Elinor Wonders Why (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 30 - Olive's Library/Nature Walk - full transcript

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♪ ELINOR: Wherever I go,

♪ I see things that
I want to know. ♪

♪ Wherever I am, ♪

♪ I find things that
I want to understand. ♪

♪ Go and explore,
listen and see, ♪

♪ just follow your
curiosity. ♪

♪ ALL: Elinor wonders why! ♪

♪ ELINOR: Why do birds sing
and how do they fly? ♪

♪ ALL: Elinor wonders why! ♪

♪ ELINOR: 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. ♪


♪ ALL: Elinor wonders why! ♪

♪ ELINOR: Ask a question,
what will you find? ♪

♪ ALL: Elinor Wonders Why! ♪

♪ ELINOR: Just listen and see,
come and wonder with me.


ELINOR: "Echo Location"

ELINOR: There.
All done.

OLIVE: Me too.

How's your tent
going, Ari?

ARI: All set!

I think I'm finally getting the
hang of camping.

MR. BAT: [efforts]
Let me just...


ARI: Uh, Dad, do you
need some help?

MR. BAT: [sigh] Thanks, Ari.
That would be great.

I haven't quite
figured this out yet.


ARI: Try now Dad.

[baby sounds]

MR. BAT: Thanks, kids.

You know, at home we
bats usually sleep...

hanging from the ceiling,

so setting up tents and
sleeping on the ground...

is all very new to us.

ELINOR: That's what makes
camping an adventure!

MR. BAT: You're exactly
right, Elinor.

Camping is all about
being out in Nature

and doing things

ARI: And, let's not forget,
having tasty camping snacks!

OLIVE: [giggle] Ari liking
snacks is not very different.

ALL: [laugh]

ELINOR: My favorite
part of camping...

is to go exploring
in a new place.

MR. BAT: Well, we'll go
for a nice walk,

just as soon as I...

finish setting up...
this tent!

MIRI: [giggle]
MRS. BAT: [giggle]

MR. BAT: Ok, I think we
know what Miri's...

favorite part of
camping is:

watching her dad try
to set up the tent.

MIRI: [giggle]

MRS. BAT: Oh dear.

Why don't you kids go play
and I'll help Mr. Bat.

ARI: Thanks, Mom!

should we do?

ELINOR: I just learned
a really fun game,

want to play it?

ARI: Yeah!

ELINOR: It's called
"Marco Polo."

It's kind of like tag, but you
play with your eyes closed.

ARI: With your
eyes closed?

ELINOR: Yeah, here's
how it works.

If you're "it" you wear this
blindfold so you can't see.

OLIVE: Wait... if
you can't see,

how do you tag
anyone else?

ELINOR: That's
the fun part.

If I'm "it" and I
say "Marco",

then everyone else
has to say "polo."

ARI: Oh, I get it.

So, when you hear
them say "polo",

you can tell where they are,
without seeing them.

OLIVE: Sounds fun.

Can I be "It" first?


OLIVE: Wow, I can't
see anything!

ARI: Did you
see that?

OLIVE: nuh-uh

ELINOR: [giggle]
ARI: How about that?

OLIVE: Nope.

ARI: Wow, that's a
good blindfold.

ELINOR: Ok, but can
you hear us?

OLIVE: Yeah!

I can hear that you
are right there.

ARI: Can you
hear me?

OLIVE: Yeah!! I can
hear you way up there!

No flying, Ari!

ARI: Okay.

KIDS: [giggle]

ARI: I like
this game.

ELINOR: Let's play!

KIDS: [efforts]

OLIVE: Ok, here I come!


ARI: Polo!

OLIVE: Marco!

ARI: Polo!

OLIVE: Marco!

ARI: Polo!

OLIVE: Hmmm...


OLIVE: Marco!


Got you!

But you don't feel like

Oops, it's a bush!

KIDS: [giggle]

that's hard!

ARI: I want to try!

ARI: Get ready,
here I come.

[bat noises]

ARI: Let's see...
where are you...

[bat noises]

Got you!


You didn't even
say Marco.

ELINOR: Yeah, how did
you find me so fast, Ari?

ARI: I don't know...
I just kind of...

heard you were
over here?

