Sesame Street
Rhyming for Reasons
Air date December 20, 1983
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Sara Compton
Sponsors A, E, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly Monster introduces the number 12 and asks Oscar to present 12 of something; Oscar instead tells him to scram. Susan encourages Telly to keep pestering Oscar until they can count 12 times he tells him to leave.
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and John-John count a penny.
(First: Episode 0438)
Cartoon What if an anteater had the features of a giraffe?
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0422)
Film A man talks about his working horses.
(First: Episode 1466)
Animation Henson Films: Number Twelve Rocks
(First: Episode 0195)

Cast In the park, Maria and some kids play with Barkley, telling him whether he's near or far some balloons they've hidden.
(First: Episode 1264)
Muppets A little boy tells his grown-up friends to "Take My Hand" while they cross the street.
Cartoon A father explains to his son why it is important to wear a seat belt when riding in a car.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1446)
Muppets Ernie plans on copying Bert's felt board template called "Cookies on a Plate in a Room with a Window" which features just that. Ernie goes through various pieces, seeing which ones match Bert's. Once he finishes, Cookie Monster enters the apartment and complements the picture, but likes Bert's more and rips the cookies of the picture and eats them. Ernie sobs, as now his picture is different from Bert's, so Cookie solves everything by eating the cookies off of Ernie's picture.
(First: Episode 1439)

Cartoon The Fox and the Grapes
In the classic fable, a famished fox can't reach the grapes, and eventually gives up, assuming they're sour anyway.
(First: Episode 0784)
Insert Gordon watches as Oscar teaches Slimey about crossing the street safely.
(First: Episode 1650)
Celebrity The Fonz has a message - "A."
(First: Episode 1152)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN."
(First: Episode 0523)
Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
(First: Episode 0998)
Cartoon A man displays a capital and lowercase A and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Film Kids compete in a speed skating competition. (version one)
(First: Episode 0412)
Cartoon Two crows sing "Stones Don't Grow."
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1715)
SCENE 2 Both heads of the Two-Headed Monster argue over which letter is an A. The right head points to the lowercase a ...
Cartoon An ape escapes from the A train and heads over to a birthday party.
(First: Episode 0293)
SCENE 2 cont'd The left head points to the capital A ...
Cartoon "The Story of A": A witch tells bored kids a story about the letter A involving an ant's apple getting stolen by an archer.
(First: Episode 0130)
SCENE 2 cont'd Luis sees the monster arguing, and informs it that both of these letters are the letter A. Relieved, the monster showers him with kisses.
Film People of all ages ride bicycles.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert explore an Egyptian pyramid. Bert is excited, but Ernie is afraid. They see statues that look like them. Bert decides to explore a tunnel while Ernie looks at the statues, and then the Ernie statue starts tapping and talking to Ernie. But when Ernie calls Bert back to the room, the statue doesn't move. Ernie is scared until the statue starts singing Rubber Duckie with him. Bert doesn't believe Ernie, until he says "Bye-bye, statue," and the statue replies "Bye-bye!" and laughs... just like Ernie.
(First: Episode 1621)
Cartoon Small, smaller and smallest men will cut a log with a saw.
(First: Episode 1243)
Cast / Muppets Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" about the lifeguard and carpenter.
(First: Episode 0951)
Animation A ball looks for its match on a brick wall.
(First: Episode 1470)
Muppets Two Anything Muppet kids argue over a cookie. Cookie Monster arrives and says that the smallest person should get the cookie, and then, as the kids argue over which one is smaller, Cookie Monster shrinks himself.
(First: Episode 0253)
SCENE 3 Susan watches David practice his roller-dancing. On his radio, the host (Brian Muehl) starts up their call-in game, "Rhyming for Reasons," where the grand prize is a ticket to the roller-disco dance-a-thon. The winner must have a name that rhymes with today's word - shuffleupabus. David and Susan find this ridiculous, when Mr. Snuffleupagus calls in and wins the prize. They assume this was Big Bird putting on a character voice, but Big Bird denies this. The game continues with the word "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious," and the prize goes to caller Mrs. Gooperpalifragalisticexdiatliposious.
Film With their teacher, kids play clapping and dancing games about the rhythm in their names.
(First: Episode 1735)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Beat The Time
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "Beat the Time". In order to win a cookie, Cookie Monster has to bring in three things that rhyme with the word "rain" before the hand goes around the clock. They turn out to be an old man's "cane", a "chain" (to which Frazzle is attached), and finally a "train" which destroys the set.
(First: Episode 0446)
Cartoon The Typewriter: E-Ear
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0807)
Celebrity Richard Pryor recites the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0779)
Cartoon A boy and girl fight over the word YO. Luckily, he has a spare.
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: Do Ya Have an A on Ya?
(First: Episode 0293)

SCENE 4 Big Bird skates in to tell David that Snuffy can't go to the dance-a-thon, so he was given the ticket. The ticket admits two people to the event, so Big Bird invites David to join him. The two skate together to some disco music as the DJ announces the sponsors.

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