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Boots to the Rescue
Airdate Saturday, November 5, 2005 (UK)
Monday, November 6, 2006 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, February 13, 2007 (DVD)
Saturday, August 11, 2007 (Noggin)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) 9:00am
Season 4
Episode 13 (aired)
12 (produced)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Jim Schumann
Janice Tolentino
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Baby Jaguar's Roar (airing order)
Big Sister Dora (production order)
Save Diego! (UK airings)
La Maestra de Música (DVD: chronologically)
Next Dora's World Adventure! (airing order)
Super Babies (production order)
Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine (UK airings)

Boots to the Rescue is the 13th episode aired on TV of Dora the Explorer from Season 4.

In production order, it's the 12th episode of Season 4.



Dora has forgotten her music homework assignment, a song sheet with words and lyrics written in English and Spanish. Boots must find it in his room and hurry to school before it starts because if he doesn't, Dora will get in big trouble. Along the way, help Boots learn new Spanish words while he covers for Dora while she's still at school. Can he make it to Dora's school in time?


Boots starts the episode where he tells the viewer that he is learning to speak Spanish. He also mentions that Dora wrote a song to help Boots learn some Spanish words and what they meant in English. Boots sings out the song that Dora wrote out on a song sheet. Boots tells the viewer the Spanish words for up, down, open and close. After the song, Boots gets a phone call from Dora and she explained to Boots that she needs his help because she left her song sheet in Boots' room and if she doesn't have it by the time school starts, she will get in big trouble. So, Boots had to find Dora's song sheet right away. The viewer looks under the pillow and finds a toy garbage truck. Next, the viewer looks in the toy chest and found Squeaky the orange teddy bear (even though Squeaky is a squeaky bath toy in Lost Squeaky). Finally, the viewer looks under a rug. Sure enough, the song sheet was found. Boots picks it up and tells Dora that he will be on his way to deliver it to her at school. Boots finishes the call and immediately slides down the pole and has to figure out how to get to Dora at school. And instead of asking the Map for help, since he's not on Boots' backpack's pocket, Boots has made up his own Map Segment and he's going to need the viewer's help to get to Dora, who is trapped at school. Boots saw Dora and all he has to do is that he has to go through the up and down jungle and through the robot house to get to Dora at school. And this time, instead of saying "So remember" and repeating all the places, Boots started running on the path and has to find the up and down jungle. The jungle went up and then it went down. It comes back up and the blue cursor clicks on the jungle. After that, the jungle goes down. Boots sings out the song as he walks on the path. He says the Spanish words of "Arriba" for up and "Abajo" for down. After that, a big gust of wind starts blowing and it knocked the song sheet out of Boots' hands. Boots had to get the song sheet back. Boots thought that maybe an explorer star can help him. He remembers that Dora always says the Spanish word "estrella" for to call a star. He tries calling out "Estrella", and sure enough, Rocket Star comes along. Boots tells Rocket Star that he had to get back Dora's song sheet. It was up high in the windy sky. Rocket Star blasts off to retrieve the song sheet and whooshed it back down to Boots. After that, Boots thanked Rocket Star for his help. Rocket Star then blasts away. In no time, Boots entered the up-and-down jungle and then he sees Señor Tucán and he said "Cuidado" for watch out. Señor Tucán told Boots that he had to watch out for las arañas (spiders), las culebras (snakes), and los cocodrilos (crocodiles). Boots had to figure out if the animals that Señor Tucán mentioned to him