Sesame English
Plot Tingo and Frank try to catch a gorilla
Writer Billy Aronson
Director Rick Fernandes & Greg Lehane
Sponsors F, 9

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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 While Niki and her band practice, Tingo answers the door. Outside is Zookeeper Frank, who tries to tell him something, but is too panicked to spit it out. Tingo has him speak at a speed he can understand and is frightened to learn an escaped gorilla is within the basement.
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie approaches Bert in a harried manner, talking rapidly. Bert tells him to talk slower so he can understand him. Ernie says, slowly, that Bert's bread is burning in the oven, which causes Bert to speak in the same rapid, harried manner.
SCENE 2 Tingo sings a psychedelic song, "I Don't Understand You," explaining his frustrations of being unable Frank's rapid speech.
Cartoon The dancing birds dance fast and slow. (on-screen words added)
Artist: Karen Aqua
Film Demonstrations of fast and slow
Film The letter F appears, Jaws-like, out of a swimming pool. (narration added)
Cartoon F/f (Gordon voiceover)

SCENE 3 Frank tries telling Tingo he sees the gorilla's foot under the bed. It turns out to be a fuzzy slipper. They then find the gorilla playing clarinet in Niki's band; it gives Frank the slip.

Underwater, there's a 9 (singing vocals muted, kid voice-overs added)

Muppets The Count croons "Count Up to Nine". (edited)
Song The opera singers find themselves being followed by a gorilla. They run faster and faster to get away. Zookeeper Frank arrives and tells them that they should instead go slow and they all encourage the gorilla to go back to the zoo slowly.
SCENE 4 As Tingo reads a magazine article, "Ways to Understand a Zookeeper," the gorilla appears at the door. Tingo, however, can't understand him either. The gorilla has come back for Frank, who's taken his place as clarinet in the band. "Everybody wants to be in the band," Tingo quips.

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