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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
Episode guide
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Leona and Lionel approach a patron who is being disturbed by a hopping hen. Lionel tells the hen to get out. 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.

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."

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 reading "bare feet allowed in the computer room," "eating and whistling at the same time," "breaking bricks permitted," "monkeys on the stair railing," and "hopping hen here." Realizing that the new rules allow all manner of crazy behavior, Lionel sings "Brand New Rules" to the patrons.

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". Soon, they put them 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. The "fun here" sign near Barnaby has also been corrected to read "No fun here."


  • Barnaby Busterfield and the Pigeons: fun here
  • Barnaby Busterfield and the Pigeons (again): No fun here




  • This is the third episode that does not have a particular book involved.
  • This is the second episode that has the word hen as the main word, the first was Farmer Ken's Puzzle.
  • Jennifer Barnhart plays the annoyed patron.
  • In the Fred Says segment, Fred gives the hen a slightly similar voice to Candle, a baby dragon from the show Dragon Time in the rejected Jim Henson Company sitcom pilot Puppetman, which Fred starred on, as the head puppeteer Gary, who puppeteered Candle, as well as Butane and Clyde.


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



  • 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 what 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".
  • 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.



The Hopping Hen