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Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West is the first episode of Between the Lions when it was made as the television series premiere.

Pecos Bill cleans up The West
Season 1, Episode 1 (show premier)
Air date April 3, 2000 (season premier)
Written by Joe Fallon
Directed by Lisa Simon
Episode guide
Episode 02: The Lost Rock
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Theo reads "How Pecos Bill Cleaned Up the West" to the gang, then they sing a song about how he was the best, then rest.
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Insert The grey hand (in it's first appearance) takes the letters e s and t to the first segment from "West".
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Muppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles: best
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Cartoon Colored patterns: best, bet, bell
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Celebrity Fred Says: bell
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Cartoon Water Deck: bell, bet, wet
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Muppets Gawain's Word: wet
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Muppets Arty Smartypants: nest, rest, resting, restaurant
Cartoon Colored Patterns (again): rest, best, bet, bed
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Cartoon The Adventures of Cliff Hanger: Cliff Hanger and the Bed
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SCENE 2 Lionel and Leona are practicing rope wrestling, until they capture a customer of the library, and when they find out about Pecos Bill, When Click drags and drops him out, a tornado comes out of the book!
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Insert Walter and Clay parody the song to "Buster is the Best", until the paper tornado hits Buster's hat and them away!
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Cartoon Replaced Sky Words: west, chest, chess, mess
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Muppets Martha Reader and The Vowelles (again): mess
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Dr. Ruth Wordheimer: impressive
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Celebrity Dr. Bertice Berry: yell
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Song What's Your Name: short e
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Cartoon The Un-People: undressed, redressed
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Muppets The Monkey Pop Up Theatre: Sven Said, Ted Send Ten Tents
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Insert The grey hand puts "est" back
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The tornado is still happening, so Cleo and Theo write a story and song called "How Pecos Bill cleaned up the library mess", then they send Lionel and Leona to bed.


  • Leona: (singing) Click clicked with her trickiest, slickest click / And dragged and dropped that twister quick.
  • Busterfield: I am not a cowboy. I am Barnaby B. "Don't Call Me Buster" Busterfield III, founder of this library. Get this hat off my head this instant!
  • Pecos Bill: Story's not true. Never happened. Never could happen. It's a tall tale. I'm just a paper hero.
  • Cleo: Stay calm. We're having a technical problem. A slight tornado. Perfectly harmless.
  • Theo: Bill said to Tess, "I must confess. If there's one thing I detest, it's a mess."
  • Theo: Pecos Bill was the best. The best in the west.
  • Cleo: Oh. Sweet Nursery Rhymes for Sleepy Cubs. Sounds nice, doesn't it, Leona?
  • Lionel: (singing) Gonna read a story before bed.
  • Female Monkey Singer: (singing) Let's start with our favorite vowel, a pretty good place to start.


During The Monkey Pop Up Theatre segment, the female monkey singer remarks the line, Let's start with our favorite vowel, a pretty good place to start. It is similar to Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to start From the song, Do Re Mi from the 1965 movie: The Sound of Music.

Video Edit

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Pecos Bill Cleans Up the West

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