|Woodward and Beesting||Gallery||Transcript|
The story starts with Bessie, Portia, Millie, Penny, Gwen and two other honeybees making crafts outside. Bessie is glad to be spending quality time with the others and asks if they feel the same. Then Portia whispers something to Gwen and Penny, and when Bessie asks what she was saying, they refuse to tell her.
Bessie is driven mad by the possibilities of what Portia's secret is (such as a shark in her bathtub, she's going bald, a college accepted her, Portia's real name is "Paper Towel", or she doesn't recycle). When Bessie sees Portia wearing a scarf at a cafe, her desire to know more only increases. After she sees a newspaper about a plot being uncovered, Bessie decides to become a reporter and investigate the matter.
Bessie first asks Gwen to tell her, but she is uncooperative. Next, Bessie interviews Portia's old babysitter, Janet Barley, but she isn't much help either. Bessie then tries calling Gwen over the phone, but gets the same response as last time. Later, Bessie asks Mr. Wu about what Portia ordered on Sunday, and he tells her that she had soup.
Then, Bessie gets a call from someone named "Not Penny" and when they meet at the park, she tells Bessie that "Portia isn't feeling like herself these days". When the Honeybees go on a trip to a planetarium, Bessie is still wondering what "Not Penny" meant, but when she sees Portia point at a distant planet on a map, Bessie concludes that Portia is an alien.
Happy refuses to print the story because there isn't enough evidence, and Bessie reluctantly goes out to find it. Among the things she sees is Portia eating food from a blender and doing a strange dance when no one's looking. This time, Happy is satisfied with Bessie's results, but Bessie is caught in a dilemma between the desire to tell people, and her relationship with Portia.
The next day, Bessie goes to Portia's house and confronts her as an alien. Gwen tells Bessie that Portia's real secret is that she has laryngitis. She was wearing a scarf for throat protection, and was doing strange poses to get them to change the channel and was wearing a green face mask so she wouldn't get wrinkles at 12, but Gwen is still confused by Portia's private dancing.
Bessie is disappointed by the true secret, but she shrugs it off. She decides to play charades with Portia, much to her annoyance. Since she can't tell Bessie to leave and since Bessie shows no sign of stopping, Portia collapses onto her bed.
|Dannah Feinglass||Penny & Janet Barley|
|Sarah Thyre||Mary Frances Gibbons|
|Dee Bradley Baker||Happy & Gwen's Baby Brother|
|Keone Young||Mr. Wu & Teen Boy|
- It is actually revealed that Portia doesn't recycle in "O Say Can Bess See."
- The dog Happy switches collars with is the same one he slapped in "So Happy Together."
- Penny tastes her boogers at times when alone.
- Janet and her boyfriend appeared in the previous episode, "An I See Bee," as patrons at Hilary's Cafe. She is credited as "Teen Girl" in this episode's closing credits.
- When Bessie has a crisis of conscience regarding revealing Portia's secret to the world, she mentions becoming a reporter 3 days ago.
- Bessie's alien getup from "Bat Mitzvah Crashers" is reused in this episode.
- The title references Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who were pivotal in documenting the Watergate scandal. The scandal itself is also referenced in the episode:
- Gwen calls Bessie "Sherlock Homie," a pun on the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.
- Happy has won a "Poochlitzer Prize," a reference to the Pulitzer Prize.
- One of the things Bessie says when playing charades is Cat Stevens; this is the name of a folk singer.
- With its sister episode, "Woodward and Beesting" was watched by 5.6 million viewers upon its original airing.
- Alongside "An I See Bee," this episode seems to have been scheduled to air on May 24, 2008, but for unknown reasons was delayed.
- This episode has the production code of 105A.
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