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Sesame Street
Gina graduates from high school
Air date May 11, 1990
(season finale)
Season Season 21 (1989-1990)
Written by Nancy Sans
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production January 17, 1990
Sponsors O, Z, 17


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Everyone dresses like a cheerleader, as Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "I Go to School."
It's the ocean.jpg
Cartoon Cap'n Feenie asks, "What is it?" It's the ocean.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” On a boring day, Ernie suggests some ideas to Bert, but then Bert has an exciting idea of his own. He shows off his bottlecap collection to Ernie, who remembers that he found a Figgy Fizz bottle cap -- the very one that Bert needed to complete his collection.
(First: Episode 0240)
Film Chimps running around (piano music)
(First: Episode 2493)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Cookie Monster and Zelda have a discussion about cookies.
(First: Episode 2601)
Cartoon An alligator and an elephant chat about how to remember their names.
(First: Episode 1301)
SCENE 2 Ruby tells the viewer how great asking questions is and demonstrates by asking Gina several questions, all about her upcoming high school graduation. Gina explains her attire, what graduation means, how the ceremony will go and what diplomas are. Ruby asks one final question - can she come? Gina allows this and invites the viewer along too.
Cartoon Number creatures #17
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
Cartoon A man teaches his dog Rover how to read the word SIT.
(First: Episode 0304)
Muppets Super Grover: "Dial S for SuperGrover" - A little girl had plans to play with a friend, Bobby, but she has too much homework and has to cancel. Super Grover arrives to help her figure out how to tell him, but while Super Grover is busy coming up with ridiculous ploys, the girl decides to just telephone him.
1041Zebra.jpg Cartoon Z for zebra and zoo
(First: Episode 0281)
SCENE 3 Telly and Ruby watch as Gina and her fellow seniors write in each other's yearbooks. They read some of the messages they've written and head over to the library, intending to get Gordon (their favorite teacher) to write something.
SCENE 3 cont'd Telly asks Ruby where Gina will go if she won't go to high school anymore. Ruby states that Gina could go to college, work or even the moon (which she is the most certain of). Telly starts to panic, worrying that if Gina takes her yearbook to the moon with her, she'll only have memories of her high school friends, not her Sesame Street ones. Ruby proposes they make their own, Sesame Street yearbook. But, they must hurry - Gina's ceremony is this afternoon (and she may leave for the moon immediately after).
Cartoon A boy's friends bring him flowers to cheer him up, not knowing that he's allergic to them.
(First: Episode 1524)
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets Over the Top, a ZZ Top-like band, sings "ZZ Blues".
(First: Episode 2317)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
SCENE 4 Telly and Ruby prepare Big Bird's page in the yearbook and have him write something that rhymes. They help him come up with a rhyming message and Ruby creates her own rhyme for "yellow" ("swell-o").
Cartoon Rap #17
(First: Episode 2488)
Seijiozawa.jpg Muppets /
"Pretty Great Performances" features Placido Flamingo singing "Italian Street Song" with the All-Animal Orchestra, led by conductor Seiji Ozawa
(First: Episode 2485)
Cartoon A man explains to a girl what a surprise is.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1358)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Cartoon La letra O - opera, oeste, orquidea, ojos, ocho, y el orquestra de orangutanes.
(First: Episode 0338)
Muppets "Wet and Dry": the sailors on the Good Ship Wet love when it rains, but the Arabs like living in the dry desert.
Cartoon Once there were two men. Each had his own idea. One man told his thought to the other man, then the other man told his idea to the first man. Now both men knew twice as much.
(First: Episode 0268)
SCENE 5 Telly and Ruby assemble the rest of their friends for a photo, the last one their camera will allow. After getting everyone in place so they'll fit, Telly wipes some dust from the lens, inadvertently taking a photo of himself instead.
Cartoon Birds pop balloons of all the letters of the alphabet, making them lowercase.
(First: Episode 2552)
Song "Take Care of That Smile"
Cartoon Boy and the UP balloons
(First: Episode 0364)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: The First Day of School
(First: Episode 1628)
Cartoon Two men push two large bird eggs to the top of two hills.
(First: Episode 0773)

SCENE 6 The graduation ceremony is underway. In the audience, Telly frets over what he should write on his page. Ruby urges him to hurry, as Gina will be receiving her diploma any second. As Gina and the remaining graduates cross the stage, the principal gives a heartfelt speech about their parting of ways. Telly complains that she stole his message.
SCENE 6 cont'd Gina's mother invites everyone to her graduation party, when Ruby and Telly present their yearbook. She is baffled by Telly's message - "Please don't go to the moon." Gina assures them that she's not going to the moon and will keep her job at Hooper's Store until she decides what direction to take her life in. Even though she won't be going to the moon, Gina still wants to keep the yearbook.
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie tries to use a scale to divide the cherries evenly, but he characteristically eats them all. Bert screams and faints.
(First: Episode 1386)
2096o.jpg Film A film insert of kittens playing, with child voiceovers in English and Spanish.
(First: Episode 0429)

SCENE 7 Ruby shows Gina her makeshift mortarboard and practices graduation, feeling she'll be very prepared when her time comes. Big Bird announces the sponsors and declares, "Congratulations, Gina!" after the credits roll.
So ends the 21st season of Sesame Street.

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