Sesame Street
The Betty Lou Clinic
Air date March 22, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors M, X, 16


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly greets the viewer, saying that today he's going to play doctor with Betty Lou (and her dolly) and Nathan -- but each of them thinks they will be the doctor.
SCENE 1 The gang finds a bench to set up the Betty Lou Clinic. Each of them pretends to be sick, and Telly gives such a good performance that the others vote for him to be the sick person.
Cartoon What if I looked like George Washington...
(First: Episode 0586)
Animation Playing cards form an M, then dance the mambo.
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Herbert Birdsfoot explains what the letters M and W look like with a very uncooperative letter that keeps switching itself. The letter eventually stops switching, and Herb solves the problem by rotating the camera angle, turning the letter upside down.
(First: Episode 0155)
Cartoon Me and My M
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1545)
SCENE 2 At Betty Lou's instruction, Telly pretends to be sick with "alphabetitis", and Betty Lou and Nathan pretend to operate on him. One by one, the letters are extracted from Telly's head, and he feels better when they're all done -- but Betty Lou still want to keep playing, so he keeps pretending to be sick.
Cartoon A concert pianist shows up in a construction worker's lunchbox, singing the alphabet.
(First: Episode 0449)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is sad, because it's raining and he can't play baseball. Bert encourages him to imagine that he's playing instead. In Ernie's imagination, he hits a high fly ball that lands in the ocean. Bert tells Ernie that the sun is out, and he can go out and play now. Ernie says that he can't play -- his ball fell in the ocean.
(First: Episode 0410)
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Mr. Johnson wants to order a couple of poached eggs on toast, but Grover informs him that the restaurant is out of eggs, so he brings two corn cobs on toast to him. Grover gives a lecture on where eggs come from, by bringing a cornstalk, chicken feed, and a chicken to the table.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon A chicken sings "It Ain't Heavy, It's My Feather".
(First: Episode 2979)
SCENE 3 Telly is now sick with "numberitis", so Betty Lou and Nathan extract the numbers 1-40 from his tummy.
Cartoon A man counts forty stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
Film Michael introduces his friend to the Afro-Brazilian martial art Capoeira.
(First: Episode 2752)
Muppets / Transition Big Bird's eyes get wider as the next segment plays ... (new music added)
(First: Episode 3163)
Cartoon Animals who eat crunchy things have nice teeth.
(First: Episode 1487)
Muppets "The Ten Commandments of Health"
(First: Episode 1139)
Cartoon Kids around the world say "ME."
(First: Episode 0389)
Film Looking for squares in the city (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 2721)
SCENE 4 Telly is now sick with "Spanish numberitis" in his chest. Betty Lou uses the open mouth cure, which makes the numeros 1-10 come out of his boca. Telly is done being the sick person, so they decide to find someone to take his place.
Song "Counting Alarm Clock"
(First: Episode 3090)
Film A boy in Jamaica goes to school and attends drum class.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon Two scribbles are hesitant to let a tall green one join them, until it protects them from the rain.
(First: Episode 1477)
Muppets / Celebrity Oscar the Grouch puts a sign on his trash can which reads "DON'T BOTHER ME!" A sassy postal worker (Rosie O'Donnell) knocks on his can, and when he asks her "Can't you read?" she shows him how many things she can read. She then walks off to find out where Oscar the Grouch lives so she can deliver the sardine cologne he ordered. Oscar angrily rips up the sign.
(First: Episode 3190)
Cartoon Two green martians fight over a flower, until they see a monolith crumble to form the word AMOR.
(First: Episode 0821)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Christopher talk about what love is.
(First: Episode 1484)
Toast toon
Cartoon A man shows the difference between a regular slice of bread and a toasted one.
(First: Episode 1497)

Muppets Polly Darton sings "Save Your Energy for Me," a song about energy conservation.
(First: Episode 3134)
Cartoon The Bellhop must take Mrs. Stein's bags to floor 16.
(First: Episode 2496)
Muppets "Sixteen Samba"
(First: Episode 2822)
Animation Growing Numbers #16
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 2996)
SCENE 5 Ruthie is the new sick person, since she is also good at pretending. Betty Lou pretends that Ruthie is sick with "rhyme-itis", and the doctors extract the words that rhyme with Ruthie's body parts. Afterwards, Ruthie takes the doctors out for ice cream.
Animation Sand X/x
(First: Episode 0638)
SesameGame show
Muppets The Mystery Guest is the letter X.
(First: Episode 1447)
Cartoon The great Alphonso and his trained X's
(First: Episode 0299)
Film Wegman: Fay shows on the bench and under the bench.
(First: Episode 2653)
SCENE 6 Ruthie thinks that she could eat ice cream all day. Betty Lou pretends that Ruthie has "ice cream-itis", and the doctors pretend to operate on her again. Big Bird announces the sponsors.


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