Sesame Street
Elmo wants to show Maria his wiggle
Air date December 31, 1996
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Mo Willems
Sponsors R, 14
Releases HBO Max


Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN Elmo shows off a silly wiggle he can do and wants to show it to Maria.

SCENE 1 Elmo makes his way to the Fix-It Shop, but Maria is currently too busy to see his wiggle and will look at it when she's done fixing a toaster. Elmo does his wiggle 14 times to pass the time and is surprised to see she's still working. He does it 14 more times, with the same result. Zoe rushes in with a letter R she just drew, which Maria is able to compliment. Elmo thinks that will get Maria's attention and runs off.
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SCENE 2 Elmo returns with his own R drawing and Maria stops working to discuss the letter. Just as Elmo is about to show off his wiggle, another customer (performed by John Kennedy) distracts her with a broken toaster. Her attention then returns to Elmo, but she must tend to her ringing phone.
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SCENE 3 Elmo poses as "Customer Elmo" and brings a toaster to be fixed. He tries to show off his wiggle, but Maria becomes too occupied inspecting his toaster for damage. Her phone goes off again, preventing Elmo's demonstration once more.
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SCENE 4 Elmo thinks he can show Maria how angry his is, which will prompt her to ask why and he can finally show off his wiggle. Maria exits the shop and asks what Elmo has been wanting to show her. He does an angry wiggle instead and she then goes back to tend to her ringing phone.
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SCENE 5 Maria finds Elmo sobbing outside, where Elmo explains his situation. Maria cheers him up and coaxes him into doing his silly wiggle thing. Maria is impressed and Zoe announces the sponsors.
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