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
Shooting Stars
Touching the Moon

Plot[edit | edit source]

Leona and Lionel came to a woman who was disturbed by a hopping hen. Lionel tells the hen to get out, but Leona runs into Theo Lion who came with a heavy box of signs from the printer. Theo calls Cleo that the signs are here. Cleo was surprised that the signs are here. Lionel asks Theo what kind of signs.

Theo replies that the signs are hung up all over the library, and that they tell everybody the rules. Cleo breaks her claw when she cuts the tape. Click interrupts with a warning which is; flood! Lionel read some signs, and decides to hang them up. Leona hops with the hopping Henrietta.

Walter and Clay Pigeon are having fun with Barnaby B. Busterfield III, who has a party hat on his head. Walter read the sign; "fun here". Lionel tells Leona that this is the last sign: "hopping hen here"; Lionel decides to have fun with Henrietta. Walter and Clay sing their song; "Oogidum" while they were walking to Lionel. Lionel slides on the stage and sings Brand New Rules to the patrons.

Everything in the library causes a mighty ruckus and Theo asks what is going on. Cleo realized that the printer forgot the word "No" on all the signs; Theo said there should be "No saxophone playing" and "No breaking bricks permitted". 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. However, Leona finds a hopping hen sign without a "no"; Cleo revealed that one sign isn't supposed to have one. They put it outside so the hen could hop, and everyone else can read in private. The fun here sign also has a "no". Now the pigeons have fun where Buster is.

Segments[edit | edit source]

Characters[edit | edit source]

Songs[edit | edit source]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

Goofs[edit | edit source]

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

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • 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: 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.

Video[edit | edit source]


The Hopping Hen

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