Season 3 Episode 8

Franklin the Fabulous / Franklin Camps Out

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Feb 07, 2000 on Noggin
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"Franklin the Fabulous"

Franklin and his family watch the magic show of Marten the Magician. They're amazed by his great tricks, which include making things appear out of thin air and making himself disappear. Back at home, Franklin says that he wants to be a magician. His parents demonstrate a couple simple tricks: making a coin appear in one hand when it should have been in another and a "magic paperclip." But Franklin's not impressed and decides to go to the library for information on the cooler tricks, such as making things disappear. He enlists Bear as his partner and they decide on some tricks to perform: the "Chamber of Seven Swords," making a chair levitate and then making Bear disappear. They put on a show in front of their friends, but everything goes wrong. When Franklin attempts the "Chamber of Seven Swords," the lid to the box Bear is inside pops open, revealing that the swords never actually went through him. When he attempts to make a chair levitate, he accidentally pulls down the sheet, revealing that Bear was holding it up the whole time. And when he tries to make Bear disappear, the curtain falls, showing that Bear just went behind the curtain. Back at home, Franklin laments that the show was a disaster. His parents suggest that maybe it was because he tried to start with the hardest tricks. Franklin says that he's quitting magic, but his parents convince him to try some easier tricks. So Bear and Franklin try the show again, with the magic coin trick and the paperclip trick, as well as a new trick: the "magic handkerchief." The show is a success and the even get the audience of Marten the Magician, who compares the performance to those of his early days.

"Franklin Camps Out"

Franklin's going on a camping trip. His father tries to show him how to tie a knot, but he's so excited about what's happening at camp that he doesn't pay attention. This causes problems at camp. Before the fun can begin, there are things that must be done to set things up. Instead of trying to do them himself, Franklin continuously relies on his friends to solve his problems for him. Finally, everyone gets tired of helping him and when they all have to tie a knot before they can play on the swings, everyone finishes except Franklin and Franklin misses all the fun. Franklin complains that they should have helped him, but Bear explains that everyone's tired of helping him. However, he says that he is going to teach Franklin, until he learns how to tie a knot himself. That night, Franklin is the only one awake when a strong wind threatens to blow down their tent. Using what he learned from Bear, he ties down the tent all by himself, to everyone's pleased amazement in the morning. Then, they go canoeing. Franklin tries to do it all by himself, but it would seem he still needs a little help.moreless

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