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Forgetful Jones and his dad
Air date April 11, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors D, M, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Linda and Gordon teach the Two-Headed Monster the sign for "opposite," then how to sign various kinds of opposites.
Cartoon A small frog is jealous of how big an ox is, so he expands himself into a very large, round frog. He becomes so self-important and big he ends up exploding.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0660)
8 balls of fur.JPG
Muppets Little Chrissy sings "Eight Balls of Fur."
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon A short bird stands under a tall bird, which lays an egg on its head.
(First: Episode 0303)
Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
(First: Episode 2668)
Cartoon Small b is a boy with a belly who walks a small d, a dog with a belly turned around.
Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1186)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert decide to use both Bert's canvas and Ernie's paints to paint a picture of something. Bert wants to paint a bowl of oatmeal, but Ernie wants to paint a purple monster. Finally, they decide to paint a purple monster eating a bowl of oatmeal.
(First: Episode 1446)
Cartoon A boy has fun with his wood plank.
(First: Episode 1503)

SCENE 2 Hiroshi finds Uncle Wally peeking into his cupped hands, where Wally claims to have the alphabet. Hiroshi thinks this is another one of his gags and walks off laughing. Uncle Wally shows the viewer each letter one by one as they fly from his hands, then back into his pocket.
Animation In stop-motion, blocks stack and arrange themselves to form zoo cages, arches, and a whole city.
Artist: Al Jarnow
(First: Episode 1459)
Muppets Annette Monster and Frankie Monster sing "Love the Ocean" to urge others to "show respect for the sea" and refrain from throwing trash in the water.
(First: Episode 2680)
Cartoon "Find the Opposite"
(EKA: Episode 2362)
Muppets Grover sits in a park and recites a poem about a butterfly that he sees.
(First: Episode 1967)
Film A film of butterflies
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0406)
Cartoon M in space
(First: Episode 0516)

Muppets / Celebrity Fish seller Trasha (Tracey Ullman) gives some Grouchy voice lessons to Grundgetta, while Oscar watches. They are shocked to learn Trasha wasn't always so Grouchy and flashes back to her mentor, Professor Piggens (played by a Cockney Oscar). He teaches her a Grouchy song - "Grouches in the South of France." After the flashback, Grundgetta begins to get the hang of the accent.
(First: Episode 2584)
Film Kids compare animals and human tools and technology.
(First: Episode 0491)
Muppets Telly sounds out the word COLD and is struck with a snow storm.
(First: Episode 1543)
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep. (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 2188)
Beat The Time.JPG
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
Film Alphaquest - Letter D: dry dusty desert, drums, dance, dinosaur
Cartoon A man slips on his daughter's skate, and she points out that it makes him feel angry.
(First: Episode 0542)
SCENE 3 Gordon, Hiroshi and Susan back up Forgetful Jones as he sings a tribute to his dear, drummer and driver. The others point out that he should be singing about his dad, who Forgetful claims had those positions.
Cartoon Speech Balloon: M for Mail
(First: Episode 0013)
Cast Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a square.
(First: Episode 1276)
Film A young girl talks about her friend, Joe, who's training to be a fireman.
(First: Episode 1859)
Cartoon "Candy Man"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0359)
SCENE 4 Forgetful Jones is joined by his dad at the drums, where they react to the word "DAD" appearing on-screen.
Cartoon The Great Inventors Series: Willy Pinkham, intern at the rubber glove factory, invents the balloon.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2579)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Bein' a Pig."
(First: Episode 2356)
Muppets An Anything Muppet asks another "Is this the D train?" A subway train then arrives, letting out several letter Ds.
(First: Episode 1493)
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ...
(First: Episode 0821)
SCENE 5 A daddy Honker plays a hand-nose-honking game with his infant and the two react to the word "DAD" appearing above them.
Cartoon A needle and spool of thread cooperate to fix the king's torn pants.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1485)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(First: Episode 2062)
Cartoon What's missing? (a baby)
(First: Episode 2023)
Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2232)
SCENE 6 In front of a crowd of kids, Forgetful Jones' dad reminds them all to brush their teeth. Forgetful always remembers to do this, only forgetting when to stop. Gordon announces the sponsors.


  • In the original script for the episode, the scene with the Honkers involved Gordon and Miles instead.

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