Sesame Street
Uncle Wally visits
Air date March 29, 1984
Season Season 15 (1983-1984)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors N, Y, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 On his way to the market, Bob tells Big Bird that his Uncle Wally is coming to visit today. Big Bird asks the viewer if they have any uncles, and claims that his Uncle Mordecai is his mother's brother. A stranger to Big Bird, Uncle Wally arrives and asks for directions to Sneezlebee Street, but Big Bird knows of no such place in this neighborhood. After checking his notes, he corrects himself and asks how to get to Sesame Street. Big Bird tells him he's already here, and Uncle Wally — with a wink to the camera — begins to inquire about the street's residents he's learned about from his nephew Bob; observations like meeting Oscar the Bird, and asking for Big Bird's wife Susan.
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SCENE 2 In the arbor, Uncle Wally tells Big Bird that in addition to a visit with his nephew Bob, his job has also brought him to Sesame Street. Reaching into his suitcase, he produces a number of items making it clear that the suitcase employs hammerspace; a dimensional space capable of holding objects bigger than is perceived from the outside. Big Bird make appropriate guesses about his job after Uncle Wally reveals a baseball cap, chef's toque, and a fishing rod, but finally explains that he is what's called a "thing salesman".
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SCENE 3 Bob introduces Luis to Uncle Wally, who playfully asks about his wife, Susan. Luis then asks Bob to watch over the Fix-It Shop while he goes downtown to buy a brush. Uncle Wally, being a "thing" salesman, checks his suitcase and produces a small toothbrush, but Luis needs a bigger brush. Wally pulls out a scrub brush next, but Luis claims the brush he needs is the kind that couldn't fit in Wally's suitcase. He's surprised when Wally is somehow able to pull the large brush from his case.
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SCENE 4 It's the time of the month for Uncle Wally to sort through his suitcase and get rid of any old, worn-out items. When Oscar confronts him, Wally jokingly addresses him as "Oscar the Honker" and tries honking his nose. He begins sifting through his case and puts aside all the worn-out items, as Oscar watches. He hopes Wally can provide him with the junk, but Wally counters that Oscar hasn't been very kind to deserve them.
SCENE 4 cont'd Bob and Luis witness, slack-jawed, as Oscar kindly speaks with Wally, hoping to get the trash. Wally bids farewell to Oscar and tells him to give his regards to Oscar's wife, Susan. Oscar: "This guy's alphabet doesn't run all the way to Z."
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SCENE 5 Bob invites Wally and Luis up to his place for something to eat, but Luis needs to finish cleaning the Fix-It Shop windows first; he needs a ladder to reach the high spots. While he and Bob go inside to find one, Wally pulls a ladder from his suitcase. Wally then questions Bob on when he'll be able to meet his wife, Susan. Oscar announces the sponsors.

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