ELINOR: But I was
totally quiet!

I never said Polo.

ARI: Hmm,
you're right.

I'm not sure.

Let's try again?

ARI: Marco!

OLIVE: Polo!

[bat noises]

KIDS: [giggle]

[bat noises]

[bat noises]

[bat noises]

ARI: Got you!

OLIVE: But... how?

ELINOR: Is the
blindfold working?

ARI: I couldn't
see anything!


I wonder how you were
able to find us so well.

OLIVE: Yeah, even when
we were super quiet?

How did you do it?

ARI: I dunno. I can just...
hear where things are?

MR. BAT: Good news kids!

The tent is all set up, so
it's time to go for a walk!

KIDS: Yay!

Hurray! Awesome!

MRS. BAT: Here, pass these
out to your friends, Ari.

OLIVE: Looks good.
What is it?

ARI: It's called
"trail mix."

It's got chocolate
chips and other stuff.

other stuff?

ARI: I dunno.

I only eat the
chocolate chips.

KIDS: [giggle]
So funny.

ARI: [eating]

ELINOR: I love going for
a walk in a new place.

MR. BAT: Well, I'm excited to
show you all something...

really extra cool.

OLIVE: Wow, it's
so beautiful here.

MR. BAT: Look at those
smooth, tall rocks.

ELINOR: Wow, I've never
seen rocks like that before.

ARI: Whoa... Wah...
Oh noooo!

Oh noooo!

ARI: Who said that?

MR. BAT: Listen to this,

and you'll figure it
out for yourself.

MR. BAT: Hello!
[echoing] Hello!

ELINOR: [gasp]
Hello I'm Elinor!

Hello I'm Elinor!

KIDS: [giggle]

OLIVE: [trumpet]


ELINOR: How is
that happening?

ARI: It's like the rocks
are talking back to us.

MR. BAT: Haha,
in a way, Ari.

What you're hearing is the
sound of your own voice...

bouncing off those rock over
there and coming back to us.

That sound is
called an echo.

[echoing] an echo

OLIVE: Echo. I like
that word.

ELINOR: Exploring
is fun!

Exploring is fun!

ELINOR: Hmmm. That
is so interesting.

ELINOR: I shouted with
my eyes closed,

and from the echo I could tell
where the rocks are.

OLIVE: That makes sense.

When the shout comes back,
it comes from the rock.

So, you can hear
where it is,

even if you have
your eyes closed.


The echo lets you hear
where the rocks are.

OLIVE: Sooo...

If we were playing
Marco-Polo with the rocks,

that would help.

OLIVE: Marco!

[echoing] Marco!

OLIVE: Polo!

[echoing] Polo!

OLIVE: The rocks
are that way!

ELINOR: Wait, is that
how Ari found us...

when we were playing
Marco Polo...

and we didn't
make any sounds?

Were you using
echoes, Ari?

ARI: I don't know,
was I?

OLIVE: I didn't hear
him making any echoes.

He found us without
even saying "Marco".

ARI: I just...

heard where
you were.

[gasp] Maybe I have
a special bat-sense?

MR. BAT: Actually,
Ari, you do.

You have a
special bat echo.

ARI: Really?
I do?

I mean, of course I do.

Uh, how does it work?

MR. BAT: Bats can make
a special noise...

that bounces off of
things to make echoes.

ARI: A special noise?

Like this?

[nonsense sound]

ALL: [giggle]

MR. BAT: Haha. Well,
that's a funny noise.

I mean a special noise that
most animals can't hear.

ELINOR: Wow, really?

MR. BAT: Yes!

Only bats can hear it and we use
it to tell what is around us.

By listening to the echoes, we
can tell where things are.

ELINOR: Why can
bats do that?

MR. BAT: Well, lots of bats
like to fly at night.

Can you guess why this special
echo would be helpful?

ELINOR: Huh....
ARI: Hmm.....

OLIVE: I know!
Because it's night...

and you can't see in the dark!

It's like closing your eyes
or wearing a blindfold.

MR. BAT: That's right.

This special
echo helps bats

find things in the
dark, like food.

ARI: Ooh, night snacks!

KiDS: [giggle]


KIDS: We say " Echo!"

