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"Eureka!" is a gold digging-dinosaur hunting themed episode of The Backyardigans from the first season.

Characters

Summary

"Uniqua and Tasha are brilliant dinosaur scientists, and Pablo and Tyrone are crusty, dusty prospectors. South African Township Jive music twangs, and confusion reigns as they all scour the South Dakota hills, searching for their different kinds of treasure. Is there gold in them thar hills? Or dinosaur bones? Or just a mixed-up misunderstanding?"

Plot

Pablo and Tyrone are in the backyard, playing in the sandbox while wearing dusty old hats. They introduce themselves to the viewer as Crusty Ol' Pablo and Dusty Ol' Tyrone, prospectors searching for gold. The boys sing "Diggin' for Gold" and then walk off.

Meanwhile, Uniqua and Tasha come out of Uniqua's house, Uniqua holds a metal detector (which she calls "the Laser X-Ray Bone Finder") and walks around the backyard looking for dinosaur bones. For a moment, Uniqua hears the metal detector speeding up, and she gets excited, thinking she's found something. Uniqua and Tasha look at the display screen, but nothing is shown. They introduce themselves to the viewer as Scientist Uniqua and Scientist Tasha, searching for a dinosaur fossil from the fantasy creature called the Flapasaurus, speculating that the Flapasaurus is a creature with "wings on its toes and flaps on its nose" or "wings on its nose and flaps on its toes." The backyard transforms into the sandy landscape of South Dakota. The girls look for fossils but don't have any luck. They sing "Those Bones" as they search.

Meanwhile, the prospectors and their pack mule, Clementine, have yet to find any gold. The boys search hard, but they don't have any luck. Pablo pulls shovels from Clementine's pack and starts digging. The girls search around, and their metal detector starts whistling; they think they have found the dinosaur bones and yell, "Eureka!" The boys hear Uniqua and Tasha yelling, so they think they are after gold too. The boys and girls start singing, "Eureka!" While singing, the boys shout, "Eureka!" Uniqua and Tasha hear Tyrone and Pablo yelling, so they try to find them because they think they are also after the Flapasaurus fossil. Pablo and Tyrone decide to try to find the girls so they can stop them from finding the gold. The two teams come to a bridge. Uniqua and Tasha cross the bridge to the other side of the gulch to continue their search. The teams are now on opposite sides of the gulch.

Meanwhile, Crusty Ol' Pablo and Dusty Ol' Tyrone have pulled out hammers from Clementine's pack to cut off the other side of the bridge. With their backs turned to the edge, Scientist Tasha asks Scientist Uniqua about a noise behind them. As the bridge disconnects and falls behind them, Uniqua and Tasha turn to see the prospectors shouting and dancing from across the gulch. The scientists believe that since they cut off the bridge, the Flapasaurus skeleton must be on the other side of the gulch. Without hesitation, the scientists climb down the bridge and get to the top on the other side. Crusty Ol' Pablo and Dusty Ol' Tyrone notice the scientists climbing down the bridge and think that the gold must be at the bottom of the gulch, so they climb down too.

The two teams meet face to face at the center below, and each side declares their find as their own, but as the words 'gold' and 'dinosaur bones' are spoken, both teams suddenly realize there has been a misunderstanding. The four children decide that since each team can't find what they are looking for, they should help each other. They sing "One Good Turn Deserves Another" as they dig. While digging, Uniqua and Tasha hit an underground spring, causing water to rise. The scientists and prospectors get into a raft Pablo took out of Clementine's pack, but then there was trouble: Clementine will drown since they didn't pick her up into the raft, so the scientists and prospectors grab each of the oars!

The scientists and prospectors try to paddle, but it isn't working. Scientist Uniqua suddenly points out that they aren't paddling together. Taking her advice, they paddle to Clementine and rescue her. Then they safely return to the sandier part of South Dakota.

As the kids help each other dig and use the metal detector, they sing a reprise of "Eureka!" They uncover an Flapasaurus skeleton and a large heap of gold. To Uniqua and Tasha's surprise, they discover that the Flapasaurus has "toes on its nose and flaps on its wings." The scientists thank each other for helping them. Tyrone's stomach growls, so Uniqua invites everyone to her house for graham crackers. South Dakota transforms back into the backyard as they sing the end song and enter Uniqua's house. Tyrone and Uniqua open the door and shout, "Eureka!" before reclosing the door.

Roles

Songs

Running Gag

  • Every time crust Ol Pablo says, "Gold I tell ya!". Clementine would bray squeakly.
  • The main characters shouting "EUREKA!" and the word echoing every time.

Trivia

  • This is the sixteenth episode to be available on YouTube.
  • This is the final Season 1 episode to feature four present characters without Austin.

Goof

  • Near the end, Pablo's beak moves like he's saying "Gold, I tell ya!" when he's really saying "We're rich, dagnabbit!".
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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