Sesame Street
Plot The letter Z wants to quit the alphabet
repeat of 3358
Air date March 5, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Sponsors N, Z, 4


Picture Segment Description


COLD OPEN Telly Monster is on the Spot and he is covering an alphabet problem. The letter Z wants to be the first letter of the alphabet, believe it or not, because Z is tired of being the last letter of the alphabet. The letter A asks the letter Z to go back to the end of the alphabet. The letter Z wants to be the first letter of the alphabet, if it's the last thing he'll do.

SCENE 1 The letter Z is still complaining about being first, since A is always first. Maria and two kids come out of Hooper's Store, since they heard the news about the alphabet. The letter A asks the kids to sing the alphabet to show that Z is last and A is first. Z says that it's the first letter of the alphabet and Telly asks Maria if that is possible. A likes being first and doesn't want to change. Z starts to cry. Maria reminds the letter Z that you can be first at something else, words. But apparently, the letter Z is quitting the alphabet.
Film Kids sing the alphabet on an island.
(First: Episode 3154)
Cartoon A photographer shows off his first picture of cows, his next picture of ducks, and his last picture of a pig.
(EKA: Episode 1245)
Animation N / n paper fold
(First: Episode 3114)
Film Jaws spoof with the letter N.
(First: Episode 3333)
Cartoon The Typewriter: N-nose
(First: Episode 0793)

Film A girl goes to school somewhere in Africa. We see the girl getting ready to go to school, as she washes herself and brushes her teeth, puts on her clothes, brushes her hair, and takes her lunch, all with some help from her mother. We see her walking past her neighbors and watching her classmates play outside as she arrives at school. The bell rings and the girl enters the school, where the teacher is passing out chalk to her students. We see the teacher teaching the students the English words: "a boy", "a girl", "a man", "a woman," which she has written on the board, along with a drawing for each word. The students repeat the words, then write them down on their individual chalkboards as we hear the girl remark, "We are learning to read and write." The students then jump up and down, as the teacher looks on, smiling. Next, we see the students jumping outside excitedly, now that school has finished.
(First: Episode 2658)
Cartoon A little boy asks his big brother questions about what happens at school.
Artist: John Korty
(EKA: Episode 1930)
Muppets All types of wild animals that lay eggs sing "Let's Lay an Egg."
(First: Episode 3060)
Animation The word EGGS is shown, followed by eggs frying in a skillet.
(First: Episode 3045)


SCENE 2 Telly is in Hooper's Store with the letter Z and Mr. Handford. Telly tells the letter Z that it has to come back, even though it won't be first and Z denies the offer. Besides, Z wants to be the first letter in words, like eggs. Mr. Handford says that E is the first letter in eggs and Z can't be the first letter in it. The letter Z puts itself in front of the E and makes the word zeggs. A Fat Blue lady comes and asks for zeggs and says that she doesn't mean eggs because the sign says zeggs, but Hooper's doesn't have zeggs and goes off to the zupermarket and the letter Z runs off to try to catch up with her.
Animation Z / z Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3332)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster and Lexine identify a letter Z.
(First: Episode 3296)
Cartoon Z In Space
(EKA: Episode 0872)
Muppets The Martians are a "Yip Yip Family."
(First: Episode 2724)
Cartoon "Family Dance"
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3487)
Cartoon A boy narrates a poem about how he met Eleanor, the monster under his bed.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2773)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance to Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" with some ribbon twirlers.
Part 1
(First: Episode 3542)
Cartoon Slot-machine legs: Cowboy & horse
(EKA: Episode 2073)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance to Aaron Copland's "Hoedown" with some kids.
Part 2
(First: Episode 3542)
Cartoon A real Indian boy tells two boys who are playing Cowboy and Indian that Indians don't say "ugh", despite what the other boys had heard on TV.
(First: Episode 0771)
Muppets "Big Bird Doesn't Fly"
(First: Episode 3249)
Cartoon A baby bird tries and tries again to fly from its nest.
Artist: Irra Verbitsky
(EKA: Episode 1858)
Film A girl narrates a film of helping her dad, a pilot, fly a small plane. They fly through New York City, past the World Trade Center and the Statue of Liberty.
(First: Episode 3431)
Cartoon I thought a thought ... about circles.
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 2500)
Muppets / Celebrity "I Don't Want to Live on the Moon" with Ernie and Aaron Neville
(First: Episode 3242)
Cartoon Sarah Wenkel reads a poem about a bug.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3518)
SCENE 3 Telly is with the two girls from before and the letter Z, who made it's own alphabet. There are no other letters except Z in that alphabet. The girls, Telly and the letter Z sing it together the second time. Z is feeling sad though because it misses its friends, the alphabet. Z feels lonely, because it is the only letter in it's alphabet. Telly asks it to return to the regular alphabet. Even though Z won't be first, Z would be with its friends. Z runs off to see if it get be a part of the alphabet again.
Cartoon Two alpine climbers hike up a letter Z and stake a claim on it.
(EKA: Episode 1038)
Muppets Over the Top, a ZZ Top-like band, sings "ZZ Blues".
(First: Episode 2317)
Cartoon Z for Zebu (new music added)
Artist: Bud Luckey
(EKA: Episode 1210)
Song "When You Grow Up"
(First: Episode 2912)
Muppets Grover applies to be a lifeguard, demonstrating to the employer that he has what it takes. He soon learns that there's only one thing he needs: swimming lessons.
(EKA: Episode 2509)
Esmae's doll
Cartoon Esme's wooden clown breaks, and she is about to throw it away, when it suggests she use glue to fix it.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(EKA: Episode 2843)
Insert Bob asks Zoe if she wants to go to an interesting place, just Around the Corner. Bob sings a song about it.
(First: Episode 3262)

Film Lamont, who lives in the city, visits his friend Adrian, who lives in the country. Together they ride bikes, swim, and have dinner with Adrian's family.
(First: Episode 2800)
Cartoon An ant is pressured by his peers to finish the anthill all by himself, until he enlists the cooperation of the others.
(EKA: Episode 2173)
Film The McDoubles (Batty and Crooky) count to 10 on their fingers.
(First: Episode 3224)
Muppets Elmo sings "In Your Imagination." (new overdubs added)
(First: Episode 3119)
Animation Four butterflies fly across a film of a waterfall.
(First: Episode 2834)
Cartoon The Ringmaster presents four lions. (new sound effects added)
(EKA: Episode 1448)
Film Four kids dance in a colorblock grid.
(First: Episode 3149)
Cartoon A magician writes in his diary about the many mishaps during his performance. (new sound effects added)
(EKA: Episode 2449)

SCENE 4 The two girls sing the alphabet. Telly tells everyone that the letter Z is back in the alphabet. The letter Z doesn't mind not being first because it is first in lots of words. The Z tells Telly that it'll be nice being in the middle of the alphabet, between L and M. The Z sings the alphabet and Telly says it sounds horrible. Z suggests Q and R. Maria announces the sponsors, Z, N and 4.
COMING SOON Coming soon on Sesame Street: Put on your dancin' shoes and dance away the blues!

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