Little Bill

Season 3 Episode 2

The Violin Lesson / Squirmy

Aired Weekdays 12:30 PM May 09, 2001 on Nickelodeon

Episode Recap

The Violin Lesson: The story begins with Little Bill, Andrew, and Kiku drinking apple juice in the kitchen with Alice the Great. Andrew and Kiku finish their glasses quickly, but Little Bill starts blowing bubbles in his. Alice the Great tells Little Bill to please finish his glass of apple juice and he does as he's told. Alice the Great asks them if they've all had enough. The three kids say that they have. Andrew wants to play Space Invaders when they're done. Little Bill says he wants to be Captain Brainstorm. Kiku says she's Lieutenant Mascara who is all tough all the time. Andrew is going to play Sparky the dog. Andrew says he's half dog and half robot. Alice the Great does Sparky's bark back to Andrew and says it's good to see him too. Bobby comes in the door and all of the children greet him. Andrew does his Sparky bark to Bobby. Little Bill asks if he wants to play with them and Kiku says that he can be the three-eyed space monster. Bobby says that he can't. Andrew begs him to play, and Little Bill notes that he's the best monster of them all. Bobby says that he can't because he has to practice his violin. Little Bill asks what a violin is. Bobby says that a violin is a stringed musical instrument that he is learning to play at school. Alice the Great suggests Bobby show the violin to them. Bobby opens the case and Little Bill admits that it's really pretty. The kids ask that he play music on it right now. Bobby says he will play for them later because he has to practice a new song right now. The kids say goodbye and run outside to play the space invaders game. The kids go out back and play Space Invaders. They pretend that they are approaching a star and they are coming in for a landing. Kiku asks Little Bill where they have landed. Little Bill giggles and says that they've landed on the slow planet. He says that on this planet everyone has to do everything slow. The group walks around very slowly and Andrew does his Sparky bark really slow as well. Little Bill says that they need to find the three-eyed space monster. They look across the yard to find Mrs. Shapiro and her cat staring at them at the window. Mrs. Shapiro says hello and the kids say hello really slowly. Mrs. Shapiro plays along and asks why they are saying things so slowly. Little Bill says that they are on the slow planet. Mrs. Shapiro understands and tells them slowly to have fun. Everyone laughs. Before they can continue, everyone hears a noise that sounds awful to the children's ears. Little Bill wonders what that noise is. Kiku says that it's probably the three-eyed space monster. The group starts walking around the yard and mimicking the noise that is being made. Little Bill wants to know what the sound is. Andrew notes that it's coming from upstairs in his house. Kiku says it sounds like a squeaky door. Little Bill thinks it also sounds like a fire truck. Alice the Great comes out and notes they must be having a lot of fun. Little Bill says that they're making noise like the one that's coming from upstairs. Alice the Great says that's not noise, but Bobby practicing his violin. Alice the Great tells Andrew and Kiku that it is time for them to go home. Kiku and Andrew are disappointed because they were having so much fun outside. Alice the Great says that they can come back tomorrow. The two agree and tell Little Bill goodbye. Later that evening, the group sits around the table to eat roast beef. While the family eats, Little Bill takes his fork and starts scratching it against his plate. He starts to make noise that is similar to Bobby's violin practice earlier that day. Big Bill and Brenda notice what Little Bill is doing and ask what he's doing. Little Bill says he's being a violin. Bobby looks at Little Bill and Big Bill is a little confused at why Little Bill thinks a violin sounds like that. Little Bill says it sounds just like how Bobby was playing earlier. Bobby is very upset because he thinks Little Bill is making fun of him. He asks his parents if he can be excused so he can go to his room. Brenda tells Bobby he can go to his room. Little Bill asks what's wrong with Bobby. Brenda says that she thinks Bobby's feelings are hurt. Little Bill asks why Bobby's feelings are hurt. April tells Little Bill that Bobby thought that Little Bill was making fun of him. Little Bill assures her that he wasn't. Brenda notes that Bobby thought he was. Big Bill says that the sounds Little Bill was making that he said was a violin made Bobby upset. Little Bill insists he wasn't making fun of Bobby. Brenda says that she knows, but adds that Bobby has been practicing so he can get better at playing the violin. April says that Bobby is trying to learn a new song so that's why it might not have sounded as good. Little Bill insists he was only playing. Brenda says that sometimes people can hurt people's feelings even though they don't mean to. April says that once she said something that hurt one of her friends' feelings. April says that even though she didn't mean to hurt her friend's feelings, it still happened. Little Bill asks if he should tell Bobby he's sorry. Brenda says that would be a very good idea. Little Bill asks if someone will come with him. April says that she will. Little Bill and April arrive in Bobby's room and ask if they can come in. Bobby asks what they want. April tells Bobby that Little Bill didn't mean to hurt his feelings at the