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"Samurai Pie" is a japanese-style themed episode of The Backyardigans from the second season.



"Spaghetti Western music plays as Samurai Pie Maker Tyrone trains apprentice Austin to make the Great Pie for Empress Tasha... while fending off pie-stealing Ninjas Uniqua and Pablo!"


Tyrone is shown in the backyard wearing a white baker's hat and carrying a brown wooden spoon. He shouts "Pie-ya!" repeatedly and introduces himself as Pie Master Tyrone, a resident of Japan who makes pies like a samurai. He then sings "Samurai Pie." After the song, Austin appears in the backyard. "Pie-ya!" they shout to one another, making karate poses. At first, Tyrone thinks Austin is a ninja, until Austin tells him that he's come to him to learn how to make pies. Tyrone accepts Austin as his student, and Austin thanks him. Under Tyrone's direction, the two head off to ancient Japan. The backyard transforms into the grassy landscape of Japan as Tyrone, now dressed in a complete pie-making uniform consisting of a white tunic and pants, heads to the bakery.

On a hillside, Tyrone meets up with Austin, his current student. Austin is also dressed in a white tunic and pants, but he does not have a baker's hat. Both Austin and Tyrone sing a reprise of "Samurai Pie." After the song, Austin asks Tyrone when he will wear a baker's hat with his outfit. "Patience, Young Austin," Tyrone tells him calmly. "Only when you have mastered making pies can you wear the puffy hat," Tyrone tells Austin that today, he will complete the task of creating a pie for the Empress of Japan, Tasha. The two head to Empress Tasha's palace but have to take the secret passage because the bakery's pathway is booby-trapped, so nobody, not even ninjas, can steal any pies.

Meanwhile, Uniqua, dressed in a ninja outfit, drops from the sky and lands on her feet. She happily greets the viewer and explains that ninjas always land on their feet. Ninja Pablo drops from the sky and crash-lands in a bush. "Well, almost always," admits Uniqua. Together, the two ninjas set off for the palace to snatch some pies.

Once they arrive at the palace, Tyrone informs Austin that they must take the secret passageway to the bakery because the main entrance is guarded with traps. Tyrone opens a trapdoor and leads Austin down a ladder and through an underground path adjoining the palace to the bakery. At the bakery, Tyrone hops out of the trapdoor, and Austin looks around the room excitedly. Tyrone then demonstrates to Austin how a pie is made. Austin watches in awe as Tyrone flies through the air, grabbing a wooden spoon from the wall behind, then jumping to a shelf to grab a pie tin. He launches it into the air. Tyrone jumps onto the preparing table and masterfully rolls a pie dough with his feet. He does a backflip, slices the pie dough in half, then tosses both pieces in the air. He quickly stirs some pie filling and launches it in the air. With a great leap in the air, Tyrone catches the pie tin and lands on the floor. With three quick movements, Tyrone catches the bottom layer of dough, the filling, and the top layer of dough with the tin. Tyrone now holds a perfect pie in his hand.

Austin, overjoyed by his master's skillfulness, quickly grabs a spoon. Tyrone grabs the spoon from him. "Young Austin, before you can make pie, you must learn to make pie, and to learn to make pie, I must teach you to make pie," Tyrone tells him. Tyrone then begins training Austin on how to make pies. He and Austin sing "Do You Wanna Make Pies?" as Austin repeats several exercises, including touching a pie tin with a rolling pin, mixing a bowl of filling and kicking his foot, and turning around while filling a row of pie tins with pie filling. Suddenly, a gong sounds, and Tyrone informs Austin that the sound means the Empress wants pie. The two pie-makers set off for the palace.

Meanwhile, Ninjas Uniqua and Pablo scale a stone wall outside the palace. At the palace, Tyrone shows Austin a wall with different pies. Austin sees a big shining pie. Tyrone tells him that it is the Great Pie, the tastiest and most wonderful pie in all the world. Tyrone also says he made it once, but it never tasted because it was stolen by Ninjas. Tyrone and Austin enter the throne room. Tyrone greets Tasha, who is sitting at a table in the room.

