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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Weird Al Returns As The Learnerer In Another New Episode Of WordGirl

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What do WordGirl and Weird Al Yankovic have in common?  Confused?  The answer is simple.  In yet another brand new episode of WordGirl, Weird Al has returned once more to voice the villainous Learnerer.  Yes, that’s really his name.  In the first half of the brand new Episode #504, WordGirl has to face off against the Learnerer after he uses the Amazing Rope Guy to learn how to rob places each time the Amazing Rope Guy is arrested.  When the Amazing Rope Guy keeps getting arrested, he finally says that being caught over and over again was becoming  repetitive and admits to WordGirl that The Learnerer is behind the robberies, and that he was being used so that the Learnerer could figure out how to get away with his robberies.

So what does WordGirl do?  Of course!  She swoops in and catches The Learnerer at the airport as he’s getting ready to fly away with his ill-gotten gains.  He mocks her at first, beating her again and again, joking how it was becoming repetitive beating her at every move.  So WordGirl comes up with an idea on how to beat The Learnerer.  Rather than attacking him, she makes him attack her.  He ends up wearing himself out trying to come up with a first move, since it’s so alien to him.  He’s so worn out that when the Amazing Rope Guy tunnels out of jail again, he knocks The Learnerer out when he comes up right underneath him.  This allows our superhero to arrest both villains and send them back to jail once more.

With the day saved once more, audiences are treated to a brand new episode of everyone’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word?”  In today’s new episode, the contestants have to define the word, Console.  Phil wins, winning him a rocket powered official WordGirl merry-go-round. 

Getting back to the day’s new episode of WordGirl, the second half of Episode #504 sees WordGirl having some problems.  The brand new episode, “Gift Pony” sees WordGirl suddenly weakened after receiving a hand made gift from her friend, Violet.  It’s a brooch that she hand made from a piece of a meteorite that fell to Earth.  The brooch has the same effect on her that Kryptonite has on Superman, making it almost impossible to fight all of her arch enemies.  She’s so woozy that even the villains notice and take full advantage of the situation.  That is until she finally realizes that it’s the brooch that’s weakening her.  As Becky, she tells Violet that the brooch was causing her to have an allergic reaction, but she wanted to wear it because Violet took the time to make it.  She says since Violet took so much time and effort to make it, she should have it and that it looks even better on her.  Violet shows her understanding and appreciation for Becky’s honesty and care for her feelings by giving her another brooch.  This one isn’t hand made.  And Becky gets better quickly, allowing her to go back out and fight all the town’s villains and beat them.

Having saved the day once again, the show shifts back to the bonus round of “May I Have a Word?”  In the bonus round, Phil properly connects the definition of Console to its correlating picture, winning him an official Word Girl microphone cleaning kit.  The whole episode closes out as Captain Huggyface shows the meaning of the word, Squeamish

This new episode of WordGirl might have already aired in some markets, but not others.  To check when your PBS Kids affiliate airs this episode, go online to http://www.pbskidsgo.org.  

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Chuck Goes Good Or So It Seems In New WordGirl Episode

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WordGirl and her trusted sidekick Captain Huggyface are back with another great brand new adventure for audiences.  In this brand new adventure, WordGirl and Captain Huggyface have to face the evil Dr. Two-Brains again.  And this time, he’s not alone.  Also in Episode #503, Granny May is back with another evil plan.  And of course, Bo Handsome and his trio of contestants are back for another fun episode of everybody’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word?”

The first half of Episode #503 opens as Chuck the Evil Sandwich Making Guy is buying (yes, buying) items for sandwiches.  Much to her surprise, Chuck even shows WordGirl his receipt for everything when she accuses him of stealing them.  In her surprise, WordGirl asks Chuck what happened to his mom’s station wagon.  He tells her that he had always yearned for a lunch wagon just like in the old west.  So he converted the station wagon into his own lunch wagon from which he could sell his sandwiches.  After he leaves, Word Girl and Captain Huggyface fly off to keep watch over the city.  While they keep vigil, WordGirl tells Captain Huggyface how she has yearned to tell her friend Violet about her secret identity.

Meanwhile, on the other side of town, Dr. Two-Brains and his henchmen are driving, when they spot Chuck’s lunch wagon loaded with cheese.  So he pursues it in a plan to hijack it.  Just as Chuck thinks he’s getting away from Dr. Two-Brains, his lunch wagon breaks down, allowing Dr. Two-Brains to catch him.

