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"The Flipper!" is an intergalactic outer space hero-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the fourth season. It was recognized as the final official episode of the entire series to be broadcast on the main Nickelodeon channel in the United States.



"Pablo is on the Meteor Watch Squad, but a toxic space spill turns him into the uncontrollable Flipper! Can Pablo contain the Flipper and stop an Earth-bound meteor?"


Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha are in the backyard looking in a telescope. Pablo looks at the viewer and thinks that it is a meteor, but realizes that it is a person. Uniqua checks off it on her notepad. Pablo sadly tells the viewer that he has been waiting for a meteor to land so he can test out his new invention: the Rocket Racket. Uniqua encourages him by singing "Today Could Be the Day". The backyard transforms into an observatory and the mission begins.

The trio put their belongings in lockers and Pablo hugs his teddy bear, Teddy, and puts the toy in his locker. Pablo is ordered to check on the Rocket Racket to see if it is okay. Pablo runs out of the door after seeing that it is okay. Uniqua tells him that a meteor is coming to Earth today. Then there was trouble: Pablo bumps into a cart displaying beakers and toxic space goo. Tasha stops it and makes sure nothing fell.

They do not know what could of happened if it spilled. Pablo agrees and bumps into it again. Green goo spills on Pablo. Tasha speaks of the meteor as Pablo sits down and turns large and green. Tasha names him the Flipper because he is flipping out. He and the girls sing "Where Is Meteor?". The girls run away from him until he finds Teddy and turns normal-sized and blue again.

Pablo puts the teddy bear back in the locker and the girls talk about the meteor. Pablo turns into the Flipper. They give him Teddy and he turns back into Pablo. They realize that Pablo turns into the Flipper when he gets excited about the meteor and that he turns back to his normal self by holding Teddy. Pablo doubts. The girls discuss the meteor situation. He turns into the Flipper and the girls give him Teddy. He turns back. He agrees.

The trio walk outside and enter their truck. They secure the Rocket Racket. Pablo puts Teddy near him to never let it leave his sight. They begin to drive, but Pablo loses Teddy. They reinforce him to not flip out by singing "Don't Flip Out". They see the meteor and they don't let Pablo see it, but he sees it from the sunroof. He turns into the Flipper and runs out of the car.

The car bumps into rocks and Tasha is relieved that the rocks did not fall on the car. The rock pillars falls like dominoes, they runs get out his car and destroy the rocket's arm. Tasha says she spoke too soon. Teddy falls into Uniqua's hands. She gives Teddy to the Flipper and Pablo comes back. They explain how the rocket is ruined and they can't save the Earth now. Pablo says he can. The others argue. Then Pablo corrects himself and says the Flipper can. They agree. Pablo jumps on the rocket, throws Teddy to Tasha, turns into the Flipper and grabs a tennis racket. He flies into outer space with the rocket and hits the meteor back into the galaxy.

He returns to Earth and celebrates. Tasha gives Teddy to him and he turns back into Pablo. They sing "The Meteor Watchers' Celebration" and cheer. Tasha heard a noise and ask Pablo if he's turning into the Flipper but it was actually his stomach. So he invites them all over for oatmeal raisin cookies at his house. They accept as the rocky land transforms back into the backyard. They sing the end song and enter Pablo's house. Pablo opens the previously closed door and shouts, "Meteor!", and the mission has success.




  • The Flipper's powers are based on those of the Incredible Hulk, a Marvel superhero; however, unlike the Hulk, his powers are based on over-excitement rather than anger.
    • This makes The Backyardigans the second Nickelodeon (and first Nick Jr.) show to feature a proper Hulk parody. The first was The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius episode The N-Men.
  • This episode was released early to the DVD "Operation Elephant Drop" before premiering on the main Nick Jr. channel 2 years later.
  • This is the final official episode of the series:
    • To premiere exclusively on the main Nickelodeon channel in the United States.
    • To be produced in 2009 according to the copyright claim.
  • This is the second and final Uniqua, Pablo, and Tasha episode without Tyrone and Austin. The first one was Ranch Hands from Outer Space.
  • This is also the last episode to use the 2009 Nickelodeon Productions logo.
  • This is the fifth and last episode Tyrone doesn't appear.
  • This is the last episode where Pablo uses the line "That was a _ adventure, don't you think?". The first one is Ranch Hands from Outer Space, and the second one is The Funnyman Boogeyman.
  • This is the only Season 4 episode, and also the last episode where Pablo undergoes a panic attack.
    • This is also the only time Pablo does his panic attack where Tasha is voiced by Gianna Bruzzese since in other episodes from season 1-3 she was absent and was voiced by Naelee Rae.
  • It is also the last of the two episodes where Pablo gets excited while having a panic attack.


  • In the widescreen version of the episode, Tasha dances off screen and disappears.
  • During the song "Where Is Meteor?" and the line "'Cause Pablo's flipping", both Uniqua and Tasha's mouths are moving even though only Uniqua sang that line.
  • There are four lockers in the observatory despite there being only three characters.
"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"