Plot The ladybug
Air date March 1, 2009
Season 36


Picture Segment Description
Cold Opening Mehmet and Finchen are watching a ladybug and they count her spots. Finchen asks Mehmet why a ladybug has spots. Mehmet doesn't know, so he decides he will go and look it up in a book. Just then it starts to rain and Finchen takes cover under her umbrella.
Scene It has stopped raining, and Finchen goes to look for the ladybug. She finds her at Samson's cave. The ladybug introduces herself as Marini. Finchen notices that her spots are gone, and Marini starts to panic--how will she win the ladybug beauty pageant? Finchen decides to help her new friend.
Scene Over at Mehmet's workshop, Finchen finds some round metal discs, but they are way too heavy. In Nils and Annette's kitchen they find some plates, but Marini doesn't think it's a good idea to use them either. Outside, Finchen finds a frisbee, but Marini doesn't like that.
Scene Back at the leaf pile, Finchen tries to paint seven new black spots on Marini. Afterwards, Marini asks if the spots are waterproof. Finchen fetches some water to test it out, and discovers that the spots are not waterproof.
Scene Mehmet comes back and Marini quickly hides. Mehmet tells Finchen that the number of spots decides what subspecies the ladybug belongs to. Finchen then tells Mehmet that their ladybug now has zero spots. Mehmet tells her that ladybugs don't lose their spots. Finchen notices that Mehmet has some spots in his face. Mehmet takes a closer look and concludes that his freckles have become visible due to the warmth of the sun, and he goes to put some cream on.
Scene Finchen gets an idea and she quickly calls Marini over. She tells Marini that maybe the spots will come back if she lies in the sun, just like Mehmets freckles. Marini gives it a try, and after a while, her spots return and Marini hurries off to the beauty pageant. Mehmet returns with his book and tells Finchen that he has just discovered that ladybugs can lose their spots. Finchen then quickly tells him about Marini and how she lost her spots and got them back.
Scene Ernie asks Bert what the difference is between Bert and a ladybug. On a ladybug you can count the spots, and you can count the stripes on Bert's sweater. Bert realizes that Ernie is right and that it's the same with Ernie, and they begin to count each others stripes.
Film Kids talk about ladybugs.
Cartoon A ladybug loses her color in the rain.
Muppets Die Grosse Sesamstrassen-Musikshow: Finchen rocks in the forest.
Cartoon A butterfly uses its wings as a crash cymbal.
Muppets Reporter Wolle visits the set of the German mystery series 4 gegen Z, where he talks with Fiona Coors about acting.
(EKA: Folge 2401)
Animation Les devinettes de Reinette: the answer to Reinette's animal riddle is a deer.
Muppets Count von Count sings "Counting for Fun" to Natasha.

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