The rock says "Echo!"

We say "Hello!"

The rocks say "Hello!"

ELINOR: ♪ I can use
my eyes to see ♪

♪ what is right in
front of me. ♪

OLIVE: ♪ But bats can
make a special sound. ♪

♪ To help them know
what's all around. ♪

ALL: ♪ Bats use echos
and special ears. ♪

♪ So, they can tell
what's far and near. ♪

♪ We say "Echo!"
"Echo!" ♪

♪ The rock says "Echo"!
"Echo!" ♪

♪ We say "Hello!"
"Hello!" ♪

The rocks say "Hello!"

[stomach gumble]

MR. BAT: You don't
have to echo that Ari,

I know what that means:

it's time for dinner!

ALL: [giggle]

OLIVE: Hmmm... I
think mine is ready.

ARI: Hmm, mine needs
another minute.

I like it extra

MR. BAT: You mean
extra burnt?

ARI: No, I like it
burnt just right.

ALL: [giggle]

MRS. BAT: It's so nice to
have a cozy campfire dinner.

OLIVE: [gasp]
That reminds me!

I wanted to read my book
by the cozy campfire.

But, I left my
book in my tent.

OLIVE: And... it's
pretty dark over there.

ARI: I'll get
it for you.

Cause you know, Bats are great
at getting around in the dark.

[bat noises]

ARI: Here you go,

MR. BAT: And what
else did you find?

ARI: An extra bag
of trail mix.

Like you said dad,
bats are great at

finding food in
the dark!

MR. BAT: I'll echo that!

Bats are good at finding
food in the dark!

ALL: [giggle]

ARI: [munching]


Why did those birds
go into that cave?

MS. MOLE: They're
flying home.

They live in that cave.

OLIVE: But it's so
dark in there.

How do they know
where to fly?

ARI: Helloooo!

ALL: [giggle]

MS. MOLE: Some animals
are really good...

at getting around
in the dark.

Instead of using their eyes,
they use their ears.

ELINOR: How do
they do that?

MS. MOLE: I'll show you!

MS. MOLE: This little
bird is a swiftlet.

It is a very special
bird that builds its nest...

inside a dark cave.

OLIVE: Watch out,
little bird!


How does the swiftlet
know where to go?

MS. MOLE: Because it's
dark, a swiftlet can't

use its eyes to see.

It uses its ears to
find its way.

ARI: It can see with
its Ears?

That's so cool!

Good Idea!

But not quite.

As it flies, it makes chirps
and then hears the chirps

bouncing off the
walls of the cave.

ARI: That's called
an echo.

MS. MOLE: That's right.

The echo bouncing back tells the
swiftlet where the walls are,

and that's how
it gets around.

ELINOR: Wow, it
hears where to go!

OLIVE: Look!

It has babies!

MS. MOLE: And soon
these baby swiftlets...

will learn how to
use their ears...

to fly safely in
the dark cave too.

KIDS: Wow!


ELINOR: "Ears to You"

ELINOR: What a great
day for a field trip!


[giggle] That fits great!

MS. MOLE: [grunts]
Is that you Elinor?

Can you see somewhere I
can put all of this down?

ELINOR: Here, let
me help Ms. Mole.

This is a good spot.

MS. MOLE: [efforts]


You can't be too

Thanks, Elinor.

ARI: You can't!
OLIVE: Of course you can, Ari.

ARI: No way, Olive.
You can't do it.

ARI: Can't!

ARI: Can't!

ARI: Can't! Can't! Can't!

ELINOR: [giggle] What are
you two talking about?

OLIVE: Ari thinks you can't
hear sounds underwater,

but I think you can.

ARI: You can't hear things
with all that water.

It's like covering
your ears.

MS. MOLE: Well now,

this sounds like an
interesting question [laugh]

ARI: What did you say, Ms.
Mole?! I can't hear you.

about now?

ARI: Oh, now I hear you.

I can't hear with
covered ears.

OLIVE: But maybe being
underwater isn't the same thing.

ELINOR: Ari, Olive...

we don't have to
argue about it.

The lake is right there.

We can just go investigate
and find out.

OLIVE: Good idea, Elinor!

