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"Slider: The Otter," sometimes styled as "Slider, the Otter," is the third episode of the third season of Wild Kratts, originally airing on PBS Kids on July 22, 2014. Overall, it is the 69th episode of the series. The episode was written and directed by Martin Kratt.
In the episode, a river otter pup is sucked into a ship's hold and taken from its home in Northeastern North America to the Florida cypress swamp. After it escapes, the Kratt brothers find it and, thinking that it is from the cypress swamp, set out to reunite it with its family and to help it learn how to survive in the cypress swamp.
The episode begins with a live action segment. The Kratt brothers hang out with Asian small-clawed otters. Afterwards, they ask their "What if?" question, and the show transitions into the animated segment.
In Northeastern North America, a river otter pup follows its family out of a river and onto the riverbank. When a pine cone falls into the water, the otter gets distracted and slides back down to play with the pine cone. However, a large ship sails by, and the otter gets sucked through a porthole and into the ship's hold. The ship sails downriver into the Florida cypress swamp, where the otter escapes when the porthole opens. Chris and Martin Kratt, who are climbing cypress trees and floating under cypress roots, respectively, see the otter and swim towards it. Realizing that the otter is lost, the Kratt brothers set out to reunite it with its family. The first thing they do is teach it how to catch fish. However, the otter is much too young to catch fish on its own, so they decide to herd a school of fish towards it. The otter dives down and catches a fish and slides back down into the water. The otter's habit of sliding around convinces Martin to name it Slider. Additionally, he names Slider's mother Splash. The Kratt brothers then introduce Slider to their teammates. Slider's graceful moves in the water inspire Aviva to make Otter Power Discs.
The Kratt brothers continue their search for Slider's family. After saving Slider from a gar, which Slider swims towards and not away from, Martin thinks that Slider has never seen a gar before and may not be from the cypress swamp. Chris, however, thinks Slider is too young to understand that gars are predators. They then call Aviva, who finishes a pair of Otter Power Discs. Jimmy teleports them to the Kratt brothers, who activate their Creature Power Suits. Using Otter Powers, the Kratt brothers save Slider from an alligator and help him catch his first fish. Afterwards, the Kratt brothers find a family of river otters. Thinking that they must be Slider's family, the Kratt brothers nudge Slider towards them, but instead of a welcoming embrace, the family of otters attack Slider. Chris brings Slider to the Tortuga while Martin fends off the otters. When Chris returns to the Tortuga, however, Slider freaks out and swims away. When Martin returns and sees that Slider does not want to be in the Tortuga, Martin concludes that Slider must be afraid of giant ships. Furthermore, the Kratt brothers and Aviva conclude that Slider is not from the Florida cypress swamp. Aviva swabs Slider's throat and does a DNA test of the saliva, which shows that Slider is from Northeastern North America, not the Florida cypress swamp. Koki messages Wild Kratts kids in Northeastern North America, and eventually receives a message from Wild Kratts kids Gavin, Ronan, and Katie, who tell them that an otter pup has been missing for two weeks, and confirm that the otter pup is Slider. To return Slider back, the Kratt brothers touch an osprey and activate Osprey Power. Chris picks up Slider before heading north with Martin. Once they arrive, the Kratt brothers meet the three kids, and together they reunite Slider with his family.
The episode transitions into the concluding live action segment. The Kratt brothers continue playing with the Asian small-clawed otters, in the water and out. Afterwards, they conclude the episode by saying "Keep on creature adventuring; we'll see you on the creature trail!"
- Chris Kratt (voiced by Chris Kratt)
- Martin Kratt (voiced by Martin Kratt)
- Aviva Corcovado (voiced by Athena Karkanis)
- Koki (voiced by Heather Bambrick)
- Jimmy Z (voiced by Jonathan Malen)
- Gavin (voiced by Gavin Kratt)
- Ronan (voiced by Ronan Kratt)
- Katie (voiced by Addison Holley)