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Sesame Street
The Singing and Whispering Friends
Air date November 29, 1991
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Nancy Sans
Production October 21, 1991
Sponsors I, T, 14


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Outside of Hooper's Store, Big Bird and Rosita sing to the viewer that today, the two of them and Telly will be the "Three Singing Friends," who sing everything they say. Telly, however, would much rather whisper. After they argue, they conclude to rename their group "The Two Singing Friends and One Whispering Friend." The three practice this on Mr. Handford, who observes it'll be a very interesting day...
Song Five Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)

Film A girl goes to school somewhere in Africa. We see the girl getting ready to go to school, as she washes herself and brushes her teeth, puts on her clothes, brushes her hair, and takes her lunch, all with some help from her mother. We see her walking past her neighbors and watching her classmates play outside as she arrives at school. The bell rings and the girl enters the school, where the teacher is passing out chalk to her students. We see the teacher teaching the students the English words: "a boy", "a girl", "a man", "a woman", which she has written on the board, along with a drawing for each word. The students repeat the words, then write them down on their individual chalkboards as we hear the girl remark, "We are learning to read and write." The students then jump up and down, as the teacher looks on, smiling. Next, we see the students jumping outside excitedly, now that school has finished.
(First: Episode 2658)
Cartoon A dog tries desperately to meow, but can only bark.
(First: Episode 0829)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Animation Sand T/t
(First: Episode 0636)
SCENE 2 The three friends spot Bob coming by and have him sing "One of These Things" to determine which friend is different from the others. Bob guesses that Big Bird doesn't belong, because Telly and Rosita are monsters, then guesses Rosita is out because she's the only female. He finally gets the correct answer and bids them farewell by singing and whispering.
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets Clementine and some cowboys sing "I'm a Real Cowboy" to Forgetful Jones to remind him of what he is.
(First: Episode 1965)
Cartoon The weary traveler asks the wise man to demonstrate none, some, most and all with a basket of oranges.
(First: Episode 0976)
Film Kids learn how to use a computer at a public school.
(First: Episode 1853)
Animation Three rocks use different methods to get across a lake.
(First: Episode 1459)
SCENE 3 Telly, still whispering, wants to demonstrate loud and soft with Oscar. The grouch naturally yells at Telly, allowing him to participate unwittingly.
Animation Abstract count to 14.
(First: Episode 2811)
Film A kindergarten class takes a field trip to the fire station.
(First: Episode 1217)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper asks a man, "Do you want me to keep an eye on your hat?" The man says yes. Harvey then puts a letter I on top of the man's hat, crushing it in the process.
(First: Episode 0288)
Cartoon "I in the Sky"
(First: Episode 0368)
Film Some kids watch a silent film featuring a lady in a burning house. They instruct her to "go to the EXIT!"
(First: Episode 0536)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson wants to order a couple of poached eggs on toast, but Grover informs him that the restaurant is out of eggs, so he brings two corn cobs on toast to him. Grover gives a lecture on where eggs come from, by bringing a cornstalk, chicken feed, and a chicken to the table.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon Two itchy gorillas agree to scratch each other's backs.
(First: Episode 1456)
Muppets / Celebrity Tracey Ullman and some kids play a Simon-style game with Mr. Honker, a Dinger, and a duck.
(First: Episode 2584)
Cartoon T for Turtle
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1146)
Muppets Live from the Nestropolitan Opera, Phil Harmonic introduces the staged production of Peligro starring Placido Flamingo.
(First: Episode 2273)
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)

Muppets Spaceship Surprise
The crew lands on the Planet SH, where they are greeted by Sheriff Shrimp, and meet a shouting shovel and shopping sheep.
(First: Episode 2468)
Cartoon An old man recites a poem about the time he had the flu.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1274)
Film A man makes a shadow puppet of an elephant.
(First: Episode 0593)
SCENE 4 All of their singing has left Big Bird and Rosita feeling hoarse. They decide to start whispering instead, just as Telly starts singing everything he says now.
Cartoon Pencil box I/i
Muppets Polly Darton and Benny Rabbit sing "14 Carrot Love."
(First: Episode 2811)
Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)
Film A percussionist on the beach talks about how rhythm is everywhere, such as in breaking waves, walking and horse galloping. (edited)
(First: Episode 0032)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster learns how to use a toothbrush.
(First: Episode 1189)
Cartoon Dinah from South Carolina exchanges letters with her friend Ling Lu in China.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
SCENE 5 Bob sets up the Two Whispering Friends and the One Singing Friend to announce the day's sponsors. The credits follow.

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