Franklin

Season 3 Episode 11

Franklin and the Grump / Franklin's Promise

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Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Jan 17, 2000 on Noggin
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#31101
"Franklin and the Grump"

Franklin and Bear are playing baseball. It's winter, but they want to get back in practice for the upcoming spring season. Then, they accidentally hit the ball into Mr. Groundhog's yard. Franklin doesn't think it's a problem. They'll just knock and ask if they can go and get the ball. But when they knock, at first no one answers. Then, after knocking a second time, Mr. Groundhog tells them to go away as it's not even February 2nd. Franklin's confused. Bear suggests that they just leave, but Franklin's worried the ball could get buried in snow if they have to wait till February 2nd. He says that he just wants to go and get his ball. Mr. Groundhog, now that he knows what they're actually after, gives Franklin permission to come and get his ball. He's still very grumpy though and gets irritated when Franklin brings up his comment about February 2nd. At home, Franklin tells his parents about how grumpy Mr. Groundhog was. He also tells them what he said about February 2nd. His parents tell him about Groundhog's Day. It's a tradition that if Mr. Groundhog sees his shadow, then there'll be six more weeks of winter. But if he doesn't see his shadow, then there'll be an early spring. They also tell Franklin that if someone acts grumpy towards you, you should never be grumpy back. Sometime later on, Franklin is near the town store. He sees somebody wrapped in scarves, trying to juggle a bunch of groceries. It looks like he needs help, so Franklin offers it. But the scarves end up coming off to reveal that it's Mr. Groundhog. Everyone, seeing Mr. Groundhog, races up and surrounds him and starts telling him what they think he should predict on Groundhog's Day. Some want early winter, some want spring and everybody has different reasons. Mr. Groundhog, very annoyed now, tells everyone to go away and heads off with his groceries. He drops his cocoa and Franklin tries to tell him, but he's already halfway down the street and yells at Franklin to go away. Franklin remembers what his parents said about not being grumpy back and heads for Mr. Groundhog's house. There, he tells Mr. Groundhog that he forgot his cocoa. Mr. Groundhog apologizes for being grumpy with him and tells him to come on in. He can have some cocoa and they'll talk. Franklin says that's okay, they just won't talk about the weather. Inside, Franklin notices all sorts of neat devices that Mr. Groundhog has to help predict the weather. He comments on it and then remembers that he wasn't supposed to talk about the weather. But Mr. Groundhog doesn't mind and tells Franklin all about his devices, some of which are more scientific than others. Franklin then brings up Groundhog Day. Mr. Groundhog details the trouble with Groundhog Day. He doesn't mind predicting the weather, it's just that everyone seems to want a different forecast. And they get annoyed if the foreceast isn't the way they want. He's tired of it and so this year, he's canceling Groundhog Day. They can gather around his house all they want, but he's not coming out. On Groundhog's Day, everyone comes, but Mr. Groundhog doesn't come out. Then, Franklin knocks at his door. Mr. Groundhog, seeing that it's Franklin, lets Franklin in. Then, to his surprise, everyone else that's gathered around comes on in. Franklin explains: he told his parents about what he said and word got around. So they all came to wish Mr. Groundhog a happy Groundhog Day, not because they want anything from him. Franklin then sees his own shadow and asks Mr. Groundhog what it means. Mr. Groundhog tells him that it means he's in the company of a good friend.

#31102
"Franklin's Promise"

Franklin's alarm goes off. Sleepy, he starts to go back to bed. Then, he remembers, it's Saturday! He's going to go bike-riding today. Then, he looks out his window. Looks like rain. Mrs. Turtle comes in and Franklin expresses his disappointment at the fact that it's raining. Mrs. Turtle finds that strange, as it's not raining on the other side of the house. So Franklin goes outside and finds the problem: a faulty sprinkler. Mr. Turtle is trying to fix it. That's not good, as he had promised Franklin he was going to fix his bike. He tells Franklin he'll get to it, just as soon as he fixes the sprinkler. But the sprinkler is a tougher job than he thought and things keep going wrong with it, despite his makeshift attempts at repair. Franklin's friends come and go, as Franklin doesn't have a bike to ride with them. They say they'll come back later. Maybe it'll be fixed by then. Franklin goes inside, where his Mom tries to help him out. She knows things aren't go to plan, but maybe she could make a picnic for Franklin and his friends. Franklin can help. She sends Franklin out to the garden to pick some vegetables. Franklin picks the vegetables, but then sees Mr. Fox. He's carrying a heavy load of stuff that he bought at Mr. and Mrs. Skunk's yard sale and it looks like he's going to drop it. Franklin helps him. It would seem he needs a bit more help though, so Franklin helps him to carry it to his house. Franklin gets back and starts on the vegetable-picking again. But then, Bear, Beaver and Fox arrive. It would seem that Bear fell and scraped his knee while they were biking. So Mr. Turtle gets a bandage and offers him a drive home. First, though, how about a picnic? Mrs. Turtle is finished setting things up. Bear is more than happy to stay for a picnic. Franklin apologizes to Mrs. Turtle, for not keeping his promise of helping with the picnic. She doesn't mind, though, as she knows he had some emergencies to take care of. And now, Franklin understands better why Mr. Turtle wasn't able to take care of his bike right away.moreless

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