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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


Picture Segment Description

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 his alarm clock going off. He asks her to get some solid cat food to see if the kitten is strong enough to eat any. As she makes her way to the store downtown, 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.
Cartoon Five Swans
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1460)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Bert and Sherlock Hemlock ask John-John if he wants to count, and John-John enthusiastically rises to the occasion.
(First: Episode 1474)
Song "Cooperation" - Kids cooperate to move a wooden structure.
(First: Episode 0933)
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle sings "Oh, How I Miss My X."
(First: Episode 2168)
Cartoon A detective follows a path on the street which consists of a straight line, followed by dots. He finds out that the truck that paints the dividing road lines happens to sputter every few feet, which is where the dots come from.
(First: Episode 2248)
Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish. (ending trimmed)
(First: Episode 0429)

SCENE 2 The front door to the Fix-It Shop is blocked by the foods the three have brought back - baskets of cabbages 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 (as evident by Luis' scream when he suddenly opens it). The three begin to eat their way through to the shop.
Cartoon A man shows the viewers his "YES" machine.
(First: Episode 0822)
Song "Five Onstage Dancers"
(First: Episode 0539)
Muppets Instead of cookies, Cookie Monster recites a poem about galoshes -- or at least he tries.
(First: Episode 1626)
Cartoon Jive Five
(First: Episode 1664)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Eating" while animals eat.
(First: Episode 0106)
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 her nose, she is strong enough to eat. Elmo wants to help out, but mistakenly puts the food on Maria's nose instead, thinking that's what the cat will eat off of. Maria does the feeding herself, and they all cheer when the kitten quickly gobbles up the food.
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Film Kids dancing.
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Pinball 05
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #5
(First: Episode 0991)
Muppets In ancient times, Grover invents the wheel to help Biff move a stone up a hill.
(First: Episode 0915)
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
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Insert Gordon reads the kids Home Run on the Range starring Forgetful Jones.
(First: Episode 1964)
Film Slide puzzle - boy
(First: Episode 0428)
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
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Cast The Alphabet Dancers: Lowercase letter I.
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Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
(First: Episode 0132)
Cartoon A small frog is jealous of how big an ox is, so he expands himself into a very large, round frog. He becomes so self-important and big he ends up exploding.
Artist: Etienne Delessert
(First: Episode 0660)
Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Bein' Green" against a farm field background.
(First: Episode 0722)
Cartoon "Find the Opposite"
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Insert Don Music is playing some music at Hooper's Store, but David isn't so sure about it. Don plays a medley of soft songs, then a loud one. Don realizes that the music he plays should make the customers think of food and brings in the Cooking Choir, a bunch of kids who sing about David cooking, then the customers eating.
(First: Episode 2325)
Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(First: Episode 2218)
Film Maria and some kids count katydids hiding in the leaves.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2364)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert has six jellybeans, and Ernie has seven. To make it even, Ernie eats the extra jellybean. That's fair, isn't it?
(First: Episode 0014)
Cartoon A green man demonstrates dark and light.
(First: Episode 1129)
Cast A voiceover instructs Maria as Chaplin where to put the shirts and the towels. (piano underscore)
(First: Episode 0541)
Cartoon A man learns that it's better not to pick the flowers.
(First: Episode 0416)
Film A bulldozer moves dirt up a construction site.
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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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