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A Surprise Guest is the sixteenth episode of Blue's Clues from Season 5.


Blue is preparing for a special guest. Joe and Blue teach the viewers where everything belongs.


  • Question: Who is the surprise guest coming to Joe and Blue's apple juice party?
  • Clues:
    • 1. A School
    • 2. A Person
    • 3. Tall
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Miss Marigold
  • Skidoo: Blue's School
  • Living room picture: The door, then of Miss Marigold waving at the door
  • Felt frame picture: Blue's School (Location)


Joe and Blue are expecting a surprise guest, so to get ready they clean The Blue's Clues Room, with the viewers' help in putting things away in the proper places. In the Skidoo segment, they visit Blue's school and help Orange Kitten, Green Puppy, and Duck put away the toys to get the school cleaned up. Back at the Blue's Clues house, they set up a party for the guest.

Characters Present


  • Deborah, Isabel, and MacKenzie Brooks are all friends of Joe in this episode. They're related to Kirsten Brooks, one of Murmur Music's Production Coordinators, who worked on this episode.
  • This is the first episode to air in 2003.
  • This was not the only episode on Nick Jr. to air for the first time, as Max and Ruby had their first episode shown earlier in the block.
  • When the viewers help Joe to hang up his orange shirt that was on the bed, there are three yellow shirts in the closet, and four orange ones after they hang up the one that was on the bed. Joe is wearing the other yellow shirt, but there are also only three green shirts in the closet. Either Joe only has three green shirts, or the other green shirt is still out somewhere. Possibly in the laundry.
  • Streaming services, such as Amazon Prime and iTunes, list this episode as "Surprise Guest". The word "A" is simply left out
  • This is the third time Joe wears his yellow squared shirt. The other two were Colors Everywhere! and A Brand New Game.
  • When Joe was heading back to the living room, Steve's green baseball cap (that he took to college) can be seen on the hat stand. This episode could’ve taken place before Steve went to college. Or Steve must've Bought another Hat.
  • This is the third episode where all three clues are found in the living room. The first two are What Story Does Blue Want to Play? and Blue's Play.
  • This is the third time Blue's School was a skidoo segment.
  • This is the first time Blue makes her last clue long.
  • Joe wears a yellow squared shirt in this episode.
  • In the credits, Miss Marigold makes an appearance for the first and only time.


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This episode is available for streaming on ViacomCBS' video streaming service Paramount+.
Blue's Clues Season 5
Can You Help? | Colors Everywhere! | The Snack Chart | The Big Book About Us | Playing Store | Patience | 100th Episode Celebration | Joe's Surprise Party | I'm So Happy! | The Boat Float | Bedtime Business | Shape Searchers | Blue Goes to the Doctor | Contraptions! | A Brand New Game | A Surprise Guest | Dress Up Day | Blue's Big Band | Up, Down, All Around! | Story Wall | The Alphabet Train | Numbers Everywhere! | Blue's Predictions | Our Neighborhood Festival | Blue Takes You to School | Meet Polka Dots! | The Scavenger Hunt | Let's Write! | Magenta's Messages | Body Language | Blue's Big Car Trip | Look Carefully... | I Did That! | Animals in Our House? | Morning Music | Blue's First Holiday