I Can Sign:
The episode begins with Brenda and Little Bill walking down the street to the store. Little Bill starts repeating the word, pickles, over and over again. Brenda looks at the shopping list and notes that they need bread, milk, and apples. She forgets the last thing that they needed. Little Bill tells her its pickles. Brenda laughs and thanks him for remembering. They arrive at the store and Little Bill immediately spots where the pickles are. Brenda thanks Little Bill for spotting them. Little Bill and Brenda walk to the fruit. Brenda asks Little Bill if he wants red apples or green apples. Little Bill says he wants green apples. He starts to stare at the cashier who isn't saying anything to the customers when they leave. Little Bill asks Brenda what the cashier is doing. Brenda says that the cashier's name is Angela and she's using her hands to talk. Little Bill asks her why she would do that. Brenda informs him that Angela is deaf. Little Bill asks Brenda what that means. Brenda tells him that deaf means that a person can't hear anything. Little Bill is sad that Angela isn't able to hear anything. Brenda says that instead of talking with her mouth, Angela uses her hands for sign language. Little Bill asks if he can go talk to Angela. Brenda says he can if he wants to. Little Bill asks how he's going to talk to Angela if she can't hear anything. Brenda says that she can read Little Bill's lips. Little Bill is amazed and Brenda says that Angela can understand what he's saying by looking at his lips.
Little Bill and Brenda walk up to the counter. Brenda says hello to Angela and Angela signs hello back to Brenda. Brenda asks Little Bill if he wants to say hello. Little Bill is feeling shy and says he doesn't want to. Brenda says that she thinks Angela understands why he doesn't want to. Brenda pays Angela the money and tells her goodbye. She signs goodbye to them. Little Bill hesitates and wants to talk to Angela, but he quickly runs out of the store.
As they walk home, Brenda asks Little Bill why he didn't want to say hello to Angela. Little Bill says he did, but he didn't know what to say. Little Bill asks what a person can say in sign language. Brenda says that anything that Little Bill says with his mouth Angela is able to use her hands to translate into sign language. Little Bill realizes that's a lot of word. Little Bill tells Brenda that he is going to try and talk without using his mouth. He takes his hands and starts to put his thumbs up. He then takes his hands and starts to move them up and down. Brenda says that Little Bill is driving a car. Little Bill says she's right. Little Bill then rubs his stomach and then pretends he's eating something. Brenda says that it looks like Little Bill is hungry and wants an apple. Little Bill says that Brenda is good at the game. Brenda says that she knew what he was saying even though he wasn't using his mouth. Little Bill tells Brenda that he is going to practice his sign language so he can talk to Angela. Brenda thinks that's a very good idea. Little Bill tells her to guess what he's saying now. He bites the apple he has and then licks his lips with his tongue. Brenda says that he's saying that he really likes the apple. Little Bill says she's right and they both laugh.
Back at home, Brenda tells Little Bill that it's time for lunch. Little Bill comes downstairs and April says hello to him. Little Bill waves his hand to say hello. Brenda asks him if he's hungry. Little Bill nods his head yes. April says hello again, but Little Bill doesn't say anything to her. He takes a bite out of his sandwich and then proceeds to smile and rub his stomach. Brenda tells Little Bill that he's glad he likes her sandwich. April says she knows there's something weird going on with him. She asks if he's in a no talking contest, but Little Bill shakes his head no. April asks if he's giving her the silent treatment, but Little Bill says no again. April jokes with him and asks if he switched brains with Elephant. Little Bill laughs and says no. April asks why he won't talk. Little Bill says that she met Angela today and adds that she has to talk with her hands because she's deaf. April realizes what he's doing now. Little Bill says he's making up his own sign language so he can talk to Angela. April notes that what he's doing is good, but that he's not really doing sign language. Little Bill asks why it isn't sign language. April informs him that she is learning sign language in school right now. Little Bill is happy and asks if she can teach him a few signs so he can talk to Angela. April says that she will. Little Bill is very excited that he's going to learn sign language and he starts to sing a song about learning sign language. April notes that she liked it better when he was using his own sign language.
