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Maria is interrupted at work
Air date March 2, 1982
Season Season 13 (1981-1982)
Sponsors L, N, 7
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria hastily greets the viewer, as she has a lot of work to do today at the Fix-It Shop. She hopes she doesn't get any interruptions as she heads into the back room and starts sawing.

SCENE 1 cont'd Bob enters the shop and interrupts Maria, asking if he can use her telephone. He calls to reschedule a music lesson, when Telly arrives. He calls out Maria from the back room. She tells him that she hasn't gotten around to fixing his toaster, but he too requests the use of her phone. He calls up the weather service and finds it's going to rain. Soon after, Big Bird disturbs Maria, looking for Mr. Snuffleupagus (the exterior of the shop is their rendezvous point). He also uses her phone to call Snuffy and leaves to go to his cave instead. After that, a man from the telephone company (Marc Weiner) interrupts Maria, who is ecstatic to see they've installed a new pay phone right outside the shop, meaning no more disruptions. Telly then comes in to deliver the good news to Maria.
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SCENE 2 Big Bird strolls down the block (singing "ABC-DEF-GHI" to himself) and discovers a new phone booth installed right in front of the Fix-It Shop. He wonders if Maria has found out about it and decides to call her; all he needs is a dime. He goes into the store and disrupts her work to get change for the phone. He makes his way back to the booth and calls Maria inside the store to tell her about the new phone.
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SCENE 3 Maria rants about all the interruptions she's had so far. She hopes to avoid any future ones by pouring a bunch of change on the front desk so anyone needing to use the payphone won't need to bother her. As she heads back to work, Bob takes a call on the payphone, but needs a pencil to write down the message. Sure enough, Maria is interrupted again as Bob swipes the pencil from behind her ear. Maria pounds the trash can and whines, "I can't win!"
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Film Silent film: Two men (played by Richard Belzer and Brian Doyle-Murray) are about to share a picnic lunch, but first decide to try rowing a boat on the lake. A brown dog arrives and starts to eat the sandwiches. Panicking, the men try to steer the rowboat back to the shore but they can't direct the boat. Eventually, they realize that to return they must cooperate. They get back just in time to take back the last wrapped sandwich out of the dog's mouth.
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Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels.
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SCENE 4 Forgetful Jones happens upon the new payphone, but he can't remember what the sign reads. With no one around to ask, he winds up calling Maria to ask about it. She angrily tells him what the word is and why she's in such a rotten mood. Forgetful responds by suggesting she get back to work instead of talking on the phone.
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SCENE 5 Maria comes up with a way once and for all to get some work done without being interrupted. She changes the Fix-It Shop's front door sign to "CLOSED" and takes the phone off the hook. She only gets a moment of glory before Oscar appears from their trash bin, wanting to witness the fowl mood she's in. Maria breaks down crying as the sponsors are announced.

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