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Stuck Truck
Airdate Wednesday, October 8, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, June 1, 2004 (DVD)
Wednesday, February 3, 2010 (Nick Jr)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 3
Episode 3 (airing)
2 (production)
Written by Eric Weiner
Storyboard by:
Dominic Orlando
Eric Sanford
Directed by George Chialtas
Previous Star Catcher (airing order)
Dora Had a Little Lamb (production order)
Next Roberto the Robot (airing order)
Louder! (production order)
Verde's Birthday Party (chronologically)

Stuck Truck is the 3rd episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 3.

In production order, it is the 2nd episode of Season 3.



Calling all trucks! When Ice Cream Truck gets stuck in the muck, truck-loving Boots and Dora lead a rescue mission with all their truck buddies! But they'll need your help to save the day, watch out for Swiper and stars, and more!


Dora visits Boots' treehouse. There, Boots showed her and the viewer his truck friends. Boots loves trucks. He shows the viewer of a great blue truck named 10-Wheeler who has 10 big wheels. Next, he shows the viewer Bulldozer and says that nothing gets in his way. Now, he shows the viewer Crane who lift heavy things. Then, he shows a picture of Rojo the Fire truck who has a long ladder, a hose and siren; if they remember him in the Season 2 episode Rojo the Fire Truck. Then he shows the viewer Tow Truck who has a big hook and great at pulling vehicles out of danger or for just getting them out of the way. Boots shows the viewer another truck with an ice cream cone on top and likes to give people ice cream, better known as an Ice Cream Truck. Suddenly, Boots' truck phone goes off, meaning there was a truck in trouble. Boots tries to get the screen into focus but it got blurry. But the screen manages to bring itself into focus just after Dora asked the viewer which truck is in trouble. It turns out that Ice Cream Truck was in trouble. Boots gets out the truck phone and asked what was wrong. Ice Cream Truck was stuck in a ditch. Boots told Ice Cream Truck not to worry. After that, Boots has to alert all the other trucks that Ice Cream Truck is in trouble. He tells 10-Wheeler, Crane, Tow Truck, Bulldozer, and Rojo the Firetruck that Ice Cream Truck is in trouble and needs to be saved. All the trucks heard about this and were on their way. Dora & Boots had to get going too. Boots puts on his belt and he and Dora slide down the pole out of Boots' tree house. Dora and Boots had to figure out where Ice Cream Truck is. They ask Map for help. Map saw that Ice Cream Truck is stuck in the ditch near Play Park. Map tells them to go over puzzle bridge across Crocodile Lake to get to Play Park where Ice Cream Truck is stuck in the ditch. He even says they can catch stars along the way. Dora & Boots can also get assistance from their truck friends along the way too. They got going and then they stopped and stared at the long mud puddle. They can't go through the mud themselves. Boots gets the truck phone out and has to find a truck that has a lot of wheels that drive Dora and Boots through the mud. Boots thought 10-Wheeler is the truck for this task. Boots calls him and was on his way. Dora and Boots jumped into the cabin of 10-Wheeler and put their seatbelts on for safety. They were about to get going when Swiper was nearby. Swiper starts swiping the 10 big wheels and hides them, then runs away with a sinister laugh. 10-Wheeler falls down hard on the road. Dora and Boots are determined to find 10-Wheeler's 10 big wheels. The viewer finds the big wheels in no time. Then, the wheels get put back into place. 10-Wheeler was all fixed up. Ice Cream Truck was still in trouble. Boots calls out over the truck phone that they are on their way. 10-Wheeler gets Dora & Boots through the mud and takes them straight to puzzle bridge. Boots thanked 10-Wheeler for the ride and he wishes Dora & Boots good luck on saving Ice Cream Truck. Puzzle Bridge isn't in good shape. Four of the pieces aren't in place and were very heavy. Boots calls on Giant Crane because she had a long arm that can pick up heavy stuff. Giant Crane comes along. Boots asked Giant Crane to lift up the heavy metal pieces. Giant Crane was great at lifting, but doesn't an attachment to grip the pieces. Giant Crane is going