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The Popcorn Popper
Season 1, Episode 16
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Air date April 24, 2000
Written by Joe Fallon
Episode guide
There's a Fly in My Soup
Something Fishy

The Popcorn Popper is the 16th episode of Season 1 of Between the Lions.

Picture Segment Description

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SCENE 1 The episode starts with on the roof garden where Theo and Cleo were picking out some books for the cubs to read until they find a book called "The Popcorn Popper", which they really like since it yummy. After the parents read, Lionel starts reading the book which is about a young girl who really likes popcorn but don't know how to read. She finds a popcorn popper, which pops out popcorn.


After Lionel's finished reading the book, he and Leona decided to have some popcorn so they ask Click to drag and drop the popper out of the book so they can have popcorn. After Click leaves, the cubs start the popper by saying "Popcorn popper, pop, pop, pop. Popcorn popper, do not stop." The popper starts popping, and the cubs start eating the popcorn.
Insert Buster asks the pigeons where the popping is coming from. Walter and Clay answer this by saying "Popcorn!" and they both leave so they can have popcorn with the cubs as well.
Insert The grey hand grabs the op from the page with the word "popcorn".
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Muppets The Vowelles with the short "o" sound from their bopping hit word "top". (Versions 1 and 2)
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Film Gawain's Word: hop (Version 2) (EKA: Pandora's Box)
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Song World-renowned mezzo-soprano Ms. Denyce Graves will sing the sound of the letter O in the word "opera". (Versions 1 and 2)
SCENE 2 The cubs and pigeons eat the popcorn from the popper, but Lionel says that he's full, but the pigeons tell him that it's not enough, so they continue eating.
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Muppets The Great Smartini: Popping Popcorn (Version 2) (EKA: The Lost Rock)
Insert "Now, twist your tongue around this one!" (First: Episode 08: The Boy Who Cried Wolf)
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Film Tongue Twisters: Choppers Chop, Shoppers Shop
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Insert Abstract: shop, slop, stop, top, pop
SCENE 3 The cubs want the popper to stop popping since they are full now, but the pigeons tell them that it'll be terrible if they do. But neither Lionel nor Leona remember the right words to stop it, so they put the lid on the popper, but it didn't work!
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Celebrity Fred Says: lollipop (Version 1)
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Big Ape and the Banana Drop (Versions 3 and 4) (EKA: The Chap with Caps)

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The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: helicopters
SCENE 4 While the popper continues popping, Lionel asks Click to drag it back in the book so it would stop popping, but it didn't work either!


Cleo asks Theo if she smells popcorn, and he tells her to not be silly. A man pulls a book off the shelf, but some popcorn spill on him!
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Song Sloppy Pop sings Sloppy Pop (Version 2) (EKA: Pandora's Box)
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Insert Robots: pop, hop, hot, tot
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Insert "And now, a little poem in which letters change, and make something interesting happen."
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Cartoon Replaced Letter Songs: A Mischievous Tot (Version 2) (EKA: Pandora's Box)
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Insert Color Patterns: tot, lot, lock (Versions 1 and 2)
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Cartoon The Un-People: locked (Version 2) (EKA: The Lost Rock)
Insert The grey hand puts the op back from the page with the word "popcorn".
SCENE 5 Lionel finds the instructions which was in the bush. The cubs stop the popper by saying "Poppity boppity, pop, pop, pop. Hoppity poppity, hop, hop, hop. Dop and a loppity. Lop and a doppity. Pop and the boppity. Stop, pop, stop", and the popper finally stops at last! Lionel and Leona weren't sure how to get rid of all the popcorn before their parents get back, so the pigeons decide to clean the mess by eating all the popcorn themselves.
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Lionel and Leona return to the roof garden and are surprised that the pigeons have eaten up all the popcorn! The parents come back and ask the cubs if everything is okay. Just then, they see Walter and Clay Pigeon fattened up from willingly consuming all of the popcorn on their own. Walter tells Clay that they'd go for a room full of water right now, and instead of flying due to their weight, they roll away instead. Even though the popcorn maker was her idea, Leona tries to leech all of the blame onto Lionel.


  • This story would be read again in Season 9.
  • When the popper starts popping, Lionel sings the opening lines of "Hooked on a Feeling" by Blue Swede.



Between the lions episode 16 The Popcorn Popper