Sesame Street
Mr. Handford tries to take a nap
Air date November 17, 1989
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors V, Y, 12


Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 The show opens with Gordon reading a newspaper on the stoop of 123 Sesame Street and welcoming the viewer to Sesame Street while Elmo runs around saying, "ELMO GOT A LETTER! ELMO GOT A LETTER!" He asks Gordon to read it to him. It is from David. Gordon explains to the audience that David left Sesame Street and moved to the country to take care of his grandmother. Then, Gordon reads the letter, which says:

Dear Elmo,
How are you? Living on a farm is lots of fun. The country is beautiful, the air is fresh and clean, and there are even more horses and cows than there are on Sesame Street.
PS: Say hello to everyone on Sesame Street.

Elmo thinks David meant that P.S. part literally, so he starts saying hello to Gordon and some kids walking by. Gordon tries to explain to Elmo that that was only an expression, but Elmo keeps saying hello to everyone he sees.

Cartoon A hand draws a farm backdrop for the animals.
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Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert cooperate to make Ernie's bed. Ernie notices that on his bed, which Bert is preparing, there is one side where the blanket is shorter than the other. Bert suggests that Ernie and him cooperate while making the blanket even on both sides, in the process the blanket is shorter at one side than the other.
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Cartoon V in space
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Film Fay Ray climbs over a box.
Muppets A shark sings about his "Perfecty Pearl-White Teeth."
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Cartoon An elephant and a bear try to cross a bridge to deliver their packages, but they're in each other's way. All voices by Hal Smith.
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SCENE 2 Gina helps Hooper's Store's new owner, Mr. Handford, with the plumbing, while also explaining to the audience that David moved away. Elmo arrives to say hello to Gina and Mr. Handford, since he is saying hello to everybody.
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Cartoon The word "YES" follows a man.
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Muppets Director Kermit is making a western film with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful Jones is supposed to enter through the saloon doors and shout, "Everybody, freeze!" Of course, he forgets this, and instead enters under, around, and over the door. He gets the line right for the first three takes, but when he finally goes through the door: "Everybody ... frolic!"
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Animation A set of blocks reveal a square, a triangle, and a circle.
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SCENE 3 After Mr. Handford finishes repairing the plumbing, he decides to take a nap in the arbor area. He lies on a lawn chair, and Gina sets his alarm clock. Mr. Handford explains to Gina that he used to be a firefighter. He left the fire department but soon became tired of being retired and bought Hooper's Store. Gina leaves so Mr. Handford can take his nap, but then Mr. Snuffleupagus shows up asking him to watch Alice Snuffleupagus while Snuffy plays with Big Bird. Mr. Handford tells Snuffy that he's planning on taking a nap, but Snuffy informs him that it's time for Alice's nap, too.
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Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Chelsea: YES/NO.
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Muppets A Muppet girl (Ivy Austin) approaches a sad Herry and asks him what's wrong. He laments about being left out of the baseball game, and she offers to cheer him up by taking him to the zoo.
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Cartoon Sign language: Day, morning, noon, night.
Animation by Steve Finkin.
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Film A zookeeper feeds some polar bears sardines.
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Cartoon A large bird munches on rectangle edges, forming the word "BIRD."
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SCENE 4 Mr. Handford tries to get Alice to fall asleep so that he can go to sleep. Meryl Sheep shows up and suggests that Alice count sheep, but Mr. Handford explains that Alice doesn't know how to count yet. Meryl suggests that Mr. Handford count for her while Meryl jumps. Unfortunately, Meryl gets tired of jumping after doing it twelve times.
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Film Photographic collage demonstration of ALL, MOST, SOME, and NONE of an apple. Artist: Frank and Caroline Mouris
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Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
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Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
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SCENE 5 Mr. Handford reads Alice a story called "Big Red Barn" by Margaret Wise Brown to put her to sleep. It works....
Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
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Cast Big Bird sings the alphabet while Bob accompanies him on glasses of water.
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Film Kids go roller-skating in a playground as ragtime music plays.
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Muppets Grover plays a detective at his office. A frantic city gent (Brian Muehl) rushes over to warn him about something that's bothering him outside, which, unbeknownst to both of them, turns out to be a very strong wind that blows everything away—including Grover's office.
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Cartoon The Yellow Yahoo
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SCENE 6 ...but then Barkley enters and barks loudly, waking Alice. Linda arrives with Barkley and, in sign language, asks Mr. Handford to watch Barkley. Barkley falls asleep, and Mr. Handford decides to play a game with Alice, demonstrating "same" and "different," comparing Alice (who is awake) with Barkley (who is sleeping), until Alice falls asleep. Just as Mr. Handford is finally free to nap, the alarm clock goes off, waking Alice and Barkley.
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Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam comes to the saloon, looking for Doc Holiday. He questions the frightened townspeople, looking for the doctor, but all he can find is a mailman and a fire fighter. Sam says they'd better find the doctor, because he's got an itchy trigger finger. The doctor is found, cowering under a table. The doctor asks what Sam wants with him, and the mean hombre says that his finger is really itchy -- it's driving him crazy. Is it a mosquito bite? Should he use some lotion on it? Doc Holliday faints. Sam shrugs, and joins the other patrons at the bar for some milk.
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Variation 1
Cartoon The Ringmaster #12
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SCENE 7 Mr. Handford later tries to teach Alice how to say his name, telling her to say "Hand" and "ford," but when she puts them together, she says "Handfoot." Gina announces the sponsors and the credits roll.

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