Last week, our country voted in one of the biggest elections in the nation’s history. In honor of the election, PBSKids offered its own election themed programming throughout the week. One of those election themed programs was a brand new episode of adventures from everyone’s favorite little literary super heroine, WordGirl. The new episode saw Becky face off against her archrival Toby in the first half of the show. The second half of the show saw WordGirl face off against The Butcher once again. In the process she learns that sometimes, she herself can tend to ramble.
The first half of WordGirl’s new episode, “A Vote for Becky” opens in the Botsford household. Becky’s mom is prepping for the upcoming election. She is running as a candidate to be re-elected as the local District Attorney. Mr. Botsford is helping by manning the phones, calling all of Mrs. Botsford’s supporters. Meanwhile, Becky heads off to school, where she ends up running in the school’s election. Much to her surprise, she isn’t running unopposed. Toby, boy genius, reveals that he’s running, too. And he uses a bugged pen that has a microphone in it to steal her campaign promises for his own. In the end, it’s neither Becky nor Toby who wins. It is in fact Becky’s friend, Violet who is named the new class president. In her case, she is what would be considered a write-in candidate. Becky doesn’t lose entirely though, as Violet names Becky her Vice President. To top it all off, it turns out that Mrs. Botsford has been re-elected as the local District Attorney.
In the second half of WordGirl’s new episode, Becky has to face off against another of her old arch rivals in the form of The Butcher. Becky stops The Butcher in the process of robbing another business. The failed robbery turns into a lesson for The Butcher on learning how to better articulate. He tells WordGirl that in his last robbery, he had been accused of rambling because he was getting words wrong. So he takes a class to learn how to articulate. Afterward, he goes out and robs an armored car. Enter WordGirl to stop him. He shows her that he’s learned how to articulate. And then he proceeds to rob a store. When she tried to stop him, The Butcher accuses her of rambling. The butcher escapes and goes back to his class to tell everyone about having learned how to articulate. What they don’t know is that it’s really The Butcher in disguise. That is until WordGirl is revealed as a special speaker in the class. WordGirl proceeds to ramble again, causing The Butcher to lose his cool and blow his cover. This leads WordGirl to finally defeat and capture him.
These two episodes make up the newest episode of WordGirl. It may or may not have aired yet in your market. If not, audiences can keep an eye out for it online at http://pbskids.org/wordgirl.
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