Sesame Street
Super Nanny visits
Air date April 20, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by Tony Geiss
Production January 13 & 15, 1993
Sponsors I, W, 6

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN Oscar the Grouch explains that he's too busy to point out the letters and number of the day. He's trying to sort his trash, but he's also babysitting a particularly belligerent Irvine. Oscar could sure use some help.

Right on cue and underscored by heroic music, a Superman-esque announcer (Martin P. Robinson), says, "Look, in the sky! Faster than a speeding mommy, nicer than a friendly doggy, it's a plane, it's a nurse... it's Super Nanny!" Hearing the distressed cries, Super Nanny heads to Sesame Street to be cheerful, sing songs, and clean up.

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SCENE 1 Oscar asks Irvine to settle down so he can work. Super Nanny suddenly lands and introduces herself as Penny Pipkins. She offers to take care of Irvine while Oscar works. Oscar considers himself lucky, until he realizes Super Nanny is concerned primarily with cheering her up.
Super Nanny sings a happy song which always works, "Chirrup," while a dubious Oscar covers his ears. The song summons three birds (yellow, blue, and red) who join in the chorus. Irvine stubbornly refuses to cheer up, so Super Nanny resorts to singing the song again.
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Cartoon 6 pigs
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Animation Computer: in/out
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SCENE 2 Back at Oscar's trash can, Super Nanny is still singing, while a group of discontenteded Grouchketeers sit and rustle trashbags. Gina, at Hooper's Store, notes that Super Nanny has been singing the song continuously for ten minutes. Oscar tells Super Nanny to forget about making Irvine smile, but Super Nanny concludes she's crying because of Oscar's home: "Did you do all that by yourself?" "I had some help." Super Nanny peers down and observes the china closet on the sofa floating in the swimming pool, while Oscar's pet rhino goes down the water slide.

Oscar jeers that she can't possibly clean all that up with her featherduster. Super Nanny insists that it can be done, and explains that it's a super featherduster, showing different ways one can use a featherduster (as a baton, a bouquet, or a tickling implement, among others). She then claims it also doubles as a magic wand, and proceeds to show Oscar.

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SCENE 2
cont'd
With a wave of the featherduster and the word "Alakazam," Super Nanny instantly transforms the surrounding area. Oscar's trash can is now a shiny new receptacle. The Grouchketeer girls are well-scrubbed in nice Sunday dresses while the boy wears a Fauntleroy-style suit. The unsteady stack of barrels, crates, and rags has become a single wooden box. Garbage bags are brightly colored and neatly tied, while a white picket fence and roses growing on a frame complete the decor. Oscar's hair is neatly scrubbed (save a cowlick sticking up à la Our Gang member Alfalfa) and he's wearing a collar and bowtie.

Oscar regrets opening his big mouth, but he's even more appalled when he looks closely at his clean trash can: curtains everywhere, no furniture in the swimming pool, a Princess phone, and track lighting. Irvine laughs at her uncle's neat look, while Oscar bemoans the fact that 24 years of work have been destroyed. As the last straw, Fluffy surfaces, wearing a pink ribbon around her snout.

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SCENE 3 Oscar and the Grouchketeers are working on the trash can, banging with a hammer to create new dents and rubbing some "Mr. Dirt" to make it filthy again. It doesn't seem to be working, though, and Gina admits it still looks clean. Super Nanny refuses to dirty it up again, saying he'll learn to like it. Oscar hates it, likening it to life on Sunnybrook Farm, and fears it will remain that way forever once the nanny leaves.

Oscar asks Gina to intercede for him, noting that if he weren't a Grouch, he'd go so far as to say please. Gina talks to Super Nanny and explains the essential cultural and physical differences between Grouches and humans (or humanoid Anything Muppets). Gina explains that Grouches take extreme pleasure and pride in amassing a mess. Super Nanny finally realizes she remodeled Oscar's house against his wishes without even asking.
With her newfound multicultural awareness, Super Nanny utters another "Alakazam" and restores the status quo. Oscar admits that Super Nanny isn't "so bad for a neatnik." Penny Pipkins returns the compliment and tickles Oscar, who asks her to keep it up. Oscar opines that "This could be the start of a beautiful mismatch."

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SCENE 4 Everyone's gathered around Oscar's trash can when Super Nanny's super hearing picks up a distress cry (as the heroic music starts again). Parents in Chicago must go to work, but their baby is crying and the sitter hasn't arrived. Clearly another job for Super Nanny beckons, so she tells everyone to keep smiling (except for Oscar). She also tells Irvine not to cry, so the infant defiantly cries anyway (and tries to bite Gina's hand). With a final "Alakazam," Super Nanny flies into the air again, with everyone (even the Grouches) waving farewell. Super Nanny announces the sponsors and asks a passing off-screen pigeon for directions to Chicago.

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