Sesame Street
Elmo's STOP sign
Air date April 26, 1991
Season Season 22 (1990-1991)
Written by Josh Selig
Directed by Jon Stone
Production December 3, 1990
January 15, 1991 (sc. 4)
Sponsors K, N, 9


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Part-way through the opening theme sequence, Elmo stops the footage. He presents his personal STOP sign, which he claims can stop anything he wants. He resumes the theme, then stops it once more, adding he'll be doing some more stopping soon.
SCENE 1 Maria finds Elmo yelling "Stop!" over and over again. Elmo claims to be practicing his stopping ability and shows Maria what he can do.

Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(First: Episode 2601)
Elmo appears over the film to periodically STOP it.
SCENE 1 cont'd Maria is impressed with Elmo's skills. Elmo tells her he'll be stopping everything he can today. She points out there's one thing he might not be able to stop - himself.
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2794)
Muppets Ernie sings "Rubber Duckie."
(First: Episode 0136)
Film Two girls walk on an island together, and a map of the island is shown.
(First: Episode 2650)
Cartoon A kitten is knittin' a kerchief, a kite, and a polka-dot mitten.
(First: Episode 0282)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Cookie Monster has Tara help him explain the word information by giving him cookies to eat.
(First: Episode 2589)
Animation It's a crocodile
Artist: Ishu Patel
(First: Episode 1663)

SCENE 2 Elmo tries using his STOP sign on Jelani, who does some jumping jacks. He tells Elmo he isn't going to stop though. Elmo now tries his power on the fire hydrant and celebrates when it stays still. Jelani comes over to him to explain how the hydrant isn't alive, when Elmo notices he's made Jelani stop jumping after all.
Cartoon Three scribbles exercise.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 1579)
Muppets Camp Wannagohoma: Grover tries to show the campers what is alive in the forest, but they keep correcting him.
(First: Episode 1791)
Song Jeff Redd sings "Between."
(First: Episode 2738)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird introduces Yo-Yo Ma, who plays cello with two Honkers and a Dinger.
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon Nine Striped Cats (Maria voice-over added)
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1564)
SCENE 3 Big Bird finds Elmo trying to get some flying birds above to STOP. They are amazed when they see where one lands...
There's a Bird on Me.jpg
Song Joe Raposo sings "There's a Bird On Me."
(First: Episode 0416)
Cartoon A hand draws a castle with a growling dragon inside, which scares the princess until her knight in shining armor leads the dragon away.
(First: Episode 0932)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
A princess claims that she will kiss anyone who has bulgy eyes, small ears, and a funny voice, wears a hat and coat, and is a frog. Kermit is the only one who fits that description, so she kisses him and, in a puff of smoke, she turns into a frog. Kermit invites her to "the hop", and she accepts.
(First: Episode 0859)
Cartoon K for keyhole, ketchup, and kitten
(First: Episode 0489)

Film Lamont, who lives in the city, visits his friend Adrian, who lives in the country. Together they ride bikes, swim, and have dinner with Adrian's family.
(First: Episode 2800)
Muppets As ominous music plays, the Count walks around his castle, checks out the mirror (he has no reflection), and greets his bats. The mailman (Jim Henson) arrives, with a bunch of letters for Count. The mailman wonders why there are so many letters. The Count says that he wrote them all himself, so he could count them... and then he does.
(First: Episode 0420)
Cartoon The story of an old woman who lived in a nine.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0512)

SCENE 4 Lillian sings "Animal Signing" as Linda shows the kids different signs for various animals.
Cartoon Sign language: Morning, noon, night
(First: Episode 1173)
Muppets Clementine and Buster get on a train, and try to tell Forgetful Jones that he's supposed to get on the train with them, but Forgetful Jones would much rather remember on his own why he's at the train station. The train leaves just as Forgetful remembers why he's there.
(First: Episode 1654)
Film A man carves a wooden horse.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2209)
Cartoon N is for nose.
(First: Episode 1206)
Muppets Oscar sings "Just Throw It My Way."
(First: Episode 2794)
Cartoon A man illustrates 'between' in various situations throughout his work day.
(First: Episode 0779)
SCENE 5 Elmo tries getting the rain to STOP, when Luis explains how that's not possible. Elmo now uses his sign to get Luis to STOP talking so he can go inside (he's getting all wet).
Cartoon A mother sings the story of how water travels down the drain and becomes rain.
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment โ€” Ernie, Bert and Shola talk about taking a nap.
(First: Episode 0537)
Cartoon Gordon voiceover N/n
(First: Episode 2283)
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish, and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Muppets "The Ballad of Slippery Slim"
(First: Episode 2827)
Animation A chair (voice of Martin P. Robinson) keeps bumping into things, until he finds his glasses. "See ya later!"
(First: Episode 1981)

SCENE 6 Maria dries Elmo off in the Fix-It Shop. He decides to quit trying to make the rain stop, but pretends to still be wet so Maria can still use the towel on him - he likes the way it tickles. They all announce the sponsors and after the credits roll, Elmo orders the episode to freeze frame.

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