Curious George (2006– )
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Zeros to Donuts/Curious George, Stain Remover 

When George learns about the meaning and power of zero, he is ready to test out his knowledge./George spills grape juice on the new rug and needs to figure out a way to clean it up before The Man with the Yellow Hat returns!


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Episode credited cast:
The Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
The Doorman / Hundley (voice)
Mrs. Donuls, Mom (voice)
Charkie (voice)
Mrs. Renkins (voice)
Curious George (voice)


When George learns about the meaning and power of zero, he is ready to test out his knowledge./George spills grape juice on the new rug and needs to figure out a way to clean it up before The Man with the Yellow Hat returns!

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6 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Curious George Theme Song
Written by Rocco Gagliese, Steve D'angelo, and Terry Tompkins
Performed by Dr. John
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Curiosity Multiplies Doughnuts and Divides the Farm Animals
13 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Well, by now, it's established that the Man with the Yellow Hat owns two residences: a country house of his childhood, and a city apartment in high-rise Building 7. This episode divides its Acts between these two venues....

First, one peaceful Saturday city morning, Curious George awakens to dreams of a special treat, causing a groggy Man with the Yellow Hat to suggest that they step out for a dozen of dough-nuts once he dresses. (Clips from these scene are used are used in the series' opening credits.)

The Man with the Yellow Hat then asks Curious George to count the number of eggs' remaining inside the refrigerator while he dresses, but there are none, causing Curious George to stumble for an answer because he has yet to learn the quality of zero, for which the Man with the Yellow Hat instructs him before they leave the apartment, by teaching him to draw a zero, and showing some of its uses and benefits.

Strolling through the business district, the Man with the Yellow Hat suggests for Curious George to take his hand-written order for one dozen of dough-nuts to Miss Donuts' bakery, while the Man with the Yellow Hat shops for eggs at the grocery store.

Along the way, Curious George encounters his friend Charkie the black Cocker Spaniel, who follows him into Miss Donuts' bakery, and wrestles him to the floor to drop the dough-nut order. Curious George then teaches Charkie the Cocker Spaniel how to draw a zero, onto the order form, after the "1," causing Mrs. D., owner of the store, to understand that he needs ten dozen dough-nuts. Upon her return, however, Mrs. D. discovers a second zero, to indicate 100 dozen, which she eagerly packages for this very good customer.

Curious George and Charkie the Cocker Spaniel then scurry from Miss Donuts' bakery empty-handed, for Curious George to attempt to sneak back into Building 7 undetected by Mrs. D. and her crew of delivery agents' hauling 1,200 products.

But Hundley, the Doorman's Dachshund, surely must perceive that he's doing Curious George a huge favor when he directs Mrs. D. and her employees unto the proper address, and so Curious George must think quickly about how to conceal the excess 99 dozen of dough-nuts from the Man with the Yellow Hat before he discovers the blunder and receives the invoice for 100 dozen, as a result of "Zeros to Donuts."

(This not only comes across as a very wasteful misuse of food resources, but also begs the question about where Curious George hides the 99 empty boxes after scattering the dough-nuts around the apartment, and why he would repackage them to distribute around the city as edibles after mishandling them.)

Next, the Man with the Yellow Hat returns to his country residence with Curious George and a brand new teal-colored rug to display across the hardwood flooring of his living room. Because Professor Wiseman has selected the proper rug for the Man with the Yellow Hat, she requests a photograph, but now his camera needs new batteries, and so he asks Curious George to keep an eye on the rug, while he runs into the village for purchases.

Curious George obeys one order yet disobeys the larger order, by pouring a large glass of grape juice to hold while jumping upon the new rug. Naturally, grape juice would leave a stain if poured upon a rug, carpet or furniture, as many of you may have been reminded by now, so Curious George must quickly employ some sort of stain remover to remedy his accident.

Curious George scurries around the residence, grabbing a bottle of dish-washing liquid, box of bubble bath soap, large box of powdered laundry detergent, and a bar of soap, to pour all of these ingredients onto the new teal rug. But when he realizes that he needs to add water in order to allow the stain remover products to work, he hooks up the garden hose to flood the living room, and now he creates a bigger mess than ever.

So, Curious George decides that the best way to drain the soapy flood from inside would be to pump the water to the outside, and so he rushes passed the tree of Jumpy Squirrel, to scurry onto neighboring Renkins's Farm, but Mr. and Mrs. Renkins are plowing the fields out back and do not hear his knocking.

Therefore, Curious George attempts to retrieve the pump from their barn without invitation, trying to enlist the assistance of the Goat, but the Goat knocks Curious George across the farm-yard. He attempts to recruit Tracy the Hen and her six little Chickies, but then decides that they, neither, would be able to lug the heavy pump back to the country residence. Two cattle, identified as Two Cows, also are unable to assist Curious George because of their shackles, and the same goes for the corral of Watch Pigs, who are latched within the confines of their wooden sty.

Curious George accidentally releases the Watch Pigs to flee into the fields and the Two Cows, to accompany him after he decides to use a lever in order to lift the pump onto wheels, but will he make it back in time to drain the country residence of its soapy flood waters before the Man with the Yellow Hat returns with his camera and new foot stool? Or will he not effectively implement his elaborate "Curious George, Stain Remover?"

(The lesson here involving feeding a stream of water laced with dish-washing liquid, bubble bath, laundry detergent and soap for cattle or anyone else to drink might not be too terribly wise an example to set, however. This episode nurtures irresponsibility by showing that it's fine to serve tainted food and drink to others when the little monkey doesn't know what else to do with them to cover his tracks.)

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