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Hay Day
Season 3, Episode 1
Air date September 16, 2002
Episode guide
Episode 55: Stop That Chicken!
Episode 57: Pigs Aplenty

"Hay Day" is the first episode of Season 3 of Between the Lions, and episode 56 in total.


Leona, Lionel and Gus read the story of Rumpelstiltskin, who can teleport out of the story and bets on Leona and Lionel like he does with Fay in the story and takes Lovey and Lionel's hat so that he can do his part in the story and they have to help Fay win her bet so that she can keep her baby and get Lovey and Lionel's hat back.


  • Barnaby Busterfield and the Pigeons (again)


  • Rumpelstilskin is My Name


  • This is the first time Pam Arciero performs Leona.
  • This is the first time Tim Lagasse performs Theo.
  • This episode guest stars two people known for shows produced by Sesame Workshop, formerly Children's Television Workshop or CTW for short, which also aired on PBS; the late Paul Benedict, who plays Fay's father played The Mad Painter on Sesame Street in 1971-1972 while the late Reg E. Cathey, who plays King Ray was known for Square One Television.
  • The woodsman is omitted from this version of Rumpelstiltskin, because of Rumpelstiltskin coming out of the book and doing his bet with Lionel and Leona as well and taking their things and they want them back, so they and Gus tell Fay Rumpelstiltskin's name.
  • Among the guesses on Rumpelstiltskin's name are Rumplemeyers (a reference to the Austrian surname Rumplemayer), Rupertpupkin (the name of the main protagonist of the 1982 Martin Scorsese film, "The King of Comedy") and Regisphilbin (referring to television personality Regis Philbin). Also, when Fay guesses Rumpelstiltskin's name, she says "That's my final answer!", a reference to "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?".
  • In the "Fred Says" Segment, after spraying off the word "spray" and wiping it and making the word "away" appear on the screen, sparkling, he says "Yes, it's just that easy!", a quote said by the late pitchman Billy Mays, who was the spokesman for OxiClean.
  • The home video release of this episode was available for purchase only as a promotional VHS tape from Chick-fil-A restaurants. It was never reissued by WGBH Boston Video and it is unlikely that PBS Distribution (under the PBS Kids banner) has the rights to release this episode on DVD.



  • Anthony Asbury - Lionel Lion
  • Pam Arciero - Leona Lion
  • Tim Lagasse - Theo Lion, Gus Bunny, Barnaby B. Busterfield, crayons
  • Jennifer Barnhart - Cleo Lion, Hugo and Ines announcer
  • Heather Asch - Click the Mouse, Clay Pigeon, Marmy Smartypants
  • Jim Kroupa - Walter Pigeon
  • Matt Vogel - Rumplestiltskin
  • Peter Linz - Announcer Bunny
  • Tyler Bunch - The Un-People announcer
  • Fred Newman - himself
  • Khaliah Adams - Fay
  • Paul Benedict - Fay's father
  • Reg E. Cathey - King Ray
  • Oliver Platt - himself
  • Al Franken - himself
  • Hugo Suarez - Hugo, The Knee Man
  • Kate Berner - Monica Maxwell
  • Paul Jacobs - If You Can Read singer