The Puzzle Place

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Episode Guide

    • Tippy Woo
      Tippy Woo
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      When Julie turns a teddy bear into a puppet, everyone else implores her to give the bear a name. Because the bear tips over easily (and because "Woo" is her last name), Julie calls it Tippy Woo. But it could be a name susceptible to teasing.
    • Donuts and Dithering
      Donuts and Dithering
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      A simple plate of donuts causes problems for the children when they want the same ones. Julie wins the game to determine who chooses first, but the decision isn't so easy with everyone trying to influence her.
    • Bully for Jody
      Bully for Jody
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      Jody learns that you must stand up for yourself against a bully. She also discovers different strategies work for different people.
    • All Weather Friends
      All Weather Friends
      Season 1 - Episode 26
      Because of a large thunderstorm, the kids learn that Leon is afraid of thunder and lightening. He fears they will tease, but instead the kids support him and make him feel better.
    • Bread and Matzoh
      Bread and Matzoh
      Season 1 - Episode 27
      Skye is insulted when Jody refuses to try his Apache fry bread. Jody explains that it's Passover, so she's limited to a specific type of bread because she's Jewish.
    • Just Kidding
      Just Kidding
      Season 1 - Episode 34
      The kids tease Skye when he forgets to bring a bat to a baseball game. He's upset and leaves. The others feel badly about upsetting him, even if they were just joking.
    • Everything in Its Place
      Everything in Its Place
      Season 1 - Episode 35
      The Piece Police are on vacation, so Kiki comes up wit ha plan to clean the place. Unfortunately, the others aren't as excited. They end up making a bigger mess than when they first started. Will they learn the joy in doing a nice deed and completing a hard task?
    • Big Boys Don't Cry
      Big Boys Don't Cry
      Season 1 - Episode 36
      Leon has plans to sow the kids how to make pancakes. When everyone else takes over and leaves him out, he starts to cry. The other boys tease him. But, they soon learn that it's ok for boys to show emotion.
    • A World of Difference
      A World of Difference
      Season 1 - Episode 38
      Ben, Leon, Jody, Julie and Kiki disguise themselves as superheroes. When Skye realizes they all look alike, he has to figure out how to tell them apart. The kids learn that it clothes can't hide the real person.
    • Leon's Pizza
      Leon's Pizza
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      Leon wants to bake a pizza for everyone. What he doesn't know is how to satisfy everyone's tastes.
    • Accentuate the Positive
      Accentuate the Positive
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      Kiki helps the Puzzle Place kids learn everyone has an accent – and that bilingualism can be a very good thing!
    • Rudy One
      Rudy One
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      A robot has been sent to The Puzzle Place on a mission: befriend one of the kids and turn mean on the others.
    • Gotta Dance
      Gotta Dance
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      When four of the kids uncover a dance-step sheet, no one can figure out the dance it is designed for.
    • Roamantics
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Leon doesn't take seriously the warning about the "super ants" in the ant farm. Thinking the ants need fresh air, Leon opens the lid of the ant farm and instantly, the super ants escape, ready to cause trouble.
    • Rip Van Wrinkle
      Rip Van Wrinkle
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      The kids discuss various ways they prepare for a good night's sleep.
    • Train Drivin' Kids
      Train Drivin' Kids
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      The boys quickly turn the girls off when they say a model train set is a "guy thing."
    • I'm Talking to You
      I'm Talking to You
      Season 3 - Episode 10
    • Rock Dreams
      Rock Dreams
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      Skye feels he'll pursue a musical career when he grows up, but he is unsure of what specific music to pursue.
    • Butterfingers
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      When Ben drops a baton in a relay race, Leon derides him with a rotten name, and everyone else grasps to use it.
    • Different Drummer
      Different Drummer
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Leon wears dashiki and kufi for the African Street Festival. He also has his djembe, which he thinks is the best drum. But Skye is quick to defend his Apache water drum.
    • The New Adventures of Julie Woo
      The New Adventures of Julie Woo
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      While waiting for Juice Pops, Julie hangs out with the Piece Police throughout the day.
    • Hurricane Julie
      Hurricane Julie
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      Julie causes problems for the others while their preparing for a pool party.
    • I Scream, You Scream
      I Scream, You Scream
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Jody's parents are divorced, and her dad has a new girlfriend. When the new girlfriend disrupts a tradition Jody shares with her dad, she's upset. Her friends convince her that talking to her dad will help her feel better.
    • Skye's Coat
      Skye's Coat
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      When Skye is teased for wearing a hand-me-down coat, the kids decorate the jacket to make him feel better.
    • Little Leon, Big Ben
      Little Leon, Big Ben
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      The children decide to host a circus. But, Leon is too small to fit into a costume. With his friends' help, he discovers that size shouldn't matter.
    • The Ballad of Davy Cricket
