Sesame Street
Ruthie's "P" Sale
Air date December 3, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Annie Evans
Sponsors P, 18
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly plays with a peanut truck, a favorite toy of his belonging to Finders Keepers. He witnesses Prairie Dawn and Ruthie setting up for a "P Sale," where all P-word items will be sold for just one penny. Prairie believes she will make a fine salesperson, since her name begins with P.
SCENE 1 cont'd Telly realizes that the peanut truck starts with P and worries it'll be bought by someone else during the sale.
Film The letter P dances at the beach.
Muppets Sesame Street News Flash: Kermit goes to Peter Piper's Pickled Peppers Patch to interview Peter Piper, but he only gets to meet other members of his family, whose names all begin with a common letter. At the end, Peter Piper's cousin states that Peter Piper is in Portland pressing pants.
(First: Episode 1342)
Animation Dancing pepper pattern - which one is missing?
(First: Episode 3079)
Song "Some Things Are Little, Some Things Are Big"
SCENE 2 Telly wonders how to keep the truck safe. He doesn't have a penny to buy it (or even pockets), so he hides it under a blanket. Prairie, put in charge of the outside table, inspects the items. She sees the blanket and has it removed, since it doesn't start with P.
Song Kevin Clash sings "The Pasta Song."
(First: Episode 3137)
Animation Can you find the birds in this picture?
(First: Episode 3514)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings about his moral dilemma of eating his "Gingerbread Man."
(First: Episode 3213)
Cartoon "Alphabet Imagination": A female voice quickly recites the alphabet followed by a male voice narrating each letter in a series of psychedelic vignettes.
(First: Episode 0345)
Song "Litter Rap"
(First: Episode 2646)
Muppets / Celebrity Count von Count and his team of coaches count how many times David Robinson can dribble the basketball.
(First: Episode 3472)
Cartoon A chicken sings "It Ain't Heavy, It's My Feather."
(First: Episode 2979)
Muppets After fighting with each other, the Two-Headed Monster reads the word "Love" and forgets their feud.
(First: Episode 1282)
Film A girl learns how to rollerblade.
(First: Episode 3270)
Cartoon The Bellhop is told that somebody at table 18 has a phone call, and after he struggles to get to the table, he is told to take a message.
(First: Episode 2549)
Animation Growing Numbers #18
(First: Episode 2933)
Cartoon Number creatures 18
(First: Episode 2668)
SCENE 3 Telly has now covered up the truck with the other items, creating a pile. Prairie believes it won't help customers find items easily and has him spread them out again.
Film Some kids talk about a garden they have in the middle of the city.
(First: Episode 2889)
Cartoon Edgar Turtle sings "Hey Diddle Diddle."
Animation by Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 2404)
Muppets Big Bird and Zoe play a "same and different" game.
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Song "It's the Shpritzer Honker Splasher Sprinkler Tweeter Squirt," the wettest musical instrument.
(First: Episode 3408)
Cartoon The word AGUA is shown, followed by a river.
(First: Episode 3280)
Cartoon A British man narrates how chewing gum is made in Guatemala.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2830)

SCENE 4 Ruthie wonders why no one has come to the sale yet. Telly hopes this means she'll call it off, but Prairie proposes they perform a pageant. Ruthie doesn't think they have the time, but instead goes for Prairie's suggestion to perform a song. The song works, as customers flock to the store.
Animation The letter P appears in words on buildings.
(First: Episode 3329)
Cartoon Peter Panda, the potter, makes a pyramid, a pear and a pot for his plant.
Song Joe Raposo sings "Peanut Butter." (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 1966)
Cartoon A purple elephant tries to get 10 peanuts in his trunk at once, but can't, so he smushes them into peanut butter instead.
(First: Episode 2987)
Muppets "The Elephant Elevator Operator"
(First: Episode 3067)
Animation The word ELEVATOR gets on one.
(First: Episode 3372)

SCENE 5 Every item has been purchased, except for the peanut truck (to Telly's delight). Ruthie rewards Prairie for her work by paying her a penny. Prairie uses it to buy the peanut truck, so that every single item will have been bought. Telly breaks down, explaining his feelings about the truck and not wanting it to be sold. Prairie recognizes all the help he's been today and gives him the truck as a present. Prairie then points out the sponsors, then follows Ruthie and Telly to a P Sale party at Hooper's Store.
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