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The Cloud Who Wanted to Leave the Sky
Air date February 1, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors Q, 2

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Picture Segment Description
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COLD OPEN An announcer says that today on Sesame Street is the story of the Cloud Who Wanted To Leave the Sky, starring Rosita as the sun, Elmo and Lexine as the prince and princess, Luis as the carrot, and Bob as the little cloud who wanted to leave the sky.
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SCENE 1 Ruthie serves as narrator. While the prince and princess walk in the park, they hear someone who sounds very angry. It is the cloud (Bob), who is on the ground. He says that everywhere he goes, people tell him to go away, so he’s leaving the sky forever. The cute little red prince and the princess say that clouds belong in the sky. The cloud laments that it started yesterday, when he was over the beach, singing a song, minding his own business, when he saw a father and daughter on the beach: Bob sings a verse about how a fluffy little cloud is a person in your neighborhood. The father and daughter ask him to leave, because he is blocking the sun. Rosita, the sun, asks him to leave, too. So he floats away singing, and comes upon a farm, but a farmer (Ruthie) asks him to leave because her vegetables need sunlight. A carrot (Luis) asks him to leave too, and the sun says she already told him once to go away. The cloud says fine, he will leave the sky forever. After hearing his story, the prince and princess are determined to find a reason for the cloud to go back to the sky.
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Animation A boy's imagination runs away with him as he reads.
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Film Wegman's dogs: Little Miss Muffet deals with a spider.
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Muppets β€œReaders of the Open Range”
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Film Film of toothpaste and people brushing their teeth.
(First: Episode 3316)
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Muppets The Singing Dentists sing "Say Toothpaste, Somebody!"
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Cartoon A mother and child make juice popsicles.
Artist: Cathryn Aison
(First: Episode 1193)
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Film Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
Re-filmed version
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Cartoon Fish swim to form Q and q.
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Muppets Big Bird and a duck present the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3379)
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Film Q for Quack. And, Quiet!
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Animation Cecille sings β€œUp Down, In Out, Over and Under.”
(First: Episode 2746)
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SCENE 2 The prince and princess tell the cloud that everyone wanted him to leave when he was blocking the sun, but he could go in the sky at night, when there is no sun. He does just that, singing β€œa fluffy cloud’s a person in your neighborhood...at night.” The father and daughter see him again, and ask him to leave because he’s blocking the stars. The moon (Telly) asks him to leave because he is blocking the moonlight. The cloud decides once again to leave the sky forever. The prince and princess keep thinking about how to get the cloud to go back to the sky.
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Cartoon Norris Walnut recites a poem about clouds.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3345)
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” During the rain, Ernie stands under an umbrella explaining how the weather makes him feel happy, sad, and mad. Bert has been trying to get under the umbrella with him, telling Ernie that all it has made him feel is wet. Ernie wonders why he doesn't have his umbrella; Bert explains that it's because Ernie is using it. Ernie thanks him and leaves Bert sneezing in the rain.
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Cartoon A mother sings the story of how water travels down the drain and becomes rain.
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Film Island (in sped-up film, kids travel to an island)
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Muppets Zoe and Big Bird display the number two, and point out how many things they have in pairs (eyes, feet, etc.).
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Film Holy cow, it's number 2
(First: Episode 3193)
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Film A parrot announces dos, or two of everything.
(First: Episode 3108)
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Muppets Marshal Grover and Fred figure on making it into town by nightfall until they come across a fence with no edge in sight to go around. Grover tries getting past it in various ways: going under, over and through, but he's not successful. Deciding that they're stuck for the night, Grover starts to break out the marshmallows and asks Fred for his pajamas. But Fred has another idea that Grover hasn't been listening to: they can go through the gate.
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Song "Would You Like to Go Over?"
(First: Episode 3034)
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Animation A chicken lays 20 eggs, which hatch.
(First: Episode 3122)
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SCENE 3 The prince and princess and the cloud huddle to discuss their next plan. Now the cloud goes back to the sky, and gives shade to the father and daughter at the beach when they get too hot. Then he rains on the farm, because vegetables need both sunlight and water to grow. The father and daughter get a drink of water from the rain, too. Everybody thanks the fluffy little cloud, and he decides to remain in the sky.
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Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2730)
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Muppets Kermit sings "On My Pond."
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Film A zydeco band plays "Allons a Lafayette" while people dance.
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Animation Airplanes carve the letter Q
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Film Girls do a hand-clap game about the letter Q.
(First: Episode 3322)
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Animation Fans unveil Q and q.
(First: Episode 2895)
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SCENE 4 Bob and Luis, still in costume, compliment each other’s performances. Luis tells Bob he was a terrific cloud, soft and fluffy. Bob tells Luis he was a first-class carrot, nice and orange and crunchy. They hear thunder, and rush to get the costumes offβ€”Luis doesn’t want to be a soggy carrot, and Bob pleads with the clouds not to rain on him, he’s a cloud too! Ruthie announces the sponsors.
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COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Celina, Big Bird and the kids dance outside Finders Keepers to waltz music.


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