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, a 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 did continue to make occasional non-speaking appearances, such as the finale of Elmo Saves Christmas and a 2009 episode.
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."
|Picture||Summary||Earliest Known Appearance||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.|
|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.
|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).
|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.
|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.
|Kermit's Telephone Demo||Episode 2423|| Kermit teaches viewers how to use a telephone, with "help" from Forgetful Jones.
|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: to explain what subtraction is.
|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!
|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.
|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.
|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.
|"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.
|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. She is surprised to find that he was talking about his new friend, until 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...
|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.
|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 helps him realize that 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.|
|Love||Forgetful and Clementine talk about the word "love".|
|"Write it Down"|| Maria, Luis, David, and Forgetful Jones rap about writing things down. Another version done in a vaudeville style features Maria, Luis, and Gordon (dressed in vaudeville attire) singing the song to teach Forgetful how to remember things.
|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.
|"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.
|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.|
- The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)
- Follow That Bird (1985)
- The Muppets: A Celebration of Thirty Years (1986)
- A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
- Let's Learn to Play Together
- Sesame Street: 20 and Still Counting (1989)
- Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake (1991)
- Sesame Street Jam: A Musical Celebration (1993)
- Elmo Saves Christmas (1996)
- Elmopalooza (1998)
- City (1982)
- Bert's Big Band Paint-with-Water Book (1983 reprint)
- Trace & Color (1984)
- Welcome Home, Big Bird (1985)
- Grover's Guide to Good Manners (1992) -- in this book, Forgetful's skin tone is green.
- Clap Your Hands! (2002)