WordGirl Celebrates Election Season With All New Episode

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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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PBS Kids Celebrates Tobey’s Robot Summer Week June 11th – 15th

PBS Kids is celabrating a special week of Word Girl episodes next week.  From June 11th – 15th, PBS Kids is celebrating “Tobey’s Robot Summer Week.”  All week, the network will feature a different Word Girl episode starring the evil boy genius Tobey, and his robots.  Kicking the whole week off Monday will be the classic episode, “By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robot.”  It’s joined by the companion episode, “Road Rage, Anger and Fury.”  And of course, what Word Girl episode is complete without episodes of May I Have a Word?

In the first of the week’s Tobey themed episodes, Becky’s mom sets up a playdate with Tobey, while she’s relaxing with Bob.  When Tobey comes in, he tells Becky that he’s made a new game of skill and savvy.  It’s called, “By Jove, You’ve Wrecked My Robot.”  It’s a funny little takeoff of the classic board game, Battleship.  After being confronted by Becky about the game, Tobey admits that his game is asavvy ruse to try and destroy the city.  Tobeyrealizes that Becky is Wordgirl during their dialogue.  In the process, Beckyrealizes that Tobey nearly tricked her into admitting his suspicions.  As the pair are going back and forth, Becky’s mom comes in.  When Becky tries to catch Tobey and get her mom to see Tobey’s robots, it turns out that he’s hidden them.  So becky’s mom doesn’t see them…at first.  Becky tells Tobey that hiding them was asavvy move.  When Becky’s mom comes back in, she catches Tobey just in time.  And as in every Tobey-centric episode, Tobey is hauled away by the ear by his mother.

In the companion episode to the week’s first classic Tobey episode, Wordgirl has to face off against Lady Redundant Woman in “Road Rage, Anger and Fury.”  The episode starts off at the Botsford househld.  Tim Botsford is practicing to be a crossing guard.  Meanwhile, Becky has made a mechanical double of herself so that she can slip away and change into Wordgirl easier.  The double comes in handy when the Botsfords decide to go see Pretty Princess on ice.  On the way there, though, they get stuck in a traffic jam.  It just so happens that Lady Redundant Woman is stuck in the traffic jam, too.  When Lady Redundant Woman gets fed up with the traffic jam, she makes copies of herself to clear out the traffic.  Mr. Botsford tries to get around Lady Redundant woman’s car, but it’s anobstacle.  Lady Redundant Woman’s copies becomeobstacles, too.  Becky gets Bob to activate her mechanical double so that she can slip out and take on Lady Redundant Woman.  When the two meet face to face, Lady Redundant Woman proceeds torantabout the traffic always making her late.  And then she goes on to any number of tangents as sherants.  Just when things sem bleakest for Wordgirl, she yells out asking about any crossing guards.  Her dad hears it and comes to the rescue.  He takes on his crossing guard duties, leading Lady Redundant Woman to be arrested.

Both of the episodes in Monday’s edition of Wordgirl are great episodes.  But no Wordgirl episode is complete without everyone’s favorite vocab building gameshow, May I Have a Word?  In the first half of the show, the contestants have to find the best example of the wordsmudge.  Phil wins that round.  As a result, he has to define the word.  He gets the definition right.  As a result, he wins a giant cutout of the show’s host, Bo Handsome. 

The whole thing wraps up with Captain Huggyface showing the definition of the wordattentive.

Monday’s episode of Word Girl is just one of an entire week’s worth of special Tobey themed episodes of Wordgirl.  So parents and kids who have PBS Kids can stay tuned for lots more all week.  And to get a full schedule and more information on Wordgirl, parents and kids can log on to http://www.pbskids.org.

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