The Buzz on Maggie

Season 1 Episode 6

Rottingmuck Ranch / Bella Con Carny

Aired Weekdays 4:00 AM Jul 15, 2005 on Disney Channel
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Rottingmuck Ranch / Bella Con Carny
Rottingmuck Ranch: Maggie wants to be Uncle Zeb's favorite relative again.

Bella Con Carny: Maggie has to spend bonding time with her little sister after her mom is convinced Maggie doesn't spend enough time with Bella.

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  • The episode that made be a fan of the series. Not only is the animation bright and vibrant but the writers did a very good job at portraying sibling dynamics.

    Both 15 minute episodes deal with fairly straight-forward plots but what makes them stand out is the way the personalities and sibling rivalries are clearly (and often humorly) depicted. The first segment "Rottingmuck Range" deals with Maggie losing her status as Uncle's favorite to her younger bro, Pupert and her attempts to reclaim that position. The most interesting revelation is that older bro Aldrin had previously held the title of favorite (and subsequently lost it upon Maggie's arrival). While Aldrin wasn't happy at it, he accepted his fate for years and it isn't until Maggie begins fast-talking him that he even considers changing the status quo. Maggie and Aldrin make a good team at first, but when she grabs all the credit and attention for herself Aldrin briefly decides to partner up with Pupert instead. What follows is an all out free-for-all between the Pesky children and their Uncle's farm animals are caught in the fray. The second segment "Bella Con Carne" deals with another common problem among siblings- the need for freedom vs. responsibilites. Maggie wants nothing more than to join her brothers at the carnival, but she's been given the job of babysitting youngest sibling, Bella. Maggie unwisely takes Bella with her to the carnival. She devotes more attention to the games than to her little sis and doesn't even notice when Bella wanders off. But the time she realizes Bella's gone, she is heartbroken. Maggie and her brothers band together to search for Bella. When they find her, she's been taken in by the carnival staff who are prepared to raise her as their own. It isn't until Maggie acknowledges her mistake and apologizes to her baby sis that the carnies are willing to return Bella and the Pesky family is complete.moreless

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