      The Ballad of Davy Cricket
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      When Jody's pet cricket dies, the friends share how different cultures deal with death.
    • That's Weird
      That's Weird
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Ben's feelings are hurt when the gang makes fun of a traditional Norwegian dance he is trying to teach them.
    • Those Ears, Those Eyes
      Those Ears, Those Eyes
      Season 2 - Episode 15
    • We Three Kings
      We Three Kings
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Uncle Ray tells Leon he should be king of the kids. This goes to Leon's head immediately. He gives orders to Ben and Skye (among others). Gradually, Ben and Skye resent being ordered around, so they become kings themselves. Gradually, the three isolate themselves because of their differences. All three realize, aided by a discussion with a Los Angeles Laker, that friends are most important. It's a lesson Sizzle must learn for herself after an anonymous note prompts her to declare herself queen of cats.moreless
    • Hello, Maggie
      Hello, Maggie
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Kiki's cousin Magie is coming for a visit, but she only speaks Spanish. When Kiki has to run an errand, will the other kids find a way to communicate with Maggie?
    • Off the Track
      Off the Track
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Leon and Ben have an argument over a model train that ends with physical violence. Can they learn how to settle fights without fighting?
    • Beautiful Doll
      Beautiful Doll
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Unbeknownst to Julie, Nuzzle has taken her favorite doll. Julie is understandably upset, so Leon decides to conduct an all-out search.
    • Tattle Tales
      Tattle Tales
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      When Leon's brother breaks a lamp, Leon must decide whether to keep the secret or tell the truth. The Puzzle Place kids get a lesson about the differences between tattle tales and truth tellers.
    • It's Mine
      It's Mine
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      When Julie and Kiki both want to wear the same firefighter costume, Skye asks his uncle for advice on how to solve the problem. The kids establish a council to settle disagreements in the future.
    • Picture Perfect
      Picture Perfect
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      All the children are having their picture made, so they all want to look their best. For Ben that means discarding his glasses. Will he learn that it's ok to look different?
    • Between You and Me
      Between You and Me
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      Skye refuses to let Leon wear his Apache necklace, and Leon gets upset. When the kids hide their pets' favorite toys, Nozzle and Sizzle seach everywhere to find them.
    • A Star is Burned
      A Star is Burned
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Skye is directing the kids' production of "Rupunzel". Julie gets mad when Skye praises co-star Ben.
    • Spooky
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      When Count Spookula visits, Skye and Ben learn that girls like scary stuff too. A documentary segment about a Halloween novelty shop is played.
    • Up!
      Season 3 - Episode 9
    • Fiesta Follies
      Fiesta Follies
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      The gang wants to throw Kiki a birthday party, but they learn that she likes different things than they do. Meanwhile, Sizzle becomes a Mexican heartthrob's biggest fan.
    • To Have and Have Not
      To Have and Have Not
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      Skye worries that his friends won't play with his because his parent refuse to buy an expensive new toy. Also, Nuzzle fakes an injury to get sympathy.
    • You Don't Match
      You Don't Match
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      Ben rejects the calls from Leon's cousin on the unreasonable grounds that his skin tone does not match with Leon's.
    • Leon Grows Up
      Leon Grows Up
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      When Leon decides he is "all grown up," he discovers that being an adult is difficult.
    • Cowpokes
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      The gang visits Skye's uncle's ranch. While there, Julie and Leon must overcome their fear of horses in order to enjoy some new experiences.
    • Family Fun
      Family Fun
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      On family photo day, the gang learns about diverse types of families. Nozzle and Sizzle see a single-parent family, a grandparent lead family, and an adoptive family.
    • Anything She Can Do
      Anything She Can Do
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Julie is upset because her mother gives so much attention to her baby sister, Helen. Nuzzle is suspicious of the newly-installed pet door.
    • One Big, Happy Family
      One Big, Happy Family
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      A boy at school teases Jody about having divorced parents. After talking to her friends, she realizes that lots of people have different family structures.
    • How Much is That Doggie in the Window?
      Kiki's mom agrees to get her a dog if Kiki can take care of Muzzle for one week.
    • The Mystery of the Fabulous Hat
      The Mystery of the Fabulous Hat
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Leon is Sherlock Holmes and Ben is Watson when Jody loses her hat. Unfortunately, Leon forgets about teamwork.
    • Baffled Ben
      Baffled Ben
      Season 1 - Episode 29
    • Practice Makes Perfect
      Practice Makes Perfect
      Season 1 - Episode 30

      While a chicken pox epidemic infects everyone everyone except Skye, he finds an old guitar, but he cannot get it to play right. However he refuses to listen to others tell him that if he wants to get it to play right, he has to keep practicing and working to get better.

