Sesame Street
Plot The Tree Who Wanted to Leave the Park
repeat of 3272
Air date January 20, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors O, X, 9
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Picture Segment Description
COLD OPEN An announcer (Martin P. Robinson) introduces today's production of The Tree Who Wanted to Leave the Park. He recites the cast list and tells the viewer to stay tuned after the theme song.

SCENE 1 Narrator Maria begins the story, where a king (Gordon) and his son (Telly) hear sobbing over by the subway. They find it's a tree (Bob), who intends to leave the park, board the subway and never return. He explains that nobody cares about him in the springtime, thus has no need to be around.
SCENE 1 cont'd Just then, a "little bird" (Big Bird) comes by looking for the tree, since that's where his nest is. The tree sees that the birds love him, but still wants to leave. He requests a drink from the royals and will reveal why he can't stay afterward. The announcer throws to a brief break...
Cartoon In the forest, a small tree feels insignificant, until a mother bird gives him a pep talk.
(EKA: Episode 1931)
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "Eating Cookie" -- there's another reason every season.
(First: Episode 3467)
Title 01 39 0001
Film Fay Ray climbs over a box.
(First: Episode 2620)
Cartoon A woman sings the "O" sound in a brief opera.
(First: Episode 3323)
Animation Planting Letters: O
(First: Episode 3010)
Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
(First: Episode 2905)
Film Three girls clap rhythms while naming vegetables.
(First: Episode 3051)
Cartoon Kids sing about the joys of celery.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2976)
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 2 Narrator Maria continues the story, as the king and prince provide the tree with a drink. The nobles don't understand why he's still sobbing; they've given him a reason to stay in the park. The tree adds summer, claiming nobody needs him amongst the fun of swimming and playing ball. Just then, a farmer (Maria, as well) and her daughter (Tarah) wish to cool off and find the tree's shade perfect for having a picnic under. The tree sees he has more value than he thought, but still feels like crying and requests another drink. The announcer declares the story will resume shortly...
Song Kevin Clash sings "Skin."
(First: Episode 2749)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (man laying on the beach)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0309)
Muppets At the beach, the Twiddlebugs notice that only Thomas has a beach umbrella, which they decide to share. They soon notice that they have no idea where the ocean is.
(First: Episode 2641)
Animation Characters on a quilt form the letter O.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3375)
Muppets "Would You Like to Buy an O?"
(First: Episode 0364)
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
SCENE 3 As the story continues, the tree finishes another bucket of water and gives another reason for leaving: the autumn. All his leaves fall off and nobody wants to be around a bare tree. The Count and some of his friends arrive and start counting the many leaves on the ground. The tree realizes his usefulness in the fall and is ready to reveal the ultimate reason for his departure. The prince wants to wait until after lunch, however.

Film A boy narrates a film of what happens when it changes from fall to winter.
(EKA: Episode 2459)
Cartoon Clown Honking #9
(First: Episode 3219)
Animation Rubber Stamp #9
(First: Episode 2876)
Cartoon 9 Ants
Owe Gustafson
(First: Episode 1485)
Muppets Colambo visits Tom the Piper's Son and asks him questions concerning a stolen pig.
(First: Episode 3112)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Bein' a Pig."
(First: Episode 2356)
Cartoon Ball-dribbling characters count the feet on a wall ruler.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3227)
Muppets Elmo explains the importance of sleep, but the audience won't stop applauding and let him sleep afterwards.
(First: Episode 2985)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Sleeps" (re-filmed version)
(First: Episode 3026)
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Cast Savion sings the “Rhyming Tap Rap."
(First: Episode 3355)
Cartoon A girl recites a poem about her first loose tooth.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3319)
Song "Take Care of That Smile"
(First: Episode 2745)
Animation A group of 19th-century sportsmen have fun with an X ball, which falls out of the painting. (Martin P. Robinson voiceover)
(First: Episode 3506)
Muppets Harvey Kneeslapper: X Marks the Spot!
(First: Episode 0456)
Film Ornate Xs spin around in accompaniment to a song.
(First: Episode 2929)
Muppets Super Grover: A fat blue girl loses her wind-blown hat in a tree, but she can't cross the street to get it. Super Grover comes to the rescue, and tries to call the cap back. The girl realizes that she needs a grown-up to cross the street, and with her Aunt Edna she gets her hat back. (new music added)
(First: Episode 3133)
Cartoon Don't cross the street alone.
(EKA: Episode 2179)
Muppets / Celebrity Kadeem Hardison says the alphabet with Natasha.
(First: Episode 2787)
Isadora's sneakers
Animation Isadora's sneakers describe all the fun they've had this past year, as the seasons change.
(First: Episode 2758)

SCENE 4 As the story resumes for the final chapter, the king and prince witness as the tree sheds into his winter attire. The little bird, farmer's daughter and the Count all see nothing worth doing with the tree, which is what makes the tree so sad. Suddenly, a snowflake (Alice) falls from the sky and "hugs" him, followed by others. Everyone recognizes how beautiful he looks covered in show and the tree decides to stay in the park forever!
SCENE 4 cont'd Everyone celebrates their happy ending and the announcer recites the sponsors.

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