Sesame Street
Betty Lou's dolly story
Air date November 29, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Luis Santiero
Directed by Ted May
Sponsors X, 1
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Betty Lou has written a story ("Dolly Dearest"), which will be acted out by the residents of the street. The story begins with Big Bird as "a large, yellow bird," who discovers a long-forgotten doll at the bottom of his toy box. The doll is supposed to talk at the press of its button, but it doesn't seem to work. He assumes it's broken and prepares to throw it back in the box.
SCENE 1 cont'd Before he can, a "fluffy, friendly monster" (Rosita) happens by. The doll reminds her of one she used to own and makes conversation with it, somehow enabling it to talk (in Spanish no less). Unfortunately, the bird isn't able to replicate her success; the doll won't talk when he pushes the button. Stay tuned for more...
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SCENE 2 As the story continues, the bird still can't get the doll to talk, even when trying to communicate in Spanish. Suddenly, a "grouchy lady" (Grundgetta) appears and is very interested in playing with a broken doll. The doll starts talking again, speaking in a very Grouchy manner. The grouchy lady is mad at the bird for lying about the doll being broken and storms off. But, the bird still can't get the doll to talk for him.
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SCENE 3 In the next chapter, the bird is ready to dispose of the doll yet again, when a "counting person" arrives. He gives a try talking to the doll, who assists him in counting to 40. The bird wonders why the doll won't talk to him.
Cartoon Counting 40 pigs
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Cartoon The letter X appears on-screen.
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SCENE 4 The story goes on, where the bird meets the Doll Doctor (Gordon), who is able to get the doll to cough and say "ahhh." He deduces the doll is angry with the bird. Big Bird asks Betty Lou why, but she leaves it on a cliffhanger and introduces another break...
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SCENE 5 As the story concludes, the Doll Doctor explains that the doll is angry at the bird for leaving her in the toy box for so long. The bird makes things right by apologizing, which suddenly allows the doll to talk back to him and they start a game of hide-and-seek. The cast gathers to congratulate Betty Lou on her story, as Grundgetta announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Big Bird and Baby Bear sing their "B-B Club" song.

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