Sesame Street
Elmo's secret word
Air date April 22, 1988
Season Season 19 (1987-1988)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors R, W, 8


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Professor D. Rabbit talks about why the letter R is a rabbit's favorite letter.
Cartoon R is for Rooster, and Robber, and Rake ...
Artist: Fred Calvert
(First: Episode 0011)
Song "Fireman Ready to Go"
(First: Episode 0131)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert asks Ernie to help him carry his heavy groceries, but Ernie is too busy thinking about all the things he can do as he sits in a chair: breathing, listening, and smelling.
(First: Episode 1449)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
Muppets Super Grover tries to stop a fight between Sammy and Frankie, who are fighting over an apple.
(First: Episode 0682)
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)

SCENE 2 Telly worries over what he will be when he grows up, since he can't decide on one job. Gina feels similarly, not knowing whether to be a veterinarian or a rock 'n' roll star. Uncle Wally used to feel the same way, until he had a chat with his father about it. He sings about what his father told him - he should try to be anything he can, such as a bus driver, weather man or algebra teacher. He further explains he did those jobs, and more, encouraging Telly to aspire to become an astronaut/farmer.
Cartoon A Spanish-speaking man falls into a hole, and a dragon helps him out.
Artist: Chris Hinton
(First: Episode 2211)
Muppets Forgetful Jones and his grandma are trying to figure out which one of them was going on a cruise ship. Forgetful checks the suitcase and discovers that it hold his grandma's clothes, meaning it is her who is going on the cruise. As they get interrupted, they both forget what they were doing and ends up waving to the people that are on the boat and wish them a happy vacation.
Film Mad Painter #8
(First: Episode 0326)
Muppets "There's a Hole in the Bucket"
(First: Episode 0834)
Cartoon Triangles are found in various things such as a see-saw, ice cream cone, etc.
(First: Episode 0544)

SCENE 3 Elmo has a special surprise for Luis involving his secret word - cookies! Elmo rehearses the plan: when Luis says the word "cookies," a Dinger will ding like mad, while a duck (wearing a sign with the word) quacks wildly. Luis comes by and Elmo tries to prompt him to say the word, but to no avail. Luis then reveals he has some cookies that Maria baked, sending Elmo and company into a commotion. Luis remarks, "Wait 'till I tell Maria about this. I betcha nobody ever got that excited about her cookies before."
Film Otters in the zoo
(First: Episode 0487)
Cartoon W For Wilbur
(First: Episode 0366)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentKermit asks Debo if he knows what a W is.
(First: Episode 0563)
Cartoon A spring bounces under and over animals.
(First: Episode 1236)
Muppets / Celebrity Celia Cruz and the Anything Muppets sing "Numero Comparsa."
(First: Episode 2318)
Film Slide puzzle - boy
(First: Episode 0428)

SCENE 4 Uncle Wally plays a guessing game with the kids involving someone hiding behind the fence. Some images are flipped over the fence, showing parts of a Dinger's head, a duck's bill and red fur. Another image is flipped, showing some cookies. Elmo, the Dinger and duck appear and celebrate the secret word again.
Song "Old Button Hole"
(First: Episode 1727)
Muppets Alphabet Chat: Mr. Chatterly tries to discuss the letter R, but everything goes awry.
(First: Episode 0876)
Superguy pet
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy
RW wants a pet spoon, so TLSG teaches him the importance of being responsible with a pet.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1986)
Cast Linda signs the word "pie", and David anticipates getting hit with one ... but it happens to Linda instead.
(First: Episode 1325)
Animation "The King of Eight"
(First: Episode 0225)
SCENE 5 Gina has gotten Ernestine down for her nap and proceeds to start her homework. She has a box of cookies with her, but makes sure not to say it out loud, certain that Elmo and his crew will make a lot of noise and wake the baby. Big Bird accidentally says the word, cueing Elmo and friends to appear, waking Ernestine.
Cartoon The Typewriter: R for Rope
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0764)
Film In an Alaskan village, a doctor makes a regular visit to a clinic.
(EKA: Episode 2390)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper sets up a bucket of confetti above a door, so that whoever pulls the rope attached to the bucket will get the confetti dumped on them. Instead, a little girl walks by and pulls the rope, so that the confetti lands on Harvey!
(First: Episode 0353)
Cartoon Seven chicks plus 1 alligator makes 8.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1510)
Muppets Ernie sings about "The Insects in Your Neighborhood."
(First: Episode 1887)
Cartoon A loud-voiced girl talks about her dog, Pete.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1266)
SCENE 6 Elmo tries goading Oscar into saying his secret word, but Oscar wants no part in it. He agrees to say goodbye instead, but accidentally says "cookies" anyhow. Amid the commotion, Gina announces the sponsors and the credits roll.


  • Gina's contemplation about becoming a veterinarian one day comes to fruition in Episode 3787.

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