Emmy award-winning animated series about a biped aardvark, based on Marc Brown's books. Francine's teacher decides to set homework over Thanksgiving.
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# Every day you walk down the street Everybody that you meet
# Has an original point of view
-# And I say, hey!
# What a wonderful kind of day We can learn to work and play
# And get along with each other
# You gotta listen to your heart Listen to the beat
# Listen to the rhythm of the street Open your eyes! Open your ears!
# Get together, make things better By working together
# It's a simple message And it comes from the heart
# Believe in yourself For that's the place to start
-# And I say, hey!
-What a wonderful kind of day
# We can learn to work and play And get along with each other
# What a wonderful kind of day, hey! What a wonderful kind of day, HEY! #
Hasten thyself, good Master Buster.
The schoolmaster will be most irate if thou art tardy.
He will punish thee roundly.
In a moment, good neighbour Arthur.
I canst but help look upon yon poor girl.
Nay, good Master Buster. Look not upon the wretched thief
lest it ruin the taste of tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast.
-Willst there be turkey, good Master Brain?
-Aye, and onion garlic stew.
I couldst live without the stew,
but the thought of turkey brightens my soul.
'Tis most sad that our dear friend
will languish in yonder stockade while we sup.
Couldst we not bring her a crust of bread?
Nay, good children,
she hath committed the most egregious crime
known to student and schoolmaster alike.
She must contemplate the error of her ways.
But I didn't even know it was wrong! I won't do it again! Let me out!
Thanksgiving is on Thursday, so I have a surprise!
Nope, a five-page report due one week from today.
-That's a terrible surprise.
-On the contrary.
It will help you appreciate the many facets of this holiday.
Each of you will explore a unique topic
that I trust you will find most illuminating.
Pilgrim fashion? What fashion?! They always wore black.
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving on the same day every year?
Oh! I was hoping for the socio-political repercussions
of the Arminius-Gomarus conflict.
It's your lucky day. I'll trade you.
Great(!) Five pages about yams.
Five pages. How will I ever write five pages?
This must be like college,
except we still have to be in bed by nine, and can't drive. ..Oh!
Sorry, Francine. Wow, you have more books than even I take out.
-Are you starting your own library?
-They're for the Thanksgiving report.
I couldn't find any one book with all the information.
I strained my back - now I won't be able to play basketball all season!
I've got a better idea. Come on.
You can probably get most of the information you need
off the internet.
Just type in what you're looking for - "Pilgrim's diet".
Then hit "Search". You get more specific results
if you put quotation marks in.
Here's a list of some links that might be helpful.
Be careful, though. Some stuff on the internet isn't accurate,
so it's best to check your facts with other sources.
"A large part of their diet was comprised of corn and wild deer,
"which is called venison."
This website has everything I need.
"Food for Thought: What the Pilgrims Ate, by Francine Frensky."
Save. I'm done! That wasn't so bad.
Now I'm done!
Here's my report, Mr Ratburn. I finished early.
Hmm, very nice!
You did all this last night? And it's typed?
Um, I was doing the research and I thought I might as well finish it.
"Food for Thought" - I like it!
I look forward to reading it, Francine.
What? Why are you staring?
I...just didn't know you could work so quickly.
You must've really liked the topic.
It was OK. I guess.
Just seeing if you're a robot.
I finished my report, Mom. Wanna look it over?
I'd love to. Buster, I don't think it counts as five pages
if you make your letters so big.
SPORTS GAME ON TV
Oh! Tyrell should've passed to Kaminski - he was totally open!
Hey, sport, come here! >
I was online and found some stuff you might want to use for your paper.
Thanks, but I finished it. Hey, this is my paper!
-You already used some of this information?
-The whole thing.
It was perfect for the topic,
so I cut and pasted it and added a title.
-Francine, you can't do that!
Because that's plagiarism, that's why.
No, it isn't, it's finishing your work early
so you can enjoy Thanksgiving. What's...plagiarism?
When you take someone else's work
-and claim it's your own. Basically, stealing.
-But I handed it in!
So you think I can get an F?
-Worse. You could be suspended.
< Kids, dinner's ready!
You'll have to tell Ratburn.
This apple-walnut stuffing is delicious.
It should taste familiar. I STOLE the recipe from Bubby.
When I was a little girl,
I PINCHED an apple from Boris the greengrocer.
I got in so much trouble. And it didn't even taste very good.
What's wrong, Frankie? You're usually finished and TAKING things
-off my plate by now!
-I'm not a thief!
I mean, oh... I just don't feel so well right now.
Can I be excused to get some air?
I'll just tell him the truth. I didn't know it was wrong.
He'll understand. He has to!
Francine, I saw you ride up.
Ah-hem. I think I know why you're here.
'But it wasn't until 1848,
'when Giovanni d'Arcoli introduced gold-leaf fillings,
'that dentists began winning the war on cavities...'
The DVD of the nine-hour History Of Dentistry. Fascinating.
Let's see. Your paper was somewhere over here.
-I was just about to grade it. Ah, here it is.
I have to explain. You see, I was reading this article...
Here you go. No doubt you'll be...disappointed.
I couldn't give you an A. There was some misinformation on page two.
Yams were not introduced until later.
-Other than that, it was excellent.
-What was your reference source?
-A book called...
Hmm, never heard of it.
Was there something else you wanted to talk to me about?
Uh, I was just dying to know how I did. Happy Thanksgiving!
You feeling better, kiddo?
-We're about to start dessert.
-I'll be right there.
Did you go to Ratburn's? Was he upset?
-Did he give you an F?
Not exactly? What does that mean?
It means I took care of it, OK?
Let's just forget about it and have some pie!
Since we got endorsement, sales have gone through the roof!
-Have you thought about your next book yet?
-I'm already working on it.
ALL: Cut, paste, save. Cut, paste, save.
Cut, paste, save.
Cut, paste, save.
Who should I make it out to?
The victim of your heinous crime.
"To my dear victim of my heinous..."
I knew I'd find you one day.
I am the author of that article you plagiarised off the internet.
-Why do you wear a mask?
Is it because rage and envy has permanently disfigured you?
No. I just have very sensitive skin,
but I am filled with rage, and I have come for my revenge!
Behold. The real truth - Francine Frensky is a plagiarist!
I didn't know it was wrong. I swear. I didn't know!
I came up with the title,
but everything else was from the website, word for word.
-I swear I didn't know it was wrong at the time
and I was going to confess, but...
I didn't notice, and you thought you might get away with it.
But even if you had, you still would have paid a price.
-When someone plagiarises, there are two crimes.
The author is robbed of credit,
and the person who plagiarises is robbed of really learning.
Mr Ratburn, before you decide to fail or suspend me,
I just want you to know, I wrote another paper.
-It's probably not as good, but...
-But it's yours,
and that's more important than the grade you get. See you in class.
Muffy, nice work, although your reference
to embroidery as "Pilgrim bling" felt inappropriate.
Binky, Arminius and Gomarus were theologians, not wrestlers.
Ah, Francine. Not bad. Very...original!
Yes, a B!
What's so great about a B?
Nothing, but it's my B. All mine!
Emmy award-winning animated series about a biped aardvark, based on Marc Brown's books. Francine's teacher decides that Thanksgiving, far from being a time to relax with family, is a time to write a five-page essay. Francine is unperturbed - she copies and pastes an article from the internet.