Sesame Street
Just Say No
Air date March 19, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Jon Stone
Sponsors B, G, 12
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StreetScenes
Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Snuffy tries tapping his feat in time to some music as instructed by his Snufflegarten teacher, but he just can't. Elmo comes by and employs a trick he's learned from Barkley. He hops into Snuffy's back and starts scratching him, making one of Snuffy's rear feet tap right in time with the music.
Musicalnotes.G
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
2269l
Cast Charlie Chaplin (Maria) falls in love with a painting at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
Toon.somemoremost.hair
Cartoon I've got some (hair), I've got more, but I've got the most.
(First: Episode 0542)
Film.WhoAmI-Olivia.song
Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(First: Episode 1721)
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SCENE 2 Elmo now wants to help out Maria, who is preoccupied with a broken VCR. She sees how sad Elmo has become and suggests he help himself by practicing the alphabet and counting to 10 in Spanish (with a little help from herself).
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SCENE 2 cont'd Over at his workshop, Biff struggles to hammer a nail without Sully (who's at a pancake breakfast at the firehouse). Elmo appears and offers to help. Biff gives him some small change to get him a cup of java from Hooper's Store.
3853-26
Cartoon The Bellhop has to make 12 wake-up calls.
(First: Episode 2529)
HiDeHoMan
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man."
(First: Episode 1540)
Orangutansfilm
Film Orangutans playing (piano music)
(First: Episode 2486)
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SCENE 3 On his way to Hooper's, Elmo runs into Smelly Tavales, a word salesman. He gives Elmo a first-time, pro-bono word - NO, and encourages Elmo to say it all the time. "Take my word for it, kid, it'll change your whole life," he says. Elmo begins repeating the word as he continues his trek.
2963-D7
Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a buffalo.
(EKA: Episode 2427)
Song.WhatAreKidsCalled
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Babies Are Called"
(First: Episode 0116)
Watson
Muppets Mysterious Theater
Sherlock Hemlock is commissioned to find the shape of a circle in an antique castle before time runs out at 5:00. Watson does his best to point out that the face of a clock is the shape of a circle.
2257x
Cartoon "Five Baby Oysters"
(First: Episode 2257)
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SCENE 4 Elmo comes back to Biff, who holds a drawer steady while the glue dries. Elmo answers all his questions with "NO," forcing Biff to scratch his itchy nose on the wood. Elmo finds this funny and goes to see if something similar will happen with Maria.
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SCENE 4 cont'd Elmo returns to the Fix-It Shop. Maria tries to refresh his memory on Spanish numbers while he keeps saying "NO." She doesn't seem to be doing anything silly, so he darts off.
3stripes
Animation Three stripes form a jazz trio.
(EKA: Episode 2410)
Someclowns
Film Some clowns, more clowns
(EKA: Episode 0594)
Ernie12poem
Muppets Every time Ernie tries to recite a poem about the number 12, it switches itself around to the number 21 (and vice versa).
(First: Episode 2329)
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Cartoon A photographer tries to look for some animals quietly, but they all end up secretly following him.
(First: Episode 0799)
Swingalonewithme
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
(First: Episode 0408)
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SCENE 5 Elmo tries his word out with Gordon, who invites Elmo to the movies, followed by milkshakes and mini-golf. Elmo has no choice but to respond "NO" and realizes the word may not be as fun as he thought.
GforGiggle
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
Hairfurcut
Muppets "I'm Going to Get My Hair Cut"
(First: Episode 1822)
Specialolympics
Film Kids with special needs do gymnastics at the Mamaroneck Co-Op Camp.
(First: Episode 0953)
Ivelostmypet
Cartoon A mouse tries looking for his pet, describing to his friend what they did yesterday.
(First: Episode 0764)
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SCENE 6 On another city block, Maria and Gordon run into each other. They realize Elmo has been saying "no" a lot and acting strange and decide to see what the problem may be.
3154h
Film Alphaquest: B
Seasonssong
Song "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)
SH-dinner
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts a dinner for all things that begin with the sound SH. Guests include a shirt, a shrieking shovel, a shepherd, and a shark.
(First: Episode 2564)
2234-SameDifferent
Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
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SCENE 7 Maria and Gordon confront Elmo about his behavior today. Elmo explains what happened today, including his encounter with Smelly Tavales. He doesn't feel good about using the word, especially seeing how he's upset people and even missed playing mini-golf (his favorite game). Maria tells him (and the viewer) that if he ever meets a stranger offering something, he should say "no" and get away quickly. Elmo understands and sees the word "NO" has some good use after all.
Bearbicycle
Cartoon B is for bear, bicycle, bump, branch and bee.
(First: Episode 0008)
Ssnews.waitinginline
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit the Frog talks to people waiting in line for a football game being held at the SuperGame Stadium. A woman explains why she is last in line, and points out that Kermit is actually last, although Kermit insists that he is not in line. He goes to the front of the line and finds out that the first two people in the line are in a disagreement over which of them is first in line. The gate opens, and everyone walks all over Kermit.
(First: Episode 1327)
There's a Bird on Me
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
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SCENE 8 Smelly tries handling out more words to some other kids, when Maria and Gordon now confront him. He opens his coat to show them some of the words he's been selling (unseen to the viewer, but implied to be very bad words). Maria sends Elmo to get Biff's coffee while they continue dealing with Smelly. The salesman asserts it's a free country and he has every right to be selling his wares around Sesame Street. Gordon agrees it's a free country and whispers some actions he'll take with Smelly using those freedoms. They then force him to hand over all his words before he leaves, grumbling. They dispose of the words in the trash, as Elmo announces the sponsors.


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