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Maria & Luis β€” The stray kitten
Air date December 23, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors D, M, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 As Luis works on Dr. Kruger's toaster, Gina and Big Bird frantically show him a small kitten they found abandoned in a shoebox on 12th Street. They say it has no mother and it's so small and weak, it can hardly even walk. Luis phones Mr. Minetti from the local pet shop for advice.
Cartoon A peacock counts 20 feathers on his tail.
(First: Episode 0406)
Film Two kids watch as a veterinarian fixes a baby robin's wing, then lets it go.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2292)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit looks for the Old Woman who Lives in a Shoe. At first he ends up visiting The Young Man who Lives in a Glove, and the Young Woman who Lives in a Hat. When he reaches the shoe, it turns out the old woman needs a babysitter for her kids, and what better candidate than Kermit?
(First: Episode 1050)
Cartoon Junior has to jump across the pond to make the frog chorus.
(First: Episode 0926)
SCENE 2 Big Bird and Gina tell Maria about what happened while Luis goes out to the pet store. He returns with some baby food for the kitten, who has a chance to get better.
Cartoonsignlanguageabc.jpg Cartoon β€œSigning Alphabet,” an animated film by Steve Finkin. Music for voice and electronics by Joan La Barbara.
(First: Episode 1056)
Muppets / Cast Oscar sings "One of These Things" over a four-way split screen containing Gordon, Bob, David and Slimey, all dressed in tuxedos.
(First: Episode 1904)
Cartoon Jazz #7 (Spanish version)
(First: Episode 0281)
Chicken Soup Needs a Spoon.JPG
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover serves Mr. Johnson a bowl of chicken soup. Johnson says that he can't eat the soup, and Grover can't guess why. "That settles it," Johnson sighs. "From now on, I'm bringing my lunch to work in a paper sack." He finally explains to Grover that he can't eat the soup because he doesn't have a spoon.
(First: Episode 0358)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Touch, Hold, Feel."
(First: Episode 0504)
SCENE 3 Everyone watches as Luis feeds the kitten. Maria develops an appreciative look towards Luis.
Cartoon Sign Sounds: A man rearranges a LIMK sign to make the word "MILK".
(First: Episode 1116)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Wishihadafriend.jpg Muppets Ernie doesn't want to play with Bert, who sings "I Wish I Had a Friend to Play With Me".
(First: Episode 1819)
Animation Marco had a flower. When it wilted, he called his grandpa and told him exactly what the flower looked like. Grandpa told him to water the flower, and it grew again.
(First: Episode 0555)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot explains what the letters M and W look like with a very uncooperative letter that keeps switching itself. The letter eventually stops switching, and Herb solves the problem by rotating the camera angle, turning the letter upside down.
(First: Episode 0155)
Cartoon M in space
(First: Episode 0516)
SCENE 4 Elmo and Big Bird watch the kitten while Luis fetches some things for it. Elmo wants to play and makes a guessing game of the various items Luis brings into the Fix-It Shop - a pillow, blanket, a cot, pajamas, a robe, alarm clock and toothbrush. The two put the clues together and assume Luis will be sleeping in the shop tonight. Luis confirms this, as the kitten will need to be fed every couple of hours.
Pinball 07.jpg
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
Film A scuba diver swims away from.
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz tells Big Bird about a hummingbird, and sings "Zunzun."
(First: Episode 2298)
Cartoon Lightbulbs are subtracted as a voice counts down from 5 to 0.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2188)
SCENE 5 Elmo wishes he could help feed the kitty and proposes getting a Snuffleupagus-sized jar of baby food would ensure the kitty had enough food to last all night, but it would be too big for him to carry. He then thinks he could set his alarm every two hours and wake up Luis on his own, but finds that would be very tiring. His final idea everyone agrees with - everyone takes turns waking up to feed the kitten.
Cartoon A baby bird falls from a tree. A boy puts him back, and in return, the mother bird saves the boy from embarrassment.
(First: Episode 0550)
Song Joe Raposo sings "I Like Alaska", along with a montage of kids saying what their hobbies are, and what they like about their community.
(EKA: Episode 2356)
Film I hab a cauld ib by dose.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1170)

SCENE 6 Luis thanks everyone for their kindness, but he feels it would be safer if he kept the kitten with him in the shop. Maria is particularly taken by his thoughtfulness.
Animation Where do the Ds fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Film A kid marching band forms a triangle.
(First: Episode 0531)
TV Chair Battle.JPG
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie and Bert play tricks on each other in order to sit in the TV chair, until they realize they both fit in it. Herry tricks Ernie and Bert into leaving their chair so that he can sit in it. Ernie and Bert decide that if the chair can hold two, it can hold three as well, so they cram their way into the chair with Herry. When they realize that they're watching something only Bert would enjoy, they leave Bert alone.
(First: Episode 0207)
Animation It's a snail!
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1711)
SCENE 7 At night, Luis tells the kitten that he hopes it gets better and hopefully can stick around when it's healthier. He then sings to the kitten ("Stay"). Maria stops by to say goodnight.
Cartoon Miss Fortune makes guesses about a dog.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0483)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” John-John wants to count backwards. Grover tells him to count backwards from 10, but he has a little trouble.
(First: Episode 0547)
Cartoon The Hummingbird
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1518)
Film A look at the life of Colleen, who lives in Arizona.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0504)
Cartoon M for Mask
(First: Episode 2079)
SCENE 8 The alarm wakes up Luis and he starts feeding the kitten. Maria comes by once more, unable to sleep, and offers to stay for awhile with him. Gina announces the sponsors.

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