Episode Information

"The Key to the Nile" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the first season.



"Broadway-style musical numbers ring through the desert as Princess CleoTasha and her royal servants try to end ancient Egypt's drought by finding three gifts for Sphinx Uniqua."


Tasha walks out from behind Pablo's house wearing a crown and introduces herself as Princess CleoTasha, the ruler of Egypt. She explains to the viewer how, as a princess, servants cater to your every need, and you never do things for yourself. Tasha sings the song "I Love Being a Princess". The backyard transforms into the desert of Egypt. Tasha is seen looking out the window from her Egyptian palace. She calls for her servants, Pablo, Tyrone, and Austin.

The boys enter. They and the princess sing a reprise of "I Love Being a Princess". Through the song, the servants explain how Princess CleoTasha never says "please" or "thank you". The boys ask Tasha what she wants. Tasha tells them that she wants a drink of water. Austin tells her that they cannot give her any water because the Nile river, their only source of drinking water, has dried up, and the only way it will fill up again is to bring three presents to the Sphinx, who will refill the river after being given the gifts.

Austin tells her that they know where the presents are hidden, and that they will help her find the presents. As they set off on their journey, they sing "Three Presents for the Sphinx". They walk over to a city of pyramids. Tyrone tells CleoTasha that the first gift is the Jewel of the Waters that is in the hidden pyramid. The kids take a rest in a clearing in city of pyramids. Tyrone reaches out into what looks like air, but is actually the door to the invisible hidden pyramid. He opens the door.

CleoTasha follows Tyrone in. They come to a room with six pedestals with a jewel on each one, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds, and more. Tasha approaches a golden jewel, but Tyrone tells her that she must only touch the Jewel of the Waters. "If you touch any other jewel, "all is lost." he says. While CleoTasha looks for the jewel, Tyrone points it out to her. Oblivious to his assistance, she says "I have found it!" Then she gives it to Tyrone to carry.

As the children continue their journey across the desert CleoTasha notices the dry riverbed of the Nile, and sings "I Want My River Back". After the song, she asks Servant Pablo what the second present is. Pablo tells her that it is the Yellow Lotus Flower, which grows only on the Cliffs of Karnak. As they head toward their destination, they sing the second part of "Three Presents for the Sphinx". When they reach the Cliffs of Karnak, CleoTasha has Pablo accompany her up the golden steps.

At the top, they come to a garden. CleoTasha gets ready to pick some of the pink and blue flowers, but Pablo tells her that she may only pick the Yellow Lotus Flower. If she picks any other flower, "all is lost." CleoTasha starts looking for the Yellow Lotus Flower, but Pablo, having spotted it already, points it out to her. Forgetting to thank him, she picks it and says "I have found the second present for the Sphinx!" She gives it to Pablo, so she does not need to carry it. Next, they travel and search for the secret oasis. It takes a while to find the hidden hole of water in the middle of the dry desert, but they find it. Tasha dashes to the oasis and is about to drink from it, but she is stopped by Austin who tells her that if she drinks the water of the secret oasis, "all is lost.". Austin says that only the Sphinx can drink the water of the oasis. Austin gives CleoTasha a cup and she fills it with water. As CleoTasha gets back on her horse, Austin remarks once again that Princess CleoTasha just never says "please" and "thank you."

They find the Sphinx and give her the presents. Being excellent with manners, she says 'thank you' for each one. Princess CleoTasha asks the Sphinx what the secret of the Nile is, and Uniqua sweetly tells her "You know, Princess CleoTasha, the secret to almost everything is to always say 'please' and 'thank you'!" Uniqua and the gang sing "Please and Thank You". During the song, CleoTasha thanks her royal servants for knowing where the gifts were, for helping her find them, and for being such good servants.

Immediately, the trees become green again and the river Nile fills back up. The servants say "you're welcome," and Tasha adds "and please forgive me if I acted kinda like a jerk." They all celebrate the use of manners, and lastly, CleoTasha thanks Sphinx Uniqua for telling her the secret of the Nile. Austin's stomach growls. She then invites everyone over for cheese, crackers, and apple juice at her house. The desert transforms back into the backyard as they sing the end song. They walk behind Pablo's house. Tasha walks back and shouts "Thanks!"




  • This is the first episode to feature all five characters.



Backyardigans - 8 - The Key To The Nile

"Me and My Friends" • Animated 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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