Trains and Brains and Rainy Plains
Season 2, Episode 45
Trains and brains and rainy plains
Air date April 16, 2001
Written by Joe Fallon
Directed by Ted May
Episode guide
Episode 44: Bug Beard
Episode 46: Quest! Quest! Quest!
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Theo reads the cubs Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain. When they come across the word "drought", Heath the Thesaurus defines it to them.
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SCENE 1 (cont'd) The parents notice that if you put a "T" in from to the word "Rain", you get "Train". This inspires the cubs to "Bring the Train to Kapiti Plain".
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SCENE 2 Walter and Clay Pigeon want to see Busterfield's brain.
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Insert The grey hand takes the letters "ai" from the word "rains".
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Puppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles: paint
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Animation Chalkboard: paint, pain, plain
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Cartoon Short Song: plain, brain, rain
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Celebrity Liza Jesse Peterson recites a poem called ai train
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Animation Colored Boxes: gain, pain, pail, nail, snail
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Film Moby Duck: Daisy the entertaining white snail
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SCENE 3 Lionel and Leona have found a book on trains, which they will use to "Bring the Train to Kapiti Plain". Unfortunately, they also bring a fire to Kapiti Plain!
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SCENE 3 (cont'd) The parents come down to see that Kapiti Plain is on fire! Click quickly drags and drops the cubs back out.
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Celebrity Fred Says: hair
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Animation Sky Words: hair, fair, fail, rail, rain
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Rain (EKA: Poetry Day)
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Puppets/Film Cleo sings Without an S
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Insert The grey hand puts the "ai" back from the word "rains".
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SCENE 4 When all seems lost, Walter Pigeon donates a feather that can be used to ignite the book's titular rains, and extinguish the fire. Theo has Click drag and drop it into the book, and the problem is solved.
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SCENE 5 As a reward for saving Kapiti Plain, the pigeons finally get to see Busterfield's brain, which they then steal.


  • In this episode, the library features a fire alarm system (which features horns and flashing red "FIRE" lights), which activiates when the "illustrated fire" ignites. But in all other episodes, the library has no fire alarm.


  • This is the third time Between the Lions used a former Reading Rainbow feature book. The first two incidents involved the books Imogene's Antlers and Abiyoyo.

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