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This is a list of episodes of the children's television series The Magic School Bus, which is based on the books of the same name by Joanna Cole.

Season 1 (1994)

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<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep01">01</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Lost In Space" </td><td>Solar System</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>September 10, 1994 (1994-09-10)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Arnold's cousin and the class' visitor Janet, is coming on the field trip this time. They are going to the planetarium to see a show about the solar system, but it's closed for repairs. On the way back to school, they start to blast off and fly into outer space. They visit all the planets and learn about them, but in the asteroid belt, they lose Ms. Frizzle and find themselves lost in space. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep02">02</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"For Lunch" </td><td>Digestive System</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>Ellen Schecter, Brian Meehl, John May, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>September 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Arnold finally gets his wish by staying at school while Ms. Frizzle takes the class on another weird field trip. What he doesn't realize is that it's a trip inside him! While the class is inside him, they take a trip in his mouth, stomach, and small and large intestine. Near the end, Ms. Frizzle wants the class to go to the other end but they go back the way they came. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep03">03</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Inside Ralphie" </td><td>Germs/Immune System</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>John May, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> It's broadcast day and the class needs Ralphie. The trouble is that he's sick, so his mother, a doctor, won't let him go to school. When Ms. Frizzle says that there is an amazing battle going on inside him, the class decides broadcast day should be about whatever is making Ralphie sick. After shrinking to find out what's going on inside Ralphie, the white blood cells sees the bus as a threat and attempt to devour it. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep04">04</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Eaten" </td><td>Food chain</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, John May</td><td>October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Arnold and Keesha were supposed to do a "Two-Beach-Things-That-Go-Together-Report," but they both completely forgot about it. Keesha only brings a tuna fish sandwich, and all Arnold brings is "scum" he got on his shoe when he stepped in a puddle. The two don't have anything in common...or do they? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep05">05</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Hops Home" </td><td>Habitat</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Members of the class are bringing animals to school and Wanda has brought her frog named Bella. But, thanks to Arnold, Bella escapes. Wanda is now bent on getting her frog back. Ms. Frizzle takes the class to several different places, until they find a perfect frog habitat. In this episode, the bus transforms into a frog with green spots on it, as the tires become the frog's legs. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep06">06</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Meets The Rot Squad" </td><td>Decomposition</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>John May, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class learns about what makes things rot by getting small enough to examine a rotting log up close when Wanda attempts to have the log removed to plant a new tree in its place. Note: In Bashed, Dashed and Crashed, Thomas puffs into this episode. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep07">07</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"All Dried Up" </td><td>Desert Adaptation</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Phoebe is worried about all the poor animals living in the desert. How will they ever survive? She decides to go to the desert in order to do something about it, and for once Arnold isn't complaining. He has a field trip survival guide. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep08">08</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In The Haunted House" </td><td>Sound</td><td></td><td>John May, Kristin Laskas Martin, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Carlos has invented a new instrument, but it sounds awful. The class is on their way to the sound museum for a performance (a variation on Rossini's William Tell Overture) when the bus breaks down, but they spot an old house. The class enters to look for a phone, but the door locks behind them, forcing the kids to stay the night. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep09">09</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Ready, Set, Dough" </td><td>Kitchen Chemistry</td><td></td><td>Brian Meehl, John May, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Oops! It's Ms. Frizzle's birthday and the class wants to throw a surprise party for her, but they don't have a cake. The bus is acting up on their field trip to the bakery, and it shrinks. How will the kids make Ms. Frizzle a cake when they're around a millimeter tall? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep10">10</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Plays Ball" </td><td>Forces</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>John May, Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Dorothy Ann has brought a book about physics, but everyone else thinks it's boring. Ralphie borrows it from her to use it as a replacement for home plate. D.A. doesn't learn of this until they set off on a field trip. Ms. Frizzle decides to back up and get the book, but the bus shrinks and lands on page 97 which has a "frictionless" baseball field. The class soon learns that friction is needed for the simplest actions, from playing baseball to walking. However, when they are about to leave, the wind blows the book shut, trapping the kids and Ms. Frizzle in the book. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep11">11</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Goes To Seed" </td><td>Seeds</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss, Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is planting a garden, but Phoebe's plant is at her old school. The students decide to go there, but Phoebe is worried about Ms. Frizzle embarrassing her and her former teacher named Mr. Seedplot. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep12">12</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Ants In Its Pants" </td><td>Ants</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, Kristin Laskas Martin, Brian Meehl</td><td>November 26, 1994 (1994-11-26)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is going to make a movie about ants and Keesha is the director. She finds an ant to be the star, but the ant runs away to an anthill with hundreds of other ants, leaving Keesha increasingily frustrated at her inability to find an ant to serve as the focus of the movie. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep13">13</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Kicks Up a Storm" </td><td>Weather</td><td>Lawrence Jacobs</td><td>John May, Brian Meehl, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Ralphie thinks he's Weatherman, but Keesha is trying to convince everyone he's not. He decides to prove his worth by leading the class on a field trip to make a thunderstorm. </td></tr>

