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February 7, 2003

Written by

Jennifer Pertsch

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“When the cubs' behavior takes a turn for the worst, it's hard for parents to know what to do first.”
Mama Bear

Get the Gimmies is the 24th episode of season 1 in The Berenstain Bears, which first aired on February 7, 2003. In this episode, Brother and Sister get the gimmies and the case worsens. Then they learn that being selfish and greedy isn't the way of life.

Summary

Brother and Sister think they’re entitled to treats every time the family goes grocery shopping and Mama and Papa get tired of their "gimme gimme" attitude like Rainbow Gob-busters, Spy Bear Decoder Rings and Bearbie stickers by the machine, Marshmallow Chocolate Bears, Glow in the Dark Flyers, Bouncy Fruits and Kitty Cats. Examples include candy, wanting too many toys, and demanding cheap trinkets. The money is broken into running out of money. This is becoming an issue for their parents who just want to get a simple shopping trip done without hearing the cubs wanting something.

While they do get one thing they wanted, especially after making a scene, Mama and Papa have a talk with the cubs after unpacking the groceries. They try to explain to the cubs that while it’s okay to want something, constantly asking for something is not and that they should sometimes put others in need before themselves. While the cubs understand at first they forget about it when Gramps and Gran drop by for a visit, the knee-jerk response of the cubs is "what did you get me!" For not saying hello and making a scene, the cubs are sent to their room.

Soon Mama and Papa apologize for the cubs behavior and don't know what to do. To help, Gramps tells a touching story that inspires Brother and Sister to change their selfish ways and start thinking about others in need. Papa is reminded that when he was a cub he would sometimes throw a temper tantrum in a general store, while his parents did buy him the toy he wanted, Papa saw another cub his age whose mama did not have enough to buy what he wanted, so Papa decided to let the little cub have his toy truck, Papa remembered that part very well. Brother and Sister actually overheard the whole story and they decide to have a do over so Gramps and Gran go outside and Brother and Sister greet them politely. On their next trip to the store Brother and Sister drop off a toy for the Cub Hospital donation bin. After seeing the car race around, Papa says that toy is going to drive the nurses crazy, and the whole family is glad that the cubs are long past the gimme phase.

Differences From the Book

  • In the book, Brother and Sister got everything they wanted. In the episode, Both Mama and Papa said no to everything that the cubs wanted. The ride that Brother and Sister wanted to get on was omitted.
  • In the book, Brother and Sister were jumping and made the biggest fuss yet when Gramps and Gran arrived, screaming "WHAJA BRING ME?!" In the cartoon, they simply stood and asked "What did you bring us?"
  • In the end of the book, Brother and Sister get some stuff they want, and leave the supermarket after they see a cub throwing a temper tantrum, in the show they are giving some toys to the cubs at the hospital, in fact the cubs do not see another cub in the store throwing a tantrum.
  • During the flashback scene in the episode, Papa was wearing his hat as a cub. But in the book, he wasn't wearing his hat.
  • In the book, Brother and Sister were jumping up and down, and fussing over wanting the toy cats that stick their tongues out. In the episode, they were happily begging over them.
  • The flashback scene where Papa gives his toy to the cub is not mentioned in the book, in fact it only showed him having a tantrum.
  • In the book, Papa says "Of all the outrageous, disgraceful embarrassing behavior I have ever seen," while in the episode, he says "Of all the outrageous, embarrassing shameful behavior!"

Cultural References

  • The toy cats look like Fred from the TV Series Fred and the Nature Gang
    • Also, Hal from Fred and the Nature Gang is on a box of dog treats in the background while Sister and Brother see candy
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