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"High Tea" (Also known as "The Tea Party" on US schedules) is the 20th and final episode of The Backyardigans from the first season and a tea party-themed episode.

Characters

Summary

"How exciting can a tea party be? Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone find out as Tasha leads them on an epic quest in search of the perfect cup of tea, all to the tune of Irish folk music."

Plot

Pablo is running around in the backyard, moving his flippers as if steering a car's wheel. Tyrone comes out of his house with a rope when Pablo nearly bumps into him. They then greet the viewers, and Pablo tells them he wants to drive a race car, which he describes as exciting and fast. Pablo asks Tyrone if he would like to race with him, but Tyrone refuses and tells him he wants to go mountain climbing, which he describes as exciting and thrilling. Uniqua comes out of her house wearing a red and white polka-dotted bow, comes up to the boys, and tells them a knock-knock joke. The boys ask if she wants to do one of their hobbies, but Uniqua refuses and tells them she wants to perform stand-up comedy, which she describes as exciting and funny. All three want to do their own thing.

They start to argue when they see Tasha sitting alone on the picnic table humming. Uniqua proposes that they let Tasha decide what to play today. Pablo and Tyrone agree, and all three approach Tasha. The three ask her what she would like to do. Tasha tells the trio that she would like to have a tea party. Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone are momentarily disappointed by this answer because they do not think a tea party could be exciting. Though Tasha tells them that making the perfect cup of tea can be exciting, on the contrary. They sing the song "Perfect Cup of Tea." Since they promised to do what Tasha decided, the three are forced to go along with the idea. But before they can have their tea party, Tasha tells them they must have the perfect tea leaves to make the perfect cup of tea.

The backyard transforms into the home of the perfect tea leaves, the jungles of Borneo. Tasha explains that golden tea leaves are the only kind of tea leaves that would make the perfect cup of tea. The foursome climbs up the trees to look around. The four zipline to look for the golden tree and sing "Tree to Tree." After many attempts to give Tasha yellow, tan, and silver leaves, they finally find the golden leaves. Tasha pulls out a pocketbook behind her dress and carefully places them inside. Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone think about how exciting and thrilling zipping from the trees was. Just as they think they can have their tea party now, Tasha tells them they must go to the Ming Empire to borrow its ruler's perfect tea set.

They set off to the Emperor's castle. Tasha rings the doorbell when they arrive, but the Emperor doesn't respond. Tasha rings the bell again. For a moment, Uniqua thinks the Emperor isn't home, but Tasha persists. "Hello, your majesty! Hello? Hello?" says Tasha sweetly. She tries ringing the doorbell repeatedly. The Emperor is annoyed by the sound and opens the doors to let Tasha and her friends in. They see the tea set on the Emperor's table when they enter. With an angry look, the Emperor, none other than Austin, asks the friends why they have come. Tasha tells him that they want to borrow his tea set. "No!" is the Emperor's only answer. Tasha asks why he is so grumpy, and Emperor Austin explains that all he does is sit on his throne all day. Uniqua asks Austin if they could have the tea set after making him laugh. Austin doubts that they will even get him to smile. He allows them to try to make him giggle.

Austin sings, "The Grumpy Emperor." Tyrone tries to make him laugh by juggling a soccer ball, a book, and an apple but fails. Tasha does a silly dance but also fails. Pablo tries to make him laugh by making a funny face but still cannot make Austin smile. Uniqua walks up to him and asks him a knock-knock joke: "Knock knock." Uniqua says. Austin does not understand until Uniqua reminds him to ask, "Who's there?" The Emperor does so. "Banana," Uniqua says. Uniqua repeats this joke a second time. On the third time, she replaces "banana" with "orange." Austin asks, "Orange, who?!" Uniqua says, "Orange you glad I didn't say banana?" Austin has not heard this and slowly finds the joke's meaning, going from giggling and chuckling to laughing maniacally. Austin cannot stop laughing and allows Tasha to take the tea set.

As the four exits the castle, Tasha tells them they will need the perfect hot water from the Gushing Geyser of the Gobi Desert. As they leave the castle, Tyrone, Pablo, and Uniqua reflect on how exciting and funny meeting the Emperor was. When they arrive at the desert, Tasha explains the geyser only gushes once a day after it rumbles three times. And if they don't make it before the third rumble, they'll have to wait until tomorrow, which makes Pablo panic. Tasha then calms Pablo down and shows the group a herd of Mongolian ponies, mentioning how they are the fastest-running ponies in the world. The group mounts the wild ponies and sings "The Galloping Song" as they ride toward the geyser. Tyrone, Pablo, and Uniqua realize how exciting and fast galloping on ponies is.

When they arrive, Tasha pulls out the tea kettle and puts the golden tea leaves inside just before the geyser gushes. When the tea party finally begins, Emperor Austin joins in with a cup of sugar. As they enjoyed the tea party, Uniqua, Pablo, and Tyrone found that the adventure was everything they wanted, which Tasha knew it would be all along. Tasha's stomach rumbles, and Pablo invites everyone to his house for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. The desert transforms back into the backyard, and the five sing the end song. They all rush into Pablo's house for a snack. Tasha opens the door and yells, "Pip pip, cheerio!" and the 1st season of The Backyardigans comes to an end.

Role

The other four main characters play themselves and wear their regular outfits in this episode. (Tasha wears an elegant sun hat with a flower to represent her character's sophistication. She carries a satchel containing all ingredients - besides water - for a perfect cup of tea: golden tea leaves and Emperor Austin's tea set.)
Picture of Tasha in High Tea:
The Backyardigans High Tea 28 Tasha

Songs

Trivia

  • This is the twentieth episode completely on Season 1 to be available on YouTube.
  • This is the last episode:
    • In the US airing or production order where Pablo's speaking lines are provided by Zach Tyler Eisen, and Corwin C. Tuggles sings for Tyrone.
    • Where the characters do the merry-go-round during the end song. However, in seasons 2, 3, and 4, their dancing animations in the end songs are different from rather than the first season.
    • To be made in 2005, as indicated by the copyright stamp.
  • On some streaming platforms in the United States, this episode is titled "The Tea Party."
  • This episode was released to the DVD "Polka Palace Party" before premiering on the main Nickelodeon channel 5 months later.
    • Despite being the final episode of the first season, this is the 2nd episode of the series to be released exclusively on DVD in the United States.
  • There is a promotional recreation picture of Tasha grabbing the tea set from Austin with their Season 2-4 designs.
  • This is the 3rd episode where the word "party" is in the title (though only in its alternative title for the US, The Tea Party). The first two are Polka Palace Party and Cave Party.
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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