Sesame Street
Maria, Luis and Gabi look after Alice
Air date May 16, 1996
Season Season 27 (1995-1996)
Written by Luis Santiero
Sponsors F, 0


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Gabi and Luis are busy working on a project. The phone rings and Maria gets it. Mommy Snuffleupagus is on the phone and says that she has a problem. The problem is that her and her husband are leaving until tomorrow and she didn’t find anyone to watch Alice and Snuffy. She asks Maria and Luis if they can watch Snuffy and Alice while they are gone. This will mean that they’ll have to sleep at their apartment. Gabi begs that they’ll say yes. Luis tells Gabi that Snuffy and Alice are big and their apartment is small. Maria tells Mommy Snuffleupagus that both Alice and Snuffy can’t fit in their apartment. Gabi suggests that Maria, Luis and her can sleep in the cave with them. Mommy Snuffleupagus says that it’s a wonderful idea. Maria tells her that they’ll “snufflesit” Alice and Snuffy.
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SCENE 2 Inside the cave, Snuffy and Alice hear the doorbell. Mommy Snuffleupagus let Maria, Luis and Gabi inside. Both Snuffy and Alice say that they are really happy that Maria, Luis and Gabi are here. As Mommy Snuffleupagus shows Maria and Luis around, Gabi talks to Snuffy and Alice. Then, Snuffy sings a song when you know who comes. Alice guesses who and guesses their grandma. Gabi says that she’s not their grandma, but Snuffy says that they can pretend, as the song continues. Maria, Luis and Mommy Snuffleupagus are finished with the house tour and she hears the car honk. She says goodbye to Snuffy and Alice. Then, she leaves. Luis asks what should they do first. Snuffy says that they should try to get Alice away from the wall and says it won’t be easy.
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SCENE 3 Maria tries to get Alice away from the wall. Alice makes a sound and Snuffy says that she makes that sound when she is sad. Gabi thinks she is sad that her mother and father had to go away. Luis notices that Mommy Snuffleupagus left a note that has their phone number if there is an emergency and says that if Alice has her head on the wall, they have to sing the Snuffle Shuffle. Snuffy starts to sing it. Luis, Maria, Gabi and Snuffy put their “snuffles” up, while the song. This doesn’t help Alice. She moves away from that part of the wall to another part of the wall.
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SCENE 4 Maria tells Alice when she was younger, her mom and dad used to leave and she felt sad too. Snuffy tells Maria to not worry, because she starting to feel better. Luis asks Snuffy how he knows. Snuffy explains that the wall she is facing at now is her “not so sad wall”. Snuffy suggests singing another song and Gabi says that they should do the Up and Down Song. Everyone sings it and Alice looks away from the wall. But now Snuffy is looking at the wall.
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SCENE 5 Luis figures that Snuffy is upset over the attention Alice is receiving. They lift his spirits with a song ("Have I Told You?"), which helps him see how much they love him. Luis feels a little left out after the group hug, but they assure him that they love him too.
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SCENE 6 Snuffy, Alice and Gabi are all asleep. Luis and Maria announce the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird meets Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop, who feels shy.

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