Sesame Street
Waiting for Hooper's to re-open
Air date January 17, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors M, Y, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 In the morning, Telly sits out by Hooper's Store, listening. The Two-Headed Monster happens by and Telly points out to them that there's no sounds coming from Hooper's, meaning the work is done and now he's happy. "Happy! Happy!" the Two-Headed Monster starts chanting throughout the scene. Maria, Luis and Mr. Handford come through, carrying a new countertop (Biff and Sully have taken the day off). They inform Telly that they've only just begun work for the day, so they're not finished. Telly is distraught, but the Two-Headed Monster still feels happy, not having heard anything from the last minute. Mr. Handford lets them enjoy their happiness for now.
Song "Reach Your Hand Up High"
(First: Episode 2702)
Happy and Sad
Muppets Kermit the Frog tries to explain the difference between happy and sad, two emotions which Elmo displays while trying to get Kermit to play with him.
(First: Episode 2188)
Cartoon Seven rabbits
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1493)

SCENE 2 Telly frets over how long the repairs are taking, when the Amazing Mumford slides in with a solution. Rather than take away the job from Maria and Luis, he intends to use magic to make the work for faster. He waves his wand and the two are seen going about repairs in slow-motion, an error on Mumford's end. He tries the trick again and they start working at a rapid pace, which Telly and Mr. Handford observe is upsetting them. Mumford returns them to normal and tries another trick to ensure the work gets done - making himself disappear to prevent any further chaos.
Film City alphabet (Joe Raposo instrumental with kid voiceover)
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Cartoon A map of India morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
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Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The hare challenges The Tortoise to a rematch: this time, the Tortoise comes equipped with a jet-pack.
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Song "Fixin' My Hair"
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Cartoon The word "YES" follows a man.
(First: Episode 0875)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Chelsea: YES/NO.
(EKA: Episode 2402)

SCENE 3 Polly Darton visits the street to help Telly take his mind off the construction. She leads him, Mr. Handford and her band in a country-western version of "The Alphabet Song." The song helps Telly forget about the store for just a moment, however.
Cartoon Don't mess with the Mighty M.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1578)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie won't stop saying how thirsty he is, no matter how many glasses of water Bert brings him. Even after he's finished, he still won't stop saying "Boy, was I thirsty."
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Cartoon Sign language: Morning, noon, night
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Film A boy who lives in the Congo (in Africa) narrates a film of the kinds of games he and his friends play.
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Muppets "I'm Between"
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Insert Bob reads the kids a story about seven mice, with some animated mice displaying the story. (framing scenes cut)
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Cast Big Bird watches the shape dancers make a square.
(First: Episode 1276)
Cartoon A dog answers "Yes" to every question.
(First: Episode 0783)
SCENE 4 The Count tries to help Telly get his mind off the store through counting. They count all the hammering sounds they hear, but Telly still can't help but think of the store.
Cartoon Y for Yak
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1184)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings about "Air."
(First: Episode 2568)
Cartoon "Song of the Inuit Child"
(First: Episode 2112)
Muppets Clementine and Buster get on a train, and try to tell Forgetful Jones that he's supposed to get on the train with them, but Forgetful Jones would much rather remember on his own why he's at the train station. The train leaves just as Forgetful remembers why he's there.
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Song Joe Raposo sings "Pretty Baby."
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Cartoon Y is for Yo-Yo
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SCENE 5 In the evening, Gina and the kids decide to go to the deli around the corner for a malt while the store remains closed. Telly frets that the store may never been finished and imagines such a scenario, where he, Mr. Handford, and the others have turned grey (some with beards) waiting for the store to open.
SCENE 5 cont'd Telly snaps out of his fantasy, wondering where Mr. Handford's beard went. He confirms with Telly that it was all a dream, but one aspect is still real - the store has yet to open. Telly takes his advice and instead imagines that the store is finished. Maria and Luis exit and report that, aside from some minor details, the store is finally finished. Telly thinks this is part of his fantasy at first and is excited by the news.
Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
Muppets Oscar sings "Just Throw It My Way."
Cartoon An elephant asks Nesbitt for directions to the zoo, but won't listen to him long enough.
Artist: Janet Perlman
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Celebrity Blair Underwood swings Elmo sixteen times.
Cartoon Zork lands on the coast of California, where he meets a slick agent.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2687)
Film A blind boy narrates his day. He reads braille, adds with an abacus, and plays in the playground with his friends.
(First: Episode 1757)
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
SCENE 6 Telly is excited to enter the new Hooper's Store, sit on the new stools at the new counter and order some new milkshakes. Mr. Handford tells him that he can't open the store right away - he needs to organize some things and will have a grand opening tomorrow. Telly freaks out and tries to forget about the more waiting he has to do, as Luis announces the sponsors.

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