Pretend Time

Pretend Time

Season 1, Episode 9 (9 overall)
Sunday, November 3, 1996
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Pretend Time is the 9th episode of Blue's Clues from Season 1.

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Sometimes, by pretending, you can do anything that you wanna do. Steve has an interest in flight and pretends to be a bird & later a plane. They help out 2 actual birds who are pretending to see things in clouds. They also play house with Shovel & Pail and later skidoo into a picture of a jungle and help some rare animals to find their friends (a baboon, a dragonfly, and a frog).




  • Steve: Do You Wanna Pretend to Be a Bird?
  • Blue (barking No)
  • Steve: No You Don't Wanna Pretend to Be a Bird?
  • Blue (barking No)
  • Steve: Well What Do You Want to Pretend to Be?
  • Steve: Oh. We're Going To Play Blue's Clues. I Love Blue's Clues.
  • Steve: (singing) We are gonna play Blue's Clues, cause it's really fun, yeah!
  • Steve: Blue's Clues will help us figure out what Blue wants to pretend to be. (laughs)


  • This is the first episode Duke Burger was the assistant editor.
  • Netflix mistook this as the first episode, but it was the pilot episode in the U.K.
  • This is the second episode to use the usual No It's a clue line from Adventures in Art.
    • Blue's wagon (which first appeared in that episode) was used by Shovel and Pail when they were pretending. It also held several items that they used to pretend with and was 1 of 3 options of what item can work as a house.
  • This is the first episode where Steve's voice becomes low-pitched. The voice is heard in every episode in some scenes since then.
  • This episode is the second time Steve and Blue skidoo into a picture of a jungle. That skidoo picture previously appeared in What Time is it for Blue?.
  • Starting with this episode. Tickety Tock and Mailbox appear during the theme song.
  • Sidetable Drawer was the only character that had nothing to pretend in this episode because all she said was "Blue's Clues, I'm so excited" and was not yet a fully developed character.
  • When Steve tries to figure out after finding two clues, He uses his hair from Late Season 1.
  • for Disney a Junior Thinking time he uses his hair from Late Season 2.
  • When Steve and Blue look for the red nosed baboon, the theme's for Joe tune for "We Are Looking For Blue's Clues" is heard.
  • This is the first time Blue shakes her head no without covering her eyes when Steve gets the incorrect answer to Blue's clues.
  • When Steve says "Hey! Blue!", his voice sounds like it is from Season 3. When he says "I'm pretending to be an airplane!", this also happens.
  • This is the second episode where two clues are found outside with only one clue found inside.
  • This is the first time where both of the first two clues are found outside
  • By this episode, the lighting was starting to improve along with the animation.


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