Sesame Street
SuperNanny visits
(repeat of 3122)
Air date December 20, 1994
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Tony Geiss
Sponsors I, W, 6


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Oscar the Grouch explains that he's too busy to point out the letters and number of the day. He's trying to sort his trash, but he's also babysitting a particularly belligerent Irvine. Oscar could sure use some help.

Right on cue and underscored by heroic music, a Superman-esque announcer (Martin P. Robinson), says, "Look, in the sky! Faster than a speeding mommy, nicer than a friendly doggy, it's a plane, it's a nurse... it's Super Nanny!" Hearing the distressed cries, Super Nanny heads to Sesame Street to be cheerful, sing songs, and clean up.


SCENE 1 Oscar asks Irvine to settle down so he can work. Super Nanny suddenly lands and introduces herself as Penny Pipkins. She offers to take care of Irvine while Oscar works. Oscar considers himself lucky, until he realizes Super Nanny is concerned primarily with cheering her up.
Super Nanny sings a happy song which always works, "Chirrup," while a dubious Oscar covers his ears. The song summons three birds (yellow, blue, and red) who join in the chorus. Irvine stubbornly refuses to cheer up, so Super Nanny resorts to singing the song again.
Song "This is The Way We Count and Sing" (from 1 to 10).
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Kermit interviews a bird who sings about how her parents still love her even though they don't live together anymore (though it is not directly stated whether her parents are divorced or separated).
(First: Episode 2695)
Animation Kids talk about families, often mentioning having rhinoceroses as pets.
(First: Episode 2759)
Cartoon A salesman hawks the letter W in a commercial.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3242)
Cast Gordon and the word "wand."
(First: Episode 1491)
Song Ornate Ws spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2952)

SCENE 2 Back at Oscar's trash can, Super Nanny is still singing, while a group of discontenteded Grouchketeers sit and rustle trashbags. Gina, at Hooper's Store, notes that Super Nanny has been singing the song continuously for ten minutes. Oscar tells Super Nanny to forget about making Irvine smile, but Super Nanny concludes she's crying because of Oscar's home: "Did you do all that by yourself?" "I had some help." Super Nanny peers down and observes the china closet on the sofa floating in the swimming pool, while Oscar's pet rhino goes down the water slide.

Oscar jeers that she can't possibly clean all that up with her featherduster. Super Nanny insists that it can and explains that it's a super featherduster, showing different ways one can use a featherduster (as a baton, a bouquet, or a tickling implement, among others). She then claims it also doubles as a magic wand, and proceeds to show Oscar.



With a wave of the featherduster and the word "Alakazam," Super Nanny instantly transforms the surrounding area. Oscar's trash can is now a shiny new receptacle. The Grouchketeer girls are well-scrubbed in nice Sunday dresses while the boy wears a Fauntleroy-style suit. The unsteady stack of barrels, crates, and rags has become a single wooden box. Garbage bags are brightly colored and neatly tied, while a white picket fence and roses growing on a frame complete the decor. Oscar's hair is neatly scrubbed (save a cowlick sticking up ala Our Gang member Alfalfa) and he's wearing a collar and bowtie.

Oscar regrets opening his big mouth, but he's even more appalled when he looks closely at his clean trash can: curtains everywhere, no furniture in the swimming pool, a Princess phone, and track lighting. Irvine laughs at her uncle's neat look, while Oscar bemoans the fact that 23 years of work have been destroyed. As the last straw, Fluffy surfaces, wearing a pink ribbon around her snout.