ARI: Let's go test it.

MS. MOLE: Okay scientists
don't forget to have fun!

That's what science is!

ELINOR: Ok, who wants
to try it first?

ARI: Oh oh!
I'll do it.

ELINOR: Ok, take a deep
breath and hold it,

then go under the water.

We'll make a sound and you
tell us if you can hear it.

ARI: Okay.
[holding breath]

ELINOR: Ready?

OLIVE: [inhale]

ARI: [gasp] I could
hear you!

See? I knew you can
hear underwater.

ELINOR: [giggle]

ARI: Although it is harder to
hear with water in my ears.

OLIVE: [giggle]

I'm the one who said you
can hear underwater,

you said we couldn't.

ARI: I did?

Well it is not that
easy to hear,

so I guess we
were both right.

KIDS: [laugh]

ARI: Ugh C'mon!

I got water
inside my ear,

and now I can't hear
as well out of the water.

Get out of my ear!

OLIVE: Look, it's a
little frog.

That's so cute.

speaking of ears...

I never noticed before,
but do frogs even have ears?

ARI: Ack!

If they do...

how do they keep
water out of them?

ELINOR: It doesn't look
like it has ears.

But it's hard to tell
from so far away.

[frog croaks]

OLIVE: Why don't we
get a closer look?

I know! Let's play
Follow The Frog!

ELINOR: Great idea.

We need more

ARI: Ahhh, Huh?

Where did
everyone go?



ARI: Ribbit!

Follow that Frog!

OLIVE: Ribbit!
ELINOR: Ribbit!

OLIVE: Ribbit!
ARI: Ribbit!

[frog croaks]

KIDS: Ribbit! Ribbit!

Ribbit! Ribbit!

OLIVE: Ribbit!
Where'd the frog go?

ARI: I dunno. I didn't
see where it went.

[frog croaks]
ARI: Huh?

OLIVE: The frog! It's
that way, let's go!


KIDS: Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!

Ribbit! Ribbit! Ribbit!

ELINOR: Aha! There it is!

OLIVE: I heard the
frog sounds...

because my ears helped
me hear from far away.

ARI: Yeah, yeah I
could hear it too.

KIDS: [giggle]

[frog croaks]
ELINOR: [gasp]

It doesn't look
like the frog has any ears.

ARI: You're right.

It doesn't have big
ears like Olive,

or long ears
like you, or...

...wiggly ears like me.

ELINOR: That's
sooo interesting!


But if they don't have ears,
does that mean frogs can't hear?

[frog croaks]
KIDS: [gasp]

ARI: [gasp] Check it out,
it's a frog party.

OLIVE: Ooooh fun...


[frogs croaking]

ELINOR: They seem to
be talking to each other.

I think frogs
can hear!

ELINOR: Hello froggies!

[frogs croaking]


They sure seem
to have heard me.

But I wonder...

how can frogs hear if they
don't have any ears?

OLIVE: Aw... too bad they went
away before we could find out.

MS. MOLE: Kids!
Snack Time!

ARI: Snacks?!

I definitely heard that!



MS. MOLE: How did the
investigation go?

Did you figure out if you
can hear underwater?

ARI: We were both right,
you can hear under water,

only just not as well.

MS. MOLE: Very interesting.

MS. MOLE: You look like you
have another question, Elinor.

ELINOR: Well, after we
did our experiment,

we followed some frogs and we
saw them talking to each other.

But it doesn't look like
frogs have ears.

So how could they
hear each other?

MS. MOLE: I wonder...

Have you ever noticed
what my ears look like?

ARI: Wow Ms. Mole!

It looks like...

You don't have
ears, either!

OLIVE: But we know
you can hear us.

MS. MOLE: I sure can,

ELINOR: [gasp]
You do have ears!

They're so small, I
can barely see them.

MS. MOLE: That's because
they're different from yours.

You see, not every
animal has ears...

or hears the same
way as you do.

ELINOR: That's so interesting!

Maybe frogs do
have ears,

but we didn't see them because
they are different from ours.

MS. MOLE: Exactly!

You all have ears that
are easy to see.

Big ones, long ones, or...

...or wiggly ones.

