"Bad Hair Day" is the first episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on October 15, 2012. Overall, it is the 41st episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, the Kratt brothers are charting the territory of a male lion Martin named "He Who Breathes Fire", when they find out that two twin lions are trying to take over He Who Breathes Fire's pride, and will stop at nothing to get rid of his cubs (even with the rest of the Wild Kratts team protecting them). While they run back to help, they are repeatedly delayed by other animals, and the Kratt brothers find out that it is difficult being a lion on the African savanna.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers get into their jeep and find lions in the African savanna. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
At the break of dawn in the African savanna, the Wild Kratts are looking at sleeping lions. After the leader of the pride gets waken up by one of the cubs, it roars and some fog comes out of its mouth, leading Martin to name it "He Who Breathes Fire". He Who Breathes Fire then goes on territory patrol, and the Kratt brothers put on their Creature Power Suits, take some Creature Power Discs, and follow him. While they do so, they chart his territory. However, He Who Breathes Fire's lionesses call out danger: twin lions, who are trying to take over the pride. He Who Breathes Fire runs back, and the Kratt brothers follow him.
He Who Breathes Fire experiences his first delay when he gets pierced by a myriad of porcupine quills. Chris quickly plucks out all the quills, and He Who Breathes Fire continues running. Their second delay happens in the middle of a river, when He Who Breathes Fire gets caught in a fight between a crocodile and a hippopotamus. The Kratt brothers activate their Creature Power Suits and take him across the river. He Who Breathes Fire continues running back to his pride. Later, a python tightly wraps its body around He Who Breathes Fire. Martin activates his Python Creature Power Suit and ambushes the python. He releases He Who Breathes Fire but has difficultly freeing himself. Chris and He Who Breathes Fire continue their run.
With nowhere else to hide the cubs, Aviva, Koki, and Jimmy pick up the cubs and return to the Tortuga while the twin lions follow them. They lock down all the Tortuga's openings. However, the crafty twins climb onto the sunroof and enter from there after one of the cubs accidentally opens up the sunroof. The three then enter the garage and hide in the Hippo Sub. In spite of the safety of the Hippo Sub, the lions enter the garage and one of them holds onto the button of the controller (it fell out of Aviva's hand after she closed the opening hatch) that was used to open the opening hatch of the Hippo Sub. Just before the hatch completely opens, He Who Breathes Fire arrives. Chris, and later Martin activate their Lion Creature Power Suits and help He Who Breathes Fire fight the twin lions. Eventually, He Who Breathes Fire chases the twins away. At the end, the Kratt brothers declare that it is difficult being a lion on the African savanna.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment. The Kratt brothers find a male lion and follow him as it patrols its territory. Before concluding the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!", they say "the lion may even be the top predator, but not the King of Beasts".
- Lion: He Who Breathes Fire
Key facts and Creature Moments
- A territorial battle between a lion, a hippo, and a crocodile is sometimes there.
- A python attacks a lion to choke him.
- "Bad Hair Day" is the Wild Kratts' third wildcat adventure.
- The Kratt Brothers' previous PBS Kids show, Zoboomafoo, also featured 2 other lion cubs who were also named after Chris and Martin.