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A Very Important Visitor (Episode #614)

KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Everybody is getting ready for the Big Summer Party in Bobland Bay and Bob and his team are going to build two shelter stops for Splasher's new ferry route. Splasher just can't wait for them to finish! He races around announcing his new route, but no timetable has been put in place yet. Despite what he thinks, Splasher can't be everywhere at once. With passengers waiting at both stops Splasher gets into a muddle and starts to think he has let everyone down, until he sees radio DJ Mike Turntable's speakers and has a great idea. Using the speakers and his talkie-talkie, Splasher creates a loudspeaker system so he can announce his arrival times and be Super-Splasher once more. Mr. Carruthers, the Chief Building Inspector, arrives in Sunflower Valley to inspect the Team's work. The machines try to show all the good parts of Sunflower Valley but only remember their mistakes! The machines worry that they are useless and rush in to defend Bob before Mr. Carruthers can give his verdict. Luckily Mr. Carruthers thinks that Sunflower Valley is the very best community he has ever had the pleasure of inspecting and that they must have had an awful lot of fun building it!

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 17, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Splasher to the Rescue (Episode #613)

KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

* Splasher, an amphibious vehicle, arrives into town for his first day of work taking the hotel guests for sight-seeing tours by land and sea. After a brave water rescue, he becomes known as Super-Splasher. Determined to live up to his new superhero name, he interrupts one of his tours to rescue some people who don't need rescuing! Will Splasher ever put his superhero skills to use again? < br />* It's a hot day in Sunflower Valley and Bob and the team are going to surprise Gripper and Grabber, who are coming from the city, with a new shelter. But that's not all. The shelter is also for Bristle, Flex and Tumbler! The team has to finish the shelter in the heat before Gripper and Grabber arrive. Bristle is eager to lend a hand but ends up hindering rather than helping. That is, until Bob needs someone to slow Gripper and Grabber down so they can finish the shelter in time.

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 16, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Scrambler's Scouts! (Episode #611)

KQED Plus: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Chip Chipper and Scrambler are taking the Sunflower Valley kids on an overnight "Badger Patrol". Their motto is "Be prepared" - advice that Scrambler is determined to follow. When Roley tells him that the patrol will need shelter, Scrambler rushes to get a tent from Mrs. Bentley - but Chip has already organized the kids to build bivouac shelters. Then Roley tells Scrambler that the patrol will need food so he rushes off to get some fruit and nuts. But again, Chip beats him to it with some energy bars. Finally, Roley says that the children will need to keep warm at night so Scrambler zooms off to get some warm clothing, not realizing that the patrol already have warm jackets. Scrambler feels bad for not being properly prepared. When the patrol needs some badger food, Scrambler realizes that his fruit and nuts are ideal. He was prepared after all! The patrol declares Scrambler to be the coolest patrol member ever. Mr. Bentley is in need of a proper Mayor's office so he can stop filing his paperwork in Mrs. Bentley's greenhouse. Bob sets about constructing a special building made out of unusual recycled materials. Sumsy wants to help and sets off to find some materials for Bob. Unfortunately, she gets the wrong end of the stick and brings some bricks and some glass from M.r Bentley's greenhouse - things that people still need. Chaos ensues when birds make off with Mr. Bentley's paperwork. Spud retrieves the paperwork but Sumsy feels terrible. Eventually Sumsy has a great idea for some unusual office furniture, woven from recycled wooden twigs - including a filing cabinet for Mr. Bentley's paperwork!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 15, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Spud Hits The Airwaves (Episode #610)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 11, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

