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Sesame Street
Maria & Luis β€” Feeding the kitten
Air date December 24, 1987
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors I, X, 5

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria stops by the Fix-It Shop in the early morning to check on Luis and the stray kitten. She wakes up Luis when he doesn't notice the alarm going off. He asks her to go some solid food to see if the kitten is able to eat any. As she makes her way to the store, she runs into Elmo, then Big Bird and Mr. Snuffleupagus, informing them about getting food for the kitten. The three think they can help bring food too and dash off.
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Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
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SCENE 2 The front door to the Fix-It Shop is blocked by the foods the three have brought back - baskets of cabbage from Snuffy, bags of birdseed from Big Bird and a chili dog cart courtesy of Elmo. Maria returns as the three argue over whose food is better. She tells them that kittens need kitten food, not what they've brought. She points out their food is also blocking the front door of the store. The three begin to eat their way through to the shop.
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SCENE 3 Everyone gathers in the store to watch the kitten be fed. Luis recalls what the pet store owner told him and if the kitten can lick something placed on their nose, they are strong enough to eat. Elmo wants to help out, but mistakenly puts the food on Maria's nose instead. Maria does the feeding and they all cheer when the kitten starts to eat.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird asks why Luis keeps calling the kitten "gatita." Luis explains the Spanish translation, then finds "Gatita" makes a fine name for the kitten. Big Bird doesn't feel the same, thinking a name that simply describes the being isn't very creative. He changes his tune when Maria points out that he himself falls into the same category. Elmo announces the sponsors.



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