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- This page is about the episode. For the species of bird, see Greater Roadrunner.
"Roadrunner," sometimes styled as "Road Runner," is the seventeenth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on August 22, 2013. Overall, it is the 57th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In the episode, Koki realizes that the Tortuga needs a major restocking of equipment and gear, and that the only way to get everything they need is to take the Tortuga to the nearest town. Despite hearing this, the Kratt brothers beg her to let them stay in the Sonoran Desert for a while longer so they can continue to pursue and identify a speeding "mystery lizard." After Koki yields to their demand and another failed attempt at identifying the lizard, the Kratt brothers come across a roadrunner. Impressed by how fast it can run, they call Aviva and convince her to come out into the desert with her Mobile Invention Kit so she can make Roadrunner Power Discs. They hope that, with Roadrunner Powers, they can quickly catch and identify the mystery lizard.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers find a roadrunner in the Sonoran Desert. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the animated segment.
The Kratt brothers pursue a speeding "mystery lizard" in the Sonoran Desert, hoping to identify it. However, they lose the lizard and, feeling dehydrated, return to the Tortuga to get some water. The Kratt brothers are then approached by Koki, who tells them that the Tortuga needs a major restocking of equipment and gear, and that the only way to get everything they need is to take the Tortuga to the nearest town. The Kratt brothers, however, beg her to let them stay in the desert for a while longer so they can continue to pursue and identify the mystery lizard. Sick of their begging, Koki yields to their demand and says that she has to align the thrusters before they can leave, so she decides to give them half an hour in the desert. The Kratt brothers immediately head back out into the desert.
After another failed attempt at identifying the mystery lizard, the Kratt brothers come across a roadrunner. Impressed by how fast it can run, the Kratt brothers call Aviva and convince her to come out into the desert with her Mobile Invention Kit so she can make Roadrunner Power Discs. They hope that, with Roadrunner Powers, they can quickly catch and identify the mystery lizard. At this point, however, Koki calls the Kratt brothers to tell them that their half-hour is up. To buy more time, Martin throws Chris onto a cactus and explains to Koki that it will take a long time for Chris to remove all the spines stuck in him. After considering the time needed to remove the spines, Koki also says that she needs to realign the thrusters, so she grants them another half hour.
After some time, Chris removes all the spines, Martin names the roadrunner Speed Limit, and Aviva finishes programming Roadrunner Powers. However, Aviva has only one blank disc left, and the Kratt brothers, unwilling to have a single one of their Creature Power Discs erased, agree to share the disc. Chris tells Martin that, because he was thrown onto a cactus, he should get to activate Roadrunner Power first. Not long after activating his Creature Power Suit Chris finds a mystery lizard and follows it to a bush. A coyote comes out and chases Chris, eventually catching up to him. Chris deactivates when the coyote snags him by his tail feathers. Martin, on the other hand, activates Rattlesnake Power using the shed skin of a rattlesnake. He finds a mystery lizard but is attacked by a pair of hunting roadrunners. He deactivates while the roadrunners whip him. With a roadrunner now on top of him and the Roadrunner Disc from Chris, Martin activates Roadrunner Power. Koki then calls the Kratt brothers to tell them that their second half-hour is up, but after seeing Martin running around she becomes angry at Aviva for programming a new Creature Power.
Martin runs toward what he thinks is a mystery lizard, which turns out to be a Gila monster. Martin deactivates but not without having the Gila monster latch onto his booth. Koki, thinking the Gila monster bit through his boot, declares a medical emergency. She and Jimmy head out into the desert, find and wrap Martin in gauze, and take Martin back to the Tortuga to administer a shot of antivenom. Chris activates Roadrunner Power and runs back to the Tortuga with Aviva on his back to tell Koki that Martin was not bitten, arriving just in time before Koki could administer the shot. Koki, seeing both the Kratt brothers in the Tortuga, initiates lockdown and engages the Tortuga's flight mode. Unfortunately, Martin says that they haven't completed the mission of the mystery lizard and they can't leave the Sonoran Desert yet. Koki says, "Oh yes, we can. We are going to get the Tortuga resupplied." and orders everyone to say goodbye to the Sonoran Desert. Chris says that they can't say goodbye to the Sonoran Desert. Koki asks why and what they are up to. Chris says that while he was running with roadrunner powers, he caught the mystery lizard, which turns out to be a collared lizard. Chris says that he didn't think of leaving right away because they can't take the lizard away from his home. Koki agrees to what the Kratt brothers said and goes back to the Sonoran Desert, but only for five more minutes. The brothers agree to Koki. The Wild Kratts then turn around in order to release the lizard back into the wild. It is likely that they go get the Tortuga resupplied afterwards.
The episode transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers are riding bikes in the Sonoran Desert. They stop their bikes and find roadrunners. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
Note: Featured animals are in bold.
- Greater Roadrunner (called Roadrunner): Speed Limit
- Sonoran Collared Lizard (called Collared lizard)
- Fall Field Cricket
- Western Diamondback Rattlesnake
- Gila Monster
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- Gila woodpecker
- Mourning dove
- Cactus wren
- Spiny lizard
- Desert grassland whiptail lizard (called Whiptail lizard)
- Common side-blotched lizard
- When Chris mentions that he heard from somewhere that roadrunners are too fast for coyotes, he was making a reference to the Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner cartoons from Looney Tunes. Martin then tells Chris that in real life, coyotes can catch roadrunners.
- Several references were shown at the beginning of the episode when the Kratt brothers chased after the mystery lizard, including the classic falling off the cliff scene.
- Another reference was when Chris and Martin attempt to reach the other side of a gorge using a slingshot to launch them to it, which obviously failed.
- Also, when Chris wondered where he heard that roadrunners can outrun coyotes (while running from a coyote with Roadrunner powers), the Albuquerque Zoo was among them (Bugs Bunny usually took a wrong turn at Albuquerque in many cartoons).
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- To run fast, a roadrunner uses sprinting legs and a flattened-out upper body, which makes it more aerodynamic.
- A roadrunner uses its speed to outmaneuver predators and catch fast moving prey.
- "Road Runner | Wild Kratts." KET. Retrieved February 18, 2018.