The Surprise: Bobby and April are planning a special surprise for Alice the Great's birthday: a photo album filled with pictures of her all through her life. Little Bill points that they don't have any up to date photos of her, and volunteers to be the "secret picture taker." He tries to take photographs of Alice around the house, and even gets the rest of the family to pose with her, but when she catches on, he accidentally lets the news about the gift slip out. Upset at ruining the surprise, Little Bill doesn't even want to attend the birthday party; trying to cheer him up, Brenda tells him she developed his photos, and Alice the Great doesn't know about these pictures. Bill decides to take the photos and make a special collage to add to the last page in the photo album.
Good Ol' Lightnin': While looking in the photo album, Little Bill spots a photo of Alice when she was his age, riding in a wagon. Alice remarks that the wagon was nicknamed "Ol' Lightnin'" and that she used to ride it all the time when she was little. Getting help from Big Bill, Little Bill manages to find the old wagon in the garage and they decide to refinish it as a gift to Alice. Little Bill invites Alice to ride the wagon with him; she explains that now she is too big and old to ride in it, but she would be just as happy to watch him ride it while she cheered, "Go, Lightnin', Go!"
The Early Bill: Little Bill wakes up very early one morning, and find that everyone else, except Alice the Great, is still sleeping. Alice invites him to come along with her on her morning walk. They walk to the park, and on the way, they meet Uncle Al taking a jog, Mr. Rojas walking Lito, and Miss Murray practicing Tai Chi. When they get to the park, Alice takes Bill to the pond, where he spots a goose and her goslings. When they get back home, Bill tells Bobby about all the things he missed by sleeping late.
Going Camping: Bobby and April are going on a school camping trip for the weekend, and Little Bill is disappointed that he's too young to go. To cheer him up, Big Bill suggests they have their own campout in the backyard. They set up a tent and cook their dinner on a portable stove. Big Bill starts to tell a story, but gets spooked by the neighbor's cat. He then suggests counting fireflies, but Little Bill has nodded off.
The New Babysitter: Brenda and Bill Bill are going to a meeting at April's school, while Alice the Great has a doctor's appointment, so Little Bill will be getting a new babysitter: Mr. Rojas' niece, Isabel. Little Bill still misses his old babysitter, Mrs. Shapiro, so when Isabel arrives and asks what he wants to play, he skulks and says,"Nothing." Deciding to take the initiative, Isabel invents "The Nothing Game," saying he has to keep perfectly still, doing nothing, and the first one to move loses. This makes him laugh, so she offers to make dinner while he plays in his room. He finally warms up to her when he learns Isabel loves his favorite TV show, Space Explorers, and makes up a funny game playing "the friendly alien from the 4th galaxy meets Captain Brainstorm."
My Friend Isabel: Alice the Great has a dentist appointment after school, so Little Bill asks if Isabel can pick him up instead. She agrees, but explains that she can't stay long because she has to study for a test the next day. Little Bill gets upset that Isabel can't play with him, so she agrees to stay a little while. When Alice the Great returns, Isabel leaves, but Little Bill doesn't want to say goodbye; Alice explains that Isabel will always be his friend, but she has other responsibilities because she is older and can't always play with him. Little Bill understands and waves goodbye to Isabel as she walks home.
Wabbit Worries: Little Bill is very excited one morning at school when Miss Murray hands out the class assignments and asks him to look after the class' new pet rabbits, Dwayne and Wabbit. Little Bill becomes concerned when Wabbit, who usually loves to be held and eats the rabbit food as soon as it's served, is strangely quiet and isn't hungry. Miss Murray suggests calling a veterinarian in the morning to check Wabbit out. As he walks home, Little Bill decides to consult pet shop owner Mr. Percy with Wabbit's symptoms. Mr. Percy agrees to come to school the next day and examines Wabbit; he announces he has two surprises for the class-- Wabbit is really a female, and she's going to have babies soon, fathered by Dwayne. Mr. Percy volunteers to take Wabbit to his pet shop to keep her under observation until the litter is born. That night, Little Bill expresses his worries over Wabbit's condition to Brenda; she explains that Wabbit has the baby rabbits growing in her tummy, just like people have babies, and to reassure him, she takes out his baby album and shows him photos of when Brenda was pregnant with him. A few days later, Mr Percy returns Wabbit to the classroom with her eight new babies.
