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Bedtime Business is the 11th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 5.



We have come to the Blue's Clues house at night and so we help Joe and Blue with their bedtime routine, their bedtime business. We watch as Joe tucks in Boris and then learn about important pre-sleepytime activities. The characters have a small clothing crisis, but with our help in identifying clothing through features such as spots and stripes, the problem is solved. We also help out with washing up, reading a story and more.


Day becomes night in the Blue's Clues House. We came to see Joe and Blue, and Joe walks us into the bedroom to put Boris to bed then Joe asks what is your favorite part of bedtime and Joe plays "Blue's Clues". Joe and Blue teach the viewers about bedtime routines. Joe draws the first clue, a mirror, in his notebook. They go to the bathroom to give Blue a bubble bath with Slippery Soap and the Bubbly Bubble singers. Then we pick the right pajamas for Tickety, Shovel, and Pail. Joe draws the second clue, a sink, in his notebook. It is Mailtime. In the Mailtime video letter segment, we see a variant of The Bedtime Business Song. Then, everyone dropped the toothbrush which is the third clue. Joe draws the third clue, a toothbrush, in his notebook. Joe realized that he was already on the Thinking Chair. He puts all the clues together, and Brushing Blue's Teeth was the answer to Blue's Clues. We then brush teeths with Slippery Soap featuring a song called the "Toothbrush Tango". We then read a book to Blue called "Bedtime Business". Everyone got ready for bed with a quiet Goodbye Song, then the Blue's Clues house gets dark as Joe quietly says "goodbye" and went to sleep on the Thinking Chair. The episode ends with a piece of lullaby music in the credits.



  • Question: What is Blue's favorite part of bedtime?
  • Clues:
    • 1. A Mirror
    • 2. A Sink
    • 3. A Toothbrush
  • Answer: Brushing her teeth
  • Living room picture: Various characters sleeping: First Periwinkle, then Baby Bear, then Orange Kitten, then Green Puppy
  • Colored Shirt: Blue

Video Releases[]


  • This episode will lead into Morning Music.
  • Tickety Tock, Slippery Soap, Shovel, Pail, Mailbox, Sidetable Drawer, and the bubble singers didn't appear at the end of the episode for Blue's bedtime story because they were very busy.
  • Danielle Brown, a relative of Content Consultant Laura G. Brown, Ph.D., was one of Joe's Friends in this episode.
  • This episode shared the same name with a song from Goodnight Blue that also appeared in a music video from the 2000 VHS release of "Magenta Comes Over".
    • A slightly different version of the song was part of this episode's video letter.
    • A kid threw a toothbrush out of the letter at the end. Joe picked up the toothbrush which had a clue (the third one) on it.
    • This was the second time an item came out from the video letter. The first was a popsicle stick [the second clue] from "Blue's Surprise at Two O'Clock" and the third would be a freeze dance sticker from "Our Neighborhood Festival". The second time a clue came from there, which is the second clue called a stage, which could be found in the video letter again in "Joe's Clues", and the only time the third clue was found this way.
    • After Joe drew the third clue in his thinking chair, he realized he was already sitting in the thinking chair.
    • Steve did the same thing in "Magenta Comes Over" and "Blue's Big Holiday".
    • Josh later did the same thing in Playdate with Magenta.
  • Joe, Blue, and Shovel & Pail wore their pajamas for this episode in the Mailtime segment
  • This was Joe's version of "Blue's Big Pajama Party".
  • This episode aired exactly 6 years after "What Time Is It for Blue?" premiered.
    • Therefore, in both episodes, both the first and third clues were found in the living room.
  • This episode shared the name with a music video featured in segment after discussing the first two clues. The first time that happened was in "Joe Gets a Clue".
  • Joe sang the Blue's Clues Theme Song, the Mailtime Song and the goodbye Song in his yawn and whisper voice from Blue's Big Pajama Party replaced by his normal voice, since Sidetable was not asleep.
  • There was no Blue Skidoo segment in this episode, due to the fact that skidooing wasn't featured at all in this episode.
  • This was the second time Sidetable's face appears during the So Long Song since "Blue's Book Nook".
  • Joe sang a quiet and the yawning version of the Goodbye Song at the end of this episode and Blue did not join in or show up at the window to wave bye-bye to the viewer because she was asleep in her bed with her stuffed friend, Polka Dots.
    • Joe also sung the last line once just like Steve in seasons 2-4.
  • Joe wore a blue squared shirt for until less than 50% of the episode, but he changed into blue pajamas with multicolored squares for the rest of this episode, his slippers also resembled his duck Boris.
  • Anthony Colangelo (one of Joe's friends) voiced Slippery's singing while Patrick Van Wagenen voiced him speaking.
  • Revealed in this episode, Blue had a boy stuffed puppy named Polka Dots (formerly referred to as female, before officially declared a male).
  • This was the last time where the quiet version of The Goodbye Song was featured and also the only episode where Joe sang that version.
  • In the credits, a different credit sequence was featured: Mrs. Pepper rocks Cinnamon to sleep. While Mr. Salt puts Paprika to sleep, he reminds you (The Viewer) to keep quiet like when you're having a fire drill. Slippery, Mailbox, and Blue (only during Janice Burgress's Executive in Charge of Production credit page) are also in their bedtime clothes, unless they are Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, whose animations are mirrored during this credit sequence. Try to talk with a louder voice next time.
  • This was one of two episodes (until the reboot) where Polka Dots appears that the talking clues did not appear, so Joe draws them.
  • Unlike other episodes, when Joe went to Sidetable Drawer to get his notebook, the regular ending music of We Are Looking for Blue's Clues for when Steve goes to get his notebook from Sidetable Drawer is played instead of the usual jungle music for when Joe goes to find the clues. It will happen again in "Look Carefully...".
  • The Talking Clues are absent in this episode, despite Polka Dots appearing in this episode, so Joe draws the clues in his notebook instead.
  • At the end of the video letter, the ending melody of We Are Looking for Blue's Clues does not play.
  • When the girl says, "We're getting ready for bed.", a song about doing it happens.


  • Joe was given a special pillow Notebook for this episode, but when he drew the clues, he was seen using his regular notebook.
  • At the end of the Goodbye Song, Joe is seen sleeping on the thinking chair, rather than just his bed, with no blankets or pillows. In real life, it would be very uncomfortable and cold to do that, because Joe would get sick, shiver, back pain and have a brain freeze.
    • However, the left light (the one in the window where Blue normally appears to wave bye-bye to the viewer) had its light turned off when it zoomed out of the house, so Joe may have turned that light off and then waved bye-bye to the viewer and went to sleep in his actual bed in his bedroom after the episode ended.
  • The Joe vocals were slightly late in Mailtime Song.


Watch Episode[]

This episode is available for streaming on Paramount Global's 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