Sesame Street
Plot The letter Z wants to quit the alphabet
Air date March 29, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Belinda Ward
Sponsors N, Z, 4


Picture Segment Description


COLD OPEN Telly Monster is on the Spot and he is covering an alphabet problem. The letter Z (Camille Bonora) wants to be the first letter of the alphabet, believe it or not, because Z is tired of being the last letter of the alphabet. The letter A (Peter Linz) asks the letter Z to go back to the end of the alphabet. The letter Z wants to be the first letter of the alphabet, if it's the last thing he'll do.

SCENE 1 The letter Z is still complaining about being first, since A is always first. Maria and two kids come out of Hooper's Store, since they heard the news about the alphabet. The letter A asks the kids to sing the alphabet to show that Z is last and A is first. Z says that it's the first letter of the alphabet every single time. So Z wants to change the alphabet and Telly asks Maria if that is possible. A says he is a fan of being the first letter of the alphabet and refuses to switch positions. Z starts to have meltdown about it. Telly tells the Z being last is not bad. Maria reminds the letter Z that you can be first at something else, words. But apparently, the letter Z is quitting the alphabet.
Film Kids sing the alphabet on an island.
(First: Episode 3154)
Muppets Prairie Dawn and Cookie Monster demonstrate first and last with cookies, but Cookie Monster is hesitant to eat the last cookie because he thinks it’s the last cookie in the world.
(First: Episode 3224)
Animation The word EGGS is shown, followed by eggs frying in a skillet.
(First: Episode 3045)


SCENE 2 Telly is in Hooper's Store with the letter Z and Mr. Handford. Telly tells the letter Z that it has to come back, even though it won't be first and Z denies the offer. Besides, Z wants to be the first letter in words, like eggs. Mr. Handford says that E is the first letter in eggs and Z can't be the first letter in it. The letter Z pplaces itself in front of the E and makes the word zeggs. A Fat Blue lady comes and asks for zeggs and says that she doesn't mean eggs because the sign says zeggs, but Hooper's doesn't have zeggs and goes off to the zupermarket and the letter Z runs off to try to catch up with her.
Animation Z / z Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3332)
Muppets Kermit's Lectures: Kermit talks about the letter Z, but it turns up and becomes an N.
(EKA: Episode 2603)
Cartoon "Poverty Z" -- A figure tries to sell a Z. His only customer stops him by locking him inside a zoo cage.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0085)
Song "Around and Around"
(First: Episode 2753)
Cartoon A wizard walks through a door. A boy in pajamas tries to imitate him without success.
(EKA: Episode 1056)
Muppets / Cast Maria, Big Bird, Oscar and The Count sing "Happy Birthday to Me."
(First: Episode 3241)
Animation Stop-motion representation of "Happy Birthday," with balloons, gummi bears, glitter, etc.
Cartoon Autumn leaves form a capital "N" and lowercase "n."
(First: Episode 3114)
Film The floating kids form a letter N.
(First: Episode 3109)
Lowercase n
Cartoon "Lowercase n"
(First: Episode 0358)
Film / Animation A class makes up a story about a fish named Billy, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
Muppets Bert goes to the park to practice his pigeon calls, but instead of attracting a pigeon that says coo, he gets a cow that says moo, an owl that says hoo, a number two, and an entire zoo.
(First: Episode 2968)
Cartoon Number Guy: ‘’’How Many Elephants Can You Fit in a Room?’’’ The answer is 4.
Animation Four butterflies fly across a film of a waterfall.
(First: Episode 2834)
Animation Egyptian figures illustrate the number 4.
(First: Episode 3306)
Film / Animation Oranges are peeled and sliced in stop-motion, and some kids eat them.
(EKA: Episode 2223)
SCENE 3 Telly is with the two girls from before and the letter Z, who made it's own alphabet. There are no other letters except Z in that alphabet. The girls, Telly and the letter Z sing it together the second time. Z is feeling sad though because it misses its friends, the alphabet. Z feels lonely, because it is the only letter in it's alphabet. Telly asks it to return to the regular alphabet. Even though Z won't be first, Z would be with its friends. Z runs off to see if it get be a part of the alphabet again.
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(EKA: Episode 1038)
Muppets Over the Top sing "ZZ Blues."
(First: Episode 2317)
Cartoon Two white squares try to push a great big object, and are reluctant to let a black square join them at first.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2849)
Film Children in Jamaica learn how to make their own tie-dyed shirts.
(First: Episode 3140)
Cartoon A paranoid bird doesn't like to be surprised ... unless it's a surprise party.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 2522)
Muppets / Celebrity Tim Robbins and Elmo talk about surprise.
(First: Episode 2766)
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Cast Savion sings the “Rhyming Tap Rap."
(First: Episode 3355)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster spells the word TAP, then tap-dances away.
(EKA: Episode 2539)
Cartoon Anansi the spider tells the story of how the sun and the moon came to live in the sky.
(First: Episode 3320)
2096d Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(EKA: Episode 0355)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie is confused when he sees Bert playing checkers with his pigeon, Bernice. Ernie thinks it's amazing that a pigeon can play checkers, but Bert thinks it is no big deal, because Bernice has only beaten Bert in two out of ten games.
(First: Episode 1227)
Superguy beaters
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy finds his friend Jane giving up on learning to ride the egg beater. He tells her that it takes time and practice to learn things, and gives Jane some training beaters to help her keep her balance.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(EKA: Episode 2060)
Cartoon A flea sets up camp on a dog.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(EKA: Episode 1058)
Film Wegman's dogs form all the letters of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3266)

SCENE 4 The two girls sing the alphabet. Telly tells everyone that the letter Z is back in the alphabet. The letter Z doesn't mind not being first because it is first in lots of words. The Z tells Telly that it'll be nice being in the middle of the alphabet, between L and M. The Z sings the alphabet and Telly says it sounds horrible. Z suggests Q and R. Maria announces the sponsors, Z, N and 4.

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