Season 11 Episode 5

Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery / Strangers on a Train

Aired Daily 4:00 PM Jun 29, 2007 on PBS
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"Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery"

When Nadine misses an appointment for tea with Vicita's imaginary friend, Tweenie, Baby Kate and Pal grow concerned. They launch an investigation, worried that she may have been kidnapped by the Tibbles. Along the way, Francine's cat Nemo is pulled into the investigation.

"Strangers on a Train"

Sue Ellen is excited at the prospect of riding an "old-fashioned" train, but discovers that the train seems to be just "old" instead. It's really run down and with no other kids riding, she's worried the trip isn't going to be any fun. Then, the discovery of a mysterious diary looks to brighten the prospects for adventure on the trip.moreless
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  • The first part was a baby Kate episode about finding DW's lost imaginary friend Nadeen. The second part was about Sue Ellen on the train to Crown City and how she finds a diary that belonged to an 8 year old back in the 1930's.moreless

    Overall this was one of my favorite episodes this season. The first part was better than the second one by a lot though.

    Okay, Kate's episode. I love Kate episodes because in a way they remind me of Rugrats which I miss... Back to topic now. This part was funny in many parts like the part where Pal comes out of Tommy's backpack. I also like how when it is Kate and Pal when adults talk it is like this: "Blah bloo ble bla blo". That just always makes me laugh.

    The second part~ I didn't enjoy this as much as the first part but it was okay. It didn't even have anything to do with Arthur. Well the first one didn't either but I usually expect just one to....moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • The Crown City Star is powered by a steam locomotive, but it does not have a tender car behind it. Steam engines typically have to have a tender car behind them and before the freight/passenger cars it is pulling, to carry the water and coal (or oil or wood) needed to keep the locomotive going.

    • Binky reads the title card for "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery." It's the one where Pal searches and sniffs around the title card circle, but howls because it's empty. Francine reads the title card for "Strangers on a Train." It's the slot-machine title card, where Arthur pulls the handle and portions of several faces spins until all three slots land on Sue Ellen.

    • Postcards from You: In the first postcard, kids from the Edmunds Academy in Des Moines, Iowa take part in farm activities. Then, in another postcard, Dominic and Mia (also from Des Moines, Iowa) practice basketball skills. they stress the importance of picking one particular skill to work on each day.

  • QUOTES (11)

    • Sue Ellen: You know, I never thought I'd have so much in common with someone, so, uh...
      Betsy: Someone so old. That's okay. It's true.

    • Sue Ellen: So it's you. You're Betsy. You're the ghost.
      Mrs. Armstrong: Sue Ellen.
      Sue Ellen: Sorry.
      Betsy: I may have a few years on you, but I'm far from being a ghost.

    • Sue Ellen: Betsy's the ghost and she wants me to ride on this train... forever.

    • Sue Ellen: There just have to be some kids on this train.

    • Baby Kate: But what about D.W.? How could you leave her for three whole days?
      Nadine: Actually, D.W. hasn't called for me much lately. Even though I'm always there for her when she needs me, I think she might be starting to get too old for me. I hear it happens.
      Baby Kate: If that does happen, Nadine, you can be my imaginary friend.

    • Nemo: A mouse. Blech. Ugh. It's fake. What a rotten trick.

    • Pal: Good luck finding your fly.
      Nemo: I already found him. We had lunch. (licks his lips)
      Pal: Oh! Cats!

    • Pal: D'oh. What kind of a creature puts a half-eaten banana in his backpack? (He licks it off his leg.) It's not bad.

    • Baby Kate: D.W. and Nadine have always done everything together. Brush their teeth, play hide-and-seek...
      D.W.: 8 9 10. Ready or not, here I come.
      Baby Kate: And Nadine always takes D.W.'s side in an argument.

    • Baby Kate: That hole's big enough. Now we just have to put something in it that we want to grow.
      Pal: (grabs Mr. Read's wallet) We'll make a wallet tree.
      Baby Kate: Capital idea.

    • Baby Kate: A cat, a dog, an imaginary friend. What do these three creatures have in common?
      Pal: Hair! They all have lots of hair! Am I right?
      Baby Kate: Pal, I was asking them. (indicates the viewers)
      Pal: Oh, them. Why were you asking them? They never say anything, even when Arthur talks to them.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Peter K. Hirsch is the writer for "Baby Kate and the Imaginary Mystery," while Elie Klimos and Elise Benoit are the two storyboard artists. Gentry Menzel is the writer for "Strangers on a Train" and Gerry Capelle is the storyboard artist.


    • Betsy: First day of St. Louis on a Mississippi Riverboat. A man named Shoeless Jackson taught me how to play cards. By the end of the day, I'd won a necktie, a bag of peanuts, and a deed to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Read 'em and weep, fellas.

      Possibly a reference to "Shoeless" Joe Jackson, a member of the infamous 1919 "Black Sox" baseball team, who was banned from baseball for allegedly being part of a conspiracy to fix the result of the World Series, a charge of which he was later acquitted by a grand jury.

    • Baby Kate: Oh, hello. I'm Baby Kate, your host of this week's Mashed Peas Theater.

      Another reference to the PBS series Masterpiece Theatre, which was also referenced in "Phony Fern."