Platypus Cafe is the sixth episode of the first season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on January 10, 2011. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt. On April 5, 2011, “Platypus Cafe” was first released on DVD as part of Wild Kratts: Creature Adventures.
In this episode, while kayaking down an Australian river, Chris and Martin find a duck-billed platypus. They follow it to its den by the side of the river, and find out that she is an expecting mother. However, Chef Gourmand floods the platypus’ den and scoops up the platypus’ eggs (along with Chris) to make an omelet. The Wild Kratts then get to work on a Platypus Creature Power Suit to stop Gourmand by finding out the platypus’ “sixth sense”.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers mention the platypus while kayaking downriver. They then try to find crayfish in the water like the platypus, but they are unable to because “it’s so dark and murky down there”. Afterwards, they ask their “What if?” question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
The Kratt brothers are kayaking down an Australian river, when Chris dives down and discovers a platypus. The brothers then comment on how weird the platypus is compared to other mammals. Overhearing their conversation, Chef Gourmand plots to make an original recipe he calls Platypus Egg Omelet Supreme. The Kratt brothers then dive into the water and watch as the platypus catches a crayfish without the use of its eyes, ears, and nose. They call Aviva, hoping that she could find the answer to their question with Plato at her side, but Aviva says she can find the answer on her own. The Kratt brothers then use the Miniaturizer and enter Plato’s den, which is by the river side. Chris turns on his head lamp, and they end up finding two platypus eggs. Martin names the to-be-platypi Platty and Platter.
Gourmand opens the floodgates of a dam and floods the river. The flood reaches the platypus’ den, flooding out Plato, her eggs, and the Kratt brothers. The Kratt brothers find the eggs, but Gourmand scoops up Chris and the eggs and runs off with them. Martin returns to normal size and brings an injured Plato to the Tortuga. Aviva feels guilty that she let everything go badly. After Martin finishes bandaging Plato, the team notices dots on her bill. After finding out that those dots are the secret to the platypus’ “sixth sense”, Aviva hugs and thanks Plato. Chris calls the team, and says he is setting up a trap at Gourmand’s restaurant. Martin reassures Chris that he will be there, and he activates his Platypus Creature Power Suit. Aviva says she plans to send the Suit’s bill attachment when it is done.
Zach Varmitech and Donita Donata arrive at Gourmand’s restaurant. Night eventually approaches. Just when Gourmand is about to pour the eggs and other ingredients onto the stove, Martin shuts off the entire restaurant’s power. Gourmand improvises by lighting a candle. Before he starts dumping the eggs again, Martin takes the eggs. Gourmand notices and retaliates with swipes from his spatula. Jimmy quickly teleports the platypus bill attachment and Martin gets it on. Chris then blows out the candle, extinguishing Gourmand’s visibility. Martin finishes Chris’ trap and they turn on the lights. All the villains corner the Kratts, but Zach trips over a wire, and the trap commences. Three stock pots drop onto all of the villains and they roll into the river. The Kratt brothers return the eggs back to Plato’s den. The other Wild Kratts members and a fully-healed Plato also arrive, and they all see the eggs hatch. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers, both with bills from the Platypus Suit, kayak into the dark horizon.
The show transitions into the concluding live action segment. Martin tries acting like rattlesnake prey while Chris tries acting like a rattlesnake. After Martin runs off, Chris puts on infrared goggles to sense the heat given off by Martin’s body. He eventually finds Martin. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying “Keep on creature adventuring; we’ll see you on the creature trail!”
Ordered according to first appearance in this episode
- Chris Kratt
- on Large Screen
- Martin Kratt
- on Large Screen
- on Creature Pod
- Jimmy Z
- Zach Varmitech
- Donita Donata
Note: Live-action-only specimens are linked to Wikipedia.
- Black caiman (called Crocodile)
- South American tapir (called Tapir)
- Crayfish (called Crayfish)
- Eastern diamondback rattlesnake
- Northern bobwhite (called Bobwhite)
- On a platypus’ bill, there are receptors called electroreceptors that can sense electrical fields produced by nearby objects and animals.
- Platypus are monotremes, which are mammals that have features different from most other mammals, like egg laying.
- The ecological topic shown in the cartoon segment is poaching.
- Gourmand was revealed to have lost his gourmet chef's license sometime before the events of this episode.
- This is the first episode where only Martin uses a Creature Power Suit.
- This is Gourmand’s debut episode.
- Despite what Chris said, platypuses are not endangered.
- Gourmand took interest of this because it was rare for mammals to lay eggs.
- The images of hatching emus and snapping turtles were reused from episodes from Zoboomafoo.