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The Count gets the counting flu
Air date February 7, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Ted May
Production November 19, 1990
Sponsors H, O, 13


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 The Count welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and reveals that he's looking for something to count. He counts people coming down the stairs (Susan, Gordon, and Maria), and promptly faints! They come to his aid, and he doesn't remember what happened before he fainted, but he still feels like counting. He counts some passing children, and faints again. When he comes to his senses the second time, he thinks it must be the Counting Flu. Maria goes to call the Count's doctor.
Song "Hot in the City"
(First: Episode 2751)
Cartoon Pistons push a capital H through a tunnel, where it breaks and turns into a lowercase h. (with voiceover by Roscoe Orman)
(First: Episode 2217)
Muppets "Don't Throw That Trash on the Ground"
(First: Episode 2680)
Film Letter O hoist
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0338)
Muppets Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Aklahoma!", "Eeklahoma!", and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
(First: Episode 2544)
Cartoon A pink circle splits into a cat, and a gray circle splits into a mouse.
(First: Episode 0452)
SCENE 2 Susan describes the Count's symptoms to Dr. Edwynn, and he examines the Count. When he asks the Count to count how many fingers he's holding up, he does so, and faints. He faints again when he hears what the cure for the Counting Flu is: no counting whatsoever.
Animation Thirteen hamburgers dance around.
(First: Episode 2785)
Film A girl wants to learn a playground rhyme after watching some other girls do it, so one of them teaches her.
(First: Episode 2284)
Cartoon A man thinks of H words while sitting on a horse.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 1815)
Film A boy talks about living in Alaska and about racing sled dogs.
(First: Episode 2388)
Cartoon A song about a rolling O
Animation by John and Faith Hubley
(First: Episode 0011)
SCENE 3 The Count feels sad about not being able to count anything all day. Maria suggests that maybe she can count for him, which makes him happier. She starts counting nails, but he still faints.
Cartoon mydoghappy.jpg
Cartoon A boy demonstrates why his dog's name is Happy.
(First: Episode 0537)
Muppets "I'm Going to Get My Hair Cut"
(First: Episode 1822)
Cartoon H for hair
(First: Episode 0475)
Celebrity The Four Tops sing "Standing at the Bus Stop Sign," while waiting for the bus to arrive. Big Bird pulls up in an imaginary bus.
(First: Episode 2290)
Cartoon A woman displays a BUS STOP sign to a crowd.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)
Film Animals and children bathe in water.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0615)

SCENE 4 Susan and Gordon have lunch outside of Hooper's. Maria brings the Count over to them, and reports that things aren't going so well, because there's so much to count, including the chips in the bowl. Gordon thinks it will help if he's blindfolded and can't see anything to count, but he hears some Honkers honking, counts their honks, and faints.
Cartoon A shepherd plays hide-and-seek with his sheep.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2109)

Muppets Dicky Tick hosts "In, On and Under." He interviews Paul Pencil in a drawer, Vivian Vase on a mantle, and Jacques Shoesteau under a chair.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon Fisherman Jones demonstrates in, on and under with the help of a big fishy.
(First: Episode 0370)
Muppets Telly and Elmo sing about the difference between "Heavy and Light."
Animation Sand O/o
(First: Episode 0621)
SCENE 5 The Count now has both a blindfold and earmuffs, so he can't see or hear anything to count. Yet, he imagines that he's not sick anymore, and can count the cracks in the sidewalk. Back in the present, he faints again, and the adults realize they can't blindfold his imagination.
Cartoon Edgar Turtle's three nephews demonstrate a round by singing "Redwood Tree."
(First: Episode 2506)
Film A silent film about an automobile that can be either long or short.
(First: Episode 0520)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster demonstrates feelings through song.
(First: Episode 2710)
Cartoon Colonel Travel takes the viewer on a tour of New Zealand.
Song "Me and My Chair"
(First: Episode 1706)
Cartoon Mr. Hand is instructed to draw a circle around an apple.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1869)
Ernie Lallaby Bert.JPG
Muppets Bert is having trouble getting to sleep. Ernie suggests singing a lullaby to him. He sings one to the tune of "Brahms' Lullaby" and Bert falls into a deep peaceful sleep. Ernie tells Bert to wake up now; it's Ernie's turn to go to sleep, so it's Bert's turn to sing a lullaby now.
(First: Episode 1331)
Animation Abstract count to 13.

SCENE 6 At night, the Count wakes up from his nap and takes the blindfold and earmuffs off. He wakes up Maria, who was also sleeping. They both wonder if he's well again, and he puts himself to the test by counting the stars. He doesn't faint, which means he's cured! He continues to count the stars as Dr. Edwynn announces the sponsors.


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