Sesame Street
Maria plays "Sightword"
Air date February 24, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Jon Stone
Sponsors H, J, 4


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Maria watches as Telly plays into Oscar's latest trick on him. Oscar has a painting of a silly-looking monster and has Telly yell, "Come over here and see the funny looking monster with the silly look on his face." This will attract people to see it and Oscar will pop up from his can to show everyone. However, Oscar doesn't pop up when Maria answers Telly's call, making him realize he's the silly monster. Maria asks him why he puts up with Oscar's constant abuse and Telly claims that Oscar won't be his friend unless he does what he's asked. Maria replies that Oscar is no friend if he treats Telly this way and comes up with a plan.
Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: Joe Raposo sings "Goats."
(First: Episode 2366)

Muppets Spaceship Surprise
The crew lands on the Planet CH, where they are greeted by Chunky Cheese.
(First: Episode 2414)
Cartoon J family jamboree
(First: Episode 0365)

SCENE 2 Oscar now convinces Telly that if he swings a rubber chicken above his head, he'll be able to fly like a helicopter. With Maria's encouragement, Telly disassociates himself from this scheme. He collapses into Maria's arms, overwhelmed from the feeling of standing up for himself and Maria remarks, "The longest journey begins with a single step."
Cartoon Four elephants at the circus
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1489)
Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck"
(First: Episode 2304)
Cartoon Jughead Jones's J story
(First: Episode 0231)
Film A boy who lives in Alaska narrates a film of himself going ice-fishing with his grandfather and sister.
(EKA: Episode 2375)
SCENE 3 Susan sings "Point Your Fingers" with the kids.
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)
Muppets Mr. Johnson has been served a bowl of soup, but flags down his waiter to make a complaint. He asks Grover to inspect the fly that's in his soup, but Grover looks under, next to, and on the soup before he agrees to bring out a new bowl. The kitchen is all out of what Mr. Johnson ordered, so he brings him Cream of Mosquito.
(First: Episode 1134)
Film A kid recites a poem about adding penguins.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0255)
SCENE 4 Linda and Maria show the kids how to count to 10 and back in sign language.
Song "Garbageman's Blues Song"
(First: Episode 1875)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Gone With the Wind"
(First: Episode 2410)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)

SCENE 5 Maria works on Mrs. Nussbaum's alarm clock, when suddenly she finds herself on the TV game show "Sightword," hosted by Matt Playback. Hostess Velma Bland unveils a series of boxes, and Maria must guess letters to fill those boxes and make a word. Maria is confused at first, but goes along with it and guesses the word - STREET. Her prize is the alarm clock, which Maria insists doesn't belong to her.
Cartoon Two kids want to use their empty box as a pretend submarine or airplane. They agree to imagine it's a rocketship.
Artist: Cordell Barker
(First: Episode 2369)
Muppets / Celebrity On the stage at Birdland, Telly scats with Joe Williams. (introduction edited)
(First: Episode 2260)
Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)

SCENE 6 Maria goes to have lunch at Hooper's Store. Before he can take her order, David goes into the basement to find the extra sprinkles. Just then, Maria is once more roped into another game of "Sightword." Maria, still puzzled by the ordeal, plays again and once more gets the right answer - TELEPHONE. Her prize this time is one of the store's napkin holders. The showbiz hubbub dies down just as David returns and Maria offers to sell him back his own napkin holder.
Film People jump.
(First: Episode 0774)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)


SCENE 7 At night, Maria readies herself for bed. As she brushes her teeth, she is once more the unwitting contestant of "Sightword." Maria wants everyone out of her bathroom, but again gets the right answer - TOOTHPASTE. Her prize is now her own cake of soap. Maria heads to bed, suspiciously checking around for any further game show nonsense. The "Sightword" announcer Gene announces the sponsors.

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