Joe's Surprise Party is the eighth episode of Blue's Clues from season 5.


It is Joe's birthday and the viewers are invited to a surprise party for Joe. Blue and her friends play Blue's Clues to plan a game for the party. 


  • Question: What should Blue and her friends do for Joe's birthday?
  • Clues:
    • Tape
    • Joe's Present
    • Wrapping Paper
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Wrap Joe's Present
  • Living room picture: Doodle of Joe wearing a party hat

Characters Present

People inside (during Blue's Clues)

People outside (during Blue's Clues)

Not revealed until after playing Blue's Clues


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  • There was no skidoo segment in this episode, despite the race to the Thinking Chair music being played after the third clue was found.
  • Joe had to be outside for almost the entire episode because he was not supposed to go into the kitchen because they were having a surprise party for him in that room.
  • This is the only time where different characters sing about how to play Blue's Clues.
  • Mr. Salt, Tickety and Periwinkle sit in the thinking chair for the demo of the game.
  • Tickety, Slippery and Periwinkle are the characters that played Blue's Clues with Sidetable Drawer handing them the Handy Dandy Notebook to let them draw the clues. Tickety drew the first clue (tape), Slippery drew the second (Joe's present) and Periwinkle drew the last (wrapping paper).
    • Slippery had to ask what the first clue was because he was not around to see who drew it.
      • This episode and Blue's First Holiday do not feature how to draw the clues, but they (the clues) do not talk.
  • This episode can be featured in 100th Episode Celebration (VHS) and Nick Jr. Favorites: Volume 3.
  • This is the only time the title flag does not have any pictures on it.
  • "The Birthday Song" from "Blue's Birthday" was sung in this episode, but the lyrics were changed to: "Everybody play, it's Joe's Special Day, Happy Birthday!" because it was Joe's Birthday in this episode.
  • This episode is often considered Joe's version of Blue's Birthday, only it is Joe's Birthday.
  • This is the first time Joe was seen in a blue shirt.
  • This is one of the only two episodes where someone other than the host plays Blue's Clues. The second will be in Joe's Clues.
  • This episode is speculated to have been taped on Donovan Patton (Joe's actor)'s birthday, March 1.
  • After Tickety, Slippery Soap, and Periwinkle figure out Blue's Clues, they sing We Sat on Down just like Joe.
  • Joe wears a blue squared shirt in this episode.


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Joe's Surprise Party

Joe's Surprise Party

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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