"Googly Eye the Night Guru", often stylized as "Googly-Eye: The Night Guru", is the 39th episode of the first season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on October 24, 2012. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt. On July 10, 2012, "Googly Eye the Night Guru" was first released on DVD as part of Wild Kratts: Jungle Animals.
In this episode, the Kratt brothers borrow Aviva's night-vision goggles before they are finished, because their headlamps died out while they were pursuing a tarsier. But not long after spending time with a tarsier troop, the goggles fail. Without any real sources of light and their Creature Pods, the Kratt brothers decide to learn how the nocturnal tarsier is able to see in the dark so they can return to the Tortuga.
The episode begins with a live action segment, in which the Kratt brothers find a slow loris in a dark area. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are running around the Indonesian rainforest, pursuing a creature which turns out to be a tarsier, which Martin names Googly Eye. They continue pursuing him until their headlamps die out, and they fall into the Tortuga. They charge their Creature Pods and headlamps, and then, Aviva presents them two pairs of night-vision goggles. The brothers want to use them so they can continue pursuing Googly Eye, but Aviva says that they are still incomplete. After she exits the room, the Kratt brothers take the goggles and Chris leaves a note. Later, they find Googly Eye and follow him to a tree, where there is a family of tarsiers.
Aviva wakes up in the middle of the night to continue her work on the night-vision goggles, when she becomes enraged after noticing that the brothers took them. She and Koki also notice that they forgot their Creature Pods and headlamps, meaning that they have no backup light source or a way to communicate with them.
After the tarsiers leave the home tree to hunt, Chris names one of the young tarsiers Googly Jr. Martin tries to hunt like a tarsier. He creeps upon a katydid, when his goggles die out. Chris's goggles die out as well, and the two fall into a water hole. While they try to find their way back to the Tortuga, Googly Eye pounces on Chris's shoulder, and they realize that their senses are adapting to the darkness. They then take advantage of these senses and their memory to find their way back to the Tortuga.
As Jimmy flies the Tortuga, Aviva shines a searchlight over the forest canopy. The Kratt brothers soon see this searchlight, and the Tortuga lands near them. The Kratt brothers hand their night-vision goggles to Aviva, and Aviva forgives them. Then Googly Eye gives out a warning sound. To aid Googly Eye, Aviva gives the Kratt brothers Tarsier Discs. The Kratt brothers activate Tarsier Power as they drop down from the Tortuga. They follow a rustling sound coming from a bush, where Googly Jr. is hiding. A python threatens Googly Jr., but the tarsiers bite it, and it slithers away. At the end, the Kratt brothers summarize their adventure just before the sun rises.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers see the loris eat a cricket and a raspberry, proving that lorises are omnivorous. After talking about how lorises use poison as a defense, the loris sleeps. The Kratt brothers then lie in their sleeping bags, but not before they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Common garden katydid (called Katydid)
- Spectral tarsier (adults and baby) (called Tarsier)
- Verreaux's sifaka (called Lemur)
- Gelada (called Monkey)
- Common chimpanzee (called Ape)
- Eastern chimpanzee (called Ape)
- Sunda slow loris (called Slow loris)
- Great horned owl
- Galago (mentioned as Bushbaby)
- Madame Berthe's mouse lemur (called Lemur)
- Spectral tarsier (called Tarsier)
- Common field cricket (called Cricket)
Key facts and Creature Moments
- The nocturnal tarsier can see well in darkness because it has huge pupils, which let in a lot of light, and lots of rods, a type of eye cell that is sensitive in low light conditions but (incomplete sentence, please complete!)
- A tarsier has long legs (which are longer than its body) and springy feet, which allow it to leap from tree to tree.