dinner table. Little Bill confirms this. Bobby says his feelings weren't hurt. Little Bill is confused. April says that he looked like he was hurt. Little Bill says that he's sorry even if Bobby's feelings weren't hurt. April tells Bobby that there's nothing wrong with him saying that his feelings were hurt and since Little Bill is sorry he may as well admit it. Little Bill starts to sing the "I'm Sorry" song really loudly and April tells him that he can just say it. Little Bill says he's sorry. Bobby says whatever and still doesn't acknowledge that he was hurt. Little Bill asks Bobby if he can show April his violin. Bobby doesn't say anything and Little Bill shows April Bobby's violin. April thinks it looks cool. Little Bill asks if he can hold it. Bobby says he can and Little Bill starts to strum on it like a guitar. Bobby smiles and says that's not the way you hold one. He tells Little Bill to put one of his hands on the neck of the violin. He then tucks the other part of the violin under Little Bill's chin. Little Bill thinks it tickles under his neck. Bobby gives him the bow so he can play it. He tells Little Bill to try it. Little Bill takes the bow along the violin and it makes the same noise that it did when Bobby played it earlier. Little Bill asks if he's doing it right. Bobby says he sort of is, but if he practices at it he'll get better at playing it. April tells Bobby to play a song. Bobby says no. April tells Bobby to play a song that he already knows and both of them beg him to play. Bobby agrees and he takes the violin. He plays "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star". Little Bill knows the song and starts to sing along as Bobby plays. They imagine that they are looking out at the stars as they play the song. April and Bobby think that it sounds very good. Bobby says that it was the first song he learned and it's now easy for him to play it. April notes that as long as Bobby continues to practice, he will be able to play his new song just as well. Bobby thanks April. April says she's going downstairs to get dessert and starts to sing as she walks away. Little Bill asks Bobby if he wants dessert. Bobby says he does. He tells Little Bill that his feelings honestly were hurt before at the table. Little Bill says he knows and says that he is sorry. Bobby says that apologizing to him made him feel better. Little Bill agrees that it made him feel better. Bobby tells Little Bill that the last one down to the table is a three-eyed space monster. Little Bill laughs and the episode ends with the two of them running downstairs. Squirmy: The story begins with Little Bill and Andrew playing with a toy crane and toy truck in the backyard. Little Bill says that he's making a tall building like where his dad works. Andrew says that he's building a house. Little Bill says that he's going to make a road that leads from his building to Andrew's house. Andrew says that's a great idea. Little Bill also suggests that they dig a hole and Andrew says they should make a tunnel. The two start to dig and they call themselves construction workers. Little Bill imagines that he's on a truck starting to dig the hole. Andrew is helping him as well. However, in the imagination, Little Bill sees something in the dirt and says that they need to stop construction. When they do, they both look down and realize that there is a worm in the hole they were digging. Andrew notes it's a big, fat worm. Little Bill says that he's wiggly and squirmy. Andrew says that he is wormy squirmy. Little Bill says that he is going to call him Squirmy. Andrew thinks it's a great name. Andrew asks if Squirmy is slimy. Little Bill says no and asks Andrew if he wants to feel Squirmy the Worm. Andrew notes that Squirmy is dirty from all of the dirt and Little Bill blows the dirt off of him. Andrew thinks that Squirmy feels funny. Little Bill thinks that Squirmy is cool and Andrew agrees that Squirmy is absolutely cool. Little Bill thinks that Squirmy is very cool and he decides to keep him as a pet. Andrew reminds Little Bill that he already has Elephant. Little Bill says he wants a pet worm as well. Andrew wants to find one, and Little Bill says that if he does then both of the worms can be friends. Little Bill doesn't think anyone else has a pet worm. Next door, Andrew's mother comes outside and tells Andrew that it is time for him to come home. Andrew says he'll be in soon. He asks Little Bill about his pet worm. Little Bill assures Andrew that they'll find one for him tomorrow. Andrew is fine with that and tells Little Bill goodbye. Little Bill says goodbye and also imitates Squirmy saying goodbye. Andrew heads inside. Little Bill starts to sing a song about Squirmy being his pet wormy. Little Bill tells Squirmy about Elephant, his hamster, and tells him that he'll take him upstairs to see him. Little Bill arrives in his room so Squirmy can meet Elephant. Little Bill shows Squirmy his room with the clothes and also shows him Captain Brainstorm his action figure. He finally shows Squirmy to Elephant. Elephant wakes up and looks out at Squirmy. Elephant blinks his eyes at Squirmy and Little Bill says that Elephant likes Squirmy. Little Bill tells Elephant to come out and play with Squirmy. Little Bill puts Squirmy down on the ground and tells him not to go anywhere. Little Bill puts Elephant in his playing ball, but notices that Squirmy is gone. He calls for him and asks where he went. He walks down the hallway and finally finds Squirmy down the hall. Little Bill tells