When Mike Turntable, the Sunflower DJ, needs to get his new microphone, Spud volunteers to run the radio station. Mike tells him that in the world of radio "bigger is better". Spud takes this advice a little too literally and concocts a series of wild stories. When he announces that a huge non-existent storm is on its way, the Valley is thrown into chaos with machines running this way and that. Soon gridlock brings the whole place to a standstill. Bob goes to rescue Spud and discovers the truth about his stories. Spud is very sorry and uses the radio to direct everyone back to where they should be. Spud decides that being a DJ is not for him. He's better off scaring crows. Mike Turntable has just finished the night shift at the radio station is trying to get some sleep at the Bobland Bay hotel before he DJs at the hotel pool party that evening. Scoop and Muck are digging the pool in time for the party, a job that's much noisier than they expect. Mike keeps waking up. Trying to dig quietly and quickly is proving impossible. Scoop tries to soundproof Mike's room with egg boxes, but that doesn't work, so he has another idea. He remembers Mike's favorite song and plays it to him through some big headphones. Mike is soon sleeping like a baby and the pool is soon finished! In fact Mike's sleeping so soundly that he doesn't wake up in time for the pool party and Scoop takes over as DJ!

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  • KQED Plus: Fri, Dec 12, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Tumbler's Big Day (Episode #609)

KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Horticultural Flex is busy studying some rare plants when he hears about Sunflower Valley's very first radio station. Bob and the team get to work building the studio and erecting the transmitter. While they work, the machines think of ideas for their very own radio shows. Flex is determined to have an original idea but every time he thinks of one, someone else has beaten him to it - Roley is doing a jingle, Dodger is telling jokes and Scoop and Muck are reading stories. Flex is so worried he'll never have an original idea that he forgets that Bob needs his to help install the tall transmitter! Flex is very sorry but Bob has a great idea to solve Flex's problem. Later, with the radio station finally finished Flex dazzles the valley with his very own gardening program! It's snowy and icy in Sunflower Valley and Bob is building an ice-rink at Bobland Bay. Dizzy is delighted since she loves to ice-skate. Tumbler declares that he loves to skate too and will show her how it's really done! On their way to collect some special concrete for the ice-rink, Tumbler skids on some ice in the road. He's not as experienced as he says! But determined not to let Dizzy find out, he does everything he can to avoid more ice - including taking them a very long way back to Bob! When Dizzy gets stuck in a snow drift, Tumbler only has one choice - to admit that he's not very good on the ice and to ask Dizzy to teach him. Soon Tumbler is skating like a pro!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 11, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

A Cold Day in the Valley (Episode #608)

KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

It's the grand opening of the Bobland Bay Promenade. As Bob and the team put up some spectacular lights for the big ceremony, Bristle the street-cleaner arrives to keep the new town spotlessly clean. Before long, important items are missing. It's a mystery, but Bob puts the clues together and they all point to Bristle! Is he really the culprit? Zoomer the skidoo is staying with Bob in Sunflower Valley. When a huge snowfall blocks the whole valley, Zoomer's caterpillar tracks are ideal to help Scoop find his way through the snow with his snowplough to clear the valley. But Zoomer is impatient and easily distracted. When he sees a distressed little rabbit he leaves Scoop on his own. With no expert guidance, Scoop drives into a deep snow bank and gets stuck. Zoomer is very sorry. He was only trying to help the little rabbit, but Bob has a great machine-inspired idea to help the animals!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 10, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Bobland Bay Takes Shape (Episode #607)

KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Bob and the team are building the Bobland Bay promenade. Tumbler wants the design to be unique to Bobland Bay, but finds having an idea is harder than he thinks. Some friendly animals try to help, but end up leaving their tracks in Tumbler's wet cement. This gives Tumbler an idea, and the Bobland Bay Walk of Fame is born! Bob is building the first Bobland Bay hotel. When the first guests arrive before the hotel is fully staffed, Spud decides to help out by trying to do every job in the hotel, with chaotic results. When the new manager arrives, Spud is very pleased to go back to the quiet life of a scarecrow!

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 9, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Scoop's Challenge (Episode #606)

KQED Plus: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Bob and the team are building an ice-cream parlor in Bobland Bay. There is fresh ice-cream to collect and also a large model of an ice-cream cone to go on the roof. Packer volunteers to get both the ice cream and the model. He gets distracted by Dodger and Scrambler - and gets his deliveries muddled. Work on the Bobland Bay seaside town continues with a row of shops built using Bob's "Bob House" kit. When Bob splits the machines into two teams, he elects Scoop as leader of one team and Benny the leader of the other. Scoop worries that Benny will replace him as Bob's number one machine. Eventually he realizes that Bob only made Benny leader so he could learn from the best - Scoop!

