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The Spider and the Lie
Season 2, Episode 17
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Air date April 24, 2001
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The Spider and the Lie is the seventeenth episode of Season 2 of Between the Lions, and episode 47 in total.


Lionel writes a crime story that includes Mr. Monkey, a spider, and a lie.


  • Barnaby Busterfield and the Pigeons: What's inside? A spider.


Busterfield: Barnaby B. Busterfield III had a spider, and inside his head was where Barnaby would hide her. Heh heh heh. Take that, Mother Goose. Heh heh.

Theo: Mr. Monkey, can you tell the court your full name, please?
Monkey: Monkey C. Monkeydew.

Click: So? Continue, continue. And I fail to see why you need a pencil when you have a state-of-the-art computer.
Lionel: Writers need pencils. You can’t chew on a computer.

Lionel: Poor kid. He took her straight down Chump Street in a leaky canoe.
Click: Lionel, where’s Chump Street?

Leona: I like the cute animal genre. Can you write in the cute animal genre, Lionel?
Lionel: Oh, come on, Leona. I’m trying to concentrate. Take a powder, dollface.
Leona: ‘Take a powder, dollface’?
Lionel: That's the way they talk in the crime genre.

Rug: If there is no book, then he is not the crook. If he says it’s not so, you must let him go!
Click: You, rug! Lie down!
Rug: Okay.

Monkey C. Monkeydew: Yes, I admit it! I lied! I did it! I lied about the whole thing!

Monkey C. Monkeydew: (after handing the book to Theo and Cleo) Here. I’m really sorry. I just couldn’t afford a library card!
Theo: (along with Cleo and everyone else) But they’re free!
Monkey C. Monkeydew: Free? You’re kidding. (Theo and Cleo shake their heads)



  • I would've gotten away with it too if it wasn't for you meddling Lions and that pesky rodent.
  • This episode was released on VHS on October 30, 2001, along with it's 24 other episodes.
  • This episode was released on VHS on October 1, 2002, along with it's 23 other episodes.
  • This episode was released on the Complete Second Season 4-Disc DVD Boxset on September 2, 2008. Along with the other Season 2 episodes (excluding Dreaming Shakespeare).
  • This episode was last broadcasted on PBS either in February or March 2009.


  • Rug's feeble attempts at defending his client, Monkey C. Monkeydew, are a spoof on "If it doesn't fit, you must acquit," a phrase coined by defense attorney Johnnie Cochran, referring to a glove that was a piece of evidence in the infamous 1995 O.J. Simpson murder trial. Though the monkey in the story eventually broke down and confessed, Simpson was acquitted.