Sesame Street
Itzhak Perlman visits
Air date May 6, 1986
Season Season 17 (1985-1986)
Written by Mark Saltzman
Production January 7, 1986
Sponsors I, L, 9

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Itzhak Perlman and a Honker accompany Placido Flamingo in the tenor aria "Vesti la giubba" from Pagliacci. At the end, he says "Bueno, Bueno!! Excellent!! Such feeling! Such depth!" Perlman thanks him for the compliment, but Placido is quick to correct him: "I was talking to the little fuzzy one. But you were good, too. And I...I was brilliant!"
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Cartoon A boy learns to play his violin.
(First: Episode 1513)
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Film In stop-motion, a boy makes landscapes out of sand and water.
(First: Episode 2039)
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Muppets A Muppet girl (Ivy Austin) approaches a sad Herry and asks him what's wrong. He laments about being left out of the baseball game, and she offers to cheer him up by taking him to the zoo.
(First: Episode 2105)
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Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Animation by Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
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Muppets "Rebel L"
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Cartoon Kids hear an L poem.
(First: Episode 0198)
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SCENE 2 Piri kicks his soccer ball toward Itzhak Perlman in the arbor, and he catches it. Perlman explains that he used to practice after school when he was a kid and that his crutches helped him tend goal; they had to let him play because he was so good. Piri says his team has to let him play too, but it's because he owns the ball.
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Song "The Ball Goes Up, The Ball Goes Down"
(First: Episode 0773)
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Cast Maria as Chaplin obeys the word HOP, then switches it to STOP.
(First: Episode 1982)
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Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
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Film Marching band forms a square
(First: Episode 0514)
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Muppets Kermit attempts to direct a scene from Goldilocks and the Three Bears, but he is having problems with both the stagehand and Goldilocks, who has problems showing surprise and fear.
(First: Episode 2151)
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Cartoon H for hello (voice of Gary Owens)
(First: Episode 0020)
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Film Prairie dog
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0283)
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Cartoon After the big game, a bird skeleton and an elephant skeleton get their skins mixed up in the locker room. The coach helps them out.
(First: Episode 0774)
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Cast Maria and Olivia visit the bandshell at Lincoln Center, where Olivia admits she likes to imagine being a singer on that very stage. She envisions herself as a famous performer, singing "Filling the Air with Love."
(First: Episode 1312)
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Cartoon Small, smaller and smallest men will cut a log with a saw.
(First: Episode 1243)
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Muppets The Count croons "Count Up to Nine."
(First: Episode 1134)
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Film The Mad Painter #9
(First: Episode 0338)
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Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
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SCENE 3 Itzhak Perlman sits on the steps of 123 Sesame Street explaining that the letters of the alphabet are also the names of the notes he's playing on the violin. Oscar the Grouch interupts him saying he doesn't want anyone doing anything with the alphabet so near to his trash can. Perlman explains that what he was actually doing was telling a story about a town who held a banquet for a grouch whose attendants used the letters of the alphabet to describe him. Oscar is annoyed with letters A through L because they characterize him in a positive light, but warms to M through Z because they portray the grouch unfavorably. Perlman eventually reveals that he made the story up on the spot just so he could sit by his trash can and use the alphabet.
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Cartoon "The Little Letter L: A Poem by Louise"
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1526)
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Muppets In the kitchen, Ernie bakes some cookies of different shapes, which he lets Cookie Monster eat after he finishes displaying each one to the viewer.
(First: Episode 1158)
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Film Olivia (in voice-over) identifies different vegetables.
(First: Episode 1612)
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Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1518)
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Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
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Cartoon L for locomotive, letter, lamp, light, lion, lettuce, lips
(First: Episode 1716)
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SCENE 4 Oscar instructs Itzhak Perlman to play some fast and slow music while Slimey judges between the two. He picks the fast piece, but not to listen to; he wants to take a ride. Perlman extends his bow out to Slimey who wraps his body around the end. As Perlman proceeds to play fast, Slimey holds on while Oscar cheers him on.
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Cartoon Pistons push a capital H through a tunnel, where it breaks and turns into a lowercase h. (no voiceover)
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Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
(First: Episode 1234)
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Cartoon A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom she eventually runs off with.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2058)
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Muppets Captain Breakfast unsuccessfully encourages a little girl to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
(First: Episode 1492)
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Cartoon A little boy puts his mother's mail in the mailbox.
(First: Episode 1497)
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SCENE 5 Slimey is still riding Perlman's bow, but the violinist is getting tired. Oscar asks him to go one more time to make it an even 11. Piri announces the sponsors in voiceover.


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