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"Eureka!" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the first season.

Characters

Summary

"Uniqua and Tasha are brilliant dinosaur scientists, and Pablo and Tyrone are crusty, dusty prospectors. Township Jive music twangs and confusion reigns as they all scour the South Dakota hills in search of their different kinds of treasure. Is there gold in them thar hills? Or dinosaur bones? Or just a mixed-up misunderstanding?"

Plot

Pablo is in the backyard, playing in the sandbox while wearing an old dusty hat. He introduces himself to the viewer as Crusty Ol' Pablo, a prospector who is searching for gold. Tyrone walks over and introduces himself to the viewer as Dusty Ol' Tyrone, a prospector as well. The boys sing "Diggin' for Gold". They walk off.

Uniqua and Tasha come on screen. Uniqua is holding a metal detector (which she calls "the Laser X-Ray Bone Finder") and walks around the backyard looking for dinosaur bones. For a moment, Uniqua hears the sound of the metal detector speed up and she gets excited, thinking she's found something. Uniqua and Tasha both look at the display sreen, but nothing is shown. They both introduce themselves to the viewer as Scientist Uniqua and Scientist Tasha, who are searching for a dinosaur fossil from the fantasy creature called the Flapasaurus. They both speculate that the Flapasaurus is a creature with either "wings on its toes and flaps on its nose", or "wings on its nose and flaps on its toes". The backyard transforms into the sandy landscape of South Dakota.

The girls look for fossils but don't have any luck. They sing Those Bones as they search. Meanwhile, the prospectors and their pack mule Clementine have not found any gold. The boys search hard, but they don't have any luck. Pablo pulls shovels from Clementine's pack, but don't get the chance to use them.

The boys start singing "Eureka!" while they attempt to find gold. The girls sing the same song as well. Uniqua and Tasha hear Tyrone and Pablo singing, so they try to find them because they think that they are after the Flapasaurus fossil too. The boys hear Uniqua and Tasha singing, so they think that they are after gold too. They try to find them so they can stop them from finding the gold.

The two teams come to a bridge. Uniqua and Tasha cross the bridge to the other side of the gulch to continue their search. The teams are now on opposite sides of the gulch. Meanwhile, Crusty Ol' Pablo and Dusty Ol' Tyrone have pulled out hammers to cut off the other side of the bridge. With their backs turned to the edge, Scientist Tasha asks Scientist Uniqua about a noise behind them. As the bridge disconnects and falls behind them, Uniqua and Tasha turn to see the prospectors shouting and dancing from across the gultch. The scientists believe that since they cut off the bridge, the Flapasaurus skeleton must be on the other side of the gultch. Without any hesitation, the scientists decide to climb down the bridge and get to the top on the other side. Crusty Ol' Pablo and Dusty Ol' Tyrone notice the scientists climbing down the bridge and think that the gold must be at the bottom of the gultch, so they climb down too.

The two teams meet at the center below and each side declares their find as their own, but as the words 'gold' and 'bones' are spoken, the teams suddenly realize that there has been a misunderstanding. The four children decide that since each team can't find what they are looking for, they should help each other. They sing "One Good Turn Deserves Another" as they dig. While digging, Pablo hits an underground spring. He causes water to rise. The scientists and prospectors get into a raft that Pablo took out of Clementine's pack. But Clementine is going to drown since they didn't pick her up into the raft! The scientists and prospectors grabs each of the oars. They try to paddle, but it isn't working. Scientist Uniqua suddenly points out that they aren't paddling together. Taking her advice they paddle to Clementine and rescue her. Then they safely return to the sandier part of South Dakota.

As the kids help each other dig, they all sing a reprise of "Eureka!" They uncover a full Flapasaurus skeleton and a large heap of gold. To Uniqua and Tasha's surprise, they discover that the Flapasaurus actually has "toes on its nose and flaps on its wings". They thank each other for helping them. Tyrone's stomach growls so Uniqua invites everyone over to her house for graham crackers as South Dakota transforms back into the backyard. The children sing the end song and enter Uniqua's house. They all open the previously closed door and shout "Eureka!"

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Songs

Video

Backyardigans - 16 - Eureka!24:20

Backyardigans - 16 - Eureka!

Episodes
Pilots
"Me and My Friends" • Animated Pilot
Season 1
"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"
Season 2
"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"
Season 3
"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"
Season 4
"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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