Education is at a pivotal point right now. With schools undergoing so many changes right now, educational television is so much more important than ever before. Thank goodness for PBS Kids. PBS Kids has some of the most enjoyable and worthwhile educational programming around. One of the really great programs that PBS Kids offers now is WordGirl. WordGirl teaches kids the value of literacy all while saving her town from evil masterminds. It’s a wonderful mix of action and learning. And now, even more new episodes of fun and learning are coming to PBS Kids. The first of those episodes sees WordGirl face off once again with the evil Dr. Two-Brains and Ms. Question.
The first of the upcoming new WordGirl episodes, “Seize The Cheese”, is a great episode not only because WordGirl faces off once more against her nemesis Dr. Two-Brains, but also because of its emphasis on getting kids physically active. As this episode opens, everybody is outside savoring the cool Fall weather. That is everybody except Becky Botsford (A.K.A. WordGirl). Becky is indoors playing video games. So her dad confiscates her video game controller and makes her go outside. Meanwhile, Dr. Two-Brains’ henchmen have broken him out of jail. Since they did, he agrees to take them apple picking in return. To his henchmen, apple picking is the best way to savor the weather.
When Dr. Two-Brains tastes the combination of cheese and apples at the orchard, Dr. Two-Brains uses his “Cheese Seizer” to seize all of the nearby cheese. So Captain Huggyface, WordGirl’s trusted sidekick follows the trail of cheese by himself since Becky is busy with her parents. In the process, Captain Huggyface gets himself captured, leaving WordGirl to have to search for him herself. Luckily, Captain Huggyface manages to escape and grab the “Cheese Seizer” to capture Dr. Two-Brains and his henchmen just before WordGirl gets there.
Having saved the day, Episode 501 moves to the equally famed vocab game show, “May I Have a Word?” In today’s episode, the contestants have to define the word “apprehend.” Phil gets the definition right and wins a Captain tangent pirate costume.
Getting back to WordGirl, the second half of Episode 501 sees WordGirl have to face off against Ms. Question once again after defeating what she thinks is all of Toby’s robots. While she’s busy with the robots on one side of town, Ms. Question is robbing a bank on the other side of town. When the narrator forgets Ms. Question’s name, she is puzzled at how to become better known. So she comes up with a plan to become a more infamous super villain. She takes one of the robots that WordGirl hadn’t finished off in her previous battle, and uses it to block the bridge that everybody is using to go to the beach. She tells WordGirl that she’ll ask everybody a riddle. And those who answer her riddles will get to cross the bridge. Anyone who doesn’t will be stranded. WordGirl challenges Ms. Question to a riddle contest. Ms. Uses the Riddle of the Sphinx to try and beat WordGirl. Thanks to T.J. though, WordGirl defeats Ms. Question and allows everybody to go to the beach.
After this episode ends, audiences are treated to the final segment of “May I Have A Word?” As the show closes, Phil, having won the first segment, must now identify the right picture that defines the word, “Apprehend.” He picks the right picture, and in turn, wins a Captain Tangent pirate ship to go with his Captain Tangent pirate costume. And to close out the show, Captain Huggyface offers one last vocabulary word in “anxious.” He defines it, giving kids one more vocabulary word.
WordGirl airs on PBS Kids nationwide. Each PBS affiliate airs the show at a different time. So parents and kids should check their own local listings to see when this new episode will air.
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