Sesame Street
Friends of 3 at the Furry Arms Hotel
Air date May 16, 1997
(season finale)
Season Season 28 (1996-1997)
Written by Sara Compton
Directed by Ted May
Production November 1, 1996
Sponsors E and "the friends of 3"


Picture Segment Description

SCENE 1 Telly welcomes the viewer and explains to Maria and Luis that he's going to the Furry Arms for a special "Friends of 3" party. He's wearing three hats and bringing his triangles, anxiously wondering who the special guest will be. Benny Rabbit won't let him in however; he's only one and they're only admitting parties of 3. Telly begs Maria and Luis to join him and they relent, then struggle to fit through the revolving door.
Animation Teddy bears demonstrate opposites.
Film Children on a playground form the letters of the alphabet. (new music added)
(First: Episode 1966)
Muppets Ernie sings "The Honker-Duckie-Dinger Jamboree."
(First: Episode 1920)
Animation Writing utensils form the upper and lowercase letter E.
(First: Episode 2880)
Film Jaws spoof presenting the letter E.
(First: Episode 3300)
Cartoon E for Elephant & Elk, the nominees for best E animal.
(First: Episode 0486)
Muppets Baby Tooth and the Fuzzy Funk dance with Mark Morris.
(First: Episode 3609)
Cartoon A pig sings "Pig's Love Song." (new sound effects added)
(First: Episode 0462)

SCENE 2 Telly is amazed at all the numerical decorations around the hotel and meets the evening's three hosts - Sherry Netherland, Humphrey and Ingrid. Though there are few in attendance, Ms. Nertherland welcomes the guests to the 3rd Tri-Annual Friends of Three party, then introduces the night's first 3 guests - the Three Little Pigs, who sing "The Alphabet Song." Everyone joins in as they sing the song over and over.
Animation Arnold uses his imagination.
Artist: Craig Bartlett
(First: Episode 2754)
Muppets Grover and Rosita explain the concept of "love" in 15 seconds. Grover exasperates about the assignment, but Rosita intervenes just in time.
(First: Episode 3527)
Cartoon Fluffy recalls being a homeless dog, getting taken in to the dog pound, and meeting his new pal Petey.
Artist: ArtistMike
(First: Episode 2981)
Song "I'm in Great Shape": Kids dance with triangles, circles and squares.
(First: Episode 3277)
Cartoon A magician writes in his diary about the many mishaps during his performance. (new music and sound effects added)
(First: Episode 2053)

SCENE 3 Ms. Netherland introduces the next guest - the Amazing Mumford, who brings Maria on as his assistant. She holds a pineapple he intends to turn into 3, but magically makes 3 Marias instead! Luis faints instantly, while Mumford finds his wand won't function. He dashes off ("Talk amongst yourselves," he tells the Marias), leaving his wand with Ms. Netherland.
Animation "Pineapple Addition"
Artist: Jane Aaron
(First: Episode 3159)
Cartoon Two camels (voiced by David Rudman and Joey Mazzarino) at a watering hole learn to share.
(First: Episode 3528)
Song "It's Time for a Rhyme"
(First: Episode 3151)
Cartoon Bruce the moose invites Toulouse LaGoose over for juice.
(First: Episode 2498)
Muppets Big Bird and Baby Bear visit the Museum of Modern Art, and look at a sculpture by Pablo Picasso.
Cartoon A car drives by the water.
(First: Episode 3378)
Film People go under, over, through and around a hoop. (Luis voice-over)
(First: Episode 3140)
Animation Computer E / e
(First: Episode 3071)
Cartoon The Typewriter: E-Ear
Artist: Jeff Hale
(First: Episode 0807)
Film Wegman's dogs form a letter E.
(First: Episode 3267)
Cartoon "Mad Goat Song"
Artist: Derek Lamb
(First: Episode 0771)
SCENE 4 To pass the time, Ms. Netherland starts a game of "Three of These Things" using herself and the 3 Marias. She waves the wand and turns her into a single Maria.
Film Three taxi chairs
(First: Episode 3119)
Muppets Elmo and Zoe demonstrate above and below with a cloud.
(First: Episode 3367)
Cartoon Orville the mouse (voice of Joey Mazzarino) feels proud of his new job as a lab rat for Dr. Igor. His job is to find a piece of cheese at the end of a maze, which proves to be difficult.
Artist: ArtistMike

Film Xiao-Mei from northern China describes a festival at the end of every year that her family participates in. Each day of the festival, there is a new show to watch, a series of parades and lots of food like noodles and dumplings. Women prepare floats for the parade while men dress up as river animals. Xiao-Mei's favorite part or the festival is the lion dance. Xiao-Mei also demonstrates how she can walk on stilts which are strapped to her legs, and hopes someday to dance in the big parade.
(First: Episode 3266)
Cartoon The dancing birds dance fast and slow.
Artist: Karen Aqua
(First: Episode 3072)
SCENE 5 As the staff and attendees sing "Three is My Favorite Number," Ms. Netherland makes an announcement - the mystery guest hasn't arrived! She instead brings out The Count, who gives a passionate speech about the number 3. He then introduces his favorite films about the number...
Cartoon In Egypt, three lemons make lemonade.
(First: Episode 3285)
Video Three kids dance in three columns.
(First: Episode 3167)
Cartoon Luis counts three blackbirds, which lay three eggs.
(EKA: Episode 2242)
SCENE 5 cont'd The Count introduces the mystery guest - the actual number 3! He gives a speech about how shy he is and almost didn't show up to the party. He rushes off, which upsets Telly.
Animation Kids are surprised when animated things pop up out of nowhere.
Artist: Lisa Crafts
(First: Episode 3567)
Muppets Cookie Monster does something unexpected by not eating a plate of cookies. Once the audience understands surprise, he then reverts to form and eats the cookies.
(First: Episode 3528)
Film On the farm, a boy enjoys a glass of MILK.
(First: Episode 3277)
Animation Cecille sings "Brushin' Down the Doggies."
(First: Episode 2862)
Film A boy named Anthony and his parents are trapeze artists in a circus. David Larible, a clown from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, appears in some scenes.
(First: Episode 3579)
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)
SCENE 6 The party is over, but Telly is sad he didn't get to meet the number 3. He thanks Maria and Luis for joining him. When he's alone, the number 3 appears and asks for a quiet place to eat dinner. Telly recommends other things they can do on the street. Luis announces the sponsors.

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