Season 2 (1995)

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<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep14">14</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Blows Its Top" </td><td>Volcanoes</td><td></td><td>Sean Kelly, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>September 9, 1995 (1995-09-09)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> According to Ms. Frizzle, there is an island so new it hasn't been discovered yet. Carlos wants to name it "Carlos Island," but Dorothy Ann has decided to get a name by looking in a book. However when they arrive, there is no island. Ms. Frizzle says it's because the island hasn't arrived yet. In the end, it turns out that the island was created by an underwater volcano. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep15">15</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Flexes Its Muscles" </td><td>Body Mechanics</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>John May, Jocelyn Stevenson, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>September 16, 1995 (1995-09-16)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The bus is acting up, so Ms. Frizzle decides to take it R. U. Humerus' Body Shop for repairs. Meanwhile, Ralphie has been dreaming what it would be like if he had a robot to do all his chores. So he and the rest of the class (minus Keesha) want to try building one using all the gadgets in the body shop. First, they'll have to understand how bones and muscles work, though. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep16">16</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"The Busasaurus" </td><td>Dinosaurs</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Ronnie Krauss, Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>September 23, 1995 (1995-09-23)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> This is the cartoon version of The Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs. This episode's main aim is to show that dinosaurs weren't all terrifying monsters, like movies often make them out to be. The only period seen is the Cretaceous Period (all periods are visited in the book,) which is obviously due to time constraints. In this episode, the kids visit Ms. Frizzle's old friend, Dr. Carmina Skeledon at a dinosaur dig. Dr. Skeledon lets Arnold see a fossilized dinosaur egg as the kids are leaving, and he still has it when they go back in time. An Ornithomimus steals the egg, and both Arnold and Phoebe chase after it. The rest of the class is left to find them, and in the end, Arnold squares off with a Tyrannosaurus Rex after being grown. The episode played a part, albeit a minor one, in spreading the popular misconception that dinosaurs were cold-blooded. (In actuality, they were warm-blooded ancestors of today's birds.) In a line regarding the word "dinosaur" meaning "terrible lizard," Dr. Skeledon describes them as reptiles. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep17">17</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Going Batty" </td><td>Bats</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Ronnie Krauss, Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>September 30, 1995 (1995-09-30)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Ralphie is convinced that Ms. Frizzle is a vampire when she shows up in a cape, and with a transylvanian accent. She moves like a vampire and talks like a vampire! The Friz is now taking all the kids' parents on a little field trip and Ralphie is convinced she is going to do something horrible to them. This episode teaches that bats aren't a vampire, and that they are fascinating creatures. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep18">18</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Butterfly and the Bog Beast" </td><td>Butterflies</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>October 7, 1995 (1995-10-07)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class needs a new mascot for their soccer team, the old mascot being so old that nobody even knows what it is anymore. Phoebe is convinced it should be the butterfly but obviously, the rest of the class doesn't agree with this. Janet (from Lost in Space) shows up again and convinces the class that their mascot should be the "Bog Beast." Since nobody seems to know what a bog beast is (that's probably because they don't exist), the Friz takes the class on a trip to the swamp to find out. Somehow they learn a lot about butterflies. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep19">19</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Wet All Over" </td><td>Water</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, George Arthur Bloom, Kristin Laskas Martin</td><td>October 14, 1995 (1995-10-14)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is excited about going to Waterland. Wanda and Arnold are working on a project together and somehow Wanda convinces him to go to the girls' bathroom with her to get water. He accidentally leaves Ms. Frizzle's keys and Liz in the bathroom, and forgets to turn the water off. When they leave to go to Water Land, Ms. Frizzle instead uses a spare key which turns the bus, class and the Friz into water. They go through the water cycle. