Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West
Season 1, Episode 1 (show premiere)
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Air date April 3, 2000 (season premiere)
Written by Joe Fallon
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
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SCENE 1 Theo reads "How Pecos Bill Cleaned Up the West" to the gang, then they sing a song about how he was the best, then rest.
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Insert The grey hand takes the "est" out of "west".
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Muppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles singing the short "e" sound from the best of hit word "best".
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Insert Color Patterns: best, bet, bell
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Celebrity Fred Says: bell
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Cartoon Ship: bell, bet, wet
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Muppets Gawain's Word: wet
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Muppets Arty Smartypants: Nest, Rest, Resting, Restaurant (Version 1)
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Cartoon Color Patterns (again): rest, best, bet, bed
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Bed (Version 1)
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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".
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Insert Walter and Clay sing "Buster is the Best", until the paper tornado hits Buster's hat and them away!
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Cartoon Sky: west, chest, chess, mess, e
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Muppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles singing the short "e" sound from the zesty hit word "mess".

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The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: impressive (Version 1)
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Celebrity Dr. Bertice Berry yell with the E in "yell".
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Song What's Your Name?: short E (Season 1 version 1)
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Cartoon The Un-People: dressed
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Monkey Theater.jpg

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Muppets The Monkey Pop-Up Theater: Sven Said, Ten Tents, Ted Sent Ten Cents
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Insert The grey hand puts the "est" back in the book.
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Theo and Cleo write their new story in order to stop the tornado. It is successful, and Bill heads back into his book.

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • 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[edit | edit source]

  • The pelican who loses his hairpiece is a modified version of Dr. Nitwhite.
  • This is the first time the grey hand takes three letters.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]


Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West

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