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Gabi's day at day care
Air date April 2, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Sponsors A, 13


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 In the Day Care Center, everyone is reading a list of activities, when Zoe greets the viewer. She asks Gina, who's inspecting the broken sink nearby, why a list is important, and asks her to name the order of activities - first is fingerpainting, then playing a game, and lastly reading a story. Everyone wants to start fingerpainting, but due to the sink being broken, they can't, and Gina postpones the activity until the sink's fixed. Zoe frets about what to do, and Irvine leads the others into a fingerpaint-tempting chant.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "Don't Waste Water."
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Cartoon A man displays a capital and lowercase A and explains what an alligator is.
(First: Episode 0006)
Muppets Elmo finds a large apple and wonders what letter "apple" starts with. Slimey pops out from the apple, holding a flag with the letter A on it.
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Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
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Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Grover and Morgan talk about body parts.
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Animation Arrows give a presentation of the human body.
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Muppets The Martians are a "Yip Yip Family."
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Boy's family portrait.jpg
Film A boy dances his way into his family's portrait.
(First: Episode 3129)

SCENE 2 Gabi and Maria have arrived at the day care, both fixing away on the broken sink. Maria stands up from underneath and delivers bad news: it's going to be a while before the sink is fixed. To fill their time, Gina decides to lead everyone into the second activity - "Stop!" After the song, they wander over to Maria to check on the sink, where she delightedly tells them they've fixed it. However, with a turn of the faucets, water suddenly starts pouring heavily! Maria quickly turns off the sink, which Zoe declares isn't fixed.
Animation The camera encounters STOP signs in many locations.
(First: Episode 3465)
Celebrity / Muppets Hoots tells everyone to imagine that it's turning from nighttime to morning, and the birds are waking up in the forest, while Bobby McFerrin sings "Tweet in the Mornin'."
(First: Episode 2874)
Cartoon Number creatures #13
(First: Episode 2691)
Animation Masked March #13
(First: Episode 3378)
Cartoon Jerry Nelson sings and counts thirteen turkeys.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets Two Anything Muppet kids argue over a cookie. Cookie Monster arrives and says that the smallest person should get the cookie, and then, as the kids argue over which one is smaller, Cookie Monster shrinks himself.
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Cartoon A woman visits a car dealer, looking for a small car. She will only take a car small enough to fit her clowns.
Artist: ArtistMike
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SCENE 3 Maria returns underneath the sink, asking for various tools. Zoe asks Gabi a question: why doesn't she come to day care? Gabi explains that she used to attend Lillian's home care when she was little (accompanied by a flashback), but now attends regular school. Maria, still under the sink, requests Gabi to turn on the faucet, only to receive a douse of water from the pipe above her. Irvine tries to dry off her wet clothes, but Maria resists.
Song Jerry Nelson sings "I'm the Big One Now."
(First: Episode 2876)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster reads the sign atop a miniature school building, and observes a small group of children that run out of it. Once they've left, the monster picks up the now empty building, and declares, "School's out!"
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Song "At School," with animation bookended by live-action footage.
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Cartoon Zork lands on the coast of California, where he meets a slick agent.
Artist: ArtistMike
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Muppets Big Bird practices playing "catch" with himself, using a basket full of tennis balls. When he throws the last ball in the basket, he catches it! He states, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again."
Animation Cecille sings "I Wanna Be Me."
(First: Episode 2791)
Muppets Benny Rabbit gets angry when people (and monsters) admire him, so he tells them firmly, "Don't Touch Me!"
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Cartoon Two kids argue over a cat and a dog, who chase each other around the fence.
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Film Coverage of a spring kite-flying festival, where both kids and grownups can participate.
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Cartoon A for Acorn
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Animation Letter Garden: A
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Animation Sand A/a
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SCENE 4 As Maria asks for the hammer, Gina and the kids start their last activity, the story. In a satirical reference to Maria and the broken sink, she reads her own story called "Three Strikes and You're Out," about a princess (Gina) who called a plumber (Maria) to fix her sink, and suffered from two failed attempts. Before Gina reaches the resolution, Maria rises up to test the sink one last time. It works! Maria acknowledges the help of Gabi (and Irvine), and everyone goes to grab supplies for fingerpainting.
Film A class makes up a story about going to the zoo, which is told through animation based on the kids' drawings.
(First: Episode 3328)

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Big Bird goes fishing in Bridgeport, Connecticut, with his friends Colin and Marlee. It takes awhile for him to catch one, but he finally does.
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Film Alone Song
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Animation In a Van Gogh painting, a baby takes its first steps to Papa.
Celebrity Picabo Street stops by the park to tell Elmo about her skiing and how she won a medal. Afterwards, the two play Peek-a-Boo together.
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Song "When You Grow Up"
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Muppets Ernie & Bert β€” Ernie tries to do everything quietly while Bert is reading. Bert gets annoyed and shouts at Ernie, so Ernie thinks it's okay to make loud noise again.
Cartoon Geronimo 10-0: Instead of a parachute, she has a helicopter propeller.
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Film A wall painter on a high-rise spells and paints the word "WET PAINT" in red, but accidentally puts his hand on one of the painted letters and looks at his hand, all painted red, and shouts, "WET PAINT!"
(First: Episode 1036)

SCENE 5 Everyone sits at the table as they fingerpaint. Maria shows her painting (literally a finger), while Gabi shows hers - the sponsors. Zoe and Gabi suddenly notice the brown stains on Maria's face, the former jokingly commenting how fortunate it was she fixed the sink. Gina tells the sponsors on Gabi's artwork.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird, Zoe, and a female pirate scout the park for lost treasure.

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