are arriba or abajo. Boots knew those words because they were on Dora's song sheet. Boots thanked Señor Tucán for the warning and he started walking carefully through the up and down jungle. Boots sang to himself and then he heard a spider. The spider was down on the ground, so Boots swung on a vine to get past the spider. Next, he heard a snake. The snake was up high and Boots had to duck down low to get past the snake. Boots was almost done getting past the up and down jungle. He hears the crocodile. It was down on the ground and he gets a vine and swings past it. After that, Boots successfully makes it through the up and down jungle. Boots gets a call from Dora and he told her that he just said "Arriba" and "Abajo" to get through the up and down jungle. Dora really needed her song sheet for school. Boots told her that he is on his way. Boots starts walking on the path and sings out the song. Boots sees Big Red Chicken. He uses the Spanish words of "abre" for open and "cierra" for close. He does a demo by opening and closing a gate. Boots sings along with Big Red Chicken. After that, Boots waves goodbye to him. Boots heard Swiper the fox. Swiper plans on swiping Dora's song sheet, but Boots stopped him by saying "Swiper no swiping" 3 times all by himself. After that, Boots reached a gateway to the robot house. Boots tries to push them open but nothing worked. A robotic male voice spoke Spanish. It said "abre". Boots knew the Spanish word "abre" because it was on Dora's song sheet. Boots said "abre" to the gate and sure enough, it opened. Boots goes through but then he just remembered that he forgot to close the gate. Boots says "cierra" to the gate and it closed. Boots rides on a conveyor belt and he is put into a small container and robot arms carries him to the doorway of the robot house. A blue screen (in a female voice in Spanish) said "hola". Boots knew the word "hola" which was the Spanish word for hello. She said that to enter the robot house, he needs to say "abre" and "cierra". Boots does so. After that, he sees Roberto the robot in his robot car. He needed help in his own robot house. There was a big problem; some of the things are broken and has to get fixed. Boots hops into Roberto's robot car and puts his seatbelt on. Boots travels through the robot house and their first stop was the laundry room. The washing machine was letting out a lot of soap suds. Boots and Roberto had to open the washing machine so they can fix it. Boots asks the viewer what Spanish to use to open the washing machine. The viewer says "abre" and Roberto the robot uses his hammer and gives it a tap. Then the viewer says "cierra" to close the washing machine and all the soap suds drained away. Boots and Roberto ride in the robot car into the robot kitchen. Boots gets a bite of a pancake slice and Roberto the robot gets a drink of juice. Once they got to the robot kitchen, the toaster was popping out too many pieces of toast. They had to open the toaster so they can fix it. "Abre" was the Spanish word to use to open the toaster. Roberto tightens a loose screw with his screwdriver. Now the viewer says "cierra" to close the toaster. After fixing the washing machine and the toaster, Boots' hair and tail got all wrinkly. He gets his hair combed and his tail a brush and then he exits the robot house and told Roberto the robot goodbye. So far, Boots made it through the up-and-down and jungle and through the robot house. Boots has to get the school to give Dora her song sheet. Boots knew he had to hurry because school was about to start soon. Dora steps into the school and sits down on a chair. Dora's friends handed their song sheets to their music teacher, La Maestra. She then asks Dora where her song sheet was. Dora was almost about to get in trouble. She stammers but then Boots hurries to the school and gets Dora her song sheet. She got the song sheet back and did not get in trouble. Now that Dora got her song sheet back and turned in, the entire class started singing Dora's song written on the song sheet. Everyone loved it, even Maestra!

