleakman says that they helped out. (Even though it seems like he's possibly being sarcastic.) Cleo and T-Bone go in search of more ways to help out. They end up at Cleo's place, where Mrs. Diller has an infestation of crows in her garden. Cleo and T-Bone try to scare them off, but instead, a huge murder of them gathers. Clifford comes and is able to blow them away. T-Bone's beginning to think maybe you really do have to be big to help out. Clifford tells Cleo and T-Bone that he's going down to the beach and wishes them good luck in finding more ways to help out. The two come across kittens Billy and Betty, who are stuck way up in a tree. Their immediate impulse is to go and get Clifford, but he's too far away. So they have to come up with their own plan. By making climbing down into a game, T-Bone and Cleo are able to talk them down. T-Bone realizes that you really don't have to be big to be a big help.
"The Trouble With Kittens"
Clifford is in his yard when he hears the meowing of kittens Billy and Betty. He soon realizes that their presence could be a problem, as they've chosen Mr. Bleakman's yard as their place to play. Worse, they're in his flower garden and Mr. Bleakman doesn't like anyone in his flowers. So Clifford works discreetly to try and get them out. Mr. Bleakman catches him in his yard, but Clifford puts on a show of just smelling the flowers. Mr. Bleakman doesn't seem upset and kindly asks Clifford to leave the yard now, so he can get some work done. Back in his own yard, Clifford tells the kittens that Mr. Bleakman's yard is off-limits for playing and asks them to play in his yard. He figures he'll just have to watch them and make sure they stay put. He watches them from his doghouse and tries to keep a good eye on them, but he can't stay awake and drifts off. While sleeping, he has a dream off them all being on an island and Billy and Betty departing on a raft to go play at Mr. Bleakman's. He wakes up and finds that Cleo and T-Bone have come, but Billy and Betty are nowhere in sight. They're back at Mr. Bleakman's! Things are getting a bit more complicated now, but T-Bone and Cleo are willing to help Clifford to get the mischievous kittens back out of Mr. Bleakman's yard. After a wild chase, they seem to have the two kittens in Clifford's grasp. There's another encounter with Mr. Bleakman and this time, Mr. Bleakman is a bit less kind about asking Clifford to leave. Then... trouble. Although they thought they had Billy and Betty, they've escaped again! The two race through Mr. Bleakman's yard, creating a huge mess of muddy pawprints, turning on a water sprinkler and various other trouble. Then, they end up flying into the pockets of a pair of Mr. Bleakman's pants, hanging on a line. Mr. Bleakman sees Clifford trying to stop the water from the sprinkler. He blames him for the huge mess in the yard. But Mrs. Bleakman objects that Clifford couldn't have caused the mess. She points out a birdseed feeder that's been disturbed, but which Clifford is way, way too large to fit through. She also points out the muddy pawprints - they're very small, way too small to be Clifford's. And finally, she points out Mr. Bleakman's pants and they find the kittens. Mr. Bleakman realizes his error and says that he needs to get the kittens back to where they belong. Afterwards, Mr. Bleakman apologizes to Clifford, saying that he's sorry he blamed him without knowing all the facts. He then presents Clifford with a surprise - a huge stack of tummy yummies... and underneath them, Billy and Betty.moreless
It's a rainy day outside and Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are all playing games inside Clifford's doghouse. Cleo's getting really bored, as T-Bone's now doing the same game of "who has the bone?" for what seems like the fifty millionth time. She's really bored and wants to do something else. She wishes it would stop raining. Clifford says that they could tell a story. He starts the story by saying that he's on his way to pick up Emily Elizabeth from school. Cleo yawns loudly and pretends to go to sleep. But then Clifford says that he's going to pick her up in his new yellow car. Now, Cleo starts getting interested. She joins in and changes the car's color to purple and makes herself the driver. T-Bone joins in too, appearing in the passenger's seat and making himself a noble king. Cleo tells him that he may think that she's the driver, but she's actually the queen. And the two make Clifford a brave knight. They have a bit of an argument at first over what color Clifford's helmet should be - blue or green. They argue for a bit, until finally Clifford suggests that they make it yellow. Both agree. The plot returns to Clifford's picking up Emily Elizabeth. He says that Emily Elizabeth was kidnapped by a mean ogre and is now being held in his castle. So, the group heads for the castle. On the way there, they create flying pigs, who are the castle guards. After another Cleo/T-Bone argument, the pigs also end up being yellow, but with blue hair. The gang comes up with a clever trick to evade them and is soon on their way to the castle. They're just about to go face the giant ogre, when Mac comes into the doghouse. At first, they're so engrossed in the story, that they think that Mac is the ogre. Then, they realize it's just Mac. They explain what they're doing and Mac joins in, taking on the part of the ogre. In the story, Cleo distracts the ogre and gets him to chase her, while T-Bone gets the attention of the flying pigs. This leaves Clifford to enter the castle. There he finds Emily Elizabeth, trapped in a hanging cage and frees her. Finally, the sun appears outside, but Mac, Cleo and T-Bone are so caught up in the story, they don't want to go outside. Then, Clifford tells them that the great thing about stories is that you can tell them anywhere. And so they all go out in the sun to continue their storytelling fun.
It's a very hot day on Birdwell Island and everyone is looking for things to do. The local weatherman comes on TV, talking about what a hot day it is and recommending that everyone only use electricity if at all necessary. However, no one seems to be listening. Vaz is engrossed in some computer learning software. Mary is trying to play a video game. Jetta has to watch after her brother Cosmo and is try to keep him entertained with a video. And everyone else is using electricity in some way to keep themselves entertained. The failure to heed the meteorologist's warning leads to an island-wide power outage. This creates problems for everyone, but Mr. Bleakman seems to have all the answers. One of the immediate problems is that without power, area traffic lights are out. Mr. Bleakman says that he was a kid, there were no traffic lights. Instead, they just had signs. In this vein, Clifford becomes a giant sign and directs traffic at a major intersection. One of his paws is painted green and he holds it up when it's okay for motorists to go and holds up his other, unpainted paw when they need to stop. Finally, Sheriff Lewis gets traffic under control. This leaves Mr. Bleakman to solve other problems. For example, Vaz complains that without power, he can't use his educational software about forests on his computer. Mr. Bleakman says that when he was a kid, if he wanted to learn about something, he got a book. So Vaz goes to the library. Mary comes along and complains that her video game won't work without power. Mr. Bleakman says that when he was a kid, he played cards or board games. So Mary, along with Emily Elizabeth and Charley ask Mr. Bleakman if he'll play cards with them. Then, Jetta comes along, with Cosmo. She doesn't know what to do about Cosmo, as he's upset that he can't watch his video anymore. Emily Elizabeth tells Jetta that when Mr. Bleakman was a kid, they probably didn't have videos. Mr. Bleakman confirms this, but suggests that maybe Jetta could go down to the beach with Cosmo and act out a play or something. That evening, a lot of people on the island end up on the beach, spending time together with their friends and families. Then, lights go back on and Sheriff Lewis comes to say that the power's back on, so they can all go back home. But no one wants to leave. They say that they'll leave for a short while, to turn off things in their households that are taking up unnecessary electricity. But after that, they're returning to the beach. Sheriff Lewis, impressed, says that he might stop by himself. Emily Elizabeth comments to Clifford that when Mr. Bleakman was a kid, there were probably a lot of families and friends that spent time together at the beach and some things never change.moreless
Charley, Jetta and Emily Elizabeth are down at the docks with Clifford. Charley's fishing, but he hasn't gotten a bite yet. Then, his luck changes and he gets one! He reels it in! It's a big one! Emily Elizabeth's impressed and wants to know if Charley could teach her how to fish. He agrees. He'll help her tomorrow, as he has to help his Dad today. Jetta is made the same offer, but she doesn't really like the idea of fishing. The next day, Emily Elizabeth wakes up extra-early for her fishing lesson. But when she gets to the docks, Vaz is there with Charley. Vaz has a new toy plane and wants them to play with it. Emily Elizabeth still wants to go fishing, but Charley convinces her to watch Vaz fly his plane. So they head to the park to fly it. As they're flying, Vaz loses control and the plane starts heading for Jetta, who's coming in their direction. They yell at Jetta to look out. Clifford creates a wind, blowing away the plane from Jetta. They go and apologize to Jetta, but she's more worried about what Clifford did to her hair than the plane that was coming at her. She asks Emily Elizabeth what she's doing at the park. Isn't Charley supposed to be teaching her how to fish? Charley says that he's still going to do it... tomorrow. Later on, Emily Elizabeth is getting books about fishing from the library. She reads off the titles. There's The Airchair Fisherman. There's also Fishing For the Non-Fisher. Clifford barks his approval of this title. Finally, there's If At First You Don't Succeed, Fish, Fish Again. Jetta comes up and makes a comment about how it looks like Emily Elizabeth is teaching herself how to fish. Emily Elizabeth retorts that she just wants to get a head start. Jetta says anyway that if Charley doesn't come through, her Dad is setting up a swimming hole. She should come check it out. The next day comes and we see Emily Elizabeth and Charley, not fishing, but at the swimming hole. Emily Elizabeth explains that Charley heard about it and he just had to check it out. Jetta comments again that Charley's probably never going to teach her how to fish. Emily Elizabeth says that he will, tomorrow. Tomorrow comes around and Emily Elizabeth and Clifford are at the docks, by themselves. Emily Elizabeth notes that it would seem Charley isn't coming. She decides to go ahead with teaching herself how to fish. Using the help of one of the books, she hooks up bait and casts her line successfully. She settles in to wait for a bite. Meanwhile, Charley is over at the swimming hole. Jetta is pretty angry with him. She says that she'd knew he'd be there, even though he was supposed to teach Emily Elizabeth to fish. Charley says he'll teach her tomorrow. Jetta counters that that's what he said yesterday and the day before that. Charley realizes that he let Emily Elizabeth down. He goes off to make things right. At the docks, Charley apologizes for not upholding his promise. But he still wants to help. Emily Elizabeth says that that's great... as she thinks she has a bite! Charley encourages her to reel it in. She tries hard, with Clifford and Charley's help, but it's a strong fish and her line breaks. Down in the water, the fish swims off. Emily Elizabeth sees it, it's huge! Charley says that Emily Elizabeth doesn't need any help. She's now an official fisherman. She may not have caught any fish, but every fisherman has to have a story about "the big one that got away."