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep20">20</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In a Pickle" </td><td>Microbes</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>October 21, 1995 (1995-10-21)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The kids have just come back from vacation and found that the vegetables that won some sort of contest have rotted. Keesha is particularly distressed, not because her first prize cucumber has rotted, but because it's gone and has been replaced with a pickle. Keesha reasons that the door to the classroom was locked over vacation and Ms. Frizzle had the key. To everyone's surprise Ms. Frizzle admitted that she had done something to Keesha's cucumber. The kids put Ms. Frizzle on trial and make Liz the judge. The Friz claims that Keesha’s cucumber was turned to a pickle by the "Mike Robe Gang" and takes the class on a field trip to prove it. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep21">21</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Revving Up" </td><td>Engines</td><td></td><td>Sean Kelly, Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>October 28, 1995 (1995-10-28)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Mr. Junkett, a vehicle maintenance inspector, wasn't pleased when he inspected the magic school bus. In fact, he decides to take it to the junkyard to smash it! The Friz and the class have to do something to save their bus. Naturally, they have decided to shrink and go inside it. All the problems seem to be caused by peanut butter, as Mr. Junkett was eating a peanut butter sandwich while inspecting the bus. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep22">22</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Taking Flight" </td><td>Flight</td><td></td><td>Kermit Frazier, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 4, 1995 (1995-11-04)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Wanda and Tim have built a model airplane together for a model show. Ms. Frizzle decides to shrink the class, so they can fly in it. Tim, Phoebe and Liz stay on the ground to operate the remote control, at least until it gets smashed. The class learns all about flight. Meanwhile, Tim, Phoebe and Liz try to turn the bus into different airplanes (two of which can't fly) to go rescue them. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep23">23</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Getting Energized" </td><td>Energy</td><td></td><td>Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 11, 1995 (1995-11-11)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> At the Walkerville carnival the kids are running the Ferris wheel; however, it doesn't work for some reason. Mikey, Carlos' little brother who is wheelchair bound comes to the rescue. Since electric power doesn't work, they decide to use the energy of falling rocks. If the people ride in one side of the Ferris wheel and the rocks land on the other, then it will cause the wheel to turn without hurting anyone. The problem is how to get the rocks to the Ferris wheel. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep24">24</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Out of This World" </td><td>Space Rocks</td><td></td><td>Libby Hinson, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 18, 1995 (1995-11-18)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Dorothy Ann has spotted an asteroid that will hit Earth and destroy their school. The class has decided "to find it, follow it and finish it off." They also encounter a meteor and comet in this episode. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep25">25</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Cold Feet" </td><td>Warm-blooded/Cold-blooded</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, John May, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 25, 1995 (1995-11-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Liz has disappeared and the trail leads to Herp Haven, which is some kind of spa for reptiles. There, they see a woman named Mrs. Wesley ask for her turtle to be "toasted and stuffed, just like the last one." The class has decided to lead a rescue mission to find Liz, on which they learn about reptiles and how they need to move from place to place to get comfortable because they are cold blooded, which comes in handy, as Ms. Frizzle turned them into some! </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep26">26</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Ups and Downs" </td><td>Floating and Sinking</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Brian Meehl, George Arthur Bloom</td><td>December 2, 1995 (1995-12-02)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The talk show reporter Gerri Poveri is reporting that there is a monster in Walker Lake (apparently based on the Loch Ness Monster, as it is also plesiosaur-like). The class is very eager (especially Wanda) to find it. Phoebe also wants to find the monster so she can feed it. However, the bus' automatic sinking button is broken. They will have to find some other way to get it to sink. They succeed by adding weight and "crumpling" the bus. However, at the bottom, they discover that the monster was a fake; Gerri Poveri made the story up to increase her ratings. Now they will have to make the bus float again, so they can tell the truth to the public. </td></tr>

Season 3 (1996)