Squirmy he can't just crawl everywhere because he'll get squished. Little Bill says he has to find a place for Squirmy to live. He walks into the bathroom and finds his toy boat. He tells Squirmy that he can live on the boat and sail across the sea. Little Bill puts the boat in the bathtub and thinks it's perfect. Elephant wants to come into the bathroom, but can't get into the door. Little Bill lifts the ball up so he can get in. He walks back to the bathtub and tells Elephant that Squirmy is going to live in the boat. He then notices that Squirmy is crawling to the drain. Little Bill reaches in and picks him up before he goes down the drain. Little Bill tells Squirmy that was close and he suggests they find a box so he can be safe and not be able to get out. Bobby walks upstairs and tells Little Bill that the family is going to play Hop Around. Little Bill is excited about playing, but first asks Bobby if he has a box with a top. Bobby says that he has a small one and asks what he needs it for. Little Bill says it's for his pet worm, Squirmy. Bobby thinks Squirmy is cool and he tells Little Bill that Squirmy is an earthworm that lives underground. Little Bill is amazed at Bobby's knowledge and Bobby assures Little Bill that he knows everything about earthworms. He tells Little Bill that earthworms breathe through their skin. Little Bill is confused. Bobby notes it doesn't have a nose and Little Bill realizes Squirmy doesn't have a nose. Little Bill says that he'll put the box next to the window so Squirmy will have lots of air to breathe. Bobby suggests that Little Bill ask mother and father first before he keeps the worm as a pet. Little Bill doesn't know whether to ask them or not. Bobby tells him to come downstairs for the game. Down at the table, Big Bill, Brenda, and April try to figure out which colored frog they are going to play for Hop Around. April asks Alice the Great if she's going to play. Alice the Great says she is. Bobby joins them at the table and April tells Bobby not to cheat this time. Little Bill comes downstairs and asks Brenda if he can have Squirmy the Worm as his pet. Brenda is taken back that Little Bill has a worm. Everyone gathers around to look at Squirmy. Brenda tells Little Bill that worms don't belong in the house. Alice the Great agrees and says that they especially don't belong in the kitchen. Little Bill says that Squirmy is his friend and that he's going to live in his room by the window so he can breathe through his skin. Bobby confirms that worms do that. Big Bill notes that Squirmy isn't going to like living in the house that much. Little Bill asks why. Big Bill says there's nothing for Squirmy to do in the house. Little Bill asks him what worms like to do. Bobby says that worms like to dig tunnels in the ground which is good for the trees. Little Bill asks why. Bobby says that when it rains, the water goes into the holes down to the roots of the trees. Bobby notes that the worms also eat old leaves and when they go to the bathroom it's good for the soil. April isn't too thrilled by that note. Alice the Great says that it's true and she likes worms being in her garden because it makes the flowers grow. Bobby confirms that worms and good soil make things grow better. Little Bill asks Brenda if she can bring soil in the house. Brenda says no. Little Bill notes Squirmy needs it. Alice the Great says that is why Squirmy needs to be outside. Little Bill agrees but still asks Bobby if he can have the box. Bobby asks what he needs it for. Little Bill says that he's going to keep Squirmy outside as an outside pet. Little Bill waits outside for Bobby to bring the box out. Bobby brings the box out and Little Bill puts Squirmy in the box. When he does, all Squirmy does is lay in the box. Little Bill asks why Squirmy isn't crawling around. Bobby says that Squirmy probably doesn't like it in the box. Little Bill realizes that he shouldn't make Squirmy be a pet if that's not what he wants. Bobby agrees with Little Bill. Little Bill thinks that Squirmy will be happier living in the ground and Bobby notes that mother will be happier as well. Little Bill apologizes to Squirmy for taking him away from his home in the ground. Little Bill puts him down in the soil. Bobby says that Squirmy is probably thanking him right now as well as the other trees and the soil. Little Bill asks if that's because he puts Squirmy back in the soil. Bobby says yes and notes Little Bill did a good thing. Little Bill says that he will tell Andrew tomorrow why it's good for the worms to stay in the ground. They watch Squirmy go back into the soil and Little Bill notes that Squirmy must be hungry. Bobby says that Squirmy will have all of the leaves he can eat. Little Bill tells Bobby to come inside so they can play Hop Around. Little Bill says goodbye to Squirmy and the episode ends with Little Bill and Bobby going inside to play Hop Around and singing a song about Squirmy being their favorite wormy. To close the episode, Little Bill is in bed and tells Elephant that he put Squirmy back in the soil so he can breathe and eat leaves. Little Bill hopes that Squirmy is happy right now. He also notes that Bobby is also happy now because he said he was sorry for hurting his feelings. Little Bill thinks that he made everyone happy and says that he's very happy about that. Bobby talks into the other room and asks Little Bill who he's talking to. The story ends with Little Bill giggling and going to sleep.
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