May-Ling, during art class, is proud of her painting of flowers, which reminds her of her pretty garden at home. She becomes frustrated when she accidentally spills water on the painting, in her mind ruining it as what was the still wet paint has run together. In the process, her face gets hot, she becomes all "grrr", and she never wants to paint again. Mr. Anthony shows her how to use her fan hands to cool down, but it doesn't fix the painting. So Mr. Anthony tells her a story of how Napkin Man helped his scientist friend Marie, who also loved flowers, get over her frustration when her latest invention, a plant watering machine, wouldn't work the way she wanted, all her previous failed prototypes which she'd thrown away in she believing them to be useless.