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Fraggle Rock
Air Date January 31, 1983
Written by Jocelyn Stevenson
Director Perry Rosemond

Flex works undercover.

Superstitious Boober goes to the Trash Heap for advice on how to be brave, and she tells him to "Always wear a hat." Boober is thrilled with this advice, convinced that his hat magically makes him strong and brave, but he falls into despair when he loses the hat upon being blown onto Flex Doozer by the Blustering Bellowpane Monster.

Meanwhile, Doc invents a Stave-Shaver and a Barrel Scraper. The part with Sprocket attempting to catch Gobo Fraggle during his retrieval of Uncle Traveling Matt's postcard causes Sprocket to lose Doc's Stave-Shaver.


Boober, minus his "newfound bravado".

Mokey gives Boober a makeshift hat.

  • An old Fraggle presides over the meeting in this episode, but he's not the World's Oldest Fraggle; that character won't appear until "The Finger of Light."
  • In this episode, individual Doozers are referred to by name for the first time: their names include Angle Doozer, Board Doozer, Derrick Doozer and Flex. With the notable exception of Flex, who spends most of the episode wandering around under Boober's hat, the Doozers are seen mostly speaking in unison, as if they have no individual personalities. As the Doozers develop later on in the series, this feature is dropped, and each Doozer became an individual.
  • Another notable element of this episode is that Fraggle Rock seems really brightly lit; for an underground world, the Fraggles certainly get a lot of sunlight.
  • This episode was recorded on April 21, 1982 as the third.
  • Portions from this, the next episode, and "New Trash Heap in Town" were used for the unfilmed demo recordings of the show's theme song that were shown in the Dance Your Cares Away: Evolution of Fraggle Rock Theme Song bonus feature from the Fraggle Rock: Complete Series Collection.

International versions

  • French version: Croquette is carefully cataloguing his stamp collection, with the air of an expert philatelist. His endeavours are interrupted by Doc, who desperately seeks a special whisk, to prepare Uncle Georges' famous cocktail. The bridging Gobo footage likewise replaces the prop. Meanwhile, in Outer Space, Uncle Matt strolls in what appears to be the vicinity of Notre Dame, with bells ringing behind them. Encountering a street artist, Matt is presented with his portrait, but is less impressed since he can find a better likeness of himself in a reflective store window.


Supporting Cast

Video releases

International episode titles

  • Denmark: "Uden en hat" (Without a hat)
  • Finland: "Buuberin hattu" (Boober's hat)
  • France: "Pas la peine sans ta casquette" (No Worries Without Your Hat) (Video title "Le Chapeau Magique" [The Magic Hat])
  • Germany: "Geh nie ohne Hut" (Never Go Without a Hat)
  • Japan: "帽子がγͺγ‘γ‚Šγ‚ƒ" (Without a Hat)
  • Netherlands: "Dat kan je niet zonder pet" (That cannot be without a cap)
  • Norway: "Det gΓ₯r ikke uten hatt" (It does not go without a hat)
  • Poland: "Bez czapki ani rusz" (Without the caps, or move)
  • Portugal: "O ChapΓ©u da Coragem" (The Hat of Courage)
  • Spain: "No puedes hacerlo sin un sombrero"
  • Sweden: "Boobers hatt" (Boober's hat)

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