After lunch, April and Little Bill go up to his room. April asks Little Bill what he wants to learn. Little Bill says he wants to learn hello. April shows him the sign by taking her hand to her forehead and then bringing it forward saying hello as she does it. Little Bill imitates her and April tells him to put his hand a little higher. Little Bill does and April says he's doing great. Little Bill is happy that he's learning sign language. He asks how you say thank you. April shows Little Bill the sign by putting her hand on her chin and then bringing it down. Little Bill imitates her and he is able to learn the sign for thank you. Little Bill asks to learn another one. April says he'll teach him one more. She takes her arm and arcs it. She then makes a curving motion with her arm. Little Bill says it looks like an elephant. April tells him that he is right and notes that he's very good at this. Little Bill says it looks like an elephant. Little Bill does the sign and then makes a trumpet noise like an elephant. He turns to Elephant and shows him the sign saying this is the sign for his name. Elephant blinks. Little Bill asks if he can learn the sign for please. April says she'll teach him that one and she moves her hand in a circle around her chest. Little Bill imitates that and says that he loves learning sign language. He starts to practice all of the signs that April taught him. Little Bill tells April thank you in sign language. April tells Little Bill to work on his signs and then she'll teach him more another day.
Later that night, Little Bill practices his signs with Elephant. April walks into his room and crosses her wrists as she walks in. She says this is the sign for good night. Little Bill signs April good night. Brenda comes in to see Little Bill and tells him it's time for bed. Little Bill asks her if she wants to see the signs that April taught him. Brenda says she'd love to. Little Bill shows Brenda the signs for hello, please, thank you, and elephant. Little Bill says that he's going to learn all of the signs one day. Brenda is proud of him for his accomplishments so far. Little Bill says that he's going to talk to everyone in sign language. Little Bill imagines himself talking to the sun and telling the sun that he appreciates it being so warm today. Little Bill says good night to the ducks as well. Brenda snaps him out of his imagination and says that it's time for bed. Little Bill asks if they can go back to the store tomorrow so they can talk to Angela in sign language. Brenda says that they can stop by the store in the morning. She says now it's time for sleep. Little Bill signs Brenda good night and Brenda tells him good night.
The next morning, April and Little Bill are eating breakfast. Brenda comes in and asks him if he's ready to go to the store. Little Bill says he is, but then says that he has to ask April one more thing. Little Bill asks April how to sign friend. April takes her two index fingers and hooks them together several times. She says this is the sign for friend. Little Bill signs thank you to her.
Little Bill and Angela arrive at the store. Brenda asks Little Bill what he's going to say to Angela. Little Bill hesitates and then changes his mind. He says he doesn't want to talk to Angela now. Brenda asks why he doesn't. Little Bill says that he wanted to tell her something in sign language but he forgot. Brenda tells Little Bill that he doesn't have to know sign language to be Angela's friend. She tells him to go say hello and then see what happens. Little Bill agrees. He walks up to Angela and says hello. Angela signs hello to him. Little Bill remembers what he wanted to say. He signs Angela the words hello and friend. Angela signs it back to him. Angela cups her hand and then puts it up to her lips. Little Bill says that he thinks he knows this one and says it is ice cream. Brenda says she is proud of him for figuring it out. Angela gets him a cone and some ice cream. Little Bill signs thank you and notes that this is the most delicious sign that he knows. The episode ends with the three of them enjoying an ice cream cone.
The Sign for Friend:
The episode begins with Little Bill and Andrew watching the ants marching up the stairs at Little Bill's house. Little Bill and Andrew sing a marching song for the ants as they continue on their journey. Little Bill says that one of the ants is separating from the group and going the wrong way. Andrew hopes it isn't lost. Little Bill then notices that one of ants came back to help him and the ant gets back with the group. Alice the Great comes out and asks them if they're ready for the picnic. The boys say they are ready. Alice the Great asks them what they are looking at. Little Bill and Andrew both tell her that they're looking at ants. Alice the Great takes a look and says that they are very interesting. Little Bill and Andrew start to march down the stairs like the ants.
When they are done marching, they notice a girl and her mother walking down the street. The girl is reading a bug book. Little Bill says that she has a Bug Kit from the store. Andrew adds that the kit comes with a book, costume, and a magnifying glass. Alice the Great thinks that's very interesting. Little Bill hopes that they can try it. Alice the Great suggests that he asks the girl. Little Bill says that's a good idea and tries to ask the girl if he can borrow the kit. The girl doesn't seem to notice and keeps walking by. After they walk away, Little Bill notes that the girl didn't even look at them. Andrew wonders if she was looking at a slimy bug. Little Bill thinks that's a good possibility and Alice the Great asks if they are ready for the picnic at the park. The boys say that they are ready and they buzz over to the park.
At the park, Little Bill and Andrew try to look for bugs. Neither of them are able to find any bugs at first. Suddenly, a grasshopper hops right past them. Little Bill and Andrew chase after it and it ends up landing on the ball that Alice the Great is holding. Little Bill tells Alice the Great not to move and Alice the Great is amazed that it landed right on the ball. Little Bill says hello to the grasshopper. The grasshopper buzzes at him and then continues to hop away. Alice the Great hands them the ball and Little Bill tells Andrew that it's time to play bug ball.
