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Sesame Street
Mrs. Sharp helps out at Hooper's Store
Air date January 21, 1977
Season Season 8 (1976-1977)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors A, I, 8

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Mr. Hooper struggles to fill orders in Hooper's Store. He explains to Maria that David called out sick, so he's hired someone from a temp agency to help out for the day. He continues to rush around when a woman comes in and tries to get his attention. He asks her to wait her turn as he continues; the woman patiently continuing to intercede. Finally he slows down long enough for her to introduce herself: her name is Mrs. Sharp and she was sent by the temp agency in response to Mr. Hooper's request for help.
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Muppets Super Grover: Grover Kent sees a lost little girl in trouble and tries to find a phone booth to change in, the same one she wants to use to call home.
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SCENE 2 As Mrs. Sharp asks Mr. Hooper to show her where everything in the store is, a delivery man (played by Jerry Nelson making a cameo) leaves a bag of bird seed outside the front door. Mrs. Sharp believes she can handle carrying a bag of birdseed, until she realizes it's the one hundred pound bag that Mr. Hooper orders every week for Big Bird. She scoffs at the idea of a bird so large, until Big Bird appears behind her and introduces himself. Mrs. Sharp is taken over nearly speechless at his size.
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Music: Joe Raposo
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SCENE 3 Mrs. Sharp shows Mr. Hooper how to operate a take-a-number machine. He sees that the store is in good hands, so he goes out to the arbor to study. The Count walks into the store and immediately becomes enamoured with the machine. His lightning and thunder prompts Mrs. Sharp to alert Mr. Hooper of his arrival, but he tells her not to worry; he's a regular customer. When she hears the machine ringing, she assumes she has a lot of customers, but upon her return, she finds The Count flipping through numbers on the machine and counting the tickets it produces.
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SCENE 4 After Big Bird describes Mr. Snuffleupagus to Mrs. Sharp, she retreats to the arbor again to consult Mr. Hooper, who is still studying. Snuffy arrives at the store and gets stuck in the door (leaving some fur behind) so he leans in the window to enjoy an enormous bowl of spaghetti Mrs. Sharp has prepared. He finishes up and leaves with his musical theme just as Mrs. Sharp returns to find an empty bowl left on the counter. When she remembers Big Bird doesn't eat spaghetti, notices the fur stuck in the doorway, and recalls hearing a musical sound, she questions herself, "Mr. Snuffleupagus?"
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SCENE 5 Mrs. Sharp returns from making a delivery and prepares to clean up to finish out the day, but Mr. Hooper, Big Bird, Maria, and the kids have surprised her with a party as thanks for helping out today. She admits to being amused by the strange characters she's met on Sesame Street, but agrees that she'd like to come back sometime. Big Bird is relieved because Snuffy loved her spaghetti. When Maria points out that Snuffy isn't real, Mrs. Sharp contests that somebody ate that huge bowl of spaghetti. Via voice-over, Snuffy comments that it was delicious and announces the sponsors (A, I, 8). The credits follow.

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