Sesame Street
David and the potted plant
(repeat of 2143)
Air date December 10, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Production October 18, 1985
Sponsors B, D, 5

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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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2143b
SCENE 1 David has been looking after a potted plant for his friend and is on his way to return it. On his way there, he hears arguing coming from Big Bird's nest. He goes inside, where Big Bird and Snuffy are both blaming each other for knocking over their box of crayons. Hearing how they both reached for the box at the same time, David tells them it was simply an accident, not either of their faults. To demonstrate, he pretends the plant is the box of crayons and reaches out for it. Big Bird does it as well, accidentally knocking over the plant. Big Bird and Snuffy see how their incident was just as accidental and comfort David with the same words he's told them.
Dconstruction
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TriangleRight

TheTriangleisRight
Muppets Game Show: The Triangle is Right
The object of the game is to answer every question with "a triangle" as the answer. Contestant Prairie Dawn has little patience for this format.
(First: Episode 2185)
Ddart
Cartoon D-dart
(First: Episode 0292)
1839zj
Film As a boy plays with a tugboat in the bathtub, we watch footage of a real tugboat.
(First: Episode 0801)
Bridgekeeper.Triangles
Cartoon A young bespectacled man with an accordion asks how much it costs to cross the bridge. The Bridgekeeper says admission is free, but requires that the young man show him three triangles. Two of them are found in the bridgework, and the man uses the bridgekeeper's staff to draw a third triangle in the dirt. Although the bridgekeeper has his order filled, he asks the man to play a tune on his accordion. This additional request takes the young man by surprise, but he is told to do so for the opportunity to cross the bridge.
(First: Episode 1572)
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2143d
SCENE 2 David has repotted the plant and begins another trek to his friend's place. He runs into a grumbling Telly, who thinks Big Bird is spending all his time with Snuffy and won't play with him again. David tells him to simply ask if he can play too, and Telly reluctantly agrees to try it. David puts his ear to the door to hear how it works out. Telly is accepted into the group and Snuffy initiates a jumping game, rattling the street and causing David to drop his plant.
TLSG.Alice
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy notices his friend Alice wanting to join a baseball game. He gives her the idea to go over there and ask them if she can play.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1900)
2073i
Muppets The Count counts as Suzanne Farrell spins around. Monsters offer her some flowers, and the Count counts the bouquets.
(First: Episode 1682)
1090-10
Film Peacock
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0278)
5-Butterflies
Cartoon Five butterflies
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1471)
WhenBert'sNotHere
Muppets Ernie is tossing and turning in bed. He sings to the viewers how he feels "When Bert's Not Here."
(First: Episode 2208)
400015
Cartoon A man weighs five pounds of bubble gum. He chews it all, blows a huge bubble, and flies away.
(First: Episode 0617)
GroverPolly-Fingers
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Polly count five fingers.
(First: Episode 0279)
Bunnychickblocks.Tea
Animation A hand arranges blocks to form benches so a bunny and a chick can have tea.
(First: Episode 1488)
1845a

1845b
Cast When Oscar discovers a letter B next to his trash can, Gilbert and Sullivan pop up to sing "The Letter B" with cameos by Maria, Olivia, Bob, and Barkley.
(First: Episode 1845)
Bforbeard
Cartoon B for Beard (poem by Edward Lear)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1147)
Chinchilla
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)
200013
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BeforeAfterCircus
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(First: Episode 0728)
MyFunnyJar
Cartoon A girl puts imaginary things in a jar, which makes her laugh.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1304)
2143e

2143f
SCENE 3 David has repotted the plant once again and has another run-in with Telly, who asks what a "discussion" is. David sets the plant on top of Oscar's trash can and delivers an explanation. Shortly after, Oscar pops up, causing the plant to fall to the ground yet again. Oscar is pleased to have caused an unintentional mess and tries to spur a discussion about other dumb things David has done.
3169.LionWalk
Animation See the lion walk.
(First: Episode 0993)
0926zd
Film The crosswalk light says WALK.
(First: Episode 0926)
Snake Charmer 1-5
Cartoon Five snakes come out of a basket when a snake charmer plays the flute.
(First: Episode 0762)
Little chrissy you're alive
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "You're Alive."
(First: Episode 1482)
Cinco.Luis
Animation El numero cinco (Luis VO)
(First: Episode 2115)
2143g
SCENE 4 David remarks that he's running out of pots as he repots the plant for a third time. Telly comes to Hooper's Store, having been sent to get a ball they can play with. David doesn't see any on the shelves, but promises to look in the backroom for anything. As Telly makes his way back, he fears coming back empty handed, but thinks of a way they can play catch after all.
2143h
SCENE 4 cont'd David has found a ball and carries it, along with the plant, to Big Bird's nest. He hears the trio about to play catch using Telly instead of a ball. David drops the plant in an effort to open the door and stop such a dangerous game. Big Bird peers over the doors and agrees with David the game wouldn't be safe. David tosses the ball to Big Bird, who says David needs to be more careful with his plant.
Toon.Homes
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(First: Episode 1711)
E&Bsharepaper
Muppets Ernie & BertBert is sitting in his chair and reading the paper, when Ernie comes along and starts reading over Bert's shoulder. They decide to share the paper. Ernie rips it in half, which seems to work until Bert realizes that some of his article is on Ernie's half and starts reading over Ernie's shoulder.
(First: Episode 1193)
2963-A9
Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a boat.
Bisforbubble
Song "B is for Bubble"
(First: Episode 0008)
2963-C11
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
Ssnews.littlereddirections
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit, using a pull-down map, tries to give everyone directions to Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother's house. No one listens to Kermit. In the end, Red joins her grandmother, the Big Bad Wolf, and a cab driver for a picnic.
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Sunflowerbells
Film Footage of a sunflower seed factory, where birdseed bells are manufactured.
(First: Episode 1181)
2143i

2143j
SCENE 5 David, at the end of his rope, vows this is the last time he's going to repot this plant. He begins his walk, but decides to listen in to see if Big Bird, Snuffy, and Telly are still having a good time. He hears the sounds of playing, then they all decide to get something to drink. Big Bird and Telly barrel out the door, forcing David into the wall; the plant thankfully remains safe...until Snuffy pokes his snuffle through and causes David to drop it once again. Telly announces the sponsors.



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