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"Where the Bison Roam" is the tenth episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 8, 2014. Overall, it is the 76th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt.
In this episode, Jimmy takes the Wild Kratts team to a big patch of prairie, but after he removes the teleporter’s Activation Ring to clean it up, he trips, and the Ring falls into a herd of bison. As the Wild Kratts team works to find a way to get the Ring back, they learn about the relationship between bison and the prairie and even compare the present prairie with the prairie during the time of nineteenth-century American explorers Lewis and Clark.
The episode begins with a live-action segment. The Kratt brothers find a heard of American bison in the prairies. Afterward, they ask their “What if?” question, and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are traveling by a Buzz Bike through a field of corn, trying to find the prairie, when they crash onto a Tortuga’s leg. Aviva and Koki hear two clangs and two oofs, which are the Kratt Brothers. Koki also says that she and Aviva should have known that they have been searching for prairie in the exact same area as the Kratt brothers. They try to wake them up, but they are unable to, although they are fine. Koki tells Aviva that they have to look for the lost prairie, and Koki also wonders how a habitat would go missing. Aviva also explains how the prairie used to be decades ago and now in the present, it's hard to imagine. While the Kratt brothers are sleeping, they start dreaming about themselves being nineteenth-century American explorers Lewis and Clark. To get a closer look at the nearby bison, they activate their Peregrine Falcon Creature Power Suits, and later they fly to discover the prairie, but around a minute later, they realize that the real Lewis and Clark did not have such technology, and fall in their dreams. They wake up, and realize that they dreamed they were nineteenth-century American explorers Lewis and Clark. Martin also points out that it was full of creatures back then, similar to the African savannah and beautiful. Koki shows a map of how the prairie used to cover the whole middle of North America several decades ago and now it's in small patches, and there are no more wild animals like bison, elk, grizzlies, and wolves in many prairies. Jimmy shows everyone a large patch of prairie inhabited by a herd of bison. Jimmy tries to teleport the Kratt brothers some binoculars, but the teleporter “is on the fritz”. He opens it up and pulls out a critical component called the Activation Ring, which he plans to clean, but when he tries to deliver the binoculars by hand, he trips, and accidentally drops the Ring which falls into the herd. He immediately lands the Tortuga and runs into the herd of bison to grab it. He finds it on a male bison’s horn and tries to take it, but it charges at him, and he rolls back to the Tortuga. Due to the bison’s attitude, Martin names it Raging Bull. Koki says that Raging Bull won't give the ring back if they ask him to. Jimmy back-answers Koki and says that without the ring, the teleporter is kaput. Aviva is worried when no one can teleport a Creature Power Disc when the Kratt Brothers are in trouble. Martin and Chris run to get it, but they are stopped when a bison grunts at them. They start wondering how to get it off of him. The Wild Kratts start thinking and then Aviva suddenly comes up with an idea to use the Extendo Arm to get the ring. Aviva gives it to Jimmy to get the ring. He starts hovering it but accidentally hits a bison with it causing the whole herd to stampede and charge. In addition, the Extendo Arm gets destroyed in the process, causing the plan to become unsuccessful. Chris then recaps that bison can be unpredictable because they can either stampede or charge if they see, hear, or feel something they don't like. Martin also points out that any strange machine they use can get destroyed. Aviva then agrees that they shouldn't use machines and says that they need something that fits into their environment. Martin then gets the idea to activate Grass powers.