"No Baths For Cleo"
Mrs. Diller and Cleo are just returning home from a grooming at Mr. Kibble's. It's muddy and Mrs. Diller asks Cleo not to jump around in the mud since she just got groomed. But as soon as she goes inside, Cleo is all over the mud puddles. Mrs. Diller comes back out. Since Cleo is all dirty again, she's going to have to have a bath. Mrs. Diller gets her cleaned up. Cleo's not happy, as now she's all poofy. When Mrs. Diller goes back in, Cleo complains that it's not fair. Everytime she does something fun, she ends up having to have a "stupid bath." Or does she? She comes to a decision: she's never taken baths again! She gets a little crazy, jumping all over the mud puddles and hopping up and down singing "I'm never taking baths! I'm never taking baths!" She skips down the sidewalk singing this, when she notices a huge mud patch. It's perfect. She dives into and starts swimming around. Soon, Clifford and T-Bone come upon her. They wonder what she's doing. Isn't today her grooming day? She says that it is, but she doesn't have to worry about that anymore. She's never taking baths again. Clifford and T-Bone don't really have any comment about this. They just seem sort of puzzled. Then Cleo asks them to dive in. They do, and have a great time playing in the mud. Finally, it's time for Clifford to pick Emily Elizabeth up from school. He says that when she sees him, she's going to give him a bath for sure. T-Bone says that he has be heading home too. Cleo comments again and about never taking baths again. Once again, T-Bone and Clifford don't really have anything to say. Cleo stays in the mud patch, playing by herself. She notes that it's not really any fun without anyone else to play with. She figures Emily Elizabeth must be home by now. She heads for Clifford's, where Clifford is just finishing getting a bath. Emily Elizabeth rides down his back with a sponge and then hoses him off. Cleo laughs to herself from the sidewalk about how he's getting bath. She heads up to them and T-Bone soon joins. Cleo laughs at them again about how they got baths. But Clifford and T-Bone don't really seem to mind it. Clifford says that it's good to get clean after getting dirty because otherwise he gets all icky and sticky. Cleo, who's covered in mud, is starting to scratch. T-Bone talks about his bath. Sheriff Lewis got the water warm and bubbly for him. He played with his duck "Mr. Quacky" and Sheriff Lewis gave him a tummy rub. Cleo comments that tummy rubs are nice, but she still doesn't see the point of taking a bath. You're just going to get dirty again. She continues scratching. Then, T-Bone comments that he likes getting a bath because he gets to spend time with his human. Clifford notes that the humans seem to like it too. Cleo realizes that she never thought of it that way. By letting their humans give them baths, they're doing them a favor. And since Mrs. Diller is so nice to her, she's going to do something nice for her. Like taking a bath. Like, right now. She races off in a hurry, obviously very itchy. Back at home, she cleans herself off, commenting that she never realized before how nice it can be to get clean. Mrs. Diller comes outside and sees that Cleo's taking a bath. She says that she loves Cleo, no matter how dirty or clean she may be.moreless
It's the day of the Birdwell Island fair. The dogs (Clifford, T-Bone and Cleo) are there and they're hoping to snag some food. Since it's a carnival, there's going to be lots of concessions. They know that it's okay to eat anything that anyone drops on the ground. While they're scrounging treats, Mr. Bleakman is having a giant cookie wheeled in. He baked the entire thing himself and is planning to keep it hidden under a tent for unveiling later in the day. Once it's taken care of, he heads off with Mrs. Bleakman to check out the amusements. Mrs. Bleakman wonders if someone shouldn't stay and watch it, but Mr. Bleakman figures it should be all right. Clifford, Mac and T-Bone soon smell the cookie. They head in the direction of the smell, leading to the tent. The head inside and see the cookie. Clifford notes that it's Clifford sized. T-Bone and Cleo note that it's neither on the ground nor headed that way though, so it's not okay for them to eat. They begin to leave, but they have to force Clifford out of the tent. They go off to play frisbee, but Clifford's mind isn't really on the game. He's still thinking about the cookie. He figures maybe that if he could just have a lick of it, then maybe he wouldn't want to eat it. Next thing, he's bounding for the cookie. And then, he ends up breaking off a piece off the top. With it now on the ground, Cleo and T-Bone claim it, sharing with Clifford of course. Clifford then suggests that if they ate around the edge of the cookie, no one would notice that anything happened to it. So they do so, but by the time they're done, there's barely any of it left. Worse, Clifford still thinks it looks lopsided. Finally, they end up consuming the entire thing. When Mr. Bleakman has the cookie revealed, everyone's surprised to see not the cookie, but Clifford, T-Bone and Cleo. Mr. Bleakman's obviously upset that Clifford ate his cookie, but Mrs. Bleakman suggests that it really wasn't Clifford's fault. Mr. Bleakman made such a great cookie that Clifford simply couldn't resist the temptation. Mr. Bleakman realizes that he shouldn't have left such a temptation around for such a big dog to eat.
Jetta receives a letter from her pen-pal Monique from the mainland. Her mother's coming over on a business trip on Tuesday and she's taking Monique along with her. This is great news, as Jetta will be able to meet Monqiue and spend a few hours with her. Elsewhere on the island, Emily Elizabeth, Vaz and Mary are making kites. Jetta comes by them. She's carrying a bag of groceries. She explains about Monique coming over. She also explains about how she's scheduled their day. We see that she's even gotten a timer to keep track of time. The timer is quite loud and its noise seems to give everyone a shock, including Clifford, who twists his ears in annoyance. Jetta babbles on about how she's even prepared a picnic lunch for Monique by herself, peanut butter and banana sandwiches, Monique's favorite. No one seems too impressed with Jetta's schedule idea. The next day, Jetta meets Monique as she arrives on the ferry. They greet each other and start to head off for Jetta's first planned activity, collecting seashells at the beach. Then Monique sees Clifford. She's at first scared of him until Jetta explains that it's just Clifford. Emily Elizabeth comes along and chats with Monique a bit. This annoys Jetta, as they're starting to get off schedule. Emily Elizabeth suggests that they ride Clifford to the beach. They do this and Jetta's pleased, as it seems to have gotten them back on schedule. However, at the beach, Vaz and Charley are also there. They tell Jetta that there don't really seem to be any seashells around to collect. Jetta sugests that perhaps they just aren't looking in the right places. But to Jetta's frustration, they seem to be right. There are no seashells to be found anywhere on the beach. So instead, they end up getting into a splash fight with Vaz and Charley. This is fun at first, until Jetta realizes that her timer and the lunch she prepared for Monique have ended up in the water. She manages to salvage the timer, but the lunch is ruined. So Charley suggests they have fish and chips Jamaican style at his Dad's restaurant. They do so. Monique enjoys her lunch, saying that the peanut butter and banana sandwiches would have been okay, but the fish and chips are great. She doesn't have long to enjoy her lunch however as Jetta is soon dragging her (literally, by the arm) to her next scheduled activity: bike-riding. There's just one problem, it turns out her bike has a flat-tire. Worse, a bird picks up her timer and then drops it on the ground, breaking it. Monique doesn't really care about any of this though. She sees somebody flying a kite. It's Emily Elizabeth and friends, flying the kites they made the day before. Jetta's reluctant, kite-flying isn't on the schedule. But Monique runs off anyone and Jetta decides to go ahead. They enjoy their time kite-flying and without the timer, they lose track of time. It gets to be almost 4:00, the time when Monique's supposed to take the ferry home. They'll never make it in time... unless they take the "Clifford Express." They do so, and Monique makes her ferry. She thanks Jetta for a great day. It doesn't matter that it didn't go as Jetta scheduled it, she just enjoyed spending it with Jetta.moreless
Cleo is headed to meet up with T-Bone and Clifford. They're going to play "Super T-Bone." As she walks along, she practices her role as "Fluffy Face." Then she notices a very large and juicy bone. Feeling that she doesn't really have time to bury it, she hides it underneath a bush, figuring she'll come back for it later. As she continues on her way, T-Bone comes along. Cleo didn't do a very good job of hiding the bone. T-Bone sees it and not knowing that it's Cleo's, he claims it for his own. He goes ahead and buries it. Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone finally meet up for their game of Super T-Bone. Cleo goes into routine about how she's going to get Clifford and T-Bone with her super freezing powers. Clifford says that they'll stop her and tries to get T-Bone to acknowledge, but T-Bone is in a world of his own. It turns out that he can't stop thinking of the bone. He brings it up and when Cleo hears this, she thinks about the bone she found. (Not knowing it's the same bone.) She talks about the bone she found and both her and T-Bone run off to get the bone. Clifford follows them, although he's puzzled, wondering if this is all a part of the Super T-Bone game. Cleo reaches the bush where she found the bone, only to find that it's not there. T-Bone admits that he found the bone and goes over to the spot where buried it. But it's not there. That's funny, he was sure he buried it there. Shortly after, Clifford finds it, in another nearby location. This upsets Cleo, as she believes that T-Bone lied about where he hid the bone so he wouldn't have to share it. Clifford suggests that maybe another dog found it just like T-Bone did, but Cleo won't hear it. She says that she won't be T-Bone's friend anymore until he comes clean about where he hid the bone. T-Bone maintains his innocence and says that if Cleo doesn't believe him, he doesn't want to be her friend either. They both part ways, with Clifford trying to figure out what just happened. He decides to go and find T-Bone. T-Bone seems ready to call a truce, although he doesn't want to do it himself. He asks Clifford to be his messenger and tell Cleo that the bone is all hers. Clifford heads for Cleo, in the process disturbing a worker who's trying to put in a cement sidewalk plot. Reaching Cleo, he tells her about T-Bone's offer, but this doesn't satisfy Cleo. She wants Clifford to go back to T-Bone and get him to apologize for lying to her. Clifford heads back to T-Bone, once again disturbing the worker who gets cement all over himself. He tells T-Bone about Cleo's request. T-Bone's not at all interested. In fact, if she doesn't believe him, then she can just forget about being his friend. So it would seem that things are back to the way they were before. Clifford heads back to Cleo, disturbing the street-worker a third time. When Cleo shows no sign of giving in, Clifford gives up. He's tired of being a messenger, and if Cleo and T-Bone are going to not be friends any more over something as silly as a bone, then he's going home. He heads home, once again in the path of the street worker. The street worker, resigned to his fate, decides to simply lay down in the cement. Clifford notices this. Trying to make things right, he picks up the street worker and cleans him off in the fountain in front of the sidewalk, then smooths out the cement sidewalk plot with his paw. The street worker's thankful, but as Clifford heads off, he accidentally backs up into the cement plot and ends up getting cement on himself again. Oh well. As Clifford heads home, he comes upon Mac, who is chewing on a large bone. It turns out that Mac found the bone. Mac says that the dog who buried it did a bad job, so he reburied it. Finders keepers. Clifford takes Mac in tow and heads back to Cleo to show her that it was Mac who found it and T-Bone wasn't lying. But when he gets there, Cleo doesn't care. She's playing Super T-Bone. It turns out her and T-Bone already made up, thanks to Clifford's help.
