Sesame Street
Elmo is sad
Air date February 11, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors E, 13
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Telly tries out a new knock-knock joke on Miles, who agrees it's very funny. Elmo walks by, his head hung low, and Telly tries telling him the joke. Elmo proves to be unresponsive and walks off, leaving Telly confused; Elmo always laughs at his jokes.
Cartoon A troll draws different faces on herself in front of a mirror. (new music added)
(First: Episode 0800)
Song "Happy Happiness," against footage of kids playing at a beach.
(First: Episode 3320)
It's the ocean
Cartoon Cap'n Feenie asks, "What is it?" It's the ocean.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2710)
Muppets Harry Belafonte and The Count sing "Coconut Counting Man."
(First: Episode 1692)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
Letter E
Animation E / e (elephant / jazzy trumpet)
(First: Episode 2222)
Film Wegman's dogs form a letter E.
(First: Episode 3267)
SCENE 2 Telly tells Miles what just happened and explains his plan to get Elmo to laugh: by tickling him (which he does on Miles through song). Telly tickles Elmo, who still doesn't laugh and leaves.
Animation Cecille sings "Brushin' Down the Doggies."
(First: Episode 2862)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentGrover and Chris play the Tickle-Stop game.
(First: Episode 1300)
Video Ann Marie DeAngelo and Skeeter Rabbit do their dance routine. The frame freezes whenever the word STOP comes on.
(First: Episode 2600)
Cartoon A caterpillar sings "Exercise, Exercise."
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2839)
Muppets One of the members of Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dances with a girl to the song "Hotter Than That."
Part 1
(First: Episode 3566)
Film A karate team punches out the alphabet.
(First: Episode 3421)
Muppets One of the members of Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dances with a girl to the song "Hotter Than That."
Part 2
(First: Episode 3566)
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Ornate E's
Song Ornate E's go easing by to a song.
(First: Episode 2937)
Animation Planet E / e
(First: Episode 2840)

SCENE 3 Following Miles' advice, Telly asks Elmo what's making him so sad today. Elmo explains he woke up this morning and discovered his pet goldfish, Bubbles, was dead. Miles recalls when his pet turtle died and that crying made him feel better. Elmo has himself a good cry until he doesn't feel like crying anymore, but still doesn't feel like laughing. He goes off to mourn, while Telly gets an idea to perk Elmo up.
Song "It's All Right to Cry"
(First: Episode 3154)
Cartoon A girl narrates a poem about the sad time when her goldfish died.
Artist: Bruce Cayard
(First: Episode 1378)
Muppets Ernie & BertErnie wants to go outside and play catch, but Bert gets him interested in watching his goldfish.
(First: Episode 1422)
Cartoon A white boy hangs out with his Latino friend.
(First: Episode 1471)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
In Arizona, Big Bird sees how kids help charros put on a rodeo, and rides a horse.
(First: Episode 3049)
Cartoon The word SALIDA exits through a white square.
(First: Episode 0718)
SCENE 4 Telly and Miles have gotten a gift for Elmo and make him guess what it is. It turns out to be a new goldfish (complete with a bowl), which makes Elmo happier, even if he still misses Bubbles.
Animation Luxo Sr. examines a box. Luxo Jr. pops out of the box, demonstrating "surprise."
(First: Episode 2851)
Cookie love
Muppets Cookie Monster sings "You Made Me Love You."
(First: Episode 3456)
Cartoon A cat desperately tries to open a can of cat food by himself while his mistress is on the phone.
Artist: Dan Haskett
(First: Episode 2151)
Film A girl narrates a film of herself taking the bus home with her dad. They play a game where she points to things and identifies them.
(First: Episode 3302)
Animation Colored tools build a house out of colored rectangles, squares and triangles.
(First: Episode 3263)
Insert At the Furry Arms, Ernestine the Telephone Operator and Natasha call from a guest requesting a ham sandwich. Ernestine points out they have the wrong number; they need to call extension #13, which she offers to transfer them to. Instead, she plugs them into her own extension and claims to be room service.
(First: Episode 3395)
Cartoon A mouse riding an armadillo sings a song about 13, his lucky number.
(First: Episode 2828)
Film Milo Counting #13
(First: Episode 3553)
Cartoon Spike's Scribble Theatre Presents: "Island"
(First: Episode 2673)
Film A boy in Jamaica goes to school and attends drum class.
(First: Episode 3145)
Cartoon Name That Sound: identify animal sounds.
Muppets Kingston Livingston III sings "A Cat Had a Birthday."
(First: Episode 3331)
Cartoon I am dry, they are wet (Umbrella)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(First: Episode 0344)
SCENE 5 Elmo decides to name the new fish "Miles-Telly" and asks Telly to retell his joke, which Elmo now finds hysterical. Miles announces the sponsors.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Gordon and Bob give Barkley a toy to get him to stop barking.

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