"Franklin the Teacher"
Franklin is supervising Harriet as she plays a game which involves using a mallet to hit round pegs. He congratulations her on getting them all into place and asks her what she wants to play next. She decides on hide-and-seek and she'll be the one to hide. Franklin tells her to find a good spot and starts counting. He makes it to ten and then starts looking. He finds her rather quickly, but decides to put on a good show of looking for her benefit. As Harriet giggles at his apparently inability to find her, he announces that he's giving up looking. Harriet laughs and shows herself, happy to have "won" the game. Franklin tells her that she's good at hiding. She asks to play again, but Franklin says that they can't because they're going over to Bear's house. He tells her that Beaver and Rabbit are also coming over, but all Harriet's really interested is if her friend Beatrice (Bear's little sister) is going to be there, and she is. They head on over and once there, Beaver takes the opportunity to show off some pictures, apparently from her photo album. Everyone likes a picture she shows of her with her aunt's puppy. Then, Rabbit notices Beatrice arranging some number magnets in order. Bear says that Beatrice knows her numbers all the way up to five: he taught them to her. Beaver seems to think it's pretty neat, at that rate, Beatrice will do really well when she starts school. Just then, Bear notices something and asks Beatrice what happened to the number five. It turns out Harriet has it and has put it in her mouth. Rabbit quips that Harriet's trying to learn her numbers too. Everyone laughs, but Franklin seems to be getting an idea. Later, Franklin and Harriet are walking home and Franklin comments to her that he hasn't been as much help as he should have been. As he continues, saying that she's going to be learning things, she stops to observe a pretty, pink butterfly. He finishes up and she giggles and races to catch up with him. The next morning, Franklin starts Harriet's "school" session promptly at nine. He sits her down at a table and tells her that their first lesson is counting. He demonstrates for her, counting two blocks. She throws one at him and he complains that she's supposed to be learning, not playing. He goes straight back into teacher mode, asking her to say the number after him. It seems to work at first, but then she tosses another of the blocks. Not discouraged, Franklin decides that maybe they should try something else instead. He tries holding up fingers for her to count, but it seems as if she's just repeating what he's saying, without actually learning it. As he holds up his hand for her to count the fingers, she starts playing patty-cake with him. He sighs and asks himself what he's doing wrong. It's a beautiful day outside, but now Franklin and Harriet are still inside and Franklin is trying to teach Harriet how to play a toy xylophone. He wants her to hit a specific-colored key, but she just plays free-and before he can do anything else, the alarm clock he's been using rings. He groans, saying that they'll continue after recess. Next, Franklin tries to teach Harriet the names of various animals. She seems to have a good grasp on the sounds that the animals make, but comes up empty when he asks that she actually give the names. Franklin grows even more frustrated. Next, he takes her outside to the sandbox. He's created piles of sand and is hoping to convey to Harriet the difference between large, small and medium to boot. He asks her to point to the small pile. She scratches her head, picks up a toy dump truck and starts racing it, making "vroom vroom" noises and asking Franklin to "pay again." He tells her that they aren't playing and that they're supposed to be learning. She gives him a blank look. Back inside, Franklin is now trying to teach Harriet the difference between right and left. As usual, she happily repeats everything that he says. Then, outside, he has her riding on her tricycle. He asks her to turn right, but she goes left and slams into a flower bed, knocking it over. They go back inside and Franklin tries to teach Harriet about shapes using sticks and marshmallows, but by the time he gets done, Harriet has ended up eating one of the marshmallows. They go back outside and this time Franklin takes her in a wagon up to the top of a hill. They reach the top and Franklin takes a rock and uses it as a stop to keep the wagon from rolling down the hill. He explains this to Harriet. They sit down and paint some nature scenes. Franklin says that next he's going to paint "that rock" and this gets Harriet thinking of the rock that Franklin used to keep the wagon in place. She goes and gets it and hands it to him. He thanks her, but then takes a closer look and asks her where she found it. Before she can say anything, the wagon starts rolling down the hill. "Uh oh," comments Harriet and the wagon crashes at the bottom of the hill with a thud. Back at home, Franklin sighs in despair, saying that teaching is hard work and he's not doing a very good job. His Mom tells him that Harriet is still little and suggests that maybe his lessons are too complicated for her. He says he just wanted to help her get ready for school and Mrs. Turtle tells him that there's still lot's of time before that happens. Just then, Mr. Turtle comes in, saying that he found Harriet napping in her room. She must have had a busy day. Mrs. Turtle notes a chair that's loose. Mr. Turtle hands Harriet to Mrs. Turtle, saying that they'd better fix the chair before it gets any worse and he'll be right back. He returns, but it seems he's a little late. Harriet is hard at work fixing the chair. Mr. Turtle asks who taught her how to use a hammer and she happily responds that "Fwankin" did. He says that she must have learned it while they were playing and Mrs. Turtle tells him that playing with someone can be a great way to teach them things. Franklin figures this must mean that he's been teaching Harriet since she was born.