"Clifford the Pirate King"
Clifford is playing a guessing game with Cleo and T-Bone. He has something and he wants them to guess what it is. After several guesses, T-Bone somehow guesses by luck that it's an inflatable alligator toy. Clifford explains that he and Emily Elizabeth are helping with a party revolving around a Treasure Island. Emily Elizabeth and her friends read the book in school and decided that they liked it so much they would do a party with it as the theme. It's being held on Samuel and Charley's houseboat and Clifford and Emily Elizabeth are helping. T-Bone and Cleo offer to help too and they head over to the houseboat. There, Emily Elizabeth demonstrates the purpose of the alligator toy. It goes under the plank for the "walk the plank" game. Anyone who falls gets "fed to the gator." Clifford and Emily Elizabeth dress for the party, then return. The problems start when Clifford wants to come aboard. When he first comes on, he tilts the boat to one side, causing everything to go sliding. Then he tilts to the other side and everything goes sliding the other way. Finally, he stabilizes and things seem to be going okay. Charley tries to break the piñata, but then a seagull flies onto Clifford's nose, causing him to sneeze. This causes a wind gust, sending things flying. Then Clifford sits down and accidentally breaks a table. Jetta's considering asking him to leave, but Clifford decides to hop out and leave himself. T-Bone and Cleo decide to join him and they hop out and leave for shore. There, Clifford says that they could have stayed at the party. They say that the party was fun, but he was the best part and they want to be with him. Then Emily Elizabeth and her friends come ashore. They don't want to leave Clifford out. Besides, they have treasure buried on the shore, and Clifford is a great digger.moreless
Clifford's racing through town, obviously in a big hurry to get somewhere. His running causes a wind gust, transferring a group of hats on some pedestrians to other peoples' heads. They all laugh at this. Clifford reaches his destination, Emily Elizabeth's school, where we see why he was in such a big hurry - school is letting out... for the summer! It's summer vacation, and everybody is really excited. Emily Elizabeth is among the excited, she has all sorts of things that she wants to do, such as reading books to Clifford every night in his doghouse. However, things are moving very fast during summer vacation and Emily Elizabeth makes a bit of a mess of her room. Charley's Dad is taking everybody swimming and Emily Elizabeth is getting ready, but she can't find her bathing suit anywhere. She calls for Mom, but then eventually finds it on Clifford's nose. Mrs. Howard comments on what a mess Emily Elizabeth's room is and Emily Elizabeth says that she'll clean it later. While going swimming, Vaz takes some pictures of the gang. (As we learned in "When I Grow Up," Vaz wants to be a photographer someday.) Vaz gets the camera wet, which worries Emily Elizabeth, but Vaz isn't worried, it's a waterproof camera. Emily Elizabeth thinks that it's really neat and Vaz offers to let her borrow it for a few days, until the upcoming baseball game. Emily Elizabeth accepts the offer. Later in the week, Emily Elizabeth is searching through her room again. This time, she's lost Charley's softball. She doesn't find the softball, but she finds an old toy of Clifford's, a trash-can lid and takes it to the park for Clifford to play with. At the park, Charley and Vaz notice Clifford playing. Charley asks Emily Elizabeth if she found his softball and Emily Elizabeth is forced to admit that she didn't. Vaz also reminds her to bring back his camera the next day and Emily Elizabeth realizes that she's lost that too, although she doesn't say so. She asks them if they want to stay and play with Clifford, but what they really wanted to do was practice softball. They leave, Charley reminding Emily Elizabeth to bring the softball to the game tomorrow. Emily Elizabeth decides to head home. At home, she searches around for the softball and camera, but can't find them anywhere. In the meantime, Clifford is getting upset because Emily Elizabeth was supposed to come out and read to him. Emily Elizabeth makes a decision - she'll keep her promise to read to Clifford and then get up early in the morning to clean her room. The next morning, Clifford wakes up, wondering if Emily Elizabeth's cleaned her room. He peeks in her window. It's spotless and Emily Elizabeth's found the baseball and camera. Clifford takes her to the baseball practice. She's running a bit late, but Charley's happy to have his baseball and Vaz is happy to have his camera. He gets everybody together for the team photo and asks them to say "summer vacation." Emily Elizabeth, however, has a different idea and has them say "clean your room." They say "huh?" instead and Vaz snaps the picture, ending the episode.
Mac and T-Bone are playing soccer in Mac's backyard. The soccer ball careens when T-Bone hits it and knocks over a trash can. T-Bone wants to clean it up, but Mac doesn't think it's any big deal. He has T-Bone keep playing and all three trash cans end up getting knocked over. The soccer game ends when the soccer ball gets lost and T-Bone leaves. Mac, meanwhile, causes his own mess, knocking over a table in the front yard and mutilating one a rabbit-toy of Jettta's. Jetta comes out, sees the mess and gets upset with Mac. T-Bone overhears and thinks that Mac is getting in trouble for what he did. He heads back and starts apologizing, saying that he's going to clean up the garbage. Mac tries to explain that the garbage wasn't what Jetta was mad about, but T-Bone keeps interrupting and Mac gives up, saying that if it'll make T-Bone feel better to clean up the mess, go ahead. As T-Bone is cleaning, Cleo and Clifford are heading towards Mac's. They're playing "pirate Cleo" and Cleo notes that there are strange things going on at "pirate Mac's." They decide to "go ashore," where Cleo asks Mac why she isn't helping T-Bone clean. Mac explains about how T-Bone wanted to clean it himself. Cleo and Clifford decide to help T-Bone anyway and they soon have the entire yard cleaned. T-Bone heads off to go play with Cleo and Clifford, deciding to let Mac relax. As Cleo, Clifford and T-Bone head off, Jetta comes back outside. She's pleased that the yard is cleaned. Believing that Mac did it, she rewards him with a big bowl of tummy yummies. Then she looks for her soccer ball, but it's lost. She says that she'll give a big bowl of tummy yummies to the dog who can find it. Meanwhile, Cleo realizes that she lost her green-parrot toy at Mac's. T-Bone decides to head back and get it for her. That way, he can find out if Jetta has forgiven Mac yet. When T-Bone arrives, Mac hides his tummy yummies. Then he says that Jetta is still upset because they lost her soccer ball. He asks T-Bone if he could find it. T-Bone is more than happy to, while Mac sits back and secretly enjoys his Tummy Yummies. But then T-Bone falls into one of the trash cans while searching for the soccer ball and is nearly hurt. Mac finally admits that Jetta's not mad at him anymore. He explains that he tried to get T-Bone to stop, but T-Bone kept interrupting him. T-Bone notes that wasn't very nice. Mac apologizes to T-Bone, offering him the bowl of tummy yummies. T-Bone says that he should share them... with Clifford and Cleo since they helped clean. Mac says that he feels better, even if he's a little hungry and they both laugh about that.moreless
Emily Elizabeth and her friends are on the field playing soccer. One of them makes a good play, to which Vaz says "whacka-whacka-doo!" Emily Elizabeth recognizes that, it's a phrase from an old show called The Brody Brood. She wonders where he heard it, as that show hasn't been on in ages. It turns out Vaz got satellite TV and saw the show on the Reruns Galore channel. Jetta asks for more playing and less talking. They go back to the game, but when Vaz is up to make a play, he lets the ball hit on the head. He was staring at his watch and not paying attention. He says he has to leave because it's almost two o'clock. Jerry Bouncer is reuniting long-lost friends on his talk show. (Agent0042's rude note - Vaz's parents let him watch that trash?) Looks like that's the end of the game. The next day, Emily Elizabeth and Charley stop by Vaz's house. He shows them his new satellite dish. It gets over 632 channels. He's also rather tired, he watched twelve shows last night on twelve different channels. Emily Elizabeth and Charley don't really care. They want him to come to the park with him. He says he will, in a while. He wants to watch a show called Building Your Own Geodesic Dome. Later, at the park, everyone's mad because Vaz isn't there and he was supposed to bring the snacks. Then Vaz shows up, with a snack called a "Super-Duper-Noodle-Doodle." He learned how to make it on the Food Fare Channel. It looks awful. Everyone just sort of passes it around, but nobody eats it. Vaz then heads back to his house to watch a three-hour block of The Incredible Polyester Man. He leaves, and Emily Elizabeth gives the sandwich one final look of disgust. The next day, everyone's working on a White House project, well, everyone except Vaz. He gets there and starts talking about a music video that's going to be on in an hour. He convinces everyone to go watch it. The next day, everyone agrees that the music video was really great. It's mentioned that they're repeating it and they figure that maybe that's why Vaz has once again no-showed. He was supposed to bring the white paint for the White House. Clifford heads to Vaz's house, where he's absorbed in TV, this time looking at a channel called the "Channel Channel." Clifford starts barking and playing to get his attention. His noise ends up causing the satellite dish to fall off the roof, interrupting Vaz's picture. Clifford gets it back on the roof just in time, but Vaz goes out to see what's going on. There, he notices the white paint and realizes he was supposed to be helping with the project. He has Clifford give him a ride and apologizes for being so late. Charley says that he's been watching too much TV. Vaz comes to the realization that, well, he has and agrees from now on to only watch his favorite programs. He offers after they're finished to go play flopperball with them in the park. Emily Elizabeth asks if he learned that on the Flopperball Channel. Vaz says that he didn't, he read it in a magazine. Everyone laughs and Clifford barks.
