Elinor Wonders Why (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 13 - Bubble House/The Syrup Tree - full transcript

Elinor, Ari, and Olive wonder how an insect builds a home of bubbles. The rabbit and her two best buddies assist Farmer Bear in preparing maple syrup for a pancake festival.

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♪ Wherever I go ♪

♪ I see things

that I want to know ♪

♪ Wherever I am ♪

♪ I find things

I want to understand ♪

♪ Go and explore

listen and see ♪

♪ Just follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor wonders why ♪

♪ Why do birds sing

and how do they fly ♪

♪ Elinor wonders why ♪

♪ Why do ants march

and where do they hide ♪

♪ There's so much to learn

wherever you turn ♪

♪ Just listen and see

and follow your curiosity ♪

♪ Elinor wonders why ♪

♪ Ask a question

what will you find ♪

♪ Elinor wonders why ♪

♪ Just listen and see

come and wonder with me ♪

>> Oh, oh! Careful, Ari.

You almost jabbed your branch

through the wall of my leaf


>> Whoops.

Sorry about that, Olive.

I need it for my stick house.

I'll just get it out of--


>> You could just use the front


>> Oh.

Good idea.


>> Who is it?

>> Ari.

>> Ari who?

>> Ari sure it's me?

Open the door and see.


>> Good one.

(Imitating door creaking)

Oh, hi, Ari.

How nice to see you.

>> Nice to see you, too, Olive.

Would you mind if I dragged my

branch through your leaf house?

>> Not at all.

Let me open the back door for


(Imitating door creaking)

>> Love what you've done with

the place.

>> Thanks.

Stop by anytime.

>> My stick house is going to be


Have you figured out what you're

going to make your house with,


>> No.

I'm still not sure.

I'll just have to keep





What's this?

>> What did you find?

>> Look.


>> OLIVE: Ooh.

How did bubbles get on the tree?

>> Maybe the plant is washing

its hands?

>> Or maybe it's taking a bubble



>> Did those bubbles just


(Bubbles popping)

>> How can bubbles move on their


They aren't alive, are they?

>> Hmm.

We need more observations.

♪ Dun-dun-dun ♪


Let's use a magnifying glass.


>> OLIVE: A bug!

It was inside the bubble.

That's what made them move.

>> That is so interesting.


The bug has gone back in his


Bye-bye, bug.

>> RANGER RABBIT: Hey, kids.

Who's ready for some snacks?

>> Oh, yeah!

>> Yeah, yeah.

>> Woo!

>> Yay!

>> Woo.

>> Mom, Mom.

You'll never guess what we


>> Something exciting, I can


>> There were these bubbles on a

plant, and then we saw a bug

inside the bubbles.

>> I see.

>> Mmm!


>> Sounds like you found a

spittlebug, Elinor.

>> A spittlebug?

>> It's a bug that makes itself

a little house of bubbles and

hides inside.

>> Yes.

We saw the spittlebug hiding.

I wonder why it does that.

>> Maybe it likes to eat the


>> Maybe it's playing


>> RANGER RABBIT: Close, Olive.

The spittlebug makes its bubble

house to hide from creatures

like birds that might want to

eat it.


>> No!

>> Animals use all kinds of ways

to stay safe in nature.

>> Huh.

>> Wow.

>> Well, enjoy your snacks.

>> Thanks, Mom.


A bubble house.


I just had a bubbly idea.

I'm going to make my house out

of bubbles!

Just like the spittlebug.

>> Awesome.

>> Cool.

A bubble house.

I want one, too.

>> Yeah.

Me, too.

Uh, but how do we make a bubble


>> Hmm.

I'm not sure.

But let's go get my bubble stuff

and see if we can figure it out.

>> Okay.

Here we go.

>> Mmm.




>> Okay.

First, we pour liquid soap into

this water...

...and we mix it up.

Now, we pull out the bubble wand

and blow.


>> Cool.

>> Can I try?

>> Sure.

(Water sloshing)


(Bubble popping)

>> Oh.

>> Try blowing a little more


(Water sloshing)


>> That's an awesome bubble,


>> Thanks, Ari.

Your turn.


>> I did it!

I made a bubble.

>> But how do we make a whole

house of bubbles?

>> Hmm.

>> Yeah.

>> Well, one thing we need for

sure is more bubbles.

