Roberto the Robot
Airdate Thursday, October 9, 2003
Season 3
Episode 4
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Dominic Orlando
Eric Sanford
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Stuck Truck
Next The Big Potato
Roberto the Robot is the 4th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.

Characters present


Dora and Boots encounter a robot named Roberto who is lost. Dora and Boots must help him find his way back to his grandpa’s robot workshop.


Dora was looking for Boots, who was hiding in a tree. He swings on a vine. As he lands by a bush. He finds a metal boot. They find a robot behind the bush. It had 3 types of tools. A hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench. They tried turning him on but he wouldn't function because he was missing 8 batteries. Luckily, Backpack had that many. The batteries get installed into the robot. Once the batteries got installed and that the robot was turned on, they find out his name was Roberto. Roberto looked around and couldn't his grandpa. Dora and Boots decide to help Roberto find him. Dora and Boots check the Map to find Roberto's grandpa. Map says that they have to go across Railroad Bridge, go past the volcano and then they'll find Roberto's grandpa at his house. Map says there will be star catching along the way. So, Dora, Boots and Roberto head off trying to find Railroad Bridge. Roberto extends his legs up high to see it. Now, they were on their way. But there was one problem. Roberto forgot how to walk. So, Dora and Boots help Roberto by doing the robot walk. Benny and Tico needed help with their treehouse because it was broken, due to a big wind, and they don't have any tools to fix it. Luckily, Roberto has some tools, so he extends his legs and gets to work. First, he gets out his hammer to pound the nails on the wall to hold it into place. "Tap, tap, tap" says Roberto as he pounds the nails back in. Next, he has to screw in the window. He gets out his screwdriver. "Twist, twist, twist" says Roberto as he twists the screws back in on the window. All that's left to do is to tighten the door. Roberto gets out his wrench. "Turn, turn, turn" says Roberto as he tightens the nuts to hold the door into place. Pretty soon, the treehouse was all fixed and as good as new. Benny and Tico thank Roberto the robot for fixing it and cheered, "Roberto, Roberto, Roberto". "What a cool robot", exclaimed Benny. "Muy Bien", added Tico. Suddenly, they hear stars. The stars moved in different directions. They even saw an explorer star named Tool Star. They were able to catch them and put them in the star pocket. Then, Roberto, Dora and Boots got going. Benny and Tico thank Roberto for his help fixing the treehouse. Once Dora, Boots and Roberto got to Railroad Bridge, they saw some train tracks missing on the bridge. Azul was coming towards them. "Stop Azul" they all said together. But Azul was going too fast to stop. So, Roberto had to fix the bridge before Azul the blue train gets close. Roberto's feet changed to wheels. He gets out his hammer and gets to work. Roberto finds a track with one piece and hammers it into place. Next, he finds a track with 2 pieces connected together and hammers it into place. Azul still couldn't stop. Then, Roberto finds a track with 3 pieces connected together. But the last piece was stuck. Tool Star comes to the rescue. Tool Star uses a crowbar and pries the rock off. The final piece was hammered onto the bridge just in time. Dora asked Azul if he was OK. Azul was fine and noticed the robot was fast and asked for his name. His name was Roberto. Azul thanked him for fixing the bridge. And Azul trundled away. Dora, Boots and Roberto had to find out where to go next. They got across Railroad Bridge. Now, they just had to go past the volcano. The problem was a giant rock is obstructing the path. So, Roberto lifts up the giant rock. Then, he sets the giant rock down off screen. Dora and Boots do the robot rock again. As Dora, Boots and Roberto approach the volcano, they hear Swiper the fox, so the viewer is told to watch out for Swiper. Unfortunately, Swiper swipes Roberto's three tools and tosses them into the air before landing in the volcano. Roberto's tools are lost inside the volcano. Suddenly, the volcano started to shake which caused the ground to shake which caused everyone else to shake. The volcano erupted. "Ka-boom!" it went and it was raining bouncy balls. Roberto the robot had to catch his tools. He gets his hammer back, followed by his screwdriver. Suddenly a bouncy ball obscures the wrench. It appears again and Roberto was quick enough to get it back. The volcano does not erupt for the only time. Now Roberto got his tools back. So far went across Railroad Bridge and past the volcano. All they had to do now is go to Roberto's grandpa's house. It was very far away. Dora, Boots and Roberto needed a way to get there fast. Suddenly, a robot bike appears behind the tree. On top of that, it was built for 3. Dora checks her Backpack for 3 helmets. Once Dora, Boots and Roberto got their helmets on, a yellow bird streaks up to Roberto telling him that his grandpa is very worried. Boots wondered who that yellow bird was. Roberto tells him that her name was Katie and flies really fast. Dora, Boots and Roberto peddle the robot bike really fast. Together, they follow Katie to a gate. Roberto tells the gate "Open please" in Spanish. They all went through the gate and approached Grandpa's house. They all went inside. Roberto’s grandpa was so happy to see Roberto back home. Roberto had two pets: a robot dog and a robot cat. Roberto introduced his new friends Dora and Boots to his grandpa and he thanked them for bringing Roberto home.


Places in this episode

  1. Railroad Bridge
  2. Volcano
  3. Grandpa's House


Benny and Tico's Treehouse


  • Roberto needs 8 batteries so he can work.
  • The volcano does not erupt again.
  • Roberto can change his feet into wheels.
  • A fireworks sound effect would later be used in "The Mixed-Up Seasons".
  • Roberto has 3 different tools: a hammer, a screwdriver and a wrench.
  • This is the second episode where Swiper hid something in the volcano, first being Bouncing Ball.
  • The scene where Dora and Boots teach Roberto how to robot walk bears a resemblance the Season 2 episode, The Missing Piece, which is the same scene where Swiper swipes Backpack, Dora's sock, and Boots' boot.
  • Isa does not appear in this episode.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the original Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing the Robot Walk Travel Song.
  • This episode premiered exactly 3 years after "The Big River" premiered.
  • It is unknown how the Fiesta Trio got to Roberto's Grandpa's House.


  • When Backpack was checked the first time, she had nothing but batteries, but when she was checked the second time, she had helmets.


Number of stars


Explorer Star

Tool Star

Dora the Explorer Season 3
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
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