Sesame Street
David hires Gina to work at Hooper's
Air date November 18, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors B, J, 7
Syndication Sesame Street Unpaved
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 We open on Gina, sitting at Hooper's Store doing her homework, listening to her headphones. David is unaware that Gina needs a job so she can earn some money to buy her mom a birthday present. Moreover, Gina is unaware that David needs help around the store, which is evident by the way he goes over everything he has to do today. Finally, he puts up a HELP WANTED sign.
Cartoon Sign Cartoons: The man spells out the word HELP.
(First: Episode 1118)

Muppets Ernie & BertThe Count Sleeps Over at Ernie & Bert's (Part 1)
The Count sleeps in Bert's bed while Bert sleeps on the couch. Ernie tells The Count that he can count sheep to get to sleep, but it never dawned on Ernie that the Count never gets tired of counting. He stays up all night counting sheep, to Ernie's detriment.
(First: Episode 0941)
Cartoon "Seven Sweet Sopranos" on a shaky piano
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1656)
Muppets Ernie & Bert: The Count Sleeps Over At Ernie & Bert's (Part 2)
It's the next morning. The Count had a good night, but he didn't sleep. His counting kept Ernie up, and now Ernie is walking and counting like a zombie.
(First: Episode 0941)
Film A boy takes a look at his new baby brother at the hospital
(First: Episode 1125)
Cartoon B for boot
(First: Episode 1967)
SCENE 2 Dressed in aviator attire, Meryl Sheep comes in to answer the HELP WANTED sign. She thinks working at Hooper's Store will be adventurous, enabling her to do such heroic things as sail the sea to catch tuna fish for sandwiches, or throw a rope down to Elmo if he falls into a cereal bowl. David explains that working at Hooper's doesn't involve such adventure, and she loses interest.
Cartoon "You know what it's like to be scared?"
(First: Episode 0547)
Insert Three of These Kids are playing policeman, but the other one is playing fireman.
(First: Episode 0408)

Film Footage of an animal auction, where they auction off animals to dairy farmers and the like.
(First: Episode 0932)
cut from the Noggin version
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
Muppets A group of female Anything Muppets sing about the many things "Women Can Be."
(First: Episode 0773)
Cartoon 7 Starfish
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1473)

SCENE 3 Oscar thinks he can help David, but David is suspicious. Oscar then demonstrates his "Upside-down Surprise": a pan with some pickles, sardines and whipped cream, which David thinks Oscar is going to turn upside down, resulting in a tug-of-war argument between them, topped off with a big SPLAT!
David is frustrated that no one has given him any help so far today. Gina almost pops the job question to David, but he has to run off to clean his shirt.
Cartoon A man explains to a girl what a surprise is.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1358)
cut from the Noggin version

Muppets Ferlinghetti Donizetti delivers "the easy rhythm Rappin' Alphabet" while Grover displays his super smooth break-dance moves.
(First: Episode 2033)
Film Marching Band forms a circle
(First: Episode 0517)
Cartoon B for butterfly
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit the Frog.
(First: Episode 1943)
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)

SCENE 4 David has chosen The Amazing Mumford for his new partner, but unfortunately, when Maria asks him to make her a root beer float, he literally does so! After he changes her back, the experience leaves her so cold inside that she rushes home to take a nice hot bath.
Cartoon B for Boxer
(First: Episode 0006)
Film A beekeeper extracts honey from a honeycomb.
(First: Episode 1117)

Cast In a spoof of the famous Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial, football player Big Murray (Gordon) accepts a number 7 from a young fan, whom he rewards with a towel that also has a 7 on it.
(First: Episode 1535)
Cartoon At night, a group of mice are scared of a monster in the woods. They describe its features until the feared monster looks like an elephant - who is more scared of the mice.
(First: Episode 0814)
cut from the Noggin version
Celebrity James Taylor sings "That Grouchy Face" to Oscar.
(First: Episode 1777)
Film A man carves a wooden horse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2079)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie is sad because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon Fruta Manzana sings about keeping the place clean by throwing away fruit peels and apple cores.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1485)
Film Kids count 20 penguins going down a slide.
(First: Episode 0232)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 5 By now, Gina has had seven glasses of lemonade, which she pays for with the remainder of her allowance. As they lament about their plights, they come to the sudden realization that they needed each other all along! Gina is immediately ready to start working at Hooper's--right after she gets back from the bathroom.
Cartoon An apple, an orange and a pear learn they can cooperate by rocking and rolling.
(First: Episode 0555)
Muppets Old West: Clementine breaks the bad news to everyone: Bad Bart is coming to town to "give someone what they deserve"! She says he will come when the cow moos four times. They listen for it, and first hear a train toot four times, then a dog bark four times, and finally the cow. Bad Bart steps into the saloon, looks for the bartender, and reminds him that last week, he ordered sarsaparilla, but the bartender didn't have it, so he went to another town to get it, and kept him waiting. Bad Bart forgot to pay the bartender for it, so he gives the bartender what he deserves: some coins.
(First: Episode 1940)
Song "B is for Bubble"
(First: Episode 0008)
Cartoon A woman serves milk to her cat. Several other cats join him, including a lion.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1017)

SCENE 6 Mumford's duck brings the HELP WANTED sign over to David, but he explains that the position has already been taken by Gina. The duck walks off, insulted, and David announces the sponsors.

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