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123 Count With Me is a 1997 Sesame Street compilation video in which Ernie teaches everyone at the Furry Arms Hotel about counting.


Picture Segment Description
FRAME 1 As Ernie takes a walk down the street, he discovers a key on the sidewalk. He reads it and learns that it belongs to the Furry Arms Hotel. As he walks up the stairs, he wakes Benny Rabbit from his job.

FRAME 1 cont'd Ernie brings the key to Humphrey and Ingrid, who think he's come for a room and a meal at their "half-star" restaurant. Ernie denies and returns the key for room number 7. The clerks guess they can ask all the hotel patrons who lost their key, but Ernie offers an easier solution – put the key in the #7 mail box. Humphrey and Ingrid are amazed at how he knew that, when Benny hops in to tell them that he knew because of the number labels. Ernie proceeds to teach them how to count to 20 with a song ("That's How the Numbers Go"), with Benny joining along.
FRAME 1 cont'd A monster (Jim Martin) asks Benny (who's still singing and dancing) if he's seen his room key. Humphrey and Ingrid return it to him and remark how great Ernie would be if he worked in a hotel. Ernie says he'd love to. They then teach him their whole knowledge of the hotel business – anytime you need something, just ring the Dinger's bell. Ernie tries it out by ringing one time, which summons Benny with one bucket of ice.
Muppets A chorus line of numbers sing "One."
(First: Episode 1797)
The intro and closing scenes are cut and the entire audio track is rerecorded, with Ivy Austin replacing Fran Brill's original vocals.
FRAME 2 Ernie tries dinging twice, which makes Benny bring two towels.
Song Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)
FRAME 2 cont'd Benny yells to Ernie not to ring twice anymore. Ernie complies by ringing three times. Benny brings three un-needed pillows and comments how irritating his day is becoming.
Muppets The Counting Crows (actual crows) sing "Count it 1-2-3."
(First: Episode 3368)
New graphics added
Cartoon Number Guy: "How Many Elephants Can You Fit in a Room?" The answer is 4.
(First: Episode 3358)
Muppets "Elmo's Jive Five" (ending edited)
(First: Episode 2939)

FRAME 3 Benny chides Ernie for ringing five times now, as he has now brought five bars of the Hotel's own soap. Humphrey then gets a call from a room of penguins who order fish, fish, fish, fish, fish, and fish (6 fish). Ernie helps him count how many that is. Ernie then proceeds to ring the Dinger's bell some more.
Muppets Elmo and Seven Goldfish sing.
(First: Episode 2734)
Film Eight children dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3115)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)
Count vacation.JPG
Muppets The Count sings about his "Counting Vacation."
(First: Episode 3367)
FRAME 4 Benny has now brought 10 glasses of milk, which Ernie doesn't need.
FRAME 4 cont'd Humphrey and Ingrid watch as three dogs rip apart the lobby furniture. Ernie suggests they get them a bone instead. However, they move so much that Humphrey can't keep count. Ernie calls the dogs into his arms and counts them. Humphrey leaves to get the bones in the kitchen, with each dog latching onto him.
Cartoon Rap #11
(First: Episode 2531)
Muppets "Honk Around the Clock"
(First: Episode 1631)
Ending cut
Animation Thirteen hamburgers dance around.
(First: Episode 2785)
FRAME 5 Ernie wants to ding the bell 14 times now, but the Dinger wants to do it himself. Benny comes in with 14 pieces of luggage and goes mad when he finds Ernie still dinging, but Ernie claims it was the Dinger who rang this time. Benny collapses under the luggage.
Cartoon Number creatures #14
(First: Episode 2712)
FRAME 6 The Dinger wants Ernie to ring more, but he thinks Benny's getting sick of it. Ernie compromises and dings 15 times. Benny laughs, as now they've summoned 15 elephants, however, Ernie only counts 14 in the line. The last one then pushes Benny away with him.
Animation Masked March #15
(First: Episode 3375)
FRAME 7 Humphrey and Ingrid thank Ernie for teaching them how to count and want to count more things, but they find nothing else in the lobby to do so. Ernie takes them outside and sings "Count with Me" as they count the various kids, things, and monsters.


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