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Norb and Dag embark on a space mission to the sun, but they get lost in space.

Episode Summary[]

At the space museum, Norb and Dag stand admiring a wall commemorating all the animals that have been sent into space. When Norb points out that there are no beavers on the wall, the two decide to become the first beavers in space. They sneak on board a nearby space shuttle launch and blast off. As the shuttle reaches orbit, a smaller beaver-shaped spacecraft emerges from the back and begins flying towards the sun.

As Norb and Dag are enjoying weightlessness, they are hailed by Mission Control on the radio; Norb radios in as Beaver Alpha and Dag as Beaver Dos. A confused Mission Control tells the beavers that they are on an important mission to the Sun and gives them a list of experiments to complete. After Norb and Dag complete the experiments, they radio in to Mission Control requesting re-entry. Mission Control tells them that experimental animals are never recovered from space and that the sun is their final destination.

As their spacecraft spirals closer and closer to the sun, Norb and Dag discover an instructional video titled So, You're Spiraling Into The Sun. When the video compares the sun's gravitational pull to a log traveling downstream, Norb realizes that they need to build a gravity dam to stop themselves from being pulled in. The two soon complete the gravity dam which successfully stops them from being pulled into the sun. Mission Control radios in asking them to move the dam out of the way before the Earth enters a new ice age. Norb and Dag ignore their request and paddle the spacecraft back to Earth which is now covered in visible thick sheets of ice.

Production Information[]


  • First time when Norb and Dag are shown at a younger age.
  • A few of the videocassettes in the bookcase are: Space Bloopers, I've Been Vaporized Now What?, So, You're Spiraling into the Sun, and You and Your Zero-G Toilet.
  • Second time a music box version of The Angry Beavers opening theme is heard. [1]


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey - When Dag and Norb are building the space dam, the metallic black rectangle floating through space looks like the monolith from the 1968 sci-fi film. Also, there is a scene in 2001 where a ship is flying through space and The Blue Danube is playing the background, just like in this scene.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation - The background music in the scene where Norb and Dag are building the gravity dam is based on the theme to this 1987 television series.


The image gallery for Mission to the Big, Hot, Thingy may be viewed here.



Season 1
"Born to be Beavers" - "Up All Night" - "A Dam Too Far" - "Long in the Teeth" - "Gift Hoarse" - "Go Beavers!" - "Box Top Beavers" - "Salmon Sez" - "Beach Beavers a Go-Go" - "Deranged Ranger" - "Muscular Beaver" - "Fish and Dips" - "Enter the Daggett" - "Bug-a-Boo" - "Mission to the Big, Hot, Thingy" - "I Dare You" - "Stinky Toe" - "House Broken" - "Tree's Company" - "Guess Who's Stumping to Dinner?" - "Fancy Prance" - "H2Whoa!" - "The Bing That Wouldn't Leave" - "You Promised!" - "Bummer of Love" - "Food of the Clods"
Season 2
"Beaver Fever" - "Same Time Last Week" - "Kandid Kreatures" - "Fakin' It!" - "Muscular Beaver 2" - "Stump Looks for His Roots" - "Tree of Hearts" - "Dag for Night" - "Un-Barry-ble" - "Another One Bites the Musk" - "The Mighty Knot-Head" - "Pond Scum" - "Utter Nonsense" - "Endangered Species" - "Lumberjacks' Delight" - "Zooing Time" - "Friends, Romans, Beavers!" - "Big Round Sticky Fish Thingy" - "The Day the World Got Really Screwed Up!" - "If You In-Sisters" - "Alley Oops" - "Open Wide for Zombies" - "Dumbwaiters" - "Sans-a-Pelt" - "Gonna Getcha"
Season 3
"My Bunnyguard" - "What's Eating You?" - "Omega Beaver" - "Bite This!" - "Spooky Spoots" - "Up All Night II: Up All Day. The Reckoning" - "Muscular Beaver 3" - "Sang 'Em High" - "In Search of Big Byoo-Tox" - "Moronathon Man" - "The Legend of Kid Friendly" - "Silent But Deadly" - "Tough Love" - "A Little Dad'll Do You" - "Pass It On!" - "Stump's Family Reunion" - "Muscular Beaver 4" - "Act Your Age" - "Too Loose Latrine" - "Pack Your Dags" - "Daggy Dearest" - "Dag's List" - "Mistaken Identity" - "Easy Peasy Rider" - "Stare and Stare Alike!" - "I am Not an Animal I'm Scientist #1" - "Norberto y Daggetto en El Grapadura y el Castor Malo" - "The Loogie Hawk" - "Kreature Komforts" - "Oh, Brother?" - "Das Spoot" - "Sqotters" - "Long Tall Daggy" - "Practical Jerks" - "Nice & Lonely" - "Soccer? I Hardly Knew Him!" - "Brothers... to the End?" - "Euro Beavers" - "Slap Happy" - "Home Loners" - "Ugly Roomers" - "Finger Lickin' Goofs" - "Strange Allure" - "Partying is Such Sweet Sorrow"
Season 4
"Chocolate Up to Experience" - "Three Dag Nite!" - "Fat Chance" - "Dag in the Mirror" - "Canucks Amuck" - "Yak in the Sack" - "Driving Misses Daggett" - "Big Fun" - "Moby Dopes" - "Present Tense" - "It's a Spootiful Life" - "The Mom from U.N.C.L.E." - "House Sisters" - "Muscular Beaver 5" - "Vantastic Voyage" - "Blacktop Beavers" - "Specs Appeal" - "Things That Go Hook in the Night" - "Damnesia" - "The Posei-Dam Adventure" - "The Big Frog" - "Dag Con Carny" - "All in the Colony" - "Line Duncing" - "Beavemaster" - "Deck Poops" - "Dagski and Norb" - "Shell or High Water"