Places in this episode[]

  1. Up and Down Jungle
  2. Robot House
  3. School




This episode can be found on the DVD title Musical School Days and Dora & Boots: Best Friends Forever.


  • This is the last episode to premiere in 2006 (if the home video release of World Adventure! counts).
  • This is the only episode in which Dora does not play a major role nor appear as the first character to start the show (Not counting Go, Diego, Go! episodes). She does not introduce herself to the viewer either, it is also the only episode she does not travel anywhere. However, if she did appear as the first character, the episode would most likely begin with her at school, except she still would not be traveling anywhere. This is also the only time in the series in which Boots gets to be the host instead of Dora.
  • Boots becomes the first character to start the episode.
  • Boots speaks some Spanish all by himself on his adventure, albeit only "Arriba (up)", "Abajo (down)", "Abre (open)" and "Cierra (close)".
  • This is the fourth episode in which Dora explains her favorite part first and then Boots explained his favorite part after that, first being Sticky Tape, second being Call Me Mr. Riddles, and third being Super Babies.
  • Rocket Star only says "Blast off!" in this episode.
  • Backpack and Map don't appear in this episode.
    • However, Backpack and Map appear in the We Did It! song as a cameo/minor appearance.
  • This is the 12th episode where Backpack is not used at all, simply because Boots doesn't have her. However, Boots has his own blue backpack, but it is not anthropomorphic, meaning that it does not speak or move. It's just a normal backpack.
  • This is the last episode feature Diego's second voice actor Gabriel Alvarez. Diego will be voiced by Jake T. Austin in Dora and Diego to the Rescue!, Dora's World Adventure!, Dora Saves the Mermaids, Dora Saves Three Kings Day and the first three seasons of Go, Diego, Go!.
  • This is one of few episodes where Boots has multiple favorite parts.
  • This is the second episode where Boots stops Swiper by himself, the first being Best Friends.
  • This is the 90th episode of the show.
  • The I Speak Spanish and English song is a calypso song.
  • This is the the sixth instance in which Benny and Isa spoke Spanish. The entire class including them were singing the lines "Arriba, up, abajo, down, abre open, cierra close" from the I Speak Spanish and English song. She first spoke Spanish in Bugga Bugga, in which she said "Abre", the second and third times were To The Treehouse and Whose Birthday is It?, respectively, both in which she said "¡Gracias!", The fourth instance is yet to be known, and the fifth instance was in Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! where she said "¡Ayúdenme!".
    • Speaking of the song, Tico also sang with English lyrics.
    • In the Nikotales version of this episode Senor Tucan was the character find instead of the Grumpy Old Troll.
    • This is the last episode to have Senor Tucan, Wizzle and Grumpy Old Troll in the beginning of the Character Find.
  • When Boots tells Dora about him speaking Spanish throughout the whole adventure, Dora's laugh is taken from Dora's First Trip.
  • Boots does not ask "Who do we ask for help, when we don't know which way to go?", when mentioning Map to find his way to the school before the Map segment begins, simply because Boots doesn't have him or Backpack in his possession.
    • Not only that, he also doesn't use the picture pop-up sequence like Dora always does, and not even when he travels alone without Dora for the first time.
    • Boots does do a Map segment of his own, though. However, after he explained how to get to the school, he does not repeat the places he has to go like Map always does. Instead, he didn't ask where to go first and immediately starts looking for the Up and Down Jungle.
  • This is the only episode (except for Best Friends) where Boots travels on his own without Dora, but still has the viewer at home to help him on his journey.
  • Boots not only talks about his favorite part of the trip before Dora talks about hers. He also asks the viewer, "What was your favorite part of the trip?" and also says "I like that too," which is exactly what Dora says in every episode.
  • In airing order, this is the last episode to find the Grumpy Old Troll in the Character Find segment during the credits.
  • As Boots is looking for Dora's song sheet, Squeaky from the Season 2 episode "Lost Squeaky" is seen, but he referred as a teddy bear instead of a squeaky toy. It is possible that Boots has a teddy bear that looks identical to his squeaky bath toy.
  • Boots doesn't sing the Travel Song in this episode alone without Dora, he instead sings "I Speak Spanish and English" that she wrote, he is not supposed to sing it anyway because Dora wants him to sing her song so that he can learn Spanish like her. Besides, the Travel Song is initially meant for both of them to sing together when they are traveling with each other.
  • The Blue Cursor does not click on Dora at the end of the episode. Instead, it clicks on Boots.
  • Dora was almost going to get in trouble at school for forgetting her song at Boots' house but if it has not been for Boots rushing to school right away to return it to her by saving her life, then she would not even think about getting in trouble.
    • This was similar to Dora's First Trip when the Fiesta Trio were about to face the worst when they show up without their instruments to the Queen Bee, but Dora and her friends arrive just in time to give the instruments to them, saving the day.
  • Although Rocket Star is featured in this episode, his mini-game isn't featured in the credits like it was in Meet Diego! and Best Friends. Instead, the Character Find of The Grumpy Old Troll is featured during the end credits (due to the fact this is not a star-catching episode and it causes time constraints).
  • Although this episode premiered in 2005 (Nick Jr UK) and 2006 (Nickelodeon), it was actually made in 2003 according to the credits.
  • The classroom in Dora's School is the same one from La Maestra de Música.
  • It is revealed that Roberto the Robot lives in his own robot house.
  • This episode premiered exactly 6 years after Surprise! premiered.
    • Additionally, it premiered on in the UK exactly 3 years after Click! premiered on Nickelodeon.
Nick Jr NEW screen bug 2003-2004

This is the bug used during the premiere (except it was transparent).

