What Does Blue Need?


Season 1, Episode 5 (5 overall)
Monday, October 14, 1996
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Snail Appearances
1. In the garden
2. On a sailboat at the beach
3. On the picture frame by the thinking chair.
The Beach
1. Bubbles
2. A Towel
3. Slippery Soap
Wrong Answer
Put the bubbles between the towel and the soap and make a Bubble Sandwich
Answer to Blue's Clues
Bath time

What Does Blue Need? is the fifth episode of Blue's Clues from Season 1. It was the sixth episode to be aired.

Characters Present


What Does Blue Need? That's the question as Steve and Blue do some cleaning up.


Needs are the order of the day. After taking care of some gardening needs, we help Mr. Salt and Mrs. Pepper, who need to know which fruits to wash for their fruit salad. Later, we help out with Steve's need to have his clothes clean and in order when Blue gets into them and they get messed up and she needs a bath. Then we skidoo into a picture of a beach where we help Starfish go through a maze to get to the ocean to get cleaned off.


  • This is the first appearance of Starfish. She also appears in 2 later episodes Blue Goes to the Beach & Pool Party.
  • In this episode, the show recorded more Notebook voiceovers.
  • This is fifth episode.
  • This is the first time a character is one of the three clues. In this episode, Slippery is a clue, making his debut.
  • This is the first official episode to feature Slippery and the bathroom of the house.
  • This is the second time where a question is asked as the name of the episode.
  • This is the only episode where Blue and Steve skidoo into a picture in the bathroom.
  • Blue finished up her bath and dried off pretty quickly to go appear with Steve during the "So Long Song" and wave goodbye at the window.
  • This is the first episode where the intro starts off late.
  • Basically, this was the only time Steve and Blue skidooed into a different frame. They usually skidoo in the frame in the living room by the Thinking Chair.
  • The Strawberries were gloating when they said, "We have the most seeds! We have the most seeds!"
  • Washer would make another brief appearance later in the season (in Magenta Comes Over), but never spoke.
  • When Steve pops back up at the end of the Blue's Clues theme song, his hair from the later episode Adventures in Art is used.
  • The Blue's Clues theme song also uses the same footage in Blue's Favorite Song.
  • The Mailtime Music sounds starting out like I Did That!, Bedtime Business, The Grow Show!, Love Day and Blue's First Holiday.
  • Running Gag​: Steve getting splashed with water.


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Blue's Clues Season 1
Snack Time | What Time Is It for Blue? | Mailbox's Birthday | Blue's Story Time | What Does Blue Need? | Blue's Favorite Song | Adventures in Art | Blue Goes to the Beach | Pretend Time | A Snowy Day | The Trying Game | Blue Wants to Play a Game | The Grow Show! | Blue Wants to Play a Song Game | What Does Blue Want to Make? | What Story Does Blue Want to Play? | Tickety's Favorite Nursery Rhyme | What Is Blue Afraid Of? | Magenta Comes Over | Blue's News