The telephone that appears behind Steve is the same telephone from the original Blue's Clues. The telephone retains its two-dimensional format.
Steve wears a green-striped tie with a beige suit and fedora.
Steve is a detective, and Joe is a present store owner working at a present store, Steve is also not at college this time, it's possible that he's went to college learning about detective agency.
There are differences about Steve and Joe, Steve doesn't have any hair this time, he's now bald, he wears glasses, he still wears his green striped shirt and tan pants only under his detective clothes, and Joe has a haircut and a shaved beard, he still wears his same clothes from the original series Blue's Clues.
During Blue's skidoo, Mailbox does not appear outside. However, when Josh does his first skidoo, Mailbox reappears.
Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper calling Josh about Blue making a mess in the kitchen
The chicks not joining the snack party at the end
Other differences from the original episode ("Snack Time") include:
Magenta, Paprika, Cinnamon, and Joe appear in this episode.
Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper do not call Josh about Blue making a mess in the kitchen. Also, they only do one shape: the triangle (the grapes) when finding food.
The bags holding the food are also made of recycled cloth instead of paper.
The straw that was used for the second clue was visible when Josh puts back the other straws in the cup. In the original, the straw that was used was hidden until Steve put all the straws in the cup.
The straw is a straight one made of paper instead of a bendy one made of plastic and is with lavender diagonal stripes instead of red vertical ones. The rest of the straws are similar to this one, but are larger and thicker with stripes in red and blue in addition to lavender.
After Josh finds the second clue, the Mailtime song starts. In the original episode, after Steve finds the second clue, he goes to the living room and looks for Blue, then the Mailtime song starts.
In the skidoo segment, there are yellow and brown chicks and all of them are wearing party hats. In the original, all the chicks are yellow and are wearing different kinds of hats.
Josh helps two chicks look for their friends. In the original, Steve helps three chicks.
After Josh asks the chicks to help him look for Blue, the chicks immediately answered that Blue is on top of Josh's head. In the original, the chicks asked Steve to describe his friend and then tell him that she is on his head.