Chris and Martin walk through the grass after activating their Grass Creature Power Suits. They explain about the prairie grass and earth of the prairie, the bison and what their function is, and they also meet a bison calf. Martin names the bison calf Muncher, because these bison never stop eating. They also talk about what these bison do for the other animals in the prairies. They also mention that bison is a keystone species to prairie and they talk about why they are like that. Just then, they realize they need to Raging Ball to get the teleporter fixed. Koki eventually finds out where Chris and Martin are and is unable to track them properly because they're in the herd. They find Raging Bull after dodging some bison mouths mowing down the grass, but they have to dodge his mouth as well, and they enter a hole in the ground. Jimmy eventually finds the ring on Raging Bull's horn. Aviva says that although the is good, the Kratt brothers will never be able to get the ring off in grass Powers. They need to be part of the crowd. Aviva gets to work on making a Bison Disc. While Aviva is doing that, Koki explains about three things that make a prairie a prairie and how they help. Aviva overhears what Koki just said and Aviva also mentions that if she is going to add another grazing bison to the herd, especially the funny looking Kratt kind, she will need some help. She then calls the Kratt brothers. Martin asks Aviva if it is safe to go back out. Aviva tells him that he has to because she needs more information to finish the bison disc and she also tells him that a hair sample would really help. Koki then comes in the call and since tells them that the teleporter isn't working, they'll have to bring it back to the Tortuga and pick up the disc at the same time because they can't send anything. Jimmy also joins the call and says that they can't lose track of Raging Bull either or they will never find him again. The Kratt brothers deactivate their Creature Power Suits after a prairie dogs bites them and they ride outside with the help of a prairie dog. They run to get the bison hair from its tail. Chris climbs up Raging Bull’s tail, and he grabs some tail hair and throws it down to Martin, who heads back to the Tortuga. Chris slides down to the horns where the Activation Ring is. He tries pushing the ring off, but it is much too heavy for his size, so he decides to do some reading.
Chris falls asleep and starts dreaming about him and his brother being Lewis and Clark again. The two see how defensive the bison are when they fall down on the ground due to an earthquake and Chris gets woken up by a dust bathing Raging Bull. Chris then calls Aviva to finish the bison disc quickly, Aviva is finished just in time. She throws the disc to Martin, who activates his Creature Power Suit. Martin brags about how big and tough he is and tests the suit out, but he is wrecking the place. Aviva tells Martin to stop because he is wrecking the place. Aviva also tells Martin to get control of his bison power and says that they are graceful, rather than clumsy, although they are strong. Martin leaps six feet high which is better than before. Martin says that he is ready to get out to the fields. Just then, Chris tells Martin to get out there quickly. Martin enters the herd and finds Raging Bull with Chris on top of him. Raging Bull challenges Martin to a head-butting contest. Chris tells Martin to knock the ring off his horn and then they're done. While fighting, Chris mentions that he got walloped by Big Red the kickboxing kangaroo and Martin mentions that he got flattened by Necktie the neck-battling giraffe and he also tells Chris that it should be the latter's turn. Chris says that it's too late to switch and tells Martin to go for the ring just once, but it doesn't work. Chris tells Martin to go for it twice. Luckily for Martin, Raging Bull goes easy on him, allowing Martin to lift the Activation Ring and Chris off of his horn. Martin and Chris then exit the fight and run back to the Tortuga. Jimmy cleans the Ring and places it back in the teleporter, and the Wild Kratts admire the prairie and the bison that inhabit it. Aviva asks how the prairies and bison became so rare. Koki tells Aviva that it was a combination of hunting too many bison and the prairies were getting destroyed for crops and cattle. Chris mentions that although it's smaller, it changed a lot since the time Lewis and Clark came through and says that it's still an incredible place. Jimmy fixes the teleporter and tests it out by teleporting the bison the "Thank You" cake that they made, which is successful. Martin takes a taste and finds it a little dry and then Raging Bull comes back and chases him away. Martin tells him that it all belongs to him. They conclude saying "That's bison power!".
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers spend more time with the herd of bison on the prairie. 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.
- American Bison: Raging Bull, Muncher
- Black-tailed Prairie Dog (called Prairie dog)
- European Honey Bee
- Burrowing Owl
- Black-footed Ferret
- Plains Coyote (called Prairie wolf)
- Peregrine Falcon
Live Action Videos
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Mentioned animals are linked to Wikipedia.
Note: Live action animals are linked to Wikipedia.
- There are some references to the episodes "Kickin' It With the Roos" and "Neck and Neck", because these episodes involve animals that Chris and Martin had to fight to get an important item back.
- This is the second time when Jimmy caused a stampede. The first time was in "Zig-Zagged".
- This is the second time the teleporter doesn't work.
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Bison are a keystone species, which means that they play a major role in the ecosystem they inhabit.
- Prairies are characterized by a lack of rain, a lack of trees, fire, and constant grazing by animals like bison.
- Although bison are in the cow family, they're not farmyard cows, but wild bison.
- Just like zebras, bison also stampede if they see or hear something they don't like.
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