"Bugs or Monkeys?" is the seventh episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on April 1, 2013. Overall, it is the 47th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In this episode, Martin wants to search for rainforest bugs, but Chris wants swing with spider monkeys in the tree tops. Chris gets his way after stuffing the miniaturized Martin in his backpack and climbs up the trees. But while he was not looking, an infant spider monkey grabs Martin by its tail and swings away. While the rest of the Wild Kratts search for him, Martin starts to enjoy swinging with spider monkeys and gets to know what makes them able to brachiate from branch to branch so well.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers run around in the rainforest, trying to get footage of spider monkeys. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are searching for bugs in the lowland tropical rainforest of Central America, when they see a spider monkey brachiating in the trees. They head back to the Tortuga and introduce them to Aviva and Koki. Afterwards, Martin wants to continue the search for rainforest bugs. Chris, however, wants to swing with the spider monkeys. Martin miniaturizes and flies the Guineafowl Flapper up into the tree tops, where Chris is climbing. Martin is unable to convince Chris to adventure with him; Chris even grabs Martin and stuffs him into his backpack. He climbs up into the tree tops, and while he is not looking, an infant spider monkey grabs Martin by its tail. After swinging away, the infant plays around with Martin. Martin then finds a bug crawling on a nearby branch, but twice does the monkey prevent him from getting in its grasp. Martin calls the monkey Grabsy because of this. Grabsy then messes with his hair. Martin tries returning it to its original style several times, but Grabsy does not stop changing it. Eventually, Martin tolerates Grabsy's wish. Martin then sees that spider monkeys have long hands and no thumbs, making their hands more hook-like. He sends a text message to Aviva, asking her to make a Spider Monkey Power Suit.
Grabsy's mother picks up Grabsy and Martin. While she brachiates across the forest, Martin finds out that spider monkeys' shoulder joints allow multi-directional rotation. He sends a text message to Aviva to make sure she does not forget to include this feature in the Power Suit. Later, while eating figs, Martin finds out that spider monkeys' tails are prehensile. He sends a text message to Aviva concerning this feature. Suddenly, a harpy eagle swoops through and hits Grabsy's mom, causing Grabsy and Martin to fall the ground. Martin sends Chris his location. Chris activates his Basilisk Lizard Creature Power Suit and runs off to rescue him.
Grabsy dangles her arms over her head while struggling to stand up. Martin then sends another text message to Aviva concerning the fact that spider monkeys have very long arms. Martin then sees a jaguar in the distance. Grabsy starts screaming, which turns the jaguar's attention to them. Martin and Grabsy run to the edge river, where they are picked up by Chris. Aviva finishes the Spider Monkey Power Discs, and Jimmy teleports them to the Kratt brothers, who activate their Creature Power Suits. They swing up into the tree and return Grabsy to her family. Later, at the Tortuga, the Kratt brothers decide that they are going on a bug adventure using Spider Monkey Powers. Before that can happen, though, the Wild Kratts chase Martin around the Tortuga to make sure his hairdo is reverted to its original state.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers zip-line through the forest canopy. After they reach the ground, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Spider monkey: Grabsy