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Stinky's disgusting flower
Air date December 4, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Christine Ferraro
Sponsors Y, 12
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly, Celina and Gabi place Stinky the Stinkweed on a wall in the park, as per his request. He claims he needs to be far away from anyone, including the three of them, whom he orders to move farther and farther away. He clues them into why, using the letter Y: today, he'll be growing an annual yellow flower, that he thinks is yucky and "you won't like it." He adds this particular flower is very smelly. His friends insist on standing by him in this troubled time and move forward, despite his cries of protest.
Animation Pencil box Y / y
(First: Episode 3043)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter Y.
(First: Episode 3323)
Cartoon A boy can yell and yodel, and his dog can yelp and yowl. They can both yawn.
(First: Episode 0353)
Song Leon Redbone sings "Have You Ever."
(First: Episode 3274)
Cartoon Bud the Bird flies above and below in a bumper car.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 2901)
Song 14 Karat Soul sings about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
Animation African quilt pattern #2
(First: Episode 3134)
Muppets Ernie plays Old King Cole and calls for his pipe and bowl. When he calls for his fiddlers three, they each appear one at a time allowing Ernie to practice his addition.
(First: Episode 1951)
Animation Jerry Nelson sings "Two Pretty Flowers."
(First: Episode 3151)
SCENE 2 The trio assures Stinky they'll stand by him no matter what. They move in close as they sing about being "Near to You."
SCENE 2 cont'd Stinky is touched, when he feels his flower about to grow. It sprouts from his head and everyone is immediately repulsed by its smell. They leave, with Telly promising they'll be back.
Cartoon A girl notices some footprints near and far to her. They belong to a giant purple bird.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3134)
Film Kids demonstrate near and far with soccer balls.
Cartoon Mary doesn't like the letter Y at first, but eventually finds it useful, especially for her name.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3347)
Muppets Old West: Sinister Sam announces that someone has bought the last box of crayons, and he wants to know why. It turns out that he just wants a crayon so he can learn how to write the letter Y.
(First: Episode 1288)
Animation Planet Y / y
(First: Episode 2859)
Song Everyone has the same feelings, "No Matter What." Kids of all types play with a huge beach ball.
(First: Episode 2782)
Cartoon The Magnificent Splasho goes from the top of the ladder to the bottom of the water tank.
(First: Episode 0655)
Film A group of people form a human pyramid to illustrate top and bottom.
(First: Episode 3144)

SCENE 3 Stinky's smell causes the people and animals of the park to flee, when his friends return. They've placed clothespins over their noses, so they won't be able to smell. Stinky sees this as being a burden and decides to move somewhere far away and secluded, having already contacted the Smelly Plant Removal Service. Their hazmat-dressed representative (Bill Irwin) arrives to take him away, but his friends insist on keeping him there and run off to prove how much they love it.
Cartoon A cartoon man (voiced by Bob Arbogast) is irritated to find that he has a succession of animal noses. (new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0769)
Muppets Ernie and Elmo sing about the parts that make up "One Fine Face."
(First: Episode 2220)
Cartoon A girl dances with a tiger.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3387)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Dressed Up."
(First: Episode 0302)
Muppets Muppet & Kid Moment β€” Herry asks John-John if he knows the difference between up and down.
(First: Episode 0565)
Animation Two frogs demonstrate up and down.
(First: Episode 3225)
Song "Frog Kick"
(First: Episode 2155)

SCENE 4 The people and animals have the park have clothespinned their noses as well, when the trio returns with a whole slew of Stinky's friends (including Maria, Luis, Bob, Carlo, Baby Bear, Zoe and Rosita). They perform a big musical number, assuring him "We Love You With Our Hearts" (not with their noses). Stinky feels he must leave, as everyone will want to be away from him once they have to remove their clothespins. They assure him that won't happen and formulate a new plan.
Cartoon AMOR, amor, amor ... amoramor ... amoramor
(First: Episode 2116)
Muppets Cookie Monster introduces the word "AMOR".
(First: Episode 0601)
Celebrity Ray Charles sings the Alphabet Song.
Film "SCHOOL!" (high speed footage)
(First: Episode 3278)

Muppets A series of trailers for school-related dramas are shown on WCTW's "School in the Afternoon" block.
(First: Episode 2223)
Cartoon A boy has a dream in which he floats in Outer Space between things.
(First: Episode 3093)
Pinball 12.jpg
Cartoon "Pinball Number Count" (#12)
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0985)
Cartoon A supermarket worker stacks 12 cans, which keep collapsing every time someone grabs one.
(First: Episode 0782)
Song "Counting Alarm Clock"
(First: Episode 3090)
Film A park ranger speaks to a group of kids about trees and the fruits that come from them. Then all the kids hug a tree.
(First: Episode 2891)
SCENE 5 Stinky makes small talk with the Smelly Plant Removal man, when his friends return to execute their plan: on the count of 12, they all remove their clothespins and refuse to move away from Stinky, despite the smell. Stinky sees they truly love him and decides to stay on Sesame Street.

SCENE 5 cont'd Oscar then passes by and becomes attracted to the horrid aroma. The Smelly Plant Removal man simply plucks the flower from Stinky's head and gives it to Oscar, who plans on giving it to Grundgetta. Stinky is no longer smelly and everyone celebrates. Celina then announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Baby Bear discusses with Telly on inviting Goldilocks to his birthday party.


  • In Episode 3811, Stinky recalls the events that happened after this episode: after finding that grouches love smelly things, he authorized the use of his scent for "Bubble Blecch," a grouch shampoo.

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