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Natasha can't fall asleep
Air date January 21, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors S, T, 17


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Oscar announces today's letter sponsors, S and T, which stand for "someone tap dancing". He'll reveal who it is after the opening theme.
SCENE 1 Savion climbs out of Oscar's trash can, having just finished giving a tap dance lesson to Oscar's elephant Fluffy ("She got tired of ballet," says Oscar). Bob is amazed that an elephant can tap dance, so Savion has Fluffy show him what she can do by repeating all the steps he does. Fluffy dances until she falls through the floor, into the basement, while her massive steps cause the ground to shake, which results in Bob losing grip of most of his groceries.
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
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Muppets The Hispanic community of Anything Muppets sings "It Sure is Hot!"
(First: Episode 2601)
Cartoon Three turtles present the letter T.
(First: Episode 1666)
Film Alone Song
(First: Episode 0921)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Cookie Monster has Tara help him explain the word information by giving him cookies to eat.
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Cartoon Kids sing about the joys of celery.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2976)


SCENE 2 Big Bird encounters Linda writing a letter to her mom. Linda's thoughts are heard in voice-over narration (voiced by Ivy Austin, and signed by Linda in a vignette). She describes what happened yesterday when she went to the hat shop to buy a hat: It took the hat lady (Judy Graubart) a while to figure out that Linda wanted a hat. The first hat picked out was too big for Linda, the second one too small, the third one just right. Back in the present, Linda finishes writing her letter, and Bob invites her to go for a walk.
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
Muppets Caribbean Anything Muppets sing about "Caribbean Air."
(First: Episode 2688)
Animation On a computer, a boy draws a sun setting between the mountains.
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Song The Four Squares sing "It's Hip To Be a Square."
Artists: Vincent Cafarelli & Candy Kugel
(First: Episode 2615)

SCENE 3 Humphrey has to go to the dentist, so he asks Big Bird and Savion to watch her while she takes her nap. She doesn't want to go to sleep, so Humphrey tries singing her "Na-Na-Na-Na-Natasha's Lullaby", which does a better job of awakening her. Savion thinks it'll be very hard to get her to sleep ...
Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2611)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets Grover the elevator operator gives a demonstration of in and out which annoys the passengers.
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Film / Animation A class of Navajo kids use art to describe their families, or clans.
(First: Episode 2985)
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0 (parachute under haystack)
(First: Episode 2278)
SCENE 4 Savion finishes reading Natasha the story of Cinderella, which Humphrey said would get her to sleep, but he was wrong about that too. Chicago the Lion comes by, and tries roaring her to sleep -- but he falls asleep instead.
Film Lions (instrumental, with occasional lion growls)
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0018)
Cartoon Spinning T (to the tango beat).
(First: Episode 2933)
Muppets Mysterious Theater: The Case of the Missing Toast
Lady Agatha can't find her toast or roast, so Sherlock Hemlock figures that it is a "rhyme crime", and suspects a ghost is the culprit. The thief turns out to be Vincent Twice, the host.
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Cartoon What kind of print does a hand make?
(First: Episode 0776)

SCENE 5 Big Bird borrows a letter S from some Honkers, thinking it'll get her to sleep because the word "sleep" starts with S. Savion tries swaying it in front of Natasha's face, thinking she'll go to sleep through hypnosis. Big Bird and the Honkers also watch the swaying letter, and end up falling asleep instead of Natasha.
2096t.jpg Cartoon S - Snake: A snake charmer irritates the snake.
(First: Episode 0063)
Song Bob sings Joe Raposo's "Look a Little Closer." (dog)
(First: Episode 2677)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Bert notices that Ernie has a piece of string tied on his finger. Ernie says that the string tied on this finger helps to remind him that there's a piece of string tied on this finger. And so on. The string on the last finger is there to remind him that they're out of string.
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Animation Growing Numbers #17
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Cartoon A man tries to figure out where a squeaky sound is coming from; it turns out to be a giant's squeaky shoes. "Surprise!"
(First: Episode 0770)
Muppets Herry Monster wakes up and says "Good Morning, Morning" to everything.
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Cartoon Blue and pink characters fight for a spot on the subway, until Pink spots an open seat.
(First: Episode 1580)

SCENE 6 Natasha, still not asleep, tries to wake Chicago up. Savion has no idea what to do, but when he says the word "awake," the Sandman appears. Savion asks for his help, knowing that the Sandman is good at making people fall asleep. He makes two attempts to throw some of his magic sand into Natasha's face, and she spits it out. Savion has a better idea: he'll sprinkle some of the Sandman's sand on the ground, and do a nice quiet dance which will lull Natasha to sleep.
Animation Sand S/s
(First: Episode 0622)

SCENE 7 Savion finishes setting up his dancing mat, and sprinkles the sandman's sand on it. He dances gently on the sandy mat, but fails to get Natasha to go to sleep. The Sandman makes one last attempt to blow sand in Natasha's face, but she blows it on his face instead, and he drops off to sleep.
Cartoon A family of snakes makes shapes, and rolls away.
(First: Episode 1506)
Cartoon A kid voice-over says, "Ocean," as a fish is seen swimming in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2670)
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Cartoon T for treasure (Jim Thurman VO)
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SCENE 8 Savion looks around, and sees that he and Natasha are the only ones awake in the courtyard. Humphrey comes back, and Savion explains that they tried everything to get her to sleep. Humphrey tells her it's time to go home, and Natasha falls right asleep. Relieved, Savion announces the sponsors. Oscar then tells Fluffy it's time to do her somersaults, and she causes a brief earthquake. Thankfully, it doesn't wake her up.


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