Sesame Street
The Jack in the Box
Air date January 6, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors O, 19


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Baby Bear and Zoe study a strange box outside Finders Keepers. Baby Bear believes it's a toy, but Zoe asserts it's a mere box. Ruthie tells them they're both right: it's a Jack-in-the-Box. She demonstrates how it works and they request she play it over and over, until she must return to work.
SCENE 1 cont'd Suddenly, they witness a large, letter O rolling past and decide to follow it.
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Cast Big Bird winds up Linda, who displays the word TOY.
(First: Episode 2908)
Animation The word TOY is displayed, followed by a wind-up drum-playing panda.
(First: Episode 3067)
Muppets A diva sings the Alphabet Song while the stagehand instructs the gaffers to raise and lower the alphabet sign, but the diva thinks he's asking her to alter her singing voice.
(First: Episode 2964)
Film Fireworks Alphabet
(First: Episode 1104)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSamantha shows Grover how to play "Duck Duck Goose."
Film At a zoo, monkeys clean each other and run around.
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 2505)
Cartoon A lady receives a letter O in the mail, which promptly rolls around her living room.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3348)
SCENE 2 The O makes its way to Oscar's trash can and hovers above it. Oscar believes it's because his name begins with O, but Zoe and Baby Bear think it led them to the can so they can all play together. They beg Oscar to play a game and he devises one: they must find a way to get him to come out from his can. Baby Bear has an idea.
Cartoon Soul O
(First: Episode 3375)
Film Children dance to different rhythms from around the world.
(First: Episode 2499)
Two viewers with Picassoesque facial features in an art gallery critically examine the portrait of a viewer.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3442)
Muppets Elmo is sleeping over at Telly’s However Elmo can't sleep due to Telly's snoring. Elmo turn on the radio, so he can't hear Telly snoring, however the music is so loud that they can't sleep. Telly then tries to put his hand over his mouth and nose, however that don't work since he can't breath. Elmo then asks for some earmuffs, that worked. However now Telly can't sleep, because Elmo snores, luckily Telly has another pair of earmuffs.
(First: Episode 3487)
Song "One of These Things" (with Wegman's dogs and a poodle)
(First: Episode 3114)
Animation Gayle the Mer-Monster shows Doug the Monster how to come in and out of the water.
Film Kids walk IN and OUT of a school.
SCENE 3 Baby Bear describes his plan to Zoe: they'll attach a large crank to Oscar's can, much like the Jack-in-the-Box, which will send him flying out once they turn it.
Cartoon The word OPEN is spelled out in jack-in-the-boxes.
Muppets Farley takes his pet "To the Vet" as he sings about it.
Film What sound does a cat make?
(First: Episode 3414)
Cartoon A Zerkel named Dan demonstrates -an words.
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3515)
Film A class goes on a field trip to Prospect Park, where Ranger Roseanne gives them a tour.
(First: Episode 2944)
Animation Number creatures #19
(First: Episode 2718)
Cartoon Rap #19
(First: Episode 2560)
Animation Abstract count to 19
(First: Episode 2827)
SCENE 4 The crank is installed and Baby Bear turns in with increasing speed, but nothing happens. He theorizes they need the music to go along with it and they return to Ruthie.
Song 14 Karat Soul sing about what's "Down Below the Street."
(First: Episode 2556)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie plays house while Bert tries to guess who he's pretending to be.
(First: Episode 3529)
Cartoon Suzie Kabloozie sings about the things she can imagine herself doing "In My Head."
(First: Episode 3526)
Film Kids talk about how many things they can do now that they're five years old.
(First: Episode 1403)
Muppets "Forty Blocks From My Home"
(First: Episode 2614)
Cartoon A man counts 40 stars at night.
(First: Episode 2243)
SCENE 5 Ruthie helps them remember the song by singing it to them over and over.
Cartoon O for orange
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 0673)
Muppets Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Aklahoma!", "Eeklahoma!", and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
(First: Episode 2544)
Cartoon An O rolls over and over a horse. The horse eats the O.
Artist: John Paratore
(First: Episode 0173)
Film A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is famous Ringing Bros. clown David Larible. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
(First: Episode 3529)

SCENE 6 Baby Bear and Zoe sing "Pop Goes the Weasel" as they turn the crank, which still doesn't work. They argue over it, which brings Oscar out to listen. They realize they've won the game and leave happily, making Oscar angry. Ruthie announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Kingston Livingston III introduces his "Crew 4" with a hip-hop song.

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