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


Picture Segment Description

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.
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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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