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Rebuilding Hooper's Store β€” Hooper's Store falls apart
Air date January 14, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Tony Geiss
Directed by Jon Stone[1]
Production October 12, 1990
Sponsors N, U, 8


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Mr. Handford notes some of the wear-and-tear Hooper's Store is experiencing lately - the awning gets stuck as he cranks it and Big Bird is unable to get through the stuck door, accidentally removing the doorknob. Gina lets them inside, where Mr. Handford sees one of the stools is now coming loose (thanks to Alice Snuffleupagus trying to sit on it yesterday). He creates a list of things Maria and Luis need to fix, then muses about having a totally new store. Maria and Luis stop by, having framed Mr. Handford's first dollar from the store. They can't stay to hang it up; they're going downtown to buy some wood.
SCENE 1 cont'd Mr. Handford decides to hang it himself, when Biff and Sully appear and offer their services. Biff has his trusty hammer with him, but borrows a quarter from Gina to buy a nail.
Song A piece of land with water all around it is an "Island."
Artist: Jane Aaron
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit the Frog reports from Gepetto's workshop, the home of the world-famous wooden toy Pinocchio. Pinocchio demonstrates how he can make his nose grow longer by telling lies. He tells so many crazy stories that his nose pushes Kermit through the wall.
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Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
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Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
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Muppets The Count sings about "The First Day of School".
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Animation Can you find the flamingos?

SCENE 2 Mr. Handford tells Big Bird about how he made the framed, first dollar. He recalls his first day operating the store and sold some paperclips to Bert. He goes on to say that not only was it the first dollar he made at the store, but the first one he ever made as his own boss, reminiscing about his high school library job, then his career as a firefighter. Now that he's his own boss, he can pay himself and give himself orders (ordering himself to go buy some hamburger meat).
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
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Film Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
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Cartoon A stop-motion-animated train runs out of track.
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Muppets Grover and Mr. Johnson: Grover the messenger goes to Mr. Johnson's home to deliver some singing telegrams. After reading a series of wrong telegrams, he reads another one that actually is for Mr. Johnson, and an important one at that, but Grover does not remember who it is from.
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Cartoon Eight buttons are counted on a monkey's shirt. (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
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SCENE 3 Biff and Sully are back and have hired an extra worker to help with the job - Stella, who only says "Yo!" The hardhats study the building blueprints for the store and make sure the plans and store match - "You wouldn't want us to hang the dollar in the wrong store, would ya'" Biff justifies. The trio then struggles to fold the plans back up, as Mr. Handford wonders aloud if he should just do the job himself.
Animation Cecille sings "I Wanna Be Me."
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Song "Around and Around"
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Cartoon Nancy the nanny goat nibbles her nails and notices noodles.
Artist: Tee Collins
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SCENE 4 Biff and the crew get in place to hang the dollar, setting up a "DANGER" sign to warn everyone of potential mishaps. Biff makes Mr. Handford and Gina wear hardhats too as he prepares to hammer the nail. Suddenly, the lunch whistle blares and the hardhats stop for their break. Biff gleefully assumes lunch is on the house while the cash register remains broken.
Cartoon A Middle Eastern man narrowly avoids various forms of danger, then trips and falls in a hole.
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Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
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Cartoon A boy has fun with his wood plank.
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Film A girl draws a picture of her friend, Dai Xi.
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SCENE 5 Mr. Handford gets impatient with Biff's stalling, though Biff is now ready to proceed. Sully disagrees that the spot they've set the nail is correct, though Biff and Mr. Handford think it's fine. Biff gives the nail a good whack, when the store starts to rumble and plaster starts falling. Everyone evacuates the store as it comes apart inside.
SCENE 5 cont'd Everyone watches in shock and horror during the wreckage. Even in the chaos, Biff takes note that they've indirectly fixed the cash register (due to rubble falling on it). When the destruction comes to a close, Biff tries to ease the tension by assuring Mr. Handford there will be no charge for their services.
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep. (Spanish version)
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Muppets "Home to Me"
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Film A montage of the evolution of mechanical technology, from wind-up toys, to robots that can spell "SESAME STREET" with blocks, to satellite transmitters.
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SCENE 6 Telly, a Honker, Dinger, duck, Big Bird and the kids gather to see the rubble Hooper's has become. Maria and Luis return with their wood and are shocked to see what's happened. Everyone offers to help Mr. Handford fix things up and he momentarily considers closing the store for good. They all convince him what an important fixture the store (and he) is to the neighborhood. Mr. Handford starts getting into the idea of having a new store and everyone starts making suggestions. Biff announces the sponsors.


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