To Clean or Not to Clean
Season 4, Episode 39
Vital statistics
Air date May 20, 2002
April 12, 2006 (Reruns)
Written by P. Kevin Strader (and Co-Producer)
Lindsey Aikens and Chris Hoey (Script Supervisors)
Andy Yerkes (Producer)
Erica Levin (Coordinating Producer and Produced by)
Richard A. Fernandes (Produced by)
Directed by Mitchell Kriegman (Created by and Executive Producer)
Dean Gordon (Associate Director)
Tom Guadarrama (Technical Director)
Peter Hefter, Ron Lantz and Victor Smith (Audio Engineers)
Jim Washburn (Utility)
Robert J. Lory (Booth P.A.)
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To Clean or Not to Clean is the 39th episode of Season 4, 159th episode overall.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Bear returns to The Big Blue House from a business trip for Bearcraft Tools to find that everything's a mess. He left Lois in charge while he was away and it seems she was perfectly willing to go along with the kids' idea of not cleaning up so that they'd have more time to play. Now Ojo and Treelo are missing their toys --- Snow Bear and Rockboy, Pip and Pop have been stuck in one spot playing an increasingly boring game of tag and Tutter's trapped in the cheese drawer. Bear talks things over with everyone and they begin to see that maybe their time-saving idea is actually wasting time. Then they have the same sort of idea about taking a bath, but Bear helps them by getting them to visualize what would happen if they stopped taking baths. In the Shadow Segment, Shadow sings a song or tells a story about how to make doing chores fun.

Songs[edit | edit source]


Other Languages[edit | edit source]

Bear's Sense of Smell[edit | edit source]

Fuzzy Warm Blanket Smell

Credits[edit | edit source]

To Clean or Not to Clean (Credits)

Outtakes[edit | edit source]

To Clean or Not to Clean (Outtakes)

Notes[edit | edit source]

  • This episode features the same set of songs heard in the episode "Woodland House Wonderful" from the third season.
  • The title references one of William Shakespeare's most famous lines: To be or not to be….
  • The end stock footage is from "Woodland House Wonderful".

Shadow's Appearance[edit | edit source]

Different Living Room Wall

Quotes[edit | edit source]

Transcript[edit | edit source]

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