Sesame Street
Plot Elmo wants E to be today's letter
Air date May 2, 1997
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Josh Selig
Directed by Lisa Simon
Sponsors O, E, 3
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Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Celina welcomes the viewer, when Elmo rushes to her, asking her what's today's letter of the day. He hopes it's the letter E, the first letter in his name. He politely shouts above, when a voice (Martin P. Robinson) responds that today's letter is O. Elmo is upset, but gets an idea on how to change it. He grabs a rag and wipes the onscreen O away, and tries drawing an E in its place. The voice points out the letter will remain O, despite Elmo's efforts. Elmo is determined to find another way.
Cartoon Soul O
(First: Episode 3375)
Muppets Big Bird shows that the letter O looks the same upside-down.
(First: Episode 3479)
Animation Fans reveal the letter O.
(First: Episode 2905)
Song "Country in the City"
(First: Episode 3292)
Cartoon Where does the cow live? (Maria voiceover)
(First: Episode 3396)
Muppets Cookie Monster has a riddle: what do you get when you have one cookie between two cookies? A cookie sandwich!
(First: Episode 3209)
Cast "Between You and Me" (Gina and Savion)
(First: Episode 3133)

Animation / SCENE 2 Dancing Petroglyphs: Rock characters dance around the letter "O". (First: Episode 3375)
Elmo interrupts the segment midway through and reminds the viewer of his plan. He "cancels" the segment and draws an E onscreen. He then does his own E-dance to the segment's music. Despite some applause, the voice chimes in again to say today's letter is still O.
Film "Simple Pleasures" by Bobby McFerrin is played over footage of a girl trying to play frisbee with a dog on the beach.
(First: Episode 2876)
Animation All, none, some and one fish swim around.
(EKA: Episode 2541)
Insert None, some and all of the dancers dance as Big Bird narrates.
(First: Episode 3360)
Cartoon "Mi casa es su casa."
(EKA: Episode 1037)

Muppets Big Bird's Video Postcards
Big Bird visits a Puerto Rican casita in East Harlem. He tries to find out what people do there, but everyone is too busy raising chickens, planting tomatoes, cooking and planning music to answer.
(First: Episode 3018)
Animation Portraits of kids display the alphabet.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3203)
SCENE 3 Celina finds Elmo in the midst of his next plan: he's written a whole bunch of his own Es and handed them out to the kids to stick all over the street. The voice again notes his efforts have been fruitless and the day's letter is still O, like in the following segment...
Film A gymnast twirls ribbons to form the letter O.
(First: Episode 3136)
Muppets Director Kermit is filming Oklahoma with Forgetful Jones as the star. Forgetful is supposed to enter sing "Oklahoma!" but sings "Aklahoma!", "Eeklahoma!", and "Iklahoma!" instead. When he finally gets it right, the production assistant says it's time for lunch.
(First: Episode 2544)
Cartoon O for open, off, owl, ocean
(First: Episode 3091)
SCENE 3 cont'd Celina tries to raise Elmo's spirits with a story from her youth: she tried to climb a big tree, but couldn't, so she found a tree she could climb. Elmo understands how the message applies to him, but still thinks he can change today's, with a song!
Film Kids play low and high notes on the Shpritzer.
(First: Episode 3410)
Cartoon Three computer animated fish.
(First: Episode 2792)
Muppets Seahorses 1, 2, 3
(First: Episode 2925)
Cartoon A little girl counts the reasons why she likes the number 3.
(First: Episode 3532)
Muppets Grover sings about his furry little shadow.
(EKA: Episode 2510)
Cartoon Two cavemen argue, each chanting "Me!" A large monolith bearing the word ME puts fear in both of them.
(EKA: Episode 0953)
Video Kids demonstrate surprise by winding a jack-in-the-box, as “Pop Goes the Weasel” plays.
(First: Episode 3624)
SCENE 4 Another voice introduces the story of "The Kingdom of O." King Oliver and Queen Olivia meet Elmo, who is looking for the Kingdom of E. He convinces them to change their kingdom to focus on the letter E instead.
Animation Planet E / e
(First: Episode 2840)
Animation Planting Letters: E
(First: Episode 3009)
Animation E / e Gregorian chant
(First: Episode 3300)
SCENE 5 Elmo and the kids sing a hip-hop tune about the letter E. The plan doesn't work, as the voice raps about today's letter still being O.
Cartoon St. Bernard dog leads Zork down the snowy hill.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2738)
Muppets Telly Monster sings "My Outer Space Friend" as he gazes out his bedroom window, musing about space travel and his "outer-space friend."
Film Gilberto, who lives in Central America, learns how bricks are made.
(First: Episode 2744)
Cartoon An opera house is full when an operatic tenor sings, but it becomes empty when his partner (of lesser musical talent) attempts to sing. On their way home, the tenor and his partner become stuck on the freeway, where the lanes are full - but all it takes to make them empty is some bad singing.
Artist: Gene Barretta
(First: Episode 3556)
Muppets Harry Belafonte and The Count sing "Coconut Counting Man."
(First: Episode 1692)

Animation Beads arrange themselves in different ways, and finally stick themselves to a boy's jacket.
(First: Episode 3045)
SCENE 6 Elmo is disappointed his efforts have been for naught. The voice points out that Elmo's name ends with the letter O. Elmo is inspired and asks the voice to cooperate and make both letters the letter of the day. The voice agrees to the change and Elmo celebrates by helping Celina find a big tree to climb.
COMING SOON Coming Soon on Sesame Street: Oscar the Grouch leaves Telly with Big Bird's cousin, Abelardo.

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