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"Horsing Around" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the second season.

Characters

Summary

"Giddy up to Hebrew Klezmer music as Cowgirl Uniqua and Jockey Pablo race to discover the best horse rider in the west. You won't believe the winner..."

Plot

Uniqua is wearing a beige cowgirl hat in the backyard. She introduces herself to the viewer as Cowgirl Uniqua, a horse rider who loves to race. She happily starts singing "The Horse-Ridin' Cry" as she tells the viewer that she is the best horse rider of all time. Pablo, wearing a jockey helmet, introduces himself to the viewer as Jockey Pablo, another skilled horse rider who has won every race he has competed in. He calls himself the best rider ever. The two riders meet and start declaring themselves to be the best. Pablo joins in as they sing a reprise of "The Horse-Ridin' Cry." They challenge each other to a race to prove who is better.

The backyard transforms into a stadium. Austin, wearing a news reporter outfit, holds a microphone up to his mouth and announces, "Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the races!". Uniqua and Pablo ride their horses onto the racetrack, still debating who will win. Uniqua and Pablo suddenly hear a sunny voice greet them. They look around until they realize that Tyrone is sitting on a donkey between them. They ask what he is doing there, and he tells them he is a contestant in the race. Tyrone introduces his burro as Molasses. Pablo and Uniqua laugh sweetly. They both think Molasses is cute, but they doubt he'll be able to beat their horses in the race.

Austin exclaims that the race will start. The horses race out of the stalls as Tyrone and Molasses remain perfectly still in their own stall. Jockey Pablo and Cowgirl Uniqua begin singing "When I Win." Austin happily announces that Uniqua and Pablo have left the stadium, while Tyrone hasn't moved an inch. Tyrone tells Molasses that it is okay and that they should take their time.

Riding out of the stadium, Jockey Pablo and Cowgirl Uniqua feel confident that there's no way Farmer Tyrone will catch up with them, let alone win. Back at the stadium, Tyrone and Molasses move a few feet from the stalls, singing "When I Win." Meanwhile, outside the stadium, Pablo and Uniqua talk about who can ride the fastest. Uniqua points out that she's ahead by a nose, then Pablo rides ahead and says that now he's ahead by a nose. They pass each other by two eyes and a neck until Pablo stands up on his horse. Uniqua stands up on her horse and balances on one leg. Jockey Pablo comments that it's easy when going in a straight line but not so much if the horse is going in circles. Pablo and Uniqua start turning around on their horses and start to get dizzy. During this time, Farmer Tyrone and Molasses pass them. "Don't forget about the race! Remember, the Mississippi River's that way!" he tells them.

Jockey Pablo and Cowgirl Uniqua remember the race and resume their riding. Within seconds, they pass Farmer Tyrone and Molasses. "Just keep on goin'!" Tyrone tells her.

Meanwhile, Uniqua and Pablo approach a barnyard. Austin struggles to tell who is in the first lead. After jumping over a log in the road, the two begin debating over who jumped the highest. They start bickering until Uniqua spots the outer fence of the barnyard. She challenges Jockey Pablo to jump over the fence to determine who's the best jumper, but after that, they enter the barnyard and begin a jumping contest, daring each other to do dangerous jumps. They sing "Betcha I Can" as they bet on who can do what. They compete against each other on various jumps: They jump over a tree, a lake, a pile of hay, and a fountain. By the end of the song, Molasses and Tyrone pass the barnyard. Uniqua and Pablo, who are still betting on who can do which jumps, notice they have been passed again. The horse riders pause and then return to the main road since they do not want to lose to a small slow burro. They immediately pass the donkey and moose. Tyrone tells Molasses not to worry and that they should see how it turns out.

Meanwhile, the pro horse riders have come across a mountain. Jockey Pablo tells Uniqua that they have yet to determine the best climber in the world. They bet each other can't climb it. Then they bet each other that they can't do it without their horse, can't climb it without their hands, and can't use their feet, either. Reaching an agreeable solution, Pablo and Uniqua decide to scoot up the mountain backward while whistling. Austin, the announcer, expresses his complete and utter disbelief at what he's watching and announces that if Jockey Pablo and Cowgirl Uniqua don't get back in the race quick, they will lose.

Meanwhile, Farmer Tyrone and Molasses slowly advance down the road toward the two mountains. Tyrone sings "Keep Goin' Along" as he dances beside his donkey. By the song's end, Jockey Pablo and Cowgirl Uniqua reach the top of the mountain.

Tyrone and his donkey, Molasses, pass the mountain and wave hello. The horse riders slide down the mountain and get onto their horses after remembering the race. As Tyrone and Molasses approach the final stretch, Pablo and Uniqua ride their horses as fast as they can. They get closer and closer, with Austin announcing, "This is still anybody's race!" As Tyrone reaches the finish line, Pablo and Uniqua run through as Austin takes a picture. All three of the contestants seem to have won. Austin says it was a photo finish, so they do not know who won yet. As Austin views the snapshot, he discovers that the winner is Tyrone, who is ahead by a snout. Tyrone receives a sparkling trophy and gives it to Molasses for all her hard work.

Uniqua's stomach growled, so Tyrone invited everyone over to his house for blueberry muffins to celebrate. The Mississippi River transforms back into the backyard. The children sing the end song and enter Tyrone's home. Uniqua opens the previously closed door and shouts, "Yee-ha!" followed by Pablo saying, "Yah!"

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • It was supposed to air in the US on January 5, 2007, but was pushed to March 19, 2007 instead.
  • The scenes where Pablo and Uniqua take three different breaks in the race, where they are riding in circles, practicing their jumping, and whistling and scooting up a side of a hill, and Tyrone and Molasses winning the race by a snout references one of Aesop's Fables, The Tortoise and the Hare, where the moral of the story is "Slow and Steady Wins the Race." And Tyrone and Molasses are the tortoise and Pablo and Uniqua and their horses are the hare.
  • This is the first Season 2 episode:
    • Where Tasha is absent.
    • Where one of the main characters has been absent since Monster Detectives. Tasha and Austin aren't featured there.
  • Tasha is the only backyardigan absent for this episode.
  • This is the 28th episode to be available on YouTube.
  • Austin doesn't sing any of the other characters' songs in this episode, apart from the end song.
    • Speaking of the end song, the characters' mouths appear to smile less during it. This was presumably a mistake on the animators' part. This will happen through subsequent episodes.
  • This episode was released early to the DVD "Legend of the Volcano Sisters" before premiering on the main Nickelodeon channel 6 weeks later.

Running Gag

  • Uniqua and Pablo leave Tyrone behind during the race.

Video

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Backyardigans - 28 - Horsing Around

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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