Can You Help?

Can You Help

Season 5, Episode 1
April 30, 2002 (US)
September 7, 2003 (UK)
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Can You Help? is the first episode of Blue's Clues from season 5.

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Today, Joe needs our help. That is not unusual, but it happens to be the particular theme for this episode. We help out Joe, Blue, and the other characters in a number of ways. For example, we help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper to make some blueberry pancakes for Blue as a surprise snack. We also help out some friends in Storybook Forest to prepare for a big porridge party, but all this helping...maybe it is too much!


  • Question: What does Blue need help playing?
  • Clues:
    • 1. A Wolf
    • 2. A Basket
    • 3. A Cape
  • Answer: Little Red Riding Hood
  • Skidoo location: Storybook Forest
  • Living room picture: A pair of purple handprints


  • This is the first episode to use the "Another Blue's Clues Day" opening sequence.
    • Kevin (U.K. version) has the original season 4 intro with a matching shirt.
  • This is the first episode in which Steve doesn't appear in this episode.
  • This is the first episode to show Joe on his own.
  • The jungle music is heard when Joe or Kevin walks to Sidetable or when finding clues.
  • After the credits, Blue who's chasing her ball kneels down and barks. And then the book closes, leaving magic sparkles.
    • The sound of the magic sparkles mutes off in the UK version.
    • It is unknown who puts the book back or how Blue gets out of the book for the next theme song every time.
  • This the season 5 premiere of Blue's Clues.
  • A new drumroll is heard when Joe or Kevin found clues.
  • Tuba music is heard when Joe or Kevin draws clues.
  • For the first four seasons, there was no actual episode title (With the exception of Blue's Big Musical.)
    • From now on, there will be an actual episode title for the rest of the series.
  • This is the only time the Letter gets stuck.
  • This is the only time Joe met Gingerbread Boy and Baby Bear.
  • During the intro and most episodes, Joe wears an orange shirt, Kevin (U.K. version) wears a green shirt and in a lot of them a green striped shirt and in Colors Everywhere! is the only one with different shirts.
  • In the first four seasons, Blue winks in the outro, but for the rest of the series, she does not wink.
  • This is also the first episode where Joe answers the mail.
  • Starting with this episode, Joe sings the last line of The So Long Song twice.
  • The "Mix-a Mix-a Mix-a" song from What Does Blue Want to Make? and What Does Blue Want to Do with Her Picture? was sung in this episode, and Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper sang it.
  • Joe wears a green squared shirt in this episode.
  • In the closing credit sequence, starting with this episode, the ball bounces 3 times, then rotates, then Blue catches up to it, she doesn't wink, instead, she kneels down and barks "Bye", and then the screen zooms in, and when the ball gets thrown away, she leaves, and then the book closes in the same direction as in Seasons 1-4, leaving magic sparkles, the sound of the sparkles mutes off in the UK, To the right of the book, a little snail plush can noticeably be seen.
    • In addition, even though not appeared, Tickety, Slippery, Shovel, and Pail are credited.
  • The harp was added when the viewer walked into the door coming into The Blue's Clues House.


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Can You Help?

Can You Help?

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
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