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Goodbye Little Caterpoozle
Goodbye little caterpoozel
Season: 1
Production code: 2b
Broadcast number: 2b
Written by:
Jeffrey Scott
Broadcast Information
PBS Kids Premiere:
September 7, 1999
Paired with
"To Kingdom Come"

Goodbye Little Caterpoozle is the second segment of the second episode of the first season and fourth segment of the series of Dragon Tales.


Cassie brings her pet caterpoozle, Poozy, along to jump on some bouncy mushrooms with her best friends for life. However, she discovers that Poozy has gone missing, but later learns that she is changing into a butterfairy.


In the playroom, Max and Emmy are getting ready to go to Dragon Land. Emmy is all set, but Max is falling behind, as he keeps putting his sneakers on the wrong feet. Emmy then helps him out. Once Max has his shoes on, the two kids go to get the scale and head to Dragon Land.

Ord, Zak and Wheezie are jumping along on some giant size bouncy rainbow-colored mushrooms when Emmy and Max arrive in Dragonland. When the children ask where they came from, Zak tells them that the mushrooms "popped up overnight". As they bounce around them all, Cassie arrives and greets her friends, noticeably holding something. Max and Emmy invite her to bounce on the mushrooms with them, but Cassie politely declines and wants to play with Poozy instead.

When questioned by Max what a Poozy is, Cassie introduces her caterpoozle to her friends. Poozy's a light green critter slightly resembling a caterpillar, and Cassie happily shows off the tricks that Poozy can do to her friends. Cassie then produces a small cage that serves as Poozy's home, and sets her inside to eat her lunch, a fresh leaf. After making sure that Poozy is eating, Cassie is persuaded by Emmy to join them in mushroom hopping. They sing a song called "Here We Go Round the Dragonberry Bush" (sung to the tune of "The Mulberry Bush").

After bouncing for a couple of minutes, Cassie leaves her friends to go and check on Poozy. While Cassie was bouncing with her friends, Poozy had knitted herself in white stuff called a chrysalis (where in real life is the stage for the butterfly pupae). She builds a chrysalis when she becomes cold after her lunch. Cassie, panicked at not seeing Poozy immediately, says she doesn't know where Poozy is. Zak suggests that they search for her, and all the dragons and Max and Emmy do just that.

While searching, Max believes that he felt Poozy, but it turns out just to be another Dragon Land critter. Looking back in the cage, Cassie sees Poozy sleeping peacefully in the chrysalis and believes that her pet's passed away. and she breaks down in tear drops. at that minute, Quetzal arrives through the wilderness forest. and he sees a heartbroken Cassie, who's wrapped up Poozy, still in her chrysalis, in an oak leaf. Cassie, embracing Quetzal, laments that she wasn't able to say goodbye to her pet. Quetzal arranges a short funeral and memorial ceremony for Poozy, setting her entire body in the oak leaf in a hollow of a tree. Emmy, Max, and all of the dragons circle the tree and say something nice to Poozy before Quetzal, after Ord's question upon whether or not he would say something, Quetzal tells Poozy that she was very lucky to have so many kind friends. After giving Cassie another hug, Max is spooked by the growly noise from Ord's grumbling stomach. and Quetzal suggests that he'd make some dragonberry cookies and milk to help them all feel so much better. After everybody agrees, especially Cassie, Quetzal goes off to bake some.

Cassie's friends suggest that they find Cassie another pet and Cassie, although reluctant to do so, is persuaded when Max exclaims that they should go "pet hunting". Max comes across a Stinky-Dink, which sprays him with a foul-smelling smoke-like substance. Wheezie finds a flying horse-like creature, while Zak finds a fruit fly. Cassie says that all of the animals her friends have found are nice, but apologizes to them all and says that none of them will be as perfect as Poozy, when, suddenly, she feels a familiar set of legs crawling across her foot. Looking down, Cassie sees a second caterpoozle, who is purple, and is just as friendly as Poozy was. Cassie exclaims that this new caterpoozle snuggles just like Poozy did, and Emmy comments that this new caterpoozle is cute.

Quetzal returns with the dragonberry cookies and milk, and all of the dragons and Emmy and Max sit down to enjoy them. Cassie shows off her new caterpoozle to Quetzal, who exclaims, "Magnifico!" and asks about her name. Emmy tells Quetzal that Cassie hasn't decided on a name yet, but Cassie replies, "Yes, I have! I'm going to call her Poozy Two!" Everyone says that Poozy Two is a wonderful name, and Quetzal asks if Poozy One was a caterpoozle as well. When he discovers that she was, he returns to the hollow of the tree and unwraps the chrysalis from the leaf, just as it begins to move in his hands. Quetzal says, "I thought so" when suddenly it breaks apart like glass and, there in his hands, a creature Quetzal tells them is a "Butterfairy" stands proudly. Max, confused, says that he thought Poozy was a "catterpuzzle" and Quetzal, after correcting him, says that she was, but now she has turned into something else, just as Max will one day, into a man.

Cassie says goodbye to the Butterfairy before Quetzal tells her that she has a new caterpoozle and new Butterfairy friend. Poozy Two looks up lovingly at Cassie, and they snuggle for a moment while all of her friends look on. Emmy then suggests that they take Poozy Two for a hop around the mushrooms, which they all do. Max and Emmy then return home.



Goodbye Little Caterpoozle (transcript)

Memorable Quotes[]

Wheezie (finds a Horse Fly): "Cassie will love this one."
Zak: Eeww!
Wheezie: "What do you think Cassie? It's a Horse Fly."
(Horse Fly neighs)
Cassie: "Uh, no thanks Wheezie."
Zak (finds a Fruit Fly): "Uh, how about this one? Neat Fruit Fly, huh?"
Fruit Fly: "Fruity tutie rootie."
Cassie: "It's cute, Zak."
Max: "I found one. I found one."
(Stinky-Dink roams)
Ord: "D-d-don't get to close, Max."
Max: "Why not?"
Ord: "Cause it's a Stinky-Dink."
(Stinky-Dink sprays Max with a foul-smelling smoke-like substance)
Max: "Pee-eww!"
Max: "But I thought Poozy was a caterpuzzle."
Quetzal: "Caterpoozle, Max. And she was, but caterpoozles, like many other creatures, change as they grow up, just like you'll change, Maxito."
Max: "Into a bug?"
Quetzal: "No. Into a man."

Home Video release[]



  • TBA

Notes and Trivia[]

  • Morals:
    • Don't jump right to conclusions about something.
    • Many things change in life.
  • This is the first time Wheezie kissed Zak.
  • This is the first time Cassie (or anybody or any-dragon besides Ord) cries.
  • Of all the episodes where Quetzal appears, this is the first one in which he is not at the school in the sky, nor is it shown.
  • A clip from this episode was featured in the 2006 Sony movie Click starring Adam Sandler.
  • This episode is unusual for a PBS Kids series in that it mentions death.