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A Smashing Success
Season: 1
Production code: 17b
Broadcast number: 17b
Written by:
Jeffrey Scott
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
October 19, 1999
Paired with
"Follow The Dots"

A Smashing Success is the second segment of the seventeenth episode of the first season of Dragon Tales.


Emmy accidentally breaks Wheezie's trumpet, and she’s too afraid to tell Wheezie the truth .


Emmy and Max are getting ready to go to Dragon Land for a concert their friends are having. They are bringing their flashlights along to create spotlights. But when Max is getting his flashlight out of the toy box, he accidentally broke the arm off of one of Emmy’s dolls. He gets a little scared and decides to keep it hidden in the toy box.

The kids arrive in Dragon Land and watch their friends rehearsing for their concert while shining the spotlights. Ord is banging his stomach like a drum using a drumstick, Zak is playing flute, Wheezie is on trumpet, and Cassie ends the song on triangle. Afterwards, Emmy is impressed with everyone, especially Wheezie and her trumpet-playing. At that point, they go to have a snack break, and Wheezie asks Zak to be careful handling her trumpet as the gang puts their instruments down. Max wants to join the others before the snacks are all gone, but Emmy decides to play around with Wheezie’s trumpet. However, she accidentally falls on top of and breaks the trumpet. Emmy is worried that Wheezie would be mad, so she hides it in a plant.

The dragons return, and Wheezie discovers that her trumpet is missing. Wheezie blames Zak for losing it, but he is confident he put it with the other instruments and starts checking their pouch. The gang worries that they can’t finish the show without it, as Wheezie's trumpet is the only signal Ord, Zak and Cassie have to play their instruments. Max tells them Emmy knows what happened, but Emmy tries to cover it up by saying that Quetzal might be able to help. So they go over to ask, leaving the two kids alone.

Emmy feels bad that she ruined the show. Max suggests that she should tell Wheezie what happened, but Emmy fears that Wheezie will get mad and not be friends with her anymore if she does. Emmy then tries to fix the trumpet, but does so haphazardly, as pieces keep springing out. She gets the pieces to stay, and brings the trumpet to Wheezie. With it, the gang start to rehearse once more.

At first, things seem to be fine, but when Wheezie starts to play, the trumpet immediately breaks to pieces. She then blames Zak for not being careful with it, and Ord and Cassie decide to go talk to Quetzal. Emmy now feels more guilty knowing that Wheezie is blaming her brother for her trumpet being broken. Max says Emmy should just tell the truth herself, but Emmy is still afraid to.

Emmy goes over and tells Cassie that she broke Wheezie’s trumpet and asked her if she’d be willing to talk to Wheezie. Cassie is rather hesitant, and even Max doesn’t think it’s a good idea, but goes to talk to her anyway. When confronting Wheezie, things didn’t go so well; while she does tell her that Zak didn’t break the trumpet (without telling her that Emmy broke it), Wheezie jumps to conclusions and blames Cassie for it (which Wheezie noticeably regrets), making her feel devastated, so she blames this devastation on Emmy.

Finally, Max decides to take matters into his own hands and drags Emmy along to go talk to Quetzal. However, Emmy is still a bit nervous, so she decides to ask him what to do in the form of a story about a little mouse with a ribbon in her hair (similar to the hairband Emmy has with her ponytail) who broke something that belonged to a two-headed turtle (as in Zak and Wheezie). Quetzal manages to figure it out and tells Emmy that she should come clean and tell Wheezie the truth. Emmy starts to blame Max for telling, but he hadn't. Quetzal tells her that what she does is more important than how he knew about the situation, to which Emmy concurs.

Soon enough, everyone gathers around and Emmy finally tells Wheezie that she broke the trumpet, but was afraid she wouldn’t like her anymore if she found out. But to her surprise, Wheezie forgives Emmy and ensures that they’re still friends and apologizes to both Zak and Cassie for blaming them. Emmy notes that she is the one who should be apologizing. Luckily, Quetzal manages to repair the trumpet with his magic and the show is able to go on. The concert turned out to be a success.

Once the kids get back home, Max remembered something from before. He told Emmy that he broke her doll earlier, but Emmy ensures that she isn’t mad as it kept breaking all of the time.



A Smashing Success (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

  • Emmy: If she finds out I broke her trumpet, Wheezie won't like me anymore!
  • Cassie: [cries, and to Emmy after Wheezie blamed her] Thanks a lot, Emmy! Now Wheezie will never speak to me again! I didn't do anything!

Home Video release[]

  • N/A


  • TBA

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Morals:
    • Honesty is the best policy. If you broke somebody's belongings, you should own up to it and come clean about it, even if it was an accident.
    • It is okay to feel nervous telling the truth. However, do not make excuses for yourself or make others cover for your mistakes, as it will only make the problem worse.
  • Emmy learns that she can always be honest with others.
  • This is the second episode, but the second and third time someone breaks someone else's belongings (the second time being where Max breaks Emmy's doll, and the third being where Emmy breaks Wheezie's trumpet). The first being in "A Liking To Biking," after Ord breaks Max's bike when he tried it. The fourth time being in "Do Not Pass Gnome," after Max accidentally breaks Emmy's yo-yo after he tried it and he was told not to. The fifth time was in "Much Ado About Nodlings," where Max accidentally breaks the Nodlings' wagon, and the sixth and last time was in "The Grudge Won't Budge," after Wheezie accidentally breaks Zak's flute and Zak refuses to forgive her for apologizing.
  • In this episode, they reused a video clip of Emmy and Max returning home from The Giant of Nod.