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"Practice, Arnold—just like Jyoti does with programming, Ralphie does with baseball, and you do with worrying your face off."

The Land before Tim is the first episode of the second season of The Magic School Bus Rides Again, about fossils.


Tim breaks a record by completing a puzzle while balancing on plank on a ball blindfolded. When Arnold asks how he was able to do that, he said practice, just Jyoti with programming, Ralphie with baseball, and him with worrying his face off. Carlos says that he should take his act on the road. Dorothy Ann agrees, which is why they're gonna be on Celebrity Super-Stumpers (known on the episode description as Puzzlepalooza), hosted by Nicki Ray. Turns out that Ms Frizzle knows her and got them in as a favor. Tim mentions that he's "her biggest fan" and then opens a compartment on his desk to reveal Nicki Ray magazines. He's worried that he might become starstruck in front of her.


  • This is considered another adaptation to the sixth entry in the book series, In the Time of the Dinosaurs (1994). The Busasaurus (from the other second season) was also based on this book, but focuses on life in the time of the dinosaurs.
  • This reveals that this series takes place in 2016-2017, the latter being the release year for Season 1. If this series canonically took place in 2017, then the original series might have occurred in 2014-2016. This unintentionally introduces a continuity error into the series, as In the Rainforest is supposed to have taken place two years before, in 2015, but Earth Day does not fall on a Monday in that year.
  • The title of this episode is a pun on The Land Before Time.
  • In the description for this episode outside of Netflix, Celebrity Super-Stumpers is named Puzzlepalooza.
  • Arnold's voice is noticeably deeper due to his voiceover, Miles KV, maturing and hitting puberty.
  • Arnold, Wanda, Ralphie and Keesha each turn into ammonites, a prehistoric animal made popular by the Pokémon, Omanyte/オムナイト.
  • Carlos is the only character who isn't shown physically changing back. He is already human when they find him again.
  • This episode was referenced in Janet's Mystery Gene when Carlos talks about his transformation into a fossil.
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