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<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep27">27</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In a Beehive" </td><td>Honeybees</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Doug Booth</td><td>September 14, 1996 (1996-09-14)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> When Wanda and Tim were delivering honey from Tim's grandfather's bee farm, all the honey went down the gutter in an accident. Tim managed to convince the Friz to take them to get more honey, but on the way there Ms. Frizzle drives down a road other than the one that leads to Tim's grandfather's bee farm. They arrive at another beehive, and help the bees to get honey for the winter, and the class also gets honey for Tim, while transforming into bees, of course. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep28">28</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In The Arctic" </td><td>Heat</td><td></td><td>Brain Meehl</td><td>September 21, 1996 (1996-09-21)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Arnold wants to know what happened to the heat from his hot cocoa. Ms. Frizzle thinks it is fitting to learn about heat in the land of ice and cold, so she takes the class to the Arctic. However, she accidentally drives the bus into the water, and the bus freezes. To make matters worse, the bus has been trapped on an ice floe with Phoebe, Ralphie and Liz. The class will have to get to the bus and heat it up to escape. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep29">29</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Spins a Web" </td><td>Spiders</td><td></td><td>Robert Schechter</td><td>September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class has gone to a drive-in movie, where the movie featured is Stand by Your Mantis (1953),(A Parody of The Deadly Mantis) about General Araneus, who is attempting to destroy a giant praying mantis. Carlos and Phoebe aren't enjoying it. Carlos doesn't like insects and Phoebe is upset and declares that if she were in that movie, she'd trap the mantis, and take it somewhere else and free it. Naturally, this gives Ms. Frizzle an idea. So she drives the bus into the movie. General Araneus takes over the bus, kidnaps Liz, and pushes a button that makes the class go back out of the movie and shrink. He wants to use Liz as bait for the praying mantis! Outside the movie, the class encounters spiders a lot, and when Liz pushes a button that pulls them back in the movie, they apply what they've learned about spiders to stop the General from using Liz as praying mantis bait. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep30">30</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Under Construction" </td><td>Structures</td><td></td><td>Libby Hinson</td><td>October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is going on a field trip to the new suspension bridge they're building. However, there is a problem, Mrs. Li (Wanda's mother) needs Wanda to watch Wanda's little brother William until she gets off her business call. The class decided to watch William together. William, only a toddler, accidentally uses the Porta-shrinker to size down the entire class (without Liz) and the bus and locks the class in the bathroom. The class uses the materials available to them to build structures to escape. This is the second episode where the bus doesn't turn into anything (the first being In the Haunted House). </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep31">31</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets a Bright Idea" </td><td>Light</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss</td><td>October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Janet (from Gets Lost in Space and Butterfly And The Bog Beast) was disappointed by the all-school field trip to a light show, considering that she wanted to see a magic show. She tells the class she could do a magic trick, but she can't because of the ghost that haunts the theater. When the class leaves the theater they find Arnold missing. When they enter the theater again, they see Arnold's "ghost." Keesha, the skeptic, is convinced that it is really a trick done by Janet to scare them. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep32">32</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Shows and Tells" </td><td>Archaeology</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>John May</td><td>October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is on some kind of show and tell game show, one person shows and the other tells. Arnold will be bringing his rock collection and Dorothy Ann will be doing the "tell" part. However, Arnold arrives without his rock collection. He found a strange object, that he thinks would work much better, but nobody even knows what it is. Ms. Frizzle then takes the class on field trip to found out. She turns the bus into Suppose-O-Tron, that can test their hypothesis. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep33">33</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Makes a Rainbow" </td><td>Color</td><td></td><td>George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Ms. Frizzle and Liz have invented a magical pinball machine that uses light instead of balls (the light travels much slower than in the real world). The light goes through a prism and the player attempts to bounce the different colored beams of light into the appropriate eye, in order to "make the rainbow." Ms. Frizzle says if she fails to win the game, it will be taken away. The class decides to help, and they shrink the bus and go inside the machine. Mr. Ruhle, the principal, shows up, and Arnold tries to stall him. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep34">34</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Goes Upstream" </td><td>Migration</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss</td><td>November 2, 1996 (1996-11-02)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Ralphie is wondering what happened to all the salmon. They need them for the school fish fry, but they aren't here. The Friz has decided to take the class on a field trip to find out. She turns the bus into a salmon and puts a compact disk in the bus that makes it think like a real salmon, so it will go wherever Ralphie's salmon went. However, when the bus starts migrating, Ralphie changes his mind about doing anything to find out what happened to the salmon. He and some kids in the class attempt to stop it, but to no avail. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep35">35</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Works Out" </td><td>Circulation</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, George Arthur Bloom, Robert Schecter</td><td>November 9, 1996 (1996-11-09)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> At this year's Teacherathalon Ms. Frizzle is competing against Mr. Sinew, the gym teacher with giant muscles. Janet (from Gets Lost in Space, Butterfly And The Bog Beast, and Gets A Bright Idea) shows up again and supports Mr. Sinew. The class is convinced that there is no way Ms. Frizzle can beat someone who can destroy shirts simply by flexing his muscles. Ralphie wants to know what lungs have to do with how your muscles work, so they go on a field trip inside the Friz herself! </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep36">36</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Planted" </td><td>Photosynthesis</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss</td><td>November 16, 1996 (1996-11-16)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is performing a play of Jack and the Beanstalk. As Phoebe gets stage fright, she decide to make the props. However, there is problem with the beanstalk. She tried to grow a real one, but it didn't work. So she tried to build one but that didn't work either. Naturally, the Friz turns her into a bean plant and Phoebe becomes shorter than Liz. However, no one is sure how plants get food. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep37">37</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In The Rainforest" </td><td>Rain forest ecology</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Brian Meehl</td><td>November 23, 1996 (1996-11-23)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class has decided to give the Friz a present for Earth Day, a cocoa bean tree in the Amazon (as cocoa beans are used to make chocolate). The day just happens to be the day the first shipment reaches them, but for some reason, the tree has produced no cocoa beans. They go to the rainforest to find the reason and Ms. Frizzle makes Tim and Dorothy Ann "RFI"s (Rainforest Investigators.) Ms. Frizzle's tree is in a patch of the rainforest controlled by Inspector 47, who talks with a strong accent and runs around the rainforest in a white suit. He is very proud that he got rid of the mud in his patch of the rainforest, however the class finds out at the end that that was what caused the absence of cocoa beans. The mud holes were where the insects that pollenated the cocoa pods lived and it is revealed that Inspector 47 covered the rainforest floor with artificial turf. They explain this to him and he decides to "rip up this filthy artificial turf with my bare hands." </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep38">38</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Rocks and Rolls" </td><td>Erosion</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson, George Arthur Bloom, Robert B. Schechter</td><td>November 30, 1996 (1996-11-30)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class is building a statue of Captain Walker, their city's founder. Captain Walker left instructions on how wanted this statue made in the form of a poem. Ms. Frizzle's class interprets the meaning he wants it made without the use of hands a little too literally. However, the statue breaks off the top of the mountain, and falls down. The Friz turns the bus into a rock and follows. Water erosion reduces the statue to a head by the time they reach the bottom. Desperate to get to the ceremony, the bus cracks open a dam of rocks that has formed and slides down the mountain. However, they found that somehow they made the mountain into a statue of Captain Walker's head and realize that Captain Walker wanted his statue made through erosion. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep39">39</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Holiday Special" </td><td>Recycling</td><td>Charles E. Bastien</td><td>Brian Meehl, John May</td><td>December 25, 1996 (1996-12-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> It is the day before the winter holidays, and the class is taking stuff to the recycling center (which is run by Murph, one of Ms. Frizzle's relatives.) Wanda is going to see The Nutcracker and is bringing a toy soldier instead of taking money, as they are taking toys to give to homeless children. As usual, something goes wrong. Arnold mistakes the soldier for something being taken to the recycling plant and Wanda's soldier is turned into plastic pellets. Wanda declares she wishes recycling had never been invented. Naturally, this gives the Friz an idea. She turn the bus into an anti-recycling machine, which changes the city to the way it would be without recycling. It cuts down the forest, and turns recycling trucks into garbage trucks. The kids are confused when it turns the swing set in the park into aluminum cans and such. Wanda is still pleased, since if recycling hadn't been invented, then her soldier would be still waiting for them in school. However the bus turns the school into a garbage dump when they get there. Finally, the bus un-recycles itself. Wanda then apologized that she ever wanted to get rid of recycling, and wants it back. The Friz changes the bus so it changes everything back. Wanda makes new toy soldiers from the melted plastic pellets. Arnold has to leave for his sick grandma for Hanukkah. Soon, Arnold's classmates, Ms. Frizzle and Murph appear. This episode is more Hanukkah-oriented than it is Christmas.

