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Meet Diego!
Airdate Tuesday, October 7, 2003 (VHS, DVD, Nickelodeon)
Monday, October 20, 2003 (Nickelodeon, current airings)
Season 3
Episode Current airings: 2

Earlier airings: 3

Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Dominic Orlando
Eric Sanford
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Dora Had a Little Lamb
Earlier Airings: Star Catcher
Next Airing on Television: Stuck Truck

Due to VHS/DVD: To the South Pole

Meet Diego! is the 2nd episode (3rd in earlier airings) of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.



Dora introduces her cousin Diego to Boots (and the viewers) for the very first time. For their first mission together, Dora, Boots, and Diego must rescue Baby Jaguar from a big waterfall. Along the way, they zip-cord through the rainforest, move like animals, and learn to talk to howler monkeys, snakes, condors, dolphins, and baby bears too! Will they save Baby Jaguar in time? Only with the viewer's help!


Dora and Boots visit an animal rescue center, a place where people rescue animals that got hurt, lost, or sick and help them feel all better. Suddenly, a distressed growling sound was heard. Dora saw that Baby Bear is about to fall out of the tree. Baby Bear got scared but then Diego swings on a vine. The branch breaks which made Dora and Boots gasp. But then, Diego catches Baby Bear and Dora and Boots cheered. Boots wanted to know who saved Baby Bear. Dora explained that it was her cousin Diego, who helps his parents run the animal rescue center. Diego not only can rescue animals, he can also mimic the animal's sound. Boots thought that was cool and that he wanted to meet Diego. The viewer agreed when Dora asks if he/she wants to meet him. After that, she introduced Diego to her best friend Boots, who wondered if Baby Bear was okay. Diego said that Baby Bear was still scared and upset. He was trying to calm down Baby Bear by growling softly. Dora, Boots, and Diego calmed down Baby Bear by going "rarr, rarr, rarr". In no time, Baby Bear smiled, and Diego puts him down. Boots pats Baby Bear's head. Then, he walks away growling happily.

All of a sudden, Dora, Boots, and Diego heard a distressed "mreow-mreow" sound from afar. It was special kind of cat called a jaguar. Diego realized that it sounded like a baby jaguar. Diego looks at a special animal computer called a Field Journal, which has lots of information about different animals and what they look like, what they eat, where they live, and what they do. When Diego found the baby jaguar using a touch screen pen, he noticed that the baby jaguar was standing on a rock on the edge of a waterfall. Dora, Boots, and Diego have to get to the waterfall to help the baby jaguar. But they did not know where the waterfall is. They ask Map and before he can tell them how to get to the waterfall, he asks the viewer if they can spot the baby jaguar. Map saw him and was at the waterfall. Map said that Dora, Boots, and Diego have to go through the rainforest and past the big cave to get to the waterfall and save the baby jaguar. Map mentions that they can catch stars along the way.

Dora, Boots, and Diego are ready to go to the waterfall to save the baby jaguar. They started making their way to the rainforest and for fun, they moved like monkeys by swinging on the vines. They also moved like birds by flapping their arms and they moved like tapirs by stomping their feet. After moving like animals, Dora, Boots, and Diego entered the rainforest. Along the way, there was a zip cord. But they had to find a way to get up to the zip cord. Wind blows some really tall grass to the side. A red ladder appears but the ladder was missing some rungs. Dora, Boots, and Diego counted how many rungs were missing. They counted in Spanish and found out there were 6 missing rungs. A blue cursor finds 6 rungs and they get put into place. Boots climbed up the ladder first followed by Dora and Diego climbed up the ladder last. After climbing up to the top, the baby jaguar meows for help. Diego calls back telling them they were coming. Dora, Boots, and Diego each grabbed a zip line handle and zipped through the rainforest.

As they were zipping through the rainforest, a big monkey was sitting on the cord. More specifically, it was a howler monkey. Diego called out to it to warn him. He said "hoo-hoo". The howler monkey grabs a vine and swings out of the way. Then Boots noticed that the cord was breaking. Diego thought that if they asked for a snake, it would hold the cord in place. Dora, Boots, and Diego called out to a snake by going "hiss hiss". The snake pokes its head out and they called out to it again. The snake saw that the cord was breaking and held it in place. They zipped passed the snake's body. Boots thanked him. After that, stars were heard. Dora, Boots and Diego make it to the other side. Dora, Boots, and Diego started catching stars. There was an explorer star who was grey, had red stripes and had rocket jets on the bottom. It was named Rocket Star. Dora, Boots, and Diego caught all the stars and put them in the star pocket. Then, Dora and Diego slid down the pole while Boots spins round and round while sliding down the pole.

