The Chess Mess is the twenty-fourth episode of Season 2 of Between the Lions, and episode 54 in total.
|The Chess Mess|
|Season 2, Episode 24|
|Air date||May 3, 2001|
|Written by||Peter Hirsch|
|Directed by||Lisa Simon|
Episode 53: Good Night, Knight
Episode 55: Stop That Chicken!
|SCENE 1||Theo and Cleo are dressed up for "Alice Day" as they sing a song about "Alice Day", while Leona and Lionel dress up too.|
|The gang reads the book "Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll|
|Then, Click drags and drops a large chess board from the story,|
|Insert||Walter and Clay Pigeon play ¨chest¨ which Busterfield finds ¨madness¨.|
|The grey hand pulls out a short ¨e¨ from the word chess.|
|Muppets||Martha Reader and The Vowelles singing the zesty short "e"-- "eh"-- sound in the word "dress". (Version 1)|
|Muppets||Arty Smartypants: Dress, Press, Pressing, Impressing, Impressive (Versions 1 and 2)|
|Muppets/Celebrity||The Word Doctor with Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: testy, zesty (Version 1)|
|Cartoon||Replaced Letter Songs: A Knight on a Quest (Version 2) (EKA: Pebble Trouble)|
|Celebrity||Fred Says: stretch|
|Celebrity||14 Karat Soul: Short E (deh dedeh deh deh) (Version 2) (EKA: Pebble Trouble)|
|Cartoon||The Lone Rearranger Rewrites Again: Remember To Milk The Cow And Take The Eggs From The Chicken (Version 2, whipcrack sound added at the end) (EKA: Pebble Trouble)|
|SCENE 2||Theo and Click play 27 games of chess and Click won but Theo lost. He was happy when he lost instead of sad, so he left for chess books and snacks.|
|The cubs were puzzled about Theo when he's happy when he lost instead of sad and Click explained to them that it's Alice Day by saying that up is down and down is up, fast is slow and slow is fast. Which means that happiness is sadness.
Leona is worried because Theo is happy because if he is, he will be sad and Lionel is too because if he loses he will get sadder and sadder. They have to let him win, but when Lionel said "If" Leona and Click asked him "If what?" then Click said "What?" three times.
|Cartoon||Stage: chess, mess, met, bet|
|Muppets||Vowel Boot Camp: Camp Easy-Peasy-Eat-a-Lot - bet/beat (Version 1)|
|Cartoon||Microbes: beat, bead, bed, red (Versions 1 and 2)|
|Cartoon||Fun with Chicken Jane: Chicken Jane and the Red Elephant (Version 2, with elephant noises) (EKA: Quest, Quest, Quest!)|
|Song||What's Your Name?: short e (Season 2 version 3) (EKA: Pebble Trouble)|
|Celebrity||A word from star of stage, screen and television Mr. Bruno Kirby: excellent (Version 1)|
|Insert||The grey hand puts the "e" back in the word chess.|
|FINAL SCENE||Theo and Click play chess and Theo won but Click lost. He was sad when he won instead of happy, and he asked Cleo how he wins all of a sudden and she replied that he should winning all of a sudden. But when she said "If" like Lionel, then Click said "What?" two times and she finally confessed by saying that the cubs made her do it by asking her to let him win on purpose.|
|Theo sings a song called "You Can Win When You Lose" with the cubs in a page of the book.|
|The lions act out "Through the Looking Glass" and the chess board floats back in the book.|
|Closing||Busterfield heard the announcer saying "The Beginning" instead of "The End". Busterfield corrected him because it's not the beginning, it's really the end. But the announcer said "The Beginning" instead again and Busterfield understand that
everything's backwards. So, he turns his head and said "Hello" instead of goodbye as the episode ends.