This episode aired as a special one hour episode during its original airing. The first 30 minutes is the regular episode and the second half of the hour is a behind the scenes look of the series with the voice cast. For subsequent reruns, it aired as a regular 30 minute episode with the behind the scenes segment cut out. The home video release is also missing the behind the scenes segment and only features the 30 minute version seen in syndication. </td></tr>

Season 4 (1997)

# Title Topic Directed by Written by Original airdate

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep40">40</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Meets Molly Cule" </td><td>Molecules</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss</td><td>September 13, 1997 (1997-09-13)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Wanda's favorite music star, Molly Cule, is coming to Walkerville. Wanda wants to have the great honor of washing her car. The class set up a car wash. Molly Cule miraculously chooses theirs over automatic car washes. The reason for this is explained when Molly Cule says that she can't afford to have her hood ornament get wet. When Arnold asks what it's made of, she says, "That's my little secret, Sugar." She continues to call Arnold "Sugar" for the remainder of the episode. After they clean the car, she found a tiny blot of tar on the car using a "megamagnifier." The class shrinks down to the size of molecules to find it, and clean it off. However, when they get back Wanda accidentally knocks Molly's hood ornament into a bucket of water. It occurs to Arnold that her hood ornament is made from sugar, from what she said when he asked her what it was made from. The class shrinks down to the size of molecules to rebuilt the hood ornament. After they start, they began to crystallize. The class gets to participate in Molly's concert. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep41">41</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Cracks a Yolk" </td><td>Eggs</td><td></td><td>Ronnie Krauss</td><td>September 20, 1997 (1997-09-20)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Mr. Ruhle (from Makes A Rainbow) gave the class the task of caring of Giblets, his pet chicken. However, Giblets "flies the coop" and the class decides to get a new Rhode Island Red to replace Giblets. Naturally, they decide to hatch one from an egg. They learn on their trip that both a male and female chicken are needed to produce a chicken (though it is never explained why, being a children's show.) At the last minute Giblets returns. "I guess he who flies the coop can always fly back again," says Ms. Frizzle. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep42">42</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Goes To Mussel Beach" </td><td>Tidal zones and Mussels</td><td></td><td>John, May, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>September 27, 1997 (1997-09-27)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The class has gone to the beach, but Ralphie insists on keeping the class in one spot, which the rest of the class think is the most rotten spot on the beach, being crowded with other people. Ralphie, however, insists that this is where they want to be. Ms. Frizzle hears that "Uncle Shelby" needs a special spot saved. Eager to get away from Ralphie's spot, the rest of the class agrees. However, they find the inhabitant of this spot is not a human - it is a mussel. They decide the middle tide zone is too crowded so they decide to find a spot. However, they find worse problems in the low tide zone and the high tide zone, so they eventually come back. When they get back to Ralphie, they try to apply what they've learned to convince him to change spots, but they discover he did have his reasons for picking the spot - the ice cream truck stops there. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep43">43</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Goes On Air" </td><td>Air pressure</td><td></td><td>Brain Meehl, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 4, 1997 (1997-10-04)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> For the Walkerville space capsule, Ms. Frizzle's class has to put in something on air. Keesha brings an "empty" pickle jar though, "It's not empty; it's filled with air." The rest of the class believes this is extremely pathetic and Ms. Frizzle "accidentally" gets the entire class stuck inside the pickle jar. Conveniently, they have to use air to get out of the jar in time for the space capsule's liftoff. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep44">44</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Swamped" </td><td>Wetlands</td><td></td><td>George Arthur Bloom, Robert B. Schechter</td><td>October 11, 1997 (1997-10-11)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Walkerville is debating whether to build a mall where the swamp is now, or to build it somewhere else. With the flip of a coin, Ms. Frizzle's class finds themselves defending the swamp and Janet (from The Magic School Bus Gets Lost in Space, Butterfly And The Bog Beast, Gets A Bright Idea, and Works Out) arguing against them. However, the class finds out that the swamp is home to several organisms, but Janet finds this argument little more than a joke and the city agrees. That is until a tree gets knocked over by lightning, blocking off the swamp and flooding the city. After the crisis is resolved, the city realizes that if they were to build a mall on the swamp, it would be washed away. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep45">45</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Goes Cellular" </td><td>Cells</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>October 18, 1997 (1997-10-18)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Arnold is about to have the honor of being the first kid to receive one of the Rocky Awards at the annual Granite Awards. However, he has an embarrassing predicament. For reasons that are never exactly explained, Arnold has eaten only Seaweedies for a month and has consequently turned orange. ("It's my favorite color; except when it's my own skin.") He then asks, "What's the difference between my skin and say, Phoebe's?" So, of course, the class goes on a field trip to compare their skin, but they get nowhere since none of Phoebe's cells are orange. The class has to learn about cells and how they get energy to solve the mystery before Arnold is forced to accept the award. It turns out the Seaweedies are high in carotene and Arnold's exclusively eating of them has pigmented his skin. