"Secrets of the Spider's Web" is the eighth episode of the second season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on October 31, 2012. Overall, it is the 48th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Chris Kratt. On February 25, 2014, "Secrets of the Spider's Web" was first released on DVD as part of Wild Kratts: Bugging Out.
In this episode, after a failed testing of climbing and safety gear in the lowland tropical rainforests of Central America, the Wild Kratts stumble upon a golden orb-weaver spider. Knowing that the silk created by spiders like the orb-weaver are tough and lightweight, the Wild Kratts set out to replicate spider silk and to improve their climbing gear. On the other hand, fashion designer Donita Donata and her henchman, Dabio, also familiar with spider silk, head to Central America to acquire spiders to gather their silk for dresses.
The episode begins with a live action segment, which shows the Kratt brothers rappelling on cliffs while comparing what they are doing to spiders and their ropes to spider silk. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question and the show transitions into the cartoon segment.
In the lowland tropical rainforests of Central America, Chris is climbing a cliff to test out a new rope created by Aviva. However, the rope snaps. Chris tries to safely land on the ground, but all his safety gear fail, and he ends up on Martin. Then a golden orb-weaver spider descends upon Chris's face, which Martin names Orbit. Knowing that spider silk is a tough and lightweight natural material, the Wild Kratts get to work on improving their climbing gear. Meanwhile, at Donita Donata's mansion, Donita, frustrated with her current fabrics, gets trapped in a spider web. Liking the texture she orders her henchman, Dabio, to take her to Central America to acquire spiders to gather more silk to make dresses.
While the Tortuga crew works on the formula for spider silk, the Kratt brothers, miniaturized, watch as Orbit builds a web. Once Orbit finishes, a bee gets stuck on the web. Orbit stuns it and wraps it in her silk. Donita and Dabio also end up stuck in the web, breaking it. At this time, Aviva is able to create a material that mimics orb-weaver spider silk in looks and function. This is enough for the Kratt brothers to activate their Creature Power Suits. Chris makes his move by scaring Dabio, while Martin frees the spiders Dabio had sucked up. Dabio runs away screaming and begs Donita for help, but Donita only gives him her case of captured spiders while she fills up his empty one. The Kratt brothers strike once again and free the spiders. Donita, although angry at Dabio's incompetence, grows suspicious after finding a large string of spider silk on the ground. Later, she disguises her jet as a bird and scares away the Kratt brothers, and begins sucking up the spiders she lost to them. The Kratt brothers try to stop her but are unable to because they have no more material to expel from their nozzles. After Donita leaves, the two see Orbit eating her own webbing, and they realize that orb-weaver spiders can reuse their webbing by eating them, so they begin collecting theirs.
All set to defeat Donita and free the spiders, Martin makes his first move by firing a string of webbing at Donita's jet and securing it by wrapping it around the edge of a cliff. The silk stops the jet midair, but Donita frees her jet by cutting the string with large tailor scissors. Chris, on the other hand, is building a giant spider web between two crevices. Martin arrives to help, and they quickly finish, and when Donita's jet arrives, her jet gets caught in the web. Donita orders Dabio to get her jet off the web, but Dabio trips, and they fall and get stuck on the web, allowing the Kratt brothers to free the spiders. Later, the Wild Kratts summarize what they have found out about spider silk, while at Donita's mansion, Donita receives some synthetic spider silk fabrics from the Wild Kratts, which she adores.
The show transitions into the ending live action segment, which shows the Kratt brothers making a spider web using rappelling ropes. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Golden orb-weaver spider (adults)
- Common garden spider
- Western honey bee
- Camel spider
- Orb weaver
- Huntsman spider
- Golden orb weaver
- Lynx spider
- Banana spider (called Golden orb-weaver spider)
- Dirce butterfly (called Butterfly)
Key Facts and Creature Moments
- Birds are the major predators of orb-weaver spiders.
- The 1st "spider" that was shown at the beginning of the live action segment was technically a camel spider. Although camel spiders are arachnids, they aren't true spiders.