While all of this is going on, Becky and Violet are at Becky’s house, sharing their dreams.  When Violet tells Becky of her dreams, Becky tells her that she should pursue her dreams.  Then Violet asks Becky about her dreams.  And just as Becky is about to reveal her secret identity to Violet, she’s told by one of the townspeople about Dr. Two-Brains’ plot.  So she has to race off to stop him.  It turns out that not only does she have to stop Dr. Two-Brains, but also Chuck, as he proves that he’s not all good after all.  The confrontation comes down to an old west style standoff, leading to the defeat of both Dr. Two-Brains and Chuck.  Having beaten both bad guys again, WordGirl heads back home to where Violet is still waiting for Becky.  Luckily, Becky/WordGirl is able to come up with a line about where she has been and what she was going to tell Violet, instead of her secret identity, protecting both herself and Violet.

As the first half of the episode ends, audiences get another brand new episode of “May I Have A Word?”  In today’s new episode, the contestants have to define the word, Clutch.  Emily gets the definition right, and wins an official WordGirl dune buggy.

The show moves back to the second half of the episode after this intermission.  In the second half of Episode #503, Granny May is back again.  This time, Granny May has devised a plan that would have made Mr. Big proud.  She has developed a plan to make accessories for everybody’s pets.  What the townspeople don’t know is that Granny May’s pet accessories are in reality mind control devices.  She is using them to get everybody’s pets to steal from their owners for her.  There’s even a reference to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’ video in this episode that parents will love as the pets’ minds are controlled.  The morning after everybody’s stuff is stolen, Granny May sinks to a new low, trying to frame Becky’s friend, Violet.  So Becky sets out to try and figure out what happened.  Later that night, she does discover what happened when her dad takes Captain Huggyface’s accessory to wash it.  He puts it around his neck to carry it to the wash, when his mind is suddenly controlled.  So WordGirl follows Mr. Botsford and discovers that Granny May really is behind the thefts.  Thankfully, one of the cats there unwittingly sits on Granny May’s mind controller, releasing all the animals from their trance.  Everything is returned and Violet’s name is cleared.

The show moves back to the bonus round of “May I Have A Word” from here, where Emily correctly associates the definition of Clutch to the proper picture, winning her a sand dune to go with her new dune buggy.  Captain Huggyface closes out the episode by showing what the word, perturbed means.

This episode may have aired in some markets and not others.  Audiences should check their local listings to see which new episode is scheduled to air each day.

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New WordGirl Episode Is Very Meaty, Will Leave Fans Seeing Double

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Everybody by now has seen and/or heard all of the news about the current teacher strike in Chicago.  And standardized testing has been a hot topic among the educational community as far back as one can imagine.  These issues, along with so many others have put educational in more danger than before in recent years.  Thank goodness for PBS and PBS Kids.  PBS Kids offers a number of outlets for kids and adults that are both family and kid friendly as well as educational.  One of the most popular of those outlets is PBS Kids’ hit series WordGirl.  Now after a bit of a wait, fans of WordGirl are getting new episodes.  In the second of the new upcoming episodes, WordGirl has to face off against another old foe in The Butcher once again.  And Lady Redundant Woman returns.  She comes back.  Get the joke?  And of course, everybody’s favorite vocab building game show is back with another new episode, too.

In the first half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against The Butcher once more when he discovers the source of his powers.  “The Meaty Dimension” reveals where The Butcher got his powers thanks to a book left by his father, Kid Potato.  The Butcher uses his new discovery to lure WordGirl’s sidekick, Captain Huggyface into the Meaty Dimension and trap him through a portal.  At first, The Butcher overpowers Captain Huggyface and traps him in a pork chop prison in the Meaty Dimension.  Much to his surprise and dismay, Huggyface’s appetite allowed him to eat all of the meat in the Meaty Dimension, and escape it through the same portal in which he was lured through in the first place.  He gets back to the real world and defeats The Butcher with the help of WordGirl’s friend, Violet.

After the first half of Episode #502, everyone’s favorite vocab building game show, “May I Have A Word” returns for another new episode.  This time, the contestants must define the word “Perspire.”  Tommy properly defines it, winning him an official WordGirl Launch Ramp.    

