Sesame Street
Elmo asks questions
Air date November 20, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors E, G, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

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Insert Gordon comes across a very happy Forgetful Jones, who can't remember why he's so happy. Gordon helps him remember that it was because of the sunshine, the breeze, the swaying trees and the sound of his heartbeat, all in time with each other. Forgetful observes, "Can you imagine me forgetting simple things that make me happy?"
(First: Episode 1839)
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert tells Ernie to make a grocery list, but Ernie can't find anything to write with ... except for chocolate pudding. (Bert: "He's improving. Last time he used spaghetti sauce.")
(First: Episode 1967)
Pinball 06
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" #6
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0983)
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon A bass player (Major Holley) counts to 6.
SCENE 1 Elmo thinks he can learn a lot simply by asking "why?" He bugs Maria endlessly asking "why" as she tries to fix Bob's clock. When he gets the gist, he goes and follows Bob with questions regarding his broken clock.
Gorilla toon2
Cartoon Speech Balloon: G-gorilla
(First: Episode 0085)
Muppets Grover talks about the letter G, as it slowly grows.
(First: Episode 0210)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Practice."
Muppets "The Rhymies at Sea" - Larry, Mary and Barry sail on a ship, which sinks.
(First: Episode 1149)
SCENE 2 Bob returns from his errands, having been asked "a million" questions by Elmo along the way. He collects his repaired clock and Elmo promises not to ask "why" anymore. He now asks Maria "what" tools she's using.
Cartoon A large blob shoves a tiny one out of the way and declares, "I'm big!" The tiny one thinks for a moment and declares, "I'm me!"
Artist: Janet Perlman
(First: Episode 1637)

Celebrity Suzanne Farrell takes small and big steps, then has a little lunch and a big lunch.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon Jack-in-the-Box School
(First: Episode 0284)
Muppets Game Show: Mystery Mix-up Game
(First: Episode 0834)
Cartoon A mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
Film Some kids watch as a tree surgeon does his job.
(First: Episode 1244)
Cartoon The Typewriter gets stuck in a spot of glue, and types "G: Glue."
(First: Episode 0775)
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(First: Episode 1578)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Crocodile
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
Celebrity Big Bird ask the Professor (Sid Caesar) why we have knees.
(First: Episode 2062)
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
Muppets Count von Count works as an elevator operator, with Kermit the Frog as his customer.
(First: Episode 1970)
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Film SCHOOL: the sign spins around.
(First: Episode 0685)
Twinkle Twinkle red yellow
Animation Red and yellow dots play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star."
(EKA: Episode 1979)
SCENE 3 Elmo has another question for Bob - what's the stick he's using with his band. He explains the purpose of a baton and allows Elmo to give it a try. Elmo waves it around wildly, instructing the band to play a jumbled mess of noise. Bob teaches him how to move the baton correctly in time with the music. Elmo conducts as the band plays "Frere Jacques," which he can make fast and slow. He starts getting tired of moving his arms and stops, requesting the band play "The Alphabet Song" while he sings and dances.
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — On the deck of The Love Boat, a uniformed Ernie expresses how much he loves this boat. "Ernest" shares his love with Amanda, a grumpy patron, a fish, and soon several passengers who join them in their love for this boat.
(First: Episode 1958)
Cartoon E ... see me eating a peach
(First: Episode 0001)
Film Kids narrate a tortilla contest in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0456)
Cartoon Es un gato
(First: Episode 1966)
SCENE 4 Elmo takes one last oppertunity to conduct the band in playing the closing theme song.

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