“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. Afterwards, 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, Chris unknowingly forgets his backpack, and he does not notice until after he and his brother head back to the Tortuga. Aviva 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 instead of finding Chris’s backpack, they find out that one of Jill’s joeys, Jillybean, is missing. They decide to look for Jillybean. 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. He distracts Gourmand and seizes Jillybean with his tail. Later, Gourmand 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. They then head to Gourmand’s outdoor kitchen (where Gourmand is) and 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 try to bite her, but 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. At the end, Jillybean is reunited with the rest of the opossums, and Chris is reunited with his backpack.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers head to a wild animal veterinarian to check on some opossum joeys. 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.
- Virginia Opossum: Jill, Joey, Lil’ Jack, Jojo, Jillybean
- American Alligator
- North American River Otter
- Burrowing Owl
- American Bullfrog
- Common Pill-bug
- Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake
Key facts and Creature Moments
- Opossums defend themselves from predators by playing dead, which is an involuntary action.
- Opossums are immune to rattlesnake venom.