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Sesame Street
The Count woos the Countess von Backwards
Air date April 10, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors D, N, 20

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria, Bob, and Gina are throwing a surprise birthday party for Forgetful Jones. They've specifically asked Buster the Horse to bring him by so he won't forget to come. As a gift, they give Forgetful clues as to what they're celebrating. Forgetful realizes that it's Buster's birthday, which he remembers because it's the same day as his own.
Cartoon A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
Film Counting 20 boxes
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0510)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta leads "Scratch My Back" as a song about two monsters named Jack and Jill who swear that they will always be there to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 2191)
Cartoon On his way to the store, a boy gets distracted and remembers to buy different things.
(First: Episode 0768)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Ernie and Alphonso read a "DANGER" sign.
(First: Episode 1387)
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Len Glasser
(First: Episode 1491)
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SCENE 2 The Count sings "Old MacDonald" to himself and hears thunder, noticing the dark storm clouds overhead. Gordon, trying to put Miles down for a nap, has heard this and asks the Count to keep down the noise, assuming the thunder was caused by him. He is similarly blamed by Gina and Maria, whose activities are also disrupted by the thunder. He decides he might as well do some counting if he's getting blamed for it and starts counting thunderclaps, lightning and raindrops. Everyone surrounds him and realizes he was right all along, as they quickly find shelter from the rain.
Cartoon Kids observe cloud formations, until it starts to rain.
(First: Episode 2074)
Muppets The Amazing Mumford waves his magic wand over a transparent glass cookie jar and makes the jar become full of cookies and then empty (over and over) as an anxious Cookie Monster watches.
(First: Episode 0287)
Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
(First: Episode 2188)
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy: Robert W. Shipshape gets a hat for his birthday, and it blows into the street. R.W. remembers not to cross the street without an adult; Teeny Little Superguy helps him across.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1924)
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SCENE 3 In Hooper's Store, Gordon discovers he's got a winning lottery ticket. Everyone celebrates that he just won upwards of one million dollars, but he reveals his ticket is for a mere five bucks, which he spends on a toy boat for Miles.
Cartoon A tiny ant pushes the huge N into its place in the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0780)
Muppets Kermit at Home: While Kermit is at home typing his autobiography, salesmonster Telly comes to his doorstep and asks if Kermit wants to buy a head warmer. Telly keeps worrying he's not doing a good job, and that Kermit won't want one. But Kermit reassures him that since he does have a head, he will have a use for a head warmer, unlike the things Grover sells (toothbrushes, earmuffs, and nose warmers). When Kermit puts the head warmer on, it covers his entire head. Telly remarks, "Kermit! It's -- it's you!"
(First: Episode 1877)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)
Celebrity Patti LaBelle and The Sweeties sing "Take the Hand of Someone You Love."
(First: Episode 2231)
Cartoon The Bellhop is sent to the grocery store to get twenty grapefruits. He counts to 20 on the way there so that he can remember the quantity, but forgets what item he was sent for.
(First: Episode 2533)
Muppets The Martians discover a radio. They tune into three different styles of music, none of which they like. Then they tune into some static, which they start joyfully dancing to.
(First: Episode 1329)
Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: The Marmoset
(First: Episode 2487)
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SCENE 4 From down by the Fix-It Shop, Maria can hear Bob's music lesson in his apartment. She hears him rehearsing "Old MacDonald" with a student and is shocked when she hears real animal sounds singing along. The sounds turn out to be coming from none other than Simon Soundman.
Cartoon "Daddy Dear"
(First: Episode 0367)
Muppets The American Revolution: George Washington and his men are preparing to cross the Delaware river, when Grover shows up with a bundle of balloons, noisemakers and streamers, since he heard this is the day they planned to "surprise the British."
(First: Episode 2354)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things".
re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2485)
Cartoon Listening to sounds can tell you about danger.
(First: Episode 1741)
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SCENE 5 The Count holds a small vase with six roses, which he uses to do the "She loves me, she loves me not" routine. He tells Luis that he has fallen in love with the Countess von Backwards, who too loves counting, but she obsesses over counting backwards. He doesn't know if she loves him back, but hopes his roses will help her admit her feelings.
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SCENE 5 cont'd At her castle, the Countess counts her fingers (punctuated by the howling of wolves). The Count enters and presents her with the roses. To the Count's dismay, she confesses that she loves...counting backwards.
Cartoon A man assembles the word LOVE, and a bird pecks the O into the shape of a heart.
(First: Episode 0791)
Muppets Caribbean Anything Muppets sing about "Caribbean Air."
(First: Episode 2688)
Cartoon An N-terview with an N
(First: Episode 0131)
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SCENE 6 The Count counts his many, dejected sighs. Luis recommends instead of giving her gifts, he should tell the Countess how he feels. The Count takes this to heart and finds the Countess, delivering six "I love you"s to her. She counts them backwards and declares she loves him too. They then do some counting together.
Cartoon The Great Inventor Series: Science Salutes the Men and Women Who Have Changed the Way We Live. Cartoon about the days when people tried drinking ice cream soda before straws were invented. Awful messes were made getting more of the refreshment on their clothes than in their bellies. Until one day an ice cream parlor janitor noticed that when people brought their leashed pet anteaters in to enjoy an ice cream soda, the floor was always sucked completely clean. Realizing that nature had solved the problem, the janitor invented artificial anteater noses that strapped on over people's mouths... which eventually evolved into the modern straw.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2595)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie pretends to be a dog and a duck. Bert then pretends to be a train, and does it so well that a train conductor and passengers come through the apartment.
(First: Episode 0645)
Film Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
(First: Episode 2639)
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SCENE 7 The Count has counted all 4,798 of Big Bird's feathers, which the Countess proceeds to count backwards. Luis announces the sponsors.


  • This episode's street scenes are direct remakes from earlier episodes. The main plotline involving the Countess is adapted from Episode 0953. The first scene is a remake of a scene from Episode 1650, Scene 2 is a remake from a scene in Episode 0921, and Scene 3 is adapted from Episode 0973.

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