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The Count gives up counting
Air date March 11, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Norman Stiles
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors M, P, 7
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Luis comes outside, and encounters an upset Telly, who has just learned that The Count intends to give up counting. Even though he loves counting a lot, he wants to try new things. He admits it's not good to keep doing the same thing over and over, but before long, he's begun counting reasons to stop counting. Now he must find something else to be passionate about ...
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
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)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie's lost the nickel he was going to use for candy, so Shola gives him another one.
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Cartoon Various demonstrations of DOWN and UP
(First: Episode 0847)
SCENE 2 At the Fix-It Shop, The Count pops up, now calling himself "Count Von Down-up," going down and up over and over again. Telly joins him.
Cartoon A man jumps up and down on a trampoline.
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Cast Big Bird sings the alphabet while Bob plays glasses of water.
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Cartoon A conductor conducts a choir to hum his music ("My Music").
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
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Film Some kids learn how to use Logo, a computer programming language, to draw shapes on computers.
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SCENE 3 Telly and The Count continue going up and down at the Fix-it Shop, until The Count decides to start counting again. The Count feels bad for failing to give up counting, until Luis reassures him that at least he found something else he loves to do. The Count feels better again, so he and Telly immediately start counting ups-and-downs out of the Fix-it Shop. Once they leave, Misha brings Luis her toaster to fix, because the bread won't go up and down (rim-shot!).
Cartoon 7 Starfish
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1473)
Film A boy narrates a film of cows being fed hay during winter.
(First: Episode 0787)
Muppets Phil Harmonic introduces Ernie and Placido Flamingo, who sing "Up and Down Opera" to demonstrate up and down.
Animation It's a crocodile
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1663)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit goes to Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter. At the end, Peter Piper's cousin states that Peter Piper is in Portland pressing pants.
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Film A girl puts on her coat all by herself.
Music: Joe Raposo
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Muppets / Celebrity Forgetful Jones has gathered Lisa Bonet, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Tempestt Bledsoe, and Keshia Knight Pulliam to help him with something, but he can't remember what it is. One by one, each kid has to leave, leaving Forgetful alone. At the last minute, Forgetful remembers what he wanted the kids to help him with: to explain what subtraction is.
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Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
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Muppets The American Revolution
The founding fathers argue over what bird should be chosen as the national bird.
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Cast Olivia sings "Everything Grows."
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Cartoon P is for Puddle
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Cast Ask Oscar
A grumpy Linda substitutes for Oscar.
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Pinball 07.jpg Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
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Film A little girl needs HELP getting on a horse.
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Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
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SCENE 4 Telly watches as David tries to handle a rowdy Barkley. David tells Barkley to sit and lie down, which Barkley does. Telly worries that something could go wrong after David empties a pail of water, but strangely enough, his harebrained prediction comes true, and David ends up wet.
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
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Film A boy takes dance lessons at The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.
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Cartoon P for Planet
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Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
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Animation Two balls play on a seesaw, when a third ball wants to join them (ending up in the middle).
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SCENE 5 Some kids ride their bikes around Barkley while David announces the sponsors.

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