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Sesame Street
Elmo's crying game
Air date January 5, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Adam Rudman
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors K, 3

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Picture Segment Description
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SCENE 1 Maria welcomes the viewer, when she hears Elmo crying nearby. She comes by to comfort him, but learns he's just pretending as a part of his new "Crying Game."
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Animation Cecille sings "I'm Gonna Get to You."
(First: Episode 2873)
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Animation Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm)
(First: Episode 3045)
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Muppets (The New) Here is Your Life
Sonny Friendly honors a storybook of "Little Red Riding Hood."
(First: Episode 3367)
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Cartoon "Beginning, Middle, End"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 2556)
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Film Over (silent film)
(First: Episode 0517)
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SCENE 2 Elmo now has recruited Lexine and Miles to play his game. Maria wants to sing "The Alphabet Song," so the trio do so (while crying in between each verse). Elmo then tells her they have other Crying Games planned.
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Cartoon Two girls sing a reggae rendition of the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3269)
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Song "Playground Map Song"
(First: Episode 2680)
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Cartoon K - Kangaroo
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 1160)
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Film Wegman's dogs form the letter K.
(First: Episode 3296)
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Animation Pencil box K/k
(First: Episode 2876)
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Muppets "Ballad of the Sad CafΓ©"
(First: Episode 2974)
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Cartoon Dr. Nancy Einstein learns about ice cubes. (new music and sound effects added)
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2582)
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SCENE 3 Elmo and the kids return to sing Maria their "Crying Game" song. "I can honestly say, that's the most fun crying I've had in a long time," says Maria.
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Film Amelia pretends she's an astronaut.
(First: Episode 2918)
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Muppets Big Bird describes (and acts out) a time when he lost Radar. "Having a good memory will sure come in handy sometimes!"
(First: Episode 3410)
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Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror.
(First: Episode 0800)
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Film "There's a lot to see under the sea," according to some young swimmers who narrate a poem about the ocean-dwellers they find.
Music: "Kyisio Calypso" by Dermot Stewart
(First: Episode 3032)
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Song "At the Coastline" (Beach Boys style)
(First: Episode 2792)
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SCENE 4 Mr. Handford tries to see if Zoe knows about the letter K. When she finally learns about the letter K, she can't think of any words that start with it, Mr. Handford tells her to look at the next segment.
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Film Kids in a park do karate kicks.
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SCENE 4 cont'd Inspired by the film, Zoe tries her own karate chop on the letter K, hurting her hand. Mr. Handford soothes her with another K word: kiss.
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Song "Write Your Name"
(First: Episode 3274)
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Cartoon Pizza maker Original Jay demonstrates how he got his name: his pizzas talk and dance.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3280)
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Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: "Dances With Wolves"
(First: Episode 3234)
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Film A boy draws a picture of his friend, Katie.
(First: Episode 2760)
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Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird expects Zap Mama to show him a merry-go-round, so they make one with their voices.
(First: Episode 3292)
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Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
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Film Subway Train Empty & Full
(First: Episode 0415)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” At night, Ernie reads a book that becomes sad, funny, scary, and then surprising. The book elicits the same reactions from Bert.
(First: Episode 2341)
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Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells the story of a sad mouse.
Aritst: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3367)
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SCENE 5 Elmo comes to the Fix-It Shop crying, only Maria and the others assume he's still playing the game.
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Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
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Cartoon Three computer animated fish.
(First: Episode 2792)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Carrington tells Grover he's three years old.
(First: Episode 3261)
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Cartoon Hortense counts 3 peas.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 2519)
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SCENE 6 Elmo thinks the only way to explain his situation is to stop crying. He holds back his tears as he tells Maria about a monster he met in the park, who made fun of him and his "Crying Game" song. Maria realizes he's genuinely upset and lets him have a good cry. Feeling better, Elmo comes up with a new game - The Laughing Game, where Maria tickles him. Mr. Handford announces the sponsors.
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COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird sings about ways Gabi can fly.


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