Sesame Street
The "No Talking" game
Air date March 27, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Judy Freudberg
Sponsors A, 6
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Picture Segment Description
SCENE 1 Elmo is acting mute, and Zoe tries desperately to get him to talk and introduce everybody. Celina happens upon them and suggests Zoe to give up, causing Elmo to immediately break silence and declare his victory – it turns out that they're both playing the "No Talking" game, where they count up to 6 before becoming quiet. Zoe starts to have her turn, but breaks silence right away when Elmo calls her name, and decides it's his turn again. Zoe and Celina ask him to give the former another turn, but he remains quiet.
Song Gina and Maria sing "The Word is "No."
(First: Episode 2548)
Cartoon A dog tries desperately to meow, but can only bark.
(First: Episode 0829)
Song Joe Raposo sings "Everybody Eats."
Re-filmed version
(First: Episode 2855)

Muppets Prairie Dawn hosts "Fairy Tales Today," a talk show about fairy tale characters. Today, she interviews some fairy tale fruits and vegetables, including the beans from "Jack and the Beanstalk," the pumpkin from "Cinderella" and the apple from "Snow White," all of whom agree that they get treated unfairly in each of their stories. Prairie says that fruits and vegetables don't have feelings in the real world, which insults them.
(First: Episode 3382)
Animation A/a (Gordon voice-over)
(EKA: Episode 2240)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentCookie Monster and Lexine talk about the letter A.
(First: Episode 3263)
Film The letter A dances at the beach.
(First: Episode 3569)
SCENE 2 Elmo decides to let Zoe have a turn again, when Celina has to leave. As Zoe becomes mute, Elmo decides to say the Alphabet, but struggles to remember what comes after Y. Zoe breaks and says the last letter, Z, and mutters in agony as Elmo wins the game again.
Song "The African Animal Alphabet"
(First: Episode 3396)
Film Nicholas is now old enough to rollerblade, and ride a bike without training wheels.
(First: Episode 3514)
Cartoon A mosquito bites a man and a dog, who agree to scratch each other's backs.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 3217)
Song "The Braid-y Bunch"
(First: Episode 3357)
Cartoon Two white squares try to push a great big object, and are reluctant to let a black square join them at first.
Artist: Fred Garbers
(EKA: Episode 2849)
Muppets Grover attempts to sell Mr. Johnson a wig, but when he finally finds one that suits him, it turns out to be a guinea pig.
(First: Episode 3407)
Cartoon Ralph asks Marvin what would happen if he didn't have a mouth, a nose and ears.
(First: Episode 0468)
SCENE 3 It's Zoe's turn again, but Elmo gets her to lose every time she tries to keep mute. Zoe frets that she'll never win and gives up forever, but Celina takes them elsewhere.
Film Counting six oryx
Music: Joe Raposo
(First: Episode 0410)
Muppets Bert says his favorite number is Six.
(First: Episode 1289)
Cartoon A magician tries to make six circles disappear.
(First: Episode 0783)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Jug band dance
Part 1
(First: Episode 3552)
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (Shark fishing)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0309)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk: Jug band dance
Part 2
(First: Episode 3552)
Celebrity The Neville Brothers sing "Believe in Yourself," with a montage of clips from films including "I'm the Big One Now," "Reach Your Hand Up High" and "Hot in the City."
(First: Episode 3158)
Cartoon At the Pride Day Ceremony, Donald is waiting to describe his proudest accomplishment, and is initially unsure of himself next to other impressive students. He finally proudly acclaims his achievement, tying his shoes all by himself.
Artist: John Korty
(First: Episode 2085)
SCENE 4 After hearing the Neville Brothers song a moment ago, Zoe feels more confident as Celina bids her good luck. Elmo constantly pressures her to break silence, but to no avail. He thinks of a way to get her to stop and leaves, while Zoe just shrugs.
Cartoon "From Your Head"
Artist: Sally Cruikshank
(First: Episode 3474)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter A, for artist (played by Batty) and airplane.
(First: Episode 3534)
Cartoon Soul A!
(First: Episode 3359)
Animation Planting Letters: A
(First: Episode 3027)
Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits Guadalupe, Arizona, and conducts a child mariachi band, who sing "Viva Mexico."
(First: Episode 3012)
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)

SCENE 5 Elmo now brings The Amazing Mumford to get Zoe to talk, but his attempts cause her to walk, squawk and bawk instead. He decides to give it "a little more elbow grease," but while he makes Zoe stop bawking, he ends up making the mailbox talk! Elmo groans in frustration with all the chaos, as Mumford still tries fixing the mailbox's spell.
Cartoon A girl explains why she likes the poet Grubby Groo.
Artist: Mo Willems
(First: Episode 3225)
Film A three-year-old African boy narrates a film about a day in his life.
(First: Episode 3267)
Animation Counting to 10 (Latin rhythm)
(First: Episode 3045)
Song "I'm a Little Airplane"
(First: Episode 3266)
Muppets Herry Monster and a girl sing "A Song for Two."
(First: Episode 3519)
Cartoon A little girl sings "There Is Only One Me."
(First: Episode 1942)

SCENE 6 The two monsters return to the stoop, where Elmo realizes there's one thing left to do, and that is to lose. Zoe suddenly breaks her mute state and is happy she won, and admits to Elmo how good he is at the game. Elmo then decides for them to play the game together, which Celina falls bait to when she checks on them. She announces the sponsors, then invites them for ice cream, causing them both to lose.
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