After going through the rainforest, Dora, Boots, and Diego moved like the same animals in the same way. They swung on the vines like monkeys, flapped their arms like birds and stamped their feet like tapirs. Boots hops onto Diego's back. Dora, Boots and Diego make it to the big cave. Boots wanted to know if there were any bears in the cave. Suddenly, there was a white polar bear. While hiding behind the bushes, Diego thought that there was something fishy going on. He wanted to make sure that it was really a polar bear. Dora, Boots, and Diego figured out by the Field Journal that it was not a real polar bear. An orange tail was seen which proves that it was really Swiper the fox dressed as a polar bear. Boots thought he is going to swipe Diego's field journal. Diego has never stopped Swiper before so Dora and Boots taught him how. They said "Swiper, no swiping" 3 times. Swiper snaps his finger, goes "Oh man!", and runs away.

After passing the big cave, Dora, Boots, and Diego were getting were getting very close to saving Baby Jaguar. They just had to find the waterfall. Boots could not see it because it was too far away. Diego thought they can find the waterfall using the spotting scope (which acts like a little telescope). Sure enough, they not only found the waterfall, but they also saw the baby jaguar. Dora, Boots, and Diego had to get to the waterfall fast. They used water skis and put on lifejackets for safety. Then they realized who was gonna pull them down the river to the waterfall. Diego suggested that they call a dolphin. Dora, Boots, and Diego called out to one by saying "click-click". Dora, Boots, and Diego called out again by going "click-click, click-click". An amazon river dolphin then comes up to Dora, Boots, and Diego. Then, Diego talks to the dolphin and asks if they will pull them across the river to the waterfall. The amazon river dolphin would be glad to but they need a rope. Dora had some rope in Backpack.

After getting the rope, it gets stuck in Backpack's background, but with the viewer's help, they pulled the rope free. Dora catches the rope and throws it to the amazon river dolphin. Dora, Boots, and Diego had to hang on to the rope because the river dolphin is going to swim super fast across the river. And soon, they were water skiing. Diego notices that there is going to be some big waves, which the amazon river dolphin jumps over the waves. Dora, Boots, and Diego bounced on and over the waves. After bouncing on the waves, they still had to go faster.

Suddenly, Rocket Star shoots out of the star pocket and gives them more boost of speed. After going super fast on the river, when Dora, Boots, and Diego got to the waterfall, Baby Jaguar meows fearfully again. They saw him being at the edge of the waterfall and he meows fearfully again. A wave pushes the baby jaguar over and he hangs on by his itty bitty paws. Diego had an idea. He said he knows some big birds that can help them which are the giant condors. Diego thought that giant condors can fly all the way up to the baby jaguar. Dora, Boots, and Diego called out to the giant condors by saying "errr-errr". Dora and Boots rode on one giant condor while Diego rides solo on another giant condor. And by working together, the giant condors flew up high. The baby jaguar loses his grip on the rock and starting to fall but the giant condors managed to catch the baby jaguar. Dora, Boots, and Diego thanks to the giant condors for catching the baby jaguar and the condors flew away. The baby jaguar meows to tell that he wants his mommy. Dora, Boots, and Diego called out by saying "mreow mreow" to call Baby Jaguar's family. Diego lets the baby jaguar go reunite with his family.


Places in this episode

  1. Rainforest
  2. Big Cave
  3. Waterfall


  • Animal Rescue Center
  • River

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)

  • Soap
  • Doll
  • Rope (correct item)
  • Yo-yo
  • Book
  • Camera


This episode can be found in VHS and DVD of the same name. It can also be found in Nick Jr. Favorites Volume 3.


