Oct 13, 2010
Vanishing Violets is an episode of Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Bitty Adventures.
Lemon Meringue makes assumptions when the violets she grew for the upcoming Flower Show begin to vanish.
Strawberry serves Mr. Longface his tea and snack before leaving to go and check up on her flowers. She sees the others and greets Berrykin Bloom, who offers her advice to go and water her flowers before commenting that Lemon's violets stand a very good chance at winning. Lemon doesn't agree, but goes on to imagine being awarded the first prize anyway. She snaps out of it upon realizing how late it is and realizes that the others are waiting for her. Before she goes inside, she wishes her violets a good night and joins them.The following morning, the berry girls come by to see some of the violets missing. While trying to determine what happened, Lemon assumes a thief took them. To make sure of it she tries to show up extra-early the next day, but only sees Berrykin Bloom. This makes her suspect that he is the thief, but when the others show up to find out how upset she is, they explain to him what happened. Seeing how he behaves only causes Lemon to become more suspicious.
In hopes of calming Lemon down, Strawberry offers to make her some pancakes and Wake Me Up Fruit Juice Surprise for breakfast. There, Lemon reveals her suspicions to them. None of them really believe it though, and Strawberry tries to warn her about making rash decisions without having any proof. This seems to convince Lemon to calm down and she promises to be more careful.
Later, when Lemon shows up, she notices two more violets have been stolen. Berrykin Bloom says he did not see anything, despite being there the entire time. Strawberry goes on to say that she isn't sure this is actually a crime and the girls decide to set up the Gazebo for the upcoming event. While there they continue to chat about the problem, and Plum is beginning to think that Lemon may be right about Berrykin Bloom - since he's her biggest competition.
Suddenly, Pupcake runs by and steals one of the banners and the girls chase him around until they manage to corner him. Strawberry apologizes to Lemon for her missing violets, and asks her not to make up her mind so quickly when she starts to suspect Berrykin Bloom again.
The next morning the girls see more of their flowers are missing and Lemon points out that Berrykin Bloom's roses are still there, not touched at all. He apologizes to the others for their loss of flowers, but the girls worry he may have had something to do with this.
It's then Princess Berrykin comes by to speak to the girls about something, but they are interrupted by an alarmed cry and find that Berrykin Bloom's flowers are also stolen, causing Lemon to realize that Berrykin Bloom really was innocent the whole time as she offered him her sympathy. The Princess points out that the festival is only two days away, so they need to hurry up and find the missing flowers and the girls decide to do some research around the area. But they are only able to conclude that someone is carrying off the flowers somehow, but the thief is either very large, or there is more then one.
Lemon, meanwhile, is playing bad cop with two butterflies and a bee. But when Strawberry sees this she makes her apologize and point out she has no basis to be making accusations. This works until Lemon spots Mr. LongFace and accuses him of eating her violets after seeing him munching on one. But Mr. LongFace explains that he only eats the flowers he grows himself, and he never would eat those grown by someone else without permission. Annoyed with Lemon, Strawberry decides they should set up a camp out to try to determine who is stealing the flowers.
By now, Lemon starts to feel remorse over hurting Mr. LongFace's feelings, especially since Strawberry warned her. She attempts to comfort her and mentions that it can be difficult to avoid jumping to conclusions. Lemon promises to try not to do it again without getting facts first. Which is why they set up the camp that night.
However, in a hurry to determine the thief the girls end up taking plenty of bad pictures with the camera they were going to use. They then begin to laugh at the pictures for the time being and Lemon suddenly spots a strange object she noticed in one of them, but the girls can't identify what it is until they come to a patch of flowers and see a weird object soon found out to be a flower.
As a precaution, Lemon decides to dig up her best flower so that she may enter it in the contest and keep it safe. The girls then go back to her salon and some fall asleep when the ground begins to shake! They decide to investigate this weird occurrence and Plum's imagination about the world ending begins to get carried away for a moment until Strawberry snaps her out of it and they go back to the flowers and notice a bunch of holes in the ground now. Blueberry then mentions that instead of someone picking up the flowers, they are being pulled underground.The girls see one about to be taken and they try to save it but they are nearly pulled underground instead. This causes more suspicion and they decide they must go underground in order to check things out, thinking that the flowers are probably all there. So after they grab some items, the girls all then take turns heading underground.
Lemon is somewhat nervous until reminded that it's the only way to solve the problem. As they begin hearing strange sounds, the other girls are beginning to get nervous also. Strawberry looks to see a gopher hopping up and down trying to grab onto the plants above of it and she realizes that it was only hungry and stealing the flowers to eat them. It didn't know how important the flowers where to the girls. So they try to figure out a different answer since they realize this will keep happening and if it does then they won't be able to hold the Flower Festival this year.
Lemon is suddenly inspired and she sacrifices her last flower and uses its petals to lead the hungry gopher to a random flower field that it can live by instead. So whenever it's hungry, it can just take these flowers instead. But by now, Lemon is left flower-less.
When the contest arrives, she offers to help Berrykin Bloom with his flowers before confessing that she was blaming him for what happened to her flowers. She asks to be forgiven and quickly he does, stating that as much as he wanted to win, it wouldn't have been any fun to be the only one in the contest.
Princess Berrykin then proceeds to announce the winners. Berrykin Bloom comes in second and this makes everybody else confused and Princess Berrykin reveals that Lemon won first place. She doesn't understand how this has happened though, since her flowers got eaten. It is revealed that Strawberry managed to enter the photo the girls took earlier of the violets. She also adds that it was Berrykin Bloom's idea.
- Plum: Pupcake's the thief? It's always the cute ones.
- Lemon: Funny.
- (Lemon interrogates three "suspects" - two butterflies and a bee)
- Lemon: Where were you on the night when this terrible tragedy occurred?!
- Red butterfly: Asleep.
- Bee: Me too
- Lemon: Oh... asleep, huh? That seems mighty suspicious!
- Strawberry: Ah... Lemon? They always sleep at night.
- Lemon: Oh. Ah... I'm sorry.
- Plum: MONSTER?!?!?!
- Lemon: AHUH!
- Plum: Oh, why did you have to say that?
Lemon tries harder than ever to raise award-winning violets to submit in the Berry Bitty Flower Show. However, when they start disappearing, she jumped inoto conclusions about who might have stolen them, mainly suspecting Berrykin Bloom after he mentioned that she was the top contender in the flower show, and because he normally won. However, when Berrykin Bloom's flowers disappear as well, she realizes how distraught he is. Lemon learns that jumping into conclusions accomplishes nothing except hurting other people's feelings, and solving the mystery requires investigating to get all the facts.
- Only Lemon and Berrykin Bloom's flowers were revealed.
- This is the first appearance of Berrykin Bloom in the show.
- When the episode originally aired, there was a Transformers countdown icon present on the screen.
- This is one of the few episodes that feature talking bees (that do not work at the post office) and butterflies.
- The TV guide for the episode states that the violets disappear from Lemon's garden. But the garden didn't actually belong to Lemon; Berrykin Bloom gave her permission to grow her flowers there.
- At the end, when Lemon thanks Strawberry for the photo submission, Plum's hair seems to have gained a blue-ish hue.
- After Lemon states that she has only four violet plants left outside, the gopher is shown taking only three of them onscreen before Lemon uses the one she brought inside to lure the gopher to a different flower field. This means Lemon would have had one remaining, in addition to the one brought inside.