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Madeline and the Whale is the fourth Episode of Madeline's Fifthteenth Season.

The Episode is written by Marc Wilmore and directed by Greg Daniels. It guest stars Jim Carrey as a Tugboat Driver, Darren McGavin as the Spanish Ambassador, Jaimie Lee Curtis as the Spanish Ambassadress, Billy West as Larry Fine, Wayne Knight as Curly Howard, Hank Azaria as Moe Howard, Marshall Napier as a Driver, Nicholas Lidstone as a Soldier, Jim Belushi, Tommy Chong and Cheech Marin as Helicopter Drivers, George Meyer and Jon Vitti as Lifters, Danny Mann as Mr. Gromply, Dennis Franz as Mr. Scregpammer, Tom Hanks, Dean Jones, Charles Grodin and Dan Castellaneta as Policemen, John Cleese as the Mayor, Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Sam Simon, Tim Allen, Matt Warburton, Ricky Gervais, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Kent Butterworth, John Belushi, Jeff Summer, Michael Jeter, Cuba Gooding Jr., Danny Elfman and Rowan Atkinson as Sea Huggers, Paul Reubens as a Storekeeper and Bill Irwin as a Loud Scientist.

The Poignant and Hilarious Episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (for Programming Less Than One Hour) and an Envrionmental Media Award for "Best Children's Animated Episode".

Plot

Madeline, the Girls, Miss Clavel, Mr. Sclomper, Mr. Zoingpler and Mr. Roing attend an Expo of Science World's Fair and purchase a Wind Turbine. At first the Turbines started to produce excess of Electricity, so Mr. Roing decides they will live off the Grid. They soon discover that they have no electricity when there is no wind. Mr. Roing and Mr. Zoingpler try to find the Wire for the Turbines, however, they would get shocked and humiliated whenever they try to hit it with a Pickaxe. Pepito tries to power the Turbines with Fans plugged in the Grumpel Brothers' House, but Marvin and Arnold angrily disconnects them. One evening, three Repairmen are manually turning and fixing the Turbines. Suddenly, a severe storm blows through Town. The next morning, the Children including the Mean, Nasty, Horrible Hats walk through Town to survey the damage and discover a Beached Blue Whale.

Nona immediately bonds with the Whale and names her Bluemba. The Girls and Pepito appeal to Miss Clavel, Mr. Sclomper, Mr. Zoingpler and Mr. Roing, who were fixing the problems at the Old House, for help returning Bluemba to the Sea, but Mr. Sclomper and Miss Clavel fear Nona will be let down because the outcome for Beached Whales is usually poor. Still, Mr. Zoingpler, the Spanish Ambassador and Mr. Roing rallies the Townspeople and they unsuccessfully attempt to move Bluemba. As night falls, Nona decides to stay with Bluemba and starts reading excerpts from the Poem "The World Below the Brine" from the Poetry Collection "Leaves of Grass" by Walt Whitman. She dozes off and wakes to the Mrines rescuing Bluemba wiggling its tail with Helicopters. Bluemba happily swims away but when she leaps into the northern lights (this is a reference to the Constellation Cetus), Nona awakes, realizing she was dreaming and discovers Bluemba has died.

Madeline tries to comfort the heartbroken Nona, while the Mean, Nasty Horrible Hats, who plan to poke Bluemba with a stick, return to the Beach and discover the Penguin Police with Guns are going to blow up the Whale Carcass, as it cannot stay on the Beach. The results are disastrous and Blubber is everywhere, prompting the People to use some of Bluemba's remains for Products such as Clothing, while the all the others are put on the Museum on display. Nona sadly walks through Paris, where every squeaky noise remind her of Bluemba. She winds up at the Beach, where she spots two Whale Calves --- presumed to be Bluemba's Children --- surrounded by Sharks. Pepito suddenly appears with a Boat and a harpoon and they rush to the rescue, only to be stopped by a group of Eco-Activists, who caution them that being an Eco-Activist means supporting all forms of life (including the Sharks). Nona agrees and stops Pepito from shooting the Sharks, but he inadvertenly falls overboard. The Eco-Activists advise Pepito to hit the Sharks on the Nose with a Steel Pail, which will either cause them to retreat faster. When the Eco-Activists throw the Pail to Pepito, it missed and the Blood causes even more Sharks to arrive and circle Pepito. Fortunately, the Whale Calves' Father appears and rescue the young Whales and Pepito, driving the Sharks away. In the end, the Girls, Pepito, Mr. Sclomper, Mr. Zoingpler and Mr. Roing watches the three Whales swim out to Sea, confident that they will thrive. Mr. Zoingpler assumes that the Whale will get married to a "Lady Octopus" and theat a "little Whale-opus on the way!" with Mr. Roing's advise that there will be a "little Octo-Whale too if it comes along." Miss Clavel then suggests that they draw pictures of that tonight. Throughout the ending Credits, the Song "It's All Right to Cry" plays while the Pictures the Girls, Pepito, Miss Clavel, Mr. Sclomper, Mr. Zoingpler and Mr. Roing drew are shown.

Production

With the success of Madeline and the Bats, Marc Wilmore wanted do another "Nona Episode". Executive Producers and Writers Bill Oakley and Josh Weinstein loved that idea. Greg Daniels agreed to direct the Episode. "Bluemba" was coined by Jon Vitti.

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