Sesame Street
Ruby wants to be like Gina
Air date January 3, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors C, U, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Ruby watches in awe as Gina opens up Hooper's Store in the morning. She hopes to be just as amazing as Gina when she's a teenager and imagines setting up the store on her own. Ruby decides she doesn't need to wait and can find ways to help out right now.
Animation Stop-frame animation of a girl on a beach, reading a book containing pictures of various sea creatures that come to life as she comes to their pages.
(First: Episode 1434)
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon A U train spells the words "unite," "U-turn," "underground," "up," and "universe."
(First: Episode 0624)
Film Two kids watch as a veterinarian fixes a baby robin's wing, then lets it go.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2292)
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 A mouth whistles Beethoven's Symphony No. 5.
(First: Episode 2086)
SCENE 2 Ruby tries to help Gina out, but finds her efforts are either redundant or just get in the way. Ruby accidentally causes Gina to break a glass while making Brian a cherry soda and she runs out upset, with Gina following.
Cartoon Cat / fat / hat / sat / rat / bat / scat / splat / flat / pat
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets Kermit the Frog has been instructed to discuss surprises. He wonders what kind of surprise he's in store for, such as a scare from a monster or being hit with a pie. The surprise instead comes from a young girl, who gives him some flowers.
(First: Episode 1770)
Animation Bob reads the kids a story about seven mice, with some animated mice displaying the story. (framing scenes removed)
(First: Episode 1699)
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(First: Episode 1484)
Cartoon C is for Candle (the candle blows back)
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets Ernie plans on copying Bert's felt board template called "Cookies on a Plate in a Room with a Window" which features just that. Ernie goes through various pieces, seeing which ones match Bert's. Once he finishes, Cookie Monster enters the apartment and complements the picture, but likes Bert's more and rips the cookies of the picture and eats them. Ernie sobs, as now his picture is different from Bert's, so Cookie solves everything by eating the cookies off of Ernie's picture.
(First: Episode 1439)
Animation A voiceover counts forty dots, each one rising on a musical scale as their colors shift from red to orange.
(EKA: Episode 2406)
SCENE 3 Gina finds Ruby hiding out in the arbor. Ruby feels bad for what happening, since her intentions came from a place of admiration for Gina. Gina explains that only she can be like herself, while Ruby can only be herself. Ruby doesn't quite understand, until Gina sings her "Me." All the singing has made Gina hungry for some lunch, then Ruby echoes the sentiment.
Animation A frog is formed out of seeds.
(First: Episode 2379)

Muppets Guy Smiley hosts "The Eating Game", in which plates get to meet foods and take them to dinner. The contestant foods are a fish, an ear of corn, and a glass of milk.
(First: Episode 2329)
Cartoon HEN / PEN / TEN / MEN
(First: Episode 1881)
SCENE 4 Maria comes in for lunch, while Ruby waxes about what she just went through. She now feels like doing an experiment, delaying Maria from eating her hot dog. Ruby poses the question - will I still be hungry if I eat an imaginary hot dog? Maria eats a couple of imaginary hot dogs, proving Ruby's experiment a success. She poses a similar question when another customer orders a tuna fish sandwich.
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
Film A boy makes fruit salad.
(First: Episode 1195)
Cartoon U for uniform.
(First: Episode 0702)

Celebrity Ricky (Billy Crystal) walks through a letter U, which he thinks is UNBELIEVABLE!
(First: Episode 2083)
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
Artist: Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(First: Episode 2486)
Song "Garbageman's Blues Song"
(First: Episode 1875)
Cartoon C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets Professor Grover teaches his students what "school" is, but he instead gets the lesson.
(First: Episode 1969)
Cartoon A man uses his memory to tell a woman how to get to a red house.
(First: Episode 2185)
Cast Luis sings "Baa Baa Bamba."
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon A paranoid bird doesn't like to be surprised ... unless it's a surprise party.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2088)
Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — Ernie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake.
(First: Episode 1306)
Cartoon "Song of the Inuit Child"
(First: Episode 2112)
Film Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.
(First: Episode 2499)
Cartoon Seven rabbits
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1493)

SCENE 5 Gina tries to restock the store's newspaper rack, but Ruby is in the way again. Ruby realizes the problem is that she's too near and runs off to be far. She gets all the way down the block, when Gina clarifies that she enjoys having Ruby near, especially when they're hugging. Maria announces the sponsors.

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