Barney & Friends Episode
Trading Places
Season 5, Episode 2



Air date November 3, 1998
Written by Stephen White
Directed by Fred Holmes
Theme Coping with Jealousy
Being Yourself
Episode Guide
Books Are Fun!
Safety First!

"Trading Places" is the 2nd episode from Season 5 of Barney & Friends


Stephen wishes he had a new bike like Keesha. Keesha wishes her safety poster won a blue ribbon like Jeff's. Jeff wishes he could be a safety guard like Kristen, and Kristen wishes she could throw a football like Stephen. To top it all off, BJ is jealous that Baby Bop doesn't have any chores today and Baby Bop wants to do big kid things like BJ.

Barney suggests that BJ and Baby Bop switch roles for awhile, with Baby Bop turning into a tomboy sports-freak and BJ onning a pink dress and tiara so he can play Pretty Princess. Stella the Storyteller shows up fresh from Greece toting her bouzouki to tell the kids a story about a dog who loses his bone due to jealousy and greed. Baby Bop finds that being BJ isn't all that it's cracked up to be when she takes a scary jungle adventure, and BJ is humiliated as he is forced to play baby girl games and take a nap.

Everybody realizes that they are best of being who they are with their own special stuff. In the words of Stella: "Don't let the things you want make you forget the good things you have".

Stories: The Dog and his Shadow/The Sleeping Princess

Song List

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. If All the Raindrops
  3. BJ and Baby Bop Medley: BJ's Song/My Yellow Blankey
  4. Jungle Adventure
  5. The Sleeping Princess
  6. All The Pretty Little Ponies
  7. By Myself
  8. I Love You



B.J. in a tutu and tiara with blankey

  • In this episode, the song, "By Myself" receives a totally different instrumental rendition, switching the original pop arrangement to a ragtime arrangement. This arrangement is to this day the current arrangement for that song.
  • This is another time something happens to the Barney doll before coming to life. It was when Stephen accidentally threw Barney, thinking he was throwing a football. However though, he didn't really mean that.
  • This group (Jeff, Keesha, Kristen and Stephen) also appeared in Be My Valentine, Love Barney (with Jill).
  • This episode aired the same day that Barney's Good, Clean Fun! / Barney's Oh, Brother...She's My Sister was released.

International Edits

  • In some international versions, this episode was shortened.