As a kid growing up in the 90s, it was rather hard to eschew the amazing show The Magic School Bus. Part and parcel of this effortlessly entertaining and educational program was the frizzy-haired teacher, aptly named Miss Frizzle.
Miss Frizzle was the driving force of the show, as she was the one who brought it upon herself to guide her pupils through awe-inspiring field trips. Her field trips took kids through deep space one week, and into the Earth's core the next week. At one point, she even took her students on a guided tour through the innards of an ailing classmate, guys! In a word, Miss Frizzle is the ultimate. She is what most teachers aspire to be, and she is the teacher all of us wished really existed.
And yet, among all of this perfection of hers, there is one glaring imperfection. She has one blemish that mars every positive she had going for her, and it is her annoyingly false catchphrase. 'As I always say...' is always heard before the close of an episode of Magic School Bus, and it is invariably followed by a phrase that has never been uttered by Frizzle.
I have no problems with her claiming to state phrases that she uses in her outside life -- teachers are allowed to have lives outside of the classroom, I know -- but it's the fact that these phrases are never mentioned in the parameters of the show itself. As far as we know, Miss Frizzle has never said such a phrase before, nor will she ever repeat it. This makes such a claim a complete lie, and makes for a program that would really annoy me as a kid.
There were times when I'd anticipate Frizzle uttering her signature phrase, and I'd hit the mute button. Other times, I'd simply change the channel once she had so confidently uttered this lie of a catchphrase, because I couldn't tolerate her telling young kids such boldfaced atrocities. I mean, really, Miss Frizzle! You're a paragon of education, a purveyor of truth -- shouldn't you feel just a little bit compelled to tell your audience whether or not you truly 'always say' something?
However, if you still have that magical bus kicking around, I'm totally interested in borrowing it sometime. I have lots of trips in mind, and I wouldn't mind a hook-up, girrrrl!