Sesame Street
Isaac Stern visits
Air date January 10, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors M, T, 10
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Isaac Stern comes to Sesame Street and asks Maria if the Amazing Mumford is around. He explains earlier outside Carnegie Hall, Mumford was doing some street performance. Instead of making a flower disappear as planned, Mumford instead made Isaac's violin disappear (along with himself). He was told Sesame Street would be the place to find him and retrieve his violin (which he needs for a concert he's giving in Cleveland this evening). Mumford appears and tries to make Isaac's violin return, instead conjuring up other types of instruments. Isaac finally gets his violin back, but it's missing the case. Mumford claims violin cases are a tricky thing to make appear and leaves to consult his magic book.
Cartoon A lizard sings about how she likes to be "Above it All", as well as below.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2559)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants to go outside and play catch, but Bert gets him interested in watching his goldfish.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon How they say "good night" in Haiti and in India.
(First: Episode 1824)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Bein' a Pig."
(First: Episode 2356)
SCENE 2 While Isaac waits for Mumford's return with some coffee, Buster the Horse follows the scent of a fellow horse to Isaac. He explains to Buster that the violin bow is made from horse hair. Buster is offended at first that some poor, innocent horse had their tail plucked, but feels proud when he hears Isaac use it to play some music.
Cartoon The Bellhop must take 10 terriers for a walk.
(First: Episode 2507)
Muppets Guy Smiley takes his 39-member studio audience to a restaurant, but there is no place for him to sit.
(First: Episode 2646)
Cartoon Knights use different words for "big."
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1950)

Film A girl goes to school somewhere in Africa. We see the girl getting ready to go to school, as she washes herself and brushes her teeth, puts on her clothes, brushes her hair, and takes her lunch, all with some help from her mother. We see her walking past her neighbors and watching her classmates play outside as she arrives at school. The bell rings and the girl enters the school, where the teacher is passing out chalk to her students. We see the teacher teaching the students the English words: "a boy", "a girl", "a man", "a woman", which she has written on the board, along with a drawing for each word. The students repeat the words, then write them down on their individual chalkboards as we hear the girl remark, "We are learning to read and write." The students then jump up and down, as the teacher looks on, smiling. Next, we see the students jumping outside excitedly, now that school has finished.
SCENE 3 Biff and Sully push a piano into view. Biff claims he's a musical expert, while Sully plays a short tune on the piano. Isaac proposes a duet and asks for an "A." Biff darts off, while Isaac and Sully play a classical piece together. Biff returns, not able to find an "A," but brings back a letter T.
Cartoon Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Zelda look above and below.
(First: Episode 2615)
Cartoon Melvin the Moving Man has magnificent muscles.
Music: Dick Lavsky and Alan Cagan, Narrator: Allen Swift
(First: Episode 0207)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Mary's Little Lamb
After an interview with Mary, the lamb follows Kermit.
(First: Episode 1943)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
Cartoon Two hippie kids wonder how to make their droopy plant grow.
(First: Episode 1484)
SCENE 4 Elmo practices playing his violin and wishes he wouldn't have to practice anymore, citing Isaac as an example. Isaac tells him he always practices, no matter how good he may be at the moment.
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
Artist: Buzzco Associates, Inc.
(First: Episode 2486)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "In, On and Under." He interviews Paul Pencil in a drawer, Vivian Vase on a mantle, and Jacques Shoesteau under a chair.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon M in space
(First: Episode 0516)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things".
re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2485)
Muppets Grover wants to sell Kermit the Frog a pair of sunglasses, but Kermit doesn't have a nose or ears to hold the sunglasses up with, so Grover gives Kermit a pair of sunglasses with attached ears, nose, and mustache (which Grover adds is optional).
(First: Episode 1727)
Cartoon Joe's Lap (limerick)
(First: Episode 0617)
SCENE 5 Isacc plays "Follow the Fiddler" with Big Bird and the kids, who alter the way they move based on the song Issac plays.
Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2611)
Film Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
(First: Episode 2639)
Cartoon "Ten Turtles"
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Muppets Caveman Days: Taking the kid to school
Ernie (the father) and Bert (the kid) go over the procedure of crossing the street.
(First: Episode 1950)
Song "Elbows and Knees"
(First: Episode 2641)
SCENE 6 Mumford has his book and performs the right trick, he believes, to bring back Isaac's violin case. A bunch of other instrument cases appear instead; Mumford points out Isaac's case is within the viola case. Big Bird wants Isaac to stay and play some more, but he has a plane to catch. Mumford insists he can send Isaac to Cleaveland with magic, despite everyone's protests.

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