Sesame Street
Prairie Dawn's computer play
Air date November 15, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors D, H, 9


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At the Fix-It Shop, Maria works on a fan, while Prairie Dawn uses the shop's computer to write a new pageant. Prairie finds it hard to work when Maria puts on some loud, Spanish music. Maria tries wearing headphones, but her singing along disturbs Prairie as well. Prairie resolves to find someplace else to work, when Maria instead gives her a set of industrial-strength earphones that block out any noise.
Cartoon A chair displays the word SIT, and a beast sits on him.
(First: Episode 0399)
Film Kids play in the snow.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0292)
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
(First: Episode 1736)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade: Peanut Butter
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1301)
SCENE 2 Prairie has finished writing her play and now needs a cast. Forgetful Jones volunteers, but Prairie is certain that he'll forget all his lines. She tests his memory as part of the audition - if he can remember her name, he can be in the play. She teaches him a little rhyme to help remember and he's able to retain the information, only now forgets that she's producing a play.
Pinball 09
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #9
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1032)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie's lost the nickel he was going to use for candy, so Shola gives him another one.
(First: Episode 0565)
Cartoon A postal worker tells the viewer what the post office is good for.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0783)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Cartoon Two boys peek into a fire house, and write HAT, HOSE and HOOK on the window using their breath. Two dogs come by and wonder what a HAT HOSE HOOK is, but their question is answered when the fire truck leaves the station.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 1204)

SCENE 3 Telly observes Prairie, Forgetful and Elmo reading over the script for her play. He tells Susan how much he wants to be in the show. She suggests he simply ask Prairie if he can participate. Prairie happens by them and Telly poses his question, earning him a role in the show.
Cartoon H is for horseshoe.
(First: Episode 0020)
Film A behind-the-scenes look of Paul Simon recording "Bingo" with his son, and the manufacturing of the record it will be on.
(First: Episode 1133)
Muppets Kermit sings "A Song from Kermit."
(First: Episode 0992)
Animation David points out a heptagon in outerspace.
(EKA: Episode 2441)
SCENE 4 As preparations for the show take place, Bob asks Prairie if there's anything that Uncle Wally's pet seal, Wolfgang, can do to help. Sully is building the stage, Susan sets up the chairs and the kids are painting the set, none of which Wolfgang can do. He can, however, be a vital part of the show by being part of the audience.
Animation Where do the d's fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Song Luis sings "Three of These Things" with three kids with umbrellas and one unlucky kid without one.
(First: Episode 0449)
Film Sesame Street Animal Films: Elk feeding.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0793)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Cartoon D for danger, dragon, doctor, dinner, and dessert
(EKA: Episode 2449)
SCENE 5 Elmo and a little girl act out different feelings.
Cartoon A scientist builds a robot that has real feelings, such as sad, happy and afraid.
(First: Episode 0769)
Film Two kids cooperate on putting on smocks for painting.
(First: Episode 0284)
Film Shopping for soup ingredients.
(First: Episode 0515)
Muppets Grover the lumberjack thinks he is the first to arrive for supper, but he gets trampled by a gang of French-Canadian lumberjacks who get to the food table before he has a chance to get his snow boots off. By the time he finally gets them off, a grizzly bear grabs the last plate of food.
(First: Episode 1343)
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2085)
SCENE 6 The audience forms for Prairie's newest production, "The Computer." Forgetful plays the keyboard (fully able to remember his lines), Elmo plays the screen (though overacts the part) and Telly plays a floppy disk (nervously rushing through his lines).
Cartoon Workmen construct a D building, filled with everything that begins with D.
(First: Episode 0406)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
(First: Episode 0407)
Muppets Big Bird walks down the street, describing the difference between the actual street and sidewalks.
(First: Episode 1256)
Cartoon A flea sets up camp on a dog.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1004)
SCENE 7 Prairie plays the "Sesame Street Theme" on her piano, as her cast members recite the sponsors (though the audience helps Forgetful remember today's number).

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