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Mater Private Eye is the ninth episode in the Cars Toons series.


Lightning McQueen's tires are flat, so he asks Flo for some air. Then, Mater jumps in and says that he thought he already solved that mystery. Then, he starts his story.

Mater was a private investigator solving mysteries. It was 7:15 on a Friday night, Mater was in his room reading different newspapers about counterfeit tires. Tia comes in the room and Mater asks what she wants. Tia says that her sister, Mia, has been carnapped. Tia says that she last saw Mia working for Big D at his night club, the Carbacabana. Mater goes to the night club and asks a singer named Laverne if she's seen Mia anywhere. Laverne says that she saw her a few days ago with Big D and that she smelled salty, like the ocean. Then, one of Big D's henchmen, Clyde, kicks Mater out and breaks one of his headlights for being nosy. Mater then goes to a garbage truck named Stinky and asks him what the "dirt" on the street is. He says he doesn't know, that he's just throwing out lots of flat tires. He says, "It's odd though." because they all smell salty and that he hasn't smelled anything like that ever since he was working at the docks. Then, Mater takes off to the docks. After trying to sneak in by wearing boxes over himself, Big D's henchmen see him and dangle him over the ocean waters. Tia shows up, begging them not to hurt him. Mater now finds out that Tia double-crossed him. Tia claims that she only did it because it was the only way to save her sister. But just before they're going to throw him in the ocean, Lieutenant Lightning McQueen and other police cars arrive. Tia then sets Mater free and he stops Big D by throwing a box on top of him. The box breaks, revealing counterfeit tires. The police then take Big D away to jail.

Back in Radiator Springs, Lightning then says that that's the most ridiculous thing he's ever heard. But before either of them can say anything, Laverne shows up telling everybody to Conga. And Mater then dances away with them.



Miscellaneous Characters


  • In most episodes, Ramone was seen in his purple paint job. However, in this episode, he was in his green paint job (see image).
  • This is the first Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales episode that has Mater's story in black and white. The 2nd one is Time Travel Mater.
  • At the end, Tia says, "I'm not bad, Mater. I just drive that way." This is a switchblade of "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way," a quote made famous by Jessica Rabbit in the 1988 film, Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
  • The club Carbacabana is named after the Rio de Janeiro's burgh Copacabana in Brazil.

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Cars/Soundtrack | Cars 2/Soundtrack | Cars 3 | Mater and the Ghostlight | Cars Toons | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book | Video

Disney Parks

Cars Land | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Art of Animation | Cars Quatre Roues Rallye | Disney Animation Building | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Radiator Springs Racers
Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular | World of Color: Celebrate!
Restaurants: Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Flo's V8 Cafe |
Shops: Radiator Springs Curios | Ramone's House of Body Art | Sarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade


Cars: Lightning McQueen | Mater | Sally Carrera | Mack | The King | Chick Hicks | Not Chuck | Mia and Tia | Boost | DJ | Wingo | Snot Rod | Bob Cutlass | Darrell Cartrip | Doc Hudson | Flo | Ramone | Sheriff | Luigi | Guido | Sarge | Fillmore | Red | Lizzie | Stanley | Junior | Tex Dinoco | Lynda Weathers | Van | Minny | Michael Schumacher Ferrari | Jay Limo | Fred | Todd | Frank | Tractors | Mike | Sulley | Vroomaroundus Bugus
Cars 2: Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Crabby | Tony Trihull | Leland Turbo | Rod "Torque" Redline | Miles Axlerod | Mel Dorado | Professor Zündapp | Grem | Acer | Francesco Bernoulli | Lewis Hamilton | Jeff Gorvette | Max Schnell | Miguel Camino | Raoul ÇaRoule | Nigel Gearsley | Carla Veloso | Brent Mustangburger | David Hobbscap | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Tubbs Pacer | J. Curby Gremlin | Fred Pacer | Ivan | Alexander Hugo | Uncle Topolino | Mama Topolino | Otis | Siddeley
Cars 3: Cruz Ramirez | Jackson Storm
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: Kabuto | Big D | Sandy Dunes | Blue Grit | Idle Threat | Shifty Sidewinder | Didi 05 | Mike 07


Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad Mater | Mater the Greater | El Materdor | Tokyo Mater | Unidentified Flying Mater | Monster Truck Mater | Heavy Metal Mater | Moon Mater | Mater Private Eye | Air Mater | Time Travel Mater
Tales From Radiator Springs: Hiccups | Bugged | Spinning | The Radiator Springs 500½ | To Protect and Serve


Dinoco | 2006 Piston Cup | The Delinquent Road Hazards | World Grand Prix


Radiator Springs | City Hall | Municipal Impound | Tow Mater Towing & Salvage | Flo's V8 Cafe | Luigi's Casa Della Tires | Ramone's House of Body Art | Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Sarge's Surplus Hut | Sarge's SUV Boot Camp | Doctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal Combustion | Racing Museum | Mrs. Piston | Willy's Butte | Radiator Springs Curios | Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre | Wheel Well Motel | London, England | Paris, France | Porto Corsa | Tokyo | California | U.S. Route 66 | Interstate 40 | Los Angeles International Speedway | Motor Speedway of the South | Ornament Valley | Cadillac Range | Carburetor County | Big Ben | Top Down Truckstop | Big Bentley | NASCA


Real Gone | Life is a Highway | Our Town | Sh-Boom | Route 66 | Find Yourself | Behind the Clouds | You Might Think | Collision of Worlds | Nobody's Fool

Video Games

Cars: The Video Game | Cars 2: The Video Game | Cars: Mater-National Championship | Cars: Race-O-Rama | The World of Cars Online | Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Cars: Fast as Lightning

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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