Sesame Street
The case of the missing round objects
Air date April 21, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors C, S, 6


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird delivers detective-style narration over scenes of the street, claiming today was just like any other day. Telly Monster is about to have his morning grapefruit, but when he goes to get his napkin on, the grapefruit disappears! Big Bird happens by and looks for some sort of clue. He finds some mysterious pieces of purple fur have been left at the scene...
Cartoon What's missing? (a guitar)
(First: Episode 1971)
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Muppets Ernie (playing Robin Hood) auditions Anything Muppets to be his Merry Men. After screening two individuals who don't meet the requirements, Harvey Kneeslapper is sent in laughing. Ernie thinks he's found a merry man and hires him immediately, but following a string of incessant jokes, decides he's too merry after all and fires him.
(First: Episode 0480)
Cartoon S - Serpiente
(First: Episode 0382)
Song "Water, Wind, and Sun"
(First: Episode 1711)
SCENE 2 Big Bird finds Maria about to play tennis, but her three tennis balls disappear behind their backs one by one. They spot some more purple fur left behind again.
Cartoon King Minus and the Disappearing Dragons
(First: Episode 0345)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "What Is it?," with panelists Grover, Biff and Prairie Dawn. They must guess what mystery object Little Sammy Pottle has brought to the studio (a red rubber ball).
(First: Episode 1042)
Cartoon Ella juega tenis (sand)
(First: Episode 2111)
Song "Starfish"
(First: Episode 0280)
Cartoon "The Adventures of Clever Bill!" The main character solves conflicts between two fighting giants and two fighting girls.
(First: Episode 2068)
SCENE 3 At Hooper's Store, Uncle Wally prepares his famous tuna salad, with the secret ingredient - an apple. However, the apple disappears before he can use it. Big Bird uncovers yet another tuft of fur.
Cartoon A girl tries to describe what kind of sandwich she wants, but her dad keeps misunderstanding her.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1715)
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Cartoon Six snakes spent Saturday on the sand.
(First: Episode 1669)
Muppets At the saloon, Clementine asks for Forgetful Jones to sing a song. Buster plays "What's the Name of That Song?" on the piano, and the crowd (including a cow) sings along, but Forgetful keeps asking what the name of the song is.
(First: Episode 1696)
Cartoon Leaves falling.
(First: Episode 1822)
Film Kids talk about building sand castles and sand structures at the beach.
(First: Episode 1122)
Cartoon A voice asks a face if it's aware of the letter S, and it is revealed that the face belongs to a snake.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0278)
SCENE 4 Snuffy helps Big Bird assess the clues and figure out what's going on. They realize all the missing items are round.
Song "Beet Beet, Sugar Beet."
(First: Episode 1171)
Cartoon Farm animals are counted 1-6.
(First: Episode 1692)
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Celebrity Edith Ann describes what happens to you when you become angry.
(First: Episode 0923)
Cartoon Donnie Budd counts six snails, six ships, and six whales.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0324)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "Lifestyles of the Big and Little."
Cartoon Big, bigger, biggest (balloons and blackbirds).
(First: Episode 1393)
Muppets / Cast Oscar sings "One of These Things" over a four-way split screen containing Gordon, Bob, David and Slimey, all dressed in tuxedos.
(First: Episode 1904)
Cartoon C is for Candle (the candle blows back)
(First: Episode 0703)

SCENE 5 Big Bird and Snuffy follow the trail of purple fur to just outside Big Bird's nest. Snuffy sees all the missing items flying in the air just behind the doors. Inside, they find a large monster, Dexter, has been using all the items to juggle with.
Cartoon A juggling bear helps a little girl learn to juggle.
(First: Episode 1834)
Muppets Kermit talks about his favorite subject - frogs. Gladys the Cow assists by being a cow frog wearing goggles, air tank, and froggy foot paddles. Gladys asks Kermit how it would feel to be a cow and he replies feeling glad to be a frog. Gladys puts a cow's horns, ears, and a bell on Kermit.
Film A beekeeper extracts honey from honeycomb.
(First: Episode 1117)
SCENE 6 Dexter apologizes for taking everyone's things and returns their property, vowing never to juggle again. Everyone, having seen his skills in action, permits him to borrow their stuff, just as long as he asks first. As he juggles their items some more, Big Bird's narration announces the sponsors.

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