Sesame Street
The King's Dirty Shirt
Air date April 14, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Jeff Moss
Sponsors V, 10
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Rosita welcomes and invites the viewer to see something Telly did, which attracts Oscar the Grouch peeking from nearby. Telly reveals that he (with Gordon's help) has written a book, which Oscar finds uninteresting, until he hears it's called The King's Dirty Shirt. The story is about a king who is in a panic because he's gotten mustard on his baseball shirt, and it must be clean for the upcoming game. He calls for his royal know-it-all (Oscar) to help him, who decides to pour mustard all over the shirt to hide the stain. This concerns Telly, when Humblina (Rosita) is on her way to the royal laundromat to wash some of her clothes. Telly thinks it's a better idea and takes his know-it-all to accompany her there, to the know-it-all's dismay.
SCENE 1 cont'd Having heard the events, Oscar stops listening to the story, but comes back when Gordon mentions their problems aren't over. He'll read the next chapter after the following break...
Song "(The Name of the Place is) The Laundromat"
(First: Episode 3159)
Animation Kids are surprised when animated things pop up out of nowhere.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3567)
Muppets Ernie & BertBert says it's Ernie's turn to go to the laundromat. He puts numerous things in the laundry basket, including storybooks, cookies, his boots, and a radio. Before long, the basket has no room for the laundry, so he decides to go play baseball instead.
(First: Episode 0458)
Cartoon A spider refuses to give up spinning a web, no matter how badly injured he becomes.
(First: Episode 1652)
SCENE 2 Oscar is expecting problems to occur as Gordon reads the next chapter. The trio arrives at the royal Laundromat, but the royal know-it-all can't bear to look at the washing machines. Humblina goes off to wash her own clothes as king Telly excitedly tells the know-it-all they can wash the shirt, but he doesn't even know how to use the machine. Telly panics, but Humblina returns and offers her help by asking Telly to listen to her instructions. However, he cries in despair due to not having any soap.
SCENE 2 cont'd Back at the stoop, Oscar thinks that's the end of the story, but Telly reminds him it's not, and Gordon leads everyone to some more "important messages."
Song "It's the Shpritzer Honker Splasher Sprinkler Tweeter Squirt," the wettest musical instrument.
(First: Episode 3408)
Cartoon The Villain in the Panama Hat (V)
(First: Episode 0507)
Film Kids find a wild letter V in the jungle.
(First: Episode 3517)
V in space
Cartoon V in space
(First: Episode 0481)
Muppets Big Bird and Baby Bear visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, and interpret a painting by Jackson Pollock.
Cartoon Millie and Molly take a walk, and have different perspectives of their surroundings.
(First: Episode 1309)
SCENE 3 Oscar hopes the king doesn't find any soap as Gordon begins Chapter 3, where the king is still in despair and worries it'll be an unhappy ending. Humblina offers her soap powder, an idea the know-it-all hates, but the king lets her to put some in the machine. With a push of the button, the king becomes happy again, eager he'll finally have a clean shirt for the game. However, back in reality, Telly foreshadows there will be more problems, which Oscar looks forward to.
Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
(First: Episode 3528)
Muppets / Celebrity Cookie Monster and Annette Bening demonstrate here and there.
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Cartoon Two cartoon cacti sing "Here We Are."
(First: Episode 3153)
Film V for voice, violin, Victrola, etc.
(First: Episode 3399)
Cartoon Speech Balloon: V for Violin
A musician plays a violin, which instantly breaks.
(First: Episode 0052)
Film Wegman's dogs form the letter V, for violin and valentine.
(First: Episode 3532)
Cartoon A boy gets lost in a mall, and a security guard shows him how to use a map.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2874)
Insert Zoe is having trouble counting to 10, so Celina helps her with a song.
(First: Episode 3380)
Cartoon Ball-dribbling characters count the feet on a wall ruler.
Artist: Bill Davis
(First: Episode 3227)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3160)
Muppets Elmo tries to see what Herry is reading, but Herry's too big. He tries to stand at various angles to look around his shoulders.
Film A girl named Shirley performs in the circus; her father is famous Ringing Bros. clown David Larible. Other acts in the circus include elephant training and elephant jumping.
(First: Episode 3529)
Animation Clown Honking #10
(First: Episode 3214)
Film Three girls do a "One Potato" rhyme.
(First: Episode 3271)
Cartoon "A Number 10 from Tennessee"
Artist: Gene Barretta
(First: Episode 3526)
Animation A girl's narration describing the city is illustrated with cutout animation.
(First: Episode 2838)
SCENE 4 In the fourth chapter, the king is ready to take the shirt out of the machine, but the know-it-all warns him not to, despite Humblina encouraging him to. The know-it-all proves right when the shirt comes out all wet, bringing the king's hopes down again. Humblina shows him where the shirt properly goes – the dryer – and the king appreciates her kind actions. Oscar still hopes there will be more problems, which Telly reminds there will be.
Cartoon I am dry, he is wet (circus elephant)
Artist: Cliff Roberts
(EKA: Episode 0309)
Film A film insert about washing elephants at the Bronx Zoo. The song "Splish Splash" is used in part of the segment.
(First: Episode 1934)
Muppets Muppet & Kid MomentSamantha sings The Alphabet Song while Grover dances.
(First: Episode 3579)
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)
Cartoon Christopher Clumsy jumps over a hole and says that he fooled the viewer. He then walks into a wall.
(First: Episode 0439)
Muppets After sounding out the word "cheese," the Two-Headed Monster poses for many pictures.
(First: Episode 2742)
Film A girl uses an instant camera to take pictures of her friends, who demonstrate several emotions.
(First: Episode 3582)

SCENE 5 In the final chapter of Telly's story, the king puts on his baseball shirt, all free of stains and completely dry. Humblina returns wearing a baseball uniform; thanks to her kindness, the king allowed her to join the baseball team. As the two head to the field, the royal know-it-all is left alone in frustration.
SCENE 5 cont'd Gordon reveals that during the game, the know-it-all got his own shirt stained; thus ends the story, having both a happy and bad ending, which Oscar likes much better ("I mustard agree!"). Big Bird announces the sponsors.
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