Sesame Street
Plot Help from Helena
Air date February 19, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Cathi Rosenberg-Turow
Sponsors C, J, 0
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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Gina encounters a small bird sitting on a table in the yard, trying to communicate with a bird on the nearby fence. The bird chirps too quietly to be heard at such a distance. Gina chirps herself loud enough to grab the other bird's attention. Together, they all play a loud chirping game.
LRRmap
Cartoon Little Red Riding Hood uses a map to get to Grandma's house.
Jerry-MonkeyFlips
Film Jerry Nelson counts 20 backflips performed by a monkey.
(First: Episode 0217)
Snakesmakeshapes
Cartoon A family of snakes makes shapes, and rolls away.
(First: Episode 1506)
MM.Kermit
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.
(EKA: Episode 2200)
ElephantBearBridge
Cartoon An elephant and a bear try to cross a bridge to deliver their packages, but they're in each other's way.
(First: Episode 0538)
Erik-grover-rhyme
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Erik play a rhyming game.
(First: Episode 1754)
Signman.DIRTY
Cartoon Sign Man: DIRTY
(First: Episode 1121)
Ullman1
Muppets / Celebrity Tracey Ullman and some kids play a Simon-style game with Mr. Honker, a Dinger, and a duck.
(First: Episode 2584)
IThoughtaBigThought
Cartoon I Thought a Thought ... about big things.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0226)
1736w
Film Saxophone factory
(First: Episode 1446)
Typewriterguy
Cartoon The Typewriter: C for Cat
(First: Episode 0779)
2293f
Muppets An octopus sings "Octopus Blues."
(First: Episode 2221)
Earrings
Cartoon A female head is drawn as its voice-over lists its parts, ending with earrings that "do nothing" ...
(First: Episode 0821)
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SCENE 2 From Hooper's Store, Gina presents "Help from Helena," an advice show hosted by a young green monster named Helena. She begins to describe how one is unable to use a bone to call someone far away, when Gina corrects her rhyming error. Helena points out her advice works after all.
Anim-TwoPlusTwoHouses
Animation 2 houses plus 2 equals 4.
(EKA: Episode 0298)
Oranges!!
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)
ZeroBoxes
Muppets Ernie is in a counting mood, and decides to count all of the cookies in a box of them. Cookie Monster overhears this and asks if he can have all of the cookies after they are counted, and Ernie agrees. But after opening the box, Ernie finds that there are 0 cookies in it. Ernie has another box, but it also has 0 in it. Ernie then remembers that he put all of the cookies into a cookie jar, and starts to count, but Cookie Monster impatiently eats all of the cookies before Ernie can finish counting.
(First: Episode 2586)
Detective.Lever
Cartoon The detective sees a lever, and thinks about what might happen if he pulls the lever, being prepared for anything.
(First: Episode 2613)
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SCENE 3 "Help from Helena" continues, where Helena advises viewers not to wear shoes and rocks. Again, Gina clarifies the mistake she's made even if she advise still stands.
Moon.Goodnight
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)
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Film A kid describes how they feed cows hay from a flatbed truck.
Music: Robert Dennis
(First: Episode 0787)
Soup.0
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(First: Episode 2283)
2head.bubbles
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster blows bubbles.
(EKA: Episode 2403)
Hiddenobjects
Animation Can you find the hidden objects in the picture?
(First: Episode 1520)
Noimage
SCENE 4 Big Bird is the usher at Birdland tonight and shows Susan, Gordon and Fabina to their table. However, the table he's chosen has only two chairs, so Gordon has no place to sit down. Big Bird tries re-arranging the chairs, not realizing this won't create an extra spot for him. Gordon proposes they simply take a chair from an empty table and move it to this one. Big Bird is pleased the plan works out, then Gina arrive and asks to sit with them.
1095o Cartoon C is for Cowboy
(First: Episode 0703)
2125k
Film In stop-motion, a boy makes landscapes out of sand and water.
(First: Episode 1879)
HIYL.Bread
Muppets Here is Your Life: A loaf of bread is profiled.
(First: Episode 0709)
Ballooneleph
Cartoon A man tries to push a huge balloon elephant through a narrow doorway, and a girl helps him by deflating it.
(First: Episode 1824)
Shagri-las
SCENE 5 Athena introduces the main act of the night - The Shagri-Las, who reunite to sing about how they got their name.
1709p
Cartoon A little man misplaces his J under his hat.
(First: Episode 0231)
Ernie Sing Lallaby
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie and Bert go off to sleep but Ernie starts to sing himself a lullaby. Bert then asks Ernie if he would mind singing quieter. So he does and then finds that he can even sing it the quietest. Bert then wonders what's going on and can't seem to go to sleep. Ernie then asks Bert if he's singing it to the extent that he can't hear him then why is he not asleep yet?
(First: Episode 0841)
Fay.4balls
Film Fay Ray subtracts four balls.
(First: Episode 2586)
2485s
Cartoon ADVENTURE! A man and woman escape a boulder, a crocodile, and other obstacles.
(First: Episode 2080)
Hot!
Muppets The Hispanic community of Anything Muppets sings "It Sure is Hot!"
(First: Episode 2601)
ManLegs
Cartoon Which legs belong on the man?
(First: Episode 1691)
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SCENE 6 In a final edition of "Help for Helena," she advises viewers not to say "good-fly" because it sounds silly. Gina announces the sponsors.


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