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Joe's Surprise Party is the 8th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 5.


It's Joe's birthday and the viewers are invited to a surprise party for him. Blue and her friends Tickety, Slippery, and Periwinkle play Blue's Clues to figure out what else they need to do to finish getting ready for his surprise party.


  • Question: What else do we need to do to get ready for the surprise party? (by Mr. Salt)
  • Clues:
    • 1. Tape (Tickety)
    • 2. Joe's Present (Slippery)
    • 3. Wrapping Paper (Periwinkle)
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Wrapping Joe's Present
  • Living room picture: Doodle of Joe wearing a party hat
  • Felt frame picture: Fifi covering her eyes, Freddy holding a cake with a candle on it
  • Colored Shirt: Blue

Characters Present[]

People inside (during Blue's Clues)[]

People outside (during Blue's Clues)[]

Not shown until after playing Blue's Clues[]


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  • The clips where Blue jumps onto the screen after playing Blue's clues and where Mr. Salt is hanging on a balloon and where Sidetable Drawer gives Mr. Salt the Notebook was used in a Nick Jr. Play With Us bumper, The bumper can be viewed here.
  • While Bruce Caines did not direct anything, his relatives Maya and Noa Caines are both friends of Joe. Others include Sidney Brooks and Molly Robbins, relatives of Murmur Music's production crew members Kirsten Brooks and Peter Robbins respectively.
  • Joe did not play Blue's Clues in this episode and he had the spotlight in some parts. This is because he didn't know about the surprise party.
  • The air date reveals that Joe's birthday is August 5. But for the sake of this being a preschooler's show, it can rerun on any date, just like Blue's Birthday.
  • There was no Blue 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 supposed to go into the kitchen because they were having a surprise party for him in that room.
  • This is the only time that Joe did not sing how to play Blue's Clues, because she was keeping himself very busy.
  • Mr. Salt, Tickety, and Periwinkle are the characters to 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 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).
  • This episode can be featured in 100th Episode Celebration (VHS), Blue's First Holiday, and Nick Jr. Favorites: Volume 3.
  • The episode title flag did not have any pictures in it. This was the only time that this happens.
  • "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 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 filmed on Donovan Patton (Joe's actor)'s birthday, March 1.
  • Steve and Joe are the ones who speak to The Viewer but because today was Joe's birthday, he had to keep busy and not find out. And the Blue's Clues characters substituted for Joe and spoke to the viewer like he and Steve did.
  • It is revealed that Joe's second-favorite color is orange, first favorite color being green.
    • Ironically, the four other colors of his shirts (blue, red, yellow, and purple) are the four colors of the shirts worn in the Australian children's band and HIT Entertainment/Playhouse Disney/Seven Network/Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV Show "The Wiggles".
  • After Tickety, Slippery Soap, and Periwinkle figure out Blue's Clues, they sing We Sat on Down just like Joe.
  • Everyone in the credits sans Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper wore birthday hats, since the credit sequence was slightly different in this episode, but Mailbox does not appear in the credits.
  • Tickety Tock does not show The Viewer the clue she's drawing in this episode.
  • Joe wears a blue squared shirt in this episode.
    • This is also the first time in the series in both production and airing order Joe was seen in a blue shirt.
  • This is the third birthday-themed episode of Blue's Clues, following these: Mailbox's Birthday and Blue's Birthday.
  • This episode was featured in a Six Feet Under episode, entitled Hold My Hand.
  • The background music was reused from Joe Gets a Clue in this episode.
  • The yellow swirled picture frame shows a doodle of Joe wearing a birthday hat in this episode.
  • In the book, Blue with a party hat says, "Happy birthday, Joe!" as it closes.
  • Silly Hat plays when Mr. Salt carries the balancing party hats to the table.
  • When two of Joe's friends cheer, a noisemaker plays in the background.
  • There are two Face promos for this episode:
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