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"For the Love of Socks!" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the fourth season.

Characters

Summary

Tyrone, Tasha, Uniqua and Pablo love their jobs working at the sock factory. But when foreperson Tasha’s trusty pencil gets lost amidst the gears and pistons of the sock machine, the giant machine goes haywire – threatening sockilization itself. To save socks for humanity, the factory workers must go into the enormous sock machine themselves and stop that trusty pencil before it breaks the entire machine. For the love of socks!

Plot

Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone and Tasha are in the backyard sitting on the picnic table near a basket full of socks. Tasha tells the others that a pair of socks is coming down the line. Pablo makes sure the socks do not have any static cling. Tyrone makes sure that the socks are a match. Uniqua folds them and places them in another basket. Tasha greets the viewer and introduces herself as Foreman Tasha. Uniqua introduces herself as Folder Uniqua. Pablo introduces himself as Static-Tester Pablo. Tyrone introduces himself as Sock-Matcher Tyrone. They all sing "Socks, Wonderful Socks".

Tasha tells the viewer they work at the sock factory, where a large invention known as the sock machine creates all the socks in the world, as she and her friends hear the sock factory whistle. The backyard then transforms into the sock factory as the characters repeat what they did in the factory. Tasha uses a pencil to write on a clipboard. The four sing "That's My Job, That's My Job" as they explain what job each of the characters own. Then there was trouble: Tasha accidentally drops her pencil into the sock machine afterwards. Pablo tells Tasha that a tiny pencil like hers probably could not hurt a big machine like the sock machine.

Suddenly, due to the tiny pencil falling into it, the machine starts to malfunction and socks are shot out everywhere. Pablo tells Tasha that he could be wrong, after which Tasha tells her workers that she will get her pencil from inside the sock machine so no more damage is caused, so the three others follow her in the machine. They examine the many gears inside the machine. Tyrone tells the others that in all his years, he has not seen anything like the sock machine. They see the pencil go inside another room inside the machine. They follow after it.

They walk into the Static Cling-atron, a machine that prevents socks from clinging together by using powerful air to blow them apart. Pablo is amazed. The pencil is blown up and hits a part of the machine, but Pablo says that a small pencil probably could not hurt a big machine like the Static Cling-atron. Then there was trouble: the machine malfunctions and the air gets more powerful than ever, so Pablo says he could be wrong as Tyrone is pulled off the ground. Uniqua holds on to his foot and is pulled off the ground as well.

Tasha grabs on to Uniqua's foot. Pablo grabs on to Tasha's. Tasha tells Pablo to stick the socks together with static cling to create a rope, which they can use to reach an air shaft. Pablo tells Tasha that his job is to do the opposite. Tasha forces him to do it. Tyrone grabs on to the shaft and brings the others up. They walk into another part of the machine. Uniqua asks Tasha what would happen if they do not retrieve the pencil. Tasha tells Uniqua that that could mean the end of "sock-ilization".

The four sing "A Life Without Socks Is Not a Life for Me" as they discuss what would happen without socks. Tasha spots the pencil going into another door. The foursome enter the door and discover a sock decorating machine. Tasha spots the pencil once again, but she does not have enough time to retrieve it before it damages the gears. Then there was trouble: the controls go out of control. Smoke comes out of every machine.

The cast rolls, trying not to get crushed by anything. They zigzag when trying to escape colorizers. They finally reach the exit and stand still. He notices that a metal container pillar is fall to hit the side of the wall, so the four jump out and tumble. They get back on their feet and gasp.

The Giant Ball of Yarn, a huge ball of yarn used to make every sock in the world, is floating in the center of many floating platforms and shelves. The futuristic platforms take socks away. The four are amazed. Tasha sees the pencil and asks how they can get down to where the pencil is from where they are standing. Uniqua reveals to them that she had been working on a fold called the unbreakable fold and performs it. She hands each of them a pair of folded socks.

They slide down fragments of yarn using the folded socks. They sing "Gotta Get the Pencil" as they try to grab Tasha's pencil out of mid-air. Then there was a lot of trouble: the pencil falls into the Giant Ball of Yarn and a rumbling sound is heard. Floating platforms fly everywhere and socks are flung in every direction. Tasha spots an "off" button. In slow-motion, she yells "For the love of socks!" and pushes the button. The platforms and socks fall to the ground, and Tasha catches her pencil as it falls out of the ball of yarn. Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone celebrate.

Pablo hears a noise and thinks it is a another pencil stuck in the sock machine, but the noise is revealed to be coming from Tyrone's stomach. Tasha invites everybody to her place for grilled cheese sandwiches as the sock machine transforms back into the backyard. The children sing the end song and run to Tasha's house afterwards. Tasha then stands back and shouts, "For the love of socks!", and the mission has success.

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • Austin is the only one character to NOT appear in this episode.

Running Gags

  • Tasha says, oh for the love of socks, like in the episode of The Secret Of Snow
  • Whenever Pablo tells everyone that looks fine, but he is not saying that.
  • Everytime Tyrone says, "In all my years, I've never seen anything like this."
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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