JOSH: Muffin! Long time no see!
MUFFIN: Hi, Mr. Josh. Thank you for taking time from your dumb Small Potatoes to see Muffin.
JOSH: Sure. Can I get you anything? Water? Seeds?
MUFFIN: No thank, you. Muffin just has some questions.
JOSH: Sure, Muffin. What would you like to know?
MUFFIN: Why you no make more episodes of 3rd & Bird?!
JOSH: Oh. Well, that’s a very good question, Muffin. But I’m not sure I can give you a quick answer.
MUFFIN: Muffin has all day. Not working at the moment.
JOSH: Okay. Well, Muffin, remember all those really cute 3rd & Bird toys we made?
MUFFIN: Oh, yeah! Singing Muffin! Dancing Muffin! Birdbath Muffin! Muffin loved Muffin toys!
JOSH: Right. Well, nobody bought them.
MUFFIN: Nobody? Muffin bought them.
JOSH: Well, you may be the only one.
MUFFIN: Oh. How come no one bought Muffin toys? People no like Muffin?
JOSH: Actually, Muffin, people liked you a lot. And they liked 3rd & Bird, too.
MUFFIN: So, what up with the toys?
JOSH: To tell you the truth, Muffin, I don’t really know. It’s hard to predict which shows will sell toys.
MUFFIN: Even for Mr. Josh?
JOSH: Especially for Mr. Josh.
MUFFIN: Oh. Muffin sad.
JOSH: Listen, Muffin, here’s the problem. It costs a lot of money to make a TV show.
MUFFIN: How much?
JOSH: Millions of dollars.
JOSH: And people who spend money on preschool shows really like to make their money back.
MUFFIN: How do they make money back?
JOSH: Well, usually by selling toys.
MUFFIN: Ohhh. It’s all coming together now. So, maybe people who spent money on 3rd & Bird lost money?
MUFFIN: Are they sad, too?
JOSH: Yes, Muffin, very sad. And they don’t want to spend more money on 3rd & Bird. At least not right now.
MUFFIN: Oh! Muffin has an idea! Why doesn’t Mr. Josh spend his money and make more episodes of 3rd & Bird!?
JOSH: Well, Muffin, once upon a time there were lots of people who spent their own money on their own TV shows.
JOSH: And it didn’t turn out so well for them. Some of them even went out of business.
JOSH: You said it. So Mr. Josh tries not to spend his own money on his TV shows. If he can help it.
MUFFIN: Muffin get it. So, bottom line is Mr. Josh cannot help Muffin, can he?
JOSH: I’m trying, Muffin. I really am. 3rd & Bird is on TV in China now and they tell me it’s doing quite well.
MUFFIN: Really? Do they have Muffin toys in China?
JOSH: They do. And we’re all hoping they sell.
MUFFIN: So, if lots of Chinese people buy Muffin toys then will Muffin get to make more episodes?
JOSH: There’s always that possibility.
MUFFIN: Yay! Muffin happy!
(SINGS) Do da Muffin! Da Muffin!
Shake-a-shake! Da Muffin!
Ah! Ah! Ooo!
MUFFIN: Cute, right?
JOSH: Very cute, Muffin.
MUFFIN: Want to see it again?
MUFFIN: Well, Muffin is going to China now to help sell Muffin toys! Maybe Muffin can do Muffin Dance in a mall?!
JOSH: Have fun, Muffin. Thanks for stopping by.
MUFFIN: Anytime! Oh, Mr. Josh?
JOSH: Yes, Muffin.
MUFFIN: Muffin hates Small Potatoes.
JOSH: I know, Muffin. I get your e-mails.