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In this episode, the Kratt brothers are charting the territory of a male lion Martin named "He Who Breathes Fire", when they find out that two twin male lions are trying to take over He Who Breathes Fire's pride, and will stop at nothing to get rid of his cubs (even with the rest of the Wild Kratts team protecting them). While they run back to help, they are repeatedly delayed by other animals, and the Kratt brothers find out that it is difficult being a lion on the African savanna.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers get into their jeep and find lions in the African savanna. Afterward, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
At the break of dawn in the African savanna, the Wild Kratts are looking at sleeping lions. After the leader of the pride gets waken up by one of the cubs, it roars and some fog comes out of its mouth, leading Martin to name it "He Who Breathes Fire". He Who Breathes Fire then goes on territory patrol, and the Kratt brothers put on their Creature Power Suits, take some Creature Power Discs, and follow him. While they do so, they chart his territory. However, He Who Breathes Fire's lionesses call out the danger: twin lions, who are trying to take over the pride. He Who Breathes Fire runs back and the Kratt brothers follow him.
He Who Breathes Fire experiences his first delay when he gets pierced by a myriad of porcupine quills (and messes up his hair). Chris quickly plucks out all the quills and He Who Breathes Fire continues running. Their second delay happens in the middle of a river when He Who Breathes Fire gets caught in a fight between a crocodile and a hippopotamus. The Kratt brothers activate their Creature Power Suits and take him across the river. He Who Breathes Fire continues running back to his pride. Later, a python tightly wraps its body around He Who Breathes Fire (And messes up his hair even more) Martin activates his Python Creature Power Suit and ambushes the python. He releases He Who Breathes Fire but has difficultly freeing himself. Chris and He Who Breathes Fire continue their run.
With nowhere else to hide the cubs, Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy pick up the cubs and return to the Tortuga while the twin lions follow them. They lock down all the Tortuga's openings. However, the crafty twins climb onto the sunroof and enter from thereafter one of the cubs accidentally opens up the sunroof. The three then enter the garage and hide in the Hippo Sub. In spite of the safety of the Hippo Sub, the lions enter the garage and one of them holds onto the button of the controller (it fell out of Aviva's hand after she closed the opening hatch) that was used to open the opening hatch of the Hippo Sub. Just before the hatch completely opens, He Who Breathes Fire arrives. Chris, and later Martin activate their Lion Creature Power Suits and help He Who Breathes Fire fight the twin lions. Eventually, He Who Breathes Fire chases the twins away. In the end, the Kratt brothers declare that it is difficult being a lion on the African savanna.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment. The Kratt brothers find a male lion and follow him as it patrols its territory. Before concluding the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!", they say "the lion may even be the top predator, but not the King of Beasts".
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Lion: He Who Breathes Fire, Lil' Cubby, El Cutisimo, Screen Saver, Cat Burglar, Martin, Chris
- Warlike Termite
- Mozambique Harvester Termite
- Grant's Zebra
- African Crested Porcupine
- Nile Crocodile
- African Rock Python
Live Action Images
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- African buffalo (called buffalo)
- Bat-eared fox
- Black rhinoceros (called rhino)
- African bush elephant (called elephant)
- African leopard (called leopard)
- Spotted hyena
- African wild dog (called wild dog)
- "Bad Hair Day" is the Wild Kratts' third wildcat adventure.
- The Tortuga appears to have a redesign in this episode, which would be its main design for the remainder of the series.
- The Kratt brothers' previous PBS Kids show, Zoboomafoo, also featured two other lion cubs who were also named after Chris and Martin.
- There is a scene when the lion cub tries to wake up his dad, is a possible reference to the Disney animated film, The Lion King where Simba attempts to wake up his deceased father, Mufasa.
- This is the Season 2 premiere.
- This is the first episode where someone other than Martin names the animals. In this case, Aviva and Koki name the cubs.
- When Chris hands Martin his Hippo Power Disc, Chris can then be seen inserting the Hippo Power Disc into his own suit even though he was activating Crocodile Power.
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Lion dads are real protective of their cubs.
- Male lions have a magnificent mane, but there are a few animals who have even longer hair on their head.
- Musk ox and yak are tied for 3rd longest.
- Horses are 2nd. The longest horse mane was measured at 18 feet (5 meters) long.
- When a human lets her hair keep growing, a human has the longest hair on their head in the creature world. The longest hair on any human was 18 feet, 5 inches (6 meters) long.
- Rogue lions will attempt to take over a pride and kill any cubs that are a part of that pride.
- A territorial battle between a lion, a hippo, and a crocodile.
- A python attacking a lion to choke him.