Sesame Street
Old King Cole, a mean old soul
Air date February 22, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Josh Selig
Sponsors C, T, 3


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 At Finders Keepers, Ruthie goes through some of her memorabilia and sings about how the items make her feel like laughing.
Cartoon A man assembles the word LOVE, and a bird pecks the O into the shape of a heart.
(First: Episode 0791)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "The Postman Always Rings Twice"
(First: Episode 2729)
Cartoon "Ooh What a Fabulous Party"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3006)
Film Wegman's dogs get next to each other in pictures.
(First: Episode 3011)
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing about what's "Important" to them.
(First: Episode 2818)
Cartoon Three owls blink.
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1469)
Cartoon Three computer animated fish.
(First: Episode 2792)
Cartoon Donnie Budd sings about three trios of animals who live on a fat lady's lap.
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0299)
Muppets / Celebrity All the kids are too busy to enjoy looking at Telly's triangle with him. He runs into John Goodman, who happens to be a hardcore triangle lover himself.
Film Looking for triangles in the city (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2696)
Muppets Forgetful Jones forgets what he has to do at night. Clementine tells him it involves using a toothbrush, and he remembers that he and Buster the Horse have to brush each other's teeth.
Remade version
(First: Episode 2068)
Song "Take Care of That Smile"
(First: Episode 2745)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon A man tries to get directions to a parking space, and eventually uses a map to get there.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 2734)
Muppets Mysterious Theater: Dial M for Mother
Sherlock Hemlock tries to figure out what he needs to call his mother before Big Ben strikes midnight... as he stands next to a London telephone booth. The message Sherlock has is to wish his mother a happy birthday.
(First: Episode 2727)
Song "Mom and Me"
(First: Episode 2462)
SCENE 2 Prairie Dawn and Luis enjoy a nice, quiet day in the park reading. However, the silence is broken by various loud, city sounds. Eventually, Prairie has had enough and loudly calls for some peace. The noises stop and Prairie remarks, "Sometimes, you have to be loud to get it to be quiet."
Cartoon A mysterious little box on a tightrope entraps a bird, a train, and a cat, which can still be heard. A large frog eats the box, and makes all of the sounds inside.
(First: Episode 1518)
Film "Body Dance" (MC Lyte)
(EKA: Episode 2816)
Muppets Muppet and Kid Moments: Grover and Eric observe the differences between fur and skin.
(First: Episode 1642)
Animation T for toothbrush and toothpaste
(First: Episode 2811)
Film The floating kids form a capital T.
(First: Episode 3121)
Cartoon Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
SCENE 3 Luis heads back to work, when Monty shows up to do something silly with Prairie, by jumping, waving and shouting, "Arugula!" Prairie wants no part in this and Monty believes she doesn't even know how to be silly. Prairie gets so fed up with Monty's pestering that she demonstrates how silly she can be, only he doesn't pay attention.
Cartoon Two hippie kids wonder how to make their droopy plant grow.
(First: Episode 1484)
Film Five girls play a clapping game.
(First: Episode 2763)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: "That's What Friends Are For": Ernie sings to Bert about friends being tolerant of each other's differences, while Bert just wants to sleep.
(EKA: Episode 2073)
Cartoon A horse falls apart into a jigsaw puzzle.
(First: Episode 0784)
SCENE 4 Back at Finders Keepers, Big Bird comes across a bowl that previously belonged to Old King Cole. Ruthie recalls a time when he wasn't a merry old soul, but in fact, a mean one...

SCENE 4 cont'd Ruthie tells the story of Old King Cole, who would mock his staff for being so different. Their feelings hurt, they all quit. Suddenly, he gets a visit from his Fairy Godmother (Ruthie), who explains what he did was wrong. He doesn't seem to care and makes fun of her too, causing her to abandon him too. Soon enough, King Cole becomes sad because there's no one around to bring him his pipe and bowl and fiddle for him. His Fairy Godmother returns and summons his friends so he can apologize.
SCENE 4 cont'd After the story, King Cole appears, having a lunch date with Ruthie. He compliments everyone in the store and invites them to join him for lunch.
Cartoon Two white squares try to push a great big object, and are reluctant to let a black square join them at first.
(EKA: Episode 2849)
Film Cat block structure.
(First: Episode 1824)
Cartoon C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1141)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Instead of a pea, this princess sleeps on things beginning with C.
(First: Episode 2527)
Animation Sand C/c
(First: Episode 0625)

SCENE 5 Everyone assembles in the arbor for lunch, where King Cole's staff prepares various international dishes. King Cole and Big Bird then announce the sponsors.

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