to need something that can pick up metal. Luckily, Dora has something in Backpack that can pick up metal. Backpack decides to do an experiment to figure out what can pick up the metal rectangle. They try a banana, but it didn't stick to the metal, so that was not the correct item. Next, they try a magnet. The magnet stucks to the metal rectangle. Then, all the other items go into Backpack. Giant Crane now has a magnet to pick up the 4 heavy metal pieces. Giant Crane had to place the correct shape into the correct hole. She starts with a triangle, a circle, a diamond and the 8-sided shape, known as an octagon. In no time, Puzzle Bridge was all put together. Dora & Boots go over it and thank Giant Crane for fixing Puzzle Bridge. Giant Crane wishes Dora and Boots good luck on saving Ice Cream Truck. Now, Dora and Boots had to get to Crocodile Lake, but there were lots of rocks and sticks blocking the path. Boots thought Bulldozer can push the rocks and sticks that are blocking the path. So, Boots calls Bulldozer over the truck phone. Bulldozer came at once. Boots needed him to push the rocks and sticks that were blocking the path. Bulldozer was glad to do this and doesn't want anything getting in his way. Dora & Boots jump on and put their seat belts on. Ice Cream Truck really needs help. Boots tells Ice Cream Truck that they were coming. Bulldozer pushes the rocks and sticks out of the way and gives Dora and Boots a ride to Crocodile Lake. Suddenly, they hear stars. They even saw a star that honks. It was Noisy Star, who is a male instead of female. Dora & Boots catch the stars and put them into the star pocket as the pocket's glow colors are now orange and red instead of rainbow. After that, Boots thanks Bulldozer for the ride. Dora & Boots made it to Crocodile Lake. Boots gets the truck phone and calls on Rojo the Firetruck who had a long ladder with a rescue bucket attached to it. Rojo comes and then Dora and Boots jump into the rescue basket. Dora and Boots had to be careful with crocodiles. So, they had to tell Rojo up, "arriba", so he can life them up to dodge the crocodiles. They dodge 3 crocodiles. And then, they made it to the other side. Rojo the Firetruck wishes Dora & Boots good luck on their truck rescue. Dora and Boots were getting close to Ice Cream Truck. All they have to do is go to Play Park to rescue him. Dora saw that Ice Cream Truck is stuck in the ditch. Boots calls out to Ice Cream Truck and he calls back knowing that they're here. Now, Boots had to find which truck can pull Ice Cream Truck out of the ditch. He believes Tow Truck is the one for the job. Tow Truck gets called over the truck phone and says "10-4, monkey buddy. I'm right on your tail" and Tow truck comes at once. Boots tells Ice Cream Truck not to worry and that they'll have him out soon. Ice Cream Truck wanted them to hurry. Tow Truck had a special new big hook. Ice Cream truck was amazed and gives a compliment on the big hook. Tow Truck accepted the compliment. Tow Truck lowers the big hook for Ice Cream Truck to get him out of the ditch. But just before Tow Truck could finish his sentence, "honk". Noisy Star comes out of the star pocket. "Honk!" goes Noisy Star. Dora thinks Noisy Star is trying to warn them about something. "Honk!" goes Noisy Star again. Dora asks the viewer what Noisy Star was warning them about. "Honk, honk!" goes Noisy Star and then Swiper appears behind the tree. Dora thinks Swiper is going to swipe the hook. They had to stop him fast. Dora and Boots say "Swiper no swiping" 3 times. And then Swiper snaps his fingers saying "Oh, man!" in desperate and runs away. Dora thanked Noisy Star for the warning. Noisy Star goes back into the Star Pocket. After that, it was time to get Ice Cream Truck out of the ditch. Tow Truck's big hook hitches on to the front of Ice Cream Truck. Tow Truck has to get Dora & Boots to crank the handle. They did so and Tow Truck pulls Ice Cream Truck up and out of the ditch. Ice Cream Truck was happy to be saved. Boots asked Ice Cream Truck about what he was doing. He explained to Boots that he's bringing ice cream to everybody at Play Park. Dora & Boots follow Ice Cream Truck to Play Park. Just then, Benny, Isa, and Tico saw the Ice Cream Truck and got excited. "Ice cream for everyone!" shouted Ice Cream Truck. They all got ice cream to eat, even Dora and Boots.