Wabbit Babies: Little Bill, Kiku, Andrew, and Fuschia announce to Miss Murray that they've named the rabbits, choosing the names Rosie, Ringo, Spot, Harvey, Daisy, Brownie, Peter, and Malcolm. Little Bill says it will be fun having ten rabbits to take care of, but Miss Murray tells them the baby rabbits are old enough to leave Wabbit now, and new homes will have to be found for them. The students want to keep the rabbits all together rather than separate them so they can still visit them regularly. When asking their parents fails, Little Bill tries his neighbors. Hair Salon owners Linda and Johari gently explain that although they love rabbits, they can't keep them in the salon and take care of the customers,too. Mr. Percy says he'd gladly take all the rabbits in, but his business is to sell pets, and sooner or later someone would buy the bunnies. After listening to everyone's ideas, Little Bill comes up with the suggestion of donating the bunnies to the children's petting zoo.
Monty Visits: Little Bill is excited when Alice the Great tells him his friend Monty is coming over to spend the day; he brings all his favorite toys down to the living room so Monty won't have to worry about maneuvering his wheelchair upstairs. When Monty arrives, he seems to be more interested in helping Alice the Great prepare a sweet potato pie than playing any games. He tells her he wants to become a chef when he grows up, and is always helping his parents in the kitchen. Alice the Great appreciates the assistance and his company, but Bill gets angry that his great grandmother is taking away his friend; he becomes even more upset when Alice remarks that she loves Monty-- he thinks she loves Monty more than him. Alice explains that she is only being hospitable to Monty because he is a guest, and although she did say loves him as a good friend, she will never love anyone the way she loves Bill. Monty apologizes for upsetting Little Bill, and invites him to join in to make the pie.
Mom's Trip: Brenda has to travel to New York City for the day to attend a work related day long seminar. Little Bill worries that he will miss her too much, and that they won't be able to do the usual things they do together, like take his bath or make dinner. Big Bill explains that Alice the Great is preparing supper, he will give Bill his bath, and that Brenda will be home the next morning. April and Bobby try to cheer their brother up by playing his favorite board game, but Little Bill frets about what to do with the piece Brenda plays with. His siblings say he can use both pieces to feel like he's playing the game with their mother, and he perks up when he wins. Brenda calls during dinner to check up on everyone, and they all tell her how much they miss her. After his bath, Little Bill joins Big Bill on the couch because neither one can sleep while waiting for Brenda to come home. They nod off sitting on the sofa, and Brenda gently wakes them up when she comes in the next morning, saying she kept her promise to be home at the appointed time.
Ready, Set, Read!: Little Bill decides he wants to learn to read after watching Bobby enjoy reading a joke book. At school, he asks Miss Murray for assistance, so she devises a word game of looking up things in the room that start with the same letter and writing the words on the board so the children can see how they're spelled. During story time, Miss Murray talks Bill through reading one of his favorite stories, Harry the Helpful Horse; Little Bill recognizes some of the words thanks to the game they played earlier. When he gets home, Little Bill shows Bobby how well he can read the story, and Bobby offers to help him learn the jokes in his book.
I Got A Letter: When Little Bill helps Big Bill bring in the mail one afternoon, he asks how people get mail addressed to them. His father points out that in most cases, if you write a letter, you receive letters, so Little Bill chooses to write a letter to one of his friends. He draws a picture for Andrew, and Big Bill helps him address the envelope. A few days later, Andrew comes to school very excited and shows the class the letter Bill wrote. All the other children ask Miss Murray to teach them how to write letters, too. The next time Bill helps his father bring in the mail, Big Bill points out that Little Bill received letters from Kiku, Andrew and Fuschia. Little Bill decides to write his friends right back.
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