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|Season 1, Episode 33|
|Original airdate||February 2, 2005|
|Live-action editor||Cherry Enoki|
|Field producer||Angelica Allende Brisk|
|Storyboard artist||Francois Brison|
|Previous episode||Next episode|
|"Buster Gets on Board"||"Buster's Sweet Song"|
Buster heads to Vermont during Sugartime season and samples maple syrup and learns about milking cows. He also shops for a bonfire.
- "Sugartime!" was pulled from PBS airings after it was criticized by then-Secretary of State Margaret Spellings for depicting two sets of lesbian parents. Vermont was one of the few states at the time to recognize same-sex civil unions. However, some PBS stations chose to independently air the episode, including Arthur's co-producer WGBH in Boston.
- The terms "lesbian" and "homosexual" are never used in this episode: instead, Buster remarks "that's a lot of moms!" and one of the children refers to loving her "step-mother."
- This approach (acknowledging the existence of same-sex couples while not making it the focus of the story) was reused nearly-15 years later for the episode "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone."
- Despite the controversy, this episode was included in the DVD (and the VHS) of Buster's Outdoor Journeys.
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