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PERFORMER Michael Earl 1980-1981
  Richard Hunt 1981-1992
DEBUT 1980
PATTERN Large Lavender Live Hand

Forgetful Jones is a cowboy, so named because he always forgets everything. He has two horses — Buster, and Buster's brother Whatshisname. Forgetful's longtime girlfriend is Clementine. He has a mother, father, a cousin, an uncle, and a great-great grandfather.

Forgetful Jones appeared regularly on Sesame Street from Season 12 through Season 23. After the death of his performer, Richard Hunt, Forgetful Jones stopped appearing as a major character, though he has continued to make occasional non-speaking appearances. Such cameos include the finale of Elmo Saves Christmas, in a flashback sequence in Episode 4197, some Season 45 episodes, and in a 2018 web video "12 Days of Christmas Cookies." He made a speaking appearance in Kinect Sesame Street TV, performed by Matt Vogel.[1]

Muppet Workshop designer and builder Laurent Linn discussed the puppeteer's approach to the character in the book Quilting with the Muppets: "Forgetful Jones...brought out more of the simple, sweet side of Richard, in the midst of some of his other more outrageous characters."

According to Episode 1561, Forgetful actually lives about 40 miles away from Sesame Street.

Sketches

Picture Summary / EKA Description
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Brushing Teeth
Episode 1446
Clementine reminds Forgetful Jones to do something before going to bed, something that involves teeth. Forgetful tries to remember, and eventually figures that he has to brush Buster's teeth.
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Taking Care of a Dog
Episode 1452
Forgetful Jones tells Clementine he's taking care of Barkley and shows her that he's remembered everything he needs - a leash, bone and ball. Clementine points out the most important thing he's forgotten - the dog!
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Horse Story
Episode 1465
Clementine finds Forgetful once again in a situation where he has no memory. She has him assess the clues to remember - he's sitting in a great chair for reading, has a lamp for reading and a book. Forgetful finally remembers - Buster was reading him a book.
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Forgetful's Alphabet
Episode 1472
On the ranch, Forgetful is able to remember the entire alphabet. He does, however, forget one thing: that he was able to remember it.
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Forgetful Jones Forgets his Horse
Episode 1481
Forgetful Jones needs something to ride around the ranch. Clementine gives him clues: It has four legs and a bushy tail, eats hay, and neighs. It's his horse Buster, who arrives with the jeep.
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Forgetful Forgets His Coat
Episode 1488
It's a chilly winter day, and Forgetful is freezing. Clementine tells him it's because an important piece of clothing is missing from his attire. Once Forgetful realizes that he's missing his coat, he goes inside to get it...but forgets how to open the door, and crashes through it!
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"Who Could Forget the Day That We Met"
Episode 1497
Forgetful Jones sings a song to Clementine about the first time they met, but gets all of the details wrong.
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"Song of Forgetful Jones"
Episode 1510
Forgetful tries singing the song to Clementine, but needs help remembering the song's original context.
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Forgetful Jones Takes a Trip
Episode 1654
Clementine and Buster get on a train, and try to tell Forgetful Jones that he's supposed to get on the train with them, but Forgetful Jones would much rather remember on his own why he's at the train station. The train leaves just as Forgetful remembers why he's there.
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Forgetful Calls his Cousin
Episode 1657
Clementine reminds Forgetful Jones to call his cousin on her birthday (even though he's got a ribbon tied to his finger and to the phone). When he calls, his equally forgetful cousin doesn't remember having a cousin, and asks him to describe what he looks like.
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Bath Time
Episode 1666
Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath time, that is...
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In the Dark
Episode 1690
Forgetful Jones, Clementine and Buster are in the dark because Forgetful forgot to turn something on. It's not the water, the electric fan or the radio ... it's the light!
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"What's the Name of That Song?"
Episode 1696
At the saloon, Clementine asks for Forgetful to sing a song. Buster plays "What's the Name of That Song?" on the piano, and the crowd (including a cow) sings along, but Forgetful keeps asking what the name of the song is.
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This is Your Story
Episode 1700
Guy Smiley hosts "This is Your Story" and salutes Forgetful Jones, with visits from his parents, a teacher and his Uncle Ned (whom he continually guesses for every other voice). Guy gives Forgetful Jones a photo album so next time he can actually recognize his loved ones.
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"I'll Always Remember I Love You"
Episode 1813
Forgetful Jones forgets to pick up Clementine, who is upset that he always forgets things. Forgetful then sings to her, letting her know that he always remembers that he loves her. After the song, Clementine comments that it's her best birthday ever, reminding Forgetful why he has a box with him.
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Love
Episode 1844
Forgetful and Clementine talk about the word "love".
