Sesame Street
Looking for bananas; Oscar helps Ruthie
Air date December 6, 1993
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors A, V, 18
Syndication 123 Sesame Street


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Joey and Davey Monkey introduce today's sponsors, as well as the word BANANA. They have a banana for their lunch, but Davey isn't sure if it's really a banana. It may look like one and smells like one, but Davey proves it by eating whole.
SCENE 1 Davey and Joey find Jamal asleep in the park and he has a banana next to him. Davey gives him ideas on how to get it, settling on just asking for it. As the two argue over whether he should do it softly or loudly, Jamal wakes up and eats the entire banana.
Cartoon "Five Baby Oysters"
(First: Episode 2257)
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon A for Acorn
(First: Episode 1626)
Animation Letter Garden: A
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3027)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentErnie, Bert and Shola observe a letter A. Ernie calls out, "A, Bert!"
(First: Episode 0551)
cut from the Noggin version
Animation A snail shell is uncovered in the sand.
(First: Episode 2039)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets "I Love You (More or Less)"
(First: Episode 2990)
Cartoon The Bellhop is told that somebody at table 18 has a phone call, and after he struggles to get to the table, he is told to take a message.
(First: Episode 2549)
SCENE 2 Davey and Joey visit Hooper's Store and see Gina is selling bananas for 25 cents each. Since they have no money, they offer jokes instead. After their corny song-and-dance, Gina offers them a banana if they leave her alone.
Cartoon Why did the chicken cross the road?
(First: Episode 2050)
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Animation In stop-motion, sandwich ingredients square-dance in a ring and arrange themselves into a sandwich, which gets a bite taken out of it in a refrigerator.
(First: Episode 3080)
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Cartoon A spoof of Alice Cooper's "Eighteen" - the number of sandwiches the singer has to choose from.
(First: Episode 2859)
Muppets Prairie Dawn directs Grover in "Singin' in the Rain."
(First: Episode 2961)
Animation Abstract #18
(First: Episode 2859)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "The Inside Story" over film footage which shows the insides of ordinary household items.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon A boy imagines his room turning into a jungle.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2808)

SCENE 3 Davey and Joey finish the banana and Joey wishes he had more. He even wishes everything he touched would turn into bananas. In a fantasy, Joey turns several items at Finders Keepers into bananas, but accidentally turns Davey into a bunch when hugging him. Back in reality, Joey is relieved his friend is okay.
Cartoon "Banana Samba"
(First: Episode 2920)
Muppets After sounding out the word "cheese," the Two-Headed Monster poses for many pictures.
(EKA: Episode 2742)
Song "Say Cheese"
Cartoon A girl talks about her skin.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2611)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Three Anything Muppet babies sing "A Baby's Life."
(First: Episode 1423)
Cartoon In the "Land of No Shoelaces", people find it difficult to play basketball, swing, and run, until Edna Lovelace comes along.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3102)
Muppets / Celebrity Prairie Dawn is sad because of how small she is; Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers cheer her up by singing "Small People". They are joined by Big Bird, Snuffy, the Birdketeers, Natasha, Merry Monster, and Billy.
(First: Episode 2945)
Cartoon Figures dance around a telephone as it rings.
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3058)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Telephone Rock."
(First: Episode 0733)
Film Two Navajo kids go to school in Arizona. This year, Dante enters pre-school.
(First: Episode 2680)
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Cartoon A chicken sings "It Ain't Heavy, It's My Feather."
(First: Episode 2979)
Animation Luxo Jr.: Heavy and light
(First: Episode 2860)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 4 Oscar lets Ruthie use his pet donkey, Iago, to help carry her items while her motorcycle is in the shop. However, stubborn Iago won't go the way she pulls. Ruthie remembers a trick she learned when dealing with another mule - if she pulls the opposite way, Iago will instead go the way she wants.
Animation Cecille sings “Up Down, In Out, Over and Under.”
(First: Episode 2746)

Film A girl named Maria and her family are having a Cuban barbecue. She invited her friend, Stewart, to enjoy in the fun and learn about Cuban culture.
(First: Episode 2760)
Cartoon This is a big letter V poem
(First: Episode 0507)
Animation Ornate Vs spin around as a song about them plays.
(First: Episode 2942)
Cartoon A boy's friends bring him flowers to cheer him up, not knowing that he's allergic to them.
(First: Episode 1524)
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Film Fay Ray climbs over a box.
(First: Episode 2620)
Cartoon In song, an ostrich, frog, mole and bee change lifestyles, which alters which one is over, under, around and through.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1716)

SCENE 5 Ruthie and Iago make it back to Finders Keepers after running her errands, just in time to say goodbye. Ruthie pulls out miniature versions of the sponsors from one of Iago's bags. Iago then runs off before she can finish unloading her stuff.

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