"Cyber Puppy Problems"
It's Jetta's birthday and she's having a party. She unwraps a present and then swipes all of her other presents to the ground. She's just gotten what she wanted most, a "Cybo Pet." She says that it's the most amazing electronic dog ever and decides to name him Cybo. The next day, Jetta's completely attached to her Cybo Pet. She's brought it to school and the dogs are staring it from outside the school window. Clifford, T-Bone and Cleo figure that Mac doesn't have anything to worry about, but Mac thinks otherwise. We see inside that Jetta is using Cybo for show-and-tell. She throws a crayon in the air and tells Cybo to fetch it. He does, using an extending mechanical arm. Then, on Jetta's request, he sharpens it. Mac's discouraged. That day in the park, Mac decides to try and show Jetta once and for all that he's the world's greatest dog. He does tricks, earning him two "Tummy Yummies." But then Jetta's paper on which she was drawing flies away. Cybo races after it, using his mechanical arm to retrieve it from way up high in the air. Then he flattens out the creases for Jetta. Jetta comments that Cybo will do anything she wants for her and she doesn't even have to give him a Tummy Yummy. Mac whimpers. Sometime later on, Jetta is watching her favorite TV program, Sandy and Her Good Dog Sam. She has Cybo with her, but then goes off to the kitchen. On the TV, Sandy instructs Sam to take a nice, long walkk. Cybo thinks that the command his for him and heads outside to take the walk. Mac notices this and starts following him. Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone join in, wondering exactly what it is that Cybo is doing. Mac says that he's following to prove that he can do anything Cybo can. Along the way, they go by a newspaper vendor who yells out to take a free paper. Cybo takes one, and is soon followed by Mac and Cleo. Then T-Bone tries to take one, but he's too small to reach. The newspaper vendor reaches down and gives him one. Then Clifford grabs the entire newsstand. The vendor explains that the paper is free, not the stand. Clifford puts the stand down and the vendor tips his cap to him. They continue following Cybo and eventually reach the pier. It looks like Cybo is headed straight for the water. Meanwhile, Jetta has realized Cybo is missing and asks Emily Elizabeth if she saw him. They eventually find the dogs at the pier and start yelling up out them. Clifford realizes that Jetta's trying to tell Cybo to stop. Mac notes how much Jetta likes Cybo and decides to try and rescue him. He tries to stop him from walking, but ends up letting go and Cybo falls into the water. Jetta races towards Mac and hugs him. She's just glad that Mac is safe. Cybo is just a toy and can be replaced, but there's only one "Mackie-Wackie." Just then, Cybo flies up using a helicopter attachment. Jetta laughs.moreless
The episode opens with some pictures of Clifford that fill the screen. These are some pictures that Emily Elizabeth is using for a project. Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are sleeping. Clifford wakes up, causing Cleo to topple over onto T-Bone, who was napping under the fold of Clifford's ear. Cleo asks Clifford to give them some warning before he wakes up and T-Bone notices what Emily Elizabeth is working on and asks about it. Clifford explains that Emily Elizabeth is working on a project called "What's Makes Me Special." He says that everyone has something about them that makes them special. They start talking about this. Cleo says that she's a natural born leader. She recalls a time when she went into a bush to go after a bone when no one else would. She got all sorts of leaves and branches on her, but she also got the bone and showed that she was a leader. Mac shows up and joins in the conversation. He says that there are lots of things that make him special and starts rattling them off. Then he asks about what makes Clifford special. Cleo thinks that one's easy, it's that he's big. It's also noted that he likes to help people out. Clifford recalls a time when he helped out the firechief by demonstrating the "stop, drop and roll" technique of putting out clothes that are on fire for Emily Elizabeth's class. Then T-Bone asks what makes him special. Everyone tries to come up with something, but everything that they come up with could also be said of other dogs. Clifford continues trying, but T-Bone stops him. He's decided that he wants to figure it out for himself. He heads along on his way home, trying to figure it out. Along the way, he notices the fire crew. They're exhausted from their work, but they're glad to see T-Bone. He entertains them and cheers them up. Having done that, he heads over to the school because it's recess time. There, Emily Elizabeth and Jetta are trying to jump rope, but it's difficult with only two people. T-Bone joins in, both with helping them jump rope and jump roping himself. After this, T-Bone heads to his house, where Sheriff Lewis is pulling up, apparently on some sort of break. It's been an exhausting day at work, but he's really happy to see T-Bone. He has T-Bone give him a hug and then has him play a game with a rope. After that, it's back to work. Later on, T-Bone finds Clifford. Clifford wants to go play, but first T-Bone has something to tell him: he finally figured out what makes him special. It's that he makes people feel better. Clifford agrees, saying that he's making him feel better. They go off in search of others that T-Bone can make feel better.