(Water sloshing)

(Everyone exhaling)

♪ Bubble-bubble-bubble ♪

♪ We're going to

blow some bubbles ♪

♪ To build a bubble house

like a spittlebug's ♪

♪ And then we'll get inside ♪

Let's try blowing lots of

little bubbles, and then put

them together to make the house.

♪ Bubble-bubble-bubble ♪

♪ We'll blow lots of

baby bubbles ♪

♪ A whole pile of bubbles

and try to get inside ♪

That didn't work.

>> Let's try again.

>> Let's make one big bubble

this time.

♪ Bubble-bubble-bubble ♪

♪ Let's blow

a big, big bubble ♪

♪ A humongous bubble

and try to get inside ♪

>> That didn't work, either.

>> Now, what do we do?

♪ Bubble-bubble-bubble ♪

♪ We blew lots of bubbles ♪

♪ But we couldn't build a house

like the spittlebug does ♪

♪ To get inside ♪


>> How's the bubble-building


>> Well, the good news is we

blew a ton of bubbles.

The not-so-good news is we

couldn't build a bubble house.


>> First, we blew a lot of

little bubbles.

But we couldn't get them to

stick together.

>> Then, we blew a really

enormous bubble, but it popped

when we tried to get inside.


>> I guess we'll never make a

bubble house, and I really

wanted one.

>> Me, too.

>> Me three.

(Kids sighing)

>> Hmm.

So, you wanted to make a bubble

house just like the spittlebug

did, and you tried to make it

using your bubble wands?

>> Yep, but that didn't work.

>> Well, did you observe how the

spittlebug makes its bubble


>> What do you mean, Mrs.


>> Sometimes, to learn from

nature, it's important to

observe how an animal does

something, not just what they


>> I never thought about it that

way before.

We saw the bubble house that the

spittlebug made, but we never

saw the spittlebug making the

bubble house.

We need even more observations.

Come on.

Let's go.

There's the bubble house.

>> But where's the spittlebug?

>> It's probably inside.

>> (Whispering) Let's be really,

really quiet and watch closely.

>> Right.

We don't want to scare--


(In raised voice) There he is!

>> Shh.

>> (Whispering) Whoops.


>> Let's see what it does.


He's making bubbles for his

bubble house.

>> But how?

He doesn't have a bubble wand or


>> Oh.

The spittlebug doesn't blow

bubbles into the air and then

stick them together.

It blows right into the goopy

liquid to make the bubbles.

>> Whoa.


That makes lots of really tiny

bubbles already stuck together.

>> And they don't all pop when

he crawls inside.

>> That's it!

That's what we should do.

Come on.


>> Oh, hi, Elinor.

Well, what did you learn?

>> The spittlebug makes lots and

lots of really tiny bubbles.

>> But it doesn't use a bubble


>> It blows right into its

bubble stuff.

>> Huh.

That is so interesting.

>> Yeah, but how are we going to

blow air into our bubble stuff?

>> Good question.


>> It sounds like you're on the

right track, kids.

I'll be right back.

>> All this talking about

bubbles has made me thirsty.



Hits the spot.


>> Ari, you just gave me an


>> Wait, Elinor!

Don't drink the bubble stuff.

It's soap.


(Inhaling and exhaling)

(Bubbles gurgling)

>> OLIVE: I don't think she's

trying to drink the bubble

stuff, Ari.

She's using the straw to blow

air into the bubble stuff, just

like the spittlebug did.

It's working.

>> Let's help.

>> Wow.

Look at those bubbles.

We can definitely make a bubble

house like that.

Keep going.

(Bubbles gurgling)

>> Wow.

>> Bubble-o-rama!

Now, that's what I call a bubble


>> Try to get inside, Elinor.


>> We did it!


That's some impressive


But where's Elinor?


>> Here I am.


>> I didn't see you at first.

How did you make such a great

bubble house?

>> We blew air into the bubble

stuff, just like the spittlebug


>> And that made a whole bunch

of small bubbles stuck together.

>> It's like you said, Mrs.


We looked closely to learn how

the bug does it in nature, and

that's how we got the idea.

>> Well, nice work, scientists.

>> Thanks, Mom.

Who wants to come in our bubble

house with me?

>> Don't mind if I do.

>> But where's the door?

>> Oops.

Wait a second.



>> Oh, there it is.