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep46">46</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Sees Stars" </td><td>Stars</td><td></td><td>Noel MacNeal</td><td>October 25, 1997 (1997-10-25)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> It's Dorothy Ann's birthday, but unfortunately she's sick and has to stay home. The class doesn't know what to get D.A. as a present until they see Horace Scope on S.S.N. (the Star Shopping Network) who's selling the stars for seven dollars each. Tim reasons that if every student puts in a dollar, they will be able to buy Dorothy Ann a star and name it after her. However, Keesha refuses to put in her dollar, as her grandmother was once duped by a similar organization (the Home Mopping Network.) Therefore Ms. Frizzle takes the class on field trip to see the three stars being sold by Horace Scope for themselves. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep47">47</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gains Weight" </td><td>Gravity</td><td></td><td>George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 1, 1997 (1997-11-01)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Phoebe has been chosen to do a slam dunk for the whole school. How can she do that? She's not tall enough. She reasons that maybe if she just knew how it felt, then maybe she could do it. Therefore, Ms. Frizzle takes the class into outer space and transforms the school bus into a planet with adjustable gravity. With little gravity, Phoebe finds a slam dunk easy, but with no gravity it is impossible to even make the ball go through the basket. However, when the lever accidentally falls into the position of heavy gravity the class has trouble even standing up. They'll have to get the gravity back to normal in order to return to Earth in time for Phoebe's performance. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep48">48</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Makes a Stink" </td><td>Smell</td><td></td><td>George Arthur Bloom</td><td>November 8, 1997 (1997-11-08)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Flora Whiff (Bebe Neuwirth), the famous expert on smell — whose "nose knows" — comes to school to judge the First Annual Smell Search. Ms. Frizzle's class creates a unique smell which is bound to take first prize, but Arnold's cousin, Janet (from Gets Lost in Space, Butterfly And The Bog Beast, Gets A Bright Idea, Works Out, and Gets Swamped), determined to win by herself, changes their smell to an odor only a skunk could love. The kids discover the secret to what makes things smell... now they have to make sure their creation doesn't make a big stink! </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep49">49</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Charged" </td><td>Electricity</td><td></td><td>Suzanne Bolch, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>November 15, 1997 (1997-11-15)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> It's Valentine's Day, and the class is selling light bulbs as a fundraiser. They decide to go to Ms. Frizzle's house to see if she'd like to buy some, but her doorbell isn't working. Tim and Wanda go to find her, and they overhear her reading a "love letter". The class now has to fix the doorbell before Ms. Frizzle's "big connection" comes over. </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep50">50</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Gets Programmed" </td><td>Computers</td><td></td><td>John May, Ronnie Krauss</td><td>November 22, 1997 (1997-11-22)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> Mr. Rhule, the principal, gets a new computer, and it's Ms. Frizzle's class' job to open up the school and set up his computer. Carlos's brother, Mikey (from Getting Energized), is a computer expert. After he sets the computer up to raise the flag, make the coffee in the teachers' lounge and ring the bell, he goes on his own trip to see the inner workings of the computer. Carlos records his voice with a handheld microphone. As usual, something goes wrong (along with the replay of his recorded voice), and Mikey has set the computer to do the tasks every minute instead of everyday. Can the class get to Mikey to have him fix the problem? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep51">51</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"In The City" </td><td>City Critters</td><td></td><td>Noel MacNeal, George Arthur Bloom, Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>November 29, 1997 (1997-11-29)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> On the class' first "normal" field trip to the zoo, they wonder how the animals could live in the city. Ms. Frizzle then turns the kids into various city animals (Tim, Arnold, and Phoebe into foxes; Ralphie, Wanda, and Keesha into possums; Dorothy Ann and Carlos into peregrine falcons, and Ms. Frizzle a raccoon), but the bus thinks it's a bear, and with Liz inside, leaves the class. Worse, the city authorities are after the bus, thinking that it is a lost animal needing to return home. Will the class make it to the bus in time, or will they be animals forever? </td></tr> <tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep52">52</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Takes a Dive" </td><td>Coral reefs/Symbiosis</td><td></td><td>Jocelyn Stevenson</td><td>December 6, 1997 (1997-12-06)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The series finale. For their coral reef projects, the class each worked in partners. Wanda hates partnership, and instead of working with her partner, Dorothy Ann, Wanda does her own project. Ms. Frizzle tells the class about her great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather, Redbeard the Pirate leaving treasure in a coral reef, and Wanda, a wannabe pirate, is for looking for it. Ms. Frizzle tells them to go two-by-two with their partners, which Wanda questions "Partners?" And Dorothy Ann points out "Yes, you know, like Keesha and Ralphie, Tim and Carlos, Phoebe and Arnold, and you and me." Wanda then angrily says, "I don't need a partner! I'm a pirate, not a weasley wimp!" But they learn about ocean partnerships, such as hermit crabs and sea anemones, snapping shrimp and gobie fish, sharks and remoras, etc. However, they are forced to work together when one part of the reef has been bleached out by none other than the treasure chest. They then go home after the long day. </td></tr>

