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Sesame Street
The Princess and the Golden Goose
Air date February 7, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Sonia Manzano
Directed by Emily Squires
Sponsors K, 11
This episode guide has been compiled from script materials provided by a trusted source.


Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 A king tells his daughter a joke, but she doesn't find it funny. Maria, Luis, Carlo and Big Bird happen by and wonder what's going on. The king explains he needs to laugh to break the sorceress' spell, though Carlo recommends he start his story further back. The king proceeds...
SCENE 1 cont'd Once upon a time (about an hour ago), a sorceress visited his kingdom with a golden goose. The citizens couldn't resist touching it. As it turns out, the sorceress has cast a spell on the goose, causing the citizens to become stuck to it and each other and allowing her to control the kingdom. The only way to break the spell is if the princess can laugh, which the citizens recognize is a futile effort.
SCENE 1 cont'd Back on the street, the king finishes his story, when the sorceress shows up. She casts a spell on Big Bird, causing the grown-ups to get stuck to him and each other. Unless the spell is broken, the sorceress will take over Sesame Street too!
Cartoon "The Room Is Full of Chickens"
(First: Episode 2971)
Muppets Cookie Monster does something unexpected by not eating a plate of cookies. Once the audience understands surprise, he then reverts to form and eats the cookies.
(First: Episode 3528)
Film Milo Counting: 11
Pinball 11.jpg
Cartoon Pinball Number Count #11
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0988)
Cartoon Henson: Eleven Cheer
(First: Episode 0273)
Song "Elbows and Knees"
(First: Episode 2641)
Cartoon A boy is drawn, but he doesn't have knees at first.
(First: Episode 0954)
SCENE 2 Big Bird suggests the king and princess go find a joke book at the library. While they do so, the grown-ups realize they have work to do and can't while they're all stuck. Big Bird proposes they cooperate and help out in both Hooper's Store and the Fix-It Shop. They shuffle between stores trying to answer the phones, until Luis points out they should just close both shops and get the princess to laugh themselves.
Animation Teeny Little Super Guy: Two boys are fighting over a swing, so Teeny Little Superguy shows them how to share.
Artist: Paul Fierlinger
(First: Episode 1967)
Cartoon "How I Got the Hives," a true story by Corky Pumpkin.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3353)
Film Bethany visits the doctor.
Muppets The Oinker Sisters sing "The Boogie-Woogie Piggies."
(First: Episode 2922)
Animation Dancing pepper pattern - which one is missing?
(First: Episode 3079)
Insert Celina teaches Barkley how to dance.
(First: Episode 3444)
Film How to say "turtle" in sign language
(First: Episode 3339)
Cartoon A man illustrates 'between' in various situations throughout his work day.
(First: Episode 0779)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)
Film The letter K dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3554)
Animation Pencil box K/k
(First: Episode 2876)
Film Girls dance and chant about K.
(First: Episode 3012)
Muppets / Celebrity "Two Princes"
(First: Episode 3450)
Cartoon A girl has trouble closing her suitcase after she's packed it, but has help from her four-legged friend.
(First: Episode 1469)
SCENE 3 The princess isn't amused by any of the joke book's material. The gang arrives, dressed in funny nose glasses, and make silly faces, but the princess still doesn't laugh. Big Bird leads them in a silly, counting conga song, which still doesn't work.
Song "Conga Counting Song"
(First: Episode 2778)
Animation Two giddy female scribbles introduce themselves to a bar code, who can only beep. They recognize him from the supermarket.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 2981)
Muppets Grover tries to ignore three monsters who look big and scary to him. When they notice him carrying a flute, they grab his attention and ask -- in what appears to be a threatening way -- if Grover wants to play. The three monsters pull out a clarinet, an oboe and a bassoon and begin to play, urging Grover to join in.
(First: Episode 1412)
Film At the harbor, kids learn about dolphins, and how to communicate with them using signals.
(First: Episode 3010)
Cartoon Leanna Williams explains why she loves her brother’s shoes - she has fun with the box they came in.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2985)

SCENE 4 The gang continues to conga, even though it doesn't seem to work. Big Bird finally asks the princess about the happiness in her life. She's glad she has so many things to be happy about, which makes her think of some humorous situations from the past week. She starts laughing, breaking the spell. The king takes her back to the kingdom to break the spell there, when the sorceress appears, sobbing her plan failed.
Cartoon The story of Tommy LaPlaid, the painter so sad until he discovered the joys of kicking his paints on the canvas.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3208)
Muppets Ernie is tossing and turning in bed. He sings to the viewers how he feels "When Bert's Not Here."
(First: Episode 2208)
Film William Wegman's Weimaraner is a king.
(First: Episode 3570)
Film A big K emerges, "Jaws"-like, in a swimming pool.
(First: Episode 3326)
Cartoon K for kangaroo
(First: Episode 2498)
Cartoon Anansi the Spider tells the story of a sad mouse.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(First: Episode 3367)

SCENE 5 Big Bird tries reforming the sorceress and show her she can be happy using her magic for other things, like making the sponsors appear. This doesn't seem to make her happy, so Big Bird continues to find the root of her problems.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Kathleen the Cow is in love with Telly.


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