Sesame Street
Mother Chicken's new nursery rhyme
Air date December 7, 1993
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors L, V, 7
Syndication 123 Sesame Street


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN At Finders Keepers, Ruthie helps Telly announce the sponsors for today, blowing them from her tuba. She adds today, we'll be hearing a new nursery rhyme, which also involves the tuba.
SCENE 1 Ruthie starts telling the story behind the nursery rhyme, explaining she used to work for Mother Chicken, a nursery rhyme writer (and Mother Goose's main competition).

SCENE 1 cont'd In a flashback, Ruthie and Mother Chicken are shown dealing with a pig, penguin, elephant, hot dog and bun, who are either tired of their old rhymes or are in need of employment. Ruthie settles the problem by recommending they cooperate and be part of the same nursery rhyme.
SCENE 1 cont'd Back in the present, Ruthie cues up a segment about lions as she polishes her tuba...
Cartoon L for lion
(First: Episode 2586)
Muppets Elmo demonstrates top and bottom.
(First: Episode 2999)
Film Kids dance around at gymnastics to "Rockin' Robin."
cut from the Noggin version
Animation A group of round crayons draws a house, and is hesitant to let a square yellow crayon join, until it draws the sun. They all cooperate to make a rainbow.
(First: Episode 3105)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets "Street Garden Cooperation"
(First: Episode 1956)
Film The floating kids form an L.
(First: Episode 3128)
Muppets / Celebrity Jodie Foster tells Oscar what the word important means, and lists the reasons why he is important to her, making him more and more annoyed.
(First: Episode 3117)
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Old MacDonald's Health Farm
(First: Episode 2688)
Animation ¿Que es esto? (una vaca)
(First: Episode 1978)
Film Footage of kids playing professions, alternating with footage of analogous real-life jobs.
(First: Episode 2811)
V in space.JPG
Cartoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)
Video Fay Ray dresses up as different animals. ("It's Kermit the Dog!")
(First: Episode 2639)

SCENE 2 In the next part of the story, Mother Chicken decides to write a rhyme similar to "Hey Diddle Diddle." First up is the pig, who can't play any of the suggested instruments. He can play the tuba and blasts Ruthie through the wall with one note. Mother Chicken has her first line: "Say dooba dooba, the pig played the tuba."
Pinball 07.jpg Cartoon Pinball Number Count #7
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0989)
The Count's Storybook Theatre.jpg

Muppets The Count's Storybook Theatre
The Count reads the story of "The Magnificent 7" who would save a village from becoming lonely. A mediocre 7 and a magnificent 5 show up first, to the behest of the villagers. Next time on The Count's Storybook Theatre: "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea."
Cartoon Seven piglets
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1546)
Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
(First: Episode 2851)
cut from the Noggin version
SCENE 3 Next up is the penguin. Mother Chicken already has a line mind - "The penguin jumped really high." The penguin struggles to jump very high, however. Ruthie gives him some words of encouragement and he leaps so high, he crashes through the ceiling and doesn't come down.
Animation "Let's Count Penguins"
Artist: Jane Aaron
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Consonant Sound: V, violin
(First: Episode 1155)
Muppets / Cast "Sing Your Synonyms"
(First: Episode 2331)
Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
(First: Episode 2892)
cut from the Noggin version
Muppets Grover sings "Over, Under, Around and Through".
(First: Episode 0258)
Animation A child draws a picture of a dog, who goes over and under.
SCENE 4 Mother Chicken's next line is written - "The elephant was happy and laughed really hard. Their elephant is sobbing instead. Ruthie tries cheering him up by going into hysterics herself. Tired, she goes to lean on the wall, falling through the hole she previously put in it. The elephant finds it very funny.
Muppets Big Bird comments, "That was funny!"
Cartoon With the help of his assistant, Dr. Geo shows the viewer what a globe is.
(First: Episode 2836)
Muppets Ernie sings "Little Plant."
(First: Episode 2144)
Animation Yellow drops don't want to play with a red ball at first, but they make a good flower together.
(First: Episode 1895)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings “Hand Talk."
(First: Episode 2622)
Cartoon A hand draws a guitarist serenading a maiden, as well as the background.
(First: Episode 0791)
Muppets Little Bird's CASA is drawn.
(First: Episode 2095)
Animation Stop-motion: what goes in the hot dog bun?
(First: Episode 1494)
SCENE 5 Ruthie has polished her tuba down to a trumpet and continues her story.
SCENE 5 cont'd Mother Chicken has finished her rhyme, but Ruthie points out "high" and "bun" don't rhyme. Suddenly, the penguin returns, having jumped all the way to the sun. Mother Chicken does some re-writing and the nursery rhyme is finished!
SCENE 5 cont'd Back in the present, Telly loves the nursery rhyme and makes up one of his own about the sponsors. Mother Chicken, in voice-over, also chimes in to mention the Children's Television Workshop.

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