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"What Does Blue Need?" is the fifth episode of Blue's Clues from the first season. It was the sixth episode to air in the United States.


"As we discover what Blue needs, we take the time to help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper find fruits by describing where they are to each other, sort the laundry by putting clothes in the right places, and help a starfish through a maze to find the ocean."


  • Question: What does Blue need to do?
  • Clues:
  • Answer to Blue's Clues: Bath time
  • Wrong Answer: A bubble sandwich (putting the bubbles in between the soap and towel)
  • Living room picture: A rubber duck
  • Skidoo location: A beach (Bathroom picture)


Needs are the order of the day. After taking care of some gardening needs, we help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, who need to know which fruits to wash for their fruit salad. Later, we help out with Steve's need to have his clothes clean and in order when Blue gets into them and they get messed up and she needs a bath. Then we skidoo into a picture of a beach where we help Starfish go through a maze to get to the ocean to get cleaned off.



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  • Steve's Friends include Nick Brown, a relative of future Content Consultant Laura G. Brown, Cecilia Gonzalez, a relative of future Senior Animator Dayna Gonzalez, Coordinating Producer Penelope Jewkes, and Tanisha Robinson, a relative of future friend of Steve, Michael Robinson.
  • This is the first appearance of Starfish. She also appears in later episode Blue Goes to the Beach.
  • In this episode, the show recorded more Notebook voiceovers.
  • This is the first time a character is one of the three clues. In this episode, Slippery is a clue, making his debut.
  • This is the first official episode to feature Slippery and the bathroom of the house.
  • This is the second time where a question is asked as the name of the episode.
  • This is the only episode where Blue and Steve skidoo into a picture in the bathroom.
  • This is the third episode where multiple pawprints were used; three pawprints were used for the first clue (bubbles), just like Blue’s Story Time.
  • Blue finished up her bath and dried off pretty quickly to go appear with Steve during the "So Long Song" and wave goodbye at the window.
  • This is the first episode where the intro starts late.
  • Basically, this was the only time Steve and Blue Skidoo into a different picture frame. Usually, They skidoo in the yellow picture frame in the living room by the Thinking Chair.
  • The Strawberries were gloating when they said, "We have the most seeds! We have the most seeds!"
  • Washer would make another brief appearance later in the season (in Magenta Comes Over), but had never spoken.
  • When Steve pops back up at the end of the Blue's Clues theme song, his hair from the Adventures in Art and Blue Goes to the Beach OPT is used. This also happens during the maze at the beach.
    • It might actually be re-shots of these footages when this episode was in production at that time.
    • This is also the first time where Steve somewhat re-shots a scene in an episode with his OPT and OST shown in later episodes.
  • This is first episode where Steve comes for the So Long Song from the right side of the house instead of the left.
  • The Blue's Clues theme song also uses the same footage in Blue's Favorite Song.
  • The Mailtime Music sounds starting out like I Did That!, Bedtime Business, The Grow Show!, Love Day and Blue's First Holiday.
  • Steve draws Slippery as a plain bar of soap.
  • This is the first episode not released on VHS or DVD in English, since Mailbox's Birthday was available only in the Spanish version of the Blue's Birthday VHS.
  • This episode mainly features a Noggin train logo.
  • The scene where Blue licks Steve was also featured in the Blue's Clues VHS Trailer from 1999-2000.
  • In the credits, Blue's 4th action appears early.

Running Gag​s

  • Steve got splashed with water throughout the episode.
    • He didn't want to get splashed.
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