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Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West
Season 1, Episode 1 (show premiere)
Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West Title Card.jpg
Air date April 3, 2000 (season premiere)
Written by Joe Fallon
Christopher Cerf
Richard Chevat
Diana DeCubellis
Sarah Durkee
Ellis Weiner
Michael K. Fifth
Judy Freudberg
Tony Geiss
Louise Gikow
Peter Hirsch
Sean Kelly
Sharon Lerner
Kathryn Mullen
Fred Newman
Norman Stiles
Belinda Ward
Kathy Waugh
Tom Whedon
Directed by Lisa Simon
Episode guide
Episode 02: The Lost Rock

Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West is the first episode of Season 1 of Between the Lions, and the series premiere episode of Between the Lions.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Theo reads "How Pecos Bill Cleaned Up the West by Beth Western" to the gang, then they sing a song about how he was the best, then rest.
Insert The grey hand takes the "est" out of "west".
Puppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles singing the short "e" sound from their festive hit word "best".
Insert Color Patterns: best, bet, bell
Celebrity Fred Says: bell
Insert Ship: bell, bet, wet
Film Gawain's Word: wet
Puppets Arty Smartypants: Nest, Rest, Resting, Restaurant
Insert Color Patterns: rest, best, bet, bed
Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Bed (with music)
SCENE 2 Lionel and Leona are practicing rope wrestling. Leona claims that Pecos Bill would never miss, and Lionel replies that he'd never miss because he isn't real. Leona refuses to believe this, so they have Click drag and drop him out of the book. Not only does Bill come out, but so does a tornado! Unfortunately, Bill explains that he can't stop the tornado, as he is just a fictional character. Hearing this, Cleo suggests writing a new story called "How Pecos Bill Cleaned Up the Library".
Insert Walter and Clay sing "Buster is the Best", until the paper tornado hits Buster's hat and them away!
Insert Sky: west, chest, chess, mess, e
Puppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles sing the short "e" sound from their zesty hit word "mess".


The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: impressive
Insert "Dr. Bertice Berry with the E in "yell".
Celebrity Dr. Bertice Berry shouts the E in "yell".
Film What's Your Name?: short E (Season 1 version)
Cartoon The Un-People vs. The Re-People: dressed
Puppets The Monkey Pop-Up Theater: Sven Said, Ten Tents, Ted Sent Ten Cents
Insert The grey hand puts the "est" back in the book.
SCENE 3 Theo and Cleo write their new story in order to make the tornado cleaning up the library. It is successful, and Bill (along with tornado) heads back into his book, then they sing again about how he was the best, then rest.

Featured Story

How Pecos Bill Cleaned Up the West: A Tall Tale by Beth Western


  • Leona: (singing) Click clicked with her trickiest, slickest click / And dragged and dropped that twister quick.
  • Busterfield: I am not a cowboy. I am Barnaby B. "Don't Call Me Buster" Busterfield III, founder of this library. Get this hat off my head this instant!
  • Pecos Bill: Story's not true. Never happened. Never could happen. It's a tall tale. I'm just a paper hero.
  • Cleo: Stay calm. We're having a technical problem. A slight tornado. Perfectly harmless.
  • Theo: Bill said to Tess, "I must confess. If there's one thing I detest, it's a mess."
  • Theo: Pecos Bill was the best. The best in the west.
  • Cleo: Oh. Sweet Nursery Rhymes for Sleepy Cubs. Sounds nice, doesn't it, Leona?
  • Lionel: (singing) Gonna read a story before bed.
  • Female Monkey Singer: (singing) Let's start with our favorite vowel, a pretty good place to start.

Notes and Trivia


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