Postcards from You: Buster receives a postcard from Lucas in West Hartford, Connecticut. Lucas reveals that he just moved there, but he's already made new friends. It turns out that his neighbors had kids who were the same age as him. He notes that he still keeps in touch with his old friends, through e-mail, instant messaging and postcards.
Postcards from You: Jacob Plott from Statesville, North Carolina writes in. He's twelve years old and states that he loves the show. He has sheltie collies --- the brothers Dino and Dusty. He also has a pet rabbit named Tony and plays with model trains.
Postcards from You: Unicef provides a postcards from Victoria in Moldova. In this postcard, Victoria and her friends are playing basketball, but the ball ends up going over the fence. Moldova tries to scale the fence, but a friend simply goes over, opens the gate and retrieves the ball.
Postcards from You: Harper Craven, 10 years old and from Baltimore, Maryland shows off his action figures and his dog Janie, who he adopted from the SPCA. He also shows his room upstairs and makes his bed.
Postcards from You: A boy named Alec from Newton, Massachusetts sent in a claymation video. From Aago Productions, it's titled "A Very Short Film: The Little Blue Ball." it features the story, set to music, of, well, a little blue ball.
Postcards from You: UNICEF brings viewers a performance by a group of kids from Sweden known as the Snore Choir. They do snoring set to music and sleep-related sounds.
Buster found a note in his pocket reading:
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"
Postcards from You: A boy named Florian from Romania makes a piece of origami paper dance as he folds it into various shapes.
Although some of the easier Spanish words and phrases in this episode are closed-captions, captioning for extended Spanish dialogue simply read "Speaking in Spanish."
Postcards from You: Ava of Maple Glen, PA, discusses her cat named Henry. She adopted him from the SPCA. Both she and the cat are five years old. She says that she really loves him.
The proper pronunciation for "Mackinac" is to pronounce it as if there's a "w" at the end, i.e. "Mackinaw." During the fantasy sequence in which Francine throws Buster's video postcard in the garbage, she mispronounces it with a hard "c" at the end.
The "Wait! I forgot to tell you something I learned...," show promo and PBSKids GO! segments are no longer shown at the end of the program, making "Postcards from You" the only bonus segment shown following the actual episode. This is likely due in part to the extended sponsorship message.
Postcards from You: A new segment features postcards from viewers of the program. The postcard in this episode was by Taryn Hansen of Elwood, Utah. He talks about his brother Brin and sister Tracey. He also talks about his hometown, which is a farming town in the mountains. He mentions that his Dad is also a pilot and discusses the local legend of the Bear Lake monster.
At the beginning, you see the Puerto Rico map, pointing to San Juan. During the "I forgot to tell you" segment, the Puerto Rico map is pointing to Cataño (Not far from San Juan).
Buster and George enters inside a cow pasture in order to reach the beach. It is 100% illegal to do that, since it is private property!
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.
After the Igloo Contest, while Buster and Mora drives (Who is driving?). you see a woman driving, then look again, it seems a man is driving!
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