Ashley Brown wants to have a fun and exciting career. Can she be MADE into a strong and spontaneous circus performer?
It’s been days since Billy struck out in the Junior High Baseball Championship Game and he hasn’t stopped moping yet. If only he had the chance to do it all over again. Lydia rightly points out that Billy should just forget about it and move on - 'You can’t change the past.' Not yet, Billy agrees, but with the advancements in science it should only be matter of time before time travel IS possible - and he’ll be able to go back into the past and rectify things.
Inspired by a class lesson on pirates, Johnny and Rod start shaking down the other students for their milk money, terrorizing the school. But when Earl hears Lydia pass judgement on the two thugs - Those guys are low down, dirty sneaks. They’re no better than Earl. - he loses it.
It’s Career Day and a variety of career exhibits have set up shop throughout the school. Marcus feels sorry for Buford. No one seems interested in his janitorial exhibit. Marcus guilt’s the gang into visiting by reminding them how helpful Buford has been in their past adventures. Pleased by their visit, Buford enthusiastically tells the kids about his general duties. He gets into plumbing, explaining such things as clogs, traps, sewer gas, etc. But the kids show no interest. Buford picks up on this and slinks off, his feelings hurt.
It’s student election time and Billy and Ruby are both vying for the coveted title of school president. Though initially friendly, their rivalry heats up and, before you know it, the mud starts flying.
Lydia allows her stint as hallway monitor to go to her head. Super-bossy, she delights in setting down rules and regulations for the others to follow. Earl finds the whole situation endlessly amusing - until Lydia vows to crack down on individuals holding overdue library books. She wouldn’t dare, thinks Earl, glancing over at the cobweb-covered pile of library books lying beside him. Would she?
When Ruby’s poor eating habits result in an in-class fainting spell, Nurse Cutlip takes it upon herself to lecture the kids on the importance of proper nutrition, exercise, and rest for the promotion of health.
Spring has sprung and it’s time for the annual Flying Rhino Junior High Garden Bonanza! The classroom becomes a sea of plant pots as Mrs. Snodgrass teaches the kids about growing everything from crops to Venus Fly Traps. As part of the lesson, each student is given the opportunity to plant and take care of his or her own crop.
When Marcus inadvertently breaks the sink in the boys’ bathroom, he bolts, allowing Johnny to take the blame. But when he hears that Johnny may face suspension, Marcus instantly regrets his decision not to step forward. Of course, regretting his inaction is one thing. Actually having the courage to step forward and admit to his mistake is something else.
Curiosity gets the best of Billy, Marcus, and Ruby when they try to sneak a peek in Lydia’s class journal. Lydia, understandably upset, accuses them of snooping and informs them that her journal is private. Besides, who’s to say she’s been writing about them? She could be writing about anyone - her parents, her Uncle’s cat, Earl. Earl?
It’s time for the annual Flying Rhino Junior High Games in which students compete against one another in the glorious field of athletic competition. Everyone has been practicing their skipping and pogoing and yo-yoing...well, almost everyone. Billy, a natural athlete, feels he doesn’t need to practice.
Ask anyone what Billy’s favourite movie is and they’ll tell you: Daredevil Donnelly and the Amazon Adventure. He’s seen it twenty times. And with all of the hype surrounding the cheeseball classic release to video, Billy has caught Daredevil Donnelly fever all over again, suddenly patterning himself after the film’s dashing hero.
The hot topic of the day is the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Billy, Lydia, Marcus, and Ruby are doing their part to help protect the environment by cleaning up the school. Earl, watching from the boiler room, scoffs, Foolish children! Who cares about garbage? He hands Raticus a pizza box with the remains of his lunch. Raticus throws the box into an old coal storage room which is already stuffed with garbage. He quickly slams the door shut. The Phantom cackles, Out of sight, out of mind!
A fire chief visits the school for a routine safety inspection and drops by the class to deliver a lesson on emergency preparedness and fire safety. An ensuing safety tour of the school is complicated by Earl who figures if Flying Rhino Junior High fails the safety inspection, the school will be shut down and HE will have the building all to himself!
Lydia allows her stint as hallway monitor to go to her head...
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