Elinor Wonders Why (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 5 - The House that Ants Built/Special Places - full transcript

While struggling to build a pillow building, Elinor, Ari, and Olive notice nearby ants building a dirt hill home in accord. Elinor and Olive help Ari look for his missing bouncy ball.

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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 ♪

"The House That Ants Built!"

"Ooh, I just love carrying


Come on, you guys!"

"Stay in line, everyone!"

"This stick is too heavy for


"Then, I'll help you carry it!"


>> Here they are, Elinor!

More cushions for our couch

cushion castle.

>> Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!


And a few more blankets.


>> Thanks, Olive!

Thanks, Ari!

>> This is going to be the best

couch cushion castle ever!

>> Hmm...


Let's get all the pillows we


I have so many different

ideas for the castle!

It's going to have a slide...

and a telescope, and a big

window for ant-watching!

>> OLIVE: I've got some ideas,


I want a room for my crayons,

a room for my sparkles,

and a giant room full of books!

>> You mean a library?

>> Yes!

My very own library!

>> Ooh!

I have ideas, too!

I want a drawbridge, a


Oh, and a bubble fountain!



>> Okay!

Let's start building!



>> Whoops, sorry!

>> Aww...

>> Hey!

>> Ah!





>> Oh, come on!



>> Olive, that's supposed to be

my slide.

>> But it's the perfect shape

for the wall of my crayon room.

>> But I need it for my slide.

>> You guys, let's not fight

over the pillows.


>> Whoops.

Ari, are you okay?

>> Never mind!

Pillow fight!

>> ALL: Pillow fight!

>> Take that!






>> Oof, that was fun!

>> Aww, but we haven't finished

building our castle!

>> Yeah, we kept bumping into

each other, and we also kept

taking each other's cushions by


>> And I had trouble

lifting the big cushion.

>> Hmm, we need a better way to

build our castle.

What do you think, Elinor?


What are you looking at?

>> Whoa!

Are those ants?

>> Uh-huh.


They're all carrying something.

>> They're carrying things, just

like we were carrying our


>> Cool!

>> I wonder why they're doing



I know!

Let's follow them outside.

Mom, we'll be outside.

>> Boing!



>> Whoa!

>> Wow, look at that!

>> There are so many!


Where are they carrying all that


>> Can I take a look?

>> Sure, Olive!

>> Hmm...


>> Wow!

>> Here, try the magnifying


♪ La, la ,la, la! ♪

>> Oh!





>> Wow!

Look at that!

>> This is why the ants were

carrying all those sticks and


They're building something.

>> It looks like they're

building a hill.

But how can those tiny ants

build something so much bigger

than them?

>> It's an anthill!

I read about it in one of my


I'll go get it!

>> Why do they even need an


I mean, what's going on in


Oh, look, you can see the

ants going in and out of the


>> "Look at this big hill we


And I'm just a little ant!"

>> If you're an ant, then I must

be an uncle!

>> Look!

I'm waving my ant-enna!

>> And I'm not wearing p-ants!


>> I've got it!

It's here in my Nature Book.

There's a part here that's all

about ants!

Lots of ants live in big places

called anthills.

Most anthills are made of dirt,

but some also use sticks and

pieces of grass.

>> ELINOR: Ooh...

>> OLIVE: Anthills have rooms

for sleeping, rooms for taking

care of babies...

(Babies crying)

...and even special places where

they keep the trash.

>> Wow!

Is that all happening inside


>> Yup!

Most of the anthill is


It's kind of like we're looking

at the roof.

>> Hello, little ant.


That is so interesting!

But how can these tiny ants

make a hill so much bigger than


>> Yeah, especially when we

can't even build a pillow

castle, and we're big!

>> Hmm....

I'm not sure.

>> Hmm...

Let's watch the ants, and maybe

we can figure it out!

We need more observations!

Look, the ants walk in a line,

back and forth from the anthill.

>> Yeah, some are moving towards

the anthill, but others are

walking away from it.

>> Oh, the ants are leaving to

get things and then they're

bringing them back.

>> And they aren't bumping into

each other, like when we got

all the cushions from around

Elinor's house.

>> Yeah, and look!

That ant is having trouble

carrying that stick.

It's so big.

>> ARI: It got help!

>> The ants are helping each


More ants means that they can

carry bigger things!

>> Yeah, I wish someone had

helped me with that big couch

cushion before.

It was really heavy!

>> Hmm.

>> Wow, they make the anthill


>> And they don't fight over the

things they bring!

Helping each other is the only

way these tiny ants can build

this amazing anthill.

>> They also share their

building material.

>> We didn't do that.

We tried to build too many

things and we ended up taking

from each other, instead of

helping each other.

That's it!

