Sesame Street
Snow — Maria's cousin Mercedes comes to visit
Air date January 19, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors D, K, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria tells the viewer that her cousin Mercedes is coming to visit all the way from Puerto Rico. She states that the Count was supposed to drive her to the airport, but he instead opted to count the parts of his car. She has also tried to borrow Gordon's car, but it isn't working. Unable to hail a taxi, she comes to realize the only other vehicle around is Oscar's Sloppy Jalopy. He passes at first, but agrees to go when he sees how angry Maria gets.
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SCENE 2 As they arrive at the airport, Oscar dreads the ride back, knowing how lovey-dovey Maria and her cousin will be acting once they pick her up. Maria assures him that she'll tone down her good nature and that Mercedes is a nice, quiet, shy individual. Once they arrive, Mercedes launches into a tirade (in Spanish) about her lousy experience so far, including losing her luggage, waiting for a ride and freezing in this new climate. Oscar likes what he sees, until she slips back into sweetness upon receiving her lost luggage.
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SCENE 3 The trio arrives back on Sesame Street, where Oscar intends to air out his tires (finding the trip too smooth). Maria takes Mercedes up to her apartment to warm up, where Gordon unfortunately informs her that the heat in the whole building is off and Luis is attempting to fix it. Mercedes hasn't packed anything warmer than her light coat, so the others offer some ways they can help. Big Bird thinks he has just the thing that can solve the problem.
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SCENE 4 Gordon and Luis return with several coats and sweaters they've borrowed from others. Big Bird comes in with a beak warmer, realizing Maria and Mercedes don't have beaks. He's also brought Mr. Snuffleupagus' giant bunny slippers.
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SCENE 5 Maria and Mercedes come outside to find Oscar about to start his WORM-TV Weather Report. Oscar reports an impending snowstorm about to strike the city within the next day. Maria assumes he's just making it all up, when Mr. Hooper shows them the forecast in the paper saying the same thing. "When the news is bad enough, why would I wanna change it?" says Oscar.
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SCENE 6 All the grown-ups warm up inside Hooper's Store, where Mr. Hooper provides them with some hot chocolate. As the cold winds blow, Big Bird announces the sponsors.

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