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Performer:
Michael Earl • (1979-1981)
Richard Hunt • (1981-1992)
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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 11 through Season 23. After the death of his performer, Richard Hunt, Forgetful Jones stopped appearing as a major character, though he does continue to make occasional non-speaking appearances, such as the finale of Elmo Saves Christmas, a 2009 episode and Kinect Sesame Street TV.

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."


Sketches

Picture Summary / EKA Description
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.


Video: Old School: Volume 3

Forgetful Calls his Cousin
Episode 1927
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Name That Sound!: Honker
Episode 1957
Homer Honker honks when guessing sounds in this game show, but since Guy Smiley can't understand his honks, Homer 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 Homer brings, full of honkers).


Video: Let's Play Games (2008)

Brushing Teeth (remake)
Episode 2164
A remake of an earlier sketch, but with Richard Hunt as Forgetful Jones, Kevin Clash as Clementine, and Martin P. Robinson as Buster.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Clementine's Guessing Game
Episode 2233
Clementine plays a game with the viewers to see if they can guess what Forgetful Jones is riding on.
Forgetful Jones Forgets his Horse (remake)
Episode 2275
A remake of an earlier sketch, but with Richard Hunt as Forgetful Jones, Kevin Clash as Clementine and Martin P. Robinson as Buster.
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Kermit's Telephone Demo
Episode 2423
Kermit teaches viewers how to use a telephone, with "help" from Forgetful Jones.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Forgetful's Four Friends
Episode 2440
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
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In the Dark
Episode 2482
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!


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Oklahoma!
Episode 2594
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.


Video: Sesame Street: 40 Years of Sunny Days (2009),
Best of Sesame Street Spoofs! (2011)

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.


Video: Best of Sesame Street Spoofs!
Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Through the Door
Episode 2620
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!"
"What's the Name of That Song?"
Episode 2643
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)
SesameStreet's YouTube Channel (YouTube)

"I'm a Real Cowboy"
Episode 2682
Clementine and some cowboys sing a song to Forgetful Jones to remind him of what they are, but Forgetful keeps guessing different things.


Video: Kids' Favorite Country Songs (2007)

Mirror
Episode 2834
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.
Forgetful and Daniella: ME
Episode 2837
Once again, Forgetful has trouble understanding a word on a sign.
Bath Time
Episode 2881
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...


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

"Write it Down"
Episode 2864
Maria, Luis and Gordon appear as vaudville performers who, in song, suggest that Forgetful write things down in order to remember.
Around the Rock
Episode 3115
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.
Forgetful Jones Takes a Trip
Episode 3310
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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

Forgetful Jones Forgets his Horse 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.
Forgetful Forgets His Coat 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!
"I'll Never Forget the Day We First Met" Forgetful Jones sings a song to Clementine about the first time they met, but gets all of the details wrong.
Forgetful's Alphabet On the ranch, Forgetful is able to remember the entire alphabet. He does, however, forget one thing: that he was able to remember it.
Love Forgetful and Clementine talk about the word "love".
"Write it Down"
(Rap version)
Maria, Luis, David, and Forgetful Jones rap about writing things down.


Audio: Letters (computer game)
Online: Sesamestreet.org

Forgetful and Daniella: YES 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 is saying yes to telling him the word.
This is Your Story 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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

"I'll Always Remember I Love You" 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.


Online: Sesamestreet.org (SSvideo)

The Count Counts Forgotten Things The Count counts all of the things that Forgetful has forgotten.
Going on vacation 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.
Using Clues Clementine finds Forgetful once again in a situation he has no memory. She has him asses 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.

Filmography

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Video appearances

Book appearances

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