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"The Snow Fort" is a snow patrol-themed episode of The Backyardigans from the first season. It is the fourth episode produced and aired in Canada, and the eighth episode to broadcast in the United States.

Characters

Summary

"Mounties Pablo and Tyrone are on duty, defending their Snow Fort, as Ski Patrollers Uniqua and Tasha search for someone to save - all to the sounds of Western Swing."

Plot

Tyrone is in the backyard wearing a brown Mountie hat. He paces back and forth, chanting, but is interrupted when he spots the viewer. Tyrone introduces himself as a Mountie and begins singing, "I'm a Mountie." During the song, Pablo walks over, wearing the same type of hat, and sings along. After the song ends, Tyrone tells Pablo that today, they will defend the World's Largest Snowball inside a Yukon snow fort, and then they walk to Yukon. The camera moves and shows Uniqua and Tasha skiing. They introduce themselves as ski patrollers and say that they ski on Yukon to search for people to help.

The backyard transforms into the snowy regions of Canada. Uniqua and Tasha check their equipment: the shovel, the cups, the hooks, and the hot chocolate to warm people. They put their bags and then sing "Ski Patrol to the Rescue" while skiing over snowy hills. Pablo and Tyrone are shown entering a fort made of snow-covered ice blocks. They have to protect it and the snowball from invaders and raiders. The camera moves to Uniqua and Tasha, far from the fort, skiing up and down lumps of snow. Tasha asks Uniqua if she sees anyone who needs help. Uniqua, exhausted, tells her that she does not, but she says they will find someone if they keep looking. Tasha tells Uniqua that she is tired of never saving anyone who needs help and looking. Uniqua tells her that there is someone who needs help: her. Tasha tells Uniqua that she is perfectly fine, but Uniqua fakes dizziness and falls into the snow. Tasha, catching on, pulls her out of the snow.

To warm her up, Tasha gives Uniqua hot chocolate out of a vacuum flask. Tasha tells Uniqua that she does not feel too good, though she is fine, and falls into the snow. The process Tasha followed occurs again, this time with Uniqua pretending to save Tasha. Uniqua gives Tasha hot chocolate. The girls start to giggle uncontrollably but eventually get back up, reassured that they will find someone to save. The camera moves to Pablo and Tyrone, who open the vault where the World's Largest Snowball is. After they enter, they sing "Snowball Duty." Tyrone tells Pablo they will keep fort invaders and snowball raiders out no matter what.

Tyrone brings Pablo to a small area in the corner featuring three levers. They begin checking the levers that activate booby traps to keep intruders out of the fort. The camera moves to Uniqua and Tasha, who have found the snow fort and approached it, thinking someone inside it may need help. The camera moves back to the Mounties. They have completed their check, and Pablo has gone to the upstairs segment of the snow fort. He looks out the window and spots Uniqua and Tasha, thinking they are snowball raiders. He alerts Tyrone.

Pablo begins panicking, but Tyrone calms him down and tells him that they are Mounties and they will protect the fort. Pablo warns Tyrone that the ball's vault is still open. Tyrone attempts to close it and yells for Pablo's help. Uniqua and Tasha overhear Tyrone yelling, "Help!" and think that whoever is inside the snow fort needs help from ski patrol. They run to the snow fort and climb the stairs. Then there was trouble: Tyrone and Pablo activate booby trap number one, causing the stairs to turn into one flat piece of slippery ice.

They slide back down to the beginning, look in their packs, and find ice suction cups. They climb the ice sheet with the suction cups until they arrive at the top and ring the doorbell. The Mounties are scared because they heard the doorbell. They do not answer the bell, causing Uniqua and Tasha to think they are so cold that their lips have frozen together. The girls and the Mounties sing "Who Could It Be?".

The Mounties activate booby trap number two, which dumps snowballs on Uniqua and Tasha, who are trying to push the door, but it does not open. The girls do not give up. They hand their snow hooks and climb up the walls to reach the window. Then there was trouble: the Mounties heard them and activated booby trap number three, which caused the blocks of snow and ice making up the snow fort to loosen. This happens when Uniqua and Tasha use the hooks to get up to the fort window, causing them to shriek as the blocks get loose.

The girls fall off the fort. They go through the ideas they have tried, and Tasha suggests they dig a tunnel from outside the snow fort to inside it. Uniqua agrees with the idea. The two take their shovels out of their packs and begin digging. Pablo asks Tyrone how they will find out if the "raiders" have left. Tyrone tells Pablo to look out the window. Once at the top, they wonder how to get out of the fort to scout. They use a rope ladder to get from the second floor of the snow fort to the snow-covered ground.

Meanwhile, Uniqua and Tasha have dug their tunnel and discover that the fort is empty since Pablo and Tyrone have already climbed out using the ladder. Outside, Pablo and Tyrone spot the hole dug by Uniqua and Tasha. Uniqua and Tasha look upstairs to check for anyone else to ensure there is nobody in the fort. While Uniqua and Tasha were leaving the first floor, Pablo and Tyrone entered the snow fort again. They find the tunnel and realize that someone could have dug it and stolen the snowball. Uniqua and Tasha find the window Pablo and Tyrone climb out of and think someone could have climbed out. They leave the fort to look for anyone who has climbed out.

Meanwhile, Pablo and Tyrone have noticed that nobody is on the snow fort's first floor. Tasha and Uniqua have realized that nobody is outside. They pause halfway down their descent as Pablo and Tyrone go back in the hole, and Uniqua and Tasha are on the second floor of the snow fort. Back at the rope ladder, Pablo and Tyrone climb it up to the window. Uniqua and Tasha go to the window to continue looking, and then they face Pablo and Tyrone. When they spot each other, they all scream, and the Mounties fall off the ladder and land in a pile of snow.

The two are now struggling to get out and yell for help. Uniqua and Tasha dash over to them and pull the Mounties out of the snow. The ski patrollers give the boys hot chocolate. Uniqua and Tasha ask Pablo and Tyrone what they are doing, and they answer by explaining to the ski patrollers that they are Mounties guarding the World's Largest Snowball and ask them if they would like to view the snowball. Uniqua and Tasha answer yes. They are brought to the large silver vault, where the snowball is kept.

The girls admire the large ball of snow. Uniqua and Tasha's stomachs growl because ski patrolling has made both of them hungry. Tyrone invites the others over to potato chips and soda at his house for a snack. The snowy Yukon transforms back into the backyard as the four sing the end song. They all (except Austin) head to Tyrone's house. Uniqua and Tyrone open the previously closed door. Tyrone shouts, "Mounties on duty!" as Uniqua yells, "Ski Patrol to the Rescue!", before reclosing the door.

Roles

Songs

Trivia

  • This is the second episode of the series:
    • In the Canadian airing and production order in which Austin doesn't appear, however an image showing Austin as a Mountie himself appeared on the DVD "of the same name", despite how he never assumed that role.
  • This is the very first episode of the series:
    • In the US airing or production order where Pablo, Tasha and Uniqua went to Tyrone's house for a snack.
  • Coincidentally, the episode before this also took place in a snowy landscape.
  • This episode was labeled as "Defending the Snow Fort" on Treehouse TV schedules.
  • This is the fourth episode to be available on YouTube.

Errors

  • During the first part of the song, "I'm a Mountie", Pablo's shadow can be briefly seen on the porch of Tyrone's house before he appears. A similar error also appears in "Super Team Awesome!".
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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