Sesame Street
Elmo's imagination hat
Air date April 19, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Directed by Jon Stone
Production January 25, 1991
February 1, 1991 (scene 4-7)
Sponsors B, D, 2


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo is wearing his "imagination hat" today. He tells the viewer that he's now going to imagine Big Bird and the kids playing and running outdoors. The theme sequence follows.

SCENE 1 Elmo claims that he can imagine anything when he wears his hat. While Elmo is thinking of what to imagine next, Mike stops by to pick him up for their bike ride in the park today. Elmo decides to imagine some more after the bike ride.
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SCENE 2 Mike brings Elmo back to the arbor, where Elmo is about to put on his imagination hat - but he notices that it's missing! Elmo remembers Mike strapping him into the seat, him telling Elmo to take off the imagination hat, explaining why helmets are needed for bike riding, and tucking the imagination hat next to Elmo. Mike takes Elmo back to the park so they can look for it.
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SCENE 3 Mike and Elmo are back from the park, still without Elmo's imagination hat. Alex brings the Yellow Pages over so they can find a place with lost hats. They look inside, and find a listing for the "Bureau of Lost Hats," which just might have Elmo's hat ...
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SCENE 4 Elmo and Mike go downtown, where they find an office which reads "BUREAU OF LOST _ATS". They enter the office, and find a lot of bats flying around. A man (Martin P. Robinson) sits at a desk, looking over some forms. Mike confirms that this is the Bureau of Lost Hats, but the man doesn't know the difference, since it's his first day on the job. He tells Mike and Elmo to wait outside while he makes some changes.
When they re-enter the office, they find the man surrounded by a gaggle of cats (including Chip and Dip, a tiger, and a lion). Mike reminds him why they're here, emphasizing that they're looking for a hat, and not a bat or a cat.
Mike and Elmo walk outside again to wait, and when they re-enter the office once again, there are plenty of hats to go around. Elmo specifies that he's looking for a green hat, but the man is so fed up with his mistakes that he decides to quit, and storms out of his office.
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Animation D / d (drums and drumsticks)
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SCENE 5 The bureau man, who decided not to quit after all, has filled the office with green hats, to see if Elmo's imagination hat is among them. Mike reminds Elmo about the other features of his hat: it's also small, and pointy, has a feather, and has Elmo's name written inside it. The bureau man tries hard to find one that fits his description, but they don't find it. Mike and Elmo sadly leave the office, while the bureau man and his secretary have to deal with more hats, cats and bats.
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SCENE 6 Back on Sesame Street, Alex suggests that Elmo try imagining without his hat. Elmo decides to imagine himself finding his hat, and feels better after doing so.
Just as Elmo starts imagining again, the bureau man comes back with Elmo's lost hat! Elmo almost doesn't notice it, however, because he's busy imagining. He puts the hat back on, and the bureau man cries tears of joy.
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SCENE 7 Mike and Alex notice that Elmo's imagining again, with his hat on. Elmo knows he doesn't need his hat to imagine, but he likes to wear it anyway, not just as an imagination hat, but also as a "goodbye hat."

The sponsors appear on his hat as he announces them, followed by the Barkley credit sequence.


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