"Jetta's Sneak Peek"
Jetta is at the park with Mac, trying to right something in her journal. First she can't figure out what color pen to right it with and also Mac is chewing on a bone, making noise and breaking her concentration. It would seem that isn't really the problem though; the real problem is that she can't think of anything interesting to write. Emily Elizabeth drops by with Clifford and she also has her journal as well. She throws a ball to entertain Clifford and Mac and then she and Jetta get to discussing their journals. At first Jetta tries to talk about what's in her journal, but since she hasn't written anything, she quickly deflects the topic to what's in Emily Elizabeth's journal. Emily Elizabeth says that she's just written down about some fun she had with Clifford, a dream of hers, some pictures, etc. etc. She won't go into details though, as it's kind of private. Clifford and Mac return and this time Emily Elizabeth goes off so that she can throw the ball really far. While Emily Elizabeth is away, Jetta starts thinking and figures she'll just take a quick peek at Emily Elizabeth's journal to get an idea about what to write about. She reads quickly about how Emily Elizabeth's won a trip to Hawaii. She's allowed to take someone with her, but it can only be one special friend and she's not sure who to take. When Emily Elizabeth returns, Jetta is suddenly all buddy-buddy with her. She tells her that she'll help her study for the upcoming spelling test, but says that she doesn't want any help in return, she just wants to do something nice for Emily Elizabeth. The next day at school, Vaz, Emily Elizabeth, Charley and Jetta are all having lunch outside. Jetta brings Emily Elizabeth a macademia nut cupcake, making special note of the fact that macademia nuts are from Hawaii. She then runs off, saying that she forgot something. Vaz and Charley note that it's really weird how nice Jetta is being to Emily Elizabeth. Jetta returns shortly, giving Emily Elizabeth some milk she got from the cafeteria. She says that she actually wanted to get Emily Elizabeth some coconut milk, again making note of the fact that coconuts are from Hawaii. Later that day, Jetta drops by Emily Elizabeth's, saying that she's going to clean her room. Emily Elizabeth is absolutely dumbfounded by this, but she goes along with it anyway. She really doesn't have much choice as by the time she can get her bearings, Jetta is already up the stairs. During the cleaning, Jetta notes Emily Elizabeth's journal and how much she's written in it. She tries to get Emily Elizabeth to let her read it, but Emily Elizabeth shoots this down, asking if Jetta would let her read her journal. Jetta deflects this, saying that they don't have time to be reading journals. She's going to take Emily Elizabeth out for coconut-pineapple ice cream. Sometime either later that day, or the next day, Clifford is helping Emily Elizabeth transport some heavy boxes. Jetta asks if she can help and then Emily Elizabeth starts to invite her somewhere. Jetta gets the idea that she's inviting her on the trip to Hawaii and goes and puts on a hula suit. Things come to a head when Emily Elizabeth says that she's not inviting her to go to Hawaii and wants to know where she got that idea. Jetta lets it slip that she read it in her journal. Emily Elizabeth's mad at this. Journals are private, after all, Jetta wouldn't let her read her journal. The whole thing about the trip to Hawaii was just part of a wish list of hers. Jetta thinks that this is stupid, that journals aren't for wishes. Emily Elizabeth counters that she can write whatever she want in her journal. The next day, Jetta is still being nice to Emily Elizabeth. Emily Elizabeth tells her that there really isn't any trip to Hawaii. Jetta says that she knows and then actually apologizes for reading her journal. As way of making up, she wants to show Emily Elizabeth a few pages of her journal. It's all about things that they would do if they could actually go to Hawaii.moreless
Charley's just gotten out of a karate class and he, Jetta, Emily Elizabeth and Vaz are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Charley admires his karate instructor and wants to be one himself someday. Jetta doesn't seem to think much of this. Vaz says that he wants to be a superhero when he grows up. He fantasizes himself flying around in outer space. Jetta wants to be the President of the United States. She fantasizes giving a big speech and creating new holidays and inviting people to her own private party where they can take pictures of her. Sometime later on, Emily Elizabeth is in her backyard with Clifford. She's dressed in a veterinarian's uniform and takes Clifford's pulse and then listens to his heartbeat. Jetta drops by and Emily Elizabeth tells her that she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up, just like Dr. Dihn. Jetta says that she wants to be a doctor too. Emily Elizabeth stops her - didn't she want to be President? She does, but that job only lasts eight years at the most. T-Bone and Cleo drop by too. They see some tape that Emily Elizabeth wrapped around Clifford and think that he's sick. Clifford stops them and tells how he and Emily Elizabeth were just playing veterinarian. They take the opportunity to consider what they want to be when they grow up. T-Bone imagines being a dog food tester. He tries several samples and gives a green light for go ahead and the sequence ends when he gets to one which he gives a red light to. Cleo says that she wants to be the first dog who's also a doctor and wraps T-Bone with tape as a demonstration. Clifford fantasizes being a firehouse dog. In another scene, we see Vaz taking a picture of Charley doing a karate stance. Vaz says that he's changed what he wants to do when he grows up; he now wants to a be photographer. He says that's easier than being a superhero. Jetta tells Vaz that she wants to be a fashion model when she grows up. Vaz says that he thought she wanted to be President. Emily Elizabeth calls her on this too, she thought she was going to be a doctor. Jetta says that she'll be a doctor who's a part-time fashion model, after she gets done being president. Charley talks about how he wants to be a martial arts instructor again and Jetta tries to shoot him down. She says she thinks he's just wasting his time, karate is just fun, it's not a job. Charley begs to differ and to prove his point, he invites her to be a guest at his next karate class. Emily Elizabeth and Vaz join in too. They all go to the next class and Jetta realizes that karate isn't just fun, it's a lot of hard-work and discipline. She thinks maybe she could be a karate master too. Clifford gongs the bell to end the episode.
"Not Now I'm Busy"
Clifford, T-Bone and Cleo are playing "Super T-Bone" at the docks. T-Bone is "Super T-Bone" and he's telling Cleo about how he's going to foil her evil scheme. Well, he's trying to, but everytime either he or Cleo try to say anything, they get interrupted by the horn of the ferry. They decide to wait until after the ferry comes in to continue playing. The passengers get off the ferry and one of them is K.C. He runs over to greet Cleo, Clifford and T-Bone. However, he tells them that he's too busy to play, he has a job to do and goes back over to his owner Bruno's Mom, Mrs. Young. Cleo, Clifford and T-Bone all wonder what job it is that K.C. could be doing. T-Bone thinks that maybe he's a superhero like Super T-Bone, only real. The next day, Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are playing "Red Light, Green Light." T-Bone's the light and he yells Red Light, but Cleo notices something and runs off. T-Bone threatens her with a ticket, but then goes chasing after her, and finally Clifford decides to go chasing after the both of them. It turns out Cleo saw K.C. and she wants him to play with them, but he's busy with his job. Cleo's annoyed, can his job be more important than playing with them? He's wearing some sort of cape, lending to T-Bone's idea that he could be a superhero. Cleo decides to trail him and has Clifford and T-Bone join in. They observe him at the supermarket and at the park. This doesn't really reveal much and Clifford and T-Bone still think he could be a superhero. Clifford decides that they should just go and ask K.C. what his job is. They do so, but not before Cleo has it out with him. K.C. says that he really was to busy to play with them. Bruno had him trained as an assistance dog and now he helps out Mrs. Young. He demonstrates - Mrs. Young asks him to get a glass of water and he goes into the kitchen and does so. Cleo apologizes. K.C. says that the good thing is that he'll be on Birdwell Island full-time now, so he'll be able to see them more often. However, he can only play with them when it doesn't get in the way of his job. Cleo, Clifford and T-Bone like the assistance dog idea and ask if they could possibly be assistance dogs too. K.C. says they would have to go to the special school, but he can show them one thing they can do. He shows them - helping their owners at the store. We see all of them helping in various ways. T-Bone has some groceries in tow and Mrs. Diller thanks Cleo for guarding her groceries.moreless
Cleo, Mac, T-Bone and Clifford are playing ball in the park. Cleo says that she's got the ball, but then it ends up landing on T-Bone's head. Cleo apologizes; she was looking at another dog. More specifically, she was looking at what it's wearing. It has some sort of weird contraption that it's wearing instead of a normal collar. Clifford identifies it as a "cone collar." He says that if a dog has an itch that it can't stop scratching, the veterinarian will put on a cone so that the spot can heal without the dog continually scratching at it. Mac thinks that it's hideous. He figures it's the dog's own fault. If she had just been able to control her scratching, she wouldn't have to wear the cone. Clifford doesn't figure it works that way. If you have an itch, you scratch. Cleo agrees with Mac though and says she's glad that she'll never have to wear something like that because she can control herself. But can she? Throughout their playing, Cleo keeps stopping to scratch herself. It ends up interrupting a game of hide-and-seek. T-Bone finds Cleo, but she doesn't even notice because she's so busy scratching. She stops herself, saying that she can control. The other dogs aren't so sure though. They part ways for the day. The next day, Clifford and T-Bone head for Cleo's. Mac says that he's ready for some "serious digging." When they get to Cleo's, she doesn't want to come out of her doghouse. She makes up all sorts of excuses, but Clifford finally figures out why she doesn't want to come out. She's wearing a cone. It turns out she couldn't stop scratching, so Mrs. Diller took her to Dr. Dihn. She's happy now, she doesn't itch anymore. But she doesn't know how she's going to play with the cone on her. Clifford and T-Bone help her, showing her how she can have fun playing in different ways. Mac shows up. He's ready to taunt her about wearing the cone, but Cleo tells him off, explaining that she just couldn't stop scratching and that if he has a problem with that, he can play with someone else. This silences Mac, and then Cleo notices that he's scratching too. She figures this isn't a problem though: "You'll look great in a cone!"
"A Job Well Read"
Jetta's Mom is working on a party, but Jetta's brother Cosmo keeps getting in the way. She figures that she'll have to call a babysitter, but Jetta says that she'll take care of Cosmo. Jetta's Mom isn't so sure about that; Cosmo is quite a handful. Jetta says that she can handle it, she loves playing with Cosmo. Cosmo, however, is quite active and quickly wears Jetta out. Charley and Emily Elizabeth come by and ask Jetta if she needs any help. Jetta refuses at first, but it's obvious Cosmo is wearing her out and so she finally accepts. Charley thinks it would be a good idea to read Cosmo a story to calm him down. Cosmo's too young to understand, but Emily Elizabeth doesn't think this is a problem. After all, Clifford likes it when she reads to him. She finds a story about a boy who came from a seashell. A fisherman caught him while fishing. He also caught a lot of other stuff including jewels, but he figures it's all useless, he only wants fish. He nearly tosses out the seashell boy, but his wife saves it from being tossed into the sea. They decide to name him "The Amazing Abalone Seashell Boy From The Lost Lagoon." They figure it's a name that will take him far. He first seeks out fortune at a shoestore, but the shopkeeper is a bit annoying, at first wanting to know if he's an elf and then asking if she can pay him in shoelaces. He decides to forget about this and makes his way to a castle. There, he finds a giant version of Mr. Bleakman. He's in a grumpy mood. The giant isn't normally grumpy, it's just that his mobile is broken and he can't sleep. The seashell boy tells him his name and just listening all of that makes him sleepy. Hearing it a few more times puts him to sleep and when he awakes, he awards the seashell boy with a goose that lays golden eggs. It was indeed a name that took him far. Jetta's Mom thanks Jetta for looking after Cosmo, but Jetta gives the credit to Emily Elizabeth and Charley. She asks if they can keep Cosmo a little longer. Everybody likes listening to the stories. She tries to read Cosmo something else, but Cosmo wants to hear about the seashell boy again. Maybe keeping him wasn't such a good idea after all...moreless
Mrs. Young is reading K.C. a story about an investigator named "Detective Mike." It's a good story and they get to the end of it, so Mrs. Young suggests that K.C. go and play with his friends. K.C. does, he finds Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone at the park. There, something mysterious has happened. The merry-go-round has completely disappeared. There's only an imprint in the sand where it used to be. The dogs don't have any idea what could have happened the merry-go-round, but they want to find out. K.C. tells them about Detective Mike. He can solve any mystery, except for one problem, he's not real. K.C. suggests that they could, however, learn some detecting tips from Detective Mike's stories. He says that the first thing Detective Mike does is a stakeout. After clarifying that a stakeout has absolutely nothing to do with steak, he and the other dogs setup and conduct their stakeout. They spy Charley going through the park, with some sort of suspicious box. K.C. notes that the next thing Detective Mike would do would be trail him, i.e. follow him and investigate. They decide to do this, although T-Bone remains behind, to continue the stakeout in case anything suspicious should happen while they're away. They follow Charley, and Cleo investigates what's in his box, but it's nothing but crabs, it turns out he was delivering them to his Dad's restaurant. The crabs were a dead-end, so they decide to return to the park to find out how T-Bone's stakeout is going. Upon returning to the park, they see that not only the merry-go-round, but also the rest of the playground equipment has now vanished. Worse, T-Bone fell asleep, so he didn't see anything that happened. Fortunately, there's a Detective Mike solution for this: they'll follow the tracks that were left and see where they take them. They follow them to a van, where there, they eavesdrop. It turns out that the playground equipment wasn't stolen, it's just been taken temporarily to be repainted. Mystery solved.
