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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 On the roof garden Theo and Cleo look for a book they can both agree to read. They decide on a book called The Popcorn Popper. As their parents go off to work in the library, Lionel starts reading the book, which is about a young girl who discovers a popcorn popper but is unable to read the instructions. The girl's designated reader appears to tell her how to make the popcorn popper start and stop.


After Lionel's finished reading the book, he and Leona are craving 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 expresses his disapproval with all the popping that's going on. Walter and Clay, excited at the prospect of popcorn, 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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Puppets 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 sings the sound of the letter O in the word "opera". (Versions 1 and 2)
SCENE 2 The cubs and pigeons eat the popcorn as the popper continues its prodigious popping. Lionel says that he's full, but the pigeons tell him that it's not enough, so they all continue eating.
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Puppets 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. Neither Lionel nor Leona remember the right words to stop it, so they put the lid on the popper. That doesn'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 will stop popping. For a moment, this seems to work, but before long the popping continues.


Inside the library, Cleo asks Theo if she smells popcorn, and he tells her to not be silly. A man pulls a book off the shelf and gets pelted in the face with popcorn.
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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 (Versions 1 and 2)
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Insert "And now, a little poem in which letters change, and make something interesting happen." (First: Episode 14: Lionel's Great Escape Trick)
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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 vs. The Re-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 for the popcorn popper. 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!" Lionel and Leona aren'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! Cleo and Theo 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 he could go for a room full of water right now. Due to their increased weight and bulk, instead of flying, the pigeons roll away. Even though the whole popcorn popper ordeal was her idea, Leona tries to blame Lionel.

Featured Story[]

The Popcorn Popper by Pops Popadopoulis (an original story)



  • 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