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Meet Polka Dots! is the twenty-sixth episode of Blue's Clues from season 5.

Characters Present

Video Releases

  • Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 5 (DVD, 2007)

Summary

The viewers get to learn about having imaginary friends.

Recap

This episode introduces viewers to Polka Dots, a small, stuffed green dog toy of Blue's with purple polka dots, who previously appeared in some of the Blue's Clues episodes. They also learn more about Joe's stuffed duck, Boris. Blue plays pretend with Slippery, learning that using their imagination and perhaps their stuffed friend, they can do anything that they want to do. Then, Blue meets Periwinkle's friend, Mr. Plate, and visit new places and situations with the two of them.

Elements

  • Question: What is Blue and Polka Dots gonna play?
  • Clues:
    • 1. Up
    • 2. Stars
    • 3. A Planet
  • Answer: Outer Space
  • Living room picture: Joe and Boris, then Polka Dots and Boris, then Blue and Polka Dots, then a picture of outer space

Trivia

  • In this episode, Blue is shown on-screen, placing her pawprint on every clue. This is largely because the focus is on Blue for most of the episode anyway, while Joe is busy playing with stuffed duck, Boris.
  • This episode served as a springboard to introduce Polka Dots, who was introduced as a living puppet character in Blue's Room and the Blue's Room segments starting with "The Legend of the Blue Puppy". Polka Dots was first seen in "Bedtime Business."
    • In general, episodes that are called "Meet (character's name)!" are usually the debut of a new character. However, Polka Dots was seen before this episode premiered.
  • Beginning with this episode, the format of showing one episode at the start of the week and then showing continuous repeats to reinforce the concepts is officially abandoned.
  • This episode appeared in Nickelodeon listings as "Polka Dots," but the title pennant at the ending of the intro read "Meet Polka Dots!".
  • In the Mailtime Segment, Joe quacks the "Mailtime" song and the last line of the theme song and The So Long Song, instead of singing the lyrics, like Boris.
  • In this episode, Slippery, Tickety, and Periwinkle referred to Polka Dots as her just like Joe did in "Blue Goes to the Doctor".
  • The notebook friend is decorated similar to the Viewer art from "Art Appreciation".
    • Sidetable used her original voice tone for Notebook Friend when she was playing with it.
  • This is Joe's version of "Puppets" and "Imagine Nation".
    • Therefore in all those episodes the 2nd clue was found in the living room.
  • This episode can be seen on Nick Jr. Favorites Vol. 5 DVD. In that release, the Nickelodeon logo (W/2007 copyright info) is added after the Nick Jr. Productions logo.
  • There was no Blue Skidoo in this episode, but Periwinkle imagines that in his imagination in his cardboard box home.
  • At the end of the video letter, the boy and his stuffed monkey Buddy were reading the book Helen's Hiding Place from "Blue's Book Nook".
  • This is the third episode for the clues to talk and sing.
  • This is the fifth episode where all three clues are found in the living room. The others are "What Story Does Blue Want to Play?", "What Does Blue Want to Do with Her Picture?," "Blue's Play," and "A Surprise Guest."
  • Joe wears an orange squared shirt in this episode.
  • This is the only episode in which Joe does not say the answer in the thinking chair.
  • This is the second time outer space is played. This time it's played by Blue and Polka Dots, and for the first time, it was played by Blue and Steve in "Pretend Time", when they pretend to be astronauts and fly toward the stars.
  • Coincidentally, during the short song at the end of Thinking Time, there are a total of eight planets, including the third Talking Clue, if counted as another planet when Blue's rocket lands. That's the amount of real planets in the solar system.
  • If going by broadcast order, the Talking Clues take a break after this episode. They will return in Body Language.

Credits

  • Blue appears with Polka Dots while doing her 2nd (upside-down), 5th (hopping across), and 1st (waving goodbye) actions.
  • For some reason, Mailbox appears with a new animation that only appears in this episode. He stretches all the way to the middle of the credit slide from the right, waves his flag harder, and does not loop it around.
  • Periwinkle holds up Mr. Plate waving The Viewer goodbye.
  • Mr. Plate then appears as a doctor, an octopus, and an alien.
  • This episode holds the record for most character appearances in the credits.

Goofs

  • During the Blue's Clues theme song, Blue pulls out the notebook friend replaced by the normal notebook, as usual.
  • When the answer is revealed, the 2nd clue is frozen and didn't nod itself.

Gallery

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This episode is available for streaming on ViacomCBS' video streaming service Paramount+.
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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