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“Opossum in My Pocket” is the eighth episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 24, 2014. Overall, it is the 74th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, Chris loses his backpack after he and his brother spent some time with some opossums. When the two and Aviva return to the same location, they discover that one of the opossum joeys has gone missing, and later find out that Chef Gourmand is preparing to use an opossum as part of a dish.
The episode begins with a live-action segment, in which the Kratt brothers release an opossum into the wild. Afterward, they ask their “What if?” question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are cruising on their Buzz Bikes through the cypress swamps of Florida when cocoplums fall on them. They find the tree the cocoplums came from, and on one of the branches they find an opossum jill plus four joeys. Chris names the jill Jill and Martin names the joeys Joey, Lil’ Jack, Jojo, and Jillybean. After spending some time with the opossums, Martin finds out that the sun is going down and reminds Chris that they promised the gang that they would be back before sunset. They rush back to the Tortuga. Chris unknowingly forgets his backpack. Aviva thinks that they're not going to make it, but not before she sees the brothers come back. They make it with a second to spare. Aviva tells the guys that they almost missed the ice cream run. Just when they are about to take off, Chris realizes that he forgot his backpack. Aviva asks Chris where his backpack is. Chris says he left it in the forest, while he and his brother were discovering opossums. Chris decides to take off without it but Aviva denies it because she says that the backpack is full of valuable items that she invented so she demands that Chris retrieve his backpack, while also agreeing to make some Opossum Power Discs.
Chef Gourmand, also in the cypress swamps, is looking for some animal ingredients when he trips over Chris’s backpack. After snooping inside, he takes the backpack and runs away. The Kratt brothers and Aviva soon arrive, but they find out that Chris’s backpack is missing. Even worse, they find out that one of Jill’s joeys, Jillybean, is also missing. Martin tells two plots about what possibly could have happened to Jillybean. The first plot is where Jillybean is riding on her mom's back and then all of sudden she gets distracted by a balloon and starts riding on it and the problem is no one is aware of that because they're all riding. Chris does not think that is possible. Martin tells the second plot. Jillybean is riding on her mom's back and then all of sudden she accidentally falls off her mom's back and is left alone by accident. Chris says that the latter is likely to have happened. Everyone is shocked. Aviva tells the guys that the search has become even more challenging. They decide to look for Jillybean and Chris's backpack. Meanwhile, Jillybean ends up on Gourmand’s head. Gourmand thinks that the opossum is the perfect ingredient for his next delicacy.
Aviva finishes the Opossum Discs. She tosses the Discs and the Kratt brothers activate their Opossum Creature Power Suits. While searching for Jillybean, Chris finds Gourmand’s outdoor kitchen, where he is holding Jillybean in his jacket pocket. While Gourmand juggles his ingredients, Chris grabs them and distracts Gourmand by dropping them on his head and seizes Jillybean with his tail. Chris runs away from Gourmand, but not long after that, Gourmand comes back and jumps in front of Chris, takes Jillybean out of Chris’s pouch, dumps a boulder inside, and runs away. However, Aviva builds a Newton’s cradle and releases a boulder, knocking the boulder from out of Chris’s pouch.
Martin grabs Jillybean from Gourmand’s pocket while he is not looking. However, Gourmand soon meets up with him. Martin suddenly falls asleep (plays dead), and Gourmand places Jillybean in his pocket. Later, Martin wakes up in front of Chris and Aviva and they tell him that the suit has the play dead instinct built-in automatically. Martin realizes that he lost Jillybean. Martin and Aviva follow Chris to Gourmand’s outdoor kitchen (where Gourmand is). While cooking and putting the ingredients in, Gourmand notices them coming and tells them to freeze. Martin and Aviva explain to him that the opossum and backpack do not belong to him. They then grab Jillybean and Chris’s backpack, when they notice a sack above them. Aviva pulls a string... releasing diamondback rattlesnakes. Jill appears in front of them, and the rattlesnakes bite her, but it doesn't matter to her because she is immune to the rattlesnake venom, so Jill continues through the field of rattlesnakes. Martin places Jillybean onto Jill, and then they all leave. Gourmand unfolds his kitchen and drives away after admitting defeat. In the end, Jillybean is reunited with the rest of the opossums, and Chris's backpack is retrieved.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to a wild animal veterinarian to check on some opossum joeys. Afterward, they conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Virginia Opossum: Jill, Joey, Lil’ Jack, JoJo, Jillybean
- American Alligator
- North American River Otter
- Burrowing Owl
- American Bullfrog
- Southern House Mosquito
- Globe Skimmer
- Florida Woods Cockroach
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Live Action Images
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- This marks the first time Chris is careless and irresponsible, as he left his backpack in the forest and then someone stole it.
- This is the first time a villain other than Zach steals some Wild Kratts inventions. In this case, Gourmand stole Chris's backpack containing the inventions.
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Opossums defend themselves from predators by playing dead, which is an involuntary action.
- Opossums are immune to rattlesnake venom.
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