Sesame Street
Elmo wants to tickle somebody
Air date December 5, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Ian Ellis James
Sponsors M, T, 13
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo and Rosita present today's sponsors. Because "tickle" starts with the letter T, Elmo intends to tickle someone today and starts chasing after Rosita.
SCENE 1 Rosita insists that she doesn't want to be tickled. Maria suggests Elmo try another T word - turn, as in turning on her radio. Elmo looks for someone else to tickle, while Maria and Rosita dance to the tango beat of the following...
Cartoon Spinning T (to the tango beat)
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon Fish form capital and lowercase T's.
(First: Episode 3126)
Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
Muppets Grover recites a poem about a bubble.
(First: Episode 3155)
Cartoon A cat follows its ears to a squeaking noise, which he thinks is coming from mice, but it's coming from swings.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(First: Episode 1518)
Film Feet wearing all different types of shoes dance.
(First: Episode 2601)
Cartoon The boss of Muzby's Treetop Flowers tells his secretary that he doesn't want any calls unless they're important. Employee Henry tries to make an important call while hanging out on a limb.
(First: Episode 2747)
Muppets Cookie Monster visits the local bakery to talk about "important." He shows off the different kinds of cookies that are important to him.
(First: Episode 3235)
Cartoon The story of Tommy LaPlaid, the painter so sad until he discovered the joys of kicking his paints on the canvas.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3208)
SCENE 2 Elmo makes his way to Oscar's trash can, thinking he could tickle Oscar. He realizes how Oscar will most likely respond and acts out the scenario. Oscar emerges and naturally tells Elmo to scram, but Elmo is surprised when Oscar actually permits him to tickle him. Elmo is glad, until he discovers Grouches don't laugh when tickled (though Oscar does laugh when Elmo fails).
Cartoon A map of India morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2668)
Film James talks about how great it is to be Indian-American, because he gets to learn about things from two different places.
(First: Episode 3191)
Cartoon M for Mask
(First: Episode 2079)
Film Wegman's dogs make an M.
Animation Pencil box M / m
(First: Episode 3077)
Film Kids talk about how they like sledding down snowy hills.
Cartoon Apple: a riddle
(First: Episode 2889)
Film A boy takes a bite out of an apple after it falls off a tree above him. The word APPLE is then shown.
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon Gordon's Voiceover 'T/t': Two caterpillars form T and t.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
SCENE 3 At the dance studio, Celina teaches Elmo and the kids how to do the "T Dance." Afterwards, Elmo tries his own verse about tickling everyone, but they flee from sight.
Animation T for toothbrush and toothpaste
(First: Episode 2811)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
In Arizona, Big Bird sees how kids help charros put on a rodeo, and rides a horse.
(First: Episode 3049)
Animation Looking for shapes on the Aztec Calendar Stone (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3049)
Song "I'm a Polar Bear"
Animation WH words (wheel, which, whiz, where, white, whale)
(First: Episode 2937)
Celebrity Whoopi Goldberg introduces the sound "WH" and then yells, "Whoopi!"
(EKA: Episode 2861)
Animation Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2981)
Insert Baby Natasha has just learned how to burp, gargle, snort, and make all kinds of disgusting noises, to the amazement of her parents. Humphrey and Ingrid boast and sing a song about the baby's new ability to Bob, but Bob just rolls his eyes at the proud parents.
(First: Episode 3180)
Cartoon The number 13 is seen as a birdhouse, in a tree, and in the sky.
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
Animation Growing Numbers #13
(First: Episode 2924)
Animation Abstract count to 13.
(First: Episode 2809)
Song "The First Time" - Children try various activities (riding tricycles, tying shoes, etc.) and progressively improve.
(First: Episode 2950)
Cartoon A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success.
(First: Episode 1042)
Film People go under, over, through and around a hoop.
(First: Episode 3140)
Muppets In song, a boy wanders into the Animal Lost and Found, looking for his pet named Homer. The shopkeeper says, "Describe Your Pet to Me."
(First: Episode 2967)
Cartoon What Do You Do With a Pet?
(First: Episode 0465)
SCENE 4 Elmo, with a pair of live human hands, counts 10 ways to tickle someone - all ten fingers. He leads the handles to tickle the viewer, but gets disappointed when it doesn't work.
Cartoon A frog pushes another frog in a wheelbarrow while walking on a planet, as kid voice-overs count to 10.
(First: Episode 3109)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Telly and Super Grover speak of the differences between above (such as a bird flying) and below (as in when Grover crash lands on Telly).
(First: Episode 3132)
Song "Above and Below" (Christopher Cerf)
(First: Episode 2839)
Film Coverage of a spring kite-flying festival, where both kids and grownups can participate.
Cartoon Lazy Wanda's knees converse with each other.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1075)
Muppets Fashion Report
Ernie gives a report on what the well-dressed trees are wearing each season.
(EKA: Episode 2417)
Film A gardener trims a bush to form a giraffe.
(First: Episode 3138)
Cartoon A dinosaur demonstrates up and down with a pull-down window shade.
(First: Episode 2887)
SCENE 5 Elmo returns to the Fix-It Shop, sad that no one enjoys being tickled except himself. Inspired, Rosita begins to tickle him. Maria announces the sponsors.

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