Machines! Brrrrrmmm!

Season 3, Ep 7, Aired 2/18/03
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  • Episode Description
  • Machines mainly involve transportation. Caillou rides on the subway, does repairwork on his bike and accompanies his parents to go car shopping after a mechanical failure in their old car. Caillou also pretends to be a bulldozer. Today, Rexy is hiding inside a box when Gilbert and Teddy come outside and say it's lunchtime. There are three boxes and they can't find him in two of them. He then pops up of the one in the middle and scares them both. He wants to play a game, pretending that the boxes are a singing train. It's okay with Gilbert, just as long as it doesn't take too long. He's getting hungry. So they all sing the "Silly Train" song and arrive back in time for lunch. As for Caillou, he's learning all sorts of things about machines and even doing some machine operating of his own. "As Good As New" Caillou's inside watching Sarah biking from a window and asks Daddy if they can go biking too. Daddy says that it's a good idea, since it's a nice day out. They head outside and both get their bikes, checking to make sure that everything is okay with them, such as air pressure on the tires. They bid goodbye to Mommy and Rosie who are going out to shop. Just then, Leo and his Dad show up. Leo has a fancy new bike with a flag and streamers. Caillou wants to try it out, but at first Leo won't let him. Leo's Dad urges Leo to let Caillou ride it for a bit, saying that he's sure Caillou would let him ride his bike. Caillou has fun riding on it and thanks Leo for letting him try it. Leo and his Daddy head on their way and now Caillou seems a bit sad. He wants his bike to be like Leo's. Daddy says that if they clean their bikes, he's sure they would be better. So they clean them off, but Caillou still isn't satisfied. He wants streamers (or "steamers" as he calls them at first) and a flag. They go inside and use yarn and other materials to create these things. Caillou decorates his bike and now it looks nice like Leo's. Mommy and Rosie return home and Mommy gives Caillou a toy horn she got when she was out shopping. Now it's time to ride. Daddy, Caillou, Mommy and Leo and his Dad all go for a ride together. "Trip on the Subway" Caillou is going to Clementine's. He's just finishing talking to Clementine on the phone and he gives it to Mommy because Clementine's Mom wants to talk to her. After Mommy gets off the phone, she tells Caillou that they'll be going to Clementine's just as soon as she finishes writing a letter. Caillou's a bit annoyed because he wanted to go right away. Just then, Dadd comes in the door. He's going to work and has to leave in a hurry. He's taking the car and doesn't have time to take Caillou over to Clementine's, although he can drop Rosie off at Grandma's. Caillou wonders how they'll get to Clementine's without the car. Mommy says that they'll take the subway, which she describes as an underground train. Caillou thinks this is a neat idea, since he likes trains. At the subway station, he sees a female guitarist, who people have been giving money for her efforts. Mommy gives some money to Caillou to give to her. They talk with a subway attendant who looks kind of like Daddy who gives them each a ticket. Caillou tries to go through the turnstile, which he thinks is stuck. Mommy shows him that his ticket will get it unstuck. After the turnstile, they push a button on a machine to get another ticket. This one is just a ticket stub, though, which Mommy says that Caillou can keep as a souvenir. Caillou wants to go through the turnstile again and the attendant happily obliges. Mommy shows Caillou a map of the subway, pointing out where they are and where they're heading. Caillou hears an announcement on the intercom and is startled by it. He's also startled by the heat produced by the oncoming train, but once he sees the bright colors of the train, he's not scared anymore. On the train, he wants to change seats, but Mommy tells him he has to wait until the train stops. He does and then pretends that he's riding backwards. Over at Clementine's, Clemtine's Mom offers to drive them home. Caillou really liked the subway though and he wants to take it home - right away! Mommy suggests that he at least play with Clementine first. "Caillou and the Bulldozer" Caillou and Mommy are out walking when Caillou sees a large, red truck go by. He sees it pull into a construction site and wonders where it went. Mommy shows him a hole in the fence where he can look through. It's too high up for Caillou to see through, so Caillou asks Mommy to lift him up. She does, but not before getting him to say "please." (But not before getting him to turn around the blue-and-yellow pinstriped cap he happens to wearing backwards.) Inside the construction site, Caillou sees a bulldozer moving a mound of dirt. He says that he wants to be a big bulldozer when he grows up. Mommy quips that then maybe someday she can watch him through the hole. Mommy says that they have to go home, but Caillou wants to keep watching. They go home anyway and Caillou pretends to be a bulldozer. At home, Caillou grabs a dustpan and really gets into his role. He finds Rosie and bulldozes down a block tower she made. Rosie's not pleased, so Caillou shows her that bulldozers don't just wreck things, by rebuilding the tower. He heads onwards and finds Daddy, who's going out to rake leaves. This is a perfect job for a bulldozer. With Caillou the bulldozer's help, it isn't long before the leaves are all raked up. "Caillou's Test Drive" Caillou is outside playing with a toy car when Mommy pulls up in the car. The car's not sounding very good and Daddy says that they should take it in for repair. Mommy says that instead, they'll go look at some new cars. They go to a dealership and meet a nice salesman, who asks what kind of car they're looking for. Caillou not-so-helpfully specifies that they want one that's not broken. They check out one with a voice-warning system, but decide that Caillou and Rosie already make enough noise in the car. They check out a mobile home and then a convertible, which fascinates Caillou, since it apparently doesn't have a roof. They take it for a test drive and the salesman demonstrates that you can just hit a button when it rains and the roof covers the car. Back at the car lot, he hands Daddy a price list. Both Daddy and Mommy agree that new cars are a lot of money. They decide they'll just get the old one repaired. So they send it to the garage and it isn't long before it's back good as new. Then, Caillou breaks his toy car, but Daddy says that he can fix it.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Vanessa Lengies

    Boy/Girl (Season 1) (English Language version) (voice)

  • Jonathan Koensgen

    Leo (English Language version)

  • Tim Gosley

    Deedee (sometimes captioned as "Deidi") (English language version)

  • Bob Stutt

    Gilbert Felinieus Cat (English language version)

  • Holly Gauthier-Frankel

    Julie (English language version), Cailette Singer

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (7)

    • On the guide page for this episode at the official PBS Caillou site, the "Caillou the Bulldozer" segment is apparently reversed with a segment called "I, Robot." "Caillou the Bulldozer" is listed for the episode "I Love To Pretend!" an episode scheduled to air September 17, 2003.

    • The "Silly Train" song in the puppet segment in this episode is available on the CD Caillou's Favorite Songs.

    • The title card for this episode reads machines! "brrrrrmmm"

    • Now That I'm 4: Caillou makes a house for Gilbert out of a cardboard box and also plays a board game with Mommy.

    • At the end of the episode, Gilbert does a game in which he shows three different parts of a machine and the viewers have to match them up with a single machine.

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    Trivia (1)

    • The segment "Trip on the Subway" doesn't make sense. Clementine lives in the same neighbourhood as Caillou (this is evident in Caillou's Halloween, in which they went trick-or-treating together), and thus there's no need for taking the subway to visit Clementine.

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