Dragon Tales

Season 2 Episode 22

Room For Change / The Sorrow and the Party

Aired Weekdays 8:00 AM Sep 24, 2002 on PBS
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Room For Change / The Sorrow and the Party
"Room For Change"
Emmy and Max are playing with toy cars and trucks. Emmy's car breaks down, so Max offers the services of his tow truck. Then, the dragon scale glows, they're being called to Dragon Land. In Dragon Land, they materialize outside Cassie's cave. Ord comes for them, they need to come in because something bad is happening to Cassie. Inside, Cassie tells them the bad news. Her family is about to hatch a couple more eggs and she has to move out of her current room and into a new bigger room, so that the babies can have her current room. Cassie doesn't want to move. She likes her current room. Everybody agrees to help out. They go to check out her new room. It's large and dark. Well, it's dark at first, but that's before they open the blinds and turn on the friendly looking light. Cassie's still worried about it and then they realize that it would look a lot more familiar if all of her stuff was in there. They bring in her bed, her stuffed animals, her books and everything else that she's used to and she admits that it's not quite so bad anymore. She still misses her old room, but is getting comfortable enough with the new room to try and find a place for some of her last remaining books in the new room. Doing this, she finds a door, which, upon opening, she finds leads to a secret room. She decides to make this into a special place to read to her younger brothers and sisters and starts to read "Little Red Riding Hood" to Kiki and Finn. Ord, however, keeps interrupting, talking about what it's like to go to his grandmother's and so Cassie decides to let Ord talk about that instead, since Kiki and Finn have heard "Little Red Riding Hood" a thousand times. Max and Emmy go home, where Max starts searching around. He's searching around for secret rooms, which Emmy thinks is silly, until Max calls out, apparently having discovered something in the living room.

"The Sorrow and the Party"
Emmy is making things out of clay and having a good time. Max, not so much so. He's moping at the playroom window. He says that Emmy's clay creation reminds him of cake. Emmy realizes why Max is upset, he wasn't invited to his friend Brian's birthday party. Emmy tries to cheer up, she offers him a trip to Dragon Land. Max is hesitant at first, but Emmy is very persuasive and manages to convince him to come along. At Dragon Land, the dragons are planning a nature hunt. They're surprised this doesn't excite Max much; Emmy explains that he's upset about not being invited to the birthday party. Quetzal "overhears" and suggests that though it's okay to feel sad, the nature hunt might help to take Max's mind off his sadness. He presents the Max, Emmy and the dragons with three things they have to find - a bow blossom, a rainbow rock and a hopping bean. Ord also has something in mind that he wants to find - dragonberry bushes. They take off on the hunt. Max tries to get into, but everything reminds him of the party. The bow blossom reminds him of the bows on presents. Cassie tries to comfort him, relating a story about a time she felt left out, but it only makes Max feel worse, especially when she talks about singing and he realizes that they're probably singing "Happy Birthday" at the party. Still, as the hunt goes on, Max does start to cheer up, as he finds a rainbow rock (which Ord was sitting on) and then has fun hopping like a hopping bean while trying to catch it. Back at the School in the Sky, Quetzal notes that there's no magical cure for sadness, but Max agrees with him that it starts to fade as time goes on. Back in the playroom, Emmy crumples up her clay cake. Max says that she didn't have too, he's not upset about the party anymore. But that isn't on what Emmy's mind. She wants to make a bow blossom, a rainbow rock and a hopping bean so that she and Max can have their very own nature hunt.moreless

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  • Originally posted at TV Tome. A mixed bag episode --- the first story was great, while the second was a bit below average.

    The following originally appeared at the original TV Tome:


    "Room For Change"

    The show opens in the playroom with Max and Emmy playing with toy cars and trucks. Title and writer name flashes: writer: Lane Raichert. She's been with the series since the first season, so this should be decent. Emmy's car "breaks down" so Max offers the services of his tow truck. Aw, isn't that nice of him? It seems like they're having a good time, but just then, the dragons call. They can't ignore that, so away they go. Ord ushers Emmy and Max into Cassie's cave, apparently something really bad is happening to her. As they walk through the cave, we see several adult dragons as well as a few of Cassie's brothers and sisters who we most likely will never see again on the show. They reach Cassie and there we find out the bad news: Cassie's parents are about to hatch more eggs and she has to move into a new room so that her siblings can have the old room. Is that it? With all the fuss, I thought it was something more drastic or something. Well, they have a wise idea, they decide to all help Cassie by going to check out her new room. The new room is very scary because it's large and dark. Uh, hello? The lights? They open the blinds and turn on the light and now it isn't so dark anymore, to the relief of Ord more than anybody. There's another problem though, it's so empty. Well, obviously. The gang realizes that perhaps if they brought all of Cassie's stuff in, it wouldn't seem so empty. Everybody helps out with this, including Finn and Cassie begins to grow more comfortable with her new room. In one of the high points of the episode, Cassie decides to find a place to put her last stack of books on her own and ends up finding a door that leads to secret room. The gang all has their own idea for what could be done with this, but Cassie has the best idea of all: she'll make it into her special room where she reads to her younger brothers and sisters. (Well, Kiki and Finn anyway. She may have 72 and more to come, but they're the only ones who ever seem to have any roles.) She reads Little Red Riding Hood to Kiki and Finn, with everybody else listening in. Ord keeps interrupting, when Cassie talks about Little Red Riding Hood going to her grandmother's house, Ord interrupts to talk about things he sees when he goes to his grandmother's. This sounds interesting, but apparently Max and Emmy aren't interesting, or maybe we're just out of time because all of a sudden they just decide it's time to leave. Back home, we find out why Max at least was in a hurry. He wants to look for secret rooms in their own house. Emmy finds this silly, until Max shouts out from the living room. Ha on Emmy.

