Sesame Street
Preston's caps
Air date March 13, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Molly Boylan
Directed by Lisa Simon
Production November 14, 1990
Sponsors P, T, 8
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Picture Segment Description
Insert Gilbert and Sullivan and the cast sing to Oscar about "Before and After."
(First: Episode 2725)
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho demonstrates before & after.
(First: Episode 0694)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon Jake the Snake demonstrates body parts.
(First: Episode 2486)
Muppets Grover the Salesman: When Grover comes to Kermit's home dressed in salesman attire, Kermit quickly tells Grover that he doesn't want whatever it is that Grover is selling, since Grover always tries to sell him things that he has no use for. However, Grover tells Kermit that he has come to give him something: a hairpiece. Once it is on Kermit's head, Kermit decides that it doesn't look very good. Grover agrees, and offers to sell him a comb, a hair brush, some shampoo, and hair tonic.
(First: Episode 1972)
Cartoon Two caterpillars plus three caterpillars equal five
(First: Episode 2324)
SCENE 1 The Count asks Susan if he can accompany her on her errands today. She soon realizes he'll be counting every step she takes and tells him she'll be driven crazy. The Count adds her to the total of people he's driven crazy so far (six) and starts to follow Lillian.
Cartoon Birds appear around the numerals one through twenty as jazz music plays.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0134)
Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Katie.
(First: Episode 2760)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Cartoon Three turtles present the letter T.
(First: Episode 1666)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Cartoon P for Pack
(First: Episode 0504)

Muppets Big Bird writes a story about a frog, who was changed from a prince years ago. He visits the castle of a witch, who offers some P-word alternates. She finally finds her prince potion and returns him to normal, only now he's a much older prince (frog years being different from human). The witch finds him appealing nonetheless and the two become engaged.
(EKA: Episode 2632)
2096p Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Cartoon A sleepy man counts 8 sheep.
(First: Episode 2113)
Muppets Grover sings "Over, Under, Around and Through."
(First: Episode 0258)
Cartoon A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success.
(First: Episode 1042)
SCENE 2 Preston Rabbit gifts Elmo with an Alphabet Thinking Cap. Elmo thinks of the letter T and from thin air appears a train and tambourine. Then, Susan appears with her telephone, Linda with her toothbrush and Telly with his tuba.
Animation T for toothbrush and toothpaste
(First: Episode 2811)
Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
(First: Episode 2705)
Cartoon Worms form the number 8.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1563)
Film A man (voice of Jim Thurman) finds a magic remote control that makes things go up and down. He tests it on various objects. When he presses "down" for a bridge, it crumbles and falls into the river below, prompting him to abandon the remote and slink away. A girl then finds it and makes the bridge go back up.
(First: Episode 2614)
SCENE 3 Telly is unable to get the cap off Elmo's head, when Lillian returns with Preston, who produces the instructions. In order to remove it, they must all sing "The Alphabet Song." Preston promises to return the hat, but claims he'll return with a new one.
Cartoon P for Planet
(First: Episode 2008)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sound out the word "bed."
(First: Episode 1932)
Muppets / Celebrity Sneak Peek Previews
Oscar and Telly get a lesson on "Thumbs up, thumbs down" from Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel.
(First: Episode 2791)
Cartoon "Up and Down with Captain Brown"
(First: Episode 2493)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "The Inside Story" over film footage which shows the insides of ordinary household items.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon An orange creature shows things that measure.
(EKA: Episode 1969)
Muppets Kermit the Frog has been instructed to discuss surprises. He wonders what kind of surprise he's in store for, such as a scare from a monster or being hit with a pie. The surprise instead comes from a young girl, who gives him some flowers.
(First: Episode 1770)
SCENE 4 Preston now gives Elmo a number cap, which works similarly to the alphabet one. Elmo thinks of the number 10, as 10 colorful balls appear around them. The Count encourages him to think of a higher number, such as one hundred million, when Lillian removes the cap from Elmo's head.
Pinball 08
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #8
(First: Episode 0998)
Film Two girls walk on an island together, and a map of the island is shown.
(First: Episode 2650)
Animation Slide puzzle: Ernie
(First: Episode 0403)
Cartoon Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
SCENE 5 Preston gives Elmo an ordinary baseball cap. Lillian is relieved, until the hat proves it has power too and she suddenly finds herself in a baseball uniform. Elmo announces the sponsors.

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