Postcards from Buster

Season 1 Episode 34

Sugartime! (Hinesburg, Vermont)

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Sugartime! (Hinesburg, Vermont)
In the "infamous banned" episode of Postcards from Buster, Buster pays a visit to Sidell, Vermont during the season called "sugartime." He learns that this a season of maple syrup and mud. He spends some time at the home of a photographer his Mom once worked with and her partner (a lesbian couple) and learned that they're both Moms to their kids. Later, he goes out shopping for a bonfire. He samples Vermont maple syrup and learns about the milking of cows. He also tries his hardest to come up with the perfect Mother's Day gift for his Mom.moreless

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  • It's not subtly - it's purposeful and it's improper.

    1.0
    My son checked this out at the school library. Funny thing is we stopped letting him watch "Arthir" on PBS in the mornings before school, a long time ago - mostly because DW (Arthur's sister) often yells and cries and talks back to her parents. This is another example of how ridiculous this author (The famous Marc Brown) is. Shame on him. It's also outlandish that anyone says this book is about Vermont and maple syrup. I'm not some right wing or Christian nut - I just can clearly see the intent of this book - and it's not to help read - it's tomoreless
  • this is an imformative episode!

    9.3
    Why would they want to ban this episode? It imforms children about different kinds of families, like lesbians. I notice that more kids are having gay and lesbian parents and people should learn and understand about them. It only shows the parents hanging out once, I mean once! And the rest is just the kids! They should not have a ban on this episode.

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • Buster celebrates Shabbat with the family in this episode. He mentions that he celebrated this with Aria in a previous episode, but she did it a little differently.

    • The controversy due to this episode killed the official government funding for it (PBS Kids Ready to Learn Grant) and funding for future episodes of the program. However, thanks to the generous donations of a group of supporters, Postcards returns in Fall 2006 with ten new episodes.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Buster: Scout ate Mother's Day. (scene change, Buster is now talking on the phone with Bo) It was awful, Dad. The dog ate all Mom's gifts.

    • Bitzi: (in fantasy sequence) You are just the best son ever.
      Buster: Aw, Mom. I'm your only son.
      Bitzi: No, really. Who else would think to get his Mom a pickle and a doughnut?
      Buster: Well, it's just a Vermont thing. But it did make me think of you.

    • Buster: Look at these calves. They're awfully cute. Do you milk them too?
      Girl: When they get older.

    • Buster: (in fantasy sequence) I got you your very own maple tree. You'll never have to buy syrup again.
      Bitzi: That's wonderful, Buster, but how do you turn it off?
      Buster: Hmm. Aw? Help!

    • Buster: So Gillian's your Mom too?
      Emma: She's my stepmom.
      Buster: Boy, that's a lot of moms.
      Emma: Yep.

    • Bo: While Carlos and Mora are getting ready for their club date in Burlington, your Mom has arranged for you to spend some time with Karen.
      Buster: Who's she?
      Bo: She's a photographer who used to work with Mom. She lives here with her partner Gillian and their kids.

    • Carlos: (singing) The winter snow is melting / But it is not green yet / What season do you call this? / It isn't quite spring yet.
      Carlos and Mora: It's Sugartime in the mountains / Sugartime in the woods...

    • Mora: This is the best time. It's Sugartime!
      Buster: What does that mean?
      Mora: Sugartime is when the sap starts flowing from the maple trees. Poeple collect it and then they turn it into maple syrup and maple butter and maple candy.

  • NOTES (7)

    • The controversial episode "Sugartime!" is now available on the DVD "Postcards From Buster: Outdoor Journeys."

    • This episode was online at the Family Pride Web Site.

    • When virtually no other station would touch it, TPT 2 broadcast this episode at 7 P.M. CST March 23, 2005. Sister station TPT 17 rebroadcast the program at 9:30 P.M. CST March 24, 2005. Some other stations chose to air this, while some aired it, but with a special analysis program. It remains off the lineup of most PBS stations.

    • If you happen to have a tape of this ep, DO NOT tape over it due to the ban.

    • Education Secretary Margaret Spellings warned PBS in a heated letter not to air "Sugartime!" because of its featuring of gay parents in the episode "did not fulfill the intent Congress had in mind for public programming."

      "We believe the 'Sugartime!' episode does not come within these purposes or within the intent of Congress and would undermine the overall objective of the Ready-To-Learn program -- to produce programming that reaches as many children and families as possible," Spellings wrote.

      PBS responded by announcing the particular episode would not be offered to its 349 affiliates across the country.

      WGBH, the Boston public TV station which produces the show, says it will still air the episode despite the controversy and has offered it to any station willing to defy the Education Department.

    • Originally scheduled to air on February 2, 2005 on most PBS stations.

    • Curiously, this episode that features a Mother's Day theme airs for the first time on Groundhog Day.

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