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This article is the episode. For the song, see Riding the Range (song).
Episode Information


"Riding the Range" is a hip-hop wild western-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the first season. This was the sixth episode of the series to premiere in Canada and the United States.

Characters

Summary

"Yahoo! Cowboy Tyrone is headed to a hip-hop hoedown while cowpokes Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha ride the range in search of a thieving bandit (who is none other than Cowboy Tyrone himself). Will their Wild Western paths cross?"

Plot

Tyrone is in the backyard wearing a large black cowboy hat. He introduces himself to the viewer as Cowboy Tyrone, who is heading for Texas to attend a large hoedown. He sings "Riding the Range" as he dances. After the song, he walks forward. He finds a tan jump rope with brown ends in the sandbox. Tyrone asks who it belongs to and assures himself that he may find out at the big hoedown. He walks off-screen as Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha appear.

Uniqua tells the others that she is ready to play jump rope. Uniqua says that she will get the first turn but cannot play when she and the others find that the jump rope belonging to Uniqua is missing from the sandbox where they last left it. Uniqua asks where it has gone. Pablo spots a cowboy track in the sandbox. They think that a bandit stole the jump rope, and they agree to go after him. The backyard transforms into the wild West as Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha describe the land.

The trio is now shown riding horses, wearing cowboy hats. Uniqua is riding her horse named Pal, Tasha is riding her horse named Princess, and Pablo is riding his horse named Old Paint. They sing "Riding the Range" while riding. After about twenty seconds of explanation, the three come to a large canyon where their voices echo. They sing "There's an Echo in This Canyon" as they ride their horses. The horse riders come to a stop when they come to the canyon's dead end.

The three are confused and unsure of what to do next. Tyrone, riding his horse Harvey, with a bag of apples hanging from his horse's side, appears on the canyon's edge. He spots the others on the canyon's bottom. He tells them that their horses will have to climb out to get up and continue their ride. Tyrone takes apples from his bag and attracts the horses.

Uniqua asks Tyrone if he has seen any thieving bandits nearby. Tyrone, unknown that the jump rope belongs to them, answers no, tells them he might as well get to the big hoedown in Texas, and leaves. Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha get on their way as well. They come across a river blocking their path.

To cross, their horses will have to leap over the stream. Uniqua and Tasha proceed and do excellently. Pablo's horse, Old Paint, however, does not do so well and ends up causing Pablo to fall into the river and get soaked. Pablo gets out of the river, leaving Old Paint on the other side. Old Paint goes away, and Pablo stays worried. Tyrone shows up again with Old Paint. Tyrone tells the others that he finds the horse and gives him an apple to attract him. Uniqua asks Tyrone to help them catch the bandit, but Tyrone says he can't. Tyrone sees that it is getting dark. He tells the others to get some rest with him.

The four are now shown at a campfire. Tasha ties the horses to a trunk, so they don't escape. Each of the characters gets into a sleeping bag and begins sleeping. Tyrone takes Harvey from the trunk in the morning and gets to Texas. The apples inside the bag to Harvey's side fall out as Tyrone rides away, singing "Texas, Here I Come," causing the other horses to follow Tyrone because of the apple trail he is leaving behind.

Later, Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha wake up. They realize that their horses and Tyrone have gone missing and are petrified. They think that the bandit stole their horses and captured Tyrone. Uniqua spots a hand cart on a railroad track nearby and tells the others that they can use it to catch up with the bandit. The three sing "Texas, Here We Come" as they ride the hand cart across the track. Night falls. Tyrone sees a cabin and says it belongs to old man Winston in California. He decides to take a nap before the hoedown. The horses that followed Tyrone stop next to a tree where Harvey is.

Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha arrive and see the horses. They think that the bandit has Tyrone captive inside the cabin. Uniqua goes to the cabin's door and tells the bandit to surrender. Tyrone wakes up and sneaks out the back, thinking the bandit can get in the cabin. Tyrone goes to the porch, and Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha think he escaped from the bandit. The four enter the cabin and see the back door open. They believe that the bandit got away. Tyrone thanks them for saving him and the hoedown stars. At the hoedown, they celebrate by singing "Buffalo Girls and Boys." While dancing, Tyrone uses the jump rope (revealing that he was the bandit the whole time, but not a mean one) and gives it back to Uniqua, saying he has found its owner.

Tyrone's stomach rumbles, and Pablo invites the others to his house for cookies. The characters head back, and the old West transforms back into the backyard. The four sing the end song and head to Pablo's house for a snack. As the episode ends, Tyrone says to the viewers, "Yahoo! So long, partners."

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • This wild western episode premiered in Canada on October 9, 2004, almost 2 days before it officially made its debut in the United States with the episodes Knights Are Brave and Strong, and The Yeti.
  • This is the only episode in which the characters' speaking voices have major parts in all of the songs (due to the parts involving rapping).
  • Despite this being the seventh episode of the series produced, it was actually the sixth episode to air in Canada and the United States.
    • This is the official first episode in the Canadian airing and US airing order where Tyrone, Tasha and Uniqua visited Pablo's house for snack.
  • Austin is the only main character who can't appear in this episode and the other past episodes. He will appear in the next episode.
    • This is the fourth episode in the Canadian airing or US airing order where he is absent.
  • This is the first episode to feature feral animals being horses.
  • This is the seventh episode to be available on YouTube.

Goofs/Errors

  • After Tasha, Pablo and Uniqua climb out of the echo canyon, Tasha's left eye has the same design as Tyrone's.
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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