I know how we're going to build

our castle!

>> How, Elinor?

>> We have to act like ants!

Okay, ant builders, let's build

our castle!

>> Awesome!

♪ It's everyone ♪

♪ It's not just me ♪

♪ Who builds a castle

carefully ♪

♪ 'Cause when you stop

and think it through ♪

♪ It helps to know

just what to do ♪

♪ So, if I need

the biggest cushion ♪

♪ We'll be helping you

with the pushing ♪

♪ 'Cause doing it

together's fun ♪

♪ And three ants can lift

more than one ♪

♪ Let's work together ♪

♪ Let's work together ♪

♪ That's the way

we do it better ♪

♪ An ant can't do it

all alone ♪

♪ But we can do it...

together! ♪

>> We worked together, just like

the ants!

>> Yeah!

We helped each other, and we

shared the pillows.

>> And we made an amazingly

awesome, incredible ant hill



>> I got my slide!

>> I got my library!

>> And I got my drawbridge!

>> We did it!

But ants, we've got two more

piece to move!

>> Oh, yeah!


>> Perfect!

>> Awesome!

>> An ant watching window -

now, we can see our little ant


All ants into the castle!


>> Yay!

(All laughing)

>> Miss Mole, Miss Mole, we have

a question about ants.

>> I do love questions from my

little scientists.

>> We saw some ants walking

together and they looked so much

alike, we thought they might be


>> We wondered, do ants even

have brothers and sisters?

>> That's a wonderful question,

and it reminds me that it's time

for our story, which is all

about ant families.

Ants do have brothers and

sisters, and mothers, too!

>> Why's that book so big, Miss


>> It has lots of "ant-swers" in


Get it?!

About ants!

(All laughing)

I'll show you.

>> ARI: Wow.

>> Ant nests are really big

under the ground.

There's room for thousands of


>> Why is that ant so much

bigger than the other ants, Miss


>> MISS MOLE: Because that big

ant is the mother of the smaller


>> ELINOR: Does she take care of


>> MISS MOLE: Actually, the

little workers take care of

their mother.

She's called the queen ant.

>> Does she get to wear a crown?

>> No, but she gets to spend all

day with her helpful children.

>> ARI: All those ants are

brothers and sisters?

>> MISS MOLE: Yes!

They are one very big family!


>> I wonder what it's like to

have a queen.

>> If my mom was queen, I'd be a


>> You're all princes and

princesses to me!

(Wind gusting)

>> ELINOR: "Special Places."

(Wind gusting)


Anybody in here?

>> Let's go, Elinor!

We're almost at Ari's house.

I can't wait!

Ari say he has a brand new ball

he wants us to play with.

>> We're here!



>> ARI: I'll get it!



Thanks for coming over.

Bye, Mom!

Bye, Dad!

I'm going out to show my friends

my brand new super bouncy ball!

Let's go play, c'mon!



My brand new super bouncy ball!

>> Ooh.

>> Wow.

>> How high do you think it'll


>> As high as my trunk can



>> As high as this tree?

>> Let's find out.


>> I'm ready.

>> Ready.

>> Uh, I thought it would go


>> Wait, that's not my bouncy


It's an... apple!

>> No wonder it didn't bounce.

>> That was more like a "splat"!

(All laughing)

>> How'd that get into my


And where did I put the ball?

It must be somewhere in my room.

I'll go check.

Be right back!

>> Uh, we'd better come help you


>> Yeah, it's not always easy to

find stuff in your room.

>> Well, what do you mean?

My room is really neat!

>> That's because your furniture

is on the ceiling and all your

stuff falls here on the floor.

>> I can't help it!

I'm a bat, and bats sleep on the




>> It's pretty messy.

How can we find the ball in


>> How can we find anything in


>> I usually just root around

until I find something.

Just start digging.

Are you here?


Oh, yeah!

But that's not the ball.

>> Okay.

Ooh, this is cool, but nope.

>> Hmm...

Is this the bouncy ball?

Uh, no.

>> Uh...


>> A-ha!


Well, the good news is the

ball's not here!

>> Why is that good news?

>> If we know where the ball

isn't, then we know where the

ball is!

>> Really?


>> Somewhere else!

So, now we know!

>> But "somewhere else" could be

anywhere else in the whole


It could take years to find it!

>> Well, I haven't been

everywhere in the world, so it's

got to be around here...


>> I have an idea!

Let's go back to all the places

you've been today and see if we

can find the ball.

Think back, Ari.

When was the last time you had


>> Hmm...

I had it this morning when I got


Then, I got dressed.

And then, I went outside to play

with my ball!

>> Okay, let's go outside!

>> So, you came out to the yard

with your ball.

What did you do out here?

>> Let's see.




