Season 3 Episode 7

Franklin's Day Off / Franklin's Homemade Cookies

Aired Weekdays 11:00 AM Dec 06, 1999 on Noggin
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"Franklin's Day Off"

Franklin is going out to ride bikes with Bear. However, his parents don't want him to leave until he's taken down the fort he set up in the backyard. Franklin says that he'll do it later and his parents remind him that's what he said the day before. Mr. Turtle tries to use an analogy about weeds growing to illustrate what can happen if you put things off. But Franklin counters that the fort isn't going grow out of control or anything and ends up getting his way. He's soon back inside, however, as his bicycle tire has gone flat and he needs the air pump. But his parents tell him that he had it last and if he hadn't put off going to Beaver's to get a patch for it, then it wouldn't be a problem now. So Franklin goes back out in search of the pump. Mrs. Turtle comments that she hopes he doesn't look for it in the garden because there's some very big weeds in it. Franklin's hunt for the pump is less than successful. It's fall and there's a whole bunch of leaves in the yard. He looks for the rake to rake them up, hoping to find the pump underneath them. But then he remembers that he used the rake to help hold up his fort. Franklin tries to get the rake, but since he's trying to get just the rake down and not the entire fort, it's causing a lot of problems. Bear comes and finds Franklin fighting to get the rake. He helps Franklin and Franklin finally gets the rake. With it, he's able to find the air pump and get his tire fixed, at least for the time being. He and Bear go off to ride their bikes, but then Franklin sees that a strong wind gust is blowing around everything that he had in his fort. He tries to save everything and finally, with Bear's help, he's able to get the fort down once and for all. Having learned his lesson, he also goes to Beaver's to get the tire patched too. Later on, talking with his parents, he finds that his Dad is pulling weeds. He suggests that it might be a good idea to get the leaves raked up, so they're not a problem later. Mr. Turtle jokingly asks if he can do it later, as he wants to pull weeds right now.

"Franklin's Homemade Cookies"

Franklin and his friends are playing a game called "Find the Acorn." Fox has hid the acorn and no one can find it. He points out where it was and everyone gets mad. Not only was it someplace that even Squirrel couldn't find, but he told them that they were "cold" (far away from the acorn) when actually they were "hot" (right by it.) Beaver can't believe that Fox fibbed. Fox promises to play fair from then on. Later on, Franklin is at home. Bear comes to his house and presents him with a paper bird construct that he made. He really likes it and wonders if Franklin likes it too. He asks Franklin if it's the best thing he ever made. Franklin, looking at the thing and remembering that honesty is the best policy, tells him that maybe it isn't the best thing and starts pointing out things that are wrong with it. This only angers Bear, who leaves in a huff. Franklin doesn't have too much time to think about it, as he's baking homemade cookies with his Mom. They're ginger cookies and Mrs. Turtle reminds him to use three shakes of ginger. Franklin thinks to himself that if three shakes make them taste good, then four shakes would make them even better. So he tries this, but accidentally makes the last shake an especially large one. After the cookies are done, he takes them to his friends in the tree fort. He asks them to try them and they all find them disgusting. One says that they don't even think they're cookies. They ask who made them and Franklin tells them that he did. They all try to say nice things about them now, but the damage is already done. When Franklin returns home, he tells his parents about what happened. He has them try the cookies. It's obvious that they too think they're disgusting, but they try to say nice things about them. Mr. Turtle suggests that Franklin try one of them himself. Franklin does and quickly spits it out because it's disgusting. He admits to his Mom that he used more ginger than he was supposed to. His parents explain that sometimes it hurts when friends tell the truth. For that reason, even if you don't like something a friend gives you, you should always try to find something complimentary to say about it. Mrs. Turtle gives an example: a really wild hat Aunt Tortoise gave her. It looks wacky, but she called it such things as "stylish." Franklin realizes that there's something he has to do. He apologizes to Bear for saying mean things about the bird construct he gave him. Bear admits that is kind of funny looking and Franklin tells him that he likes it anyway. Bear says that he likes Franklin's cookies.moreless

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