Episode Info

"Asparagus!" is an episode of Oobi.


Official Synopsis

Uma doesn't want to try asparagus, so Grampu and Oobi pretend it's a train, a tree, and even make it disappear with a magic trick. She still won't eat it. Oobi convinces Uma to take a small taste and she discovers she likes it a lot!ABC Television


Oobi is playing with his toy car when Grampu tells him that it is time for dinner, and he tells him to ring a bell to call Uma. He does this along with the viewers, only for Uma to storm into the living room and knock Oobi over. Oobi and Uma then enter the kitchen, where Grampu presents them with their dinner, which consists of chicken, mashed potatoes, and asparagus. Oobi loves each of the foods, but Uma has never heard of asparagus. At first, she has trouble pronouncing the word, but after Oobi helps her out, she doesn't stop saying the word. The children eat their food and Grampu asks if they liked it. A camera pan reveals that Uma has not touched any of the asparagus on her plate. When asked why, she explains that she doesn't want to eat it because it's a new food. Oobi and Grampu try to convince her that it tastes delicious.

Grampu tries to make asparagus interesting by pretending that it is a train loading into the station, which is Uma's mouth. Uma refuses, exclaiming "Station closed!" as she shuts her mouth. Oobi holds a stalk of asparagus up and pretends that it is a tree. Oobi eats the “tree” and asks Uma to do the same. She plants them in her mashed potatoes instead. Grampu gets the idea to perform a magic trick with the asparagus by hovering over it, saying "Hocus Pocus," and eating the asparagus as quickly as he can. Uma wants to try, so she hovers over a stalk of asparagus, chants "Hocus Pocus,” and runs away quickly, claiming she had disappeared.

Grampu cleans up all of the plates, with the exception of Uma's. He has given up, but Oobi has not. Oobi comes up with a foolproof plan. He asks her to look at the asparagus, then touch it, and then give it a kiss. She finds this funny, so she does it. While kissing it, she inadvertently tastes the vegetable. She loves it and eats every stalk. Grampu asks Uma if she wants dessert, but she declines his offer and requests more asparagus.

In an interview segment, Kako asks the viewers what their favorite foods are. In one segment, a girl introduces Kako to carrots, after which he eats the entire bowl which she was holding, only to bring back even more. Afterwards, Oobi calls Uma into the kitchen again for dessert. There are 3 foods laid out on the table: grapes, an apple, and a banana. He then gets the idea to play a remember game with the fruit. After a couple rounds, Uma asks to hide the fruit and for Oobi to guess. Oobi guesses the apple correctly, only to reveal only a core left. He looks over at Uma, who is acting nonchalantly, only to hiccup and reveal it was her that ate the apple. The episode ends.



  • This is the first episode in which Oobi's toy car is shown.
  • Uma's inability to pronounce large words (in this instance, "asparagus") is introduced in this episode.


Oobi - Asparagus!

Oobi - Asparagus!

"Dance!" • "Tag!" • "Flush!" • "On & Off!" • "Share Pretzels!" • "Watermelon!" • "Soup!" • "Hot Dog and Ketchup!" • "Prince Oobi!" • "Bubbles!" • "Empty and Full!" • "Popcorn!" • "Worm!" • "Apple Picking!" • "Pretend Wind!" • "Tea!" • "Ice Cream!" • "Water Games!" • "Guess!" • "Bird!" • "Cat!" • "Puppy!" • "Animal Cookies!" • "Slide!" • "Follow the Leader!" • "Peekaboo!" • "Dig!" • "Hide and Seek!" • "Nature!" • "Pretend Catch!" • "Music!" • "Guitar!" • "Bongo Drums!" • "Quiet Read!" • "Clap Hands!" • "Painting!" • "Macaroni Jewelry!" • "Paint Shapes!" • "Pinch Pot!" • "Drawing Game!" • "Neighborhood Art!" • "Toothpaste!" • "Feelings!" • "Cake!" • "Wet and Dry!" • "Bubble Bath!" • "Itsy Bitsy Spider!"
Season 1
"Camp Out!" • "Uma Swing!" • "Uma Bathroom!" • "Dance Class!" • "Kako's Puppy!" • "Uma's Birthday!" • "Asparagus!" • "Haircut!" • "Grampu Day!" • "Make Pizza!" • "Showtime!" • "Oobi's Car!" • "Garden Day!" • "Piano Lesson!" • "Uma Chicken!" • "Sleepover!" • "Play Ball!" • "Build Fort!" • "Petting Zoo!" • "New Friend!" • "Uma Sick" • "Playdate!" • "Make Art!" • "Rainy Day!" • "Pretend Circus!" • "Make Music!"
Season 2
"Video!" • "Grown-Up!" • "Shopping!" • "Uma Dreams!" • "Chopsticks!" • "Clean Up!" • "Kako Dinner!" • "Sign Language!" • "Halloween!" • "Checkup!" • "Uma Trip!" • "Frieda Friend!" • "Neighborhood!" • "Uma Preschool!" • "Theater!" • "Baby!" • "Chez Oobi!" • "Valentine!" • "Parade!" • "Babysitter!" • "Recital!" • "Dinosaur!" • "Nature Walk!" • "Sing!" • "Fishing!" • "Superheroes!"