Sesame Street
Monty and the word NO
Air date January 29, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Emily Perl Kingsley
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors M, S, 16


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Gina welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street. She mentions that today we'll be seeing the letters M and S, as well as the number 16. Monty pops into view and announces that he'll be talking about the word NO, but Gina stops him because now is not the time to do so. She assures him that she'll let him know when the time is right, and the theme sequence begins.
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Animation /
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Monty interrupts the segment in progress to talk about the word NO, citing as an example his attempt to have tea with the queen. Gina tells him once again that this isn't the time for his NO speech, but she'll let him know when it is. Monty complies, and the flamingo segment finishes.
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Song Gina and Maria sing "The Word is "No."
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SCENE 2 Monty is offended that Gina beat him to the punch by explaining the word NO with that song we just saw. Gina apologizes, and lets him explain the word, but he declines to do so, thereby showing what the word means. Gina applauds, and he keeps repeating the word in stupefaction.
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SCENE 5 Oscar throws some more fish at Telly and the kids, while Gina announces the sponsors.

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