In the second half of Episode #502, WordGirl has to face off against Lady Redundant Woman in a classic evil twin plot.  When Lady Redundant Woman starts making evil copies of all of the city’s officials, Becky’s mom, who is the city’s Assistant D.A., is suspected of robbing a bank when her evil copy is actually behind the crime.  So the real Mrs. Botsford goes on the run, making WordGirl gripe about the situation. Finally, Mrs. Botsford comes face to face with her evil copy and manages to convince the police about which one is the fake when she asks both Mrs. Botsfords a question to which only the real Mrs. Botsford would know the answer.  All ends well with Lady Redundant Woman being arrested and the real city officials being released from prison. 

May I Have A Word closes out once the second half of Episode #502 ends.  Having won the first round, Tommy has to properly connect a picture to the definition of perspire.  He correctly links the two, winning him official WordGirl Frozen Treats. 

Audiences get one last vocabulary word as the show closes.  Captain Huggyface closes it out, as he always does with one parting word.  This episode’s parting word is BlitheBlithe means happy or joyous.  It’s one more word for young audiences to learn at an early age as they build their vocabulary knowledge.

WordGirl airs at different times on PBS Kids affiliates across the country.  So audiences should check their local listings to find out when this and the other new episodes will air.

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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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Wordgirl returns with a new episode Monday

PBS Kids’ hit vocab building based show, Wordgirl, returns next week with another brand new half hour episode.  Wordgirl is facing two familiar foes in next Monday’s new episode.  First, Wordgirl has to face off against the evil boy genius, Toby, in “Wordbot.”  And then Mr. Big is up to his old tricks, taking over the townspeople’s minds.  This time it’s so they’ll build a gianttributeto him in “Mount Rushhere.” And what episode of Wordgirl is complete without everyone’s favorite vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  That’s right.  Bo Handsome and his young contestants are back with another new episode, too.  We’ve got a first look at Monday’s new episode right here int his edition of Reel Reviews.

“Wordbot” takes the first half of Monday’s new episode.  In this episode, Wordgirl faces off against her old foe, Toby, the evil boy genius.  As long time fans know, Toby faces off against Wordgirl a lot.  Ironically, he is also quite devotedto her.  But this time, Toby is so fed up with losing to Wordgirl that he builds his own version of little literary superheroine, that he dubs, “Wordbot.”  Wordbot can do everything Wordgirl can.  There’s just one problem.  In commanding Wordbot to show her devotion to him, Toby makes Wordbot toodevoted.  In fact, she’s more than justdevoted.  She turns jealous whenever Toby talks to Wordgirl, thus causing his evil plan tobackfire on him.  It leads him to have to workwith Wordgirl in order to get the batteries out of Wordbot and stop her.  And of course, what episode featuring Toby is complete without his mom catching him? 

In the second half of Monday’s new episode, Wordgirl has to face off against another old foe in “Mount Rushhere.”  In this new episode, Wordgirl has two problems to deal with.  While in disguise as Becky Botsford, Becky and her friends discover that all the adults in town have suddenly disappeared one day.  What they don’t know is that their parents’ minds have been taken over by Mr. Big.  Mr. Big has taken control of the adults’ minds so that they’ll build atributeto him that he has dubbed, “Mount Rushhere.”  His idea is that everyone will “rush here” (thus the name) to see histribute.  In the process, he tells his assistant, Leslie, that he’ll sell everyone that comes lots of souvenirs and become rich.  Of course, when Wordgirl realizes that all the adults have fallen under another of Mr. Big’s mind control schemes, she and Captain Huggyface come and destroy his latest mind control device, releasing the adults from his control.  Having Captain Huggyface with her yet again gave her theadvantagethat she needed to defeat him and destroy Mr. Big’stribute.  In the process of everything, Becky learns an important lesson herself.  She learns just how important it is to have her parents around and to have limits.

And of course, what episode of Wordgirl is complete without the hit vocabulary based game show, “May I Have a Word?”  In Monday’s brand new episode, the contestants have to define and show an example of the word, “shatter.”  Just as one of the contestants it about to define it, Captain Huggyface swings in and accidentally shatters the contestants’ podiums.  Because of that, the judges allow her to answer.  Young audiences will love not only the familiar antics of Captain Huggyface in this episode, but the always funny prizes that the contestants win.  So stay tuned Monday for that and the adventures of Wordgirl for another brand new episode, only on PBS KidsGo!  Check local listings to find out when the episode airs in your area.  Families can also watch it for free online at http://pbskids.org/go

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