"Camping It Up"
Emily Elizabeth, her family, and several of her friends are going camping. Everybody's excited, except Jetta. She doesn't see why anyone would go camping voluntarily. She's come prepared, though, she's brought her own tent setup, complete with stove, TV, VCR, nice bed, and more. Emily Elizabeth invites everyone to come along to go see a waterfall, and Jetta comes along reluctantly. She wears headphones, drowning out the sounds of nature and listening to music instead. When everyone else is busy admiring butterflies, she plays a portable videogame. Even the butterflies gathering around her aren't enough to make her look up. When they reach the waterfall, she won't go in. Instead, she pulls out her own heated pool, complete with toys and misses out on all the fun. Back at the campsite, everybody roasts hot dogs over the campfire, well, everyone except Jetta. To the ire of Mac, she stays in her tent, eating a TV dinner. Mac whines and begs to go outside, but Jetta says that they're having a nice meal indoors. That night, while everyone's outside admiring the beautiful night sky, Jetta stays indoors, watching a video. Emily Elizabeth comments that she wishes Jetta would come out with them. In the tent, Mac looks out the window plaintively. Jetta gets up from her video and contemplates the night sky, agreeing that it's a lot more beautiful than the night sky back home. Saying that she's doing it for Mac's benefit, she joins everybody outside. She finally gets in on some of the fun she's been missing, even seeing a shooting star.moreless
Mrs. Diller has out the photo album and is showing Cleo old pictures of her as a puppy. Then, she comes to one that isn't of Cleo. But who is this dog? She looks just like Cleo! It turns out that she's Cleo's grandmother, Queenie. She even wore a crown. Mrs. Diller looks around - it turns out she still has that crown and she lets Cleo wear it. Cleo goes off to tell Mac, T-Bone and Clifford all about her crown and her grandmother. T-Bone hears this and is quite impressed. He says that if Cleo's grandmother was a queen, then Cleo must be royalty, in fact, they are now all in the presence of Princess Cleo. Everybody thinks this is pretty neat, but Cleo starts letting it get to her head. Instead of scratching in the grass on her own, she asks Clifford to scratch for her. Then, when they're playing ball, Cleo doesn't take her turn and has T-Bone fetch the ball for her. Finally, when Mac finds a bone and Clifford breaks it into pieces to share, Cleo takes the biggest piece for herself, even though she didn't find it. The next morning, Clifford, T-Bone and Mac are all playing in leaves. "Princess" Cleo is annoyed, how dare they start playing without her? They explain to her- she wouldn't like playing in leaves, after all, it would get her dirty and tired, and a princess should never be dirty and tired. But Cleo likes playing in leaves. She admits that she was a jerk the day before, and decides to drop the whole princess thing. Mac puts on her crown- he thinks it makes a good fit. At Clifford's, Emily Elizabeth reads them all a story about a princess. Cleo says that she'd much rather listen to a story about a princess than be one.
Skyscraper Jackson, Mr. Howard's friend and world-renowned basketball player is back at Birdwell Island. He's going to be participating in a charity basketball game, helping the kids of the island compete against the adults. Charley is really excited about the game and the opportunity to play with Skyscraper Jackson. But then, he gets sick, and isn't able to come to the game. Emily Elizabeth, Vaz and Jetta promise to stop by the next morning and tell him all about the game. They keep their promise: the next day they come and they've all written a story about what happened at the game to read to Charley. Each of their stories is different, though they all agree on one thing- it was Vaz, with the help of Skyscraper Jackson and Clifford who scored the winning basket for the game. Charley thanks them for their stories and is happy to be able to read them whenever he wants. Skyscraper Jackson drops by too, with an autographed basketball and the promise to catch Charley for some one-on-one the next time he's in town.moreless
When playing soccer at recess, Vaz scores a goal. He's excited, but for some reason, everyone is laughing at him. Why? He ripped his pants. Everyone thinks it's really funny, but Vaz is just really embarrassed. Back inside the school, Ms. Carrington (the teacher) helps repairs Vaz's pants. Jetta comments to Mrs. Carrington that she should have seen it when Vaz ripped his pants. It was very funny. Ms. Carrington tells Jetta that she should consider whether Vaz thought it was funny. Jetta says that nothing like that would ever happen to her. Ms. Carrington tells her not to be so sure, as embarrassing things happen to everyone, even her. She recalls back in high school when she was doing a music act, only to have her neon pink wig fell off. Everyone laughed at her. She can laugh about it now, but she was "way embarrassed" back then. Jetta's still not impressed and doesn't believe anything like that could happen to her. Then, later that day, she, Vaz, Emily Elizabeth and Charley are having hot chocolate at a cafe. Jetta gets a hot chocolate moustache and the waiter calls her "sir." Jetta doesn't know what he means, but everyone laughs and finally she sees her reflection and realizes what everyone's laughing at. Looks like something embarrassing has now happened to her. Meanwhile, outside, Clifford scavenges for donuts in the trash, but ends up getting the trash can stuck on his nose. So now something embarrassing has happened to Clifford too.
Emily Elizabeth is ready for skating. She has her lucky charm around her neck and Clifford with her. She skates nicely, but then, something goes wrong. She's lost her lucky stone! Charley and Vaz help her look for it, but it's nowhere to be found. Now, suddenly, Emily Elizabeth is the worst skater on the island. She keeps tripping up and can't perform any of the neat skating tricks she could before. So Charley and Vaz, figuring that Emily Elizabeth has simply lost her confidence, paint a stone they find to look like her lucky charm. This fools her and now she's skating great again. After she pulls off some complicated maneuevers, Charley and Vaz tells her the truth about the stone. They just wanted to show her that she doesn't need luck to skate great, she just needs to believe in herself. Emily Elizabeth thanks them and decides to keep their stone. It reminds her of them.moreless
Cleo's niece Kiki is paying her a visit. It's not that Kiki isn't a nice dog, it's just that Kiki has a lot of energy and she's wearing Cleo out. Cleo just wants to sleep, but Kiki insists on playing ball. Cleo asks Kiki to just let her nap, if she does, she can go anywhere that she wants later. Then, T-Bone comes along. He asks Cleo if she wants to play, but Cleo's too tired. T-Bone offers to watch Kiki for her so she can rest. Cleo explains that she told Kiki that she'd take her anywhere she wanted, so T-Bone says that he'll do that. He asks Kiki where she wants to go and Kiki has him take her to the lighthouse. Meanwhile, at the docks, the ferry arrives. Clifford is there and guess who's getting of the ferry? It's Mimi, a female dog that T-Bone absolutely adores. Her human is on the island to take some pictures. She asks Clifford where Cleo and T-Bone are and he says they'll go look for them. Meanwhile, at the lighthouse, T-Bone uses binoculars and sees Mimi down at the docks. He wants to see her, but Kiki has other ideas. She wants to go to the beach. So, like in the classic play The Merchant of Venice (and parodied endless times on TV shows), T-Bone has two versions of himself appear over his shoulders. One is an "angel" version and tells him that he should keep his promise. Another is a "devil" version and tells him that he's bigger and he should do what he wants. T-Bone does the right thing. Eventually, Mimi finds him and things it's nice that T-Bone is watching Kiki for Cleo. Kiki says that she really likes "Uncle T-Bone." Mimi says that she really likes him too.
