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"Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble" is the first segment of the sixth episode of The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. It originally aired on October 12, 1991.


Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, and Tigger are gathered at Gopher's tunnels to see Him open his package from "Holes 'R' Us." In it is a shovel, whom Gopher names "Lucille". The next day, Piglet comes to admire Lucille and suggest they go digging. Starting with Rabbit, Gopher make's a carrot cellar for Rabbit, but the latter never asked for one, so Gopher claimed it was Lucille's idea. Gopher later gives Pooh a "Olympic sized pool", though it turns out that he actually dug up a cliff next to Pooh's house. Later that day, Piglet is doing laundry when Gopher tells him that his turn to get his house renovated will be after Tigger's. Piglet asks Gopher if Gopher ask permission from Tigger. Gopher assures Piglet he'll enjoy it. However, Rabbit and Pooh are fed up with Gopher's 'renovations' of their houses, though Piglet tries to assure Rabbit that he isn't hurting any of them, until an angry Tigger comes bandaged up with several injuries thanks to Gopher's 'renovations' at Tigger's house. With that in mind, Rabbit, Tigger, and Pooh decide to have Gopher stop his 'renovations' for good. As Piglet goes home, he find it renovated thanks to Gopher, and it caused it to fall down, leaving Piglet homeless. It was then Piglet is finally convinced Gophers "renovations" are not so successful and that Rabbit is right about him going to far overboard. So he steals Lucille, much to Gopher's horror. Piglet digs himself into a hole, and Gopher had come to the rescue. Piglet confesses he took Lucille and pretend there's a Yellow-Belly-Shovel stealer, and tells everyone that Lucille get's a rest, until he mentions what he's got in mind to buy next.



Voice actor Character
Jim Cummings Winnie the Pooh and Tigger
John Fiedler Piglet
Ken Sansom Rabbit
Michael Gough Gopher


  • Holes 'R' us is a parody of Toys 'R' Us.

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