Sesame Street
Sonny Friendly's many game shows
Air date February 20, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production November 7, 1990
Sponsors V, X, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Gina, Uncle Wally, Snuffy and the kids hang out in the arbor, when they're visited by Sonny Friendly with another one of his traveling game shows. This time, his game is "Sesame Street's Funniest Ideas." Snuffy imagines everyone wearing cabbages instead of hats and Sonny tries to get the camera crew to get a shot of Snuffy's idea. Gina tells them that ideas are inside one's head and can't be seen using cameras. Sonny realizes his game is futile and goes to think up another one.
Cartoon I thought a thought ... about circles.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0247)
Muppets Cookie Monster and Diana talk about ideas.
(First: Episode 2582)
Animation An orange pops out of a basket of fruits and gets "made up" as the face of Carmen, the role in the opera of the same name. While singing "Habanera," the famed aria from the opera, Carmen loses her "face" and can't resume singing until the wig returns.
(First: Episode 0277)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo thinks that Whoopi Goldberg's skin is a very pretty brown. Whoopi likes Elmo's soft red fur. Elmo admires Whoopi's bouncy hair, too. Elmo suggests that they trade, but Whoopi says that they can't -- it doesn't come off. But even if she could trade, she wouldn't want to. She likes her skin and her hair, and she wants to keep it. Elmo says that he wants to keep his fur, too.
(First: Episode 2746)
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(First: Episode 1484)
Cartoon V for violin
(First: Episode 2386)
SCENE 2 Over at Hooper's Store, Sonny sobs, unable to come up with a new game show idea. Gina consoles him and provides him with a handkerchief to use. He sees how nice she is and becomes inspired; Gina is now the winner of his new game, "Sesame Street's Nicest Person." Her prize winds up being her own handkerchief.
Cartoon The letter X appears on-screen.
(First: Episode 2779)
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing about what's "Important" to them.
Cartoon Lazy Wanda's knees converse with each other.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1075)
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish, and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon Three computer animated fish.
(First: Episode 2792)
SCENE 3 Gina tells Sonny that he can't hang around the store thinking of more game show ideas. He notices she's angry, thus making her the winner of the "Sesame Street's Angriest Person" game! Her prize now is the chance to make Sonny some lunch.
Cartoon "Angry Annie": A small girl vents her rage at the world, frustrated by the problems of everyday life, until her younger brother offers her part of his orange.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2087)
Muppets Ernie and Bert sing "But I Like You."
(First: Episode 1952)
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)
Film / Song "At the Animal Doctor": Two boys take their dog to the vet
(First: Episode 1016)
Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)

SCENE 4 Sonny finishes his lunch and has promised Gina that he won't do any more game shows today. Then, a frog hops in with a photo of his former, princely self, having been put under a spell while wandering through an enchanted forest. The only way to break the spell is to be kissed by a beautiful damsel, but Gina isn't keen on kissing frogs. The frog states the other way is to be kissed by a game show host. Sonny can't help but turn the occasion into a game show, "To Kiss a Host."
Cartoon A baby cries whenever he gets a beso.
(First: Episode 0433)
Muppets Guy Smiley sings "I'll Love You in Springtime."
(First: Episode 2088)
Film Spinning Bus Stop sign
(First: Episode 0931)
Animation Three pretty kitties live in a celery house.
(First: Episode 1663)
Film A girls' jump-rope team trains for a contest. They end up winning second place.
(First: Episode 2510)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle plays the banjo as some kids sing the "Bird Song."
(First: Episode 2415)
SCENE 5 "To Kiss a Host" returns as Sonny gives the frog a brief subtraction question to earn his kiss. The frog guesses correctly and wins his kiss. The frog is turned back into a prince, while Sonny has now turned into "Froggy Friendly."
Cartoon The Story of Cowboy X, with the voices of Jean Shepherd
(First: Episode 0325)
Muppets "Cereal Girl"
(First: Episode 2687)
Cartoon Three mice (Swedish animation)
(First: Episode 1504)
Animation A kerosene lamp assembles itself in stop-motion.
(First: Episode 1473)
Cartoon A man lifts a rock and finds the word UNDER.
(First: Episode 0685)
Insert Preston Rabbit presents Sesame Street with a large stone inscribed with a word he thinks they don't have: "ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ". Elmo has no idea what it is and sings "ABC-DEF-GHI." Big Bird and the kids point out it's the alphabet, and they already have plenty of them on Sesame Street. Preston takes it away and goes off in search of a different present.
(First: Episode 2616)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1157)
Cast Maria and Luis perform "You Say Hola and I Say Hola."
(First: Episode 2062)
Cartoon Sporty 3 demonstrates his agility in various sports.
(First: Episode 1642)
Film The Steam Shovel
(First: Episode 1144)

SCENE 6 Sonny begs to be kissed by Gina so he can return to normal. She makes him promise to do no more game shows today, then blows him a kiss (to avoid becoming a frog herself). Back to his old self, Sonny announces the sponsors and that tomorrow will be another game show-filled day.

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