Sesame Street
The Count's Australian friend
Air date May 4, 1994
Season Season 25 (1993-1994)
Written by John Weidman
Sponsors I, O, 2


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 An exhausted letter carrier delivers six bags of mail from Australia to The Count at Hooper's Store. He explains to Mr. Handford that they all come from one of his oldest and dearest friends, Mathilda. Each piece of mail tells him she'll be visiting today and to meet her at the bus stop at 10 o'clock.
Cartoon A map of Australia morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2646)
Film "We have a nice school"... with ducks.
(First: Episode 3144)
Cartoon A cat catches a TELEPHONE and eats it.
Artists: The Hubleys
(First: Episode 0154)
Muppets Monty sings "Watermelons and Cheese," the improper way to answer the phone.
(First: Episode 3214)
Animation Kids narrate how a Navajo blanket is weaved.
(First: Episode 2976)
Cartoon Gerald's dog Sparky likes to pretend he's an alligator.
(First: Episode 1519)
SCENE 2 Big Bird wonders why the Count is waiting at the bus stop and he's filled in. The Count counts the passing buses, until one stops and an elderly woman steps off. She's not Mathilda, but has a message from her - she'll call the Hooper's Store phone at 11.
Animation Counting to 10 (Chinese imagery)
(First: Episode 3217)
Muppets Ernie & Bert — In order not to disturb Bert while reading, Ernie wears headphones to listen to the radio. Now Bert can't hear anything... except Ernie singing along very loudly.
(First: Episode 3193)
Cartoon "In My Book" (sung by Jerry Nelson)
(First: Episode 2983)
Cast Maria as Chaplin gets their suspenders stuck on a wall while reaching for the door, demonstrating long, longer, and longest.
(First: Episode 0786)
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2085)

SCENE 3 The Count waits at the phone, when a construction worker needs to use it. She agrees to wait, until he starts counting the rings instead of answering. Mr. Handford angrily hands him the phone and Mathilda responds, telling him she will be there soon. The Count uses Mr. Handford's watch to count the seconds.
Cartoon Counting to 10
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3042)
Film People go under, over, through and around a hoop. (Luis voice-over)
(First: Episode 3140)
Animation I / i candles
(First: Episode 3107)
Muppets Grover sings "I Stand Up Straight and Tall" while using some fast cutting camera trickery.
(First: Episode 0916)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: I for Island.
(First: Episode 0314)
Muppets Telly Monster demonstrates "Fast" and "Slow" to Cookie Monster by using a plate of cookies. To demonstrate slow, Telly eats one of the cookies in slow bites. After finishing eating, he asks Cookie Monster to eat a cookie slowly. Cookie Monster gives it a try, but ends up gobbling all the cookies on the plate. Telly considers it to be fast rather than slow, but Cookie Monster says it was slow in his opinion.
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(First: Episode 1484)
SCENE 4 Mathilda finally arrives at Hooper's and the two friends share a "Hello," before saying goodbye immediately after. The Count explains to a confused Big Bird and Mr. Handford that he and Mahtilda were the best of friends, but as kids she and her family moved to Melbourne. Since then, they've gotten back together 103 times, counting each "hello" as a precious moment. They know that the sooner they say "goodbye," the sooner they can say "hello" again. They begin counting the different ways to say goodbye.
Cartoon A girl narrates a poem about the sad time when her goldfish died.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1378)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentBert tells John-John that he's lost his paper clips, and he feels sad. He asks John-John to show how he looks when he feels sad. Then Bert feels angry about losing his paper clips, and John-John acts out that emotion. Bert remembers where he left his collection, and John-John acts happy, too.
(First: Episode 0443)
Cartoon What if I looked like George Washington...
(First: Episode 0586)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Little Things."
(First: Episode 2485)
Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
(First: Episode 2905)
Muppets / Celebrity "That's the Letter O"
(First: Episode 3066)
Cartoon O for open, off, owl, ocean
(First: Episode 3091)

Muppets Oscar reads Irvine the story of "Snow Grouch."
(First: Episode 2630)
Cartoon A man tells a confused boy that he saw a bird on a tree, with both of their thoughts appearing on the screen.
(First: Episode 0565)
Film A man and a little girl perform small aerobic workouts.
(First: Episode 1710)
Cartoon A mosquito bites a man and a dog, who agree to scratch each other's backs.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3217)
Song Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)

Muppets Game Show: The How Many Game??
Guy Smiley tells The Two-Headed Monster to find two things in 30 seconds. They bring one bowling ball, four sheep and three cows, all of which don't count. Suddenly, they realize they have two heads, which means they win! Little Bo Peep appears looking for her sheep, a train appears out of nowhere, and the scene ends in chaos.
(First: Episode 2076)
Film The McDouble twins display pairs of things.
(First: Episode 3217)
Cartoon The secret drawing is a mailman.
(First: Episode 0220)

SCENE 5 The Count finishes writing a letter for the letter carrier to bring to Mathilda. She's relieved it's only a single letter, but faints when the Count shows her six more bags. The Count begins listing things he can count while he waits for the mail to reach Mathilda, and Mathilda announces the sponsors (in voice-over).


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