>> I don't know why we didn't

see it before.

(Kids giggling)

>> I'm a little spittlebug,

hanging out in my bubble house.



>> Aw, look.

Three cute spittlebugs.

(Everyone laughing)

>> Welcome to outside story



Did you all bring snacks?

>> Yep.

>> All right, everyone.

Let's get started.

All animals living on land need

air to breathe.

That's true for you, me, and

this beetle here.

But this little beetle loves to

explore underwater.

>> Why does the beetle go

underwater, Ms. Mole?

>> That's where the beetle finds


>> ELINOR: There sure is a lot

to explore down there.

>> OLIVE: Oh, look.

Why did he come back up?

>> He needs to breathe air.

(Inhaling and exhaling)

Just like we do.

>> But how will he find his


>> Some special beetles have

figured out a way to bring air

down with them.

They make a bubble.

>> ARI: Can they breathe air in

the bubble?

>> Why, yes, he can.

>> That is so interesting.

Now he can stay underwater

longer and find food.

>> Yes.

These beetles can stay

underwater a very long time,

exploring for food and having


It's a pretty smart trick to

take what you need with you.

The beetle took its air bubble,

and we took a snack.

>> Ms. Mole, don't you want some


>> Well, I did bring some.

>> Yeah!

(Everyone laughing)


Pancake Day is finally here.

>> Yeah, Ari.

I love it.

Ms. Llama makes the best


>> ELINOR: Mmm.

I can't wait to eat a big stack

of them.

I'm going to eat this many


>> Oh, yeah?

Well, I'm going to eat

even more.

>> Well, Olive, I'm going to eat

the biggest stack ever.


(Everyone laughing)

>> It's great that everyone's

helping out for Pancake Day.

>> There's Sally Beaver and her

mom, making tables and chairs

for everyone.

>> ELINOR: They are so good at


It's amazing.

>> Let's go ask Farmer Bear when

it'll be time to eat some


>> Yeah!

>> Yeah.

>> Let's go.

>> Farmer Bear?

>> Where is Farmer Bear?

>> I don't know.

Let's go ask my mom.

>> Hi, Mom.

>> Oh, hi, Elinor.

>> Have you seen Farmer Bear?

>> Farmer Bear?

She's probably making the syrup

for the pancakes.

>> She's making the syrup?

>> Whoa.

You can make syrup?

I thought you just got it at the



>> Well, somebody has to make

the syrup, Ari.

Syrup comes from maple trees.

Farmer Bear has a grove of them

right over there.

>> Huh.

I never thought about where

syrup comes from.

>> It comes from trees?

That is so interesting.

>> Let's go check out the syrup


Maybe we'll find Farmer Bear


>> Yeah.

We need more observations.

(Birds chirping)

>> I don't see Farmer Bear


>> My mom said that syrup comes

from these trees.

But how does that work?

>> Good question.

Maybe the syrup comes from a

fruit on the tree.

>> Yeah.

Like an apple or an orange.

>> Maybe, but I don't see any

fruit on these trees.

Maybe they make the syrup from

the leaves of the tree?

>> Mmm, but it's winter, and

none of the trees have any


>> Maybe the syrup is on the


There's only one way to find


>> OLIVE: Ari?

>> Uh--

(Clicking tongue)


The tree doesn't taste like


>> Ari--


(Clicking tongue)

>> Hmm.

Now my mouth tastes like tree



>> Do you want to go back and

get some water?

>> Nope.

I have just the thing: an

emergency juice box.



That's better.

>> Ari, you're always so


>> So, where does the syrup come


(Someone whistling)

Hi, Farmer Bear.

>> Oh, hello, kids.

>> We were looking for you.

>> Oh?

How come?

>> We heard you were making

syrup, and we wanted to see how

you did it.

>> Also, do you need help

tasting it?

I'm an expert syrup-taster.


>> Well, first we have to make

the syrup, Ari, and that's why

I'm here in this tree grove.

>> My mom said that syrup comes

from these trees, but we can't

figure out how.

We don't see any fruits or


>> And the trees don't taste

like syrup.

Ari tried it.

>> Yuck.

It doesn't taste like syrup at



>> Well, that's because the

syrup doesn't come from anything

on the trees.

It comes from what's inside the


>> Oh.

>> Come with me.

I'll show you.

>> What's that watery stuff

coming out of the trees?