Franklin and Bear are outside, having great fun jumping in a mud puddle. They talk about whose splashes are the biggest. Franklin's willing to agree with Bear that Bear's splashes are bigger, noting how muddy he is. Bear doesn't think it's any big deal - he'll have a bath when he gets home with his new bubble bath.Franklin jokes that he'd rather have a mud bath. He suggests that they both jump in at the same time to make a really big splash. They try it, but on the count of three, when they're supposed to both jump in, Franklin sneezes instead. Bear suggests that they try it again and Franklin is more than ready, saying that this time the mud will splash right over their heads. Unfortunately, he sneezes again. It would seem this isn't going to work. He sneezes once more and falls in the mud. Bear, worried that he might be catching a cold, decides to take him over to his house. His Mom can make them some chicken soup. The next day, Franklin comes to school and sneezes off the heads of a big batch of flowers. Badger comments that he's sneezing a lot and thinks, like Bear, that maybe he's catching a cold. Franklin explains that he doesn't think he is because when he got home (to his house) he felt just fine. Now, though, at school, he's sneezing again. Badger thinks that Franklin might have an allergy, noting that her cousin is allergic to weeds. Franklin wonders what an allergy is and Beaver taks about one of her own: she gets red bumps all over if she eats cucumbers. Now, she doesn't eat them anymore. Bear wonders what Franklin could be allergic to and Beaver suggests they do some tests to find out. Beaver sits Franklin down and has Bear come over and serve him some cucumbers. Franklin takes one and nibbles. He sneezes. Beaver figures that this must mean Franklin is allergic to cucumbers. Franklin's happy that the problem's solved, but then Bear notes that there weren't any cucumbers around all the other times that Franklin was sneezing. They decide to try testing mud this time and once again, Franklin sneezes. It really doesn't seem like the mud could be causing it though since when Franklin was sneezing earlier at the playground, there was no mud around. Franklin continues to sneeze at sample after sample, finally deciding enough is enough when Bear brings him some cookies. If he's allergic to them, he just doesn't want to know about it. He sneezes again and Bear comments that Franklin didn't even eat the cookies yet. He must really be allergic. Bear asks if can eat the cookies and Franklin says to go ahead. Badger notes that everything that Bear's been giving Franklin makes him sneeze. This comment gives Beaver an idea. She takes the plate of cookies from Bear, telling him to step back and brings them over to Franklin. Franklin sniffs them - nothing. She tries some of the other samples again - still no sneezing. Franklin doesn't get it, but Beaver thinks that she does: Franklin is allergic to Bear. Later, Franklin and Bear sit in front of the pond, throwing rocks. Franklin's really upset - how can be allergic to his best friend? Bear wonders if it means that they're going to have to stop being friends. Franklin won't have any of that and says that they're just going to have to find a way to play a little farther apart. They try this new method of play. It works for a little while, but it doesn't seem like a great solution. Badger finds Franklin at the mailbox - it turns out that he's mailing a puzzle to Bear. She asks him why this is and he says he didn't want to sneeze on Bear, commenting that it's not easy having a best friend you can't get close to. As he walks off, Badger scratches her head. Later, Beaver shows up while Bear's floating a toy boat at the pond, noting that he looks kind of lonely. She invites him to go blackberry-picking with her and Badger. He agrees to come along, asking her to take some to Franklin when they're done. Just then, Badger shows up with Franklin. Bear decides to opt out of blackberry-picking so that Franklin can go, but Franklin tells Bear that if he can't go, then neither of them should. Finally, Franklin comes to a decision. Bear is best friend ever and he's willing to put up with a little sneezing if means that they can play together again like they used to. They go play in the mud, getting good and dirty. Bear notices something - Franklin isn't sneezing anymore! Franklin notes the mud - maybe as long as Bear is covered in mud, he's not allergic to him. Bear decides that he'll just have to stay covered in mud forever. They head over to Bear's house, where Bear happily tells his Dad that he can play with Franklin again. Mr. Bear responds that he didn't know that he couldn't play with Franklin before and they explain about Franklin's allergy. Bear tells Mr. Bear that he has to stay covered in mud forever and asks if that's okay. Mr. Bear seems willing to go along with the idea for the time being anyway, but says that they can't send Franklin home covered in mud. They head inside for Franklin to get a bath. Franklin hops in the tub, sighs happily and starts sneezing! Bear notes that it's starting again and Mr. Bear has an idea. He doesn't think Franklin is allergic to Bear, but rather something in the bubble bath. This makes sense to Bear, since the entire thing started back on Wednesday, right around the time that he started using the new bubble bath. Bear's happy - all they have to is go back to using the old brand of bubble bath and there'll be no problem. Franklin and Bear high-five and Franklin sneezes again. Bear suggests that they go to the pond so that they can both get washed off. Franklin is happy to follow.