Sesame Street
Yankee Doodle's pony leaves her
Air date April 23, 1993
Season Season 24 (1992-1993)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors A, J, 19


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 At Hooper's, Gina is about to serve lunch to Telly, when someone arrives on horseback. She stops at the counter, sticks a feather in her hat and says "Macaroni." Upon realizing she's arrived at Sesame Street and not London, she gets into an argument with the pony. Telly figures out that this person is Yankee Doodle, and is shocked when she and the pony suddenly decide to part ways. Telly makes it his goal to make this nursery rhyme right again by getting them back together ...
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SCENE 2 Telly and Gina encounter Yankee Doodle going over a list of animal candidates to replace her pony. A rabbit hops by, and Doodle attempts to ride it, but doesn't succeed. The same thing happens with a basketball-playing sheep.
Just then, a turtle emerges, and Doodle becomes optimistic about riding it, even finding a way to change the rhyme.
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SCENE 3 Telly encounters the pony polishing his taxi, and tells him he's got to get back together with Yankee Doodle. The pony likes his new taxi driver job a lot better, relieved that he doesn't have to look for London anymore. Just then, someone enters the taxi, wanting to go to London, and the pony starts arguing with her.
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SCENE 4 The lady refuses to get out of the taxi unless the pony drives her to London. Yankee Doodle passes by, still riding the turtle, also on her way to London. Telly gets the idea that they could all drive to London together, since they're all headed that way. The pony still refuses to go, because he has never found London. The lady, however, has a map to help them out. Doodle comes up with a way to save the rhyme, and she and the turtle get in the taxi.
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SCENE 5 Gina is impressed that Telly got Yankee Doodle and her pony back together. However, she points out to everyone that New York and London are separated by an ocean, which means they can't drive there. The turtle suggests they could drive to Poughkepsie, and they all agree and zoom off. Telly makes sure the nursery rhyme works for both him and Gina, and they announce the sponsors.

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