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  • KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 8, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Two New Machines! (Episode #605)

KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Tumbler, the big and booming cement mixer, arrives in the Valley to help build the Bobland Bay skate park. Dizzy is given the job of showing him around. Tumbler's larger-than-life arrogance becomes a little too much for Dizzy and Tumbler is soon all alone in Sunflower Valley. By displaying a little humility, he finds his way back to his new friends! Flex the cherry-picker arrives just in time to help replace the lens on the Sunflower Valley lighthouse. Flex is so desperate to do a good job that he pushes himself a bit too far and gets the new lens stuck in a tree! He helps solve the problem and learns that everyone loves him just the way he is.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Plus: Fri, Dec 5, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Work, Rest and Play (Episode #604)

KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

As Bob and the team build a drive-in cinema, cameras finally roll on Oscar Flicks' sea monster movie shot at Bobland Bay. Spud volunteers to be Oscar's directors assistant. The excitement of the film set proves a little distracting to Spud and soon he's causing all sorts of chaos. He is given the job of looking after the sea monster prop, and decides to have some fun with it but ends up getting it muddy. With a ruined sea-monster, Spud must concentrate to solve the problem - which he does by making a brand new sea-monster costume for the machines! Bob and the team build an exercise park at Bobland Bay to help the residents keep fit. Mr. Bentley is especially in need of exercise and it's up to Scrambler to train him. Enthusiastically, Scrambler takes this role to heart and trains Mr. Bentley so hard that he can take no more! Mr. Bentley flees from Scrambler's exercise regime to rest. When Mr. Bentley is needed to open Bob's new exercise park, he's nowhere to be found - and it's all Scrambler's fault! Scrambler, having learnt that rest is just as important as exercise, finds Mr. Bentley and the new exercise park is declared open!

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  • KQED Plus: Thu, Dec 4, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Lofty's Big Day (Episode #603)

KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

A comet is due to pass through the night sky, and Bob and the team get to work building an observatory so that everyone can watch. Lofty worries that he won't get a good look and decides to get closer to the comet by driving to the top of a mountain. Unfortunately, he gets stuck. Will Lofty get back in time to see the comet? Oscar Flicks, the famous film director, is in town to find locations for his next film. Bob and the team build a lifeguard lookout station as part of the film set, but it will also be used permanently at Bobland Bay afterwards. Oscar's camera makes Lofty nervous and he causes havoc trying to avoid it. When Oscar gets into trouble at sea, Lofty comes to rescue, learning to overcome his camera shyness in the process.

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  • KQED Plus: Wed, Dec 3, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

A Brand New Shelter (Episode #602)

KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 2:30 PM

Roley and Muck are playing a game of skidsies. Roley takes things too far and accidentally crashes into, and destroys, the old machine shelter! As Bob gets to work building a new one, Roley thinks that Muck blames him for the disaster. Muck loves to get mucky, so she's horrified to lean that Bob is building a machine wash to get them all clean! Mucky Muck becomes determined to get muckier than ever before. Eventually, she can resist the machine was no longer and is surprised to find how much fun the ticklish machine wash is!

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  • KQED Plus: Tue, Dec 2, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

Bob's New House (Episode #601)

KQED Plus: Mon, Dec 1, 2014 -- 9:30 AM

When Bob moves his mobile home to Bobland Bay so it can be his site office, Lofty frets about where Bob is going to sleep. His solution is to turn the machine shelter into a makeshift house for Bob, with chaotic results. With his mobile home relocated to Bobland Bay, Bob decides to build his dream house in Sunflower Valley. The machines all have some great design ideas but Bob is having a hard time finding ideas. Eventually he seeks inspiration from his building work in the valley and has a brainwave - a tower looking over everything he's built!

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