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  • Takes A Dive

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    S 4 : Ep 13 - 12/6/97

    When Wanda discovers that one of Ms. Frizzle's ancestors was Redbeard the Pirate, she naturally wants to follow the treasure map he left. The map leads the class to a coral reef, where they learn first hand that life there is risky. To survive, they find, many plants and animals form surprising partnerships. But Wanda's not interested in partnerships — she just wants to find that treasure! When Ms. Frizzle turns the class into different sea creatures, Wanda as "Wanda-Anemone," "Wanda-Shrimp," and "Wanda-Remora," begins to understand that partnerships are more valuable then she thought.moreless
  • In The City

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    S 4 : Ep 12 - 11/29/97

    Ms. Frizzle's class is visiting the zoo, which is, according to Tim, the only place in the city where wild animals can survive. To test this idea, Ms. Frizzle turns the class into possums, foxes, and falcons! The Bus, with Liz inside, becomes a bear and wanders off, looking for food. The kids explore the city as animals and see how wildlife can live in the city, but they also need to find the Bus-bear. They must survive in the city as well. Will the kid-animals be able to find the Bus-bear before the zookeeper finds it? And is Tim right? Can animals (like themselves) survive in the city?moreless
  • Gets Charged

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    S 4 : Ep 10 - 11/15/97

    It's Valentine's Day and the class is selling lightbulbs. When they stop at Ms. Frizzle's house to sell her one, they find that her battery-operated doorbell doesn't work. While looking for Ms. Frizzle to tell her the doorbell's broken, Wanda overhears her teacher talking on the telephone. "Ms. Frizzle has a boyfriend," says Wanda, "and he's on his way over to see her! We've got to fix the doorbell or she'll never know he's here!" But first they have to figure out how the doorbell works...moreless
  • Makes A Stink

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    S 4 : Ep 9 - 11/8/97

    Flora Whiff (Bebe Neuwirth), the famous expert on smell — whose "nose knows" — comes to school to judge the First Annual Smell Search. Ms. Frizzle's class creates a unique smell which is bound to take first prize, but Arnold's cousin, Janet, determined to win by herself, changes their smell to an odor only a skunk could love. The kids discover the secret to what makes things smell... now they have to make sure their creation doesn't make a big stink!moreless
  • Gains Weight

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 11/1/97

    Guess who's selected to give an exhibition of a slam-dunk during half time of the big basketball game? Phoebe! The problem is Phoebe can't jump high enough. "If only gravity didn't pull on me!" she moans. Never one to be tied down, Ms. Frizzle sends the class into space and turns the Bus into a planet — with adjustable gravity! Basketball's a snap with low gravity and a riot with no gravity at all, but when there's way too much gravity, things get really heavy!moreless
  • Sees Stars

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 10/25/97

    When the kids see Horace Scope (Dabney Coleman) on the Star Shopping Network, they decide to buy Dorothy Ann a real twinkling star for her birthday. Before buying it, the kids blast off in the Bus to inspect the merchandise. They visit a young star, and then a middle-aged star, and then an old star, and decide that it's the star they want to buy. But when they give Horace their money, KABLOOM, the star explodes! Have they lost D.A.'s star forever?moreless
  • Goes Cell-Ular

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 10/18/97

    It's the night of the rock lovers' annual Granite Awards, and Arnold is about to become the first kid ever to win the coveted Rocky Award. He's so excited, all he's been able to eat for weeks are "Seaweedies" — and lots of them! When he arrives for the big event, he's totally nervous and totally...orange! Once the class determines that the orange isn't on Arnold's skin, they shrink down to explore what's underneath. They discover that his whole body is made of living cells — and they're all orange! But where is the orange coming from... and how can they make it go away?moreless
  • Gets Swamped

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 10/11/97

    The debate is intense: Should Walkerville get rid of the swamp by the river and replace it with a fantastic new shopping mall or should they build the mall somewhere else? Carlos, representing his class, is given the thankless task of persuading the town council to keep the smelly old swamp. If he loses the debate, he'll lose to Arnold's pesky cousin Janet! The kids learn that the swamp is an important habitat and natural water filter, but the council's not convinced until a flood occurs. The kids use the bus's capabilities to use the swamp's water absorption along with mini-dams to stop the flow of the water. The city council sees the important of the swamplands to nature and weather.moreless
  • Goes On Air

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 10/4/97

    "We got assigned air, and it's not fair!" The only contribution the kids in Ms. Frizzle's class have made to the Walkerville Space Capsule is an empty jar. "It's not empty," argues Keesha. "It's filled with air!" "But air doesn't do anything!" wails Ralphie. They discover that's not so when the bus shrinks and gets stuck inside the jar — and the class finds that their only hope for escape is... air!moreless
  • Goes To Mussel Beach

