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Sesame Street
Using a paper cup phone
Air date May 10, 1990
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by David Korr
Sponsors P, S, 3


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Luis, Maria and Gabi happen upon today's Grouchketeer meeting, where Oscar shows off some healthy foods. His favorite part, though, is the empty paper bag.
Film Alphaquest: P
A pack of painted purple penguins practicing a pop song in a pine tree park, and a pink pig with a parachute.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets Kermit and some Anything Muppets sing "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above."
(First: Episode 2679)
Cartoon Two stick figures use the salida.
(First: Episode 2079)
Film Gilberto, who lives in Central America, learns how bricks are made.
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover informs Mr. Johnson that the restaurant is out of a lot of items that are on the menu. The only thing still at the restaurant is milk... but there are no glasses.
(First: Episode 0976)
Cartoon Three mice (Swedish animation)
(First: Episode 1504)

SCENE 2 Gordon passes by Elmo's makeshift hat store, where he sells paper bag hats. Gordon selects one resembling a purple fish and Elmo makes sure he tries it on first before buying it. As Gordon makes his way down the block, he passes Elmo's other shop selling ties.
Cartoon A dinosaur tries to move around a rock.
Muppets Caveperson Days
Caveman Bert reminds Caveman Ernie (his son) to take out the trash. Ernie realizes that his drum can also be used as a wastebasket, and is able to take several pieces of garbage to the dump at once instead of one at a time.
(First: Episode 2667)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Film SALIDA (word spins around)
(First: Episode 0967)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a piano and decides to play it. The left half wants to play short notes, while the other half prefers to run his fingers across the keyboard. They decide to cooperate, and both use their notes to play "Chopsticks."
(First: Episode 1366)
Cartoon A cowboy adds two different herds of cows.
(First: Episode 2255)
Cast Gordon, Bob, Maria and Gina sing a song about exploring in the courtyard. Bob is transported to the beach, Gordon to the farm, Maria to the top of a mountain and Gina to the bottom of the ocean.
Cartoon S for Snail
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1158)
Muppets Captain Breakfast unsuccessfully encourages a little girl to eat breakfast, the most important meal of the day.
(First: Episode 1492)
Cartoon Three cannonball men switch spotlights as they dance.
(First: Episode 1469)
Film Looking for shapes in a metal junkyard (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2702)
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)
Muppets Lefty's boss tells Lefty the plan for what to do with the Golden AN, which they have just stolen. Lefty is to put it in the tan van and give it to Dan, who will take it to Fran. However, Lefty can't remember the plan very well and has to repeat it, which results in a police officer named Stan hearing the plan and giving him "ten days in the can for stealing the Golden AN."
(First: Episode 0523)
Animation A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
(First: Episode 1447)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a match slowly falls to the ground.
(First: Episode 0149)
Muppets Kermit counts five monkeys, and when he is done, he gets monkey business.
(First: Episode 0283)
Film A construction worker yells "Timber" and a tree falls to the ground, but then bounces back up!
(First: Episode 0149)
Cartoon P is for Puddle
(First: Episode 0452)
SCENE 3 Ruby recruits Telly to play along with her game of "One of These Things" using three telephones and a paper cup. Telly correctly guesses the paper cup doesn't belong, when Ruby claims she can make it into a telephone.
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Film Animals fight.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0567)
Cartoon A duckling dresses itself, naming all the parts of its coat.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1195)
Muppets / Celebrity Carol Channing sings a spoof of "Hello, Dolly!" with Sammy the Snake, praising his ability to look and sound like an S.
(First: Episode 1951)
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)
SCENE 4 Ruby has attached two cups with some string to use as a phone. She stands by Hooper's Store, while Telly is over by Big Bird's nest. Big Bird doubts at first that their invention works and is amazed to learn they're actually communicating with it.
Cartoon Gloria Globe sings "I Am the World."
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
Song "Beet Beet, Sugar Beet."
(First: Episode 1171)
Cartoon P for Penguin
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1190)

SCENE 5 Luis tells Ruby how the paper cup phone works; Ruby relates the information to Big Bird and Telly on the other end. The two see Maria and Gabi coming by and hand them their end to speak to Luis.
Pinball 03.jpg
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #3
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0978)
HerryJohnJohn loudsoft.jpg
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry and John-John demonstrate loud and soft.
(First: Episode 0432)
Cartoon A girl sings about the things she can draw, paint, and sculpt.
(First: Episode 1987)
SCENE 6 Luis and Maria try using the paper cup phone with Gabi, as Gordon announces the sponsors.

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