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Hooper's Store has a promotional contest
Air date May 5, 1983
Season Season 14 (1982-1983)
Written by Sara Compton
Production January 7, 1983
Sponsors J, R, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 David is bored because there hasn't been a single customer at Hooper's Store all morning. Gladys the Cow drops in for a moment to rest her hooves, having just returned from a three-bus ride to the farmer's market for some hay. David points out the store sells hay, a fact Gladys forgot. As she leaves, Telly Monster comes in to show off the new umbrella he just got in Herald Square. David has one just like it for sale, even at the same price. Telly thinks he should write that down so he won't forget, and leaves to get a pencil and paper at a downtown store instead. David begins thinking of a way he can ensure people know Hooper's is the place they can get anything.
Cartoon "I Can Remember": A little girl remembers what to buy at the store (A loaf of bread, a container of milk, and a stick of butter) by visualizing her mother giving the instructions.
Artist: Jim Simon
(First: Episode 0408)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert build a snowman, but Ernie fears that the snowman will be cold if they don't dress him. Even though Bert tries to tell him that snowmen aren't alive and can't feel the cold, that doesn't stop Ernie from dressing the snowman in Bert's clothing.
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)

SCENE 2 Hooper's is now decorated with streamers and balloons; a banner above the store reads, "Win a Free Lunch." David reiterates the contest rules to Forgetful Jones - whoever can come up with the best promotion for the store will win a free lunch. He makes Forgetful the judge, claiming that if even he can remember it, anyone can.
Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
Muppets "Near Far Monsters"
(First: Episode 1521)
Film A gymnast demonstrates close to and away from.
(First: Episode 0513)
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(First: Episode 1484)
Muppets A baby Honker hatches from an egg and learns to honk like all the Honkers.
(First: Episode 1616)
Cartoon A boy thinks it's raining outside, so he puts on his rain gear and goes outside, only to find sunny weather. It turns out the lawn sprinkler was near his window.
(First: Episode 1627)


SCENE 3 The store is abuzz with kids and others entering the contest, to David's pleasure. Telly frets over his entry: "Mr. Hooper's Store has everything from A to Z." He doesn't think the store has items beginning with every letter, so David helps him figure out some spots he thinks are lacking. As he helps Telly, he receives submissions from a Honker ("Honk if you love Hooper's.") and a French Muppet ("Mr. Hooper's...where friends meet to greet and eat and buy car wax!"). Once Telly finishes his list, he comes up with a new slogan - "Mr. Hooper's Store has a thousand items for your home!" - and starts counting the items he sees.
Cartoon Gloria sings the alphabet (uppercase version)
(First: Episode 0140)
Muppets Lefty's boss makes sure Lefty knows the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0236)
Film In time-lapse footage, a construction crew builds a house and paints it green, and a family moves into it.
(First: Episode 1171)
Cartoon Two men try to go over a very steep hill.
(First: Episode 1522)
Film Lemurs leap and play in a zoo cage.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0032)

SCENE 4 Don Music drops by the Fix-It Shop to play Maria his musical jingle for the contest. He and the Alphabeats perform the jingle, which instead is about the Fix-It Shop. When Maria points out that the contest is for Hooper's, Don asks her to fix his jingle. The two begin to collaborate on a new song.
Cartoon A cat chases a mouse into a mouse hole. The cat and mouse make music as they hit the wall, until the cat breaks through the mouse hole.
Artist: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0244)
Film Joe Raposo: On the beach (instrumental)
(First: Episode 0411)
Feelings about Stanley.jpg
Cartoon A boy and girl have different feelings about Stanley.
(First: Episode 0793)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit witnesses as Old King Cole calls for his pipe and bowl (both of which he rejects), followed by his fiddlers three (along with a drummer, a saxophone player, and a bass player).
(First: Episode 0922)
Jenny Jeff Jacket.jpg
Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Film Lions (instrumental, with occasional lion growls)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0018)

SCENE 5 Before Forgetful starts his judgment process, Oscar drops into the store to recite his promotional poem. Everyone then leaves Forgetful to make his decision, but he now wonders where everyone went.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Erik play a rhyming game.
(First: Episode 1754)
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
George nearfar.jpg
Film George the Farmer is near when he's on a barrel; he's far when he's on the porch.
(First: Episode 0235)
Cartoon A wizard turns into R things.
(First: Episode 0369)

SCENE 6 Everyone gathers to hear Forgetful's answer, but he doesn't remember what he's doing at first. Suddenly, he blurts out Telly's slogan...then every other entry he's somehow managed to remember, including the Frechman's (who gleefully declares, "Viva la France!" in celebration).
Letters form FUN.jpg
Insert Jerry Nelson narrates three letters coming together to form the word FUN. The letters celebrate with confetti and streamers.
(First: Episode 0458)
Cartoon A man tries to push a huge balloon elephant through a narrow doorway, and a girl helps him by deflating it.
Film Cat block structure.
Cartoon The word EXIT walks out of the room.
(First: Episode 0635)

Muppets "Ladies and gentlemen, the Starlight Hotel takes great pride in presenting the world's favorite six-year-old entertainer, Miss Prairie Dawn!" Prairie sings "All By Myself" with a backup group of monsters.
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)
SCENE 7 David makes lunches for all of the winners. Forgetful has already forgotten his role in the proceedings. Oscar announces the sponsors.


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