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"The Great Dolphin Race" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the third season.



"Tyrone is the best dolphin racer in Atlantis, but Stable Girl Uniqua hopes to beat him with her wild dolphin Sea Squirt and some musical training from Stable Boy Pablo."


Uniqua and Pablo are in the backyard wearing tan berets. They introduce themselves to the viewer as Stable Girl Uniqua and Stable Boy Pablo. They both start to sing "We Love Dolphins" as they explain how they love taking care of dolphins in Racer Tyrone's stable. The backyard transforms into the undersea city of Atlantis, where the two dolphin caregivers will feed the dolphins.

Uniqua gives biscuits to three dolphins: Seatriscuit, Shooting Star and Quick Silver. Tyrone arrives, riding on his trusty dolphin Blue Streak. He explains to them how he is frustrated since no one is challenging him to a dolphin race. Uniqua reminds him that he has already beat everyone who has competed against him. Tyrone begins to sing "Someday" as he talks about the day someone else will challenge him. Uniqua joins him, but sings about a different subject: becoming the best dolphin racer ever.

Uniqua asks Tyrone if he thinks she will become a good racer and can keep one of his dolphins to race. Tyrone laughs and tells her that stable workers will never become good racers and that all of his dolphins belong to him, no matter what. Uniqua sets off to find a dolphin she can call her own. She comes to a sunken pirate ship. Uniqua hears a dolphin squeak from inside the ship and runs inside to check the situation out.

Inside the ship, a small dolphin is frightened by a giant clam. Uniqua takes a dolphin treat out of her pocket. The clam spots the treat and begins to pant, so Uniqua throws the treat far away from the dolphin, resulting in the clam to chase after it. Uniqua takes the dolphin and names him "Sea Squirt" because of his small size. She takes Sea Squirt to Tyrone and asks if she can keep the dolphin in his stable. Tyrone does not allow her. Infuriated, Uniqua challenges him to a dolphin race.

Tyrone, doubting Uniqua could ever beat him, agrees to this race. Uniqua gives Sea Squirt time to practice racing through obstacles. Uniqua hops on Sea Squirt and begins riding. Sea Squirt zips through holes and avoids kelp, but comes to a stop at a rock covered in clams. Uniqua realizes that Sea Squirt is afraid of clams. Tyrone spots Uniqua and Sea Squirt. He laughs at the sight of a dolphin being afraid of clams. Uniqua and Pablo try to give hoe to Sea Squirt and telling him not to be afraid because they are there for her while singing "I'll Be With You All the Way". Uniqua lets Sea Squirt practice racing somewhere else.

After Sea Squirt perfects his racing moves, Uniqua takes him to Tyrone and asks if she and Sea Squirt could compete against Tyrone and Blue Streak in a dolphin race. Tyrone tells her that he will compete, thinking that he will definitely win since he has never lost a race and that Uniqua is riding on such a weak, small dolphin. Tyrone then discusses the race track: through the wall of bubbles, over the open air jumps, and through the sunken ship. Uniqua gasps when he says "sunken ship", since she knows that Sea Squirt's greatest fear, a giant clam, resides in the ship.

Pablo exclaims that the race will begin. The dolphin racers set off. Sea Squirt swerves and turns in the wall of bubbles. The wall of bubbles comes to an end. Next, the dolphins jump over open air jumps above the water's surface. Tyrone is surprised at how good Sea Squirt is at racing. Finally, they come to the sunken ship. And almost immediately, Sea Squirt becomes scared of what's inside there, and shrieks, causing Uniqua to lose balance and fall off. Tyrone mocks on how the big the clam inside may be, and arrives first on Blue Streak. Uniqua then comforts Sea Squirt, and promises to him that she won't let the clam hurt him. They both enter in the ship. Tyrone was still laughing off on what Uniqua told what's in the ship, until he and Blue Streak saw the giant clam before them. Blue Streak then shrieks in fear and throws off Tyrone. The clam is hungry and comes closer to the dolphin and the racer.

Uniqua comes in on Sea Squirt, and sees both victims being chased by the clam. Uniqua then comes to the rescue, leaving Sea Squirt to stay right where he is. Uniqua tries her dolphin treat again, but then there was trouble: the Giant Clam eats it and corners her, Tyrone and Blue Streak. Sea Squirt sees the three of them in danger and swims in front of the clam. He lets out a void sonic scream, causing the giant clam to dash out of the shipwreck. Uniqua compliments Sea Squirt; amazed at his new-found bravery. Tyrone and Blue Streak also thanks Sea Squirt for saving them. The dolphins and the racers begin racing again from where they left off. Pablo spots them come out of the ship, neck and neck, and now it's who can get to the finish line first, as they sing "The Greatest Dolphin Race". As they near close to the end, with a little more encouragement from Uniqua, both her and Sea Squirt pass the finish line before Tyrone and Blue Streak.

Pablo congratulates Uniqua and Sea Squirt for winning. Uniqua is proud of Sea Squirt, and Tyrone lets Uniqua keep Sea Squirt in his stable and apologizes for being rude towards her and the little dolphin. Not only that he lets Uniqua keep Sea Squirt as part of her and Pablo's stable, he also wants Uniqua to join his dolphin racing team. Uniqua then tells Sea Squirt the good news and that they're really are dolphin racers. Uniqua's stomach growls, so Tyrone asks her if the sound was a clam, but Uniqua tells him that it was just her stomach and invites everyone to her house for clam chowder. The ocean transforms back into the backyard as the characters sing the end song before running into Uniqua's house. Uniqua opens the previously closed door and shouts "Jumpin' jellyfish!" before reclosing her house's door.




  • It is the first episode:
    • In the DVD or production order to be produced in 2008, as indicated by the copyright claim.
  • This summer episode was released to the DVD "Mighty Match-Up!" before it was broadcast on the main Nickelodeon channel 3 days later.
  • This is the second and last episode in Season 3 where Uniqua, Pablo and Tyrone appear without Tasha and Austin. The other one is To the Center of the Earth.
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"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"