Sesame Street
Experiments with Ruby
Air date January 16, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors G, I, 20
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Telly holds a book in each hand to help build his arm muscles. Ruby turns this into an experiment to see how long he can do this. She starts counting until Telly gets tired and drops the books, making it all the way up to 20. Ruby makes sure he can do it again if she counts backwards. Telly struggles as Ruby forgets what numbers follow, but he's able to hold the books until she reaches the end.
Tapshoes
Animation Stop-motion: tap-dancing shoes.
(EKA: Episode 2367)
1845l
Film A baby chick hatches from an egg. (Music: Joe Raposo)
(First: Episode 0690)
Cavepersondays1

Cavepersondays2
Muppets Caveperson Days
Caveperson Bert invents a window so that he and Ernie can see outside without going all the way to the cave's exit.
(First: Episode 2607)
Musicalnotes.G
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
Song.EverybodyEats
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
(First: Episode 0407)
1576h
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
Noimage
SCENE 2 Ruby ropes Telly into another experiment, where she sees how many necklaces she can wear at once. The kids put 22 on her before she tips over under the weight.
Song.Capital.I
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
CooperationBros01

CooperationBros02
Muppets Bob reads the story of a king and his three sons, to whom he bestows three, special gifts - a basket that is never emptied of food, a bird that knows all in the land and a horse that can travel anywhere. They each take a separate gift and travel the land, trying to help people. But, when they reunite, they find their separate gifts can't help them completely and realize that by cooperating, they'll know who needs food and a way to get there.
(First: Episode 1691)
Toon.Geronimo10-0
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0 (parachute under haystack)
(First: Episode 2278)
2096i
Song Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter". (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 1966)
3159c
Cartoon A girl explains (in poetry) how she failed trying to make a snowman without using snow.
(First: Episode 0480)
14Karat-ABCs
Celebrity 14 Karat Soul sings "The Alphabet Song," followed by "The ABCs of Love."
(First: Episode 1675)
Toon heavylight
Cartoon Heavy and light characters are weighed on a scale.
(First: Episode 0843)
TwentySomething
Muppets The Count invites the Countess to his castle to watch their favorite show, "twentysomething", where a couple (played by themselves) and Prairie Dawn learn that "twentysomething" is not a number.
(First: Episode 2556)
ZydecoBand-Allons
Film A zydeco band plays "Allons a Lafayette" while people dance.
(First: Episode 2498)
Bridgekeeper.Triangles
Cartoon A young bespectacled man with an accordion asks how much it costs to cross the bridge. The Bridgekeeper says admission is free, but requires that the young man show him three triangles. Two of them are found in the bridgework, and the man uses the bridgekeeper's staff to draw a third triangle in the dirt. Although the bridgekeeper has his order filled, he asks the man to play a tune on his accordion. This additional request takes the young man by surprise, but he is told to do so for the opportunity to cross the bridge.
(First: Episode 1572)
2795r
Film Parts of a clown are shown in close-up as kids guess what it is.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0428)
2362-Opposite
Cartoon "Find the Opposite"
(EKA: Episode 2362)
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SCENE 3 Gordon is about to go for a run with Linda, when Ruby appears. She wants to tell Linda about her day, but realizes she doesn't know any sign language. Initiating another experiment, Ruby wants to see how much sign language she can learn before Linda shows up. Gordon tells her this isn't very possible, but invites her to join himself and Linda on their jog.
Detective.Hippo
Cartoon The detective sees a hippo bouncing on a trampoline, and wonders how the hippo can bounce, since hippos are heavy, but the hippo thinks that he is light.
(First: Episode 2537)
Ernie Lallaby Bert
Muppets Bert is having trouble getting to sleep. Ernie suggests singing a lullaby to him. He sings one to the tune of "Brahms' Lullaby" and Bert falls into a deep peaceful sleep. Ernie tells Bert to wake up now; it's Ernie's turn to go to sleep, so it's Bert's turn to sing a lullaby now.
(First: Episode 1331)
Barkinthedark
Cartoon Two people think they hear a BARK in the DARK.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 1941)
Hotdogbun
Animation Stop-motion: what goes in the hot dog bun?
(First: Episode 1494)
Grover.newspaper
Muppets Grover sells newspapers in the street. He thinks they are for making paper hats, but a customer shows him they are actually for reading. The customer wants to buy a newspaper, but Grover won't stop reading the paper that the customer wants to buy. Grover reads about construction of a new building, a parade, and an expected rain shower, all of which occur as Grover reads.
(First: Episode 1966)
Littlegirlsalphabet
Cartoon A little girl sings "The Alphabet Song," while continually admonished by an adult in voice-over.
(First: Episode 0010)
Noimage
SCENE 4 Linda states that Ruby knows more sign language than she thinks. Ruby makes gestures for some signs she'd like to know, discovering this is sign language.
Goldfishsubtraction
Animation 5 goldfish, take away 2, leaves 3.
(First: Episode 2252)
TheOppositeSong
Muppets "The Opposite Song"
(First: Episode 1111)
ListenHereTruck
Song "Sawmill" - Folk singers detail how lumber is made into usable wood. (beginning edited)
(First: Episode 0657)
Goose
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
News-EarlyRedRidingChase
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog witnesses how the mailman and salesman knock at the door while the Big Bad Wolf chases Little Red Riding Hood around the bed. Eventually, the Woodsman shows up, and Red and the Wolf chase him for cutting down a maple tree which was their favorite one.
(First: Episode 0621)
Toon.Inkbird
Cartoon I-Ink (angry bird)
(First: Episode 0462)
Song.HandTalk
Song 14 Karat Soul sings “Hand Talk."
(First: Episode 2622)
2096x
Animation Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
(First: Episode 2035)
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SCENE 5 Linda bursts out laughing while reading the newspaper. Ruby is able to understand Linda and hopes that if she and learn more signs and Linda can use her voice more, they'll be having bigger conversations in no time.


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