Sticky Tape
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Airdate Earlier airings: Thursday, August 31, 2000 (Nickelodeon)
Current airings: Monday, November 27, 2000 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, June 5, 2001 (VHS)
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 (DVD)
Season 1
Episode 14
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Karen Heathwood
Zac Moncrief
Directed by George Chialtas
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Sticky Tape is the 14th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 1.



Dora and Boots must help Benny by fixing hot air balloon (with a hole in it) using sticky tape. But they have to hurry, because if they don't plug the hole in time, the balloon will go into Crocodile Lake!


Dora and Boots see Benny the Bull riding his hot air balloon and shouting "Sticky Taaaaaape!", which means that he needs sticky tape to fix the hole in his balloon, and fast! Dora and Boots get some sticky tape out of Dora's backpack, they started racing after Benny's balloon, but Benny's balloon disappears behind the clouds and Dora and Boots need to figure out where it is heading, so they ask Map for help. Map says the balloon is going to Crocodile Lake.

Before they can get there, Dora and Boots have to go across a Windy River, go over a Slippery Rock to get to Crocodile Lake. Dora and Boots' goal is to get the sticky tape to Benny before the balloon goes into the lake. Dora and Boots not only have to fix Benny's balloon, they fix multiple things, such as Backpack's broken strap, Tico's sailboat, and wrap sticky tape on the nest to the branch of the tree to prevent it from blowing off the tree. They even use the sticky tape to put around their shoes to prevent themselves from slipping on the Slippery Rock.

Swiper swipes the sticky tape, but Dora and Boots managed to find it. After that, Dora and Boots climb up Benny's balloon using the net ladder. But suddenly, part of it was broken! They used the sticky tape to fix the net ladder. Once they got in the balloon, Boots climbed up, took a piece of tape and patched the hole, fixing the balloon and rising it away from the crocodiles.

Places in this episode

  1. Windy River
  2. Slippery Rock
  3. Crocodile Lake

Items in Backpack (clockwise from the top right)

  • Banana
  • Pair of socks
  • Sticky tape (correct item)
  • Blue feather
  • Flashlight
  • Doll


This episode was released on Nick Jr: Imagine That! and Swing Into Action! on VHS and the City of Lost Toys on DVD.


  • This is the first episode where Dora is seen without backpack.
  • This is the first episode where Dora explains her favorite part before Boots explains his favorite part.
  • This is the third episode (and the second in a row) to find Swiper.
  • The Sticky Tape will later be used in the episode "Backpack" to fix the rope on the Big Rock.
  • Isa does not appear in this episode.
  • This episode had two bodies of water. (A river and a lake)
  • This is the first of two episodes to be released on videocassette.
  • This is the 14th episode of the show.
  • This is the last episode featuring an old blue cursor. There will be a brand new cursor in the next episode.
  • This is the only episode to feature Crocodile Lake as the destination.
  • Just like with "Hic-Boom-Ohhh!", Dora and Boots do not ask the question "where are we going?". They instead ask the question "what do we need?" This question will be later asked in Dora's Dance to the Rescue in place of "where are we going?".
  • This was later adapted into a sticker book at the Nick Jr. website.
  • This is the last episode for the glow effect to fade on and off as the blue cursor clicks on something.
  • This episode and Berry Hunt were the first two episodes to be released onto videocassette; they appeared on "Swing Into Action!", the first ever VHS tape of the series.
    • Because this was the first episode on the aforementioned VHS, this was the first episode to ever see a VHS release.


  • During part of the Travel Song for a second time, Backpack's strap was purple and did not have any sticky tape mended on it, because the producers recycled the animation and forgot to make it have sticky tape.

Running Gags

  • Benny keeps yelling "Sticky Tape!!!"

Character Find

Swiper the Fox

International premieres

  • Thursday, November 9, 2000 (Latin America)
  • Thursday, November 16, 2000 (Portugal)
  • Thursday, February 15, 2001 (Spain)
  • Wednesday, April 4, 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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