Sesame Street
Plot Telly meets Placido Flamingo
Air date January 9, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Sponsors V, W, 4
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly Monster and some kids hear some unique vocalizing; sounds they've never heard before on Sesame Street. They approach what Telly describes as "some kind of bird" whose head is out of frame. The voice's owner objects to the simplification, and introduces himself as Placido Flamingo from Santo Domingo, world famous opera star. He explains that opera is music — a singing story — and proceeds to lead Telly and the kids in a vocal lesson. After they get it right, Placido casts them in his all-flamingo opera. Telly is nervous about singing in front of people, but Placido encourages him to practice, and to "sing with feeling; sing with fire!"
Orange-Opera
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)
1091-08
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is thirsty, and imagines that he's drinking nice cold water. Irritated, Bert tells him to go get a real glass of water. Ernie does, but then he annoys Bert by saying that now he's hungry. He then proceeds to eat an imaginary peanut butter and banana sandwich.
(First: Episode 0459)
2678-3Song
Cast Bob, Susan, and Luis perform a round about counting to 3.
2269s
Cartoon A beaver does his exercises, while his friends make fun of him. He then uses his strength to save his friends when the dam breaks.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
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SCENE 2 Bob comes by as Placido continues to lead Telly and the kids with vocal lessons. Bob, a music teacher, is familiar with his celebrity, and is pleased to meet the opera singer. Placido auditions Bob and casts him in his all-flamingo opera as well, and leads the group to go find some flamingo costumes, "Ever see a flamingo chorus that didn't look like flamingos?"
1446e
Film Exploring on the ocean rocks
(First: Episode 1414)
V-vine
Cartoon Violet climbs a vine with V words.
(First: Episode 0389)
1446b
Song "School Song"
(First: Episode 0986)
1446n
Muppets Game Show: Mystery Mix-up Game
(First: Episode 0834)
1396c
Cartoon The journey of a V is told in limerick.
(First: Episode 0507)
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SCENE 3 Placido performs his opera in the arbor singing a song about his own impressive vocal talent set to the tune of "The Toreador Song". Telly, Bob, and the kids (dressed as flamingos) provide a choral backup.
Wworm
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)
ItsEasy
Song "It's Easy"
(EKA: Episode 1736)
Inthesnowpart1
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit has received a phone call which tells him that there is someone who has been standing out in a terrible snow storm for a long time. Kermit asks everyone who passes by, "Are you that person?" But everyone he asks has been out in the snow for only a short time. Kermit refuses to give up, however, and tells us to stay tuned.
(First: Episode 0750)
Word.ICE
Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)
Wandawitch1
Cartoon "Wanda the Witch"
Animation by Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0001)
Ssnews.snow
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash (cont'd): Kermit, now shivering a little, is still looking for the person who's been standing out in the snow for a long time. He even asks Farley, too. Still no success yet.
(First: Episode 0750)
Timber2
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a tree falls to the ground, but then bounces back up!
(First: Episode 0149)
4construction
Cartoon Four construction workers build a number 4.
(First: Episode 0507)
Inthesnowpart3
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash (cont'd): Kermit is now buried up to his neck in snow, colder than ever. He calls the attention of passerby Harvey Kneeslapper, who tells Kermit that he is the one who made the call, which was a prank call. As it turns out, Kermit was the one standing out in the storm.
(First: Episode 0750)
Signman.BINGO
Cartoon Sign Man: BINGO
(First: Episode 1171)
Song.ilovebeingapig
Film The snouts, tails and bodies of pigs, with a soundtrack of pigs squealing.
(First: Episode 0179)
SB--WWater
Cartoon Speech Balloon: W - Water
(First: Episode 0062)
2944-Herbie
Celebrity Maria and the kids visit Herbie Hancock's studio, where he demonstrates how to make electronic music.
2257j
Cartoon Four ducks
(First: Episode 1481)
2257s
Cast Big Bird sings the alphabet while Bob accompanies him on glasses of water.
(First: Episode 1344)
Firemanreadytogo
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Ruler.dawwghouse
Cartoon Building a dog house is easy if you have a ruler.
(First: Episode 0630)
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SCENE 4 Dr. Nobel Price enters Hooper's Store and asks David for his help in conducting an experiment. He instructs David to place a scoop of ice cream in a cone; first, any flavor, then stating a preference for butter pecan. David complies and is asked to place another scoop on top. He asks if this experiment has to do with the melting point of ice cream, but Price just asks him to continue with the experiment and instructs him to place a another on top. David adds the scoops up to three, and Price finally reveals that his experiment was to see what his ice cream tastes like. He walks out of the store with the cone and says he may need further testing.
TwoPlusOne
Cartoon A boy does an addition problem in his head: 2 + 1 = 3.
(First: Episode 0516)
Song.meetinsects
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Madpainter4
Film Mad Painter #4
(First: Episode 0344)
Lightheavy.birdman
Cartoon Light and heavy (bird falls on man)
(First: Episode 0785)
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SCENE 5 Dr. Nobel Price returns to Hooper's Store where David asks him to help with an experiment of his own: he just needs three metal circles. Price happens to have three quarters on him, which David asks to be placed on the counter. David then picks them up, places them in his cash register, and declares the experiment a success. Dr. Price asks what it was the the experiment showed. David responds that it showed he had to pay for the ice cream cone that he ate.



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