The episode begins in a live-action segment. While on the African savanna, the Wild Kratts discover a ground pangolin. This animal, like other pangolin species, has one of the most incredible defenses in the creature world: overlapping keratin scales that make pangolins resemble artichokes on legs. However, the Wild Kratts soon get an alert from Chinese Wild Kratts Kids Yi and Duyi that someone has set traps to catch Chinese pangolins. The team travels to China to help protect these critically endangered creatures. The Wild Kratts soon find out who has set the pangolin traps: Chef Gourmand, who is trapping both ground and Chinese pangolins and plans to make "medicinal" smoothies out of their scales. The Kratt brothers must use Pangolin Powers to free all of the pangolins that Gourmand has captured.