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ABCD Lessons
Grayson and Nina decide to enhance Wilbur's learning.

Season: 1 Episode: 4
Total Episode Count: 4
Prod. no.: 1RBK04
First Aired: April 3, 2000

Guest Starring: Alan Ashby
Featuring: Grayson Masson, Nina Masson, Wilbur Masson, Mr Kane
Also Appearing: Stella Masson, Emmy Masson, Paul Masson, Kamil Úvain, Edmund Grimes, Fabian Cosmala, Cora Nesbitt
Director: Annie Waltman
Writers: Sheila Canning, Stacey Coyle
Storyboarders: Jackson Rosso, Mariah Wong



Plot: During a meeting with Wilbur's pre-school principal, Mr Kane, Grayson and Nina learn that Wilbur is advancing through his grade faster than the other children. Both parents ask what this means, and Mr Kane explains that they should purchase a few workbooks for him to work on at night, at the next level, and he could perhaps advance to the next grade by the end of the year. Grayson and Nina look down to Wilbur and smile at him, unaware that one of his action figures is play-killing a female doll.

During their drive home, they decide to stop off at a local bookstore to purchase a couple of workbooks for Wilbur. In the bookstore, they bump into Edmund Grimes who is looking to purchase a book from the self-help section. While looking for books, Wilbur realises that he has to fail these books or he'll never be able to finish his secret invention. As the Masson's make their way out of the store, the camera pans over to the counter where Edmund is purchasing a book on how to "get rid of it".

Over at the Úsain family home, Stella, Emmy, Paul and Cora are helping out Kamil look for old journals in his attic. Cora mentions that she wishes she was with her parents who are helping Riley pick a new carpet out of the city. Stella comes across an old box of family heirlooms and brings them over to Kamil. Kamil smiles at fond memories and mentions that his wife made him store them up here after he bored his children with the stories of them. Stella and the others encourage Kamil to tell them about a couple of the heirlooms to pass the time. Kamil hesitates, but decides to do so anyway.

Back in the Masson family home, Grayson and Nina are telling Wilbur all about the special books they bought him and how they could help him advance through pre-school. During a thirty-second montage, featuring music from Jackson 5's "ABC", Wilbur manages to complete the first book within an hour. Nina compliments her son and leaves the kitchen to go and gloat to her online Mommy and Me group forum friends. Wilbur begins speaking to himself, stating that he must find a way to get rid of these books and quickly.

Later on at night, Emmy, Stella and Paul are talking about one of the stories that Kamil told them about. Emmy states that the best thing about his story was the lesson behind it. Stella politely declines and states that the best thing about his story was was the history behind it. Paul declines both of their arguments and bluntly states that there was nothing behind the story, as it was just a story. All three of them get into a heated argument about it, and end up exiting the room on different paths.

A few days later, the three of them are still angry with each other, even going as far as not speaking with one another. Nina states that Stella should be the mature one and make up with Paul and Emmy, but Stella states that she's not apologising as she didn't do anything wrong.

The next morning, Wilbur comes up with a strategic plan to get rid of the books. He decides to flush all his textbooks down the toilet. Nina and Grayson hear the noise and rush upstairs. Grayson asks what he's doing and Wilbur decides to throw a toddler rage. Nina and Grayson come to the conclusion that he doesn't want to use the workbooks anymore so decide to forgive him for what he did.

Over at the Úvain family home, Stella, Emmy and Paul decide to visit Kamil, hoping that he could settle their argument. After explaining their story to him, Kamil tells them that Paul was correct; it indeed was just a story, but just because it was a story didn't mean that there was something behind it.


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