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Kermit's Movie
Episode 1922
Director Kermit is making a western film with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter through the saloon doors and shout, "Everybody freeze!" Of course, he forgets this, and instead enters under, around and over the door. He gets the line right for the first three takes, but when he finally goes through the door: "Everybody ... frolic!"
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Name That Sound!: Honker
Episode 1957
Mr. Honker honks when guessing sounds in this game show, but since Guy Smiley can't understand his honks, the Honker brings the objects in. Sounds include a cow (to which he brings in Gladys the Cow), a horse (to which he brings in Buster the Horse, accompanied by Forgetful Jones, who forgets whether or not he's a horse), and a fire engine (which Mr. Honker brings, full of honkers).
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"I'm a Real Cowboy"
Episode 1965
Clementine and some cowboys sing a song to Forgetful Jones to remind him of what they are, but Forgetful keeps guessing different things.
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Kermit's Telephone Demo
Episode 1977
Kermit teaches viewers how to use a telephone, with "help" from Forgetful Jones.
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Forgetful and Daniella: YES
Episode 2053
Forgetful asks a girl named Daniela if she will tell him the word on a sign, which says "Yes". But every time she tells him the word, he thinks she's saying yes to telling him the word.
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Brushing Teeth (remake)
Episode 2068
A remake of an earlier sketch, but with Richard Hunt as Forgetful Jones, Kevin Clash as Clementine, and Martin P. Robinson as Buster.
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Forgetful Jones Forgets his Horse (remake)
Episode 2081
A remake of an earlier sketch, but with Richard Hunt as Forgetful Jones, Kevin Clash as Clementine and Martin P. Robinson as Buster.
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Forgetful's Four Friends
Episode 2165
Forgetful has gathered Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe and Keshia Knight Pulliam to help him with something, but he can't remember what it is. One by one, each kid has to leave, leaving Forgetful alone. At the last minute, Forgetful remembers what he wanted the kids to help him with: subtraction. But now he can't remember what he wanted to subtract.
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Clementine's Guessing Game
Episode 2218
Clementine plays a game with the viewers to see if they can guess what Forgetful Jones is riding on.
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Forgetful and Daniella — NO
Episode 2293
Muppet & Kid Moments: Forgetful asks Daniela what word is written on a "No" sign, but he thinks she is refusing to tell him.
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"Write it Down"
Episode 2295
Maria, Luis and Gordon appear as vaudeville performers who, in song, suggest that Forgetful write things down in order to remember.
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"Write it Down" (Rap version)
Episode 2345
Maria, Luis, David, and Forgetful Jones rap about writing things down.
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Going on vacation
Episode 2470
Forgetful Jones and his mother are trying to figure out which one of them was going on a cruise ship. Forgetful checks the suitcase and discovers that it holds his mother's clothes, so it is she who is going on the cruise. As they get interrupted, they both forget what they were doing and end up waving to the people on the boat and wish them a happy vacation.
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Oklahoma!
Episode 2544
Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Ache-lahoma!", "Eeklahoma!" and "Ike-lahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
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Around the Rock
Episode 2586
Forgetful Jones and Clementine ride on horseback, and come across a rock. Clementine consults her book, The Cowgirl's Companion, to figure out how to handle a rock in your trail: go around it.
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High 12
Episode 2614
In a parody of High Noon, Clementine doesn't want Forgetful to meet Sinister Sam, the meanest man in the west, at the train station at twelve, especially since it is their wedding day. Forgetful and Buster convince her that "A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do". When Sam shows up, he tells Forgetful, in a threatening manner, that he has something to say: That it's nice of him to remember to meet him at the train station.
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Forgetful and Daniella: ME
Episode 2709
Once again, Forgetful has trouble understanding a word on a sign.
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Mirror
Episode 2798
Forgetful is about to eat a sandwich Clementine made for him, when he observes a cowboy who looks just like him in the mirror. He invites the other cowboy to lunch. He goes into the kitchen to tell Clementine to make another sandwich for a special cowboy. He shows her his new friend, but she explains that it's just his reflection. Disheartened, Forgetful wonders who will eat the second sandwich, and Clementine reminds him of someone within earshot. Forgetful then opens the door to let Buster eat the sandwich and asks Clementine if she'd like to join them.
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Letter R Forgetful and Daniella talk about the letter R.

Filmography

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Video appearances

Book appearances

Sources

  1. Matt Vogel on Twitter

See also

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