Sesame Street
Air date April 20, 1987
Season Season 18 (1986-1987)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Sponsors O, R, 11
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Today on Ask Oscar, Oscar answers a query about what the word "important" means.
Cartoon Ivy Austin sings about a rabbit's day of eating grapes and swimming with pals.
(EKA: Episode 2314)
Bugs GW Stamp
Muppets The Twiddlebugs get a new postage stamp portrait of George Washington, but have trouble getting it to stick to the wall. They finally get it to work, but it is upside down.
(First: Episode 0776)
Cartoon Teeny Little Super Guy explains to Eugene why going to school is important.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon An alien asks a boy for directions to the baseball diamond.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 1877)
Muppets Hands count to 11.
(First: Episode 0183)
Film The Mad Painter #11
(First: Episode 0329)
SCENE 2 "Ask Oscar" resumes, as Telly now reads fan mail asking if Oscar can name any words that rhyme with the letter O. Oscar replies, "No," unwittingly giving an answer. He then wants Telly to "go," providing another example.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster looks at itself in mirrors, and the right half notices that both of them are the same; they have the same nose, mouth, and hands. The other half points out that they're different: their horns point different ways, their hair is different, and their laughter is different.
(First: Episode 1769)
Cartoon A cowboy adds two different herds of cows.
(First: Episode 2255)
Film Finding round things in a supermarket (David voiceover)
(First: Episode 0434)

Insert Gordon reads the kids the story of "Numberella". In the story, Numberella does not have a number to wear to the Prince's party, as numbers 1 through 20 have already been taken. The Count shows up as Numberella's Fairy Countfather and gives her the number 21, which amazes everybody at the party, particularly the Prince, as they have never seen such a number before.
(First: Episode 2316)
Film College students volunteer at the San Francisco Children's Zoo, which has such animals as ferrets, opossums, and chinchillas.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2227)
Cartoon The Bridgekeeper: Square
(First: Episode 1618)
SCENE 3 Bob, Luis, Olivia, Elmo, and the kids recite nursery rhymes, all with new endings where the characters throw their items out the window.
Cartoon The Ringmaster displays 11 purple pooches.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1347)
Celebrity Richard Pryor plays all the parts in a scenario of two kids meeting a new kid who wants to play.
(First: Episode 0779)
Cartoon A detective follows a path on the street which consists of a straight line, followed by dots. He finds out that the truck that paints the dividing road lines happens to sputter every few feet, which is where the dots come from.
(First: Episode 2248)
Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
(First: Episode 0364)
Song "Rockabye Baby" is sung to a sleepy koala.
(First: Episode 0048)
SCENE 4 Big Bird and Snuffy demonstrate the two sounds of the letter O.
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Artists: John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The Elves and the Shoemaker
"Hello, this is Green Frog calling CTW central. Do you read me?"
Kermit interviews the elves, who give The Shoemaker various gifts that are not shoes, but rather things that rhyme with "shoe."
(First: Episode 1249)
Rhino Limerick
Cartoon R for Rhinoceros (poem)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1151)
SCENE 5 Elmo admits that sometimes he forgets what the word "important" means. This prompts an appearance by Gilbert and Sullivan, who lead a song about the word. Afterwards, Elmo wants to learn the song and follows the two around as they try to leave for an important engagement at the club.
Cartoon Gordon voiceover R/r
(First: Episode 2195)
Muppets While standing next to a tree being cut down, Professor Grover talks about the importance about listening... especially if the sound indicates some kind of danger.
(First: Episode 1789)
Cartoon A kid tries to push his toy house through the front door without the door closing.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 0914)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit the Frog, Shola, and Fannie demonstrate "next to."
(First: Episode 0553)
Cartoon Animals walk.
(First: Episode 0926)
SCENE 6 Three hours later, Elmo is trying to learn the from the two singers. They agree to meet up again tomorrow, when Big Bird arrives. He wants to learn the song and sits down for a lesson; Gilbert and Sullivan faint.

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