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Sesame Street
Polly Darton visits
Air date December 19, 1983
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors A, X, 11

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 The cast prepares the street for a special occasion, decorating with a large banner, balloons and food. Forgetful Jones can't remember what's going on, so the others remind him that his favorite country singer is coming to visit Sesame Street today. Forgetful thinks Johnny Cash is coming, but they remind him it's actually Polly Darton! They also remind him that his job is to meet her at the bus stop.
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Cartoon A little girl shows the building and apartment where she lives -- both with the number 6.
(First: Episode 0783)
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Film The Alphabet Dancers make a letter X.
(First: Episode 0456)
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Muppets The Mystery Guest is the letter X.
(First: Episode 1447)
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Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
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Film The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
(First: Episode 0179)
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SCENE 2 Polly gets off her bus and Forgetful thinks she's Johnny Cash again. When he realizes who she is, he turns bashful. Polly happens to have a song to help break the ice, "Just Say Howdy." Now with some confidence, Forgetful properly welcomes Polly to the street and begins introducing her to the locals (though he gets all their names wrong).
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Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
(First: Episode 1210)
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Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
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Muppets Ernie wonders what it would be like if everyone was exactly the same, and sees four balls who can't discern each other. Ernie decides to help the balls recognize each other by dressing each of them.
(First: Episode 0166)
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Song "Brothers Song"
(First: Episode 1476)
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SCENE 3 Polly can hardly believe how different things are in the city compared to her home in the country - there's no barns, horses or chickens. She does meet a cow (Martin P. Robinson), who invites her to take a subway trip to a museum, then lunch at Schrafft's.
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Cartoon An orchestra conductor asks "May I have an A, please?" at which point a giant letter A falls from the sky.
(First: Episode 0770)
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Celebrity The Pointer Sisters sing the "Swingin' Alphabet."
(First: Episode 0773)
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Cartoon A for Acorn
(First: Episode 1626)
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Film Parts of a clown are shown in close-up as kids guess what it is.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
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Cast Bob and Maria struggle to wash some dishes, when (the very loud and booming) Captain Cooperation (Luis) shows them how cooperation will ease the process.
(First: Episode 1457)
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Cartoon A pig sings "There Are Chickens in the Trees" until a rooster tells him that chickens don't live in trees.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1394)
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SCENE 4 Telly can't believe it when Polly goes into Oscar's trash can. Oscar claims Polly was starting to feel homesick for her farm and has allowed her to feed some of his pets. Various bits of food fly out as Polly feeds the elephants, monkeys and pigs. Telly tries to apologize for the situation, but Polly has had such a fun time that she rewards Oscar with a kiss.
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Cartoon Various sounds are demonstrated, including an alarm clock, a baby crying, a telephone, a faucet dripping, and a boy sneezing.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1483)
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Film Zookeepers talk about their jobs and the animals they cater to at the zoo.
(First: Episode 1641)
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Cartoon Henson: Eleven Cheer
(First: Episode 0273)
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Muppets Grover wants to sell Kermit the Frog a pair of sunglasses, but Kermit doesn't have a nose or ears to hold the sunglasses up with, so Grover gives Kermit a pair of sunglasses with attached ears, nose, and mustache (which Grover adds is optional).
(First: Episode 1727)
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Cartoon Pinball Number Count #11
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0988)
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SCENE 5 Polly has assembled a small music group and a small crowd of listeners (including Big Bird, Forgetful and the kids). Grundgetta yells from the crowd to tell Polly how much her country music makes her feel angry. Polly finds this a great way to segue to her next song, "Music's Good for Anything You're Feelin'."
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” The Count Sleeps Over at Ernie & Bert's (Part 1)
The Count sleeps in Bert's bed while Bert sleeps on the couch. Ernie tells The Count that he can count sheep to get to sleep, but it never dawned on Ernie that the Count never gets tired of counting. He stays up all night counting sheep, to Ernie's detriment.
(First: Episode 0941)
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Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert: The Count Sleeps Over At Ernie & Bert's (Part 2)
It's the next morning. The Count had a good night, but he didn't sleep. His counting kept Ernie up, and now Ernie is walking and counting like a zombie.
(First: Episode 0941)
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Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
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Muppets A Large Lavender Live Hand Anything Muppet cowboy shouts across a canyon to hear the echo. "Yippee ki-yi-yo!" is repeated back to him perfectly. When he shouts "One!", the echo repeats back, "Β‘Uno!" The cowboy is startled. "Two!" he shouts, and the echo repeats, "Β‘Dos!" "You s'pose that's Mexico over there?" he asks. He continues to count to ten, with the echo repeating the numbers back in Spanish. Frustrated, he shouts, "How are you?" "Β‘Muy bien, gracias!" is the reply. "Oh, this is ridiculous," the cowboy says, and throws his cowboy hat into the canyon. A sombrero is thrown back in return.
(First: Episode 0698)
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Film Body parts song sung in Spanish.
(First: Episode 1113)
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SCENE 6 It's time for Polly to leave, though Forgetful once again mistakes her for Johnny Cash. Polly boards her bus as everyone bids her farewell. Grundgetta announces the sponsors.


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