    Agent0042's Final Word: Okay, so maybe I was a bit hard, but I actually liked this episode. It was nice to hear Finn speaking and the plot was a lot better than some of what's come out of season 2. The secret reading room was a nice touch and Ord's interruptiveness provided some nice humor. The twist ending with Max apparently finding a secret room was also quite amusing. One thing that did annoy me a bit: where were Zak and Wheezie? It seems sometimes like unless they go and get them out of their knuckerhole, they're just not part of the plot.

    Dragon Scales: 9/10


    "The Sorrow and the Party"

    Uh oh. Max is at the playroom window and he's moping. This can't be good. Emmy's not moping, she's having a good time making things out of clay. Max sees her creation, it reminds him of a cake. He comments that they're finally eating cake at the party. Now Emmy knows why Max is so upset. (She didn't know before? Although, then again, it took Arthur and friends forever to find out that the same thing was bugging D.W. in the Arthur episode "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood." In retrospect, it's almost surprising that D.W. was able to go without letting anything slip.) It turns out that Max wasn't invited to his friend Brian's birthday party and he's sad about it. (Brian? Who's Brian? I believe this is the first time we've ever heard the name of any of Max and Emmy's friends, other than those in Dragon Land.) Emmy tries to cheer Max up. She pulls out the dragon scale and offers him a trip to Dragon Land. Max is reluctant at first, but Emmy is very persuasive and manages to convince him to come along. They arrive at Dragon Land, where the dragons are excited about a nature hunt. Then, they notice that Max is unhappy. They ask him what's wrong. Emmy speaks for him, she explains that he's upset because he wasn't invited to the party. Quetzal comes in to show them what they're supposed to find for their nature hunt. Before doing that though, he utters one of the most amusing lines ever: "I overheard your discussion regarding Brian's birthday party..." Whoa, wait a sec, back up. I overheard your discussion regarding? Who in the world came up with that line? Anyways, Max thinks that Quetzal has some sort of solution for him, but he doesn't, other than to say that Max will feel better as time passes. The dragons go on their nature hunt. They're supposed to find three things, a bow blossom (type of flower), a rainbow rock and a hopping bean. Ord doesn't seem to be paying much attention to any of this though, he just wants to find dragonberry bushes. (Although he misses an obvious one later in the episode.) Max is a continual downer throughout the nature hunt. Everything returns him of the party. Worse, he starts talking to himself (this seems to be a habit of his when he's upset about something; Cassie does this too sometimes), forcing Cassie to come in and relate an anecdote about a time she felt left out. This doesn't have the intended effect on Max, it just makes him even sadder. Max finally starts to get into the nature hunt, after he finds a rainbow rock and then captures a hopping bean (which was resting under a dragonberry bush that Ord completely ignores- thanks for the tipoff PBSKidVid), but he's still somewhat sad. Quetzal notes that there's no "magical cure for sadness" and Max and Emmy return to the playroom. Emmy crumples up her clay cake. Max says that she didn't have to do that, he's not upset anymore, but Emmy wasn't doing it for him, she wanted to recreate their adventures in Dragon Land in clay. (Who thinks that could be more fun to watch?)

    Agent0042's Final Word: This episode just didn't do much for me. Comparing this with the similar episode "D.W.'s Very Bad Mood" in the Arthur series, I rather much more enjoyed "Very Bad Mood." Max is just annoying to me when he's grumpy and the subplot wasn't enough to provide any real interest. There were some great lines, such as "This sure beats sitting at home staring out the window" and "There's no magical cure for sadness Max," but it still wasn't enough for me.

    Dragon Scales: 6/10

    Overall Analysis: Despite "The Sorrow and the Party," these episodes, like last week's are some of the best that we've seen from Season Two so far. A good Cassie story more than makes up for an annoying Max story.

    Overall Dragon Scales: 8/10moreless

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