Sesame Street
Plot Mr. Three-In-A-Row Smith plays Tic-Tac-Toe
Air date April 7, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors R, X, 6
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Susan, Oscar the Grouch, and David spot sets of three X-es all over Sesame Street and can't figure out what they're for. The camera pans to an Anything Muppet in a cowboy hat holding three X-es and laughing to himself with pride over his work.
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(EKA: Episode 0351)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Elephant film
Film Elephants (African percussion soundtrack)
(EKA: Episode 0185)
Cartoon A man connects the dots to form a house to escape from the rain.
Artist: Bill Davis
(EKA: Episode 2256)
SCENE 2 Bob makes his way over to the arbor and takes a nap. David and Susan identify three X-es on his forehead when the AM in a cowboy hat introduces himself as Three-In-A-Row Smith, the world's greatest tic-tac-toe player. He challenges Bob to a game, but Bob says he has to clean up his mess first.
Cartoon A needle and spool of thread cooperate to fix the king's torn pants.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1485)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a piano and decides to play it. The left half wants to play short notes, while the other half prefers to run his fingers across the keyboard. They decide to cooperate, and both use their notes to play "Chopsticks".
(First: Episode 1366)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(EKA: Episode 1206)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(EKA: Episode 0299)

SCENE 3 Mr. 3-In-A-Rowsmith has beaten Brian at a game of tic-tac-toe, which he adds to the several dozen games hung on the wall. Bob recaps how Mr. 3-In-A-Rowsmith has won games with everybody he's played so far. The player admits he's had fun, but none of the games he's played have been particularly memorable. Snuffy has heard of the games and wants to play a round too.
SCENE cont'd Everyone follows Snuffy outside to his giant tic-tac-toe board, which Mr. 3-In-A-Rowsmith is excited to play on.
Cartoon Dr. Frankenstein makes sure his monster knows about front and back.
(EKA: Episode 0951)
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(EKA: Episode 0573)
Cartoon Farm animals are counted 1-6.
(EKA: Episode 2096)
Muppets Kermit sings to the titular tadpole about the life awaiting it when it grows up to be a frog, but tells it to take its time growing up.
Cartoon A man rearranges a LIMK sign to make the word "MILK".
(EKA: Episode 1188)
Celebrity The Count counts all the baskets Dr. J makes.
(EKA: Episode 2274)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Are Kids Called?"
(First: Episode 0116)
Cartoon A girl builds a sand castle at the beach, but the ocean keeps washing it away, so she builds one away from the waves.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1452)
Muppets Marshal Grover asks Fred the Wonder Horse why he's walking backwards -- he can only see where he's been, and not where he's going. He also wants to know what happened to Fred's head. Fred explains that Marshal Grover doesn't know the difference between front and back. "That is a terrible, mean, cruel thing to say to me, Fred!" Marshal Grover exclaims. "It is true, but..." Fred tells Grover that he's facing backward, and if he turns around, he'll see Fred's head. Grover turns around, and cries: "Oh, Fred! I've missed you! Oh, it's good to see you!" Fred says that if he stays turned around, he'll be able to see where he's going. Grover tries it, and he's proud to know the difference between front and back. Unfortunately, now his head is resting on the saddle, with his feet in the air.
(First: Episode 0629)
Cartoon Words that rhyme with BALL
(First: Episode 0773)
Insert Piri and the kids play a rhyming game using rap music from the radio.
Cartoon A woman fixes her car by putting a letter r under the hood, and it goes "Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!"
(EKA: Episode 0411)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Don Music tries to write "Mary Had a Little Lamb", but he can't come up with a word that rhymes with "snow". Kermit suggests that Don try another angle, which leads to Don writing the hit song "Mary Had a Bicycle." Don sings the song, with back-up vocals from the Monotones.
(First: Episode 0698)
Animation The mountains make a snack for a bird, but he forgets to brush his teeth afterward.
(EKA: Episode 1447)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper tells the mailman that he has a letter for his mother: the letter R.
(First: Episode 0583)
Cartoon "The Noble Ostrich", a segment about the day-to-day activities of ostriches. Includes an animated appearance by Big Bird.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1056)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie wears socks on his ears and on his nose in order for Bert to guess which body part he's thinking of.
(First: Episode 1640)
Film Wendy makes cookies with her grandmother. They later visit Wendy's great-grandmother at the nursing home, and give her some of the cookies.
(EKA: Episode 2244)
Cartoon "Five Bears in the Bed" get subtracted as they fall off the bed.
(First: Episode 1231)
Cast Gordon and Olivia try to cooperate under the sun, with voiceover from Bob.
(EKA: Episode 1245)
Cartoon A man learns that it's better not to pick the flowers.
(EKA: Episode 0808)
Film Circles in everyday objects
(EKA: Episode 0817)

SCENE 4 At the Fix-It Shop, Telly tells Luis and a girl about the beautiful sunrise he saw this morning. He wanted to write a poem about it, but couldn't come up with any rhyming words. Luis takes them to the computer, where they type up words that rhyme with "sun" and come up with a poem. Bob announces the sponsors.

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