Sesame Street
Zoe joins the band
Air date February 5, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors C, 10
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Zoe hears a piano and says she’s always wanted to play the piano. She goes to check it out, and finds Bob at the piano leading Luis, Ruthie and the kids in the Sesame Street Almost All Kazoo Band. They give her a kazoo, because it’s an instrument anybody can play. She can’t play it. She asks if she could play the piano, but since she’s never tried before, they think it will be too hard for her, and they encourage her to keep practicing the kazoo.
Film Kids play "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3434)
Muppets Waiter Grover: Grover brings Mr. Johnson a bowl of alphabet soup. Mr. Johnson complains that some of the letters are missing, and makes Grover run back and forth to the kitchen to bring the missing letters. When all the letters are there, Johnson complains that the soup is cold, and makes Grover take it back.
(First: Episode 0276)
Cartoon Kids see animals in their alphabet soup.
Artist: Michael Sporn
(First: Episode 1976)
Film A girl narrates a segment about her friend, Billy, who swims with dolphins.
(First: Episode 3012)

SCENE 2 Bob keeps trying to teach Zoe how to hum into the kazoo, but she gives up and runs away. Luis goes to talk to her, and tells her that maybe she’s too young to play the kazoo, and it would be alright if she tried another instrument. He suggests the conga drums, but she doesn’t hit them hard enough to make them sound as good as when Luis hits them. She still wants to play the piano, but Luis encourages her to keep practicing the drum.
Cartoon A boy builds a house out of blocks, and when the girl builds a Victorian house, the boy calls her a copycat.
(First: Episode 0780)
Film Kids learn how to play string instruments as computer graphics illustrate their sounds.
Cartoon C for Cat
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 1141)
Animation Letters on the Street: the letter C is found on a city street.
(First: Episode 3366)
1095o Cartoon C is for Cowboy
(First: Episode 0703)
Muppets "I Am Chicken"
(First: Episode 2995)
Film What sound does a baby chick make?
(First: Episode 3419)
SCENE 3 Zoe asks to try the piano, but Ruthie explains that not everyone can play the piano. Everyone can play finger cymbals, though, and Zoe can too, the trick is to play them at the right time. Bob leads the kazoo band rehearsal in playing the "Russian Dance" from the Nutcracker while Ruthie tries in vain to help Zoe play the cymbals at the right time.
Film A girl learns how to jump rope.
(First: Episode 3397)
Animation "Hammer Time with Hammer"
(First: Episode 3179)
Muppets The Count has built a rocket with the help of Dr. Reinbrain and plans to launch it from inside his castle. The two count down from the computer console, but the rocket doesn't take off. Indeed, Count never intended for lift-off; he plans on counting down again and again.
(First: Episode 1306)
Song This is the way we count and sing (from 1 to 10).
(First: Episode 3136)
Cartoon In the "Land of No Shoelaces," people find it difficult to play basketball, swing and run until Edna Lovelace comes along.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3102)
Song "Doing the Family Thing"
(First: Episode 3180)
SCENE 4 Zoe gives up the cymbals, and asks again to try the piano. The grownups warn her that it takes years of practice, so she shouldn’t be disappointed if she can’t play very well. She tries it, and to everyone’s amazement, she plays very well. She tells them it’s a good thing they let her try, and Bob says it’s a good thing she kept asking them. Ruthie confirms that Zoe has never played before, and says "do you know that’s incredible?" Zoe says "no, but if you hum a few bars I can fake it."
Cartoon Ten Turtles
Artist: Bud Luckey
(First: Episode 0425)
Cartoon Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon Rubber Stamp #10
(First: Episode 2880)
Cast / Muppets Big Bird winds up Linda, who displays the word TOY.
(First: Episode 2908)
Animation The word TOY is displayed, followed by a wind-up drum-playing panda.
(First: Episode 3002)
Celebrity / Muppets Oscar the Grouch loves the dissonant sounds of the Tokyo String Quartet tuning their instruments. When they start playing a classical piece, he’s disgusted and asks them to tune up again.
(First: Episode 3294)
Cartoon Leanna Williams tells a story of how she traveled to Hawaii and bought a Hawaiian shirt.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2745)
Film A Hawaiian girl and her family get ready to have a little party, or paina iki.
(First: Episode 3139)
Cartoon A man opens various doors, leading to rooms where he sees a train, a clock tower, water, and a ringing phone. When he answers the phone, he is asked to close the door.
(First: Episode 1409)
Muppets Big Bird plays a guessing game with the viewer, by giving clues in the form of sounds.
Film Kids talk about playing tennis.
(First: Episode 3148)
Animation Sand C/c
(First: Episode 0625)
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash
Instead of a pea, this princess sleeps on things beginning with C.
(First: Episode 2527)
C- Cap
Cartoon Speech Balloon: C – Cap.
(First: Episode 0154)
Celebrity Jeff Redd sings "Between."
(First: Episode 2738)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
(First: Episode 0439)

SCENE 5 Bob tells Zoe that she is a wonderful addition to the Sesame Street Almost All Kazoo Band, and she suggests they rename it Zoe and the Almost All Kazoo Band. With Zoe on piano, Bob picks up a kazoo. Ruthie announces the sponsors as everyone plays the Sesame Street Theme on kazoos.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Carlo sings the question of the day - what can you do with a fruit?

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