Sesame Street
A day of storytelling and name tags
Air date May 5, 1995
Season Season 26 (1994-1995)
Written by Josh Selig
Directed by John Ferraro
Sponsors M, T, 7


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gina welcomes the viewer to Sesame Street, and introduces Big Bird to Maduka Steady and Michael Messer, a folk duo. Michael plays the guitar (and sometimes sings), while Maduka is the storyteller. They start out by doing a call-and-response song ("Yes-so") with the group, where they say their names and what they like.
Cartoon A real Indian boy tells two boys who are playing Cowboy and Indian that Indians don't say "ugh". The other kids tell him that they heard the expression on TV.
(First: Episode 0771)
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Muppets Kermit the Frog sings "Do-Op Hop".
(First: Episode 2071)
Animation A picture puzzle of the letter T is put together. A man walks up to it, and calls a taxi.
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon Spinning T (to the tango beat).
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon T is for tiger, teapot, television and taxi.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3262)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Celebrity Basketball player Isiah Thomas shows a girl that it takes practice to play the game, but she makes a basket on her first try.
(First: Episode 2933)
Animation The letter M appears on buildings.
Film / Muppets Alphaquest: M
The girl uses mittens to make monster mush, which is eaten by a Muppet monster.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon M for Mask
(First: Episode 2079)
Muppets How Now Brown and the Moo Wave perform the song "Danger's No Stranger."
(First: Episode 2030)
Cartoon Listening to sounds can tell you about danger.
(First: Episode 1741)
Song "I'm a Polar Bear"
(First: Episode 3276)

SCENE 2 Big Bird helps Jamal in an attempt to trick his wife Angela: while Big Bird hides behind the wall, Jamal sits on a bench, practicing impressions of various neighbors, including Ernie and Oscar. When he finally gets to his imitation of Big Bird, he lip synchs to a line which Big Bird speaks behind the wall. Angela gets wise to the trick, and playfully threatens to get back at Jamal.
Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
Film Kids play bongo drums loud and soft.
(First: Episode 2862)
Cartoon Rap #7
(First: Episode 2506)
Muppets Elmo and Seven Goldfish sing.
(First: Episode 2734)
Cartoon Seven piglets
Artist: Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1546)
Film In a village in Africa, people catch fish, and celebrate afterwards.
(First: Episode 2669)
Cartoon A map of Africa morphs into the shape of animals that are found there.
(First: Episode 2627)
SCENE 3 Michael and Maduka sing an African song in the park. Big Bird encounters them, and offers them some raisins, which Michael doesn't want, but Maduka does. Big Bird is impressed that they're friends, even though they're different. They think he's referring to the difference in their nationalities, their accents, or their skin colors, but he's referring to the difference in who likes raisins.
Cartoon Fish form capital and lowercase T's.
(First: Episode 3126)
Film The floating kids make a small T.
(First: Episode 3126)
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Cartoon Cap'n Feenie asks, "What is it?" It's the ocean.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets In the jungle, Joey and Davey Monkey see a bunch of bananas on a tree, and try to figure out how to get them down. They climb up the tree, knock the bananas off, and are about to climb down, when an elephant carries the bananas away. They decide to order a pizza instead.
(First: Episode 3230)
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Animation Luxo Jr.: Up and Down
(First: Episode 3130)

SCENE 4 Maria encounters Telly making name tags for himself, Kingston and Mara. They just heard a story which Kingston wrote, about the history of name tags, and ask Maria to read it again. In the story, a king (Telly) throws a party, but doesn't know everyone's name, which drives his guests away. His royal writer (Kingston) gets the idea to write all the guests' names down on small pieces of paper and stick them on their chest, which improves the party greatly.
When Maria finishes reading the story, Telly offers to make a name tag for Maria, but she turns it down, claiming that everyone on Sesame Street knows her name. Just then, two tourists pass by and introduce themselves to everyone who has a name tag, so Maria makes one for herself.
Cartoon A group gives a newcomer funny looks, which hurts his feelings, but then they invite him to play marbles with them. He turns out to be a good player.
Artist: Joanna Priestley
(First: Episode 2840)
Muppets Kermit sings "I Love My Elbows."
(First: Episode 2582)
Cartoon Jasper thinks that he has lost his elbow, but Julius shows him his elbow by bending his arm. (beginning cut)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0410)
Muppets Two creatures watch a girl dance while balancing two glasses with liquid inside.
Part 1

SCENE 5 Gina gathers the kids in the courtyard so they can hear (and participate in) a story told by Maduka and Michael. In the story, Spider and Monkey are on their way to the Forest Festival, when they realize they need food. They dig in the ground for food, and also look in the trees, but don't find anything. They almost decide to go home, when they see all the forest creatures celebrating, despite having no food or drink, but they still have their friendship to share.
Cartoon Two monkeys argue over what to watch on TV, growing bigger the angrier they get.
(First: Episode 0762)
Song Joe Raposo sings "What Do You Do With a Fruit?"
(First: Episode 2050)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle's three nephews show him how a round is sung.
(First: Episode 2506)
Film The Count (in voiceover) subtracts from five to four to two children on a park bench.
(First: Episode 2951)
Cartoon T for top
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0298)
Muppets One of the creatures tries the glass dance himself, then drinks from it.
Part 2

SCENE 6 Luis asks Maria why she's wearing a name tag, and she informs him of the story that Kingston wrote earlier. Just then, Kingston, Telly and Mara come by, not wearing their name tags anymore, reminding them of what their names are. Luis announces the sponsors, Maria tears up her name tag, and the credits roll.

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