Shovel, Shovel, Toil and Trouble
Season 4, Episode 6a
Production Information

Charles A. Nichols
Ken Kessel (Supervising Director)


Libby Hinson

Prod code



October 12, 1991

Episode Chronology

Home is Where the Home Is


The Wise Have It

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


Gopher gets a new shovel, whom he names “Lucille”, decides to renovate the gang’s homes without permission. However, no one likes their "renovated" homes. Rabbit’s entire room is now a “Carrot Cellar” which is actually a pit. Pooh has an Olympic sized pool with no water in the pool. Tigger is left in bandages, and Piglet is left homeless because his house collapsed.


Rabbit, Piglet, Pooh, and Tigger are gathered at Gopher's tunnels to see Him open his package from “Hole’s ’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 makes a carrot cellar for Rabbit, but the latter never asked for one, so Gopher claimed it was Lucille’s idea. Later Gopher 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. Then it was Piglet is finally convinced Gopher’s “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 gets 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 could be a parody of Toys ’R’ Us.
  • This is the next episode since, A Bird in the Hand, that is only 11 minutes long.
  • The title is a pun off of "Double Double Toil and Trouble".