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Sesame Street
David leaves Cookie Monster in charge of Hooper's Store
Air date January 24, 1975
Season Season 6 (1974-1975)
Directed by Robert Myhrum
Production October 9, 1974
Sponsors M, O, 6
Releases HBO Max

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 David gets a call from his mother that her pipes have burst and need to be fixed right away. He can't leave Hooper's Store unattended so he asks Susan and Luis to look after things, but they're busy (even Big Bird has to help his cousin Timalina put her nest back together). Cookie Monster has quietly been standing by the whole time and offers to look after the store. David laughs this off because he knows Cookie Monster can't be trusted alone with all the cookies in the store. Nevertheless, Cookie swears "monster's honor" with a brief ritual and David decides to take a chance. Alone in the store, smelling the open case of nearby cookies, Cookie wonders what he's gotten himself into.
Muppets The Twiddlebugs try to get to the zoo.
(First: Episode 0603)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 0655)
Cartoon Olga y la letra O
(First: Episode 0364)
Cartoon O limerick
(First: Episode 0146)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” When it's Ernie's turn to get a newspaper from Hooper's Store, Ernie decides to plan everything he may need. He gets his scarf and hat and earmuffs in case it snows, his umbrella if it starts to rain, sunglasses and suntan cream if it's a sunny day, and a flashlight if it gets dark.
(First: Episode 0093)
Cartoon Jazz #6
(First: Episode 0011)
Cartoon A fat man and a small man demonstrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 0525)
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SCENE 2 To distract himself from the cookies, Cookie Monster shows the viewer how a cash register works. This fills some time, but he looks back to the cookies and remembers how hungry he is. He reiterates his oath to not eat any cookies, but notes that he never promised not to eat the cash register. So, he does.
Film Shopping for soup ingredients.
(First: Episode 0515)
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Muppets Grover volunteers to assist the Amazing Mumford in his rhyming magic trick, making three things come out of his hat that rhyme with "knee". Grover guesses the first one (key), but doesn't get the last two (ski and tree) right.
(First: Episode 0455)
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon OPEN -- "Would you mind closing our OPEN?"
(First: Episode 0512)
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SCENE 3 To continue taking his mind off of eating cookies, Cookie Monster plays "Three of These Things" with the display of cookies, a frying pan, an electric mixer, and a toaster. Again he commits himself to not eating the cookies, but reminds himself of making no promise about the other items. He eats those as well.
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Animation Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
Cartoon A little girl imagines what would happen if she dropped her bag of ping pong balls.
(First: Episode 0583)
Muppets Ernie is a coach for his baseball team of three balls. In front of him are three small caps and a huge cap. Each of the balls tries on the big cap and gets completely covered up. Ernie puts the small caps on them, and they're ready to start. As Ernie wonders where that huge cap came from, a basketball named Big Bill (captain of the opposing team) bounces in, demanding his cap back. Ernie ends up postponing the game once he sees the competition.
(First: Episode 0478)
Cast A Howard Cosell-type announcer narrates as athlete Maria subtracts a chair from a group of three.
(First: Episode 0431)
Film / Cartoon The letter O introduces many words he starts.
(First: Episode 0621)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
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SCENE 4 Still looking for distractions from eating cookies, Cookie decides to do something Count von Count taught him: he'll count things. After he counts the stools at the counter, he has another idea: he'll eat the four stools in Hooper's Store.
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Animation Dot & Hill C-1
(First: Episode 0164)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy and girl have a conversation using the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0273)
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Insert Musical Bridge #2: close-ups of guitars, an organ, and drums.
(First: Episode 0632)
Muppets Herry Monster holds a sign with the word "NO" on it and tells Ernie that he can make him read his sign. Ernie replies "Oh no you can't!", and eventually gets the joke. He tries it on Bert, but the gag backfires when Bert bets he can get Ernie to read the sign.
(First: Episode 0416)
Animation The story of Dan and Nan, as told with words ending in "an."
(First: Episode 0450)
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
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SCENE 5 David has taken longer than Cookie Monster thought he would. Having exhausted several methods of passing the time, he commits to leaving the cookies alone by setting them aside out of his way. The pastries safe from his coming rampage, Cookie Monster declares with gusto that he will now eat... the store.
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Animation Dot & Hill C-2
(First: Episode 0164)
Cartoon A mouse takes a bite out of a good-smelling M.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
Cartoon Today's Secret Drawing: the letter M
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 6 David returns from cleaning up his mother's flooded apartment and parks his bike next to the store. He greets Cookie Monster at the window and commends him for keeping his promise not to eat the cookies. His mind on the ordeal he just dealt with, he enters the store closing the door behind him. By the time he reaches the back wall, he slowly begins to realize the space around him is empty. Slowly losing his sanity, David cries his way through asking Cookie Monster what happened while he was gone. Cookie asks him not to get excited, but explains that although he gave monster's honor to not eat the cookies, he made no such pledge about not eating the store.

David continues to break down as Susan and Luis enter the back door, immediately see what's happened, and do their best to console David. They assure him that they'll rebuild, while Luis hands a hammer to Cookie Monster to help (he instinctly begins to eat it). Cookie Monster asks David that since he did so good watching the store, can he now eat the cookies for dessert?

Cartoon Jazz #6 (repeat)
Muppets Maria tells the story of "The King's Problem".
(First: Episode 0407)
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SCENE 7 David is in a trance, unable to accept the reality of Cookie Monster having eaten the entire store. Luis assures him that the stuff they're using to rebuild looks just like the old stuff. David stares into the distance and repeats the events that have transpired. Cookie asks Susan if David is going to be alright and continues working as Big Bird announces the sponsors (M, O, 6). The credits follow.

CLOSING SIGNS David holds up the Sesame Street sign, while Luis and Susan hold up the CTW sign at the end.


  • Hooper's Store would again need rebuilding after falling apart in Episode 2791. The repair process in the week-long storyline would involve more than two people in the community.

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