Sesame Street
Luis is bored with a broken arm
Air date January 2, 1985
Season Season 16 (1984-1985)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors F, G, 12
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SCENE 1 Luis discovers Maria has hired a whole bunch of kids to help around the Fix-It Shop, rendering Luis' role redundant. He insists on doing something, so Maria figures he can get something to eat for everyone. The whole group shouts their orders at once, and Luis struggles to keep up. Maria offers to write it for him, but he insists he do it himself. He instead types out their order, but just as he heads to the door, David comes in with food for everyone.
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
(First: Episode 1478)
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Traffic Listening to Sounds
Cartoon A man stands on a street corner listening to traffic sounds.
(EKA: Episode 1968)
Muppets Super Grover tries to fix a girl's computer by jumping up and down and shouting "Wubba wubba!", but she soon discovers that the computer is not turned on.
(First: Episode 1971)
Pinball 12
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Cast / Celebrity Olivia and George Benson sing "A Friend for All Seasons."
(First: Episode 1314)
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
Muppets bigandsmall
Muppets A group of Muppets (including Herry Monster) split into two separate teams for a game based on whether they have letters or numbers printed on their shirts. However, one of the small ones points out that they've split into one team of big players and one team of small players. They eventually agree to play Tiddly-Winks.
(First: Episode 0298)
Cartoon A red man tries to get apples from a tree by himself, while a yellow man builds a ladder.
(First: Episode 0779)
Film A baby messes around (literally) with a chocolate cookie, as Cookie Monster (in voice-over) wishes it were for him.
(First: Episode 0407)
Planning Ahead
Muppets Ernie & Bert — It's a sunny day at the beach, and Bert remembered to bring everything. Ernie, however, only brought an umbrella in case it rains... which it does.
(First: Episode 0284)
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
Cartoon The Typewriter gets stuck in a spot of glue, and types "G: Glue."
(First: Episode 0775)
SCENE 2 Luis sits out in the yard, bored with nothing to do. Piri dances by and suggests Luis do the same. He demonstrates some moves, but Luis feels they're too hard. He adds that he's no longer bored; Piri's dancing provides fine entertainment.
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Film A boy and his dad build a bookshelf out of wood.
(First: Episode 1029)
Muppets Simon Soundman goes to Marvin's Music City to buy a nice shiny trumpet. However, Marvin keeps bringing the wrong instrument.
(First: Episode 0458)
Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
Cartoon A gorilla who knows G words applies for a job.
(First: Episode 0131)

SCENE 3 Luis sings about his "Broken Arm Blues."
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "Fall" and leaves fall on them. Then, they fall over.
(First: Episode 1319)
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets Grover and George sing "Two G Sounds."
(First: Episode 0358)
Cartoon "Wash Your Hands Before You Eat"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1523)
Film Geese and their goslings swim in the water.
(First: Episode 0388)
Cartoon Things say that other things are small, but then something comes along that's bigger, or smaller, or whatever.
(First: Episode 0320)
Muppets An Anything Muppet boy watches a circle around him get bigger and smaller.
(First: Episode 0285)

SCENE 4 Luis tries relaxing in his apartment, when Bob, Linda, and Oscar arrive to help (or, in Oscar's case, not). Bob and Linda try to find ways they can help him, and Oscar predicts this will drive Luis crazy and make him grouchy. Luis tries taking a nap while they clean, as they accidentally knock over a vase. Frustrated, Luis tells them all to leave, though Oscar thinks next time he can yell a bit more. "No, I won't!" snaps Luis, much to Oscar's pleasure.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps."
(First: Episode 0406)
Animation Sand F/f
(First: Episode 0629)

Beat The Time
Muppets Sesame Street Game Shows: The Count is a contestant on Beat the Time, where today's wacky stunt is to bring back two things that come from the sky before the time runs out. The Count has too much fun counting the seconds, but ends up bringing his thunder and lightning.
(First: Episode 1698)
Cartoon A football player talks about his favorite sport.
Artist: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0135)
Film Anne Meara narrates a silent film of a woman in a burning building, who needs HELP.
(First: Episode 0506)

SCENE 5 At night, Luis tries sneaking his way into Oscar's trash can, knowing people leave Grouches alone and Oscar won't try to help him. Oscar begrudgingly allows this, but Luis' cast gets stuck as he climbs down. Oscar snidely echoes Luis' request not to be helped, then agrees to help him...once he's fed the elephants.

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