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"Inventions" is the 15th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 3.

Characters Present


Steve and Blue look at many inventions.


  • Question: What did Blue invent?
  • Clues:
  • Wrong Answer: Steve
  • Answer: Blue's Clues itself
  • Skidoo: Workshop
  • Living room picture: The evolution of a wheel thought the episode, First a stone wheel, then a wooden wagon, then a metal gear, then a bicycle wheel, then an automotive wheel + tire
  • Felt frame picture: Fifi & Unnamed Felt Friend holds a paper cup phone (Similar to Something to do Blue)


Steve came up with a device to use to change the channel on the television without getting up, but when he realizes that there's already such a thing, it spurs him to try and create a unique invention following the slogan of try again. When he asked Blue if she invented something, she replied that she did, and they play Blue's Clues to figure out what that invention is. After getting his notebook from Sidetable Drawer, Steve is told by a viewer that a clue has been spotted. He mentioned that it was Sidetable Drawer, but the viewer tells him that Blue's pawprint actually appeared on Steve's notebook. Steve confirms that this was the first clue, so he draws it in his notebook. Immediately after the first clue, Steve meets up with Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, who want to eat peanut butter and jelly on bread together. Steve's excited at his solution: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich, only to realize that it already exists. Then they come across Shovel and Pail and play an invention game. We take a look at pictures of inventions and identify the order in which they were invented. After finding the second clue on the Thinking Chair, they skidoo into an invention factory, where they take a look at some famous inventions such as a train and a car. Before he skidooed back home, Steve found the third clue on a picture of pawprints. When they got home they find that the very game they were playing is the answer and that Blue invented it. So Steve decides to invent a Notebook holder.


  • Otis Allen, one of Steve's Friends in this episode, is related to the voice of Sidetable Drawer, Aleisha LaNae Allen. Others include David Edwards, Kaitlin T. Lang, and Victoria N. Romano, relatives of friend of Joe Dominique Edwards, future Runner Production Assistant from the Studio Crew, Jonathan Lang, and future Executive Assistant Noelle Romano, respectively.
  • This marks the only time there's a clue before Steve does the Song.
    • This is also the earliest time a clue is found, when Steve got the notebook (the clue) from Sidetable Drawer.
      • Judging by Sidetable's laughter, she already knew it was a clue before Steve did.
  • This is the third time Steve draws his notebook in his notebook.
    • The first time was from "Draw Along with Blue". The second time it happened was from the Blue's Clues movie, "Blue's Big Musical".
  • The part of Mailbox that allows him to come from his post to the Thinking Chair (so he can deliver the mail) is called the "extendo-arm".  
    • In this episode, Mailbox revealed that he invented it himself.
  • This episode reveals that Blue invented the game Blue's Clues.
  • This is the second time where Steve includes the thinking chair for the designing of his notebook. The first time it happened was in Blue's Big Musical.
  • The living room picture frame illustrates the evolution of the wheel throughout the episode:
    • A stone wheel (at the beginning of the episode)
    • A wooden wagon wheel (during the Blue's Clues Theme Song)
    • A metal gear (during the Mailtime song)
    • A bicycle wheel (during the We Just Figured Out Blue's Clues song)
    • An automobile wheel + tire (at the end of the episode)
  • This is the 2nd time where Steve is the wrong answer, It happens after Blue's Big Musical Movie.
  • One of these later episodes like this one mostly have Steve's voice from early season 1 just like the later episodes of Season 1.
  • When Steve leaves Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper while talking about names related to peanut butter and jelly sandwich, the guitar Blue made from What Does Blue Want to Make Out of Recycled Things? can be seen on a table.
  • A sound (the going up sound) from the workshop was reused in Dress Up Day.
  • This episode's felt board was reused in Something To Do Blue.
  • Shovel appears without Pail during the credits.
  • This is the first episode where Mailbox appears mirrored in the credits, a practice which will be done on all Season 4 episodes animated by David B. Levy's team.
  • This episode marks the first time Steve laughs the answer.


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Blue's Clues Season 3
Blue's Big Treasure Hunt | Art Appreciation | Weight and Balance | What's That Sound? | Animal Behavior! | Blue's Big Pajama Party | Draw Along with Blue | Hide and Seek | Thankful | Blue's Big Holiday | Pool Party | Anatomy | Signs | Nature | Geography | Occupations | Blue's Big Mystery | Periwinkle Misses His Friend | Blue's Big Musical | What's So Funny? | Blue's Big Costume Party | Inventions | Blue's Play | Prehistoric Blue | The Wrong Shirt | Words | Shy | Magenta Gets Glasses | Environments | Stormy Weather | Blue's Collection | Café Blue