Sesame Street
Oscar and Telly meet Soh Daiko
(repeat of 3235)
Air date March 22, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by John Weidman
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors N, P, 15
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Telly has difficulty introducing today's sponsors over a loud, banging noise. He and Oscar go to investigate.
SCENE 1 In the arbor, the Japanese drumming group Soh Daiko performs a routine for a gaggle of street residents.
SCENE 1 cont'd Following the performance, Celina introduces the group to Telly and Oscar and tells them the group is giving a lesson today on the taiko drums. They're both eager to learn, especially Oscar, who wants to create a loud ruckus.
Film Girls sing a jump-rope rhyme about naming a puppy.
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Animation Big, bigger, biggest (oxen pulling rocks)
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Muppets Big Bird and Zoe demonstrate the difference between big and little. Zoe wants to be big, but that proves to be impossible.
Film A girl dances her way into her family portrait.
(First: Episode 3119)
SCENE 2 Everyone is in traditional wardrobe and has their own taiko drum, ready to play. First, one of the Soh Daiko members gives a talk on the origins of the drums and how they work. Then, he instructs them on how to play. Telly takes a while to bang the drum hard enough, but Oscar proves to be a natural.
Cartoon A girl dances with a tiger.
Artist: Karen Aqua
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Animation Computer N / n
(First: Episode 3039)
Film A very happy and energetic lady discovers a monumental "N" and dances around it.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3377)
Cartoon A seal and a bear fight over a circus ball, but learn to cooperate.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3282)
Whoopi and hoots
Muppets Whoopi Goldberg talks with Hoots the Owl about how proud they are of their body parts.
(First: Episode 2835)
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
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Muppets Ernie talks about the differences between himself and his cousin, Ernestine. He can't find anything that they have in common -- until he hears Ernestine laugh.
(First: Episode 2053)
Animation "Toothpaste ... coming soon to a mouth near you!"
(First: Episode 2876)
Film Film of toothpaste and people brushing their teeth.
(First: Episode 3316)
SCENE 3 Everyone continues playing, though Oscar wishes it could sound as noisy as before. One member tells him they'll all need to play together and cooperate to accomplish that, an idea that is against Oscar's entire belief system as a Grouch. He's told a special Japanese term he can use as an excuse for playing along with everyone.
Film A trip to an African dance school.
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Cartoon A report on homes around the world.
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Animation Sand P/p
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Film Alphaquest: P
A pack of painted purple penguins practicing a pop song in a pine tree park, and a pink pig with a parachute.
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Cartoon P, for peas
Film "Operation Playground" Kids at a school come up with ideas for a new playground, and raise money for the effort. Together with their parents and other people from the neighborhood, they build the playground.
(First: Episode 2360)
Cartoon Two men try to go over a very steep hill.
(First: Episode 1522)
SCENE 4 Everyone puts on a grand performance. Oscar is disappointed Soh Daiko now has to leave, wondering how he'll learn to play the drums and create such a noise in their absence. He gets a great idea and tells the drummers to "beat it."
Song Joe Raposo sings "Somebody Come and Play."
Snow leopards version
(First: Episode 2519)
Cartoon An alien asks a boy for directions to the baseball diamond.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 1877)

Muppets NTV host Nora Nicks introduces Nick Normal and the Nickmatics singing "The Letter N."
(First: Episode 2071)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter N.
(First: Episode 3333)
Animation N/n paper fold
(First: Episode 3114)
Cartoon I Love You, in American Sign Language
Artist: Steve Finkin
(First: Episode 1170)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird finds himself in Phoenix, Arizona, where he hangs out with Diego and his family. He learns that cacti can survive the hot, dry weather, and is treated to birdseed burritos at a picnic with the family later on.
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Animation Kids talk about families, often mentioning having rhinoceroses as pets.
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Cartoon An animated number 15 sings "How Hard It Is to Be 15" to a child who is trying to count from 1 to 20, but can't remember 15.
(First: Episode 2743)
Film 15s on sticks cascade toward the camera as boats race by on a river on the background.
(First: Episode 3280)
Animation Counting to 15 (Oriental music)
(First: Episode 3157)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Animation A piece of paper floats down onto a table, then folds itself into a paper crane, which flies away.
(First: Episode 2892)

SCENE 5 Oscar organizes Telly and the Grouchketeers to bang on trash cans and pots like drums. Savion complains about the noise, which Oscar notes is them only practicing; it could take years before it sounds any better (to Oscar's joy). They continue drumming, while Savion tries announcing the sponsors over the noise.

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