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 9/27/97

    The class is enjoying a normal summer day at the beach until Ms. Frizzle discovers a letter from "Uncle Shelby," who wants the class to look after his beachfront property. The kids soon discover that this "luxurious" accommodation is only a tiny spot on the shoreline. Why would anyone want to live in a spot where they're battered by waves at high tide and baked by the sun at low tide? To find out, Ms. Frizzle turns the kids into... mussels!?moreless
  • Rocks And Rolls

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    S 3 : Ep 12 - 11/30/96

    To celebrate the founding of Walkerville, Ms. Frizzle's class sculpts a stone likeness of its founding father, Captain Walker. But as they add the finishing touches, the statue tumbles down the mountain. Ms. Frizzle turns the bus into a giant boulder and the kids into rock kids. They bump down the mountain in a desperate attempt to save the statue. By the time they reach the celebration at the base of the mountain, they've been pushed, tossed, sanded, polished, and eroded by water — as has the statue, now the size of a soccer ball. The kids are sure they've let everyone down — until they look back at the mountain for the surprise of their lives! With Jessica Walter as "Ashley Walker-Club-Dupree."moreless
  • In The Rain Forest

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    S 3 : Ep 11 - 11/23/96

    The kids rent a rain-forest cocoa tree as an Earth Day present for Ms. Frizzle. But when the harvest arrives, there's only one shriveled cocoa bean and a note from Inspector 47 (Matt Frewer) reporting that, for reasons unknown, the tree isn't producing beans! DA and Tim become detectives as Ms. Frizzle takes the class to the rain forest to meet the impeccable inspector, who keeps a tidy, mud-free cocoa grove. What has Inspector 47 done to the rain forest's intricate web of life that is keeping the tree from making pods?moreless
  • Gets Planted

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    S 3 : Ep 10 - 11/16/96

    When Phoebe tries to grow a big vine for her school's production of Jack and the Beanstalk, all she ends up with is a stunted little sprout. To help out, Ms. Frizzle turns her into a real vine. But to grow tall, Phoebe needs to figure out how plants eat - fast! To unearth the amazing ways plants make their own food, the Friz and the kids shrink down and dig deep in a quest to root out the facts!moreless
  • Works Out

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    S 3 : Ep 9 - 11/9/96

    At this year's Teacherathalon, Ms. Frizzle squares off with Mr. Sinew (Dan Marino), a muscle-bound gym teacher. Sinew easily wins the first of the three events. Thinking there's a problem, the kids go inside Ms. Frizzle to check her out. The bus takes them through her lungs to the bloodstream, where they get pumped through her heart to her calf muscle. But when Frizzle's leg muscle collapses from the strain of winning the second event, the kids discover that her red blood cells can't get oxygen to her muscles fast enough! Can the kids help Frizzle recover in time to win the final race?moreless
  • Goes Upstream

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 11/3/96

    Ralphie wants to catch salmon to serve at the annual school picnic, but he can't find any at his favorite fishing spot. Where could all the salmon have gone? The kids are soon "Frizzled" inside a salmon bus that has an uncontrollable urge to head upriver. "Wait!" Ralphie cries. "We'll be late for the picnic!" But the salmon bus won't stop. Using its sense of taste and smell, it swims the long journey to a shallow freshwater stream miles away. Why has the bus, which thinks it's a salmon, gone to all this trouble?moreless
  • Makes A Rainbow

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 10/27/96

    There's something dazzling in Ms. Frizzle's closet: a magical, light-powered pinball machine! To win at this game, the kids have to light up all six colors of the rainbow. Now the race is on, as the class shrinks down and zooms into the pinball machine. Catch an eye-full of fun as they try to crack the secret code of what makes color so....colorful! The class attempts to play the game, and they accidently make six different versions of themselves, all seven basic colors. They will have to learn how to reflect all of the light to combine it into one beam to make their escape.moreless
  • Shows And Tells

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 10/20/96

    It's the International Show-and-Tell Competition and Arnold and DA are representing Ms. Frizzle's class. Arnold brings a webbed hoop, left behind by his great-aunt Arizona Joan, the famous archaeologist, but he has no idea what it is! Using clues from the hoop and Joan's journal, the kids make educated guesses about its uses. To test their hypotheses, Ms. Frizzle turns the bus into a "Supposatron," a magical device designed to evaluate guesses. Can the kids solve the puzzle before Arnold and DA take the stage? With Alex Trebek as the "Sportscaster."moreless
  • Gets A Bright Idea