But some animals have ears that
are much harder to spot...

like mine.

ELINOR: Hmm... Why are your
ears hidden by fur Ms. Mole?

MS. MOLE: Moles, like me, live
in tunnels underground.

My ears are small
and protected by fur

so dirt doesn't
get into them.

KIDS: Cooooooooool...

OLIVE: If Ms. Mole's ears are
good for hearing underground,

maybe frogs have ears that are
good for hearing underwater?

ELINOR: That's a
good idea, Olive.

Maybe you're right.

[ frog croaks ]

ARI: Let's look at
the frog again!

Thanks for the snacks,
Ms. Mole.

KIDS: Thank you!

MS. MOLE: You're
welcome kids...

come back to tell me
what you discover.

ELINOR: Let's Follow
That Frog!


OLIVE: There it is!

ARI: Oooo!

ELINOR: Look at that
round patch of skin.

I hadn't noticed
it before.

Could that be
the ear?

OLIVE: Hmmm... It doesn't
have a little hole...

like Ms. Mole's
ear does.

ARI: Maybe...

that patch of skin is
covering the hole?

ELINOR: [gasp]

Do you mean maybe the
frog's ear is behind it?!

OLIVE: But why?

Why would it cover
its ear?

ARI: I'll get a
closer look.

ARI: Ack!

I got water in
my ear again!

I hate when
this happens.

ELINOR: I know!

Maybe their ears are
covered to keep water out!

ELINOR: That's it!

Look, no water
is getting in.

OLIVE: You're right,

We figured it out.

Woo hoo!



KIDS: [giggle]


ELINOR: Ms. Mole, Ms.
Mole, Ms. Mole!!

We think the frog
does have ears,

but they're covered
by a patch of skin.

ARI: But they can
still hear.

We heard them talking
to each other.

OLIVE: Yeah, the patch
of skin keeps water...

from going into the ear.

MS. MOLE: Well, aren't you all
the most clever scientists.

Here, have a look...

MS. MOLE: Animals
need to hear...

in all different
kinds of places.

So their ears work
in different ways...

to help them
do that.

Frog ears help them
hear both underwater

and out of the water.

MS. MOLE: Fish
live underwater...

so their ears are
inside their bodies,

and birds fly in the air,

so their ears are
covered in feathers

to protect them
from the wind.

MS. MOLE: All these
animals have special ears

that let them hear
where they live.

Just like how your
ears help you hear,

and do things that rabbits,
bats and elephants do!

ELINOR: That's so amazing!

ARI: My ears can help
me be funny. Wah...

OLIVE: How can your
ears make you be funny?

ARI: Like this!

KIDS: [giggle]

OLIVE: ♪ Big ears!

ELINOR: ♪ Tall ears! ♪

ARI: ♪ Cute-and-wiggly
bat ears! ♪

KIDS: ♪ If we counted
all the kinds of ears, ♪

♪ We'd be counting
ears for years! ♪

ELINOR: ♪ It seems like
they have none at all, ♪

ARI: ♪ But frogs have ears
that hear your call. ♪

OLIVE: ♪ You might be
surprised to know, ♪

KIDS: ♪ They work
on water or below. ♪

OLIVE: ♪ Big ears! ♪

ELINOR: ♪ Tall ears!? ♪

ARI: ♪ How-cool-are-these
frog ears?? ♪

ALL: ♪ If we counted all
the kinds of ears, ♪

♪ We'd be counting
ears for years! ♪

ELINOR: ♪ Bunny ears
are tall and they ♪

♪ turn this way
or that-a-way. ♪

OLIVE: ♪ I can pull my
big ears wide, ♪

♪ But they're hard
to hide! ♪

OLIVE: ♪ Big ears! ♪

ELINOR: ♪ Tall ears! ♪

ARI: ♪ Covered-by-fur
mole ears! ♪

KIDS: ♪ If we counted
all the kinds of ears, ♪

♪ We'd be counting
ears for years! ♪

OLIVE: Wow, we learned so
much about ears today.

ELINOR: Yeah, we sure
learned an earful.

ALL: [laugh]

[frog croaks]
KIDS:Ribbit! Ribbit!

ARI: Oh Elinor! Ribbit!


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