"Cleo's Valentine Surprise"
It's Valentine's Day and Cleo has just received five tummy-yummies from Miss Diller. She comments that this is good, it's just what she needs for her "plan." Elsewhere on the island, Clifford and T-Bone are making their Valentine's Day plans. They want to find Cleo so they can wish her a happy Valentine's Day and play Super T-Bone with her all day long, since that's her favorite game. Cleo, meanwhile, is planning a big Valentine's surprise for Clifford and T-Bone. It's a secret, so she's being very furtive about it. But then, K.C. comes along and asks what she's doing. Cleo explains that she's making a huge Valentine surprise for Clifford and T-Bone. She asks what K.C.'s doing on the island. K.C. tells her that his human, Bruno, has a job, so he came over. K.C. offers to help her with her surprise. She's gathered up a massive amount of tummy-yummies to create a huge Valentine heart. Cleo says that she can't wait until Clifford and T-Bone see it and she wonders what kind of surprise they have in store for her. The surprise is assembled and Clifford and T-Bone see it and wonder who made it. Cleo and then K.C. pop up and surprise them. They thank her, as it's an awesome surprise. Then Cleo asks suggestively if they have anything else they want to tell her. When they don't, she's disappointed. She tells K.C. that she thought they would have some kind of big surprise for her too. K.C. says that she should be happy that they liked her surprise. After all, she enjoys doing things like this for them. Clifford then comes up and says that he wishes he could have done something big like this for her. Cleo tells him that he already has - his appreciation is enough. They all go to enjoy the tummy-yummies.moreless
This one opens with Emily Elizabeth finished reading a story to Clifford. Clifford then circles three times, like most dogs, before going to bed. Emily Elizabeth remembers how things were when he tried to go to bed back when they lived in the city. She decides to tell him just one more story. So we go back in time, to a night when Clifford was outside the apartment in which the Howards lived, trying to sleep. But there wasn't enough room for him and he simply couldn't get comfortable. So the neighbors all helped out by giving him blankets and a large stuffed teddy bear. With all of these, Clifford was able to go to sleep. Emily Elizabeth then recalls taking Clifford for a walk. During the walk, she and Clifford met up with a Little League baseball team. They were impressed with his huge size and invited him to catch some balls. And Clifford did, everything that was hit at him. Emily Elizabeth recalls that they played at that ballpark all summer. But eventually, dogfood started to pile up around their apartment and Emily Elizabeth's parents realized that living in the city just wasn't working for Clifford. Emily Elizabeth suggested that he could sleep in the ballpark, but actually, they had a different idea: moving to Birdwell Island. And so, they did.
Jetta's showing Emily Elizabeth some of her nice new sweaters. She piles a bunch on Emily Elizabeth, but Emily Elizabeth is attracted to one that Jetta didn't even show her: a pink one with yellow flower designs. Jetta says that Emily Elizabeth can have it if she wants, since it's not her style. So Emily Elizabeth gladly takes it for her own. Then, Jetta's Mom tells her that her Grandma Ethel is coming on the ferry. It would be nice if Jetta could wear the sweater that Grandma Ethel gave her. Jetta realizes something: that's the sweater she just gave Emily Elizabeth! So she concocts a series of half-baked plans to get the sweater back from Emily Elizabeth, but Clifford keeps foiling them, unawaredly. Finally, Jetta meets her Grandma Ethel at the dock, with Emily Elizabeth wearing the sweater. Emily Elizabeth, being a fast thinker, puts two and two together and tells Jetta's Grandmother Ethel that Jetta let her borrow the sweater because she liked it so much. Later on, Emily Elizabeth tells Jetta that she should have just told her what was wrong, instead of trying to trick her.moreless
Emily Elizabeth's class is doing dioramas. Charley's really into magic right now and particularly this one magician: Peter Poundstone, a fictional magician in some books he's reading. So he decides to do his diorama on this magician. He's working on his magic and meanwhile, the dogs are too, specifically T-Bone. T-Bone does "magic" by making a ball move back and forth. Actually, Clifford is making wind and then sucking the ball in to make it appear like it's moving forwards and backwards. Cleo is none the wiser to this and thinks that it's great magic. Elsewhere, Charley tries to perform some tricks for his friends. But they don't seem to work. Then, the ball that T-Bone was making move back and forth appears and then disappears. Emily Elizabeth and Jetta think that it's Charley's doing. Charley thinks that he's a great magician now. The day when the dioramas are suppposed to be turned in comes. So Emily Elizabeth and Jetta are surprised when Charley doesn't seem to have one. Ms. Carrington asks him where his is. Then, to the class's shock, he tries to use magic to make his "appear" out of nowhere. He's surprised when it doesn't work. Ms. Carrington tells him that Peter Poundstone isn't a real magician and that real people have to do their own work. Then, Emily Elizabeth and Charley see Clifford blowing the ball and sucking it back towards him outside and realize that Clifford is the source of Charley's "magic." Fortunately, Charley is given extra time to work on his diorama.
"Everyone Loves Clifford"
When Jetta scratches her dog Mac in his favorite spot, Emily Elizabeth is surprised at how excited Mac is. She's never seen Clifford get that excited when she scratches him. So Jetta helps Emily Elizabeth to search for Clifford's favorite spot to be scratched. They find it, an area on his gigantic tummy. So Emily Elizabeth scratches him and Clifford gets excited like Mac did. However, the scratching also causes him to thump is leg excitedly. This creates a giant shaking that disturbs everyone around him. They decide to take Clifford to the beach. Maybe the sand will cushion the thumping. So they try this and the sand does indeed cushion the thumping. However, it also creates a huge mound of sand, covering beach goers. Seems they'll have to try something else. So they go into the ocean to scratch Clifford. There's no thumping and no sand getting everyone. However, the thumping of the paw now causes a huge wave, which drenches an incoming ferry. Jetta's ready to give up. She thinks that maybe Clifford is just too big for this kind of scratching. But Emily Elizabeth has another idea. She takes Clifford home and gets him to lie on his back. This time, when she scratches him, he just thumps his leg in the air. There's a new problem with this though: it creates a mammoth wind. Fortunately, this is turned into an advantage, as there's a kite-flying competition coming up, but everyone was worried there wouldn't be enough wind to fly kites. So Clifford's able to get a good scratching and everyone else is able to fly their kites.moreless
Charley and Emily Elizabeth have found an interesting patch of bushes. Among others, there's one shaped like a rhinoceros. They think they're pretty neat and go inside to get a closer look. Then, Emily Elizabeth sees a sign: a person with a no symbol on it. They realize that means they have to keep out and they tell Clifford too. They tell Clifford they're not sure why, but they know that sign means that they're not supposed to be there. Later, Clifford meets up with Cleo, T-Bone and Mac. He leads them to the bushes to show them. They have fun, playing around pretending to be different animals, or each other. Then, Clifford remembers that they're not supposed to go inside the patch. He shows everyone the sign. But Cleo points out that the sign has a human on it. That just means that humans aren't supposed to be there. It doesn't say anything about dogs. Clifford's reluctant at first, but finally gives in and they have more fun, playing and rolling around. Finally, they leave. As they walk along, someone notices that something stinks. They try to figure out who it is and realize that it's all of them. There must have been something stinky in that patch they were in that got on them. They decide to keep going, thinking that maybe the smell isn't that bad and their humans won't notice. But as they walk along, people notice all right. The smell causes them to cover their noses, or faint. It's really bad, but Clifford's afraid to go to Emily Elizabeth because she said not to play in the patch. So the dogs try to find a way to get the smell off themselves without having to tell anyone. They first go down to the beach and roll in sand. But this doesn't get the smell off and also ruins the fun of everyone at the beach. They then try going for a dip in the water and then head for the docks. But they still stink. Finally, Charley and Emily Elizabeth find them. In fact, the entire village does. They're all teaming up to give them a bath. Emily Elizabeth tells Clifford that everyone makes mistakes, although that's probably one he'll never make again.
"He's Wonderful Mr. Bleakman"
Emily Elizabeth and Charley are playing soccer when the ball accidentally goes into Mr. Bleakman's yard. Mr. Bleakman is trying to get some dirt ready for his garden and the ball bounces in the dirt, covering him with it. Emily Elizabeth and Charley go to get the ball. Mr. Bleakman asks them if they could please go and do something quiet. So they go to Clifford's doghouse, where they play checkers. It's quiet, but they're also getting bored. Emily Elizabeth says that she wishes sometimes that she didn't have Mr. Bleakman for a neighbor. So Clifford takes down a picture hanging in the doghouse and shows it to Emily Elizabeth and Charley. Emily Elizabeth remembers it. In a flashback sequence, we see Emily Elizabeth and Clifford playing with an inflatable ring. But the ring gets stuck around Clifford's nose and Emily Elizabeth doesn't know how to get it off. She goes next door and asks Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman for help. Mr. Bleakman goes up on Clifford's nose and finds the release valve for the air on the ring. He opens it and succeeds in getting it off Clifford's nose. Emily Elizabeth calls him a hero and goes to get her camera. She snaps the snapshot which triggered the flashback. Back in the present, Charley and Emily Elizabeth comment that Mr. Bleakman can be quite helpful sometimes. They just wish he wasn't so grumpy sometimes. Charley remembers a time when he was actually kind of fun. In another flashback, we see Charley trying to use a pogo stick. But he can't keep his balance. Mr. and Mrs. Bleakman come along and it turns out that in past years, Mr. Bleakman was a pogo sticking champion. He demonstrates how to bounce on the pogo stick. Then he bounces away, yelling that he's "still got it." In another flashback sequence, Emily Elizabeth remembers when she had the chicken pox. She didn't really feel bad, but she was bored because she wasn't allowed to go outside and play with her friends. Then, Mr. Bleakman came and played checkers with her. She chose to be red, since it's her favorite color. (Clifford's color) Finally, in one final flashback, Emily Elizabeth and Charley remember when Mr. Bleakman had to take care of Clifford once. Scenes taken directly from "Babysitter Blues" are used to show this. Emily Elizabeth and Charley realize that Mr. Bleakman is a good neighbor and they wonder if there's anything they can do to make him less grumpy. They decide to go and apologize to him again. Mr. Bleakman gladly accepts their apology. They ask if there's anything they can do help them. So Mr. Bleakman invites them to come over and have some of the potatoes he's just planted, once they've grown.moreless
It's late at night and Sheriff Lewis is watching a monster movie. T-Bone's with him and the images on the screen scare him. Seeing this, Sheriff Lewis decides to change the channel. There's no such things as monsters, but if the movie scares T-Bone, he doesn't want to upset him. The next day, the scary movie is still on T-Bone's mind. Suddenly, he sees a huge shadow and he starts to cower, telling himself there's no such thing as monsters. But the shadow is just Clifford. Mac and Cleo are also with him. T-Bone explains about how he saw the scary movie the night before. But he knows there are no such things as monsters. Really, he does. So Mac invites them all over to his house to play some ball. They're playing, when Clifford accidentally knocks the ball into the woods. T-Bone says he'll go get it, but when he goes in, he hears animal noises, which scare him and he runs out. So Clifford goes and gets the ball. Then, in a new scene, Emily Elizabeth is walking with Jetta, talking about how she's lost her watch. Jetta suggests coming over to her house to search for it. The dogs come and Emily Elizabeth asks them to search for it outside. So they do. After a couple of false leads, Mac sniffs the watch in a small hole underneath Jetta's porch. But it's too small for him to fit through. Cleo can fit through and does, but she gets her bow caught on a nail and gets stuck. That leaves T-Bone as the only dog small enough to fit inside. He tells himself again that there's no such thing as monsters and goes in. He frees Cleo and then finds the watch. Outside, Emily Elizabeth has given up looking for it, but then T-Bone presents it to her. Emily Elizabeth calls him a very brave dog.
