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The Hopping Hen is the sixth episode of Season 1 of Between the Lions.

The Hopping Hen
Season 1, Episode 6
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Air date April 10, 2000
Written by Sarah Durkee
Christopher Cerf
Richard Chevat
Diana DeCubellis
Ellis Weiner
Joe Fallon
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
Shooting Stars
Touching the Moon
Picture Category Description
SCENE 1 Leona and Lionel approach a patron who is being disturbed by a hopping hen. Lionel tells the hen to get out.
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SCENE 1 (Cont'd) Theo Lion enters with a box of signs that have just arrived from the printer. Theo explains that the signs are intended to be hung up all over the library to let everyone know the rules. Click interrupts to notify the lions that there is a plumbing emergency in the basement that requires Theo and Cleo's immediate attention. Theo leaves Lionel in charge of posting the signs. Lionel begins reading the signs, which seem somewhat confusing.
Insert Walter and Clay Pigeon are having fun with Barnaby B. Busterfield III, who has a party hat on his head. Barnaby protests, but Walter insists they're just obeying a posted sign which reads "fun here."
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Celebrity Fred Says: hen
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Puppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles singing the short "e" sound from their sensational hit word "men". (without curtain)
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Insert Seesaw: men, en, hen, when
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Cartoon Who's Here?
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Insert Seesaw: when, hen, en, pen, pet, wet
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Film Gawain's Word: wet (EKA: Episode 01: Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West)
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Insert Robots: wet, pet, pen, hen
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Puppets The Great Smartini: Ten Red-Vested Hens
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Cartoon The Un-People vs. The Re-People: dressed (EKA: Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West)
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SCENE 2 Lionel tells Leona that this is the last sign: "hopping hen here." Click warns the cubs that some strange things are happening in the library, and they observe that patrons are following the rules on signs reading "bare feet allowed in the computer room", "eating and whistling at the same time", "saxophone playing", "breaking bricks permitted", "monkeys on the stair railing", and a few "hopping hen here" signs, too. Realizing that the new rules allow all manner of crazy behavior, Lionel sings "Brand New Rules" to the patrons.
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Alarmed by all the ruckus, Theo and Cleo arrive and ask what is going on. Cleo realizes that the printer forgot to include the word "No" on all the signs; they should have read "No saxophone playing", "No breaking bricks permitted", etc. Just then, a delivery man arrives with a box, and Cleo is relieved to find that inside the box is the word "No".
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Celebrity Fred Says: yell
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Insert Stage: yell, yes
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Puppets Dunderhead Lab with Dr. Nitwhite and Watson: Words with the Short E
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Puppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles sing "Dreamy Vowel E" (without curtain)
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Bed (without music) (EKA: Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West)
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Film Sloppy Pop sings Read the Signs
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SCENE 3 Soon, the family puts "No"s all over the signs, and everything is put back to normal. Leona finds one remaining "hopping hen here" sign without a "No" but Cleo reveals that it's not a mistake. They put it outside so the hen can happily hop, and everyone else can read in private.
Insert The "fun here" sign near Barnaby has also been corrected to read "No fun here." And Barnaby sings "Party Pooper".


Notes and Trivia


  • In the close up of the "Bare feet allowed in the computer room" sign, the camera shakes.


This page has a limited amount of images in the template. For extended images, see The Hopping Hen/Gallery.


  • Busterfield: Heh heh heh. Now the sign says 'no fun here.'
  • Walter and Clay: Oh, no fun here? Phooey!
  • Busterfield: (singing) Every party has a pooper / That's why I invited me / Party pooper, party pooper. Heh heh heh heh.

  • Cleo: One 'hopping hen here' sign isn't supposed to have a 'no.' The library welcomes all bouncing poultry.

  • Cliff Hanger: This is as easy as falling out of bed.

  • Delivery Man: Yo, I got a package here, It must have fallen off the truck.
  • Cleo: It's from the printer.
  • Leona: I'm coming too.
  • Lionel: You know, I knew there was something wrong with those signs.
  • Delivery Man: This is a really interesting library.
  • Lionel: Oh, yeah.

  • Cleo: But wait a minute. "Saxophone playing"?
  • Theo: "Breaking bricks"?
  • Lionel and Leona: See?
  • Cleo: Oh, oh, the printer forgot the 'nos.'
  • Leona: (indicating her nose) I got mine.
  • Cleo: No, the printer forgot to put the word "No" on all the signs.
  • Theo: Yeah — it should be "No saxophone playing" and "No breaking bricks".
  • Duck: That's okay. I'm trying to quit anyway.

  • Lionel: (singing) Bye bye to peace and quiet / Old laws and regulations.

  • Leona: You know, it sort of seems like the rules are — there are no rules.

  • Lionel: This place is like, wild. Come on. Let's go check out the rest of the library.

  • Click: Lionel, Leona. I have been scanning very unusual visual data all over the library.
  • Leona: (reading a sign) 'Hopping hen here.'
  • Hen: (clucks hesitantly)
  • Lionel: Okay, I guess we're ready for you now.

  • Leona: Breaking bricks is permitted in the library? (gasps)
  • Lionel: I guess so. It — it says right here.

  • Lionel: 'Monkeys on the stair railing?' What a weird rule.

  • Theo: Cleo, my dear, the signs are here! Hey, that rhymed.

  • Female Patron: I am a patient woman. I am an animal lover. But I draw the lion... (covering up a beak with hands.) the line at chickens jumping on my book.
  • Lionel: Shh.



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