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Super Spies
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Airdate Thursday, April 24, 2003 (Nickelodeon)
Monday, December 3, 2007 (Nickelodeon; restored version)
Tuesday, January 15, 2008 (DVD)
Season 2
Episode 20
Written by Valerie Walsh
Previous Egg Hunt
Next To the Monkey Bars

Super Spies is the 20th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 2.



Super Spies Dora and Boots need the viewer's help using their Spy Gadgets, from a pair of Spy Glasses to a Swiper Detector, to stop Swiper from swiping Isa's cupcakes!


Dora and Boots are super spies and they play I-Spy. Later, they find Señor Tucán wearing sunglasses. Señor Tucán had a secret mission for Super Spies Dora and Boots. First, he shows them their super spy ID cards and super spy gadgets. There was spy glasses used for seeing hidden objects; rocket sneakers so they can blast off if they're stuck in something deep like a big hole or pit; a spy phone so Dora & Boots can call their friends to get help; a spy rope used to swing down from high places, and finally there was a Swiper detector so if Swiper was close by, it will beep. Now that they learned their spy gadgets, Señor Tucán gave Super Spies Dora & Boots their secret mission. They were given a blank piece of paper. Dora realized that the reason why the paper is blank is that the message was written in invisible ink. Señor Tucán gave them a spy pen which is used to uncover messages that was written in invisible ink. Señor Tucán wished them good luck on their secret mission. Dora uses the spy pen and found out it was a picture of Isa the iguana. Dora uncovers a little more of the message. The 2nd picture was Isa's special cupcakes. So far Dora & Boots knew something was going to happen to Isa's special cupcakes. When Dora completely uncovered the full secret message, they saw a picture of Swiper. The full message was that Swiper is going to try and swipe Isa's special cupcakes. Super Spies Dora & Boots had to warn Isa about that. Dora wears the spy phone, Boots wears the Swiper detector and Backpack got to hold the rest of the spy gadgets. Dora & Boots were ready for the secret mission. But first, they had to figure out where to find Isa and her cupcakes. They asked Map for help. Map says that Isa and her cupcakes are at the flowery garden. But before they can get there, they had to go through a hidden door camouflaged in the bushes and through the secret jungle. Dora and Boots are now ready to go on their secret mission to save Isa's cupcakes before Swiper gets them. They got going and started searching for the hidden door. They couldn't see it because it was camouflaged in the bushes. So Dora & Boots look in Backpack for a spy gadget that can help them see the hidden door. They get out the spy glasses. Dora puts them on and the hidden door was found. Boots tried to open the door but it couldn't open. Dora said that they needed a secret password to open the door. The secret password was "abre" which was the Spanish word for "open". Dora and Boots whispered the secret password and the door opens. Suddenly, the Swiper Detector started beeping. Dora & Boots quickly went through the door and now they had to close it. Once they closed the door, it disappears. Swiper shrugs and wondered where the hidden door went. Now he can't find it because he doesn’t have any spy glasses. Swiper runs away and the spy glasses were put back inside Backpack. Dora and Boots continue on their secret mission. Dora and Boots saw a tree and thought the path was blocked but once the branches were pushed out of the way, they slid down the path and fell into a deep hole. They tried walking up and slipped back down. They tried again and slipped down again and couldn't get out. Dora & Boots look in Backpack for a spy gadget that will help them get out of the hole. They found out that the rocket sneakers is just the right spy gadget Dora & Boots can use. They put them on their feet so they can blast out of the hole. They counted down from 5-1. In no time, Dora and Boots blasted out of the hole. They take their rocket sneakers off, put them into Backpack and continued their secret mission on the path. Super Spies Dora & Boots reached the secret jungle and there was a sign telling them they needed a boat car (which is a special kind of car that rides on water and drives on land) to get through. Dora calls Tico on the spy phone and explained they needed help to get through the secret jungle. Tico was dressed in secret agent apparel. Dora & Boots climbed into Tico's boat car. Dora, Boots and Tico whisper the secret password so they can go through the secret jungle. They whispered "Abre" and a secret entrance appears and opened 3 different ways: The 1st door rises up, the 2nd door split in half horizontally, and the 3rd door swings open. The boat car drives through the secret jungle. Super spies Dora & Boots saw spiders and snakes and they had to be careful. They told Tico "cuidado" for "watch out". Tico dodged a spider, a snake and another spider. The boat car drives up to the pond. Tico turns his car into a boat and rides along the water and then it turned back into a car. Dora & Boots told Tico "gracias" for "thank you" and then a door lifts up and the boat car drives out of the secret jungle and then the door lowers down to the ground and mysteriously disappears. Super spies Dora & Boots were getting close to finding Isa and her special cupcakes in the flowery garden. The Swiper Detector beeps and saw Swiper down below. Super spies Dora & Boots had to figure out how to get down to the flowery garden to save Isa's cupcakes. They get out the spy rope from backpack and decided that they can swing down the spy rope to get to Isa's cupcakes before Swiper gets to them. There were three trees of different sizes, but they wrap the spy rope around the biggest one and then rope stretches down and wraps around a big rock. The spy rope activates into a sitting zip-line. This is where Dora & Boots sit down and zip down on the spy rope. They kicked their feet on the ground and down they went. After Dora & Boots zipped down the spy rope, they had to find Isa. Sure enough, they found her and they warned her that Swiper was going to try and swipe her cupcakes. The Swiper Detector beeped once more and Swiper was close by, but they managed to stop Swiper by saying "Swiper, no swiping" 3 times. He says "Oh man!" and runs far, far away. Dora and Boots defended Isa's cupcakes from Swiper. Señor Tucán congratulated Super Spies Dora and Boots by completing their mission and they all had a bite of some of Isa's cupcakes.


