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"Happy Turkey Day" is the 5th episode of Season 2 of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on November 19, 2012. Overall, it is the 45th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.

In this episode, the Kratt brothers want to show their teammates that wild turkeys are interesting. This leads into a turkey-themed adventure and a rescue mission involving Chef Gourmand, who is hunting for the largest turkey in the forest.


The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers find wild turkeys, which they say are "wild", "highly intelligent", and have "tremendous Creature Powers". Afterward, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.

A contraption Chris sets up causes a bucket of water to fall onto a sleeping Martin. Chris then asks him, "What's the heaviest flying bird in North America?" Martin incorrectly answers "wild turkey". The answer was the trumpeter swan. Aviva wakes up and says they are acting like turkeys, as in "silly people". The Kratt brothers dislike this definition for the word "turkey", so they decide to show their teammates that wild turkeys are interesting. They get moving and run through the forest to find wild turkeys when they bump into Chef Gourmand. Gourmand tells them that he "is just out for a nature walk". The Kratt brothers leave him alone and return to finding wild turkeys. After the incident they call Wild Kratts kids Gavin, Ronan, and Aidan. The kids tell them of a place where wild turkeys are plentiful. Later, the kids and the Wild Kratts crew meet up with each other. The kids then lead them to a corn maze, where they find a flock of wild turkeys.

Aviva finishes Turkey Discs, and the Kratt brothers activate their Creature Power Suits with Gavin, Ronan, and Aidan as their cheerleaders. After that, Gavin, Ronan, and Aidan laughed, and so, too, are Aviva and Koki. Then they take off. Martin bumps into a tree and loses a tail feather. Suddenly, the Wild Kratts hear Gourmand singing about catching wild turkeys. Chris successfully deactivates, but Martin is unable to due to the crash and has 6 more tail feathers plucked by a black bear. At a sudden, Koki told Martin that Thanksgiving was not the best day for him to be stuck in a turkey suit. The kids then decide to find out what Gourmand is up to. They interrogate him, and he says that he is hunting for the biggest turkey in the forest. After freaking him out, they explain Gourmand's plan to the Kratt brothers. However, a bobcat chases Martin until it plucks off 3 more tail feathers, leaving 2 more left. Just then, Gourmand comes back and starts firing dough balls at Martin (he has Turkey Powers). Chris activates his Turkey Creature Power Suit to get the attention of Gourmand, deactivating when he closes in on him. On round one, Gourmand angrily asking Chris where his turkey is. Chris suggests Gourmand that he should go to a local organic farm and buy a free-range, organic, hormone-free farm turkey. But Gourmand refuses to comply with him and still wants to hunt for the biggest wild turkey instead. But on round two, Gourmand notices the turkey icon on Chris's Suit's activation button and after offering some gravy to go with Chris' butternuts, he "accidentally" pours some onto Chris's Creature Power Suit, disabling it. While Aviva continues trying to fix Martin's Suit, Chris calls the Wild Kratts and says that Gourmand is coming their way. The kids decide to trap Gourmand in the corn maze, and Martin is to get Gourmand's attention.

Martin catches Gourmand's attention (getting another tail feather blasted off in the process) and rejoins the Wild Kratts as they run into the corn maze. Inside, the Wild Kratts and Gourmand take different paths. As the Kratts team goes through the maze, Jimmy picks some sweet corn for the upcoming meal, though Martin gets him to speed up ahead of Gourmand. They pass by a family of raccoons, which prevent Gourmand from following the path the Kratts took, so he takes a different one hoping to catch them there. As Gavin leads the others through the maze, another black bear follows them. Martin, thinking they lost Gourmand, runs into it, the ensuring encounter causes him to gobble. Gourmand hears Martin but ends up finding the bear instead. The bear tosses him around, causing him to get lost in the maze. Everyone else, on the other hand, successfully exits. In the end, the Wild Kratts have a Thanksgiving meal. Martin still has not deactivated his Suit and lost his last tail feather to a raccoon, but this does not stop him from unleashing a contraption that results in Chris getting smacked by an apple pie. Everybody laughs, and Martin says, "Happy Turkey Day."

The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers continue spending time with wild turkeys. Afterward, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"




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  • This episode is a Thanksgiving special.
  • This is the first time that the Kratt brothers activate their Creature Power Suits with cheerleaders.
  • This is the fourth time a Creature Power Suit malfunction has ever occurred.
  • This is the third time deactivation is disabled.

Key Facts and Creature Moments

  • The heaviest flying bird in North America is the trumpeter swan. The 2nd heaviest is the California condor. And the 3rd heaviest flying bird is the wild turkey.
  • The differences between wild turkeys and farm turkeys is that wild turkeys tend to be a lot leaner and lighter and the dead giveaway is that farm turkeys can't get off the ground. But wild turkeys can fly.
  • Coyotes aren't really dangerous to people, regardless of how the news media likes to portray them.
  • Male turkeys are called toms.
  • The top three apple eating creatures in North America are the American black bear, white-tailed deer and wild turkey.


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Season 1

"Mom of a Croc" • "Whale of a Squid" • "Aardvark Town" • "Flight of the Draco" • "Mystery of the Squirmy Wormy" • "Platypus Cafe" • "Polar Bears Don't Dance" • "Build It Beaver" • "Voyage of the Butterflier XT" • "Honey Seekers" • "Bass Class" • "Fireflies" • "Mystery of the Weird Looking Walrus" • "Tazzy Chris" • "Octopus Wildkratticus" • "Walk on the Wetside" • "Elephant in the Room" • "Let the Rhinos Roll!" • "Kickin' It With the Roos" • "The Blue and the Gray" • "Falcon City" • "Koala Balloon" • "Cheetah Racer" • "Kerhonk" • "Mimic" • "Caracal-Minton" • "Zig-Zagged" • "A Huge Orange Problem" • "Seasquatch" • "The Food Chain Game" • "Masked Bandits" • "Flight of the Pollinators" • "The Gecko Effect" • "Little Howler" • "Quillber's Birthday Present" • "A Bat in the Brownies" • "Stuck on Sharks" • "Birds of a Feather" • "Googly Eye: The Night Guru" • "Raptor Round Up"