Sesame Street
Davey and Joey want a story
Air date January 10, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Joey Mazzarino
Sponsors T, 5
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Joey and Davey Monkey approach Oscar's newsstand, wishing to buy the latest issue of Amazing and Exciting True-Life Banana Tales. Oscar happens to have a copy, but the monkeys can't have it; he's holding it for someone who's already payed for it. The person turns out to be Ruthie. The monkeys feel betrayed and start sobbing, until they learn she bought it for them! Oscar moans that today will be a happy day on the street, but thinks things will turn around once Joey and Davey start arguing over who gets to read the magazine.
Cartoon A man demonstrates what newspapers are made of, and finds an ad for "One slightly used monster."
(First: Episode 2919)
Cast Big Bird, Susan and Bob sing "Can Read" while at a newsstand.
(First: Episode 2268)
Animation Fred the fish needs water to swim in, and Betty the bird needs air to fly in. Vanessa the vacuum cleaner sucks up all the air and water, but can't hold it all in. (new narration by Jim Thurman added)
(First: Episode 2564)
Song "It's the Shpritzer Honker Splasher Sprinkler Tweeter Squirt," the wettest musical instrument.
(First: Episode 3408)

Animation Beads arrange themselves in different ways, and finally stick themselves to a boy's jacket.
(First: Episode 3045)
SCENE 2 Joey and Davey are still fighting (to Oscar's delight), but Ruthie gets them to stop. They realize that can't even read, so there's no reason to fight, but it also means they won't get to hear the stories. Ruthie offers to read it to them and they soon argue over what story to read.
Animation Cecille sings "The Game of Make Believe."
(First: Episode 2864)
Muppets Captain Elmo Cousteau searches for the treasure of the missing soap, with the help of a policeman fishy.
(First: Episode 2637)
Cartoon Fish form capital and lowercase T's.
(First: Episode 3126)
Cartoon Spinning T (to the tango beat)
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon The Typewriter has an electric train.
(First: Episode 0785)
Song Jerry Nelson sings "The Inside Story," which shows what's inside various household objects.
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon Bruce the moose invites Toulouse LaGoose over for juice.
(First: Episode 2498)
Muppets Big Bird remarks, "Now that was silly!"
(First: Episode 3190)
Muppets Monsterpiece Theater: Grover is sitting on a hill, which moves to the sound of music.
(First: Episode 1829)
(re-filmed Alistair Cookie wraparounds)
Cartoon A ball goes up and down a musical staircase.
(First: Episode 2151)
SCENE 3 Ruthie tells them she can read both stories, but now the monkeys argue over which story to read first.
Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)
Song "Counting Alarm Clock"
(First: Episode 3090)
Film Kids narrate footage of toddlers learning to walk.
(First: Episode 3025)
It's the ocean
Cartoon Cap'n Feenie asks, "What is it?" It's the ocean.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Cartoon Snacks on Parade - The Raisin
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1171)
Film Two girls count to 5 as they clap.
(First: Episode 3007)
Muppets Big Bird asks to see that number one more time.
(First: Episode 3247)
Muppets The Rainbow Fish counts groups of 5 in the ocean.
(First: Episode 2923)
Cartoon A chorus of 5s come out of a 5 painting.
(First: Episode 3300)
Film Various situations of before and after, to a hip-hop beat.
(First: Episode 3201)
SCENE 4 Ruthie finishes reading the stories to Joey and Davey, who wish to make a game out of their favorite of the two, "Fugitive Runaway Banana." They want Oscar to play the role of Kimball, the runaway banana. Oscar insists he's not playing and retreats to his trash can. The monkeys think he's getting a head start and they follow after him.
Animation "Animal Books"
Artist: Steve Segal
(First: Episode 3396)
Muppets Fairy Tales Today
Prairie Dawn interviews The Princess from "The Princess and the Pea", who can't seem to get to sleep. Prairie suspects it's the pea under the mattress that's preventing her sleep, but it turns out she needs the pea to sleep on, as she has gotten so used to sleeping on it.
(First: Episode 3228)
Animation Airplanes carve the capital and lowercase T.
(First: Episode 3230)
Film The floating kids form a capital T.
(First: Episode 3121)
Cartoon Ten tiny T's in top hats do the tippy tappy tango and take tea.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3230)
Muppets Ernie and Bert: "That's What Friends Are For": Ernie sings to Bert about friends being tolerant of each other's differences, while Bert just wants to sleep.
(EKA: Episode 2073)
Film A girl draws a picture of her friend, Dai Xi.
(First: Episode 2791)
Muppets / Celebrity Big Bird receives a visit from Marisa Tomei, and is reminded that he was supposed to say the alphabet with her today. Some drama ensues between them, but they say the alphabet anyway, and part on good terms.
(First: Episode 3224)
Cartoon While fishing one day, a boy catches the letters of the alphabet. Frustrated at not having caught any fish to eat, he decides to use his catch for alphabet soup.
(First: Episode 0004)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon The front and back of a costumed horse follow an ice cream truck.
(First: Episode 0782)
Muppets Little Chrissy and the Alphabeats sing "Cluck Around the Clock."
(First: Episode 2817)
Cartoon Kids try to guess what a bunch of shapes will form; eventually they form a chicken.
(First: Episode 2838)

SCENE 5 Joey and Davey have followed Oscar to his can, where he wants them to scram. Ruthie comes by and Oscar begs her to get them to leave. They understand that it makes Oscar angry, so they relieve him from playing. They instead want to play "Cyber Mutant Banana Rangers," and want Oscar to play the villain, Rick Rotten. Ruthie announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird notices there are dots on his feet and legs.

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