Sesame Street
Barkley steals the sponsors
Air date April 8, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Nancy Sans
Sponsors U, W, 5


Picture Segment Description

COLD OPEN Prairie Dawn has figures of today's sponsors on a crate. Barkley trots in and makes off with them despite her protests.

SCENE 1 Prairie has managed to get back the number 5 from Barkley. She tries to show off a set of 5 balls, but there's two missing. Barkley passes through again, the two balls in his grasp. She's able to reclaim them as well and realizes she's also demonstrated addition.
Animation "Five Waltzing Chairs"
Artist: Jane Aaron
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
(First: Episode 2220)
Video Fay demonstrates addition by placing 4 balls on a table.
Artist: William Wegman
(First: Episode 2612)
Cartoon Campers don't want to play ring toss with Zork, until their counselor reminds them about being judgmental.
(First: Episode 2761)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster sounds out the word "Spin" and watch it spin around, getting dizzy in the process.
(First: Episode 2595)
Animation An owl is formed out of seeds.
(First: Episode 2368)
Insert While Maria tries to work, Barkley continuously barks to be let in or out of the Fix-It Shop. She then sings about how dogs love to go "In and Out."
Film Orangutans playing (piano music)
(First: Episode 2486)
Cartoon W for Wilhelmina
(First: Episode 0512)
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)
Film Caitlin gets her eyes examined, and picks out a pair of glasses.
(First: Episode 2948)
Animation "We Are Kids From Far and Wide": A girl describes the preparation for the Galungan festival in Bali, Indonesia.
(First: Episode 2750)

Muppets Colambo in "The Lost Slipper Caper"
Colambo helps Cinderella figure out what happened to her glass slipper. The Prince shows up with it, and takes Colambo with him to the palace.
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)

SCENE 2 Barkley drops the letter W into one of the recycling bins outside Hooper's Store. Savion comes by to collect the contents and bring them to the recycling center. He's confused when he finds the W and Prairie appears to explain what happened. She uses the oppertunity to talk about the letter, when Barkley returns and snatches the letter again.
Animation Cecille sings "Brushin' Down the Doggies."
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit tries to tell the story of the Three Little Pigs, but five pigs show up. He realizes he's encountered the wrong group of pigs -- one of these pigs went to market, one stayed home, and so on (alluding to the game of "This Little Piggy"). Just as he gets things straight, the Big Bad Wolf shows up and, determined not to have his fun spoiled, huffs and puffs Kermit away.
(First: Episode 0737)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings "In My Book."
Film A scuba diver collects shells, which some kids count in voice-over.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0474)
Muppets Bip Bipadotta sings "Opposite Stuff."
(First: Episode 2425)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: U for UP
(First: Episode 0650)

SCENE 3 Telly sets up a game of "Three of These Things" for Gina to play, using pieces of fruit and the letter U. Telly barely gets through the first verse, when Prairie interrupts to reclaim her letter U. Barkley appears once more and steals her U, with Prairie still hanging on. With the game ruined, Gina claims the banana, having skipped lunch.
Cartoon Fruta Manzana (original)
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1231)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentHerry Monster and John-John on up and down.
(First: Episode 0565)
Film Gilberto, who lives in Central America, learns how bricks are made.
(First: Episode 2744)
Cartoon W is for Worm
(First: Episode 0001)
Muppets / Celebrity Bert and Rick Moranis sit next to each other on a plane, and learn that they (and the rest of the passengers) are alike in more ways than they realized, singing the song "Stick Out Your Hand and Say Hello."
(First: Episode 2943)
Animation El numero cinco (Luis VO)
(First: Episode 2115)
SCENE 4 Gina finds Slimey practicing for the rotten apple race in the International Worm Games, with Grundgetta timing him.
Cartoon Letter U salesman
(First: Episode 0202)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings "Hand Talk."
(First: Episode 2622)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)
Muppets Two flowers, a baby sparrow, and two bunnies sing "That's How I Got Here."
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole, and falls into another hole.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0439)
Film Alphaquest: W
(First: Episode 2712)
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)
SCENE 5 Because Barkley has all of Prairie's materials, she's unable to announce today's sponsors. Instead, she says today was brought to you buy "addition, recycling and some game of Telly's. It's not the same." Just then, Barkley returns and drops all the sponsors on the ground, which Prairie re-iterates to the viewer.

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