Sesame Street
Playing pretend elves
Air date March 6, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors G, N, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.

Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Luis, Maria, Gabi and Elmo read a Spanish book about animals from Maria's childhood, which her mother has sent up from Puerto Rico. They notice some stains on the book when young Maria spilled juice and soup, which her mother noted on the page.
Cartoon A goose and gander visit the land of the G's.
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1141)
Film Footage of various bird species including hens, flamingos, pigeons, owls, ostriches, cockatoos, and others.
Music: (piano and whistling) Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0019)
Groverwaitercomida Muppets Grover the Waiter at La Casa de Comidas
(First: Episode 1793)
Cartoon A man finds and eats five apples, counting the number left after each one.
(First: Episode 1578)
Celebrity 14 Karat Soul sings about school.
(First: Episode 1665)
Cartoon Sign Man: SCHOOL
After a bunch of kids come running by, a girl goes before the man and says it's Saturday. That leaves him to say: "No school."
(First: Episode 1155)
Film Some kids have a bike race by the river.
(First: Episode 1419)
SCENE 2 Luis wants to write a story and has prepared everything he needs...except some peace and quiet (as he gets interrupted by Big Bird and some phone calls).
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Me Gotta Be Blue."
(First: Episode 1828)
Film Footage of a baby learning to walk.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0427)
SCENE 3 Maria also has a Spanish version of "The Elves and the Shoemaker." Big Bird and Elmo essentially tell the story by remember the various parts of it. Luis has to run an errand and promises to finish writing his story for Gabi when he returns. Big Bird wishes there were elves on Sesame Street that could finish Luis' story. Elmo thinks there very could could be...
Cartoon A boy shares his bubbles with some kids dancing in a field.
(First: Episode 1926)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie turns on the radio to hear his favorite exercise show, Get Moving. He engages the viewer to do all the exercises he does, such as touching toes and jumping. Bert joins in, and has so much fun jumping that he doesn't notice that his favorite program, Pigeons in the News, is coming on.
(First: Episode 1025)
Cartoon "Ladybugs' Picnic"
(First: Episode 0416)
Muppets Kermit talks about his favorite subject - frogs. Gladys the Cow assists by being a cow frog wearing goggles, air tank, and froggy foot paddles. Gladys asks Kermit how it would feel to be a cow and he replies feeling glad to be a frog. Gladys puts a cow's horns, ears, and a bell on Kermit.
(First: Episode 2206)
Film Sounds Around the House v1: a dripping water faucet, a man playing the violin, a woman vacuuming, a teenager listening to pop music, and a passing elevated train.
(First: Episode 1706)
SCENE 4 Much like in "The Elves and the Shoemaker," pretend elves Elmo and Big Bird will finish writing Luis' story while he's away. But, Elmo wants to fully immerse himself in the role by looking like the elves in the storybook. He makes several attempts to find a matching hat and then runs off to find some pointy shoes.
Cartoon The Typewriter: N for Nose
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0793)
Muppets Clementine hears water running, which reminds Forgetful Jones that he was about to do something. Using the clues at hand (a bar of soap, a backbrush, and a towel), Forgetful remembers that it's bath time. Buster's bath, that is...
(First: Episode 1666)
Mandrill carry
Film A mandrill carries her young.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0039)
Muppets "Honk Around the Clock"
(First: Episode 1631)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
SCENE 5 Elmo is now dressed as an elf, but now brings himself closer to the ground, as elves are small. He thinks Big Bird is too big to be an elf and has him scrunch down much lower. Only now, the two are unable to reach their paper and pencil.
Cartoon Fisherman Jones demonstrates in, on and under with the help of a big fishy.
(First: Episode 0370)
Animation Slide puzzle: Ernie
(First: Episode 0403)
Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
(First: Episode 0240)
SCENE 6 Luis discovers and reads the story the "elves" have written. Big Bird has to keep Elmo from spilling the secret (though Luis can already hazard a guess).
Cartoon A chair displays the word SIT, and a beast sits on him.
(First: Episode 0399)
Muppets Kermit sings "Caribbean Amphibian."
(First: Episode 2205)
Cartoon A mother bird brings her babies a huge number 12.
(First: Episode 0493)
Film Kids have a lost-dog poster made using an old-style printing press.
(First: Episode 1222)
SCENE 7 Luis has intentions for another story and leaves his materials out so the "elves" can write it again. Elmo and Big Bird confess it was them all along, while Luis admits he knew as well. They have given him an idea for a new story to write, "The Day Big Bird and Elmo Pretended to Be Elves."

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