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Sesame Street
Wolfgang's stuck ball / Monty's interruptions
Air date April 29, 1992
Season Season 23 (1991-1992)
Written by Nancy Sans
Production November 22, 1991
Sponsors H, S, 12

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Big Bird tells the viewer that they'll be hearing how Wolfgang the Seal got a ball stuck on his nose. But, because he doesn't speak seal, a Honker (who can) translates for Big Bird (who understands honks, thanks to having geese relatives on his dad's side). The scene freezes and Monty slides into view to interrupt the program. He informs the viewer he'll be interrupting the show several times throughout "sometimes for a very good reason, and sometimes for no absolutely reason at all." The scene unfreezes and Wolfgang begins his story, which started out like any other sunny day on Sesame Street...
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SCENE 1 In a flashback, Wolfgang goes to Hooper's Store, where Linda teaches Gina the signs for today's sponsors. Gina understands from Wolfgang's barking that he wants fish; Linda comments how well Gina can speak both sign language and seal. Linda goes off and Gina begins looking for some fish for Wolfgang. Monty interrupts to present a fishy story...
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SCENE 1 cont'd Monty resumes the action, where Gina reports that the store is all out of fish. She promises to get some from the fish store later, but now she has to tend to the store. Wolfgang brings her flowers and candy to try and change her mind, but she can't leave work. He tries once more by balancing a (trick) ball on his nose and dancing, but it doesn't work.
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SCENE 1 cont'd Out in the arbor, Susan shows the viewer the bowl of goldfish she's gotten for Miles. While she goes into Hooper's for some food, Wolfgang appears and spots the goldfish, all his for the taking. Just as he begins make his move, Monty appears with "a very curious interruption..."
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SCENE 1 cont'd Monty returns the scene back to normal. As Wolfgang lunges for the goldfish, Big Bird snaps out of the story, appalled by Wolfgang's actions. Wolfgang assures him he didn't eat the goldfish and continues the story...
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SCENE 1 cont'd Wolfgang pounces on the fishbowl, but the ball gets stuck in the top. He's able to free himself from the bowl, but not the ball. He sneezes, sending the ball flying all over the arbor until it lands back on his nose, getting it much more stuck than before.
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SCENE 1 cont'd In the present, Wolfgang has learned a lesson - "Don't try to eat fish that don't belong to you or you could end up with a ball stuck on your nose." Monty briefly interrupts the scene to issue an apology to all those who don't like interruptions. As the scene resumes, Big Bird offers to pry the ball from his nose. He succeeds and Wolfgang howls in pain; Big Bird recommends a bandage.
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SCENE 2 The camera scans past Monty, who states "This is a fast interruption."
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SCENE 2 cont'd Monty cuts in during the segment for a faster interruption. The segment then resumes.
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SCENE 3 Monty, hanging from above, interrupts the segment to report this will be his last interruption.
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SCENE 4 Big Bird, the Honker and Wolfgang continue their translation chain. Big Bird states that Wolfgang's nose is a little bruised (and bandaged), and Gina will be returning soon from the fish market. Everyone freezes when Monty appears once more, stating this is his final interruption (the previous was a mistake). Everyone unfreezes as Gina arrives with some fish for Wolfgang. Linda allows Gina to announce the sponsors on her own using sign language, with assistance from Big Bird. Monty pops up to try to add one more comment, but the show fades to black.


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