Sesame Street
The Golden Cabbage of Snufertiti
Air date February 20, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors F, Q, 20
Releases 50 Years and Counting


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Big Bird welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, when an Indiana Jones lookalike (Jeff Goldblum) makes a grand entrance by swinging on the tire swing as if it were a vine. He asks Big Bird where to find Bob, so Big Bird points him out, and soon learns that the two are brothers, even though they're different. Bob's brother, Minneapolis, needs to stay overnight while on a certain mission, so Bob lets him. Minny runs off, and Big Bird asks Bob if he always ran like that. Bob replies, "Yeah ... he was a very active child."
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Muppets Ernie & Bert — Against Bert's will, Ernie plays a game with him in which he says a word which is the opposite of every word Bert emphasizes. When Bert finally agrees to PLAY, Ernie becomes stumped, since he can't figure out of the opposite of the word PLAY.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
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SCENE 2 Minneapolis sets some of his archaeology items on the Fix-It Shop bench (including his own teddy bear). He shows them to Big Bird as Bob explains what an archaeologist does, along with a verse of "The People in Your Neighborhood." Big Bird wonders if Bob always sang, and Minny confirms it: "He was a real noisy kid."
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Cartoon A flame burns through a capital letter F, ultimately revealing a lowercase letter f.
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Cartoon A baby and father illustrate up and down.
SCENE 3 Bob introduces Minneapolis to Snuffy. Minny can't believe he's meeting a real live Snuffleupagus, because for him, it means an advancement in his quest for ... the Golden Cabbage of Snufertiti.

Minny tells the story of Queen Snufertiti's quest to find the perfect favorite food for her Snuffle-subjects. The food she had in mind would have to be round, green, and leafy. One of her food-persons (Luis) brought her an apple (which has no leaves), and another one (Gordon) brought a tree (which isn't round). She felt like giving up, when her fan-person (Bob), whom she'd been ignoring all this time, presented her with a cabbage, which was round, green, and leafy (and great-tasting), making it the perfect favorite food for Snufflekind. She promised from then on to listen to everyone.
Minny concludes his story with the rumor that a special golden cabbage, made for Snufertiti, exists in a cave somewhere near them. Upon realizing that Snuffy's cave is the only one in the area, they immediately head there to look for the cabbage. Minneapolis swings off once more on the tire swing. Snuffy questions what is wrong with him, and Big Bird remarks "he was a very active child, that's all." Sound familiar?
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Song "Elbows and Knees"
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Cartoon A blue man (voiced by Casey Kasem) explains that “Q” starts the word “quarter.”
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SCENE 4 The gang enters Snuffy's cave, exploring an area that not even Snuffy has seen. Minny has brought a map of the cave, which indicates that they should be close to the letter Q. He removes a stone from the wall, and sees the Q.
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SCENE 5 Now that they found the Q, which the golden cabbage is supposed to be behind, the gang tries pushing against the wall to see if that helps (and briefly get caught up in a "1-2-3 kick" dance). It doesn't, so Minny looks at the map, and sees a poem which indicates that Big Bird and Snuffy have to sing "Toora-loora-leer, do-wop do-wop and hippety hop." When they do so, they hear a rumbling, and quickly make their way out of the cave, away from the large circular silhouette that chases them.
They all make it outside safely, and the golden cabbage rolls into Minny's hands. Big Bird: "For some reason, I thought it would be bigger."
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SCENE 6 Back on Sesame Street, Bob learns that Minneapolis has to leave soon, and can't stay with him. He invites Bob to come adventuring with him, but he would rather stay home. They each sing about what they'd rather be doing, and are happy to be brothers in the end ("A Sibling").
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SCENE 7 Minneapolis prepares to leave with the golden cabbage so he can deliver it to the Snuffsonian museum. Big Bird, Snuffy and Bob say goodbye to Minny as he makes an heroic exit ... into the garage. Bob, Big Bird, and Snuffy announce the sponsors, and Bob says proudly, "What a brother!"

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