Emily Elizabeth and Charley are designing a model lighthouse for a yearly competition. Jetta's making one too, but she's worried she's not going to win because Emily Elizabeth and Charley won last year and with them working together again, they're unstoppable. Then, she overhears Emily Elizabeth and Charley arguing over how the lighthouse should be. Charley wants to do a purple and orange lighthouse with sugar cubes, whereas Emily Elizabeth wants to do a traditional white lighthouse with red stripes, made out of sticks. Capitalizing on this, Jetta snooks Charley into working on a lighthouse with her by telling him that maybe it's better if he didn't work with Emily Elizabeth this year, since they can't agree on what to do. Then, behind Charley's back, Jetta tells Emily Elizabeth that Charley doesn't like her idea and tricks her into working on one for her as well. This goes on for a while and only Clifford, Mac and Jetta seem to know the truth about what's going on. Meanwhile, Emily Elizabeth and Charley aren't even speaking to each other. Finally, Clifford concocts a plan to get Emily Elizabeth over to Charley's while he's there working on the lighthouse for Jetta. (Rather than with Jetta, since Jetta's basically letting them do all the work.) Emily Elizabeth finds Charley at Jetta's and the truth comes out about what Jetta did. Jetta explains that she didn't think she could win if Emily Elizabeth and Charley worked together, so she kept them apart. Then, they decide to combine both their projects, with Jetta's help. With this level of teamwork, the project wins first prize.moreless
Emily Elizabeth, Jetta, Charley and Vaz are watching a concert of pop star Courtney Amber. Outside, Clifford, Cleo and T-Bone are maneuvering to try to get a good view. After the concert ends, everyone agrees that Courtney Amber is the best. Emily Elizabeth likes her so much, she thinks that she'll write her a letter. Who knows, maybe she'll write back within a week or two. Jetta doesn't think so. She doesn't think that Courtney Amber has time to be answering letters. Emily Elizabeth is probably just wasting her time. Emily Elizabeth tells her that she's going to try anyway. She'll never know unless she tries. Later on, Emily Elizabeth is in Clifford's doghouse, reading the letter to Clifford. It's all very laudatory and it even invites her to come to Birdwell Island. If she wants to find Emily Elizabeth, she can just look for the big, red dog. She goes to mail it. When she tries to mail it, a stiff wind ends up blowing it away. Emily Elizabeth and Clifford go to a lot of trouble to retrieve it, until Jetta comes along and manages to grab it before it can fly away again. Emily Elizabeth tells her what it is and mentions that she invited Courtney Amber to come to Birdwell Island. Jetta just laughs at it. There's no way Courtney Amber would come to Birdwell Island. She convinces Emily Elizabeth of that too. No longer thinking the letter is such a good idea, Emily Elizabeth gives Clifford the letter to get rid of. Clifford tries to bury it in the yard, but his digging keeps getting dirt on Mr. Bleakman. Mr. Bleakman, annoyed, asks Clifford what he's burying. So Clifford shows him the letter to Courtney Amber. Mr. Bleakman's puzzled as to why Clifford would be burying it. Then, Jetta comes by, talking to herself about how disappointed Emily Elizabeth is going to be. He realizes that it's Jetta's doing. Sometime in the future, Emily Elizabeth, Charley, Vaz and Jetta meet Mr. Bleakman down by the docks. Mr. Bleakman tells them that his niece is coming and he wants them to show her around town. Jetta, apparently thinking this sounds boring, makes an excuse and leaves. The boat unloads it's passengers and Mr. Bleakman introduces his niece: Courtney Amber! He sent the letter for Emily Elizabeth and so Courtney Amber is pleased to meet her. Later on, the gang is riding on Clifford's back when they encounter Jetta. They have her meet Courtney Amber and she faints. Back at Emily Elizabeth's, the entire group dances to Courtney Amber's song that they were listening to on the concert before. Jetta apologizes for telling Emily Elizabeth not to mail the letter. She then asks if Emily Elizabeth thinks Courtney Amber would give her an autograph. Emily Elizabeth tells her that she'll never know unless she tries.
"Hooray for Cleo"
There's a beach volleyball game going on with a bunch of the neighborhood dogs. Cleo, Clifford, T-Bone and Mac are all there, as well as dogs named Al and Tonya, as well as many unnamed dogs. The dog named Al is having a great time giving a play-by-play commentary of the game, but it's also causing a problem for his team, as he's trying to give the commetary while playing the game. The score is tied when Cleo makes an amazing shot, giving the win to Clifford's team. However, the camera shows that the ball bounced before Cleo made the play. Everyone comes over to congratulate Cleo on the great play. Mac protests, saying that he thought he saw the ball bounce. Cleo tries to agree, but everyone cuts her off, saying what a great play it was. That night, Cleo is haunted by a nightmare in which Al gives his running commentary, but his time plays back her play in slow-motion and sees that the ball bounced. She wakes up and decides that she should tell everyone the truth. But when she gets to the game, everyone cuts her off again before she can say anything. Since she's such a great volleyball player, they want her to teach them some of her moves. Cleo decides to go along, telling them that anyone can be a great player if they practice. But everytime she tries to show them a shot, even shots that she normally does well, she messes them up. Finally, she has to admit that the ball bounced the day before. She wanted to tell them, but it just kept getting harder and harder. She decides to try it again and this time she actually does make the shot and without the ball bouncing.moreless
Emily Elizabeth is sledding with her friend Charley. Charley has these new round sleds, but Emily Elizabeth's not really sure she wants to try it. She's never done it before and could end up looking silly. But with Charley's encouragement, she tries it and has a great time. Meanwhile, the dogs are down by a frozen pond. They're having fun "skating" on the ice. Mac shows everyone his "hop, hop and slide" trick and Clifford tries it too. Cleo doesn't seem to want to try it, but her friends all want her to. So, she tries it, but just ends up hitting the ice. Worried, the other dogs ask her if she's hurt. This gives her an idea. She says that she is, she hurt her paw. Looks like she won't be doing anything on the ice for a while. The dogs get a little suspicious when Cleo starts favoring one paw instead of the other. Wasn't it the other one that she hurt? Cleo says that it must be "spreading." Emily Elizabeth calls Clifford and he has to go home. He gives Cleo a ride. Back at home, Emily Elizabeth tells Clifford about how she was afraid to go on Charley's sled at first. Clifford connects that maybe Cleo is saying that she hurt her paw because she's afraid to go out on the ice. The next day, Cleo is having a grand old time playig at her house, when the other dogs arrive. She puts on her act about her paw being hurt, but this time it seems to have "spread" to her back paw as well. At the frozen pond, Cleo watches as her friends do neat tricks and says that she thinks she might like to try them. Clifford gently encourages that maybe her paw is feeling better. So Cleo gets out on the ice. She doesn't succeed at first, but with Clifford's help, she's soon doing as well as everyone else. She admits to everyone that she was just afraid she'd look silly and she didn't really hurt her paw.
"A Friend In Need"
Miss Carrington is asking for volunteers for Keep Birdwell Beautiful Day. She says someone is needed to help clean up the area around the bandstand and decorate it. Jetta volunteers. Miss Carrington asks who wants to help her, but Jetta says that she wants to do it all herself. Miss Carrington tells her it's a big job, but Jetta goes around with it anyway. So Emily Elizabeth decide to get the area down by the pier ready. It doesn't take them that long to this job, with Clifford helping out. They tell Clifford to see if there's anyone else around town that needs help. So Clifford finds Jetta. Jetta's having a terrible time with things. There's a whole bunch of leaves that need to be raked and she's nowhere near getting done. Plus, she still has to set up decorations. Clifford tries to help her with a large banner, but it's just not working. Emily Elizabeth and Charley show up. They ask her if she's okay. She says that she's not okay, as it's going to take forever to get her job done. They ask if they can help her, but she tells them she can do it herself. She goes home, as she needs a bath. Emily Elizabeth and Charley look around. Emily Elizabeth decides that despite what Jetta says, she really does need help. Charley's reluctant at first, but Emily Elizabeth convinces him and with Clifford's help, they get area ready. They'll be like "secret elves." They hide, Clifford too, and wait for Jetta to arrive. When Jetta arrives, she's amazed to see everything ready. She spies Clifford (who can never hide very well) and thanks him for helping out. Then, she overhears Emily Elizabeth and Charley talking. They come out and Jetta thanks them too. She knows she told them not to help her, but she's glad they didn't listen.moreless