Sesame Street
Plot Natasha can't fall asleep
repeat of 3059
Air date January 12, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Sponsors S, T, 17


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Oscar announces today's letter sponsors, S and T, which stand for "someone tap dancing." He'll reveal who it is after the opening theme.
SCENE 1 Savion climbs out of Oscar's trash can, having just finished giving a tap dance lesson to Oscar's elephant Fluffy ("She got tired of ballet," says Oscar). Bob is amazed that an elephant can tap dance, so Savion has Fluffy show him what she can do by repeating all the steps he does. Fluffy dances until she falls through the floor, into the basement, while her massive steps cause the ground to shake, which results in Bob losing grip of most of his groceries.
Cartoon An elephant, a zebra, a hedgehog, an ostrich, a frog and a ladybug create a rhythm with their footsteps.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 2794)
Animation Playing cards form the letter T; the jack and queen tango.
(First: Episode 3138)
Cartoon T is for tiger, teapot, television and taxi.
Animator: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3262)
Film The floating kids form a capital T.
(First: Episode 3121)
Cartoon Lillian is proud because she climbed a mountain all by herself.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2749)
Muppets Little Jerry and the Monotones sing "Proud"
(First: Episode 0408)
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
Artist: Keith Haring
(First: Episode 3084)


SCENE 2 Big Bird encounters Linda writing a letter to her mom. In the letter, Linda describes what happened yesterday when she went to the hat shop to buy a hat: it took the hat lady (Judy Graubart) a while to figure out that Linda wanted a hat. The first hat picked out was too big for Linda, the second one too small, the third one just right. Back in the present, Linda finishes writing her letter, and Bob invites her to go for a walk.
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)

Film Kids rehearse a large group African dance in the park, get their faces painted, and perform.
(First: Episode 3079)
Cartoon "We Are Kids from Far and Wide": West Africa
(First: Episode 2774)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster follows the arrows.
(First: Episode 1627)
Song "One of These Things" (with Wegman's dogs and a poodle)
(First: Episode 3114)

SCENE 3 Humphrey has to go to the dentist, so he asks Big Bird and Savion to watch Natasha while she takes her nap. She doesn't want to go to sleep, so Humphrey tries singing her "Na-Na-Na-Na-Natasha's Lullaby," which does a better job of awakening her. Savion thinks it'll be very hard to get her to sleep ...
Cartoon Abstract count to 17
(First: Episode 2820)
Animation Growing Numbers #17
(First: Episode 2975)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Morgan talk about body parts.
(First: Episode 3197)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps" (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 3026)
Muppets Big Bird wakes up from his nap, "Everybody wha —?" then goes back to sleep.
(First: Episode 3207)
Cartoon Mr. Tweak can't sleep because his neighbor above snores, and his neighbor below sneezes.
Artist: Abe Levitow
(EKA: Episode 0598)
SCENE 4 Savion finishes reading Natasha the story of "Cinderella," which Humphrey said would get her to sleep, but he was wrong about that too. Chicago the Lion comes by, and tries roaring her to sleep -- but he falls asleep instead.
Song "Beautiful Baby" song, over footage of various babies and their parents.
(EKA: Episode 1484)
2257 babydangertoon
Cartoon A baby looks at a DANGER sign and imagines what it means.
(First: Episode 0933)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(EKA: Episode 2201)
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2628)

SCENE 5 Big Bird borrows a letter S from some Honkers, thinking it'll get her to sleep because the word "sleep" starts with S. Savion tries swaying it in front of Natasha's face, thinking she'll go to sleep through hypnosis. Big Bird and the Honkers also watch the swaying letter, and end up falling asleep instead of Natasha.
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase S.
(First: Episode 3214)
Muppets "Sammy the Snake"
(First: Episode 0278)
Cartoon Kids try to guess what a bunch of shapes will form; eventually they form a chicken.
(EKA: Episode 2838)
Song "Hot in the City"
(First: Episode 2751)

SCENE 6 Natasha, still not asleep, tries to wake Chicago up. Savion has no idea what to do, but when he says the word "awake," the Sandman appears. Savion asks for his help, knowing that the Sandman is good at making people fall asleep. He makes two attempts to throw some of his magic sand into Natasha's face, and she spits it out. Savion has a better idea: he'll sprinkle some of the Sandman's sand on the ground, and do a nice quiet dance which will lull Natasha to sleep.
Cartoon Jill walks up a hill to pick a daffodil.
Artist: Jim Jinkins
(First: Episode 2538)
Muppets Ernie sings "Dance Myself to Sleep."
(First: Episode 1705)
Animation Two caterpillars form a T.
(EKA: Episode 2269)
Film The letter T is a very useful letter.
(First: Episode 0402)
Film A little boy sings the "Cold Ocean Blues" at the beach.
(First: Episode 3150)

SCENE 7 Savion finishes setting up his dancing mat, and sprinkles the sandman's sand on it. He dances gently on the sandy mat, but fails to get Natasha to go to sleep. The Sandman makes one last attempt to blow sand in Natasha's face, but she blows it on his face instead, and he drops off to sleep.
Film Kids talk about how they like sledding down snowy hills.
(First: Episode 3276)
Muppets / Celebrity Garth Brooks sings about two kids who are "Different."
(First: Episode 3187)
Animation A montage of boys, all of whom are named Joe, saying what their favorite sports are. The last one turns out to be a girl named Joanne.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 1949)

SCENE 8 Savion looks around, and sees that he and Natasha are the only ones awake in the courtyard. Humphrey comes back, and Savion explains that they tried everything to get her to sleep. Humphrey tells her it's time to go home, and Natasha falls right asleep. Relieved, Savion announces the sponsors. Oscar then tells Fluffy it's time to do her somersaults, and she causes a brief earthquake.

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