Sesame Street
Maria goes to the hospital. (Part 2)
Air date November 19, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by John Weidman
Production September 26, 1996
October 4, 1996
Sponsors J, 0


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly notices a new sign in the Fix-It Shop window ("CLOSED DUE TO ILLNESS"), but can only read "CLOSED." Luis comes by and reads the whole thing, but fails to stick around to tell him who's sick. Telly figures out it must be Maria and begins worrying over what's wrong with her.
Cartoon Two cartoon cacti sing "Here We Are."
(First: Episode 3153)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking care of her horse, Strawberry.
(First: Episode 2641)
Animation Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3203)
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Cartoon A boy finds a set of doors with animals that make the wrong sound, and swaps the doors to correct them.
(First: Episode 2711)
Muppets The Two-Headed Monster reads "SAD."
(First: Episode 1422)
Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
SCENE 2 Telly freaks out over Maria's condition, but Luis, Gabi and Big Bird calm him down and explain what happened the previous day. Telly wants go go visit her, but learns visiting hours haven't started yet, nor has Luis fixed the hospital toaster. Telly makes sure he gets to work so they can leave.
Animation "Hammer Time with Hammer"
(First: Episode 3179)
Muppets Grover and Rosita explain the concept of "love" in 15 seconds. Grover exasperates about the assignment, but Rosita intervenes just in time.
Film J, for jiggle, juggle, jump, joy.
(First: Episode 3396)
Animation J / j Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3345)
Film William Wegman's dogs make a J and dress as a jester.
Muppets Elmo sings "Right in the Middle of My Face" while walking through an animated art gallery.
(First: Episode 3130)
Cartoon Household appliances count 1-10 and 10-0.
(First: Episode 2840)

SCENE 3 Telly urges Luis to fix the toaster faster, but Luis tells him he needs to be patient, just like Maria is. He sings "You Gotta Be Patient (To Be a Patient)" as he works on the toaster and Maria is shown getting medical exams. The toaster is finished and they all head over to the hospital.
Film Stefan goes to the doctor and gets a checkup.
Cartoon A man talks about how much he loves his bones.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 2628)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Healthy Food."
(First: Episode 2404)
Cartoon A boy counts down to 0 as he eats his soup.
(First: Episode 2283)
Muppets Zoe and Wolfgang the Seal explain the concept of zero.
(First: Episode 3386)
Song "Zero Song": A female voiceover sings about the food that keeps being taken away to make 0.
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3003)
Film In Trinidad, Asha and her friends practice and dance on stilts in preparation for a carnival.
(First: Episode 3427)
Cartoon Beginning / middle / end: a beatnik follows a trombonist's note through a long horn.
Artist: Frank Gresham
(First: Episode 3266)
SCENE 4 At the hospital, Telly looks for a doctor to find out how Maria is. He instead questions a mail carrier, painter and butterfly collector. Dr. Coleburn (Noah Wyle) arrives with Luis and reports Maria's feeling much better, but can't go home until some more test results come in. They can still visit her though.
Song Leon Redbone sings "What Do They Do When They Go Wherever They Go?"
(First: Episode 3312)
Cartoon Don't be a Snerd when you sneeze.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1487)
Muppets "The Sneeze Song," with Kathleen the Cow with a Pig, a Sheep, and Fred the Wonder Horse.
(First: Episode 2784)
Film A man in a J costume jumps at the beach.
Animation Planet J/j
(First: Episode 2833)
Song "J, Just How Jazzy Can You Get?"
(First: Episode 3396)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet. (dog washing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0309)
SCENE 5 Maria keeps herself entertained in her room, when her family and friends show up. They tell her about what's happened since she's been in the hospital. Dr. Coleburn reports that Maria is fine now and she can go home!
SCENE 5 cont'd Just as they head out, the rest of the adults from Sesame Street make a surprise visit. They're upset their surprise is ruined, but glad she's coming home healthy.
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
Two viewers with Picassoesque facial features in an art gallery critically examine the portrait of a viewer.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3442)
Muppets / Celebrity Ernie and Aaron Neville sing "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon."
(First: Episode 3242)
Cartoon A song about words that end with "OW."
Artist: Joey Ahlbum
(First: Episode 3510)
SCENE 6 Back at home, the family decides to continue their pretending game from where they left off. Big Bird doesn't think Maria should pretend to be a cow driving a car again, thinking it may make her sick again. Instead, she pretends to be a cow driving a truck. They all join in as Dr. Coleburn announces the sponsors.

Guest cast


  • Earleen Cooper as Admissions Nurse
  • Shaun Brown as Orderly
  • E. P. Knight as Nurse
  • Florence Kastriner as Nurse
  • Guissepe D'Aponte as EMS
  • Kids: Dara Mendeloff, Kaitlin Lau, Una A. Osato, Michi Osato, Laura Bermudez, Alice Tai, Amy Tai
  • Hospital Extras: Louis DeLuca, Wai Ching Ho, Peter Linz (as EMT), Ruth Luwisch, Rachel Perroli, Arlene Sherman, David Walters, Ben Wang

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