>> I didn't know trees had juice


>> That liquid is called tree


We use the tree sap from these

trees to make maple syrup.

>> Cool.

>> Watch.

>> Wow.

So, that liquid is inside the

tree all the time?

>> Just like the juice in my

juice box.



>> But tree sap is a little

different from those juices,

because it comes from inside the

tree, not from any fruit like

oranges, apples or grapes.

>> Does that hurt the tree?

>> Not if you make just a little


>> Farmer Bear, why do trees

have tree sap inside?

>> Good question, Elinor.

Trees use tree sap to spread

water and sugar inside the


It's how the tree gets what it

needs to stay healthy.


I think I have a picture in my

tree book.


The tree sap spreads to all the

different parts of the tree.

It travels inside of tiny little

tubes in the trunk and branches.

>> Whoa.


>> Oh.

The tubes look like the straw in

Ari's juice box.

>> Wow.


I'm a tree.


(Everyone laughing)

>> Trees are more than just

leaves and fruit on the outside.

There's a lot happening inside

of them, too.

Now, who wants to help me gather

all this tree sap?

>> KIDS: Me!

>> Can I try the tree sap,

Farmer Bear?

>> Sure.

Go ahead, Ari.

>> It tastes like water.

Maybe a tiny bit of syrup


>> Hmm.


But Farmer Bear, if the tree sap

is watery and not sweet, how can

you make sweet syrup out of it?

>> Well, it's time to head to

the sugar shack to find out.

>> Welcome to my sugar shack.

This is where we turn the tree

sap into syrup.

We cook it for a long time, and

that makes it thicker and

thicker and sweeter and sweeter,


>> ...it turns into delicious


>> That's right.

This one cooked for a long time,

but now it's been sitting and

cooling off since this morning.

>> Is it ready yet?

Should I taste it?

You know, just to check.

No pressure.

>> Ha-ha.

I think it's ready.

>> Woo-hoo!

>> It's ready.

>> It's so good.

>> Hmm.

I'm not totally sure.

Can I try some more?


>> Okay.

Now, it's time to fill up the

bottles so everyone can have

syrup with their pancakes.

>> Awesome.

Do we need to fill up all the


>> Oh, yes.

That way, everyone will have

their own bottle of syrup.

>> Oh, hi, kids.

Hi, Farmer Bear.

>> Hello, Ranger Rabbit.

>> Hi, Mom.

We're helping make the syrup.

>> That's wonderful, Elinor.

Uh, Farmer Bear, Ms. Llama has

just about finished making the

pancakes, and she wants everyone

to eat them while they're hot.

>> Oh.

Uh, well, but we haven't

finished pouring the syrup into

the bottles.

>> Uh-oh.

It's going to take a long time.

>> Maybe we should eat the

pancakes without syrup this



>> Pancakes without syrup?

>> That's like having toast

without butter.

>> Or a sandwich without


>> Or a pickle without peanut


>> Huh?

>> I like pickles with peanut


>> Let's focus on the syrup.

Can we help you get it into


>> I don't know.

I only have one ladle.

>> Hmm.

How can we get the syrup into

the bottles faster?



I think I have an idea.

I'll be right back.


Here's what I'm thinking.

Trees use little tubes to spread

tree sap to all the different

parts of the tree, right?

Well, what if we build something

that spreads the syrup to the

bottles, like this?

>> Oh, that's a great idea,


That will help us fill lots of

bottles all at once.

Let's try it.

>> Wow!


>> Thank you, Sally and Mrs.


Now, let's spread the syrup.

♪ Syrup, syrup

syrup from the trees ♪

♪ Let's fill the bottles

to share with you and me ♪

♪ Inside a tree

tree sap moves about ♪

♪ Let's learn from this

to spread the syrup out ♪

♪ Pour it in the top

and watch it move down ♪

♪ Just like a tree

it all spreads around ♪

♪ Syrup, syrup

syrup from the trees ♪

♪ Let's fill the bottles

to share with you and me ♪

>> Who's ready for syrup?

>> Yay!


>> Mmm.

>> Mm-hmm.

>> Mmm.

It's so good.

>> I'm so ready to eat these


>> Ari, wait.

Don't forget the syrup.

>> Aw, thanks, Elinor.

You're so sweet.

Huh, huh?

(Everyone laughing)