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"I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato"
Season 1, episode 1
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I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato is the very first episode of Charlie and Lola.


Charlie has to make dinner for Lola, but she's a very picky eater and refuses to eat carrots, peas, mashed potatoes, fish sticks and her least favourite food, tomatoes (although she has never tried these foods before). So Charlie tricks Lola into eating the foods she "hates" by changing their names: Carrots to "Orange Twiglets from Outer Space", Peas to "Green Drops from Green Land", Mashed Potatoes to "Cloud Fluff", and Fish Sticks to "Ocean Nibbles from under the sea".


The episode begins with Charlie Sonner telling us that his sister, Lola Sonner, is a fussy eater, and she won't even eat tomatoes, even though she's never tried one before. Charlie gives her a bag of carrots, but she says that carrots are for rabbits and "she doesn't ever eat carrots." So Charlie plays a trick on Lola. He tells Lola that the carrots are Orange Twiglets from Jupiter. Lola takes a bite out of a carrot and says "Not bad."

The camera cuts to a plate of peas. One of the peas has Lola's face on it and says, "Don't even think about giving me a pea." Lola doesn't want any peas because they're "too small and too green". Once again, Charlie tricks Lola and tells her that the peas are Green Drops from Green Land. So, Lola decides to have one pea and finds out it's tasty.

Soon after, Lola spies a potato and warns us, "I will not eat potato, so don't even try." She doesn't even want to eat mash. Charlie tells her it's Cloud Fluff from the Pointiest Peak of Mount Fuji. Again, Lola likes it.

After that, Lola notices fish fingers and tells Charlie that "they look like fish fingers to (her) and (she) would never eat a fish finger. Again, Charlie says fish fingers are Ocean Nibbles from Under the Sea which mermaids eat. Lola says she always eats what mermaids eat.

Lola enjoys her meal of the foods she'd eaten throughout the story, but she still refuses to eat a tomato. She asks Charlie to give her a Moon Squirter. It's soon revealed to be actually a tomato, due to Lola tricking Charlie back, much to Charlie's dismay.

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  • Moral: It's good to try new foods.
  • Running Gag: After Lola tries a new food each, she notices a tomato on the table and gets rid of it.
  • This episode was adapted from Lauren Child's first Charlie and Lola book.
  • When Charlie and Lola sang out "Yum-a-lay-hee-hoo" after trying the clouds (mash because Charlie wanted Lola to eat it), it was a pun on the most common yodelling sound "Yo-da-lay-hee-hoo" because they pretended (or supposedly "imagined") they were on top of Mount Fuji. This is a reference to what yodelling originally was meant to be a form of singing used for communication on the top of the mountain although because it was very song-like, it was used in songs created in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland of course, where it remains the most common folk-singing in those three European countries.
  • Charlie and Lola often use their tablecloth as an imaginary ocean, since it has blue lines that look like waves.
  • On BBC iPlayer, this episode is seen as the 6th episode of Season 1, despite being the 1st episode of Season 1 overall.


I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato/Transcript

Episode List
I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato | I Can Do Anything That's Everything All on My Own | I Am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed | But That is My Book | There is Only One Sun and That is Me! | We Do Promise Honestly We Can Look After Your Dog | I've Won, No I've Won, No I've Won | I Like My Hair Completely the Way It Is | I'm Really Ever So Not Well | I Am Hurrying I'm Almost Nearly Ready | BOO! Made You Jump! | The Most Wonderfullest Picnic in the Whole Wide World | It Wasn't Me! | It's a Secret... | I Love Going to Granny and Grandpa's It's Just That... | I Do Not Ever, Never Want My Wobbly Tooth to Fall Out | Say "Cheese" | I'm Just Not Keen on Spiders | Snow is My Favourite and My Best | You Won't Like This Present as Much as I Do! | I Must Take Completely Everything | I Want to Play Music Too | I'm Far Too Extremely Busy | I Want to Be Much More Bigger Like You | My Little Town | But I Am an Alligator
It is Absolutely Completely Not Messy | I Spy with My Little Eyes | I Am Extremely Magic | This is Actually My Party | How Many More Minutes? | I Am Collecting a Collection | My Best Best Bestest Friend | Lucky, Lucky Me | I Just Love My Red Shiny Shoes | I Really Wonder What Plant I'm Growing | Charlie is Broken! | I Will Be Especially, Very Careful | Yes I Am, No You're Not | I Am Really, Really, Really Concentrating | Will You Please Stop Messing About | I Completely Know About Guinea Pigs | What If I Get Lost in the Middle of Nowhere? | Welcome to Lolaland | Please May I Have Some of Yours? | Can You Maybe Turn the Light On? | You Can Be My Friend | I Wish I Could Draw Exactly More Like You | Never Ever Never Step on the Cracks | I Will Not Ever Never Forget You, Nibbles | Look After Your Planet | Too Many Big Words
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I Really Absolutely Must Have Glasses | Thunder Completely Does Not Scare Me | I Slightly Want to Go Home | I Am Extremely Absolutely Boiling | I Can Train Your Dog | Do Not Ever Never Let Go | Our Shop Sells Everything | I Am Inventing a Usefullish Invention | But We Always Do It Like This | I Can't Stop Hiccupping! | I Am Completely Hearing and Also Listening | But I Don't Really Like This Present | I Can Dance Like a Dancer | Help! I Really Mean It! | I Would Like to Actually Keep It | It's Raining, It's Boring | I Am Goody the Good | It is Very Special and Extremely Ancient | What Can I Wear for Halloween? | But Marv is Absolutely Charlie's Best Friend | I Am Making a Craze | But Where Completely Are We? | I Really, Really Need Actual Ice Skates | I Wish I Could Do That And Also That Too | I Am Going to Save a Panda | I've Got Nobody to Play With