Sesame Street
Floris the talking plant
Air date January 13, 1989
Season Season 20 (1988-1989)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors M, V, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 It's the crack of dawn on Sesame Street. While Maria and Luis are still asleep, on their windowsill sits Floris McDirt, a talking plant with the air of an English gentleman. He confesses to the viewer that he's yet to speak up around Maria or Luis, suggesting he'll soon be roped into radio interviews, TV ads, and appearing on Oprah and Donahue if he does. "It simply gets out of hand," he states, before beginning to observe the habits of his owners.
SCENE 1 cont'd Luis wakes up and informs the half-awake Maria that later today, Gordon, Susan, Miles and Telly Monster will be coming over for dinner - their first group dinner since they got married. Luis is ready to get up, but Maria still feels like laying down some more. Once she finally manages to get up, Luis decides to lie back down.
Cartoon A boy leads his sister up and down a staircase.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0526)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Cartoon A peasant tries to woo a pretty girl by reciting the famous "Roses are Red" poem. The lines are fed to him by a poet behind a bush, whom she eventually runs off with.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 2058)
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
Cartoon "Martian Beauty" has nine hairs, nine bows, nine eyes, nine nostrils, nine arms, and nine toes.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0316)

SCENE 2 Floris has secured a new spot in the living room window, which allows him to soak up more sunlight. Maria wonders where to put a footstool in the apartment, when she puts it down by the front door to tend to a phone call. Luis strolls in with the groceries, when the frame freezes. Floris plays a musical game with the viewer, wondering what is the likely outcome of the situation - will Luis step around it, sit on it or trip over it? Luis ends up sitting on it, but falls back just as Maria decides to place it elsewhere.
Cartoon V for violin
(First: Episode 2386)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2485)
Muppets Miami Mice
Kermit tries to interview the mice about adventure, but finds it difficult to continue the interview when he's interrupted by a jet plane, an animal stampede, and a giant monster all making their way through the office.
(First: Episode 2200)
Cartoon Bolt and Nut show how they work together.
(First: Episode 0569)
Cast The Alphabet Dancers form the letter V.
(First: Episode 0455)
Film A piece of construction equipment and a giraffe are shown side-by-side.
(First: Episode 1550)
Muppets / Cast Bob sings "The People in Your Neighborhood" with a dentist and a bus driver. (remake)
(First: Episode 2146)
Patelwhale.jpg Cartoon It's a whale
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1684)

SCENE 3 The Robinson family arrives at the apartment for dinner. Meanwhile, Telly makes his way to 123 Sesame Street, bringing some cookies to share with everyone, letting his imagination carry him away as he thinks how each person will react upon eating one of them. Time passes, and everyone decides not to delay things further by waiting for Telly and begin to eat, and by the time he reaches the building, he realizes he's eaten all the cookies. He dashes away, while Floris cues a short break in the action.
Cartoon M for Moon
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1163)
Celebrity Madeline Kahn sings "Mmm...Madeline."
(First: Episode 2370)
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1941)
Muppets Here is Your Life
Disguised as a dentist, Guy Smiley surprises a tooth at a dentist's office. The tooth is reunited with healthy food (represented by Carl Carrot and Melvin Milk), his dentist, and toothbrush/toothpaste pair Bristly and Pastey.
(First: Episode 1057)
Film Seashells form various patterns in the sand.
(First: Episode 2031)
Song "Three of These Kids" (barbells)
(First: Episode 0474)
Cartoon Eight spiders subtract themselves.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1510)
SCENE 4 Telly uses the Hooper's Store payphone to call home to his mother, who will bring him some more cookies in a moment. He's happy that the situation has resolved itself, until it dawns on him that now he'll be even later for dinner.
Cartoon Nine penguins slide down a hill. (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1532)
Muppets The American Revolution
The founding fathers argue over what bird should be chosen as the national bird.
(First: Episode 2332)
Cartoon "Animal Elevator": 1-10
Film Some kids watch a silent film featuring a lady in a burning house. They instruct her to "go to the EXIT!"
(First: Episode 0536)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover asks Tanya to explain what "exit" means.
(First: Episode 1522)
Cartoon The Bridgekeeper stipulates that answering three questions about the square in his hand is required to cross the bridge. Question One: What is this? Question Two: How many sides does it have? Question Three: What is a square good for? A young man who wishes to cross the bridge has square-shaped building blocks in his backpack. And a girl thinks a square makes a good picture frame. Then along hops a light blue-colored monster with a red winter cap, who proceeds to eat the bridgekeeper's square, the better to satisfy his daily diet of "three square meals."
(First: Episode 1618)
SCENE 5 Telly finally arrives at Maria and Luis' and is upset that over what he did, as well as missing dinner. Luis offers to heat some of it up for him and suggests he pass the time playing with Miles. They don't have any toys in the apartment, but Maria shows him the different ways they can play with a paper towel tube. Floris is pleased with how the events have turned out.
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Animation M / m (Gordon voiceover)
(EKA: Episode 2440)
Muppets An Anything Muppet sings a "Pretty Little Song" with a canary, but neither of them can figure out when it ends.
(First: Episode 1298)
Animation Counting 1-9 in Spanish
(First: Episode 1594)
SCENE 6 Floris now watches the nighttime shenanigans of Maria and Luis, where Maria repeatedly gets out of bed to open the window, do her nightly push-up and get something to drink. Floris announces the sponsors and bids the viewer farewell, and the credits roll.

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