Sesame Street
Plot Word play on Sesame Street
Air date January 20, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors J, Q, 16


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo and Big Bird look for the word OPEN; they explain to Gina they're playing tag with a sentient version of the word. They spot it in the door of Hooper's Store and continue their game. Gina wonders aloud if other streets experience this type of zaniness.
Cartoon Would you mind closing our OPEN?
(EKA: Episode 0573)
Muppets "Forty Blocks from My Home"
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon Ranger Armbuckle talks about how plants travel - by sowing their seeds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2727)
Film Song: "I Can Do It By Myself"
(First: Episode 1727)
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Muppets Cookie Monster appears as a guest on Murphy Brownbag's "Lunch Talk" and shares his tips of a healthy, monster meal.
(First: Episode 2714)
Cartoon Fruta Manzana sings about being happy and healthy.
Artist: Don Duga and Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)

SCENE 2 Gina finds herself on Sonny Friendly's latest game show, "When You're Hot, You're Hot!" She must identify the word "HOT." Gina finds it obvious, as the other two choices are a chicken and apple pie slice, which she wins as her prizes. The word HOT then is tagged by the rest and joins their game.
Cartoon "Sixteen Blues"
(First: Episode 2755)
Muppets Pageant: Tooth
(First: Episode 1160)
Cartoon Ella juega tenis (sand)
(First: Episode 2111)
Film An Hispanic boy gets up, gets dressed and goes to school as Spanish music plays (A la luna no voy yo)
(First: Episode 0429)
Cartoon "Poverty Q": A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
Animation by Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0048)
SCENE 3 An Anything Muppet boy asks Gina if she's seen his dog. He gives a perplexing description of him, which turns out to be for a purple, polka-dotted word DOG instead. The gang rushes by and DOG is tagged, leading to another chaotic chase.
Muppets Is Barkley a DOG or a BANANA?
(First: Episode 2724)
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
Muppets "Listen to the Bells"
(First: Episode 1955)
Cartoon Q for Quiet
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 0441)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster drives a car, but puts on the seat belt first.
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon All living things need water.
(First: Episode 2731)
SCENE 4 As the gang makes a ruckus in Hooper's Store, Gina is approached by another Anything Muppet, who needs some words for his dictionary. (Gina calls for silence by yelling "Hey, youuu guys!" ala The Electric Company.) The only words missing are HOT, DOG, and OPEN, who leave with the man. With no words left to play tag with, Gina initiates a new game with Big Bird and Elmo.
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 Ernie and Bert go see a silent movie, "The Picnic" (starring Maria as Charlie Chaplin and Linda as the girl).
(First: Episode 2071)
Cartoon Sand J/j
(First: Episode 0631)
Muppets Biff sings "This Is My J."
(First: Episode 1169)
Cartoon 5 Purple Konkers
(First: Episode 0775)
SCENE 5 Elmo and his friend Akinyele Copeland discuss how they're the same and different, then read Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield.
Cartoon Abstract count to 16.
(First: Episode 2822)
Film Sounds around the house #1
(First: Episode 1706)
Muppets Song: "The Batty Bat" (The Count)
(First: Episode 2096)
Cartoon One of These Footprints ...
(First: Episode 0518)
SCENE 6 Big Bird finds three friends, impatiently waiting for the bus. Big Bird suggests that saying the alphabet will bring the bus and they start rapping "The Alphabet Song." The bus does show up, but instead blows right past them. "I said I could make it come, I didn't say I could make it stop," Big Bird sheepishly admits.
Song "Playground Map Song"
(First: Episode 2680)
Cartoon Millie and Molly find a place for their picture of their favorite rock star, Danny.
(First: Episode 1295)
Muppets Randy Travis sings "How Should I Tell You I Love You" while Telly Monster acts out the lyrics.
(First: Episode 2800)
Cartoon A girl tries on big, bigger, and the biggest shoes.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0252)
SCENE 7 Playing tag still, Gina hides out behind the steps and announces the sponsors.


  • This episode would later be rerun as part of season 25, renumbered 3186.
  • The Anything Muppet boy in this episode is seen wearing the sweater originally worn by the season one Ernie.

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