Postcards from Buster

Season 2 Episode 4

The Case of the Coin Purloined (Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri)

Aired Unknown Dec 18, 2006 on PBS
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The Case of the Coin Purloined (Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri)
Los Viajeros are invited to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri to perform for the troops there. They meet up with General Castro, who provides them with a Coin of Excellence. Carlos gives the coin to Buster to hold on to, and Buster is shocked when it goes missing. Worried about what Carlos will think, Buster at first blames the loss on his own negligence until he discovers a mysterious note in his pocket that leads him to believe the coin has been stolen. Buster enlists the help of a girl named Erin and her little sister, Hannah. Buster learns that Erin's father is serving in the military in Iraq and the two discuss what that's like for her. Buster agrees that they can send the postcard about the case to her father. The two get to work cracking the mystery and find themselves headed into the desert. They then take part in an obstacle course, hoping to track down clues. In the end, they make a surprising discovery as to what actually happened to the coin and Buster earns a reward of his own for his work.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Buster found a note in his pocket reading:

      "Want C.E.?
      We'll find room
      The desert today."

      After the kids realized that things seemed to keep appearing in Buster's pocket, Buster realized that the note was actually old. They had thought that "C.E." referred to the Coin of Excellence and that they were supposed to search for clues in a simulated desert. The note was actually from Arthur, passed during a hot day in class. "C.E." referred to chocolate éclairs and Arthur was telling Buster to find room for "dessert," which he had misspelled.

    • Postcards from You: James from Watertown, Massachusetts provides a video postcard about his Dad. His Dad is into surfing and rock-and-roll and Steve describes him as a "friend" and a "big kid." He wishes him a Happy Father's Day.

    • Buster's video postcard on "The Case of the Coin Purloined" was told in five chapters:

      Chapter One: "The Rainy Day"
      Chapter Two: "Encounter with the General"
      Chapter Three: Detective Erin on the Case"
      Chapter Four: "Desert Bound"
      Chapter Five: "The Coin Caper Code Conundrum"

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Buster: We scoured the desert. We found lots of simulated sand, but no coin.

    • Buster: Erin looked a little sad. I was wishing there was some way I could take her mind off her dad being so far away. But Erin was already on the case.

    • Buster: "The desert?" It justy didn't make any sense. We had more questions than answers. Who slipped the note in my pocket? Was it the same sneaky criminal who stole the coin? And, hey, Erin's dad was in the desert. Could there be a connection?

    • Carlos: (in fantasy sequence) This one's for being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and this one's my platinum record and over here --- here's where my coin of excellence would have been if Buster Baxter hadn't lost it. Yep, that's why I haven't spoken to him for forty years.

    • Buster: Buster Baxter, reporting for duty! Oh, wait a minute. Dad, we're not going to be training, are we?
      Bo: Well, I don't think we're going to be parachuting from any planes.
      Buster: Parchuting? No, I was thinking of something even more scary --- pushups.

    • Buster: Hello, I'm Buster Baxter, boy detective. In the video postcard you're about to see, a valuable object went missing.

  • NOTES (0)