Sesame Street
Guntag Gelman-Jones' Flea Circus
Air date December 2, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Directed by Jon Stone
Sponsors F, Y, 2
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Big Bird presents the sponsors, then meets Guntag Gelman-Jones, who will be showing off his flea circus today by the Furry Arms.

SCENE 1 Guntag's show begins, having attracted a small crowd. Humphrey and Ingrid are impressed as Sherry Netherland accurately predicts which acts will occur (including a trapeze and tightrope act), revealing she's reading the program. It next reads "DUCK!," cueing them to take cover as the cannonball act begins.
Cartoon A flea circus performs feats beginning with the letter F.
(First: Episode 0309)
Muppets The Anything Muppets cheer about the letter F.
(First: Episode 0093)
Version 3
Cartoon Fleas have fun in fur!
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 2398)
Song "Fixin' My Hair"
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon I've got some (hair), I've got more, but I've got the most.
(First: Episode 0524)

SCENE 2 Inside the hotel, Humphrey is disappointed the circus didn't have the types of acts regular circus have. He was especially looking forward to Guntag stick his head in a flea's mouth. Benny Rabbit and others point out it'd be impossible, so the monsters perform the act on each other (and Guntag). After failing, they find Benny's mouth is the right size and a chase ensues.
Cartoon A flea sets up camp on a dog.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1058)
Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 1
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon Two balls follow an arrow down a hole.
(EKA: Episode 2096)
Song Holy cow, it's number 2!
(First: Episode 3193)
Muppets Mr. Johnson goes to Pizzeria Dos to get a piece of pizza, but comes to find that at this restaurant there is two of everything, including himself.
(First: Episode 2842)
Film The McDouble twins display pairs of things.
(First: Episode 3217)

SCENE 3 Guntag leaves for awhile, putting Humprhey and Ingrid in charge of the fleas. To keep them safe, they decide to put them there (across from the desk), but start fumbling all over the lobby when there turns into here. Benny intervenes and the box ends up falling, releasing the fleas. Soon, everyone is itching.
Cartoon Two cartoon cacti sing "Here We Are."
(First: Episode 3153)
Film A girl helps her father train for a wheelchair race.
Animation Pencil box Y / y
(First: Episode 3043)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
Animation Planet Y / y
(First: Episode 2859)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 4 Benny has a solution to clear the fleas away, but Miss Netherland silences him. She asserts that they should take turns brainstorming and since she's the boss, she shall go first. She recites a poem to the fleas (similar to "Trees"), which doesn't work. She calls for Humphrey and Ingrid's turn next.
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3151)
Muppets Grover annoys Mr. Johnson with his guitar playing in the park, mistaking his words "Go away and let me eat my lunch" for song requests.
(First: Episode 3198)
Animation "We Are Kids From Far and Wide": Jittar, who lives in Thailand, describes the holiday of Songkran.
(First: Episode 2765)
Muppets Big Bird displays a letter F for FAST, then moves around fast.
(First: Episode 3215)
Cartoon F stands for flower, forest, fox, frog and fantastic.
(EKA: Episode 1198)
Film "We have a nice school"... with ducks.
(First: Episode 3144)
Cartoon A story/song about a duckling who wants to join the others playing at the water's edge.
(EKA: Episode 2852)
SCENE 5 Humphrey and Ingrid's idea is to use a butterfly net to catch the fleas. They only succeed in trashing the hotel and bothering the guests. Finally, it's Benny's turn and he rushes out of the hotel.
Cartoon A mosquito bites a man and a dog, who agree to scratch each other's backs.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3217)
Muppets / Cast "Sing Your Synonyms"
(First: Episode 2331)
Animation The word TELEPHONE is displayed, followed by a ringing telephone.
(First: Episode 3048)
Cartoon Two caterpillars plus three caterpillars equal five
(EKA: Episode 2324)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Caribbean dance
Part 2a
(First: Episode 3185)
Muppets / Celebrity Elmo and Rosie O'Donnell rap the alphabet.
(EKA: Episode 3170)
Cartoon Madrigal Alphabet
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0615)
Film Korean girls do a spring dance.
(First: Episode 3170)
Lake song
Song "(Sittin' On) A Boat on a Lake"
(First: Episode 2807)

SCENE 6 Benny returns with bug expert Roxie Marie, armed with her book - "Know Your Fleas." She finds to get them back in their box, all she has to do is yell, "Hey, fleas! Get back in the box!" The fleas do so and Roxie leaves. Miss Netherland accidentally knocks over the box, releasing the fleas. While everyone scratches and tries to remember the phrase, Benny announces the sponsors.

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