"Perhaps you need to...look at a little differently. Maybe you can make it into a good thing, fact, it is a good thing."
— Big Jake

While playing a game of Hide and Seek, Snuffy's skywriting smoke ends up giving away his and Jay Jay's hiding places, causing them to lose. Jay Jay has to understand that Snuffy's talent at skywriting is what makes him special, and should use it for a good thing.


No Screenshot

Jay Jay teaches Snuffy how to play Hide and Seek.

On a fine, summer morning, Snuffy is doing something that he does best: skywriting, which is what he's good at, but there are other things he never did before, and the narrator announces this is the story of one of them.

The scene changes to outside the main hangar, where Jay Jay and his friends are gathering. Jay Jay is shocked to hear that Snuffy doesn't know how to play Hide and Seek-in fact, he's never learned how. Jay Jay points out that Hide and Seek is the best game ever and every good flyer knows how to play it. To Snuffy's request, he decides to teach him how and assigns the teams: he and Snuffy are one, and Tracy and Herky are another.

First, Jay Jay and Snuffy close their eyes while the latter counts to ten, skipping three at first. While Snuffy is counting, Tracy and Herky go off to hide and when he is finished, the seekers open their eyes and shout "Ready or not, here we come!" and start searching for them. While seeking, Jay Jay notices Snuffy is suddenly skywriting and wonders why, to which Snuffy points out he skywrites whenever he's excited, but that's okay. Jay Jay eventually finds Tracy and Herky disguised as a cloud with Herky's rotor on top, and Snuffy congratulates him.

No Screenshot

When playing Hide and Seek, never make Snuffy the hider.

After regrouping at Farmer Dale's farm, it's now Jay Jay and Snuffy's turn to hide while Tracy and Herky count. On their way to find a hiding place however, Snuffy skywrites again, causing the other two to follow the trail all the way back to the hangar, which is where they were hiding.

No Screenshot

"You Are Unique."

No Screenshot

Brenda's help with a maze gives Jay Jay an idea.

No Screenshot

Jay Jay's plan in action.


Jay Jay: First, close your eyes like this, and count to 10.

Snuffy: Oh, alright. 1, 2...uh...4...
Jay Jay: You skipped 3.

Snuffy: Oh, okay, okay, okay. 3, 4...


Episode Information

Characters Present

Locations Visited

  • Tarrytown Airport
    • Main Hangar
  • Farmer Dale's Ranch

Other Trivia

  • This episode was re-aired on PBS Kids on June 26, 2001.
  • Moral: You’re special at what you do; use it.

In Other Languages

Language Name Meaning
French Cache Cache Hide and Seek

Christian Dub Edits

The following lines were redubbed when it was shown on the Christian VHS release:


  • While Jay Jay and Snuffy are counting, Jay Jay is on the right and Snuffy is on the left. However when Tracy and Herky fly off to find hiding places, Jay Jay and Snuffy have switched positions. When we see them in close-up, they switch back.
  • Whenever Jay Jay or Tracy are flying the jet engine flying sound doesn't play for some reason. This happens again in "Big Jake's Birthday Surprise".
  • During "You Are Unique", the kids above Big Jake are in this order: Jay Jay, Herky, Tracy. When Big Jake rises into the air in the line "Or you can climb to great heights", Jay Jay and Tracy have switched positions. They switch back after the song ends.


No Screenshot

Hide and Seek image gallery


Jay Jay the Jet Plane Main Series

Picture Day/Tracy's Song | Hide and Seek/Big Jake's Birthday Surprise | Catch the Buzz/Grumpy O'Malley | Snuffy's 1st Day of School/Super Sonic Jay Jay | Jay Jay and the Stars at Night/Hero Herky | Wing Wigglin/Tracy's Tree | Super Loop-De-Loop/Jay Jay's Bad Dream | Evan Gets His Wings/Snuffy Sees the Big Picture Switch Around Day/Snuffy's Missing Friend | Missing You/Tippy Toppy Peak | Tracy's Treasure Hunt/Jay Jay's New Wheels | Jay Jay's Christmas Adventure - Part 1/Jay Jay's Christmas Adventure - Part 2 | Babysitting Blues/Jay Jay Earns His Wings | Herky Jerky/Upside Down Waterfall | I'm Being Followed By The Moon/Something Special | Plane Of A Different Color/Hiccup Havoc | And That's The Tooth!/Big Jake's Team | I Love Your Funny Face/Snuffy's Rainbow | The Buddy System/The Great Tarrytown Black-Out | Jay Jay Meets The Cloud King/The Merit Badge | Are We There Yet/Problem In Pangabula | Jay Jay's Dinosaur Hunt/Dough-Nutty | Snuffy Discovers The Ocean/Jay Jay's Speedy Delivery | Dog Gone Doggy/Herky's Hat Chase | The Three Little Planes/I'm Swamped! | Old Oscar Leads The Parade/Revvin' Evan's Day | Spending Time with Big Jake/The New Plane | Tracy's Shooting Star/Upsy Downosis | The Opposites Game/Tracy's Sonic Boom | Jay Jay's Butterfly Adventure/The Singing Meadow | Jay Jay Meets Captain Hightower/Tracy's Snuggly Blanket | Fire Engine Evan/Tracy's Candy Catastrophe | Tuffy the Tiny Tow Truck/Snuffy's Snowman | Tuffy's Buried Treasure/Snuffy's Thanksgiving | Snuffy and the Colors of Fall/Snuffy's Birthday Surprise | A Trip to Skylandia/Brenda's Mother's Day | Tuffy's Trip to Pangabula/Tuffy's Adventure in Pangabula | Jay Jay's Winter Parade/Snuffy's Seasons | Jay Jay and the Magic Books/The Counting Game | Concert Day at Tarrytown Airport/Snuffy's Favorite Color