Episode Information

"Garbage Trek" is an episode of The Backyardigans from the third season.



"Captain Tasha and her crew are on an intergalactic funk-filled mission to collect the universe's garbage, but the Moose-ian aliens want that garbage to power their ship!"


Uniqua, Tasha, and Austin are in the backyard wearing blue caps. They introduce themselves to the viewer as Lieutenant Uniqua, Captain Tasha, and Ensign Austin, space garbage collectors. They sing "Intergalactic Garbage Trek" as they explain their jobs. The backyard transforms into outer space. Uniqua, Tasha, and Austin are next shown in a large spaceship known as the U.S.S. Collector.

The three collect trash from several planets while singing the song "Trash Day". Meanwhile, Moose-ian aliens Pablo and Tyrone are low on garbage (which fuels their ship). They spot the U.S.S. Collector and decide to trick the garbage collectors into giving them their garbage so their ship can run on full power. They send a distress call to the U.S.S. Collector. Tyrone hides behind a rock on a meteor and repeatedly yells for help. Austin, Tasha, and Uniqua teleport themselves to the meteor.

Lieutenant Uniqua, Captain Tasha, and Ensign Austin appear on the meteor to investigate the signal. They do not notice Pablo steering the Moose-ian ship over to the U.S.S. Collector. When the garbage collectors finally find Tyrone, Pablo has loaded all of the garbage from the back of the garbage collectors' ship into his ship. He picks up Tyrone. Austin, Tasha, and Uniqua teleport back to the ship to find their garbage gone. After eating the garbage, The Moose-ian ship lets out a huge burp, shaking the U.S.S Collector. The Moose-ian ship then flies off with Uniqua, Austin, and Tasha frustrated that the Moose-ians have tricked them. The Moose-ians sing "That Garbage Funk".

After the song, The Garbage Collectors Tasha, Austin, and Uniqua locate a planet with rings made out of garbage resembling Saturn's rings. Tasha then drives the ship forward. In an another attempt to sabotage the U.S.S. Collector's attempts to get the garbage, the Moose-ians magnetize a nearby moon, so that when the U.S.S. Collector approaches it close enough, it will be pulled toward the moon.

The ship gets flipped upside-down, with Uniqua, Tasha, and Austin hanging from their seats. Meanwhile, the Moose-ian ship is collecting all of the garbage. Captain Tasha orders Ensign Austin to activate the anti-gravity function, releasing the U.S.S. Collector from the moon's magnetic pull.

Austin locates a high garbage rating in the Dumpsterian Sector. He also locates a planet made entirely of garbage, AND a Black Hole nearby. When the garbage collectors realize what a daunting task it will be be to collect the garbage on Garbage Planet AND go around the black hole at the same time, Tasha says "Crew, we are going to go around that Black hole, and we're going to collect that garbage." Austin and Uniqua say "Aye, Captain". while putting on Funk sunglasses, Tasha sings "You Can Do It" with Lieutenant Uniqua and Ensign Austin. While Uniqua collects Garbage from Garbage Planet.

Moose-ians Pablo and Tyrone become so excited over their garbage, that they do not realize that they are being sucked into a black hole. And their ship is out of fuel! After taking notice, the Moose-ians send another distress call to the U.S.S. Collector. Tasha is about to leave them, thinking it's another trick, until Ensign Austin informs her that the distress call is coming from INSIDE the black hole. Tasha brings them up on the ship's screen and sees them repeatedly yelling "Help!". Without further delay, Captain Tasha orders Lieutenant Uniqua to fly the ship with "zip speed" toward the black hole. "We've gotta rescue those Moose-ians!" she declares. But Uniqua and Austin worry about their being unable to escape because he U.S.S Collector is too full of garbage.

As they fly forward, Tasha tries to call the Moose-ians, but they are too much in a panic. She continues to drive the forward with a magnet ray, but it gets sucked in as well. Tasha demands to get out, But Uniqua says that they then can't get the ship out of the black hole since it is too heavy. The Moose-ians and the garbage collectors scream as they get helplessly sucked in closer and closer.

Tasha then has a plan. She figures out that if the Moose-ian ship runs on garbage, they can give the ship garbage, causing it to be able to escape the black hole, and since the garbage is not in the U.S.S. Collector anymore, the ship will be light enough to escape the black hole as well. The garbage collectors do this. The Moose-ian ship regain fuel with the Moose-ians in complete excitement. Pablo then flies the ship out of the black hole.

The Moose-ian ships seem to be leaving the U.S.S Collector stuck in the Black Hole since it i still unable to escape it. Tasha and Uniqua think they are leaving without them until the ship circles the black hole and brings the ship out using a transportation ray. The garbage collectors thank the Moose-ians.

Both Pablo and Tyrone's stomachs growl. Tasha asks Austin what the sound was, and proceeds to translate the Moose-ians' language to discover that it was their stomachs. Uniqua invites everyone else over to her house for sloppy joes. The characters sing the end song after outer space transforms back into the backyard. The characters rush into Uniqua's house for a snack. Tasha opens the previously closed door and shouts "Zip speed!"




Backyardigans - 43 - Garbage Trek

Backyardigans - 43 - Garbage Trek