Sesame Street
Elmo says NO!
Air date November 12, 1992
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors E, M, 8 and "No"

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Telly Monster reveals today's sponsors, turns to Elmo and says, "Right, Elmo?" Elmo yells, "NO!" and runs off saying "No, no, no!" Telly is confused: "Was it something I said??"
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SCENE 1 Telly is concerned about Elmo's attitude, fearing Elmo may be angry at him. He decides to ask Elmo if he's mad at him, but, of course, Elmo replies "NO!" again. But that still doesn't answer Telly's question of why Elmo keeps running around saying no. He states his concerns to Maria, and they decide to follow him.
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SCENE 2 Maria asks Savion if he's seen Elmo. Savion recalls that he and Elmo were just at the schoolyard, which leads to a flashback ...
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SCENE 2
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In the flashback, Savion plays basketball as Elmo approaches, asking him for a piggy-back ride. Savion can do both at the same time, and they both have fun.
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SCENE 2
cont'd
Back in the present, everyone is still curious about why Elmo keeps saying no. They run after him again.
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SCENE 3 Grundgetta joins Telly and Maria in their search for Elmo. She just saw Elmo in front of Oscar's trash can, and she had fun exchanging NO's with him. Unlike Maria and Telly, she doesn't want Elmo to stop saying no - after all, it's music to a Grouch's ears.
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SCENE 3
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Elmo pops up on camera for a few more NO's, and they all go after him again.
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SCENE 4 Telly and Maria catch up with Elmo, and ask Elmo to tell them why he keeps saying "NO!" Elmo explains that he was practicing saying no, because it's an important skill for kids to learn when someone is trying to pressure them into doing something they don't want to do. Maria agrees with him, and observes that Elmo is really good at saying no. Once Maria leaves, Telly admits to Elmo that he would like to learn how to say no, so Elmo coaches him.
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SCENE 5 By now, Telly is better at saying no. So are Chicago, Merry Monster, and some kids. Elmo announces the sponsors.



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