Sesame Street
Just Say No
Air date March 19, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Jon Stone
Sponsors B, G, 12


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Snuffy tries tapping his feet 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.
Animation G/g musical notes (Gordon voiceover)
(First: Episode 2233)
Cast Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting (Linda) at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
Cartoon I've got some (hair), I've got more, but I've got the most.
(First: Episode 0542)
Song Olivia sings "The Riddle."
(First: Episode 1721)
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).
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.
Cartoon The Bellhop has to make 12 wake-up calls.
(First: Episode 2529)
Muppets / Celebrity Cab Calloway sings "Hi De Ho Man."
(First: Episode 1540)
Film Orangutans playing (piano music)
(First: Episode 2486)
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.
Film Colored sand forms the letter B and a buffalo.
(First: Episode 2427)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Babies Are Called"
(First: Episode 0116)
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.
Cartoon "Five Baby Oysters"
(First: Episode 2257)
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.
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.
Animation Three stripes form a jazz trio.
(First: Episode 2410)
Film Some clowns, more clowns
(First: Episode 0563)
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)
Cartoon A photographer tries to look for some animals quietly, but they all end up secretly following him.
(First: Episode 0799)
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
(First: Episode 0408)
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.
Cartoon G For Giggle (voice of Allen Swift)
(First: Episode 0357)
Muppets "I'm Going to Get My Hair Cut"
(First: Episode 1822)
Film Kids with special needs do gymnastics at the Mamaroneck Co-Op Camp.
(First: Episode 0953)
Cartoon A mouse tries looking for his pet, describing to his friend what they did yesterday.
(First: Episode 0764)
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.
Film Alphaquest: B
Song "Four Seasons"
(First: Episode 0276)
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)
Cartoon Things that are same and different.
(First: Episode 0300)
SCENE 7 Maria and Gordon confront Elmo about his behavior today. Elmo tearfully 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). As Maria comforts Elmo, Gordon reassures him that they'll go play mini-golf tomorrow. Maria then tells Elmo (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.
Cartoon B is for bear, bicycle, bump, branch and bee.
(First: Episode 0008)
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)
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Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)

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 ("Good riddance, Mr. Smelly!").

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