These apples are so good.

Want one?

>> Not right now, thanks.

>> Maybe later.

>> Mmm...


I remember now!

My dad asked me to rake the


>> Hmm...

Do you think the ball is in that

leaf pile?

>> There's only one way to find


Are you thinking what I'm


>> I think so!

>> ELINOR: Yay, yay, yay!

Let's go!




Well, that was fun.

>> Mm-hmm.

>> But we didn't find the ball.

Where else can we look?

>> I don't know.

I go to a lot of places.

>> Hmm...

>> OLIVE: You can't remember

where you left it?

>> Ooh.

>> ARI: I'm trying.

(Olive and Ari giggling)

>> Ooh!

It's a bird's nest.

You're making a special place to

keep your eggs nice and safe,

aren't you, Mama Bird?

>> Wait, I remember something


Before I could rake the leaves,

I had to go find the rake behind

the house.

>> Then, maybe that's where you

left the ball?

>> Come on, let's look!


I remember this is exactly where

I was standing when I did my

super-amazing "toss and spin"



Whoa, whoa!


>> Um... nice catch?

>> Thanks!

It's even more impressive with

an actual ball.


I didn't catch the actual ball,


I dropped it around here.

>> Maybe it rolled over this


>> Hey!

There's no ball, but here's the


>> This rake?


>> That rake is broken.

>> Oh, right, now, I remember.

Our rake is broken, so I had to

borrow another rake from our

neighbor Mr. Dog.

There it is!

>> Okay, let's see...

You went outside with the ball,

then your dad asked you to rake

the leaves, but the rake was

broken, so then you went to

borrow a rake from Mr. Dog.

>> But don't forget, I did the

spin and catch move, too.





>> Maybe we should look for the

ball at Mr. Dog's house!

>> And we can return Mr. Dog's


>> I bet he would like that!

>> Let's go!


>> ELINOR: Hi!

>> Oh.

Hey, kids, what's up?

>> I brought back your rake,

Mr. Dog.

Thanks for letting me borrow it.

>> You're welcome, Ari.

It's nice to have everything

back in its proper place.

There we go.

>> Uh, Mr. Dog, did I leave my

new super-bouncy ball here?

>> Oh, sorry.

I haven't seen your ball.


>> Uh, Mr. Dog, why do you

bury your chew-toys?

Aren't they for chewing?

>> Good question, Elinor.

We dogs love to put things away,

and that's why we bury them.

We keep them safe in their

special place.

That way, we know exactly where

to find them when we need them!

>> Another special place?


That is so interesting!

>> What is it, Elinor?

>> I'm figuring something out.

I wonder...

♪ To keep something safe ♪

♪ Keep it in a special place ♪

♪ Put things away ♪

♪ Save it for another day ♪

♪ I saw birds build a nest

to hold all their eggs ♪

♪ And Mr. Dog, he found a spot

for a toy he likes a lot ♪

♪ To keep something safe ♪

♪ Keep it in a special place ♪

♪ Put things away ♪

♪ Save it for another day ♪

If you put things in a special

place, you won't lose them.

>> That's right, Elinor.

It's important to put things

away, so you can find them



>> Yeah, I should have put my

ball in a special place.


Hmm, speaking of special places,

my stomach is a special place,

and right now, it's empty!

I could use another delicious


Wait a minute!

Ball, apple, special place...


I remember where I left the


>> Bye, Mr. Dog!

>> Goodbye, kids!

>> Ta-da!

>> The ball!

>> We found it!

How did it get there?

>> I must have put it down in

the apple basket when I reached

for an apple this morning.



>> Yay!

>> OLIVE: Whoo!

>> ELINOR: Wow!

>> Super amazing toss-and-spin




>> Okay, my turn!

>> Wait!

First, I have a favor to ask.

>> What is it, Ari?

>> I know it's important to put

things away in a special place.

Will you help me with something?

>> Of course, Ari!

>> We thought you'd never ask.

♪ To keep something safe ♪

♪ Keep it in a special place ♪

♪ Put things away ♪

♪ Save it for another day ♪

♪ I saw birds build a nest

to hold all their eggs ♪

♪ And Mr. Dog, he found a spot

for a toy he likes a lot ♪

♪ To keep something safe ♪

♪ Keep it in a special place ♪

♪ Put things away ♪

♪ Save it for another day ♪

>> Wow.

My room has never looked this

good before.

>> Yeah, the floor and the


>> Everything is in its special


>> Now, we can finally go play

with the super bouncy ball!

>> Uh oh!

I forgot where I put the ball!

>> BOTH: Ari...

>> Just kidding!

Here it is, in a special place I

made just for my ball!


>> Super amazing toss-and-spin



(All laughing)