  • When this episode premiered on Nick Jr., it uses the "Nick Jr. NEW" screen bug from 2003-2004 (transparent) instead of the "new!" screen bug on the bottom left for a few seconds and then the Nick Jr. frogs screen bug appears on the bottom right. The opaque version of the Nick Jr. NEW screen bug is used during the premiere of all of the Season 3 episodes (with the exception of Dora Had a Little Lamb, which premiered in December 2007 and the logo was introduced in September 2003), the restored version of Whose Birthday is It? when it aired on June 14, 2004, and the premiere of the first two episodes of Season 4 (Dora's Fairytale Adventure and Daisy, La Quinceañera). The screen bug would be similar to the the "new!" screen bug from 2004-2007, and would appear on the bottom right for about 30 seconds and then disappear. A few seconds after that, a normal Nick Jr. screen bug shows up for the rest of the episode. However the "new!" screen bug would appear at the bottom left.
  • This is the first episode to establish La Maestra as one of Dora's teachers instead of Boots'.
  • This is the final episode where Dora's school is a one-room school and the inside walls were orange.
  • This episode is similar to the Dragon Tales episodes Something's Missing and My Emmy or Bust, the George Shrinks episodes Zoopercar Caper starring Steve, Barry, and their boss, Big Ed, and The Lost World of George Shrinks starring George Shrinks alone, the Little Einsteins episodes Annie's Solo Mission and Quincy and the Magic Instruments, the Wonder Pets! episode Save the Duckling, the Yo Gabba Gabba episode Big, the Team Umizoomi episode Milli Saves the Day, and the Bubble Guppies episode Puddleball! about Bubble Puppy getting the umbrella out of the hole.
  • In production order, this episode comes between the 2 big sister episodes.
  • At the end of the episode, Dora congratulates Boots for all the hard work he did and "We couldn't have done it without you. Thanks for helping!" is what Dora and Boots say together instead of her.
  • This episode is referred to as "Boots the Explorer" because it's his first solo adventure.
  • In this episode, when Boots says words in the Up and Down Jungle, he does opposite actions.
  • In the Up and Down Jungle, when Boots says "Arriba!", he ducks down and tiptoes under an animal in one of his ways and when he says "Abajo!", he jumps up and vine swings over one in another one of his ways.
  • This is the only time Dora does not say, "Who do we ask for help when we don't know which way to go?" because she's far away.


  • It is unknown how and why Dora brought her phone to school. In real life, some schools (mainly schools for younger kids) do not allow students to bring their cell phones with them to the building and/or in classes (although here it does not apply here due to cartoon logic).
  • When Boots looks at the poster of this picture during the song of I Speak Spanish and English, Dora and Boots' poster on the wall was mirrored for a split second.
    Here's Proof

    Here's Proof

  • In Roberto the Robot, the spiral gear outside the Robot House is pink; in this episode, it's blue.
  • When the Fiesta Trio play their fanfare music after Boots exits the robot house, the grasshopper's antennas are missing.
  • Map is not listed in the credits of this episode, despite being voiced by Marc Weiner just like Swiper and the Fiesta Trio, therefore, this is the only episode where Swiper is the only character credited in the end credits voiced by Marc Weiner.
  • In the episode, Jessica Salas voiced the Owl and Leslie Valdes voiced the Rabbit. However, in the end credits, the voice actors are swapped.

Number of stars[]


Character Find[]

Grumpy Old Troll

Dora the Explorer Season 4
Star Catcher | Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | Dora and Diego to the Rescue! | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Boots to the Rescue | Dora's World Adventure! | Star Mountain | Baby Crab | La Maestra de Música | Dora Saves the Mermaids | The Shy Rainbow| Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | We're a Team! | Save Diego! | Swiper the Explorer
* - Denotes held-up episode