  • Dora's cousin appears for the first time on this episode and got to meet Dora's friend, Boots.
  • Diego got to learn how to stop Swiper.
    • As Dora and Boots say "Swiper, no swiping!", Diego joins in the second and third time they repeat.
  • This is the first appearance of Diego and Baby Jaguar, who would later get a spin-off series of their own in September 2005 titled "Go, Diego, Go!".
    • However, it was announced in March 2004 that its first season was in production, but it was not scheduled in the fall of that year. It was actually announced at that time so people can understand about what was going on with Nickelodeon.
  • For Diego's first few appearances, he is voiced by brothers Andres and Felipe Dieppa. In some Season 3 episodes and (almost) all his Season 4 appearances, he will be voiced by Gabriel Alvarez. In Dora and Diego to the Rescue!, Dora Saves the Mermaids, the entirety of Season 5, and Seasons 1-3 of Go, Diego, Go!, he will be voiced by Jake T. Austin. In the entirety of Season 6 and Seasons 4-5 of Go, Diego, Go!, he will be voiced by Brandon Zambrano. In the entirety of Seasons 7-8, he will be voiced by Jacob Merdrano.
  • This was the first episode to air during the Dora marathon on September 6, 2005 to promote the series premiere of Go, Diego, Go!. The last one that aired at 1:30pm et. was the premiere of Dora and Diego to the Rescue!.
  • Benny, Isa, and Tico don't appear in this episode or meet Diego.
  • Diego tells the viewer what his favorite part was.
  • Kideo made a personalized version of this episode entitled, "Dora, Diego, and me!".
    • Unlike the personalized version of Whose Birthday is It?, the kid would not replace anyone (It may sound like Boots is being replaced, because it's called Dora, Diego, and Me), he/she is just a guest. However Dora still says the child's name after asking a certain question.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the Travel Song in this episode (not even for the first time with Diego). They had no time to sing it because Baby Jaguar needs help and they're in a hurry trying to save him. Diego also wanted to teach Dora and Boots how to move like other animals, so they sing Move Like The Animals Do instead.
  • The scene where Dora, Boots, and Diego are pulled past the screen by the dolphin is used in the Season 3, Season 5 and Season 6 intros.
  • The scene where Boots asks, "Who is that?!" is used in the Wonder Pets DVD trailer for "Save the Wonder Pets!".
    • Coincidentally, Go, Diego, Go! and the aforementioned show both have to do with rescuing animals.
  • Although Map says "Now remember..." in the previous and next episode, his phrase "So remember..." will be put to permanent use of this episode and for the rest of the series.
  • This is the first episode to use the Season 3-4 opening sequence instead of the Season 1-2 opening sequence on home media, therefore the TV and home media versions of the episode are the same.
  • It is unknown how Swiper got to the Big Cave.
  • This episode premiered on Nick Jr. on October 7, 2003 and aired again on Nickelodeon 13 days later.
  • This is the first episode where Dora counts the stars she and Boots caught in Spanish instead of English (second in earlier airings, first being Star Catcher).
  • This is the first episode where the correct object (rope) somehow got stuck during Backpack's segment. It will happen again in To the South Pole.
    • Coincidentally, both of these episodes (this and the aforementioned episode) were put together on the Meet Diego! VHS and DVD, and the same problem occurred in the Backpack segment.
  • When Dora, Boots, and Diego look for the rungs for the ladder and count them the second time, the same background appears from Señor Tucán's character find segment.
  • The clip of Dora, Boots, and Diego swinging from tree to tree will later be seen in the Season 4 episode "Best Friends".
  • This is the only time Diego wears a life jacket, as in future instances, he can turn his vest into a life jacket.
  • In the We Did It! song of this episode, there are some minor chages in the lyrics:
    • Instead of Dora and Boots yelling "Yay!", Diego yelled "We Did It!".
    • Instead of the second time Dora and Boots sang "We did it!", they said "Baby Jaguar!" referring to how they save him from falling in the waterfall.
  • In one scene where Dora says "Look!", the audio is taken from Whose Birthday is It?.


  • When Dora told the viewer to say "Backpack!", she's not wearing the star pocket, she's wearing her original pockets. And during her song, one can see that she is seen wearing both her normal and original pockets again from Season 1-2.
  • In real life, one can't ride on a giant condor (although here it does not apply due to cartoon logic).
  • When Dora, Boots, and Diego ziplined through the rainforest, the zipline was missing harness for an unknown reason.
  • When Dora is asking the viewer to help stop Swiper, Diego's eye color is the same as Dora's.
  • When Dora, Boots and Diego put their life jackets on, Backpack is under Dora's life jacket, but when asking the viewer to check for a rope, Backpack is superimposed on top of the life jacket. Then when jumping the waves and when Rocket Star appears, Backpack is on top of the life jacket.

Number of stars


Explorer Star

Rocket Star

Dora the Explorer Season 3
The Lost City* | Dora Had a Little Lamb | Star Catcher* | Meet Diego! | Stuck Truck | Roberto the Robot | The Big Potato | Rescue, Rescue, Rescue! | Save the Puppies! | ¡Por Favor! | What Happens Next? | The Fix-it Machine | Baby Dino | Baseball Boots | Boots' Special Day | To the South Pole | Journey to the Purple Planet | Boo! | Dora Saves the Game | Dora's Pirate Adventure | The Super Silly Fiesta | Boots' Cuddly Dinosaur | Job Day | Louder! | ABC Animals | Best Friends*
* - Denotes held-back episode