Cartoon Two kids find different uses for a cooking pot.
(First: Episode 0795)
Song Jeff Redd sings "Between"
(First: Episode 2738)
Cartoon A mouse demonstrates between by squeezing between two elephants.
(First: Episode 2750)
Film Farmer McFay counts six lemons and limes.
(First: Episode 3230)
Muppets Bert says his favorite number is Six.
(First: Episode 1289)
Cartoon Six camels
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1503)
Insert Prairie Dawn plays "Do the Dog" at Angela's care center with the kids and Barkley.
(First: Episode 3263)
Cartoon A poem about dogs of different sizes, feelings, and colors.
Artist: Deanna Morse
(First: Episode 2924)
Film A child in a classroom draws a picture of her dog Puck, and goes over the care required to keep a pet. A Bert and Baby Fozzie plush can be seen in the little girl's bedroom.
(First: Episode 2853)
Cartoon African quilt pattern #1
(First: Episode 3145)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Anyone's Nose"
A monster sings a song about various noses and what they do.
Cartoon A cartoon man is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses.
(First: Episode 0769)
Film A girl named Jyah narrates about her dance class doing some stretching exercises, then dancing in their own ways, then ending with the tango (instrumental: "Naughty Door Opera").
(First: Episode 3022)
Cartoon Shooting stars form the letter I/i.
(First: Episode 2218)
Film An I-beam is molded at a steel factory as heavy industrial-type music underscores the action. The segment ends on a video freeze of the finished beam, which is shaped like the letter "I."
(First: Episode 1077)
Cartoon CGI sheep graze out I and i.
(First: Episode 2896)


SCENE 3 Oscar and the Grouchketeers are working on the trash can, banging with a hammer to create new dents and rubbing some "Mr. Dirt" to make it filthy again. It doesn't seem to be working, though, and Gina admits it still looks clean. Super Nanny refuses to dirty it up again, saying he'll learn to like it. Oscar hates it, likening it to life on Sunnybrook Farm, and fears it will remain that way forever once the nanny leaves.

Oscar asks Gina to intercede for him, noting that if he weren't a Grouch, he'd go so far as to say please. Gina talks to Super Nanny and explains the essential cultural and physical differences between Grouches and humans (or humanoid Anything Muppets). She explains that Grouches take extreme pleasure and pride in amassing a mess. Super Nanny finally realizes she remodeled Oscar's house against his wishes without even asking.
With her newfound multicultural awareness, Super Nanny utters another "Alakazam" and restores the status quo. Oscar admits that Super Nanny isn't "so bad for a neatnik." Penny Pipkins returns the compliment and tickles Oscar, who asks her to keep it up. Oscar opines that "This could be the start of a beautiful mismatch."

Film "Box City Recycling Rap"
Kids sing a rap song about recycling. They build a city out of boxes and cartons.
(First: Episode 2851)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird explores the mask gallery at the Museo del Barrio in New York City. Edna, the art instructor, shows him and some kids how to make their own masks for a parade.
(First: Episode 3058)
Cartoon A Spanish-speaking man falls into a hole, and a dragon helps him out.
Artist: Chris Hinton
(First: Episode 2211)
Muppets "Me Lost Me Cookie at the Disco"
(First: Episode 1500)
Cartoon Two cavemen argue, each chanting "Me!" A large monolith bearing the word ME puts fear in both of them.
(First: Episode 0793)
Film A girl narrates a segment about her friend, Billy, who swims with dolphins.
(First: Episode 3012)
Cartoon A real Indian boy tells two boys who are playing Cowboy and Indian that Indians don't say "ugh", despite what the other boys had heard on TV.
(First: Episode 0771)
Celebrity The Neville Brothers sing "Believe in Yourself," with a montage of clips from films including "I'm the Big One Now," "Reach Your Hand Up High" and "Hot in the City."
(First: Episode 3158)
Cartoon One cube plus two equals three. Three cubes plus two equals five.
(EKA: Episode 2220)
Muppets Ernie talks about the differences between himself and his cousin, Ernestine. He can't find anything that they have in common -- until he hears Ernestine laugh.
(First: Episode 2053)
Animation W for water, wind, wave and wet
(First: Episode 3198)
Film The floating kids form the letter W.
(First: Episode 3181)
Song "(The Name of the Place is) The Laundromat"
(First: Episode 3159)

SCENE 4 Everyone's gathered around Oscar's trash can when Super Nanny's super hearing picks up a distress cry (as the heroic music starts again). Parents in Chicago must go to work, but their baby is crying and the sitter hasn't arrived. Clearly another job for Super Nanny beckons, so she tells everyone to keep smiling (except for Oscar. She also tells Irvine not to cry, so the infant defiantly cries anyway (and tries to bite Gina's hand). With a final "Alakazam," Super Nanny flies into the air again, with everyone (even the Grouches) waving farewell. Super Nanny announces the sponsors and asks a passing off-screen pigeon for directions to Chicago.

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