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Sesame Street
A day in the laundry room
Air date November 19, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Emily Squires
Production September 19, 1990
Sponsors E, O, 12


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Oscar welcomes the viewer and asks if they’d like to hear a good argument. He ducks down into his can…
SCENE 1 cont’d …and reappears in the basement of 123 Sesame Street, where the laundry room is. He watches as Gordon enters with his laundry. Gordon finds another basket already by the machine, so he moves it for his own. Maria enters, claiming she left her basket there while she went and got soap. Instead of arguing like Oscar hoped, they decide to share the machine. Oscar tries to prevent them by claiming HE had laundry to do first, but they end up putting his clothes in the wash too.
Pinball 12.jpg
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Cast Linda shows a girl how to sign the word EXIT.
(First: Episode 2653)
Song Luis sings "Follow the Arrows" as a man does so.
(First: Episode 1642)
Cartoon Everything you need to know about cats.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1179)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon O is for Open
(First: Episode 0014)
SCENE 2 Maria has finished folding Oscar’s laundry, which makes Irvine cry. Oscar assures her that nothing lasts forever and β€œIt's Gonna Get Dirty Again.” Gordon and Maria finish their loads and head back upstairs, but bump into each other, spilling their clothes on the floor.
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Cartoon The O falls off a man's grocery store sign; he tries replacing it with a donut, then a pizza, neither of which work. Finally, the sign man paints it on.
(First: Episode 1242)
Film A girls' jump-rope team trains for a contest. They end up winning second place.
(First: Episode 2510)
Cartoon Sign Sounds: TAXI
(First: Episode 1136)
Film Looking for squares in the city (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2721)

SCENE 3 Gordon and Maria have started the wash again. The noise of the washing machine attracts Wolfgang, who thinks there are fish inside the machine. Gordon opens it up and shows him there are just clothes. Maria lures him away, claiming Hooper’s is having a fish sale. A fish (Camille Bonora) then pops out of the machine, asking for directions to the East River.
Song "Starfish" by Joe Raposo (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 2487)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie has Bert play a "Follow the Arrows" game, which leads him to the main camera, looking at the TV viewer.
(First: Episode 1697)
Cartoon The Bellhop must make 12 wake-up calls.
(First: Episode 2529)
Muppets Betty Lou learns some Spanish words from her friend Carlos, including "Amigo."
(First: Episode 2042)
Cartoon A man saws a letter E through the wall.
(First: Episode 0370)
Muppets / Celebrity The Professor (Sid Caesar) explains the laws of physics, which begin with soft and loud (as demonstrated by Fluffy).
(First: Episode 2015)
Cartoon Ivy Austin sings about a rabbit's day of eating grapes and swimming with pals.
(First: Episode 2314)

SCENE 4 Long John Silver and Long Jane Silver, two pirates, arrive. They think there is treasure in Maria’s laundry basket. She looks at their map, which details the basement and labels the basket with an X, meaning the treasure is there. They dig through the basket and find the treasure – Long John’s missing sock.
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)

Insert While fixing Big Bird's record player, Luis tells him of a story he's reading about Captain Swashbuckle, a pirate. He tells Big Bird a synopsis of what he's read so far, but Big Bird throws several ideas what happens next, such as Swashbuckle having run-ins with a giant fish and bird. Luis reads him the remainder of the story: Captain Swashbuckle is sailing in a storm, when Luis' phone rings, and he must put the story on hold. Big Bird then thinks up the obvious ending - the bad guys call Swashbuckle and call off the fight because of rain.
(First: Episode 2173)
Cartoon A girl talks about imagination.
(First: Episode 0353)
Song "There's a Lot of Different Ways to Get to School" (sung by Jerry Nelson)

SCENE 5 Maria has now lost one of her socks. As she looks around, the basement lights dim and Vincent Twice appears, introducing today’s episode of Mysterious Theater: β€œThe Case of the Missing Sock.” Sherlock Hemlock and Watson arrive to look for it. Watson quickly spots the missing sock, but Sherlock finds different things for Maria’s clues. Maria finally sees the sock, which Watson swipes.
Cartoon Slot-machine legs: Cowboy & horse
(First: Episode 1702)
Muppets "Do De Rubber Duck"
(First: Episode 2304)
Cartoon A door opens behind a mouse, who shrieks when she sees the E.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0616)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Young George Washington
(First: Episode 0916)
Film Sounds Around the House v2: chimes, snoring, a boy pretending to be an airplane, a man playing a trumpet, and a motorcycle outside.
(First: Episode 1713)
Muppets Anything Muppets (including Farley) shout "E!"
(First: Episode 0408)
Song "Hot in the City"
SCENE 6 Sherlock looks around for the sock, while Maria chases Watson behind him. Vincent Twice announces the sponsors.


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