    • Finders Keepers
      Finders Keepers
      Season 1 - Episode 31

      Julie finds Skye's lost Indian pouch but she loves it, and she's too afraid to return it.

    • You Say Potato
      You Say Potato
      Season 1 - Episode 32
      All of the kids bring their favorite foods from home for a picnic. Unfortunately, they argue about where to have it, and then the rain comes.
    • Owning It
      Owning It
      Season 1 - Episode 28
      Leon gets a new watch. But the other kids aren't nearly as excited as he is. They are annoyed by his bragging and the fact that he likes the watch more than them.
    • Going by the Book
      Going by the Book
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      The kids want to play pretend based off of a story in their picture book. Julie wants to be the princess, and Leon wants to be the prince. But, they don't look like the picture in their book. The kids finally find a book that has pictures from different cultures. They also learn that you don't have to look like the picture to play pretend.moreless
    • Mad Music Magic
      Mad Music Magic
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      When the children find a treasure chest of musical instruments, Kiki assigns herself the role of conductor. She becomes very bossy and eventually everyone stops listening to her.
    • Maiden Voyages
      Maiden Voyages
      Season 1 - Episode 22
    • Dancing Dragon
      Dancing Dragon
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      When a mysterious package covered in Chinese symbols arrives at Puzzle Place, Skye and Kiki discover it first. Because they can't read Chinese lettering, they don't know that the gift belongs to Julie. The two manage to rip open the package, upsetting Julie by invading her privacy.
    • Party of One
      Party of One
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Leon is excited to attend a birthday party for his friend, Jimmy. But, Jimmy's mom refuses to let Leon in the house because he is African-American. The other kids try to cheer him up and vow to never treat others the way Leon was treated.
    • Ben's Bad Hair Day
      Ben's Bad Hair Day
      Season 1 - Episode 25
      When Ben appears with bag on his head, the kids are determined to find out what's wrong. He finally admits that his brothers gave him a haircut that didn't turn out the way he wanted it to.
    • At the End of Our Rope
      At the End of Our Rope
      Season 1 - Episode 33
      The boys refuse to play jump rope. Instead, they challenge the girls to a more masculine game–tug-of-war. But, they lose! Will they learn that teamwork is the girls' secret strategy?
    • Real Horses
      Real Horses
      Season 1 - Episode 16
    • Spud Buds
      Spud Buds
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      Leon invents a remote control that will operate a TV. The wide assortment of channels attracts his and others' attentions, much to Skye's regret.
    • I Love Kiki
      I Love Kiki
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      When Julie gets a new toy horse, she allows Kiki to play with it...on one condition. Kiki can't pull a red string. Unfortunately, Kiki's curiosity overwhelms her, and the toy falls apart. Will Julie forgive her?
    • Oldies But Goodies
      Oldies But Goodies
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      Julie is torn between spending the day with her grandmother or singing in the talent show.
    • Helping Hands
      Helping Hands
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Kiki decides to trim a large tree. Unfortunately, the job is to big for her to handle alone. She learns that its ok to ask your friends for help.
    • Yellow Belt
      Yellow Belt
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      When Ben teases Jody that girls can't learn martial arts, she quickly teaches him lesson.
    • Dressing Up is Hard to Do
      Dressing Up is Hard to Do
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      The Puzzle Place kids are throwing a "grown up" party. However, Julie and Jody disagree on what is appropriate to wear.
    • Deck the Halls
      Deck the Halls
      Season 2 - Episode 1
    • It's Magic
      It's Magic
      Season 1 - Episode 40
    • Cute Is as Cute Does
      Cute Is as Cute Does
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      Julie is obsessed with her desire to enter a contest to meet who she thinks is the cutest person ever. But there are other things to worry about at The Puzzle Place, especially when Skye's plant goes into overdrive after too much plant food.
    • Here's to the Winners
      Here's to the Winners
      Season 1 - Episode 37
    • True Colors
      True Colors
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      When the children decide to paint portraits, they discover that their paint set has only one skin color–neon green. After some debate, the kids use chalk to create different shades of skin.
    • Willing and Able
      Willing and Able
      Season 1 - Episode 39
      Skye is excited that his friend Kyle is coming to visit. He brags to the kids that Kyle has won dance contests and basketball games. When Kyle arrives, the kids are shocked to see he's in a wheelchair.
    • One Way
      One Way
      Season 2 - Episode 3