Sesame Street
Construction on Hooper's
Air date January 16, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Belinda Ward
Directed by Jon Stone
Production October 16, 1990
Sponsors F, Q, 14


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 In the early hours of morning, Maria, Luis and the hardhats get ready to continue repairs on Hooper's Store. Oscar, dressed as a reporter, tells them to wait until he gets upstairs. From inside Bob's bedroom, Oscar delivers a Grouch News report. He notes that Bob is fast asleep, for now, when the construction downstairs causes him to jolt from bed.
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SCENE 2 Oscar continues his report while Bob attempts to give Jessica a piano lesson. Oscar observes that the construction noise is too loud to hear the piano, so Bob plays louder and louder until he's able to drown out the construction. Oscar retreats downstairs, where he can listen to the construction in peace.
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SCENE 3 Snuffy stops Alice from going inside Hooper's and shows her the "CLOSED" sign. She tries to go in anyway, nearly colliding with Maria as she exits. This happens once more before Alice finally gets the message, falling sleep in front of the door. Maria winds up tripping over the young, sleepy Snuffleupagus.
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SCENE 4 Mr. Handford comes across Biff, Sully and Stella doing some exercises. They've been ordered to move the counter into the store, but as Biff states, they need to feel good and strong to be able to do it. Once they're done with exercises, they take another coffee break.
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SCENE 5 Big Bird strolls over to the store, ready to help Maria and Luis. He inadvertently knocks over the painted shelves and Luis' planks, then bumps heads with Luis trying to pick it up. He tells Big Bird that he's just in the way, sending the bird off, upset. Big Bird vents to Radar and refuses to speak to Luis when he arrives. Luis tries to explain his actions and tells Big Bird there's something he can do to help - play with his friends, so the work won't be interrupted and the store will be open much quicker.
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SCENE 6 Close to midnight, Bob tosses and turns in bed, still dealing with the construction below. The noises stop and Bob tries to sleep, relieved. Oscar pops up with yet another report; not to hear Bob complain about the noise, but so he can complain about the lack of noise. The two argue as Maria announces the sponsors.

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