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Elmo hangs out with Luis / Dr. Nobel Price invents something original
Air date December 26, 1986
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors D, Q, 5


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo calls upon Luis to help him make a model airplane. However, after Luis gets all the supplies out, he learns that Elmo doesn't have an actual model airplane and is just preparing for when he does get one someday.
Film A man carves a wooden horse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2209)
Cartoon Consonant Sound Limerick: Dβ€”Dog
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1149)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk... but there are no glasses.
(First: Episode 0976)
Cartoon Either none, some or all of a pony's legs are on the ground as it runs and trots.
(First: Episode 1719)
Film "Indian Baby Bath"
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0444)
Muppets "Five People in My Family"
(First: Episode 0008)
Film The Mad Painter #5
(First: Episode 0345)
SCENE 2 It's Elmo's naptime and he wants Luis to read a story to him before he sleeps. Luis is too busy working on the computer, but offers to read him the Fix-It Shop ledger, which puts Elmo right to sleep.
Film A scuba diver collects shells, which some kids count in voice-over.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0474)
Cartoon A cat chases a mouse into a mouse hole. The cat and mouse make music as they hit the wall, until the cat breaks through the mouse hole.
Artist: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0244)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie, Bert and Shola talk about taking a nap. (ending edited)
(First: Episode 0537)
Cartoon I am crying / estoy llorando (David and Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 1041)



Cast The Heartstrongs, Part 1

In this soap opera parody, Mr. Heartstrong (Gordon) fusses over the loss of his red shoelace along with Mrs. Heartstrong (Susan). They both feel sad until their son Barnaby (David) comes downstairs! What a surprise! But that feeling doesn't last long, as Barnaby soon learns of the lost shoelace. As it turns out, Barnaby came downstairs to change shoelaces in order to play baseball.

Could this be a clue as to the whereabouts of Mr. Heartstrong's shoelace?
(First: Episode 2163)
Animation The big green balls and one little orange ball ride over the top of the hills. The little one can't make it over the big hill, but conquers the small hill.
(First: Episode 1896)



Cast The Heartstrongs, Part 2

In the thrilling conclusion, the doorbell rings! Who could it be at the door?

It's Cousin Henry (Uncle Wally), who drops in for a surprise visit, which quickly becomes somber when the lost shoelace issue is brought up again.

Just then, Mr. Heartstrong remembers what Barnaby said about a shoelace that didn't match, and as luck would have it, the missing shoelace is in Barnaby's left sneaker! This makes everyone happy!

Cousin Henry pulls the snake-in-the-can trick on Barnaby, which gives everyone another nice surprise! "Woo woo!"
(First: Episode 2163)
Cartoon Q -- that funny looking thing.
(First: Episode 0131)
Film Animal camouflage with kid voiceovers.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0366)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Cookie Disco."
(First: Episode 1054)
Film D is a very useful letter -- there are animals, jobs, and hobbies that begin with D.
(First: Episode 0367)
Muppets The Twiddlebugs try to figure out how to get to the zoo. They notice it's too far to walk, swim, or fly. Then they notice their Twiddle-car. (short intro)
(First: Episode 0603)
SCENE 3 Dr. Nobel Price has finally invented something original - a large device made from various odds and ends. Maria is impressed, but he has no idea what it actually does.
Cartoon Fruta Manzana sings about keeping the place clean by throwing away fruit peels and apple cores.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1485)
Animation A snail shell is uncovered in the sand.
(First: Episode 2039)
Animation Five ghosts carry the number 5 into a haunted house.
Artist: Ishu Patel

SCENE 4 Maria and Dr. Price (and Barkley) find out the many uses of his device. He appropriately names it the flower-holding, towel-drying, ear-scratching, sit upon thing.
Cartoon A cowboy adds two different herds of cows.
Muppets / Celebrity Tony Danza and Big Bird play tennis without a ball, and count twenty hits, while Kevin Clash announces.
(First: Episode 2170)
Cartoon An alligator and an elephant chat about how to remember their names.
(First: Episode 1301)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie tells Bert that he has a note for him, but he can't remember where it is. He thinks maybe he put it in the toybox, so he digs through the box, throwing toys everywhere. It's not in the toybox, so Ernie looks in the clothes hamper, scattering clothes all over. He finally finds the note, which tells Bert that it's his turn to clean up the apartment.
(First: Episode 0255)
Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that β€œQ” starts the word β€œquarter.”
(First: Episode 0046)

SCENE 5 Hoots the Owl admires Price's invention and unofficially dubs it the flower-holding, towel-drying, ear-scratching, sit upon, owl perchaphone. Then he plays it. Dr. Price announces the sponsors and a special nighttime credit crawl (introduced in this episode) follows to the sound of Hoots's playing.

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