The Bee & The Lions is the first episode of the first season of Hanging Out With Maya.
A new life is promised for a young bee named Maya when she is taken in and adopted by a family of lions.
One day, an adult lioness by the name of Cleo was at the supermarket buying groceries.
"OK," said Cleo, "I've got everything on the list."
Cleo went to the checkout and paid for her groceries. After which, she got into her 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon minivan, put her items in the back, and started home. However, when she turned a corner, she saw something she'd never seen before: In an alley was a little bee girl, sitting on the ground and crying while clutching a stuffed llama toy.
"Oh dear," thought Cleo, "that girl needs help."
Cleo pulled over to a curb, got out, and slowly approached the girl.
"What's your name, child," Cleo asked.
"M-M-Maya," the girl managed to squeak.
"What are you doing here," asked Cleo, "where are your parents?"
"I don't have any," Maya sniffed.
"Why not," asked Cleo, "What happened to them?"
Maya just broke down crying. Cleo knelt down and hugged her.
"Shhhh," said Cleo, "there, there, little Maya."
"My parents are both gone," Maya cried, "Mommy had liver cancer and Daddy got bitten by a snake!"
"Oh dear," said Cleo, "that sounds terrible."
Just then, Cleo got an idea.
"Stay right here, sweetie," said Cleo, "I've gotta call to make."
"OK," sniveled Maya.
Cleo sat Maya down on a bench, walked back to her van, got her cell phone out of her purse, and called her husband, Theo.
"Hey, honey," said Theo, "what's up?"
"Hey, Theo," said Cleo, "it's me. I'm just calling to tell you I might be late coming home. Go ahead and order some takeout from Totally 60's for dinner."
"Will do, hon," said Theo.
"Thanks," said Cleo.
After Cleo hung up, she flagged down a passing police car.
"What's the problem, ma'am," asked the officer as he got out.
Cleo explained to the officer about Maya.
"I see," said the officer.
"Do you know if there's anywhere I can get adoption forms," asked Cleo.
"Yes, actually," said the officer, "You can pick up adoption forms from the orphanage."
"Thanks, officer," said Cleo.
"My pleasure," said the officer as he left.
As soon as the officer had left, Cleo went back to the van, picked up Maya, put her in the back seat, and started for the orphanage to collect the necessary paperwork. Once that was done, she drove home and had just pulled into the driveway when Wally Pickles, the owner and manager of Totally 60's, one of the most popular restaurants in Winter City, pulled up in his 1972 Chevrolet C10 pickup truck.
"Well, hello, Wally," said Cleo, "perfect timing."
"Good evening, Cleo," said Wally, "I got your dinner right here."
"Perfect," said Cleo, "By the way, do you have gift-wrapping supplies at your store?"
"Yes," said Wally, "why did you ask?"
Cleo explained to Wally about Maya and her (Cleo's) plan to adopt Maya.
"I see," said Wally, "but, what do you need gift-wrapping supplies for?"
"I want the adoption to be a surprise for Maya," Cleo whispered in Wally's ear.
"Oh, now I see," whispered Wally, "Don't worry, come by the store after your dinner. You can fill the forms out there. I can even get you the necessary supplies."
"Thanks," whispered Cleo.
"No problem," whispered Wally.
The trio went inside and Wally gave the family their meals. Lionel, Cleo and Theo's 10 year-old son had a double cheeseburger with fries and a chocolate milkshake, his 4 year-old sister Leona had chicken nuggets with fries and a vanilla milkshake, Cleo had a Caesar salad with soda crackers and a bottle of iced tea, Theo had a roast beef sandwich with waffle fries and a Pepsi. Leona decided to share her meal with Maya.
"That's nice of you to share with Maya, Leona," said Theo.
"Thanks, Papa," said Leona.
After they ate, Cleo got back into her van and left for Totally 60's.
"Where's she going," asked Maya.
"It's a surprise," said Theo.
"What is it," asked Maya.
"If we told you, it wouldn't be a surprise anymore," said Lionel.
"Good point," said Maya.
Just then, two young men came down. One of them was wearing a green racing suit with lime lining, black racing goggles, and lime shoes. The other was wearing an olive v-neck t-shirt, dark red baggy pants, and black shoes.
"All set, Theo," said the man in the racing suit.
"Thanks, you two," said Theo.
"Who are those guys," asked Maya as the men left.
"Those two are Tinker and his cousin Shaggy," said Lionel.
"Yeah," said Leona, "we live five doors down from them. They're very nice and silly."
"Hey, Maya," said Lionel, "wanna see my room?"
"Sure," said Maya.
Lionel led Maya to his room, which was decorated in a theme surrounding his favorite Marvel Comics superhero, Spider-Man and also had posters of famous musicians and bands such as The Beatles, The Monkees, The Ramones, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, and Tom Jones.
"Quite a diverse music taste you have," said Maya.
"I know, right," said Lionel.
Lionel then sat down on his bed, picked up a Fender FC-100 classical guitar, and began playing it while singing "Windmills Of Your Mind" by Puerto Rican singer and guitar virtuoso Jose Feliciano.
"That's a nice song," said Maya, "I didn't even know you could play."
"Well," said Lionel, "I'm still learning. But I'm getting better."
Just then, Theo came into the room.
"Lionel," said Theo, "your mother's home. And she's got something for Maya."
"Oh," said Maya, "what is it?"
"Come and see," said Lionel.
Theo and Lionel led Maya downstairs where they saw Cleo holding a thin box wrapped in yellow gift paper and with an orange bow on top.
"For me," asked Maya.
"Yes," said Cleo.
"But my birthday's not till October," said Maya.
"Well," said Lionel, "open it anyway!"
Maya then took the bow off, unfolded one of the ends of the wrapped package, pulled out the box, opened it, and found the filled out adoption forms with her name on it.
"You guys are adopting me," asked Maya.
"Yup," said Theo, "welcome to the Busterfield family!"
Maya was so excited she broke down with tears of joy.
"Let it out, Maya," said Cleo as she hugged her newly-adopted daughter.
Maya cried into Cleo's shoulder while Cleo rubbed the former's back. As soon as Maya calmed down, the family all had a chocolate cake that Cleo had bought from Totally 60's to celebrate.
"This is the happiest day of my life," Maya said.
- Apart from this being the episode where the Busterfield family and Maya debut, this is also the first episode where characters from The Railroad Girl and The Adventures Of Tinker & Co. make appearances
- Maya becomes part of the family in this episode
- When Tinker said "All set, Theo," he meant that he (Tinker) and Shaggy were asked by Theo to install a new bunk bed for Maya and Leona to share