Places in this episode[]

  1. Puzzle Bridge
  2. Crocodile Lake
  3. Play Park


Items in Backpack (clockwise from the top right)[]

  • Teddy bear
  • Banana
  • Harmonica (metal)
  • Yo-yo
  • White feather
  • Magnet (correct item)

Truck Phone call[]

  • 10 Wheeler can drive Dora & Boots through the mud.
  • Giant Crane can lift up all those heavy metal pieces.
  • Bulldozer can push the rocks and sticks out of the way.
  • Rojo the Fire Truck can lift Dora & Boots up over the crocodiles.
  • Tow Truck can help Dora & Boots get Ice Cream Truck out of the ditch.


This episode can be found in Super Silly Fiesta! on DVD.


  • The scene were Dora and Boots catch stars while riding the bulldozer is used for the Season 3-4 intro, which is coincidentally the same season when this episode premiered.
  • The episode starts at Boots' treehouse.
  • Noisy Star speaks
  • After Dora and Boots sing We Did It!, the Blue Cursor doesn't click on Dora, it instead clicks slightly on her ice cream cone.
  • This is Noisy Star's second appearance in airing order (1st in production order).
  • "Dora and the Stuck Truck!" was the name of the book.
  • This episode reveals that Boots has a truck phone, but it is unknown how he got it.
  • This is the 56th episode of the show (57th in earlier airings).
  • When Dora says "If you see Swiper, yell "Swiper!", the audio is taken from Lost Map.
  • When Swiper says, "You're too late", the audio was taken from The Missing Piece.
  • This is the 4th episode where Play Park is the last place, the other 3 times they traveled there were The Happy Old Troll, To the Monkey Bars, and Whose Birthday is It?.
  • Map does not say "So remember", he instead says "Now remember". He also says that in Dora Had a Little Lamb.
  • It is unknown how Swiper got to Play Park when he appeared the second time, as well as the Fiesta Trio when they appeared to play their extended fanfare. Swiper also somehow got there in the Season 2 episode Whose Birthday is It?.
  • The Ice Cream Truck music is recycled from We All Scream for Ice Cream.
  • When Dora said "Great!" prior to turning Tow Truck's handle, the audio was taken from El Coquí.
  • This episode premiered exactly 2 years after Te Amo premiered.
  • In the middle of the "We Did It!" song, Dora and Boots say "Arriba" twice then "Up" twice instead of "We did it!" 4 times.
  • This is the only time the star pocket glows orange and red instead of its usual rainbow colors.
  • In the Travel Song Medley, a snippet of a deleted version of the Travel Song that was meant to be sung while riding on 10-Wheeler is used.
  • This is the first Dora the Explorer episode aired in China on CCTV-14. It premiered at October 12, 2010 in Comic World of this channel.
  • The Explorer Stars flying animation in Map's segment is recycled from Dora Had a Little Lamb.
  • This is the only episode where the Yellow Star had eyelashes.


  • Although Noisy Star is a female, Dora and Boots referred to her as a male in this episode.
    • Coincidentally, this could hint Noisy's tomboyish attitude.
  • When Swiper tries to swipe the hook and when Tow Truck hooks up to Ice Cream Truck to pull him out, Ice Cream Truck is not stuck.

Number of stars[]


Explorer Star[]


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