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"He's just like a puppy."
— Hank laughing at Walter
Whale of a Tug

Robert D. Cardona


Andrew Cochran


Bob Stutt


The Harbour Master
(Denny Doherty)

Per Frisch
(Norwegian Dub)

Povl Dissing
(Danish Dub)

Stefan Ekman
(Swedish Dub)

Jari Silvennoinen
(Finnish Dub)

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Whale of a Tug is the fifth episode of the second season.


While searching for treasure along the shore, Theodore is startled by a young whale trapped in some tangled seaweed and logs. Once Theodore frees the whale he is not sure what to do with him. Walter acts like a playful puppy. Talking with Rebecca, the research vessel makes it clear that they need to reunite the whale with his pod. She suggests that George look for the pod while Theodore keeps Walter company. At first Theodore objects. He wants to be like George and do what tugboats do. That doesn't include taking care of a whale. But as they spend time together, Theodore finds out that Walter can be a great playmate. And when George returns with news that he has found Walter's pod, Theodore has a tough time saying goodbye to his new friend.



  • This is the first and only appearance of Walter and the first time a sea mammal is featured in the show.
  • This episode and Theodore in the Middle are the first episodes to be filmed in Season 2. This is because the brick building opposite the Great Ocean Dock is not present, like in Season 1.


  • When George arrives back and gets sprayed by Walter, his eyes are wonky.
  • When Theodore thinks that the funny noise is crying, his tow rope is already tied to the logs.
  • In the shot after Emily tells Walter that it is time for him to go home, you can see George's surprised face reflecting in the water.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
Norwegian Theodor og den Lille Hvalen Theodore and the Little Whale
Finnish Valas The Whale
Danish Theodor og den Lille Hval Theodore and the Little Whale
Swedish Bosse och den Lille Valen Theodore and the Little Whale

Video Release



Theodore Tugboat-Whale Of A Tug-0

English Dub


Teodor Pikku Hinaaja • Valas

Finnish Dub


Slæbebåden Theodor - Theodor og den Lille Hval

Danish Dub


Bosse bogserbåt - Bosse och den lille valen

Swedish Dub


Taubåten Theodor- S02E03 - "Theodor og den lille hvalen"

Norwegian Dub