Meanwhile, Ninjas Uniqua and Pablo are watching everything from the window. The Empress wants to taste a different pie, but it has yet to be made. Austin suggests she would like the Great Pie, Tyrone is petrified and covers his mouth, but the Empress agrees with Austin and thinks it's a marvelous idea. The ninjas get excited after overhearing this. Tyrone, Tasha, and Austin sing "The Great Pie." During the song, the ninjas sing along, but the others take no notice of them. They run off. Tyrone and Austin are next shown walking back to the bakery.

At first, Austin thinks that he and Tyrone will make the Great Pie together, but Tyrone tells Austin that since making the Great Pie was Austin's idea, he shall make this pie by himself, but he also tells him that this is his true test in becoming a master pie-maker. "Make the Great Pie!" he declares. The camera moves to ninjas Uniqua and Pablo at the bottom of the hill the bakery stands on. They start sneaking up to steal the pie Austin will make but set off a trap. Pie tins are shot in Uniqua and Pablo's direction.

The camera moves to the bakery. Austin first creates a small and burned pie that Tyrone rejects. Tasha yells, "Where's my pie?". Tyrone tells Austin to make a new pie quickly because the Empress is getting hungry. The camera moves to the ninjas. Uniqua and Pablo duck under the tins, and the two are farther up the hill.

Tyrone and Austin are next shown. Austin makes lots of pies, but Tyrone rejects them all. One was too cold, one was too hot, one was too flaky, and one wasn't flaky enough. Austin is getting exasperated. Tasha yells, "Where's my pie?". Tyrone encourages Austin to create the Great Pie. Austin does so and grabs a huge pie tin. Uniqua and Pablo are next shown. They have set off another trap that features rolling pins down the hill toward them. Uniqua decides to jump over them, and Pablo does too, but after a few jumps, Uniqua and Pablo each land on a pin that rolls them back down the hill. Uniqua and Pablo fall a few times and cannot climb the hill. They come across two trees.

To get to the bakery, they must jump from tree to tree until they reach the building, avoiding the pins below. Uniqua jumps from tree to tree until she gets to the top. Pablo attempts and fails as well. The two sing "Ninjas Like Pie Too" as they jump from tree to tree and reach the bakery window. Meanwhile, back at the bakery, Austin has created a huge pie, which Tyrone claims is the Great Pie. Tyrone places it on a tray on top of a wheeled cart and is to bring it to the Empress when Uniqua and Pablo enter to steal the pie.

Uniqua and Pablo take action and lunge forward. Tyrone and Austin move the pie out of their reach. Then Tyrone and Austin fling many pies at the Ninjas, but they keep parrying their attacks. Then they make two pies and get ricocheted back at Tyrone and Austin, covering their eyes. They steal the Great Pie. Tyrone and Austin manage to take it back, but then, Uniqua grabs Austin and Tyrone, Pablo falls in the wheel cart, and the pie flies out of the bakery and goes into the palace, and the four run over to the palace together. Tasha yells about her pie when it comes through the window and onto her table, much to her surprise. The ninjas and the pie makers enter the room. Tasha takes a fork to take a bite of the pie. She tells Austin and Tyrone that the food is the most wonderful pie she has ever tasted. The cast sings "The Great Pie" again, and Tyrone gives Austin his baker's hat.

Ninja Pablo's stomach rumbles, so Ninja Uniqua asks him if he is hungry, but Pablo tells her that he is thirsty. He invites the others to his house for milk to go with the Great Pie. The five rush to Pablo's house as Japan transforms back into the backyard. The characters sing the end song and head to Pablo's house for a snack. Austin opens the previously closed door and shouts, "Pie-ya!"




  • This is the 22nd episode to be available on YouTube.
  • This episode was released early to the DVD "Mission to Mars" before premiering on the main Nickelodeon channel 6 days later.
  • This is the 1st & only time any character has greeted the viewer during the adventure & not in the backyard!
  • This is the first episode to have no songs released on albums.

Running Gag

  • Tyrone and Austin shouting, "Pie-Ya!"
  • Pablo falling down and saying, "I meant to do that."
  • Tasha yelling, "Where's my pie?"


  • At the end of the episode when the camera zooms out as the characters are running inside of Pablo's house, the tree that usually crosses between Pablo's house and Tasha's house is missing.



Backyardigans - 22 - Samurai Pie

"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"