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.


StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
1839za
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)
Toon.ILoveYou
Cartoon A heart that says "I love you" is drawn.
(First: Episode 1971)
ChoclatePudding
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)
Madpainter6
Film The Mad Painter #6
(First: Episode 0335)
Song.scratchmyback
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)
Bass6
Cartoon A bass player (Major Holley) counts to 6.
Noimage
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)
GroverandtheGrowingG
Muppets Grover talks about the letter G, as it slowly grows.
(First: Episode 0210)
Raposo-Practice
Song Joe Raposo sings "Practice."
Rhymiesatsea
Muppets "The Rhymies at Sea" - Larry, Mary and Barry sail on a ship, which sinks.
(First: Episode 1149)
Noimage
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.
2090-Blobs
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)
Suzanne.Smallsteps

Suzanne.Biglunch
Celebrity Suzanne Farrell takes small and big steps, then has a little lunch and a big lunch.
(First: Episode 1422)
Toon.school
Cartoon Jack-in-the-Box School
(First: Episode 0284)
1446n
Muppets Game Show: Mystery Mix-up Game
(First: Episode 0834)
Vlcsnap-2018-02-18-10h45m24s222
Cartoon A mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
Treesurgeon
Film Some kids watch as a tree surgeon does his job.
(First: Episode 1244)
2125u
Cartoon The Typewriter gets stuck in a spot of glue, and types "G: Glue."
(First: Episode 0775)
Gordon.Rain
Cast Gordon preaches the importance of rain as it starts to do so in his office.
(First: Episode 1578)
Crocky
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Crocodile
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
1446d
Cartoon Speech Balloon: E for egg
A cow hatches a chick, which says "Moo."
(First: Episode 0002)
Professor-Knees
Celebrity Big Bird ask the Professor (Sid Caesar) why we have knees.
(First: Episode 2062)
2356-19
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
Countelevator
Muppets Count von Count works as an elevator operator, with Kermit the Frog as his customer.
(First: Episode 1970)
Appleorangepear
Cartoon An apple, an orange, and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
Followarrowfollowarrow
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Schoolsignspin
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)
Noimage
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.
Goose
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
2485o
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)
Eaticecream
Cartoon E ... see me eating a peach
(First: Episode 0001)
0573z
Film Kids narrate a tortilla contest in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0456)
2614p
Cartoon Es un gato
(First: Episode 1966)
Noimage
SCENE 4 Elmo takes one last oppertunity to conduct the band in playing the closing theme song.


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