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 10/13/96

    After the illuminating light show at Walkerville's old theatre, Arnold's bossy cousin Janet claims she could put on a much better show. Nobody believes her until Janet and Arnold mysteriously disappear. Ms. Frizzle leads her class into the darkened theatre to look for them. To shed some light on the problem, the kids become beams of light. Then, to their great shock, they see Arnold's ghostly image floating high above the empty stage! Is the theatre haunted? Is this just one of Janet's tricks? Or have they all been "Frizzled"?moreless
  • Ups And Downs

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 12/3/95

    A monster is sighted in Walkerville Lake! Wanda wants to be first to go under water to find it, but the bus refuses to sink! Meanwhile, Gerri Poveri, a journalist, who needs this monster to boost her sinking ratings, doesn't want Wanda anywhere near the lake. The kids discover there's more than one way to make a bus sink, and in the process discover the real monster of Walkerville Lake.moreless
  • Cold Feet

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 11/26/95

    The kids discover that Liz is missing — gone off to some mysterious place called Herp Haven. Why has she left them? Thinking Liz is in trouble, the kids go to Herp Haven, where they are transformed into reptiles in order to get inside and past Mr. Herps, the proprietor. Once the kids become reptiles, they find out what it means to be "cold-blooded" like Liz.moreless
  • Out Of This World

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 11/19/95

    Dorothy Ann, an amateur astronomer, discovers that an asteroid she's been tracking is on a collision path with Walkerville Elementary School! Before you can say, "Get messy!", the kids find themselves in outer space, trying to track the path of the asteroid and send it on another course before it destroys the school. The class discovers the difference between comets and asteroids and try to find a way to direct its rotation around the sun to make sure it misses Earth completely.moreless
  • Getting Energized

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 11/12/95

    The class plugs their Double-Trouble Wheel of Wonder, the hottest ride at the school carnival, when their electricity fails. No electricity, no ride! Carlos' younger brother Mikey helps them discover that there are other sources of energy besides electricity. Using wind, water, the heat of the sun, falling rocks, and their own muscle power, the class gets the Ferris wheel running.moreless
  • Flexes Its Muscles

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 9/18/95

    Ms Frizzle takes the bus (and class) to R.U. Humerus' extraordinary Body Shop for repairs -- but Ralphie seizes the opportunity to build a robot to do his chores. The class joins in and they discover how bones, joints and muscles work together to help us move. But they do the job a little too well, and the Ralphiebot starts to take over. Can Ralphie stop the robot before it's too late?moreless
  • Blows Its Top

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 12/11/94

    Ms. Frizzle presents the kids with the missing piece to their gigantic earth puzzle, an island that hasn't been discovered yet! Both Dorothy Ann and Carlos want to be first to discover the island so they can name it, but when they reach the spot where it's supposed to be, all they see is the sea. It takes a run-in with an explosive underwater volcano to help them understand how the earth makes new landforms.moreless
  • Kicks Up A Storm

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 12/4/94

    It's a hot and muggy day, and the heat's gone to Ralphie's head. The Friz asks "What makes the weather?" transforms the bus into a Weathermobile, and — in a wild ride through the skies — gives Ralphie the opportunity to become the meteorological superhero of his dreams.moreless
  • Goes To Seed

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 11/20/94

    The class' garden is going to be featured on the cover of PLANT IT! magazine. But Phoebe's garden plot is glaringly empty. Always eager to help, Ms. Frizzle shrinks the bus to the size of a ladybug, and the class is off and flying to Phoebe's old school to find a plant.moreless
  • Plays Ball

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 11/13/94

    Dorothy Ann loves her physics book. Ralphie loves baseball. Ms. Frizzle ingeniously combines the two in a page-hopping adventure through Dorothy Ann's book to a "Frictionless Baseball Game." The whole class learns about pushes and pulls in a remarkable day at a thoroughly unique ball game.moreless
  • Gets Ready, Set, Dough

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 11/6/94

    It's Ms. Frizzle's birthday, and a field trip to the bakery seems perfect... until the bus' shrinker-scope goes on the fritz, and the class experiences chemistry first hand as they get baked in a cake!moreless
  • In The Haunted House

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 10/29/94

    The class is thrilled about its upcoming concert at the sound museum... until they discover that the spooky mansion is more of a thrill than they bargained for. As they crept through the museum's creepy passageways, Ms. Frizzle's class experience sound firsthand.moreless
  • All Dried Up

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 10/23/94

    Always the caring soul, Phoebe goes on a crusade to save the animals and plants of the desert. After experiencing the unique ways in which desert plants and animals conserve water, find food and deflect the heat, Phoebe realizes that they don't need help after all.moreless
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