Other episodes

# Title Topic Directed by Written by Original airdate

<tr class="vevent" style="text-align: center; background:#F2F2F2"><td id="ep01">01</td> <td class="summary" style="text-align: left;">"Halloween Special" </td><td></td><td></td><td></td><td>October 31, 1996 (1996-10-31)</td></tr><tr><td class="description" style="border-bottom:3px solid #CCCCFF" colspan="6"> The Halloween special was a one-time airing of two Halloween-type episodes (In The Haunted House and Going Batty) with a frame story featuring a group of kids lost in a museum. They met a strange man and he tells them about what occurred in the two episodes. At the end of the episode, Tomlin's character was revealed to be Ms. Frizzle in disguise. </td></tr>

Fundings

DVDs

Each DVD contains three 30-minute episodes of the series. The following is a list of episodes appearing on each DVD.

  • The Magic School Bus - Bugs, Bugs, Bugs
    • The Magic School Bus Gets Ants In Its Pants
    • The Magic School Bus: Butterfly And The Bog Beast
    • The Magic School Bus In A Beehive
  • The Magic School Bus - Space Adventures
    • The Magic School Bus Gets Lost In Space
    • The Magic School Bus Taking Flight
    • The Magic School Bus Out Of This World
  • The Magic School Bus - Human Body
    • The Magic School Bus For Lunch
    • The Magic School Bus Inside Ralphie
    • The Magic School Bus Flexes Its Muscles
  • The Magic School Bus: Catches a Wave
    • The Magic School Bus Wet All Over
    • The Magic School Bus: Ups And Downs
    • The Magic School Bus Rocks And Rolls
  • The Magic School Bus - Super Sports Fun
    • The Magic School Bus Plays Ball
    • The Magic School Bus Works Out
    • The Magic School Bus Shows And Tells
  • The Magic School Bus - Creepy, Crawly Fun!
    • The Magic School Bus In The Haunted House
    • The Magic School Bus Going Batty
    • The Magic School Bus Spins A Web
  • The Magic School Bus - Holiday Special
    • The Magic School Bus Holiday Special
    • The Magic School Bus In The Rainforest
    • The Magic School Bus All Dried Up
  • The Magic School Bus - Takes a Dive
    • The Magic School Bus Takes a Dive
    • The Magic School Bus Gets Swamped"
    • The Magic School Bus Goes to Mussel Beach"
  • The Magic School Bus - Sees Stars
    • The Magic School Bus Sees Stars
    • The Magic School Bus Gains Weight
    • The Magic School Bus Goes On Air

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