Sesame Street
Elmo's newspaper
Air date February 7, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Luis Santeiro
Directed by Jon Stone
Production September 27, 1991
Sponsors F, J, 6
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo tells the viewer that he'll be writing his own newspaper today. He has his reporting hat, paper and a pencil; all he needs is a story to cover. Uncle Wally passes by and sneezes multiple times, a scoop Elmo goes to follow up on.
SCENE 1 "Extra! all about it!" Elmo cries. A teen, Nickie, is given a copy of Elmo's newspaper, but because it's written in illegible scribbles, he asks Elmo to read it for him. Elmo points out the number 6 on the paper, referring to the headline story of how Uncle Wally sneezed 6 times. Elmo goes off to uncover more news, when he overhears Nickie and Lillian discuss a surprise birthday party for Prairie Dawn today. Elmo senses another big story unfolding.
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
Cast Carnival barker Mike runs a ball-throwing booth. Maria s decide to try winning a prize by knocking down all the bottles. She tries twice, and knocks some of them down, then she lets Travis try his luck. He not only knocks all the bottles down, but the stand as well! For a prize, he wants the ball, which he obtains by way of reverse footage.
(First: Episode 2727)
Cartoon F: A frog and a fly. (voiceover: Casey Kasem)
(First: Episode 0034)
Muppets Bip Bippadotta and The Androoze Sisters sing "Everybody's Song."
(First: Episode 2064)
Cartoon In rhyme, a man points out animals who stole and/or ruined his clothing.
(First: Episode 0778)
SCENE 2 Elmo reads his latest article to Gina, Lillian, Uncle Wally and others about Prairie's surprise party. They point out that if she happens to read that story, the surprise will be ruined. Elmo agrees and flees when Prairie arrives to see what the commotion is about.
Cartoon "Water Conservation": Frank the fish calls Carl and tells him not to leave the water running while brushing his teeth, otherwise the lake will be dry.
Artist: Peter Chung
(First: Episode 2689)
Muppets "J Friends"
(First: Episode 0339)
Cast Maria as Chaplin falls in love with a painting (Linda) at the art museum.
(First: Episode 2033)
Cartoon A man connects the dots to form a house to escape from the rain.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 2218)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover talks to Chelsea about what their eyes, ears, nose, and mouth can do. Chelsea mentions that they both have them and also have hands, feet, bellies, necks, arms, backs, and shoulders. Grover replies they have a cornucopia of parts, which means they have a lot of good stuff.
(First: Episode 2389)
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
SCENE 3 Elmo hides while Prairie looks for him, wondering why he's avoiding her. Barkley does find him and starts barking very loudly. Elmo tries to get him to be quiet and illustrates the opposites himself, blowing his own cover and sending him into hiding again when Prairie comes over.
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster shares a pillow.
(First: Episode 1669)
Song Spanish Food Market Song
(First: Episode 1111)
Jenny Jeff Jacket
Cartoon A disobedient jacket illustrating words that begin with the letter J annoys an off-screen narrator, which reveals two kids named Jenny and Jeff inside of it.
(First: Episode 0527)
Muppets "Six Kids Subtraction"
(First: Episode 2670)
Cartoon A satellite view of the earth is shown on television, while a group of geese decide to fly south.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 2710)
SCENE 4 Elmo tells Gina about his experiment: he wonders if Prairie will still recognize him while wearing a disguise. Prairie almost falls for it, until she hears Elmo's celebratory laugh after it works. Elmo runs off, but Prairie still wants to know what's written about her in his "Elmo News" newspaper.
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon A girl picks the key that matches the keyhole in order to gain access to a cache of toys.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2050)
Muppets / Cast Gordon plays a game with the viewer - which person belongs in the Quiet Family and in the Loud Family?
(First: Episode 1514)
Cartoon A map of India morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2668)
SCENE 5 Humphrey sings a song about how much fun he has trying to talk like his daughter Natasha.
Cartoon A mad scientist teaches his monster how to say the words "Fred," "foot" and "Friday."
(First: Episode 1162)
Film Looking for circles in the city (Maria voice-over)
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets Pretty Great Performances: James Galway and the All Animal Chamber Ensemble perform a work by Johann Sebastian Fox.
(EKA: Episode 2561)
Cartoon A caveman finds a rock on the ground, and visualizes the invention of the wheel and the car, ultimately deciding to toss the rock away: "Who needs it?"
(First: Episode 0558)
Film A park ranger speaks to a group of kids about trees and the fruits that come from them. Then all the kids hug a tree.
(First: Episode 2891)
Animation A frog is formed out of seeds.
(First: Episode 2379)

SCENE 6 Prairie catches up with Elmo, who says the adults made him promise not to tell her. Lillian gives him permission to read her his paper: "Surprise Birthday for Prairie Dawn!" The celebration begins, but before Prairie can blow out the candles, Elmo rushes off, yelling "Hold the presses!"
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
Film Fay Ray moves clockwise and ticks, until an alarm sounds.
(First: Episode 2597)
Muppets The Cereal Girl sings about her missing "Hair Brush."
Cartoon Rap #6
(First: Episode 2502)
SCENE 7 Elmo returns with a new headline: "Prairie Dawn Blows Out 7 Candles!" Prairie doesn't think she's entirely capable (and doesn't want to ruin Elmo's headline), but manages to do it. The presents are brought out as Humphrey announces the sponsors.

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