Sesame Street
The Mouse tries other nursery rhymes
Air date November 21, 1990
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Josh Selig
Directed by Emily Squires
Production October 1 & 3, 1990
Sponsors L, X, 20


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Big Bird and Maria chat outside the Fix-It Shop, when an announcer declares the arrival of "The Wild One," a rambunctious number one who goes all over the world counting things there are only one of. It counts all the 1s at the Fix-It Shop, then zooms off to do more counting in another town. With all the commotion gone, Maria welcomes the viewer.
Cartoon Ten little Greeblies (bug-like creatures) keep getting separated from their group, teaching a lesson in counting backward.
(First: Episode 0006)
Song "Cow Dog Song"
(First: Episode 0783)
Cartoon L for life, love, lizard, leap and lump
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1833)
Muppets On a rainy day, Ernie watches TV, when Bert suggests he do something else, like write a story. Thus, Ernie sets everything out on the table, including pencils, paper, a pencil sharpener, and a wastebasket (which somehow ended up on Bert's head). Ernie is now ready to write a story, but instead, he leaves everything set out for when he gets an idea.
(First: Episode 1293)
Animation The word ICE is formed with ice cubes, which melt.
(First: Episode 1177)

SCENE 2 Mike sits down to have his afternoon snack, when Big Bird leads some sheep into the arbor. They're planning on illustrating over and through and want Mike to help. First, the sheep jump over Mike. Next, Big Bird says they'll jump through him. Mike finds the idea crazy, when the sheep somehow jump through his body. Big Bird heads the sheep out and Mike suddenly doesn't feel like eating now...
Song "Around and Around"
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover tells Debo that the letter that's on the wall is an X, but that it's a secret. Kermit overhears Grover mention a secret and wants to know what letter the X is.
(EKA: Episode 1494)
Cartoon A girl picks the key that matches the keyhole in order to gain access to a cache of toys.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2050)
Film Footage of a Chinese noodle factory.
(First: Episode 0984)
Animation 5 goldfish, take away 2, leaves 3.
(First: Episode 2252)
SCENE 3 Feeling better now, Mike tries to dig into his sandwich, when Big Bird appears once more with another subject to teach - none, some and all. Mike goes along with the lecture, assured there will be no sheep involved. This time, Big Bird gets assistance from the Birdketeers, who show the concepts by sitting on Mike's lap, blocking him from his sandwich. Big Bird shows that he can reach it, however, and walks off with it.
Cartoon The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, most and all with a basket of oranges.
(First: Episode 0976)
Film Stacy gets an examination at the eye doctor's and receives a new pair of glasses.
(First: Episode 1129)
Cartoon "Name That Food" game show hosted by Don Carrot
Artist: Elwood Smith
(First: Episode 1491)
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "I'll Love You in Springtime."
(First: Episode 2088)
Cartoon L for lion
(First: Episode 2586)

SCENE 4 The mouse from "Hickory Dickory Dock" comes to the Fix-It Shop with a problem. She's been stuck on her grandfather clock for two days because it's broken; it won't strike one and as such, she runs down. Maria tries fixing it, but the clock rings more than once each time. The mouse considers ways of changing her rhyme so she can get down without running, but Maria has a solution her grandfather taught her - shaking the clock, which works! The mouse is able to get down, but now the clock breaks further. The mouse quits her rhyme and decides to move to Hoboken (since it rhymes with "broken").
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)

Celebrity Suzanne Farrell takes small and big steps, then has a little lunch and a big lunch.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon A pencil tries to write the word DANCE.
(First: Episode 1966)

Muppets Bruce Stringbean, Clarice and S Street Band perform "Born To Add."
(First: Episode 1375)
Cartoon "L" for "Large" and "l" for "little"
(First: Episode 1455)
SCENE 5 The mouse returns from Jersey to assume the role in another nursery rhyme - Little Miss Muffet, which she assumes is a cushy position. Big Bird reminds her she must eat some curds and whey, which she initially refuses, but likes when she tastes it for the first time. The spider arrives, whom the mouse isn't afraid of. She decides to find a different rhyme to star in, while Big Bird takes a taste of the curds and whey.
Song A girl invites the listener to "Swing Up High."
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0408)
Animation Stop-frame animation of a girl on a beach, reading a book containing pictures of various sea creatures that come to life as she comes to their pages.
(First: Episode 1434)
Muppets Forgetful Jones and Clementine ride on horseback, and come across a rock. Clementine consults her book, The Cowgirl's Companion, to figure out how to handle a rock in your trail: go around it.
(First: Episode 2586)
Film Footage of a baby learning to walk.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0427)
Cartoon Brand X
(First: Episode 0299)
SCENE 6 Big Bird finds the mouse, who is now playing the role of Old King Cole (despite her gender). She finds this job even easier than the last, as all she does it sit and call for her pipe, bowl and fiddlers. However, instead of her fiddlers three, she gets three dentists and florists. The fiddlers finally arrive, but then the mouse remembers she hates fiddle music and quits that nursery rhyme too.
Cartoon Number Creatures #20
(First: Episode 2687)
Film Kids pick green beans in the field. Later their mom cooks the beans, and they eat them.
(First: Episode 0944)
Cartoon "You know what it's like to be scared?"
(First: Episode 0547)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster observes the letter Q, then the word QUIET.
(First: Episode 1850)
Cartoon The detective sees a lever, and thinks about what might happen if he pulls the lever, being prepared for anything.
(First: Episode 2613)

SCENE 7 Big Bird recounts to Maria what's been happening, when the mouse returns from her brief stint as the cow from "Hey Diddle Diddle"; she quit when someone tried milking her. She gives a passionate speech about what she's learned today: she's proud of herself, her rhyme, and her crummy clock. She re-enacts her rhyme, but since the clock is still busted, it continues to chime one o'clock over and over, so the mouse runs up and down the clock again and again. Maria and Big Bird announce the sponsors.

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