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Here Come the Aliens/Abiyoyo
Season 6, Episode 86
Air date May 22, 2006
Episode guide
Episode 85: Pete's a Pizza/Pygmalion
Episode 87: King Midas/The Dirty Smelly King

Here Come the Aliens/Abiyoyo is the 86th episode of Between the Lions.

Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Theo and Leona rap about some words we'll be seeing today
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SCENE 1 Lionel talks to Leona about science fiction, then reads her Here Come The Aliens.
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Insert The grey hand removes the "qu" from the word "queen".
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Animation Computer or Laptop: quarter, quail, quill, quilt
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Film Real Kids: Kids Say Words That Begin with the Letter Q [quilt, queen, quarter, quill, question mark]
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Puppets/Cartoon Reginald Livingston Seagull: Quack Quack!
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Cartoon Q Without U
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Insert The grey hand puts the "qu" back in the word "queen".
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SCENE 2 Lionel is conflicted as to weather or not Cliff Hanger is brave. So his mom recommends reading one.
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and Quentin Quigley's Quick Question
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SCENE 2 (cont'd) Lionel comes to the conclusion Cliff's a coward. Then he says he's a mix of very, very, brave...
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SCENE 2 (cont'd) "And very, very, dumb!" Leona remarks. This triggers Lionel into running after her.
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SCENE 3 Leona and Lionel are doing a "Scary Experiment" to see why you're scared of stuff the first few times you see it, but not after that.
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SCENE 3 (cont'd) The family then gathers in the library so they can hear Theo read Abiyoyo, a book about a father and son that fight a giant monster.
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SCENE 3 (cont'd) After the book, Lionel states that if the townspeople just got used to Abiyoyo, they wouldn't have had to make him disappear.
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Insert The grey hand removes the letter "Z" from the word "Zoop!"
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Animation Sign: zoo, zigzag, zip, zipper
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Celebrity Fred Says: zipper
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Film Real Kids (again): Kids Say Words That Begin with the Letter Z [zebra, zero, ziti, zither, zipper]
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Cartoon The Un-People vs. The Re-People: zipped (EKA: Little Big Mouse)
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Puppets Reginald Livingston Seagull (again): z
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Insert The grey hand puts the "Z" back in the word "Zoop!".
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SCENE 4 Leona claims to have found someone braver than Cliff Hanger, Chicken Jane! Theo then points out a new Chicken Jane book in the library.
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Cartoon Fun with Chicken Jane: Chicken Jane and the Blizzard
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SCENE 4 (cont'd) Leona hopes that, after the events of the previous segment, Scot and Dot would warm up Chicken Jane in their tent.

Featured Stories[]

  • Here Come the Aliens! by Colin McNaughton
  • Abiyoyo by Pete Seeger


  • The entire first half of this episode would later be repeated as the second half of Charlie's Dinosaur/Here Come the Aliens.
  • Between the Lions is the second PBS show to feature the book Abiyoyo, following Reading Rainbow.