Bugga Bugga
Bugga Bugga
Airdate Monday, October 23, 2000
Season 1
Episode 18
Previous Fish Out of Water
Next Little Star
Bugga Bugga is the 18th episode of Dora the Explorer in Season 1.

Characters present


Dora and Boots help Mami Bugga Bugga Bug get home with a big chocolate chip cookie to feed her hungry babies.


Dora introduces herself to the viewers and asks them if they like bugs. Dora and Boots look for bugs in Dora's bug book. Dora gets out a magnifying glass out of Backpack to make the bugs look bigger. They found marching ants, conga dancing beetles, and a fuzzy wuzzy purple caterpillar. After that, they heard a sound that went: bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bah, bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bugga-bah. Dora and Boots found a bugga bugga bug carrying a chocolate chip cookie on its back. The bugga bugga bug got tired and drops the cookie onto the grass, she picks it up, but it slides down back and onto the ground again. Dora explained to the bugga bugga bug that the cookie was too big to carry. But the bugga bugga bug is determined to get home with the cookie. She has 10 bugga bugga babies who are so hungry and has to get home to feed her bugga bugga babies. So, Dora and Boots help the bugga bugga bug by having them carry the cookie for her. Dora puts the cookie in her pocket (instead of Backpack) for safe keeping. After that, they introduced themselves and Dora and Boots put their fingers out as a handshake and learned that her name was Mami Bugga Bugga. She told Dora and Boots that she lives in the Big Blue Bush. So, they checked Map and he says that to get to the Big Blue Bush, they had to go past Isa's flowery garden and through a sticky spider web. As Dora, Boots and Mami Bugga Bugga were on their way to the flowery garden, they find a whistling flower, a dancing flower and a bug trapper flower (which almost relates to the venus flytrap). Mami Bugga Bugga gets stuck inside the bug trapper flower and had said say "Abre" (Spanish for open) to get Mami Bugga Bugga out of the bug trapper flower and she was said to free. After passing through Isa's flowery garden, they had to watch out for Swiper the sneaky fox. Swiper moves tall blades of grass, peeks through the grass, he comes out of hiding, swipes the cookie and throws it like a frisbee to hide it. Dora, Boots and Mami Bugga Bugga had to search for the cookie. It is round like a circle. In no time, they found the cookie up high in the tree. The cookie comes down, Dora catches it and puts the cookie in her pocket. After getting back the cookie, they had to go through the sticky spider web. As Dora, Boots and Mama Bugga Bugga enter the spider web, they came across 4 different paths with different shapes. There was a circle path, a triangle path, a diamond path, and a star path. Dora, Boots and Mami Bugga Bugga took the circle cause they were no spiders there. After making their way out of the spider web, Dora, Boots and Mami Bugga Bugga got icky or slimed on their hands. They got the sticky stuff off by putting their hands together and slowly pulled them apart. After it broke apart, they shook their fingers. Dora, Boots and Mama Bugga Bugga were getting close to the Big Blue Bush. On their way, a big strong wind started blowing about. It caused Dora to spin like a tornado. The wind blew Boots so far to the right. But, Mami Bugga Bugga gets blown away. After the wind died down, Dora and Boots had to find Mami Bugga Bugga. They find her behind the flowers. They also saw a slugga slugga slug on a rock, a wugga wugga worm in the grass underground and a mugga mugga moth in the trees. After finding Mama Bugga-Bugga, Mami Bugga Bugga, Dora and Boots got to the Big Blue Bush. It was time to feed the bugga bugga babies. Dora gets out the cookie from her pocket and shows them. Next, they had to break the cookie into 10 pieces for each bugga bugga baby. Once the bugga bugga babies got a piece of cookie, they all picked up their cookies at the same time and ate it all up and one of the bugga bugga babies burped. The bugga bugga babies fly back to their nest and Mami Bugga Bugga blows a kiss to Dora, Boots and to the viewers watching.

Places in this episode

  1. Flowery Garden
  2. Spider Web
  3. Big Blue Bush


  • Big Wind

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the middle right)

  • Flower in a pot
  • Yo-yo
  • Pair of socks
  • Jack in the box
  • Magnifying glass (correct item)

Listen to the sounds

  1. Slugga Slugga slug behind the rock
  2. Wugga Wugga worm in the grass underground
  3. Mami Bugga Bugga in the flowers
  4. Mugga Mugga moth in the trees


This episode is available on the Nickelodeon DVD Sampler and the Shy Rainbow DVD.


  • Dora does not put the cookie in her Backpack, she instead puts it in her pocket. This is the first episode where she puts an object in her pocket instead of her backpack. However, in We All Scream for Ice Cream, after Dora gets out the coins out of Backpack to pay for the ice cream, she keeps them in her pocket until the Ice Cream Truck comes.
  • This the first episode where Isa speaks Spanish. She said "abre" to get the bug trap flower to open its mouth to save Mami Bugga Bugga.
  • This is the last episode to air in the year 2000, 20th century, and the 2nd millennium.
  • Tico and Benny do not appear in this episode.
  • This is the 1st appearance of Mami Bugga Bugga and the Baby Bugga Buggas.
  • This is the 18th episode of the show.
  • Mami Bugga Bugga is shown crying in this episode.
  • When Dora says "Right behind us?!", the audio is taken from "Beaches."
  • Boots doesn't introduce himself to the viewer in this episode.


Character Find

Grumpy Old Troll

International premieres

  • Tuesday, November 21, 2000 (Portugal)
  • Monday, December 18, 2000 (Latin America)
  • Tuesday, February 20, 2001 (Spain)
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2001 (Brazil)

Dora the Explorer Season 1
The Legend of the Big Red Chicken | Lost and Found | Hic-Boom-Ohhh! | Beaches | We All Scream for Ice Cream | Choo-Choo! | Treasure Island | Three Little Piggies | Big River | Berry Hunt | Wizzle Wishes | Grandma's House | Surprise! | Sticky Tape | Bouncing Ball | Backpack! | Fish Out of Water | Bugga Bugga | Little Star | Dora Saves the Prince | El Coquí | The Chocolate Tree | Te Amo | Pablo's Flute | To The Treehouse | Call Me Mr. Riddles
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