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"Cops and Robots" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the second season.

Characters

Summary

"It's a space chase set to jug band music, as the evil robots Tasha and Pablo travel to the floating robot factory to reprogram all of the galaxy's robots from good to bad as a part of their plan to rule the universe! Can they do it before the space police officers Uniqua and Tyrone catch them and bring them to justice?"

Plot

Uniqua and Tyrone are outside wearing police officer caps. They introduce themselves as Officer Uniqua and Sergeant Tyrone, space police officers. The two cops sing "Can't Stop the Cops" as they explain how powerful policemen are. They then mention that they are searching for two evil robots currently planning to take over the universe. They run off.

The backyard transforms into outer space, and the mission begins. Sergeant Tyrone and Officer Uniqua begin searching for the robots. Meanwhile, T-900 and Pablonator (Tasha and Pablo), two evil robots who plan to take over the universe by programming all good robots to do bad rather than the opposing side, land, and exit their ship. They check each other's switches on their backs to ensure they are in the 'bad' position. They sing "Bad Bots" as they describe their robotic features. The two Bad Bots discuss how they will get into the robot factory without getting caught by the space police. T-900 activates her mechanical arm and unscrews a vault door.

Meanwhile, Tyrone and Uniqua noticed that the key had been stolen. Knowing the bad bots did it, they set out to catch them. Pablonator obtains the key they need to get into the robot factory, until he suddenly malfunctions, repeating the word "Malfunction!" repeatably and going haywire. T-900 presses the reset button on his stomach, Pablonator returns to normal, and the two enter their ship.

Meanwhile, the space police officers notice that the bad bots are heading to the robot factory. As they give chase, Uniqua tells the robots to stop and pull over, but T-900 replies, "That request does not compute." and she pushes down on the pedal and takes off. After they come across a red light, the robot factory is up close. T-900 orders Turbo Speed, but then there was trouble: Pablonator gets a malfunction again for second time, causing the Botmobile to steer out of control and go off course, and T-900 resets him again. But then they come across an asteroid belt. Uniqua and Tyrone have no choice but to chase through the asteroids.

Tyrone and Uniqua begin singing "Steer, Baby, Steer" as they try to catch the evil robots as they steer through the asteroid belt. The robots dodge asteroids, and the space police still track where the robots are going. Suddenly, while the Police Spaceship gets out of the asteroid field in one piece, the Botmobile gets broken in half and crash lands on a nearby moon. With Pablonator and T-900 beginning sad with no ship, the police arrive to arrest them. After seeing their police ship, the robots get an idea and use their wheels to enter and steal the Police Spaceship. Uniqua tells Tyrone to call the police, but he reminds her they are the police. Tyrone and Uniqua hang into the vehicle's back.

The robots reach the factory, land, and congratulate themselves when the cops find them. The bad bots use rocket boosters to quickly get to the door. Uniqua gets an idea and uses a magnet to attract the key, but Pablonator extends his arm and gets it back. While activating the door, the robots then rush inside. The cops get in at the last minute and try to hunt them down.

The robots sing their own version of "Can't Stop the Cops," in which they replace "cops" with "bots." The police officers sing their version once again. When Pablonator and T-900 reach the Robot Room, Officer Uniqua holds up her badge and attempts to cuff them, but the bots activate their springs and move out of the way, and Uniqua unintentionally cuffs Sergeant Tyrone instead. Taking advantage of the mistake, T-900 extends her mechanical arm, grabs Tyrone's handcuffs, and cuffs him to a nearby pole.

She declares that all the galaxy's robots will turn bad when they flip the switches. She orders Pablonator to flip the switches, but then there was trouble: he starts to malfunction again. Tyrone and Uniqua notice the good and bad switch on Pablonator's back, and Tyrone gets the idea to flip the switch to turn the bad bot into a good bot. Uniqua replies, "Great thinking, Sarge!" but he can't reach it because Pablonator is going haywire non-stop, so she pulls out her magnet and pulls Pablonator towards her. Pablonator makes a "bang" sound which Tyrone calls the sound of a robot hitting magnet, and Uniqua flips his switch. Pablonator turns good and starts singing, "I Feel Good". Still cuffed to the pole, the cops smile at him, seeing him finally turn to the good side, and join in the song, much to T-900's reaction.

