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Sesame Street
Playing football / Meet Merry Monster
Air date April 11, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Lou Berger
Directed by Jon Stone
Production December 21, 1990
Sponsors E, U, 7


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo excitedly shows Oscar the globe he was just given by his daddy. He wants to travel the world and has Oscar spin the globe and point to a location he can go. Elmo lands on Tonga and Oscar is glad to see him leave, only Elmo returns moments later and leaps onto the globe, thus being on the country. Elmo asks Oscar so spin it some more and he considers packing a bag and fleeing to Tonga himself.
Cartoon Gloria Globe sings "I Am the World."
(First: Episode 2744)
Song Sesame Street Creature Feature: Joe Raposo sings "Goats."
(First: Episode 2366)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: The 400 Blows
Grover has to blow out the candles on his birthday cake 400 times, but since this is Part 1, he only gets up to 40 before he faints.
(First: Episode 2680)
Cartoon Seven animals in a tree.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1530)
Muppets / Celebrity Randy Travis sings "How Should I Tell You I Love You" while Telly acts it out.
(First: Episode 2800)
Cartoon U for uniform.
(First: Episode 0702)

SCENE 2 Elmo calls over Big Bird, Mr. Snuffleupagus and the kids so they can play some football. His only knowledge of the game is based on what he's seen on TV with his dad, so he tells them how the players all huddle first. They practice several times until they get too close together, popping the football. They rush off to Luis to see if he can fix it.
Cartoon A kid voice-over says, "Ocean," as a fish is seen swimming in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2670)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster finds a cardboard cut-out of themselves, but find they don’t have hats like it does. They run off to get some.
(First: Episode 1880)
Cartoon The Alligator King
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0411)
Muppets The monster returns wearing football helmets, but they still don’t match the cut-out. They dash off again to change.
(First: Episode 1880)
Song "Frog Kick"
(First: Episode 2155)
Muppets The monster returns, now with cowboy hats that match the cut-out. Their image falls over and they follow.
(First: Episode 1880)
Cartoon How Andy Fritz Ate the Sun.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2730)
SCENE 3 Luis patches the hole in the football, then tells them they need to fill it back with air. They worry that they'll never be able to find the air that come out from the football, but Luis points out they can use an air pump. They all cheer for Luis as he pumps, then do a celebratory huddle.
Cartoon "Seven Sweet Sopranos" on a shaky piano
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1656)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
The Amazing Mumford has a new trick, where he will make Thumbelina big and The Big Bad Wolf small. He makes Thumbelina big, but doesn't make the wolf smaller -- instead, Kermit is the one who shrinks.
(First: Episode 2696)
Cartoon E Imagination
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0001)
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)
Muppets Hammy Swinette sings "Stand By Your Can."
(First: Episode 2796)
Cartoon A dog learns about U.
(First: Episode 0131)
SCENE 4 Maria happens upon the footballers and tells them there's more to football than huddling. She doesn't know much, but she does know that after the huddle, they get into position and count. She suggests they count to seven. The team gets into counting position and counts to "Hut seven!" Then, they do another huddle.
Cartoon "The Noble Ostrich", a segment about the day-to-day activities of ostriches. Includes an animated appearance by Big Bird.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0998)
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Cartoon Lillian discusses the adjustments she had to make when her parents had a new baby. She ultimately appreciates her sister.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2746)
Muppets Guy Smiley hosts the Letter of the Day Pageant.
(First: Episode 2212)
Animation Can you find the elephant in the painting?
(First: Episode 2811)

SCENE 5 As the youngsters continue huddling, a small, quiet, shy monster, Merry, watches from the side. She's allowed to join the game and suddenly becomes quite boisterous as she describes how a football game works. Snuffy thinks it was a good move to bring in someone who has knowledge of the game.
Cartoon "Song of the Inuit Child"
(First: Episode 2112)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie sings "Happy Birthday" to a letter U, which blows out the candle on the cake.
(First: Episode 1306)
Film Katie is going to be a big sister.
(First: Episode 2769)
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Cartoon Geometry of Circles #2 "Seven Circles with Designs"
(First: Episode 1394)
Film Slide puzzle - truck
(First: Episode 0403)
SCENE 6 Elmo and the team get into position as he puts his brilliant play into action - announcing the sponsors. They then form yet another huddle.

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