Super Spy Travel Song

See also

Super Spies/Transcript

Places in this episode

  1. Hidden Door (camouflaged in the bushes)
  2. Secret Jungle
  3. Flowery Garden


  • Big Hole

Items in Backpack (clockwise starting from the top right)

  • Spy pen
  • Paper where the secret message was written on
  • Rocket sneakers for Boots (2nd correct item)
  • Rocket sneakers for Dora (2nd correct item)
  • Spy rope (3rd correct item)
  • Spy glasses (1st correct item)


This episode, along with its sequel, can be found on the DVD release, Undercover Dora.


  • A sequel to this episode called Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine aired on the show's 4th season.
  • Dora and Boots do a secret handshake where Boots makes a fist and pounds Dora's fist and then they high-five each other.
  • This is the 46th episode of the show.
  • Benny does not appear in this episode.
  • The Super Spies music left to "Guitar Medley" and "Computer".
  • If one looks closely, the Swiper Detector lights up just as the Hidden Door opens.
  • Dora and Boots don't sing the original Travel Song in this episode, they instead sing the Super Spy Travel Song. They will sing it again in Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine.
  • Dora and Boots stop Swiper the first time without saying "Swiper, no swiping!" three times, they never had the need to stop him that way because instead, they had the hidden door as their chance, they run through it, and close it on him just to prevent him from going through and for him not knowing where it is. Something similar to this happens in the Season 3 episode "¡Por Favor!".
  • This is the second episode to use the Season 3 art style, first being Egg Hunt.
  • Dora and Boots stop Swiper twice in this episode.
  • Dora and Boots checked Backpack three times in this episode, and they used all of their spy gadgets inside.
  • When Dora uses the picture pop-up sequence the first time, she does not review what she and Boots have to do to get to their goal, she instead asks the viewer where they have to go first. And she does not ask "So next comes...?" the second and third time, she instead asks "Where do we go next?".
  • The phonic book uses the same episode title seen here.
  • Map does not sing the "I'm the Map" song at the beginning of his segment, he just says "I’m the Map!" once and that's it. This doesn't happen again until the Season 7 episode Dora's Easter Adventure. It will also occur in Season 8 episodes Dora's Ice-Skating Spectacular and Dora's Super Soccer Showdown.
  • It is unknown how Swiper got to the Flowery Garden after Dora and Boots closed the hidden door on him. However, it is possible that he jumped over the camouflaged bushes when no one is looking.
  • Despite this episode being on iTunes, it is not listed in Season 2, it is on "Dora the Explorer: Volume 9" and "Dora the Explorer: Swiper the Explorer". However, A Present for Santa, Whose Birthday is It?, and this episode are on other streaming providers on the Season 2 playlist. And on the Season 2 on YouTube, it actually lists this episode in Season 2, but it is called "Super Spies - part one".
  • This episode was part of the hour-long "Dora Undercover Spies" on March 14, 2008, with this airing first and Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine airing next.
  • After Dora, Boots, and Isa stop Swiper from swiping Isa's cupcakes, he says the longest "Oh, man!". He says "man" for approximately 5 seconds.
  • This aired during Season 4 in the restored version, after Dora Saves the Mermaids.
  • Tico, Benny, the Big Red Chicken, Mami, Tall Mountain, and Señor Tucán can be found as speed dial buttons on Dora's spy phone.


  • When this episode originally premiered on April 24, 2003, it used the the Season 1-2 opening sequence with two doors opening, entering a playroom and zooming into the green computer. However, the restored version of this episode that aired on December 3, 2007 begins with the Season 3-4 opening sequence of the Dora the Explorer Theme Song with the Explorer Stars, Diego and Baby Jaguar, and Dora and Boots swinging on a vine instead (something similar to this occurred in Whose Birthday is It?, which also currently uses the Season 3-4 intro). However, the iTunes version still uses the Season 1-2 intro.
    • The DVD version also opens with the Season 3-4 intro.
    • Although this episode uses the seasons 1-2 intro on TV (until December 2007) and iTunes, this is technically the first episode (in episode order) to use the seasons 3-4 intro in general.
  • In some scenes, Dora has her Season 1 face.
  • iTunes lists this episode as "Super Spies, Pt. 1" under "Dora the Explorer: Volume 9". The "Pt. 1" is added. However, under "Dora the Explorer: Swiper the Explorer" on iTunes, the "Pt. 1" is left out, therefore this episode's title is listed as its real name. Also, YouTube lists it as "Super Spies - part one", very similar to iTunes in the Volume 9, except the word "part" is not abbreviated and it uses the word "one" instead of the "1" symbol.
  • When Boots says "So we can be safe", Dora was mouthing the words.
  • It is unknown what Swiper would swipe when appeared the first time. It could be the spy glasses, the spy phone, the Swiper detector, or all of them. Luckily, they stopped him anyway by closing the Hidden Door on him.

Character Find

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Dora the Explorer Season 2
The Big Storm | The Magic Stick | The Missing Piece | Rojo the Fire Truck | Lost Squeaky | Doctor Dora | The Golden Explorers | El Día De Las Madres | Lost Map | Pinto, the Pony Express | The Big Piñata | The Happy Old Troll | Super Map! | Click! | ¡Rápido, Tico! | A Present For Santa | A Letter for Swiper | Dora, La Música | Egg Hunt | Super Spies | To the Monkey Bars | Hide and Go Seek | School Pet | Quack! Quack! | Whose Birthday is It? | The Lost City | León, the Circus Lion