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"The Grow Show" (working title: "What Does Blue Want to Do Outside?") is the 13th episode of Blue's Clues from the first season.


"We play Blue's Clues to figure out what Blue wants to do outside. As we look for clues, we stop to learn the process of where orange juice comes from Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper. Next, we investigate the elements of length and volume by comparing inchworms and puddles with Shovel and Pail. Finally, we categorize fruits and vegetables by where they grow with the Felt Friends."


  • Question: What does Blue want to do outside?
  • Clues:
    • 1. Dirt (Mud in the UK)
    • 2. A Watering Can
    • 3. Seeds
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Plant a garden
  • Wrong Answer: Put the seeds and the dirt in the watering can and mix it all up
  • Living room picture: Two ducks
  • Felt Frame picture: Freddy is sad frown & Fifi is happy with basket of Oranges, Potatoes & Grapes, then Freddy & Fifi is happy together Basket (none) (Skidoo location)


Steve and Blue have been growing. They play a game of Blue's Clues to figure out what Blue wants to do outside. They get the notebook from Sidetable Drawer. He then finds the first clue on some dirt on some boots and draws it in his notebook. Not long after that, Steve and Blue help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper figure out how to make orange juice and where it comes from. They find out that orange juice comes from oranges, which come from orange trees, which come from seeds: first, a seed is planted, and then an orange tree grows, an orange gets picked from the tree, gets squeezed, and the juice is poured into a cup. In summary, orange juice comes from an orange tree seed that is planted; and then, the seed grows into a full-grown orange tree; and then, orange is picked from the tree; and the juice is squeezed into a cup.

Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper also said that you can also get orange juice from a carton out of the fridge. After helping them out, Steve heads outside to find the second clue on the watering can. He draws it in his notebook. He heads back inside for Mail time and in the letter was a group of kids visiting a farm. After that, Steve and Blue help their felt friends, Fifi and Freddy, figure out where certain fruits and vegetables grow. They know that oranges grow on trees, potatoes grow underground, and grapes grow on vines. After they sing a song about it, they skidoo back home and Steve finds the third clue on some seeds on the table. Steve draws the third clue and sits in the thinking chair to put all the clues together.

Steve thought he should put the seeds and dirt in the watering can and mix them up. That answer was so silly it poured on his head. Steve thought he had better put the seeds in the dirt and use the watering can to water the seeds in the dirt. The answer to Blue's Clues is that Blue wanted to plant a garden. Steve and Blue went outside once more to do so after figuring out Blue's Clues. Blue had just dug a hole in the ground when Steve arrived with the watering can and one of the seeds, which he dropped into the hole. After Blue filled the hole back up and watered it, Steve says that if we give the seed plenty of water and sunshine, it will grow up to be a big, beautiful, blue sunflower. As he tells the viewers this, the seed does grow into a blue sunflower but tells us that this does not happen until later before shrinking back into the ground.

As Steve and Blue plant more seeds, Mr. Salt, Mrs. Pepper, Shovel, Pail, and the felt friends came over. Steve plants more seeds as he sings the So Long Song (which the other sunflowers moved to) and after Shovel digs a hole, Steve tosses a seed into it, Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper cover it up, and a small sunflower instantly grew. Everyone waves goodbye as the episode ends.


Video Releases

  • Snacktime Playdate (DVD, 2004)
  • Nickelodeon: Food With Friends! (DVD, 2011)
  • Season One (3 Disc Set, DVD, 2014)


  • Watering can


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  • Coordinating producer Penelope Jewkes & music & sound designer Michael Rubin are both friends of Steve in this episode, both of whom performed Mrs. Pepper and Mailbox, respectively.
  • This is the first time the felt frame became a skidoo location for the viewer.
    • This is the first time that Steve Skidoos into the felt frame and Blue's second time to Skidoo into the felt frame.
  • This is the first time that Steve himself sings, "That we wanna do!" after the viewers sing, "We can do anything" in "The So Long Song".
  • This is the first episode where two samples: "A Clue! A Clue!" and "No, a clue!" were used, respectively.
  • Blue's ball appears at the beginning of the episode on the snack table, but the colors of the ball and stripe are reversed (the ball is red and the stripe is yellow).
  • As of this episode, the animation has fully improved, giving the characters more movement, as well as more expressions on their faces.
  • The pawprint grows two times and makes the sound of Mailbox's entrance and then splashes.
  • This is the fourth episode where multiple pawprints were used; three pawprints were used for the third clue.
  • When Steve gets his watering can, a re-shot of him with his hair from late Season 1-early Season 2 (that would also be used in Magenta Comes Over, What is Blue Afraid Of?, and Blue’s News) is used.
  • This episode was released on Nickelodeon: Food with Friends DVD and as a bonus feature on the Snacktime Playdate DVD.
  • When Steve says "You know, I can tell I'm really gonna need your help figuring out what Blue wants to do outside today", his voice from Pretend Time is used. During the Thinking Time segment (except when the Blue's Clues answer is given), this also happens.
  • Joe used the same seeds in Contraptions!.
  • The sunflower says, "But that's not till later" from The Trying Game.
  • After having the wrong answer being said by Steve, the muddy water mixed with seeds is poured over Steve's head.
  • This is the first time Blue's paw print (the one that she put on the screen) explodes.
  • This episode was later remade in Blue's Clues & You!, titled Growing with Blue.
  • This episode features a Noggin instrument logo.
  • Some portions of the credit music were reused from Blue's Favorite Song.
  • The clues from this episode made an appearance in Springtime Surprises which was a coloring book in 2003.

Running Gags

  • Steve says "Grow" instead of "Go" by mistake.
  • Every time Steve says Blue's Clues after finding the third clue, the seeds jump on their own.


  • When Steve spots the first clue, a part of the boots is cut off.
    • Also, the boots disappear when Steve walks to Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper.
  • The orange tree somehow grows without being watered.
  • The latter of Freddy's arm can still be seen when he and Fifi walk their garden, and again before Steve and Blue Skidoo home.
  • When Blue Skidoos home, her skidoo sound is not heard, but Steve's is. This is most likely due to the music.
  • Blue has two barking errors in this episode:
    • When Steve says "the mail's here", her mouth doesn't move, but her barking sound is heard.
    • Before Blue Skidoos home, her mouth moves, but her barking sound isn't heard.
  • In the UK version, adult voices can be heard along with the kids' voices in the answer to the Thinking Time segment.
Blue's Clues Season 1
Snack Time | What Time Is It for Blue? | Mailbox's Birthday | Blue's Story Time | What Does Blue Need? | Blue's Favorite Song | Adventures in Art | Blue Goes to the Beach | Pretend Time | A Snowy Day | The Trying Game | Blue Wants to Play a Game | The Grow Show | Blue Wants to Play a Song Game | What Does Blue Want to Make? | What Story Does Blue Want to Play? | Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme | What Is Blue Afraid Of? | Magenta Comes Over | Blue's News