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Sesame Street
Savion helps out at Birdland
Air date January 22, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Jon Stone
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors D, Q, 10


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Maria encounters a greaser with wings, who happens to be the Tooth Fairy. He proves who he is by showing how much he knows about Maria - she used to live on the Grand Concourse of the Bronx, and he would leave a nickel under her pillow whenever she lost a baby tooth. Right now, he has a problem: he doesn't know which of his two unmarked bags is full of teeth, and which one is full of money. He's not willing to look inside them, so Maria suggests that he shake them to see which bag is which. She remarks to the viewer, "This is a very unusual street."
Cartoon A purple elephant tries to get 10 peanuts in his trunk at once, but can't, so he smushes them into peanut butter instead.
(First: Episode 2987)
Muppets Ernie sings "Imagine That" about things that he sometimes imagines to be: first a knight in shining armor who battles a dragon, then a sailor, and finally, himself.
(First: Episode 2142)
Cartoon A British man narrates how chewing gum is made in Guatemala.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2830)
Song "Starfish" by Joe Raposo (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 2487)

SCENE 2 The Tooth Fairy is distressed because he's just been "ambushed" by a grinning bunch, which means to him that his money will soon be gone; he'll be "cleaned out" by said gang tonight. Maria offers to call the police, but he says it won't work. Suddenly, he spots "them" - the gang he mentioned, which consists of kids with missing teeth! "A very unusual street!" exclaims Maria.
Cartoon Toothpaste March
Artist: Ray Favata
(First: Episode 1446)
Film "There's a lot to see under the sea," according to some young swimmers who narrate a poem about the ocean-dwellers they find.
Music: "Kyisio Calypso" by Dermot Stewart
(First: Episode 3032)
Cartoon D-draw, dent, drop, dancer, done
Muppets / Celebrity Jim Carrey shows Elmo and Telly how he expresses his emotions - with his feet (in speed-induced footage, no less).
(First: Episode 3023)
Cartoon Vaudeville duo Herman Happy and Stanley Sad sing a song about how they live up to their names.
(First: Episode 0772)

Film A montage of the evolution of mechanical technology, from wind-up toys, to robots that can spell "SESAME STREET" with blocks, to satellite transmitters.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2226)
SCENE 3 Savion enters Birdland to relax and listen to some jazz. Soon after he sits down next to Little Bird and starts chatting, Hoots gets off the phone and calls him over. Birdland's waiter has to babysit tonight, so Hoots asks Savion to fill in for him. Savion has never been a waiter before, so Hoots explains the easy process. He says "Watch this ..." as both of them face the camera.
Muppets Waiter Grover has a new method of remembering orders: He makes up a poem to remember what is ordered and who ordered it. Mr. Johnson orders a cheeseburger with a pickle and French fries, which Grover interprets as "Round and tasty on a bun, pickles, French fries, yum, yum, yum!" However, he brings Mr. Johnson a grapefruit on a bun.
(First: Episode 2418)
When the sketch ends, Savion is confused. Hoots explains that he should do the opposite of what Grover did, which is easy enough for anyone.
Cartoon "Poverty Q": A figure demonstrates Q words, despite the unruly stem of his letter Q that keeps detaching itself.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0048)
Muppets All types of wild animals that lay eggs sing "Let's Lay an Egg."
Film Kids narrate a film about how Yufka, a Turkish flat-bread, is made.
(First: Episode 2937)
Animation Rubber Stamp #10
(First: Episode 2880)

SCENE 4 As Savion takes orders from the Birdland customers, Hoots asks him for another favor: this time, he needs a substitute drummer. Savion joins Hoots and his band as they play a jazzy tune, and instantly goes back to waiting on tables afterwards.
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(First: Episode 1802)
Cartoon A cartoon man is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie comes from finishing his bath, and tells Bert that there's something that he forgot. Bert asks if he's washed behind his ears, his neck, and his elbows. Finally, Ernie remembers that he forgot to turn off the water in the tub -- as the water level rises.
(First: Episode 0347)
Song "Body Dance" (MC Lyte)
(First: Episode 2816)
SCENE 5 Savion is still busy serving the food to the customers, when Hoots needs him to fill yet another temporary position: a dance act. His tap-dancing skills prove to be more than suitable for this task, especially since he can alternate with the drums at the same time.
When he's done dancing, Savion takes a customer's order of a fruit-fly sandwich. He adds, "There's an interesting story behind that sandwich," and points to the following cartoon ...
Cartoon The Great Inventors Series: John Montague, Earl of Sandwich, invents a new type of food that can be eaten while playing cards.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2574)
Cast Elmo, Big Bird and Gordon star in a commercial for The Alphabet (as if it were a bank).
(First: Episode 2972)
Animation Where do the d's fit?
(First: Episode 1617)
Song "I Can Do It By Myself"
(First: Episode 1727)

SCENE 6 Next on the seemingly never-ending list of tasks Savion is needed for, is singing. For the grand finale of the floor show, he sings a song about the many things he's done at Birdland tonight - waiting on tables, playing the drums, tap-dancing, and singing (as well as mentioning the number of the day, 10).
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Cartoon Pinball #10
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0990)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Humpty Dumpty has fallen off a wall, and Kermit interviews one of the king's horses. Humpty is put together again, but then Kermit gives him a congratulatory slap on the back, and he falls off the wall again.
(First: Episode 0657)
Cartoon The moon listens to everyone say "Good night" in different languages.
(First: Episode 2243)
SCENE 7 Savion's last task is being a replacement janitor. He sweeps up, as Maria announces the sponsors.


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