During the song, T-900 attempts to turn Pablonator's switch bad again but she fails. T-900 gives up and decides to reprogram all the robots herself. That gasps Tyrone and Uniqua, but thankfully, Pablonator then uncuffs Sergeant Tyrone and Officer Uniqua as his aid to help the cops break loose, and they thank him by telling him, "That's a good bot" while they plan to handcuff T-900, or in other words, "get the bad bot." She attempts to escape but starts malfunctioning as well, as she starts to spin, sputter around, and hit the wall repeatedly. Tyrone demands Uniqua cuff her, she says she has a better idea. She turns T-900 good as she flips her switch and then sings her version of "I Feel Good" with Pablonator, Tyrone, and Uniqua. After the song, Pablonator says it feels good "to be good," and T-900 agrees.

Uniqua's stomach rumbles. She invites the cast over for a snack at her house. Pablonator processes the request and confirms that "a snack" does compute. Tyrone suggests toast and jam as the snack, and Pablonator gives them an OK from him. The rest accept Pablonator's offer and leave the robot factory as the factory transforms back into the backyard, and Pablonator and T-900 Transforms back to Pablo and Tasha. The children sing the end song and enter Uniqua's pink house. Uniqua, Tyrone, Pablo, and Tasha open the previously closed door and shout, "Can't stop the cops!" before reclosing the door, and the mission has success.

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • The working titles for Can't Stop the Cops, Bad Bots, Steer, Baby, Steer and I Feel Good are "The Police Song", "We're the Bad Robots", "Chasing Through the Asteroids" and "I Am A Good Robot".
  • This is the 33rd episode to be available on YouTube.
  • In the backyard sequence, when Tyrone tells Uniqua he doesn't see any robots near the bushes, he points to the sandbox.
  • Austin is the only character who is absent in this episode.

Running Gag[]

  • Pablonator (or T-900) malfunctioning.

Video

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Backyardigans - 33 - Cops And Robots

Pilots
"Me and My Friends" • Nick Digital pilot
"Pirate Treasure" • "The Heart of the Jungle" • "The Yeti" • "The Snow Fort" • "Secret Mission" • "It's Great to Be a Ghost!" • "Riding the Range" • "The Key to the Nile" • "Knights Are Brave and Strong" • "Viking Voyage" • "Castaways" • "Race to the Tower of Power" • "The Quest for the Flying Rock" • "Polka Palace Party" • "Surf's Up" • "Eureka!" • "Race Around the World" • "Monster Detectives" • "Cave Party" • "High Tea"
"Mission to Mars" • "Samurai Pie" • "Scared of You" • "Whodunit" • "The Legend of the Volcano Sisters" • "The Secret of Snow" • "The Swamp Creature" • "Horsing Around" • "Special Delivery" • "International Super Spy: Part 1" • "International Super Spy: Part 2" • "Movers of Arabia" • "Cops and Robots" • "Sinbad Sails Alone" • "Best Clowns in Town" • "Save the Day" • "Into the Deep" • "News Flash" • "Catch That Butterfly" • "A Giant Problem"
"Who Goes There?" • "Blazing Paddles" • "Garbage Trek" • "Fly Girl" • "What's Bugging You? " • "Chichen-Itza Pizza" • "To the Center of the Earth" • "Front Page News" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 1" • "Tale of the Mighty Knights: Part 2" • "Le Master of Disguise" • "Match on Mt. Olympus" • "The Great Dolphin Race" • "Caveman's Best Friend" • "Ranch Hands from Outer Space" • "Robin Hood the Clean" • "Escape from Fairytale Village" • "Pirate Camp" • "The Two Musketeers" • "The Masked Retriever"
"Robot Rampage: Part 1" • "Robot Rampage: Part 2" • "Catch that Train!" • "Attack of the 50 Foot Worman" • "Dragon Express" • "Flower Power" • "The Funnyman Boogeyman" • "Follow the Feather" • "Break Out!" • "The Action Elves Save Christmas Eve" • "Los Galacticos" • "For the Love of Socks!" • "The Flipper!" • "Elephant on the Run" • "The Magic Skateboard" • "Pablor and the Acorns" • "Super Team Awesome!" • "The Big Dipper Diner" • "The Amazing Splashinis" • "The Tale of the Not-So-Nice Dragon"
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