The boys start to the kick the ball back and forth. While they play, Little Bill notices the girl that had the bug kit is at the park. The boys wish that they had a bug kit that they could use. Little Bill says that they should just keep playing. They continue to kick the ball back and forth, but Andrew ends up kicking it very far. It lands near the girl with the bug kit. Little Bill and Andrew call over to her and ask her if she can kick the ball back to them. The girl pays no attention to them and continues to look through her magnifying glass. Little Bill is confused and says that she didn't even look at them. Andrew wonders what she's looking at. Little Bill thinks it's the best bug ever and Andrew agrees. Andrew notices that the girl is looking through her bug binoculars and using them to look at a butterfly. Little Bill wonders if the girl will tell them all of the things that she is looking at. Little Bill and Andrew walk a little closer to her and they both ask her what she's looking at. The girl continues to look at the bugs and doesn't notice them. Little Bill tells Andrew they should just go away.
After they walk away, Andrew wonders if the girl found a bug that has never been found before. Little Bill says there may have been more than one. Andrew thinks she found a bug castle kingdom. They both imagine that they are looking at a king bug and a queen bug ruling a small bug kingdom. They imagine that they're having a parade. Alice the Great snaps them out of their imagination by telling them that it's lunch time. Little Bill asks her if their lunch is going to be a bug lunch. Alice the Great laughs and says that they can if they want. They both get sandwiches and Alice the Great says that they have extra bugs on them. Alice the Great hands them two apple juice cartons and calls it bug juice. Both Andrew and Little Bill drink their juice. When Little Bill picks up his sandwich, he notices that there is a bug on his plate. Andrew is amazed and Little Bill says he wants his sandwich. Alice the Great laughs and tells Little Bill not to let it get too close to his sandwich. Andrew takes the bug off of the plate and Alice the Great tells him not to accidentally squish the bug. Little Bill asks what it is. Andrew admits he doesn't know. Little Bill notes that if they had a bug kit like the girl they would know. Little Bill thinks the girl might now and suggests that they go ask her. Andrew says he doesn't want to because he doesn't think the girl wants to be friends with them because she wouldn't say hello to them. Alice the Great thinks that the girl is a bug expert and asks Little Bill if he's sure that he doesn't want to ask her. Little Bill insists that the girl won't talk to them. Alice the Great suggests that they try again. She notes that sometimes it takes a little while before you make a new friend. Little Bill looks over at the girl and says that she might she shy.
Little Bill and Andrew walk back over to the girl. They stand behind her and call out hello to her again. Andrew wonders if she can't hear them and tells Little Bill that they should just go. Little Bill walks away. We then see the mother of the girl using sign language to ask her daughter what she's looking at. The girl signs back that she's looking at bugs. Little Bill looks over at them and sees what they're doing. Little Bill calls over to Andrew and tells him that the girl really can't hear them because she may be deaf. The girl and her mother get ready for lunch. Little Bill says that the girl signed please to her mother. Andrew doesn't know sign language so he doesn't understand. Little Bill tells Andrew to come with him so they can talk to her.
Little Bill and Andrew approach the mother and daughter. Little Bill signs the words hello and friend to the girl. The girl recognizes Little Bill's signs and signs it right back to him. Little Bill tells Andrew that the girl was using sign language and informs him that's how people that aren't able to hear communicate. Little Bill says that he learned some sign language from April. Little Bill says his name and the mother signs the letters of his name and Andrew's name to the girl. Little Bill thinks that the mother signing the letters of the boys' names is cool. The mother says hello to them and introduces her daughter as Neesha. Neesha signs to her mother and her mother tells the boys that Neesha wants to play with them. Little Bill says that they would like to and they show her the bug that they found on Little Bill's plate. The girl points to a picture in her book and Andrew is glad that she knew. The mother says that they found an inchworm. Little Bill is fascinated and says hello to it. The mother says that she'll be sitting on the bench if they need her. Neesha hands Little Bill her bug binoculars and Little Bill signs thank you to her. Little Bill notes that April taught him that. Little Bill looks at a ladybug through the binoculars and he notes that it is the biggest bug that he's ever seen because of the binoculars. The episode ends with the three of them looking at the bugs on the ground.
Later, Little Bill lies in bed practicing his sign language. He practices hello, thank you, please, ice cream, and then does the sign for elephant. He makes a trumpet noise just like an elephant does. Alice the Great calls into Little Bill's room and asks him who he's talking to. Little Bill giggles and the episode ends with Little Bill looking at Elephant.